Weekend links and photos

If you’re a mother, I hope you’re surrounded by peace and quiet while reading this and that the sun is shining as brightly on you as it is here. Happy Mother’s Day!

We’re headed for a drive in the country, a small hike and a picnic. It’s always been my preferred celebration mode – putting as much distance between myself and the laundry piles. Okay, it’s also a beautiful time of year to be out in nature.

Here’s what caught my eye around the web this week:

I’m starting a new routine of sharing a handful of simple iPhone photos from our week. Each Sunday, along with weekend links, I’ll post our favourite snaps. Here’s the first round!


We celebrated spring with a coconut tres leches cake decorated with cinnamon whipped cream and the season’s first blooms.


Clara’s been loving our daily outings and the absence of snow.”Outside! Outside!” she cries until we don our rain boots and traipse out to pick ramps.


I couldn’t be happier that spring salads are back for week-day lunches. In a few weeks, we should have our own eggs. We’ve got six lovely brown hens back in the coop (pictured at the top of the post).


Noah made his very first icebox cake for our last Sunday dinner. It tastes like summer. I wanted to top it with strawberries, but until they are local, they just don’t taste like real berries.


This book arrived last week and I read the entire thing in one evening. It’s delicious.


Adder’s Tongue grow wild on the forest floor, their delicate yellow blooms adding splotches of colour amid the brown leaves. We don’t pick them, as they wilt so quickly.


Cornmeal is still a frequent request for breakfast from my boys. We’ve been eating it polenta-style, quite thick, with a pour of maple syrup over the top and a pat of butter. I like adding roasted strawberries from my dwindling freezer stash, too.

ice cream

Yesterday was the first day it felt hot. We celebrated with ice cream downtown and a trip to the MMFA.

Have a beautiful Mother’s Day!

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 salad looks like perfection!

  2. I love the edible flowers on the cake! Hopefully our spring weather is not far behind yours!

  3. La Torontoise says

    Aimee, love these pictures. When being on business trips t Montreal I spent my weekend at MMFA!
    Hope you had a great mother’s day?
    Our 10 years old boy made a complete cake himself for mother’s day, with some help of his father to bring it in and out of the oven. I was so much appreciative. It also reminded me of the gingerbread house project from the pre-Christmas time on your blog.
    Have a good week!

    • My mother’s day was lovely, thank you. We actually fit in a small hike and the weather was spectacular.

      A cake from scratch! How impressive! Sounds like your day was special also.

  4. Thank you for the link love! I hope you were thoroughly spoiled this mother’s day : )

  5. Are Adder’s Tongue and Trout Lilies the same? If so, I was told that they are edible. The leaves can be eaten (in moderation) in salads. We have some growing in our backyard as well as having a huge patch of them along the bike path near are home. I haven’t braved a taste yet. 🙂

    Beautiful pictures. 🙂

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