Weekend links and photos

Happy Sunday, all, and Happy Thanksgiving weekend to my Canadian readers. I wouldn’t be lying if I said I had pie for breakfast…

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

Hit the jump for a few of my favourite fall photos from the homestead and beyond…

Fall Photos

Apple butter

‘Tis the season for simmering maple-sweetened apple butter for hours in the slow cooker. The kids chop and core the apples, I stew everything down, and we freeze (or can) it in jars for our toast all winter long.

fall breakfast

Fall breakfast can mean maple-roasted pears topped with granola. And broiled grapefruit.


We got out and up to the Laurentians to hike on a recent weekend. Good for the mind, body and soul.

Grap jelly jars with 'dyed' purple jelly cloth

Here’s your homesteading tip of the day: don’t toss that purple-stained cheese or jelly cloth you used for Concord grape preserves. Instead, rinse and dry it, then cut it into squares to decorate your lovely jars. Right? Right.

Quebec lake

Recently I snatched a few minutes to myself on the shore of this secluded mountain lake. I could have stayed all day.


Noah celebrated a birthday not long ago. He requested the usual: Chocolate Beet Bundt Cake.


The last batch of San Marzanos, headed for sauce.


There’s still corn at the markets. Time for one last batch of Harvest Corn Chowder.

swap jars

My annual jam swap happened last weekend. It was a colourful haul this year; I’m set for winter!

What’s cooking this weekend?

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. That stack of jars!!! I makes me happy just looking at all the gorgeous colors! Happy Thanksgiving, Aimee!!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving Aimee! First time commenter here on your lovely blog. The Laurentians pic looks really gorgeous — where is it exactly? I’ve always wanted to drive up to Quebec to see the Laurentians, but I don’t know where to start.

    • We hiked on of the trails on Mont Tremblant. Just drive to the village, park, walk to the base of the chairlift and you have your selection of trails to choose from. 🙂

  3. hey girl- love the post! great pics!

  4. La Torontoise says

    Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you had a gorgeous long weekend?
    All the best!
    PS. Great article in NYT:-)

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you! I love that you had pie for breakfast. Your photos are absolutely beautiful and I can hardly wait to make that apple butter!

  6. Loved that post by the Times. I also saw this one on NPR that you might enjoy too:


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