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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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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Weekend links and photos

Today I am so very thankful that the month of May has thirty-one days. I wasn’t prepared to turn the calendar and accept the arrival of June quite yet.

We’ve got one more day to get ready. A morning to shop for sun hats, shake down grass seed on the bare patches of lawn and then bake something delicious with rhubarb. An afternoon to take one more walk to look for morels and gather a handful of delicate lily of the valley before they disappear into the ground for another year. And one last evening in May to draw a deep breath before plunging into the busiest, most exciting summer this family has ever experienced.

Thank you to all who commented, emailed and messaged me after my post on gaining perspective. I’ve been fortunate to have a bunch of encouraging conversations, some straight-up solid advice, and a mountain of support – all which have left me with courage and confidence to face each unique situation in my life. I’ve found peace and am very grateful for the support of friends who get me.

A new podcast, a family food website and recipes, here’s what I’ve been loving around the web this week:

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Clara's spring picnic

Weekend links and photos

Yesterday was the last big push to get the garden planted, and my sore back this morning is a reminder of work well done.

The rain held off until the last seedling was tucked into the raised bed and then it fell gently, as if to bless our efforts. I’ll share a few garden photos soon, even though it’s just starting to come alive.

This week, I started reading The Secret Garden aloud to the boys before bed. I haven’t read this classic in probably twenty years and I found myself drawn in to Mary’s story all over again. There are so many characters to love: Dickon. Ben Weatherstaff. Susan Sowerby.

As spring comes to our homestead, we’ll be reading about changes at Misselthwaite Manor and how the robin showed the way to the secret garden. It seems apropos.

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