Tuesday Tidbits (#48)

Happy Tuesday Tidbits, everyone!

I want to start off your day with some beautiful eye candy from Instagram.  Kim Byer of Paper Apron is a food writer and designer and her passion for food truly shines in these stunning photographs.  I’m totally crushing on her mad skills in both her creative recipes and wonderful eye for just the right shot.


If you weren’t in the mood to celebrate Spring before today, you will be now after taking in these beauties.


Kim is aiming to start up her blog very soon.  I can’t wait and I’ll be sure to share her new site info with you.


Thanks so much for sharing with us today, Kim! Click on the links or pics to enjoy each day on Instagram.

Another recent obsession of mine is this Asparagus and Shrimp Coconut Curry Soup.


Chris from The Cafe Sucre Farine is so creative with her dishes and this soup has all my favourite ingredients.  Everything is so fresh and the addition of mint and lime just takes it over the top.  Gotta have it!  Thanks so much for sharing this with my readers today, Chris.Asparagus-and-Shrimp-Coconut-Curry-2

And now that you’re in the mood for checking out beautiful food, take a peek at this new site for finding exactly what you’re craving most.

Resepiz Collage

Whether you’re a food blogger or food lover, this site has loads of inspiration for your own kitchen.  Loving it!

Now we’ve got the inspiration, the recipes and next you’ll want to be planning your week of meals.  My friend, Jenny at The Melrose Family has launched her first ebook, The Meal Planning Game Plan and I’m all over it!  Do you want to remove the daily stress of trying to figure out what you’re cooking?  Want to stop wasting food and money? Would you like to ensure you family is eating a healthy meal each night?  If you’re saying yes to these questions, then you’ll want to use Jenny’s game plan to make your meal planning fun and freeing up time for the kidlets.


Jenny often visits my blog for her meal planning and I was thrilled that she let her readers know about my healthy recipes.  This is a game changer, folks.  Check it out here.

You’ll want to check out my new Pinterest board for Healthy Spring Recipes for inspiration as well.  So many talented food bloggers/photographers with gorgeous creations.  I get so excited every time I check out the new pins!


This Smoked Salmon Asparagus Quiche from Healthy Green Cooking is calling my name.  I can’t wait to try this!


Spring is here with all it’s beautiful flowers and rhodos and azaleas are one of the best signs. (except here at home where we had 6 inches of snow last night! ha!)  Check out this amazing 125 year old rhododendrun on Vancouver Island, Canada.  Love this site for more amazing flowering trees around the world.  They’ll make your day!


I found another cool colouring page, you guys!  More and more adults are confessing to the fact that they love to colour as a form of relaxation and I’m loving it!  I discovered how much I enjoyed it when my niece and nephews were young and I continue to play at it now that they’ve tossed the crayons.   Animals, abstracts and just about anything you want here.


If you’re like this adorable sheep and craving the sunshine, click here for more photos that are guaranteed to give you the warm fuzzies when you see nature illuminated by the sun.

And if you’re wanting to spend some time in the sunshine with the kids, here’s some great tips on container gardening.


This site will give you lots of tips on growing vegetables in containers.  If each child is assigned their own container, I’m guessing they’ll take very good care of it.  What a great way to encourage our future gardeners!


As the weather finally begins to warm up, we’re also going to have to deal with the arrival of pesky insects.  Did you know that if you use a combination of natural oils, they can be a natural repellant?


Check out this site for some help on creating your own natural insect force field.

If you pride yourself on your proficiency in the English language, give this site a visit and see how many words you recognize.  These are The New York Times 50 Most Challenging Words.


I didn’t keep track of my score but I surmised that I am not the wordsmith I thought I was.  Ha!

Whenever you’re needing inspiration you may want to visit the site, Inspiration Peak, for quotes, stories, and poems.  This one caught my attention and I thought you would enjoy it.

You Learn 

Veronica A. Shoffstall  

After awhile you learn
the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn that love doesn’t mean possession
and company doesn’t mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
and presents aren’t promises and you begin to accept
your defeats with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of an adult not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build your roads today
because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have ways of falling down in mid-flight.
After awhile you learn that even sunshine
burns if you get too much so you plant your
own garden and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure
that you really are strong
and you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn…

If you’re a regular reader here, you know I have a thing for outdoor showers.  There’s something so uber-luxurious about them that I just can’t resist.


If you love these as well, you’ll want to visit this site to see more.


I know I usually end Tidbits on a high note but this video is another obsession of mine lately.  If you think about the true meaning of the song, it is uplifting but it’s also a tear-jerker so if you’re at the office, save it for home or your lunchbreak!  Cheers 🙂


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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    April 5, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Beautiful photos (and yay for a shout-out in Jenny’s book)! I’m SO so so ready for spring! 🙂
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      April 5, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Can you believe Kim’s beautiful feed, Blair? I knew you’d love her shots. I’m ready for Spring too and just when you think it’s here, you get hit with 6 inches of snow, lol.
      I’ve got to check out your casserole – sounds delicious!
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    Kim Byer
    April 5, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Robyn. I am just OVERWHELMED and as giddy as can be! I can’t tell you how exciting it to see my photos online — and so big! I’m used to seeing them as tiny little squares. It’s truly humbling to have you want to share something I’ve shot. It just means the world to me. And I love seeing how you feature all of these other cool recipes, people and places. I am going to go wandering around and see what else has caught your fancy. And then I’ll cry over the video. 😉
    Thank you again and again and again and again. 🙂 ~Kim

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    April 5, 2016 at 9:51 am

    LOL, I’m so glad you like the post, Kim! Honestly, your photos are some of the best I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait till you start up your blog! You’re so welcome. It was an honour to share your work 🙂
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    April 5, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Hi Robyn, Kim’s photos are amazing, cannot wait till she gets her site up and running. Also Veronica’s poem is very moving.
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    Anita Rivera
    April 5, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    HELLO ROBYN! I am home now from school and this is the perfect way to settle into my evening. First of all, Kim’s photography: WOW! I wonder if she has a special light to pick up all the colors of that first shot on a black backdrop…stunning. Then that rhododendron is magnificent! THE there’s the poem. Yes, this poet said it all.

    We learn that we possess nothing but the soul we carry, and even that, I don’t think we possess but we are guardians of it. So taking each day is the wisest thing to do. Oh how I have to learn that!

    Hugs to a very special friend. XOXOX

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      April 5, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Hi Anita. I knew you’d love Kim’s captures! I’m going to have to bribe her to get her secrets about lighting, lol.
      I hope your first day back at school was fun!

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    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    April 5, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Love your tuesday tidbits, Robyn. Always so many good things to check out. Loving Kim’s IG feed – so much inspiration there. And I’m a big container gardener – usually just tomatoes, cukes and zucchini – so definitely checking out the link to try and up my growing game! Have a great week!
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      April 5, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      So glad you enjoy tidbits, Geraldine. I can’t wait to start gardening again. The summer seems a long way off at the moment though!

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    GiGi Eats
    April 5, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    And I totally just got the urge to COLOR!!
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      April 5, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      LOL, it’s the best!

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    Bam's Kitchen
    April 6, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Spring has sprung and all kinds of delicious and fun tidbits here. I can’t wait to check out Jenny’s new e-book and oh my goodness that bath tub / shower is the best! Take care
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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    April 6, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Great post! Visually stunning, and so many great links to check out. Thanks!
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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    April 6, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Great collection of tidbits and so full of Spring colours! I assume you are getting this snow today, too?!! Will it ever end ?:)
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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    April 6, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    That 125 year old rodadendron is absolutely amazing! I have seen the asparagus and smoked salmon tart around lately and want to make it so badly! Everything is stunning and beautiful!
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    April 14, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    What eye candy those photos of Kim’s are! The salmon and asparagus tart looks amazing – hoping to try it out soon. It would be amazing to have an outdoor shower – hope you get one : ) We watched American Idol the night Kelly performed this song and had me (and much of the audience as well as herself) in tears. Such a moving song yet with hope also. Another good Tuesday of tidbits! (obviously I am a bit behind….)
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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    April 16, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    I’ve been missing your blog 🙂 Between work and baby, I just don’t have very much computer time! I’ve gotten back in the swing of posting once a week recipes– and that is a stretch for me right now! But, baby is sleeping better, and things will get going again soon, I can feel it 🙂

    My hometown got snow this week as well! Not 6 inches– but a good ground covering! One of the reasons I couldn’t wait to get out of there once I finished high school– but now I miss it! Too much sun and heat is the other extreme 🙂

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