Our retreat was really an incredible time of fellowship and worship. I was concerned that 38 women sharing five toilets and four showers would be a problem but it really seemed to work out fine. Our only adversity came in the form of dinner when, apparently, Satan decided to send his minions to occupy the oven (an appropriate place for them, really).
My friend, Joyce, who was heading up the kitchen duty for the weekend, wrote out the dinner recipe and passed it out at Bible study in case we wanted to try the meal at our own homes. It's way too wonderful to keep all to myself. We quadrupled the recipes for our big gang. Which didn't actually end up making any difference.
Women's Retreat Chicken
8 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut in half or in chunks
8 slices swiss cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
3 cups Pepperidge Farm stuffing or dressing
1/4 cup white cooking wine
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
Start with 38 hungry people and a broken oven. Preheat the oven to 350. This won't actually work, but pretend. Put the chicken in an ungreased baking pan, preferably a metal one so that when the oven doesn't work, you won't be able to microwave the dish and eat on time. Place the swiss cheese on top of the chicken. Mix soup with wine (I know, I know, this is a Baptist church, but do you realize that the vanilla flavoring that in in our cakes, brownies, frostings, cookies and pies that we are so fond of is 41% alcohol?) Besides, the alcohol evaporates as the dish bakes (or burns as the case may be). Pour the soup mix over the chicken & cheese. Sprinkle the stuffing on top. Drizzle the melted butter over top of the stuffing. Put the pan in the oven. Pray. Pray hard. If you don't happen to have a broken oven on hand, bake for one hour. If you have the broken variety, stand by anxiously for about 2 hours whilst the top of the dish burns absolutely black and the chicken remains raw. If it works, enjoy! If not, break out the ham sandwiches! Bless the Lord for providing for you! Open the windows and doors to let the smoke out and as many flies as possible in.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: One hour, in theory