Strawberry rhubarb rice pudding

Weekend links and photos

The fact that I am only getting around to this list of weekend links at eight-o-clock on Sunday evening says a lot about how my week went: unproductive.

It started at 7am last Monday morning, when I went out to move the chicken coop with Danny, something I’ve done many times before. But this time, I pulled something in my lower back. A strain? A sprain? Whatever happened in that moment felt like my lower backbone had splintered. All symptoms (and Google) pointed toward a herniated disc.

The swelling started, the pain and numbness moved down my right leg and up to my shoulder. I could barely walk. The doctor declared it a bad sprain, ordered bedrest as much as possible, heat to relax the muscles, and prescribed anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants.

Talk about feeling helpless. Simply rolling over in bed was difficult and going to the bathroom an ordeal. I cancelled my plans for the week and focused on keeping the family home up and running as much as possible.

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Grilled salmon | Simple Bites

Weekend links and photos

Happy Mother’s Day!

I am writing this in hopes that you are lounging in bed or lingering on a sunny patio, waiting for breakfast or at least coffee and a croissant. I’m doing the same; don’t worry, this post was scheduled in advance!

Yesterday my Mother’s Day gift arrived: a load of earth, deposited on our driveway. We spent a good part of the day moving wheelbarrow loads of soil around to the four corners of the homestead. The raspberries got a top-up, the raised beds had a layer added, I dug a new bed for sunflowers, and all of my pots & planters were filled.

My back and shoulders a little stiff and sore, but I’m thrilled that we are now ready. to. plant! Today, however, is for relaxing: breakfast in bed, reading, and a long walk as a family.

Here’s what I’ve been reading and loving around the web this week:

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Cookies

Weekend Links & Photos

So far my weekend is shaping up to be the complete opposite to our drawn out Easter break, meaning: tranquil.

A drive in the country, a game night with friends and tonight, a re-watch of this film. (by the way, have you seen it? much more than your average romcom)

Easter was lovely, though, and below I’m sharing a few photos from the weekend. As busy as it was, we are blessed to have our family healthy and whole.

I’ve got a great line up of recipes coming to the blog in April – a nourishing do-ahead breakfast, a fast family dinner, and a creative vegetarian ‘whole bowl’ inspired the new cookbook that is about to drop from my friend Allison.

But in the meantime, here’s what I’ve been reading and loving this week:

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Lemon Arugula Pasta

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:

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Hot Cocoa

Weekend links, checking in and a holiday author event

Hello. It’s me.

I’ve missed you so. Despite having no recipe to share, I had to update you on the transplant recovery process – and just say hello, Adele-syle.

When I signed off in October, we were in the height of fall beauty, and now the days are true November grey. The clocks fell back when we were in the hospital, and we returned home to eat our dinners in darkness. I have to force myself to see the beauty in the bleak landscape, and indeed in our lives right now. We’ve just been a little out of sorts – even in the kitchen.  I’ve been having one recipe failure after another. But we’ll get back on track soon.

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