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Weekend links and photos

It’s been the coldest February on record. Ever. I know I’ve been going on and on about the cold lately, but, people, it hasn’t let up one bit.

Noah and Mateo tumble through the door on school afternoons with red cheeks and frozen eyelashes. Noah has taken to dropping his bag and heading straight for the pantry, where he reaches for the Dutch cocoa. He stirs it with maple syrup in a pot and adds enough milk for three mugs full. Then he serves homemade hot cocoa to his brother, and little sister too. Sometime I round out the treat with homemade marshmallows.

We all do what we can to stay warm.

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Brown Eggs & Jam Jars

Weekend links: Brown Eggs and Jam Jars edition

The past few weeks have been a blur of airports and book events, interspersed with caring for three little ones sick with colds. I’m currently in warm Austin, Texas when I hosted an author signing and am catching up with friends over fantastic barbecue and Tex-Mex.

I had to drop in and share a few posts from around the web because there are a whole bunch of opportunities to win a copy of Brown Eggs and Jam Jars. Advance copies have been in the hands of food bloggers for several weeks now, and they are sharing their initial thought on the cookbook.

It’s been an honour to have my book in their kitchens. I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that this long-awaited project is out there, but it most definitely is because I’ve signed copies from Montreal to Vancouver!

So without further ado, here’s a round-up of links featuring Brown Eggs and Jam Jars and how you can win a copy:

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Weekend links, photos – and a podcast

It’s the weekend at long last and we’re cherishing these slow days before I head out on a small book tour (dates/locations can be found here).

Yep, my cookbook officially releases next week, although it has already been spotted in bookstores from Halifax to Seattle. I’m finally starting to feel like an author. Maybe.

A little bit of fun: my friend Tsh had me as a guest on her awesome podcast: The Art of Simple Podcast. We chat about our respective holidays on different sides of the globe, healthy family food habits, what it was like to photograph a cookbook with no food waste, and the beauty of slow blogging.

Fun fact: it was five years ago today when Tsh and I launched Simple Bites together, so in a way, this was a mini reunion of sorts. She’s currently traveling the globe with her family of five, so a podcast is about the closest we get to hanging out together. Go give it a listen!

Here’s what I loved reading around the web this week:

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Weekend Links & Photos

This week was split between kitchen days and office days, each as furiously busy as the next.

A few book tour dates are shaping up with several more to come, and those details are getting sorted out as time marches on toward my cookbook’s release day. It’s exciting and a little terrifying. It’s definitely happening.

Just a quick reminder to say that if you did pre-order Brown Eggs & Jam Jars (thanks!), you can take advantage of the Bonus Recipe Bundle that is my gift to you. It has these eight, all-new recipes and they are sure to become your new favourites.

BEJJ Bonus recipe bundle

Here’s what made me hungry around the web this week:

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Weekend links {Eat Seasonal edition}

We’re all officially on Christmas break here on the urban homestead and it feels positively splendid.

Little Clara is on the mend and almost back to her old self. The school backpacks are stashed away for a few weeks, and we’re even sleeping in a little. Incredible! This week will be slower, wrapping up a few projects for Christmas and easing into the holiday fun.

My favourite links this week are from my fellow group of bloggers who love to celebrate the seasons through local fare. The #EatSeasonal gals have an incredible line-up of drinks, salads, sides and main featuring everything from brussels sprouts to butternut squash. There’s plenty of inspiration for this week’s menu plan, so hit the jump to read all about it.

PS. Our Bite this Book giveaway winner is Sharon Holbrook. Congratulations!

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