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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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Jam Swap | Simple Bites

Weekend links and photos

Happy Sunday, all, and Happy Thanksgiving weekend to my Canadian readers. I wouldn’t be lying if I said I had pie for breakfast…

We have giveaway winners! Congratulations to our grand prize winner, Rebekah, and two runner up winners, Adrienne and Shannon. Ladies, check your inboxes for a email from me this morning.

A big thank you to all who entered the giveaway. Be sure to check out The Homemade Kitchen on Amazon where it is currently discounted.

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

Hit the jump for a few of my favourite fall photos from the homestead and beyond…

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The summer tablescape

Weekend links and photos

This weekend, with its long walks, picnics, and slow gardening, felt like a long exhale after an incredibly busy summer.

It’s been a little quiet around here, as you may have noticed. Other projects have taken up a lot of my time, as well as three little ones trying to squeeze every ounce of fun out of summer. And how!

School starts on Monday and we will be embracing that routine wholeheartedly. For me, it is a return to blogging and book writing, fall baking and just being. September, you are lovely. Thanks for finally getting here.

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Favourite culinary podcasts | Simple Bites

12 Smart and Fun Culinary Podcasts

Fall, winter, spring, summer, I’m always into podcasts, particularly the food-related kind.

There is no show on Netflix I am currently hooked on and we haven’t had cable (or even TV) in years, which means when I’m not reading, podcasts are my favourite diversion. I’m a hard core multitasker, and podcasts are the perfect way to stay educated, entertained and up-to-date on the global culinary scene while still getting my laundry folded or step count in for the day.

And to be honest, they are are a decent substitute for adult conversation for a work at home mom with a houseful of kids. I’ve been known to listen in on a conversation between Molly and Matthew with a solitary ear bud, while simultaneously supervising three kids running around a sunny park.

Podcasts seem to come and go rather quickly. Two years ago you would have found me tuning into David Leite’s Talking with My Mouth Full or Joy the Baker’s We’re About to be Friends. Last year there was Alphabet Soup, among others, but for whatever reasons, many podcasts die out or take very long breaks. This snappy round-up is keeping hip and current by only including culinary podcasts that are updating on a regular basis.

Listening to one full episode of a particular podcast is usually enough to make a decision whether or not you want to continue. I hope you jump in and discover a few new favourites!

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Family dinner on Simple Bites

Weekend links and photos

It seemed as though we waited for spring for forever, and then it came and went in a blink.

The days are much hotter now and we cool off with chilled watermelon, cold brew tea, and gardening under the lawn sprinkler. I’m logging long hours in my kitchen, working on both blog and book, not to mention a few side projects like hosting a wedding. Posts will continue to be a little less frequent over the summer, but there is some good stuff coming up, like our absolute favourite mid-summer fruit sorbet.

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

Hit the jump for news of my next reader event (West Coast!) and plenty of images from the homestead.

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