Weekend links and photos

Yesterday was the last big push to get the garden planted, and my sore back this morning is a reminder of work well done.

The rain held off until the last seedling was tucked into the raised bed and then it fell gently, as if to bless our efforts. I’ll share a few garden photos soon, even though it’s just starting to come alive.

This week, I started reading The Secret Garden aloud to the boys before bed. I haven’t read this classic in probably twenty years and I found myself drawn in to Mary’s story all over again. There are so many characters to love: Dickon. Ben Weatherstaff. Susan Sowerby.

As spring comes to our homestead, we’ll be reading about changes at Misselthwaite Manor and how the robin showed the way to the secret garden. It seems apropos.

Spring picnic - Brown Eggs and Jam Jars

We’ll be fitting in a picnic today or tomorrow, because this is my favourite season to lay a spread out on a quilt in the forest or field. Above is a picnic from my cookbook, captured on camera before we dug in. All those recipes are in Brown Eggs and Jam Jars and are ideal spring picnic fare.

Here’s what I’m loving around the web this week:

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!

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. I’ve been reading Game of Thrones for what feels like an eternity (partly because it’s long and mostly because I only read on my metro commutes). I’ve been itching to return to the classics, and I don’t think I ever read The Secret Garden! I also want to reread Anne of Green Gables… so much reading to do!
    I had missed that spring produce guide from Brooklyn Supper and I’ve been lacking inspiration, so perfect timing 🙂

  2. The last book I read to my kids was James and the giant peach. I miss those times as I look at my kids getting bigger by the minute. My son is starting secondary school in September and I am not sure how to handle it. Thank you for the link love, Aimee, and all the other links. Have a lovely Sunday.

    • We’ve read that together and it’s a good one! Of course, our favourite Roald Dahl is Danny The Champion of the World. 🙂 (my hubby is a Danny).

      And yes, they are all growing up far too fast. Sigh.

  3. The Secret Garden is one of my favorites!

  4. Oh goodness. The Secret Garden is so wonderful. Dickon was one of my favorite book characters growing up. Are your boys enjoying it too? I’m always looking for more classics to add to our list. Right now we are finishing Charlotte’s Web and working through the Chronicles of Narnia. Starting to read chapter books to our kids is by far one of our favorite milestones so far 🙂

  5. Thank you for the shoutout, Aimee. We appreciate your support and hope that you all will come visit. We’re having fun! xoxo

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