Weekend links and photos

A lot of lovely things happened this week, although none of them were blogging, for better or worse.

Let’s see, there was a morning spent teaching a cooking class to twenty-five 4th graders, which made my palms damp and my heart swell with pride. I discovered it’s just as much fun teaching in a classroom setting than it is in my kitchen.

There was more gardening and planting, including a Concord grape vine, which I am hoping will eventually grow to cover my pergola. It will, right? Grapes vines are new to me, but I am hopeful for future jam, juice and jelly.

There was recipe testing in earnest for a few freelance projects and my next cookbook. There was a Mother’s Day picnic planned and then cancelled, due to rain. There was Saturday’s rained out barbecue and Thursday’s cinq à sept with local food bloggers, which not surprisingly, finished at midnight.

There were a few interviews for a few upcoming publications and one lady asked a question that really got me thinking: “What kind of strengths do you think city folk have that could lend themselves to a homesteading lifestyle?” I thought about writing a post on it…but then writing time was scarce this week.

Then there was this post, which kept me hopping for the better part of the day trying to make sure this little blog didn’t crash with the traffic. Welcome, new readers! It’s been a full week; now onto favourite links and photos.

Here’s what I loved reading around the web this week:

The week in photos, plus a few extra:

hens, backyard chickens

Meet the backyard chickens! They are a little fluffier and whiter than last years’ flock. We’re so happy to have them on the homestead and they are already laying us eggs.

Aimee with eggs

Fresh eggs! We’re all pretty tickled about these brown eggs. It’s like getting a gift every time we open the nesting box.

fried eggs

First batch of our fresh eggs, cooked up in butter with a sprinkling of chopped ramps.

steak dinner

Dinner after a full day of gardening has to be serious. Psst, we’re still enjoying the corn we froze last year. So worth it.

Clara picnic afternoon

Spring is my favourite time to picnic. The wild flowers are out and the bugs are not. We’re making the most of the warm weather.

Homemade eaffles

Mateo declared this dish one of his new Top 10 breakfasts; it’s just something lovely I’m developing for the next cookbook.

ice coffee

Iced coffee is back. So is the homemade iced coffee frappe.

savoury steel cut oats

We can’t get enough of these Savoury Steel-Cut Oats with Ramps, Parmesan and Tamari. Now we’re topping the breakfast bowls with one of our brown eggs.

epic burger

The first burger of the year must be epic, right? This is my burger with smoky onions, relish and homemade buns from Brown Eggs and Jam Jars. It’s been a long winter and it’s good to be grilling once again.

To the mothers out there: Have a lovely day!

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. What a fun post!! I always love the chickens too! Ours are laying too, yeah for fresh eggs!

  2. What lovely chickens, eggs, everything! Those links look might good too! Hopefully we’ll get a picnic in this coming week…

  3. That burger looks so good! Makes me wish it wasn’t raining outside, so we could grill. The eggs look yummy, too!

  4. Goodness, what an amazing weekend! Congratulations on the Pioneer Woman feature – that’s dreamy!! Thanks a million for the link love here. 🙂

  5. Thanks for the delicious photos! Hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day. Cool on grapes… but be sure to net them (Lee Valley might have hort. nets) and keep the plants nice and hot in the sun! My friend is a backyard grape grower, and the nets are her secret weapon.

  6. Oh my, that is an epic burger! I’m wondering how you managed to eat such a tall burger? 😉

    Looks like a pretty spectacular weekend.

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  8. I would love a post with camping menu planning/cooking tips/recipes. Camping can’t be too far off now!

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