Weekend links and photos

It’s a long weekend and you can find us outside where we are both constructing and deconstructing. This is the summer we are replacing our old rotting deck, and so we are ripping up boards and hauling them away today.

I’m also planting the last of my garden, as per May long weekend tradition, and the kids are passing a soccer ball halfway between the deck and the garden. I’m thinking the first batch of popsicles are an order for the day.

Here’s what I loved eating and reading this week.

Hit the jump for my favourite photos of the week!

Spring was prominent in this week’s batch of photos. The leaves on the trees seem to have exploded almost overnight thanks to a few hot days.

Spring salad | simple bites

Monday’s lunch was made up of mostly all homegrown or forage delicacies. It might look like rabbit food, but it was my healthy start to the week.

Mother's Day hike

We ended up here on Mother’s Day and were treated with one of the most beautiful days of the year. Our little ones trekked several kilometeres and did so great.

Mother's Day picnic

Our Mother’s Day picnic to fuel all the trekking. I didn’t cook any of it, so that was a treat!

jars for canning

It was time to assess the jar situation as we head into canning season. Anything with cracks or nicks gets recycled.

clara chickens

Our backyard is so green all of a sudden. Clara likes to go out in her pajamas first thing in the morning and greet the chickens.


I like to head into a holiday weekend with a clean refrigerator. It makes me feel organized – at least in one area!


Another excellent salad – the summer slaw!


And finally, the deck demolition. Here’ the boys are keeping busy playing Kubb, our new favourite backyard game. It’s easy to set-up and quick to learn.

Have a beautiful 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. Looooove your weekend links 🙂 Your photos make me smile! Have a wonderful day!

  2. Love the pictures – I hope the deck finishes soon so you can enjoy it before the heat of the summer. I know dandelions are considered weeds – but I love the color that they add!

  3. Hi Aimee! I just randomly came across your blog, its nice to find other like-minded mothers that share the same food ideals. We LOVE the coconut date shake around here, my daughter is so into anything coconut lately!

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