Weekend links and photos

It’s a small miracle: the house is still quiet at eight-o-clock in the morning on this beautiful sunny Sunday.

We’re all recovering from yesterday’s birthday festivities and all the excitement that entailed. The birthday boy, Mateo, had set his alarm for 5:15am, and woke up instantly revved up for the day.

He ended up going for a four kilometer run with his father just to burn off some steam while I prepped his birthday breakfast. Nine is so adorable. My, they are all growing up so fast.

So here I am with my coffee; reflecting on the fact that February is nearly over. You’ve all been so kind to stick around while things are fairly quiet on the blog. I’ve been juggling exciting new projects with my cookbook edits in addition to the usual work that comes with raising three children, and well, blogging occasionally falls through the cracks.

That said, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite links from the web – recipes, articles and kitchen inspiration – for your reading pleasure…

Favourite Links

Favourite photos

And now a few photo highlights from February:

The Simple Bites winter pantry is getting less and less crowded, as we are eating up all my canned goods. Earlier in the month, I added two quarts of preserved lemons to the pantry shelves. They are so pretty and sunny! They are now in the fridge, waiting for spring and a million little ways they will improve my cooking. Look for a round-up coming this week for using preserved lemon in everyday cooking.

Clara and I had fun prepping Valentine’s treats by hand. She rolled, I dipped, she added the toppings and we both taste tested. This most excellent recipe for (vegan) Chocolate Macaroon Cookie Truffles is from the upcoming cookbook from Laura of The First Mess.

It doesn’t get any more Canadian than this: poutine eaten on skates on the Rideau Canal with a view of Parliament. Yes, We finally got our skate on the famous canal, with miles and miles of fine ice. It’s a good thing we carpe diemed when we did, a few weekends ago, because the canal is now closed for the season.

Spoils from our soup swap! It’s such a great way to bring people together in February. Make a big pot of soup to serve, open a bottle of wine and put out a cheese board.  Then sit back and relax with friends while the afternoon slips away.

My Mateo turns 9 this week and we celebrate yesterday with a group of adorable third-graders. The birthday boy had requested homemade chicken strips and fries for his lunch, which ended up being a great do-ahead meal for me. I made my Buttermilk Chicken Strips and frozen them a week before the party. Yum!

Also at Mateo’s request, I made another Meringue-Topped, Layered Ice Cream Birthday Cake. It was much easier to tackle in February! This time around I even made my own meringues, which are so easy (when there is no humidity). I made this cake a little different than the original, but that is part of the fun with an ice cream cake – you can customize it any way you like.

Have a beautiful Sunday, friends!

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. Happy birthday, Mateo! I am sure he loved the cake because it is DREAMY!! I make an ice cream cake once a year for my son’s birthday but seeing yours makes me want to break that rule, Aimee. Thanks for the link love. xx

  2. I’m so impressed that you can do a blog, cookbook and raise 3 children! I can hardly manage a blog and one child most of the time! That birthday cake is seriously so impressive!! What a lucky little boy! Thanks so much for the mention! <3 <3

  3. Ah SO excited to hear of the preserved lemon ideas because I just put my first ever batch in the fridge and now I’m like…okay great, what do I do with these beauties?!

  4. You have successfully made me hungry! 🙂 Looking forward to the preserved lemon roundup as well, as I have entirely too many stashed in my fridge. I want to try the puree I’ve seen on Food in Jars, but beyond that I’m stuck!

  5. zest nutrition.ca says

    I love the idea of a soup swap. Love your round-ups.

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