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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Food Revolution Day

Food Revolution Day 2015: What YOU can do to help

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day is tomorrow.

Yes, this Friday, May 15th, 2015 is the fourth annual Food Revolution Day – a day of global action created by Jamie Oliver to engage and inspire people of all ages to learn about food and how to cook it. Once again, I am beaming with pride to be a part in my own small way, and I’ve got plenty of ideas for you should you wish to join in the movement.

The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation uses the power of Jamie’s global voice to shout about important food issues, driving individuals and businesses to take part in impactful change and pushing governments to improve their food policies in support of better public health.

This FRD, Jamie is asking for help – and it’s easier than ever to throw your support behind him.

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Tangy Quinoa Spring Salad Cups | Simple Bites

Lunchbox Renewal & All-Purpose Citrus Boost Dressing

You know you’re in trouble when your lunchbox board on Pinterest fails to spark any excitement.

All around us, a spring renewal of sorts is in progress. My Facebook friends are donating their entire closet of clothes in favour of something called a ‘capsule wardrobe’. My neighbour is filling half his driveway with junk every Wednesday for the garbage man to take. And in nature, florescent greens are overtaking the soft browns with each passing day.

One thing hasn’t changed: the doldrums of the bagged lunch. Danny and my boys take one every day, but the school year is long and we still have two months until summer vacation. Can we revive the lunchbox? I think so.

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family picnic time

Weekend links and photos

A lot of lovely things happened this week, although none of them were blogging, for better or worse.

Let’s see, there was a morning spent teaching a cooking class to twenty-five 4th graders, which made my palms damp and my heart swell with pride. I discovered it’s just as much fun teaching in a classroom setting than it is in my kitchen.

There was more gardening and planting, including a Concord grape vine, which I am hoping will eventually grow to cover my pergola. It will, right? Grapes vines are new to me, but I am hopeful for future jam, juice and jelly.

There was recipe testing in earnest for a few freelance projects and my next cookbook. There was a Mother’s Day picnic planned and then cancelled, due to rain. There was Saturday’s rained out barbecue and Thursday’s cinq à sept with local food bloggers, which not surprisingly, finished at midnight.

There were a few interviews for a few upcoming publications and one lady asked a question that really got me thinking: “What kind of strengths do you think city folk have that could lend themselves to a homesteading lifestyle?” I thought about writing a post on it…but then writing time was scarce this week.

Then there was this post, which kept me hopping for the better part of the day trying to make sure this little blog didn’t crash with the traffic. Welcome, new readers! It’s been a full week; now onto favourite links and photos.

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Sour Cream and Ramp Gnocchi with Sautéed Kale

Sour Cream & Ramp Gnocchi with Sautéed Kale and Crispy Bacon

It is my firm belief that many spring foods need to be just as hearty and filling as winter fare, at least for those of us with gardens to plant.

From turning the compost to prepping the ground for planting, hauling soil and rocks and clearing brambles, an afternoon of work on our homestead can leave me utterly famished. It’s on those days when a meal featuring bacon, gnocci and sour cream makes complete sense. I love my spring salads and soups, I DO, but I won’t say no to refuelling with fully loaded bowl of carbs.

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