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Extra+Ordinary Newsletter #10

Hello Friends and Happy Saturday! Who’s ready for the weekend? As you read this, I am at the district Wesleyan Youth Winter Retreat slinging hash for anywhere between 120 and 150 kids. This is my third year as the cook, and I love filling their bellies with great food to prepare them for days full of outdoor activities and evenings of worship. The sleep deprivation? I don’t necessarily look forward to that very much, but it’s one weekend a year and I can still manage it!
My dad sent me this astounding video of an amazing and totally extra+ordinary musical couple. I challenge you not to smile while watching this.
Have a look at this alpaca. It looks like me when I wake up. Every time I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror this week I thought of this critter and grinned.

  • These Best Sourdough Soft Pretzels are my soul food. Chewy but yielding sourdough soft pretzels, generously brushed with butter, and topped with black and white sesame seeds, and coarse pretzel salt, these things are the stuff of my dreams.
  • This Cheeseburger Bombs Baked Bean Skillet is admittedly a touch over the top, but in the best possible way. We’re talking about deliciously fluffy rolls baked around tender meatballs and melted Cheddar cheese surrounding a well of barbecue baked beans. Like I said, too-too, but so good.

This all-natural, no-weird-stuff, Stevia-sweetened Zero calorie ginger root beer: Guys. I love fizzy drinks. I just do. I also know that most soda is perfectly awful for me so I don’t usually drink it. But this Zevia Ginger Root Beer scratches that itch quite nicely with none of the nasty side effects. Bonus: it also lacks food colouring and artificial flavours.

This Kombucha starter kit: Speaking of fizzy drinks, while Zevia is merely not bad for you, kombucha is arguably GREAT for you. It’s a fizzy probiotic drink that I love and drink daily. You may have seen it for $3.00 a bottle at the store which makes it pretty cost prohibitive to purchase. Thankfully, you can make it for about $3.00 a GALLON at home and it’s easy, if odd, to make. The kit here is the one I used to start my kombucha project last year and it’s still going strong. You’ll still need to get a jar to brew it in, and bottles to do the second fermentation in, but otherwise it’s all here!

The Black Spider by Jeremias Gotthelf: This riveting tale came highly recommended by my two eldest sons. It tells a wise old grandfather who has lived all his life in a house with a visible anomaly. It takes one chilling turn after another, as the grandfather tells it, with his audience listening horrified. Featuring a cruelly overbearing lord of the manor, oppressed villagers, a spirited young woman, a mysterious stranger, and, last but not least, the black spider. Get this book!

Did you ever go to camps or retreats as a kid? If you did, what’s your fondest memory of it?

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."

-- Mark Twain

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