Five things

Yesterday we skipped spring and went straight to summer — any hotter and the chickens would’ve been laying hard-boiled eggs. Which didn’t thrill me exactly — I like more temperate climes — but we’re back in the teens today so it’s all good. Here’s a quick five things to start us off on a good foot this week.Β 

five things april 18

1. Hot weather calls for cool salads, so last night I tried the avocado strawberry caprese salad from the new Love & Lemons Cookbook. Love the strawberries and tomatoes with fresh basil. I’ll be trying a few more recipes from the book this week.

2. Book surprises are the best surprises! This one came Friday from Penguin Random House Canada. (In case you’re reading this on your phone and can’t see, it’s The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-Based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes.) Stay tuned for a review in a couple of weeks.

3. Soon we’ll be planting herbs like we did last spring. This year we’ll do some chamomile Β for the bees. (Bee-cause they love it!) Do you plant herbs? Flowers? Vegetables too? How does your garden grow?

4. My favourite new print from Minted for an upcoming post. It’s Slow Zebra by Nikkol Christiansen. I can’t wait to show you the rest! That post won’t be up until May because I’m waiting for a related book to come out, but I’ll have another fun Minted post and giveaway for you before then.

5. Are you following me on Instagram? I’ve got a fab giveaway for Canadian and U.S. followers coming up in a couple of weeks that you won’t want to miss!

Thanks for reading, everybody! Talk to you again very soon.

15 thoughts on “Five things

  1. This post made me even more excited that it’s spring!! I wish I could be more of an efficient gardener but I have a black thumb. Chamomile sounds lovely!

    1. Thanks Lindsay! Wouldn’t it be ah-mazing to have a cutting garden for fresh flowers all summer long? I dream! (And I can only dream — black thumbs and crap soil here too.)

  2. I want to eat every meal at your house… and there even seems to be a glass of wine there to accommodate the fresh bread and wonderful looking salad, followed by grapes as a dessert…… Yummy. And such pretty flowers !!!!! Yes sprummer is here (spring combined with summer).- more summer than spring πŸ™‚

  3. hi Julie! I love your five things! πŸ˜€ Hasn’t the weather made a rapid turn-around?! Your salad looks yummy, and i can’t wait to hear about another new cookbook! I would to learn about planting herbs – we had a small vegetable garden last year – with cucumbers, tomatoes, beans and peas. Have a great week!

    1. Thanks so much Joy! πŸ™‚ I’d love to have a garden but we can’t even grow grass. Cucumbers, tomatoes, beans AND peas β€” that’s awesome! Hope you have a great week too.❀️

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