Weekend Links & Photos

I‘ve been thinking about silver linings a lot. Usually I can spot one easily, but this week has me temporarily stumped.

We’ve been battling a severe stomach bug for a solid seven days, each of us succumbing one after another to the chills, shakes, nausea – and worse. I leave out the gruesome details, but sufficient to say, there’s been a lot of ginger tea and saltine crackers. It’s been rough; it’s never easy to watch your children suffer.

As you can imagine, there’s been very little eating, no cooking, and certainly no blogging. But we’ve survived so far, and after reading my friend Amy’s story this week, I’m grateful this bout of gastro is only a temporary trial. Perhaps that is the silver lining I’ve been missing all this time.

So, being laid up, I’ve had a bit more time to read and reflect; here’s what I’m loving and bookmarking from around the web in February. I can’t wait to try these recipes just as soon as I’m back on my feet:

And here’s a small round-up of my favourite recent images from Instagram:

Winter white meusli breakfast || Simple Bites (no recipe)

This homemade meusli is going in my next cookbook. It makes a quick breakfast with sliced fruit and almond milk.

Winter creek

Clara and I often take an afternoon walk just as the sun begins to slant through the trees. It’s beautiful every time.

Cauliflower Soup || Simple Bites (no recipe)

I found a sale on cauliflower recently, and revived my love of a simple, creamy cauliflower soup. It inspired another winter white meal, rounded out with julienned apple, bagel & cream cheese.

January bagged lunch || Simple Bites

A very February lunchbox: yogurt & roasted strawberries (frozen from summer), clementine, roasted chickpeas, carrot coins, leftover roast beef & Yorkshire pudding, homemade baby dill pickle, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. This one was for me, when I was able to slip away for a solid 6-hour afternoon of writing.

Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowl (no recipe)

Occasionally I am trendy, and make things like this breakfast bowl of chia pudding with all sorts of winter fruits, seeds, coconut and, yes, chocolate shavings.

Dinner prep mac & cheese

Just a bit of Meatless Monday mac & cheese prep: parsley pesto from the freezer, roasted butternut squash, and brown butter panko topping.

Preserved Meyer Lemons

I recently made a new batch of preserved lemons so I can keep making these special madeleines. You all know this trick for keeping them submerged in the salt brine, right? Break two skewers and make a cross in the jar to hold the lemons down.

Quebec pond

One more of the pond, this time at sunset. Our winter has been so mild it hasn’t frozen over yet for skating.

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. We battled a stomach bug last week. Worst thing. Glad we are getting back to normal and so are you! The outdoor scenes are beautiful!

  2. Your immune system is getting stronger! It’s kicking a**. Maybe that’s your silver lining? I hope you feel better soon.

  3. hey girl I’ll be praying for you and your family! Being sick is not fun! Love ya

  4. Hope you all are feeling better soon!

  5. I keep hearing of families down with the stomach bug all over. I do hope your family is better soon!!!

  6. Poor Danny! I hope you’re on the mend since you could post this entry. Having one adult be healthy makes everything go so much smoother.

    Thank you for posting the link to Amy’s story. I think it will be clearing up a lot of concerns in my husband’s family.

  7. I hope you guys are on the mend! Thank you so much for your kind words, lady! I appreciate you linking up to my story. It is crazy how many people are suffering through the same stuff and still seeking answers for their families. Love you, friend! xo

  8. Hi. Hope you are getting better! It is suffering being sick! Take care

  9. You have a really beautiful blogpost. Loved the images you have shared from Insta and btw did you try those recipes yet? 🙂

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