Weekend links and photos

We had family staying with us for the better part of last week and then we all skipped town for a family wedding on the weekend. I’m trying to catch up now, as another busy week looms ahead.

Life will resume a normal pace eventually, right? Somedays I’m not so sure.

Hey, we have two winners for our cookbook giveaway! Congratulations to Ray and Rachel! You’ve both been notified via email and your copies of Michael Smith’s Family Meals will be mailed out shortly. A big thank you to all who entered the giveaway.

Here’s what I loved reading this week:

And now onto my favourite photos: Fruit galettes, Quebec City vista and Danny in a tux…

Corn chowder | Simple Bites

Harvest Corn Chowder is back on the weeknight dinner menu. Chock full of fresh garden herbs and served with a salad and baguette, it’s no wonder this is one of our favourite summer soups. I added black beans to this batch; it’s a customizable recipe.

Two fruit galettes | Simple bites

I made side-by-side galettes for our guests, with strawberry and peach duelling for top honours. It seems we’re not the only ones who love a simple summer galette; this image garnered the most Likes on any Instagram photo I’ve ever posted!

Update: strawberry was the winner. Our peaches just are not sweet enough yet.

Vintage Pyrex | Simple Bites

We slipped into Finnegan’s flea market recently to scout for a sink and a few other items. I couldn’t help but photograph this stunning display of vintage Pyrex. Do you have a collection? I don’t but now I’m thinking I need to collect a set. What’s your favourite?

Blueberry oat muffins

Phase 2 of our deck reno happened last week and I baked these Wild Blueberry Oat Muffins for the construction guys. It’s merely the best muffin recipe ever, with orange zest and blueberries as add-ins; perfect for featuring local berries.

Summer dinner platter | Simple Bites

This is how I like to eat in the summer: roast chicken (this one was purchased), simple boiled potatoes and corn, fresh picked vegetables with this Tangy Avocado Dressing. Assemble and serve.

Quebec City

Put Quebec City on your list of places to see. It’s an accessible Europe, meaning it has the feel of a city in France, but it is not quite so far. We enjoyed walking around the old city and the view from the citadel. Must return again soon.

Wimbush-Bourque family

We were in Quebec City for the wedding of Danny’s brother. We managed to ditch our country Crocs and Birkenstocks for the day and spruce up for the event. Those boys are going to be as tall as I am soon. Crazy.

And that was a peek at our week!

Here’s hoping the week ahead is wonderful!

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. Fun to see your beautiful family – and all dressed up too!

    I have a mild vintage pyrex obsession. I inherited a lovely set from my grandmother, have thrifted a few more here and there. . . but I’m really hoping to find the 1958 Turquoise Hot Air Balloon bowls someday – they are my favorite!

  2. Can you help me out here? The raspberry cream cake links to the potato salad recipe as does the potato salad line. I’d love to read that cake recipe. Otherwise lovely photos and links! You have a very sweet family.

  3. I remember seeing that picture of the vintage pyrex on your Instagram account and thinking, “Hm, maybe I need to start collecting those…” I’m sure my husband will be thrilled to know I’m tossing around the idea of bringing more things into the kitchen (I may have a few sets of dinnerware).

  4. Hey, Quebec City is where we honeymooned and today is our anniversary – nice coincidence! It’s a lovely city and I hope we can go back again now that we have more people to share it with 🙂

  5. I have my grandmother’s primary color Pyrex mixing bowls and love them. I really wish I’d thought to save my other grandmother’s set as well.

  6. Your family is so beautiful, and I can’t believe how big Clara has gotten! Also, I’m still swooning over all that vintage Pyrex. I adore the green and jadeite colors, but the pink is a close second.

  7. ann in E. oregon says

    I love the bowls with the cherries!

  8. My little family took a road trip through Canada this summer and stopped in Quebec City–it was such a highlight of our trip! I had no idea it would be so European-feeling. Love me some crepes and baguettes :).

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