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How I freeze big batches of sweet corn

For some time now, Clara has been passionately into everything and anything that captures her big brothers’ attentions. In her opinion, they’ve hung the moon and stars and she wants to be just like them.

So she plays LEGO, learns to balance on logs and ‘fences’ with sticks. She chases the soccer ball and dances with abandon to this hit song. It’s cool – if Noah and Mateo think so.

Rewind to July and a big summer picnic we attended. There was a corn shucking contest for the kids, with some tantalizing surprises; Noah and Mateo were all in. Clara witnessed it all from the sidelines as husks flew and cobs piled up. Her brothers didn’t win anything that day, but something was firmly fixed in Clara’s brain: corn shucking was a sport to practice with abandon.

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10-Minute Creamy Cauliflower Capellini Recipe | Simple Bites #dinner #recipe #vegetarian #family

Creamy Cauliflower Capellini

A flock of Canadian geese woke me from my slumbers early this morning; their trumpeting infiltrating my dream until I roused myself and went to the window.

The flock was so low, it seemed as though their wings would touch the tops of our maple trees. On and on they swept past, their downy undersides casting shadows over the homestead as they headed south. I heard them loud and clear: fall is here.

I’m ready for autumn. We’ve made peace with the return to school (what other option is there?), we harvested loads of berries, and the pantry is well stocked with pickles. I’ve invited friends over for a corn roast this upcoming weekend and plan on bobbing for apples and decorating with pumpkins. Let the sweater weather come; I’ll be watching the leaves turn and the geese leave us behind.

I’m also ready for comfort food, and it starts with today’s simple recipe for Creamy Cauliflower Capellini that comes together in under ten minutes.

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Weekend Links and Photos

Pinch me, because today and tomorrow I am working on a story with one of my very favourite magazines, in the comforts of my own backyard.

The kids and I are preserving summer produce with a few friends and a crew is here to style and photograph it all as we work (play, really).  I’m hoping I’ll be able to post a few behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram. Speaking of, are you following me there? I post my garden hauls, share what’s in the boys lunchboxes, and anything I happen to be currently crushing on…

Now here’s what I loved around the web this week:

And of course a few photos from the week:

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Ideas from a late- summer fridge | Simple Bites

Hungry? Ideas for good eats from my late summer fridge

I‘m a fan of organizing the refrigerator before a long weekend or major holiday. It happens at Easter, to make room for ham and cheesecake, and before Christmas, in order to house party punch and appetizers.

It makes me feel on top of things, at least in one department! This Labor Day weekend we’re having a few friends over and I’ve pepped a few things in advance so I can spend more time visiting around my grill.

I store a lot of items in jars, so I can see at a glance what I have on hand, and now you can too. Want to see what’s on those shelves? Hit the jump.

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Grilled Chicken & Sweet Pepper Fajitas

I‘m late to the grilling party this year, mostly because our ten-year-old gas barbecue finally called it quits earlier in the summer. I flipped a few burgers over a campfire, and even grilled trout over the open flame, but it wasn’t until we were well into August before we invested in a charcoal grill.

Just in time, too, because I can’t go through this time of the year with out grilled fruit salad, cedar planked salmon, or smokey shrimp tacos. This grilled summer vegetable salad is another favourite…and the list could go on and on.

Our Weber came at the recommendation of family grilling expert, Jan, and my photographer/grill master friend, Tim. I have been wanting to make the switch to charcoal for some time, although I wasn’t quite prepared for the learning curve. It’s…challenging. And how I love a good challenge.

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