Weekend links and photos: Canning Edition

I was offline much of this week; the weather was too nice to stay indoors and so we camped, hiked, fished and gardened from morning until evening.

As a result, I have a good collection of photos to recap the week, plus a recipe for Danny’s most requested breakfast food. What is it? Read on to find out, but first, a short round-up of must-read articles.

Weekend links – canning edition:

Here’s the week in photos:


Camping breakfast starts with homemade instant oatmeal. Later their might be bacon, eggs and sour cream & onion potatoes, but at 6:30 in the morning, boiling water for cereal and coffee is the best I can do.

catching frogs

A June afternoon spent catching bullfrogs with friends. What could be better?

kids with fresh caught fish

Maybe an afternoon spent catching rainbow trout. Yep, most definitely better.

fresh caught trout

Fresh trout makes a splendid camping dinner. Forget hot dogs, this is what supper in the great outdoors should look like.

Outdoor dining: a plate of fresh-caught fish

Fresh-caught trout, cooked over an open fire: camping food at its finest.

sleeping kids

The car ride home from camping; I think they had a good time.


Birthday breakfast for Danny: a Bismark or Dutch Pancake.

Danny's Bismark

Quick to make and delicious to eat, the Bismark will always be Danny's most requested breakfast item.
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Course: Breakfast & Brunch
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Aimee


  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter the best quality possible
  • pure maple syrup to taste, for serving
  • fresh fruit to taste, for serving


  • Preheat oven to 450F.
  • Whisk together milk, eggs flour and salt to make a batter. Don't over mix.
  • Place butter in a 10-inch frying pan and place in the oven. When the butter is melted and bubbly, carefully pour the batter into the pan. Bake for about 12 minutes or until the sides are puffy and brown and the centre is set.
  • Remove from oven, cut into 4 portions and serve with maple syrup and plenty of fresh fruit.

Danny's birthday

We celebrated Danny’s birthday on July 1st. Mateo and I made a variation on Cheri’s Tender White Cake and layered it simply with whipped cream and strawberries. The recipe made 2 – 8inch rounds and I froze one for later, as a single round, split in two layers was sufficient for our family.

Everyone helped to blow out the candles.

Canada day cake

It was also Canada Day, so I served up a slice in honour of our great country; the babysitter was kind enough to pose for the shot with her perfectly lovely lace dress.

garden greens

Our humble homestead haul from one afternoon. Look for a full garden update coming to the blog next week.

Have a wonderful weekend, all!

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. Looks like camping was so fun! Nothing is better than freshly caught fish for dinner.

    I can’t wait to try that Bismark either. It looks devine!!

  2. 5 stars
    Mmmm the trout looks amazing Aimee! What a perfect time you had!

  3. Camping, fishing, and eating good food sounds like a perfect way to spend a summer weekend!

    The tender white cake also looks delicious with the berries and cherries. Might even have to try making it with 3 layers 🙂

  4. That photo of the kids with the stringer of fish…fabulous! Very nostalgic, brings back memories from fishing as a kid. And Happy Birthday, Canada! We were on a family vacation in Seattle this past week and took a day trip to Victoria on Canada Day – what a beautiful day for a visit. It was festive and patriotic and so happy. Thanks for the jam link, too. 😉

  5. Such lovely pics from your camping trip. The fish looks divine!! I’m excited to see your garden update. Ours is just starting to take off!!

  6. Love the family photo at the end 🙂

    And your idea to freeze one round is so smart! We always end up with so much extra cake (that I usually just end up eating as a midnight snack…). Halving one to make it a layer cake is a great idea.

  7. 5 stars
    I will most definitely try out the Bismark you made for Danny , Looks so delicious …

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