Weekend links and photos

June. And just like that summer has arrived. We’ve picked the first sweet cucumbers from the garden, the hens are laying regularly, and watermelon is an acceptable dessert once again. Yippee!

We have a giveaway winner to announce! Congratulations to Jori M who won a copy of The Nourished Kitchen. Jori said:

“We are members of a local organic CSA as a first step to eating in a more traditional way. I would love a comprehensive cookbook like this to help us get started!”

Jori, look for an email from me soon on how to claim your prize. A big thank you to all who entered.

Here’s a short list of what inspired me this week:

And here’s a snapshot of happenings around the urban homestead from the past week:


Patiently waiting on the first zucchini. The garden has really appreciated the rain we’ve been having.

chia seed doughnuts

These vegan chia seed doughnuts from the amazing The Oh She Glows Cookbook made a great power snack last week.

Drinks in the garden

Late afternoon drinks in the garden after a long week. Wish you were here.

homemade rocket

20 minutes earlier this rocket was just trash in the recycling bin. Who needs new toys? Not this boy.

rhubarb harvest

Fresh picked rhubarb? Check.

rhubarb muffins

And with that rhubarb we made and loved, loved, these gluten free Rhubarb and Polenta Muffins from Kathryn. Only I used a little all-purpose flour, so technically, they were not GF, but just fine for our family.

kids campfire

Campfires are back. As are lazy afternoons sitting on a log and reading a book.

melon splat

Summer means watermelon by the plateful – and one slice is always waiting to jump and splat. Uh oh.

Have a beautiful Sunday!

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. Lisa Matarazzo says

    Hi Aimee – It’s a beautiful sunny Sunday morning. Wow! I can’t believe your amazing garden. I’m just getting started today. I love your stories and the spaceship. Have a great day! Lisa

  2. The chia seed donuts look delicious! And love the idea of homemade toothpaste, so unique and delightfully hipster 🙂

  3. Happy Sunday to you too, and I love link posts like this! My favorite was the dumplings.

  4. that weekend is looking gorgeous Aimee! Love those days when they just stretch before you with infinite possibilities (at least it felt that way as a child)

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