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.

A Garden Tour | Simple Bites

Tour our urban homestead

One of my promises last June was to share more of my experiences as an urban homesteader and today I’d like to extend an invitation to take a virtual walk around our city lot.

Yes, we are indeed urban; we don’t own a ranch or sprawling acreage. We have neighbours on two sides, and a street in front of the house. We happen to border on a small maple forest that in itself, borders wetlands that will never be developed. We’re fortunate that it is so private, given that downtown Montreal is only 20 minutes away. It suits us just fine.

I was raised a country girl and Danny was a city boy. When we started a family it was important for us to blend our two backgrounds in a way that made sense for our family. In my upcoming book, I give the full story of how we began our homestead – it was an emotional journey right from the start and worth every grey hair.

You’ve already toured the kitchen, so let’s head outdoors today and meet the cats and hens. (Pst: For privacy reasons, I haven’t posted photos of the house facade from the street.)

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Extra-Crisp Pear Lavender Crisp | Simple Bites #dessert #pears #recipe

Extra-Crispy Pear-Lavender Crisp

This post is sponsored by KitchenAid Canada.

Local apples are not quite sweet enough for my liking yet, but fortunately we have pears from neighbouring province Ontario to tide us over.

Bartlett pears have replaced peaches on my kitchen counter and the first basket I bought fulfilled their destiny in this dessert. I’m a big fan of the super simple slow cooker apple crisp (it’s a great kitchen job for kids), but lately I’ve been craving a really crumbly topping. An extra-crisp fruit crisp.

Fortunately, one of my favourite Canadian bloggers, Charmian, recently released a cookbook titled The Messy Baker and I found just what I was looking for between its beautiful covers.

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Weekend Links and Photos

You all made me hungry when you described your cooking and baking adventures in the comments of my last post. Thanks for sharing them.

I loved reading about every thing you cooked and am glad so many have enjoyed my Creamy Cauliflower CapelliniCongratulations to my giveaway winner, Rebecca N, who recently cooked…..stuffed peppers! Rebecca, look for an email coming your way soon.

A big thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. You can find Jessica’s books on Amazon:

Here’s what I loved around the web this week (and last!):

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Bite this Book: Good Cheap Eats {giveaway}

If you’re a long-time reader, you’ll remember the name Jessica Fisher from our Eat Well, Spend Less series which she spearheaded for over a year. Jessica is kind of an expert on the topic.

Now she has released a new book (we loved her Make Ahead & Freeze cookbook) and it’s absolutely fantastic. Good solid home cooking for families like yours and mine.

Good Cheap Eats (the book) is inspired by Good Cheap Eats (the blog), which I’ve been reading for the past five years. Jessica helps families and busy parents find better ways to get economical and healthy meal options on the table without sacrificing good taste or good nutrition.

Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for 10 or Less follows this theme, with over 70 two- and three-course meals (200 recipes) that feed a family of 4 for $10 or less. Along the way, Jessica has included over 100 tips for stretching grocery budgets, making ingredients go farther, and getting the most flavor from budget-friendly ingredients. Amazing!

Read on for an interview with Jessica and a chance to win TWO of her cookbooks.

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Honey-Sweetened Peach Lemonade | Simple Bites #recipe #drinks #eatseasonal

Honey-Sweetened Peach Lemonade

As long as there are peaches to be had, you can be sure we’ve got a basket ripening on the counter for salads, cobblers, and juicy snacks.

They are Noah’s absolute favourite fruit, which is why it made sense to feature them in a honey-sweetened lemonade for his recent birthday party. We celebrated Noah’s ninth birthday on Sunday – which is just mind-boggling because didn’t I just make this robot cake for his seventh? And his third doesn’t seem all that long ago, come to think of it.

Perhaps I’ll post a few more photos from the party later in the week, but this recipe for peach lemonade had to be shared as soon as possible. Hopefully you haven’t moved onto apples and pumpkin just yet; there’s plenty of time for that later in the fall.

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