Weekend links and photos

It’s been the coldest February on record. Ever. I know I’ve been going on and on about the cold lately, but, people, it hasn’t let up one bit.

Noah and Mateo tumble through the door on school afternoons with red cheeks and frozen eyelashes. Noah has taken to dropping his bag and heading straight for the pantry, where he reaches for the Dutch cocoa. He stirs it with maple syrup in a pot and adds enough milk for three mugs full. Then he serves homemade hot cocoa to his brother, and little sister too. Sometime I round out the treat with homemade marshmallows.

We all do what we can to stay warm.

hot cocoa

Weekend Links

It’s been another busy week as we’re prepping for a March Break road trip down to New York City.

Hey, if you are in the area, come meet the whole family at BookCourt in Brooklyn on Tuesday! We’d love to greet you and sign your copy of Brown Eggs and Jam Jars. And I’m baking up treats to pass around.

Busy or not, I’m still reading bits and bites online, which brings us to my latest link love round-up:

Giveaway Winner

A big thanks to all who entered my KitchenAid 6-QT Slow Cooker giveaway. I’m happy to announce the winner is: Connie the chocoholic.

Congratulations, Connie, you’ve been notified via email. Look for a brand new slow cooker from KitchenAid Canada coming to your kitchen very soon!

Week in Photos

Snow and comfort food pretty much sums up our week that was:

dinner prep

Ready for roasting: dinner prep on another cold day.

roasted dinner

Roasted. This family dinner was an attempt to clean out the refrigerator before our trip.


“The garden is sleeping, Mama.”


Staying warm with Mateo by baking enormous oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to give away as favors at his birthday party today.


Keeping the flame for winter pizza alive with this combo of roasted cabbage, red onion, bacon and preserved lemons on whole wheat crust.

Have a wonderful weekend, all, and if you’re in Canada, happy March Break!

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. At first, when I looked at the cookie picture, I thought “oh, they aren’t that big” and then I realized that was a looney next to one of them. Perspective 😉

    You should go to Baked when you are in Brooklyn (it’s in Red Hook). Good, classic baked goods (and delicious brookies!)

  2. here on Calgary it’s actually been one of the milder and snowless Feb that I can remember. Sure it’s been cold, but I don’t think we reached -50 , like usual in past years, and it’s always so sunny… So kinda deceiving went I look out the window it’s so deceptively nice, but have been caught underdressed several times
    November sucked here plenty -50 that month

  3. It’s cold here too in North Carolina! Snow in fact!

  4. Oh my gosh… you have so much snow! Fun photo’s 🙂

  5. Thanks for sharing the yogurt post link—and those cookies look amazing!! (It was the coldest Feb in nearly 20 years here in Iowa and today we got a coating of ice:)

  6. Lisa-Michelle says

    Hi Aimee

    Those marshmallows look Awesome!
    How do you make them?

  7. I’m in CA and I’m not going to gloat. Our weather has been fantastic, but we basically had NO winter. No hot cocoa with marshmallows for us 🙁 At this point I’d love to have even 2 seasons each year. Pray for rain, CA!

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