Weekend links and photos

This week was a blur, packed with a never-ending to-do list before I pack my bags and fly.

That’s right, today I head East over the Atlantic for the first time since my honeymoon. I’m off to London for a few days with my sister. We’re going to have some much-needed girl time together over afternoon tea, fine art, and cathedrals views. We’ll also attend a holiday event with the one and only Jamie Oliver, so be sure to follow along on our adventures on Instagram!

I’m feeling festive these days, as demonstrated by today’s link love:

Planting garlic

Better late than never…I managed to get a little garlic in the ground before it froze. After a long cold winter it will be the first thing popping up out of the soil.


This week was pretty bonkers, but a creamy smoothie helped keep me up and running. To the ingredient list above I also added frozen banana and a dollop of yogourt.


With the first snow on the ground, we harvested our hens and got them in the freezer for winter. It’s a fall ritual around here as we’re not set up to winter the birds. This was the first time Mateo wanted to participate and we had a good science lesson, identifying the internal organs and seeing the process of how eggs are formed.

homemade chicken stock

Chicken harvest means loads of homemade stock. This was about half of what I made; beautiful clear, fragrant broth.

OK! See you back here on Monday for a very special holiday dessert.

Have a wonderful weekend, all!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Do you ever skim the fat off your chicken broth? Just wondering the pros/cons. I’ve only been making my own broth for the last couple years, and usually I make veggie, which of course has no fat. I use the crockpot!
    Sarah M

  2. Do you freeze or can your chicken broth?

  3. The smoothie sounds amazing Aimee!

  4. I love how involved your kids are in what you do around your home and in your kitchen. It’s always a goal of mine as well.

    Hope you have a wonderful time on your trip and really enjoy all your girl time!

  5. Your broth is beautiful, how do you get it so clear?

  6. Oh wow, I cannot imagine harvesting our chickens…not sure I could do it.

    Thanks for the shout out today! 🙂

  7. sweet potato in a smoothie! well im OBSESSED with sweet potato eat it almost every day. so this is right up my alley 🙂

  8. Eek! I clicked through and read about your chicken harvesting. I admit a bit of squeamishness but as a responsible carnivore I should know. And, actually, it’s strangely fascinating.

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