Cooking and creating with Leslie

We are back at Wolf Creek campground (the fox campground!) and are camped near our traveling friends, Leslie and Philippe. Leslie is Belgian and is teaching us how to cook some awesome specialties. We made Belgian chocolate mousse (twice already!) and I am hoping she will show us how to make Madeleine soon! She also lended the girls a cool little machine she found at the free store (at the Recycling center) to make little donut-shaped cakes; such a treat for my oven-deprived girls! Mathilde also showed Leslie and 5 yo Adrien how to make polymer clay (Fimo) creations (we were lucky to have a workshop by polymer clay artist Lara Melnick offered to us by one of the girls' Yukon grandmas - Johanne - a few weeks ago). We had a blast!

Leslie also lended us a really fascinating book that we are reading aloud together around the bonfire (and snuggled in bed on cold rainy days!) called Aurore of the Yukon: a Girl's adventure in the Klondike Gold Rush. It is the story of a nine year old girl from Montreal named Aurore Cossinet and her adventure to the Yukon at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898. Amazingly, the story is based on her own diary and is written in her own words. Aurore's story was recently discovered by her great-granddaughter in a trunk at the old family cabin at Army Beach. Aurore travels to Dawson City, Yukon via Skagway and Dyea, Alaska, at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898. Along the way, she meets Jack London, Soapy Smith and other historical figures on her way to the story's climax in the Yukon. It is complementing all the learning we did last year about the Gold Rush when we visited Skagway and Dyea with the girls.