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Extra+Ordinary Newsletter #14

Happy Saturday!

We have had some unseasonably warm weather here sandwiched around a day where we had about 4 inches of ugly, tire-grabbing slush. It feels like spring is trying to spring a little early this year, but I’m not holding my breath! What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?

It’s no secret that I’m an ice-cream and pudding-aholic. This video of a little girl who can’t say ice cream had me cracking up. I suspect that baby is pretty smart and knows she gets a hilarious reaction, but it doesn’t make it any less funny to me!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BLOG THIS WEEK:

  • These traditional French pure Buckwheat Crepes. They’re absolutely divine wrapped around fried eggs, ham, cheese, and asparagus, or you can make a veggie friendly version with asparagus, goat cheese, and sauteed mushrooms! Bonus: they’re naturally gluten-free.
  • These insanely delicious and ridiculously simple Pepperoni Pizza Bialys. Have you heard of bialys? They’re essentially a cousin to bagels, but where bagels have a hole and are boiled, bialys have a divot that holds goodies and are simply baked. Make use of frozen roll dough (or homemade!), and you’re just moments away from your new favourite comfort food.

THINGS I LOVE:

This crushable straw hat. Because I sunburn badly just thinking about walking outside, I’ve been on the hunt for years for a perfectly packable, able to take a beating straw hat that actually looks nice. I finally found it with this beauty and while it’s about $55 normally, but there’s a sale going on right now!

These earrings. I have always loved the look of big earrings, but not the weight of them, so I skipped them. That all changed when I discovered these earrings a couple of years ago. My collection of them is, er, extensive now, courtesy of snapping them up on sale and gifts from friends, and honestly, I wear a pair of them almost every day. The variety of colours and shapes is just perfect for me. They’re big and beautiful and absolutely light as a feather!

BOOKS ON MY NIGHTSTAND:

As a mom of many, the eldest of whom is 20, I maintain a deep and abiding love for children’s and young adult literature. I’ve re-read a couple of long time fave this week.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke: This book is a two-fer. It’s fantastic to read quietly by yourself, but is also excellent read aloud because part of the story hinges on what happens one dreadful night when a young girl’s father reads aloud to her from a book and a tyrannical, evil leader escapes the bounds of fiction and lands in their life. This is the excellent opening book to a three part series that kept me and my kids riveted.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: my aunt Molly gave me my first copy of this book when I was a teenager, and I’ve read it by myself and to my kids many times over since. It’s a beautiful tale of friendship and love and responsibility to others. One of my favourite quotes in life comes from it, too. “You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.”

The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden: This book holds the distinction of being one of the ones I have gifted most often. My boys received a copy of it many years ago and how the binding is still holding up is a mystery. Filled with hours upon hours of interesting activities for boys (and girls!), this book includes everything from essays to how-tos, to primers, to practical jokes. My kids devoured learning semiphores, smoke signals, origami, morse code, and (hilariously) how to woo (not) a girl. There were good instructions on how to build a tree house or a go cart, identify insects and trees, and make extraordinary paper airplanes.

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Do you have a favourite children’s or young adult book? What is the title?

Love,

Rebecca


"My home is in heaven. I'm just traveling through this world."

-- Billy Graham

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Foodie with Family
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