It’s Monday and I’m reading French Kids Eat Everything

itsmonday“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what we’ve read the past week and planning to read next.







My reluctant pilot – it took quite a long time to persuade him to even get a costume. And it was only after he saw his Lightning McQueen bucket (see photo below) that he consented to going trick-or-treating! Of course he loved it. 


And here’s my little Superman – it was a hand-me-down costume from friends.

Wee Reader the elder is holding shells that a neighbor gave out alongside the chocolate



Black Forest Cake 

It’s Sunday morning and coldish! I was contemplating putting the heat on this morning. But didn’t.

What a weekend it’s been!

The Husband took Friday off to celebrate his birthday and Halloween and for a much-needed break from work (he’s been working most weekends and until late at night when he gets home most weekdays). We had a yummy lunch at a Japanese restaurant in San Jose, then in the evening took the kids out trick or treating for the first time in our estate! It had been a rainy day so it was so good that the skies cleared up later in the day!

The younger one quickly got the hang of things, holding out his Spider-Man bucket for treats, grabbing his own – and then some more. The 3.5yo wanted to make sure we hit all the houses in the estate. They had such a good time, even though the candy wasn’t really for them. Haha! Wee Reader has a nut allergy and most people gave out chocolate – which usually have nut contamination.


French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters – Karen Le Billon

Such a fun read. Ok so I am quite appalled at her kids and how one daughter only eats plain pasta with Parmesan (and because Parmesan isn’t easily found in France, she carries it with her when they go out to eat!). But it’s great to read about their journey through eating, and trying (or being forced to try) new foods. And reading about life in this village in Brittany, where her husband was from. And how strict French parents are with their kids!




Men we Reaped: A Memoir – Jesmyn Ward

I’ve only started on this, but it sounds kind of sad.


We’re about to head out for lunch at a nearby taqueria.


Assam tea


Tomorrow I’m tackling a slow cooker pork ragu, to be eaten with papadelle. I’m going to cook it similar to this recipe at Mother Thyme



La Reine Margot on Netflix

Last week…

I read:


Strangers in Paradise books 5 and 6 – Terry Moore

And that takes me to the end of the series. I’m hoping to write about this soon!


The Slow Regard of Silent Things – Patrick Rothfuss

I was excited to borrow this e-book! It’s a short one, 159 pages says Goodreads, and tells the story of Auri, the mysterious haunted changeling-like girl who lives below the University and who befriends Kvothe. It was a quiet, wandering sort of read, where nothing very much happens, but I loved how we got to know Auri, to understand the way she sees things, the way she lives. It’s a rather whimsical tale, a delightful few hours spent skipping deep beneath, regarding, well, “silent things”.


I posted:

       Weekend Cooking: Black Forest Birthday Cake     

       Library Loot     

       My Year of Meats – Ruth Ozeki     


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