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Heidi Book Adventure Day 1:Swiss Food

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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Natures’ peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop of like autumn leaves.”

   ~John Muir



Out of all the book adventures my family has done, this is the book we have jumped into the most. Not only is it one of the most frequented jumps, but it holds a place in my heart because it is the first book jump for my little family. It is the book that has connected several generations.

Growing up in the Cascade Mountains, just East of Portland, Oregon, Heidi and her story became my friend. It was so easy to envision being her. All I had to do was braid my hair, wrap them around my head, put on the dirndl dress my mom had sewn with hiking boots of course, pack a picnic lunch of bread and cheese, and finally convince someone in my family that we really needed to go to the mountains to spend the day hiking, fishing on the lake, or just stopping for a quick lunch to take in the views. “Let’s have a Heidi day”, I would say.

Alpine Mountain Goats

Shortly after my mother passed away, my girls wanted to do something to remember her by. “Let’s watch grandma’s favorite movie,” I said. After watching Heidi starring Shirley Temple, my girls started asking many questions. Is Heidi real? Can we meet her? Where can we find her.? It was then that I realized that my then 8 and 5-year-olds didn’t know Heidi was a book and that she lived on our bookshelf. I could think of no better way to remember my mom than to have a “Heidi Day”. This time, however, we invited our girlfriends, who just happened to be mothers and daughters. This was the very first book we jumped into as a book-club.

Alps in summer

Set in the beautiful Alpine mountains of Switzerland, sporting stunning views, cows, goats, and some incredibly nurturing food. From the comfort of our chalet, we’ll start our Heidi adventures off with some really good food from Switzerland.



Included in today’s menu are:Download Great Swiss Foods from Heidi

Traditional cheese and meat fondues

Cheese Fondue

Swiss Chocolate Croissants


Bircher Muesli

Granny’s Vegetable Barley Soup

Granny's Vegetable Barley soup

Zopf ( A Sunday Swiss Tradition)


Please note that because of the Labor Day weekend, we will continue posting the Heidi Book Adventure starting on Tuesday and continuing through next Thursday. Be Well and Enjoy!