Woman in Real Life:The Art of the Everyday

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Our Valentine's Day Party #NikonMOMents

My daughter and I decided to have a get-together with a few of her friends on Valentine's Day. I highly recommend sharing Valentine's Day with a group of enthusiastic and spirited tween girls. They had so much fun hanging out, doing Valentine's Day crafts and nibbling on snacks.

Of course, I had to snap some shots of these cuties partying in true preteen fashion. As a Nikon Mom, I have had a blast sharing photos taken with my Nikon D3300 over the last several months. And, although this is my last official post as a Nikon Mom, all of the photos for this blog will continue to be taken with my Nikon D3300 and my Nikon D5100.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday, Extreme Cold Edition

How's everyone doing? I, like many others, am trying not to sink into a pit of misery, given this unrelenting, bone-chillingly cold weather. I'm surprised I haven't packed on 20 pounds this winter, because all I want to do is sit around and eat by the fireplace.

How well I eat depends on what groceries we have in the house. This little pasta meal, above, is one of my desperation lunches. Not much in the house at all calls for sautéing frozen veggies and chickpeas, adding a bit of fresh asparagus and some leftover cooked pasta and dressing it up with a little bit of Bragg's liquid aminos. Oh, and I usually throw in some minced garlic. That helps. It's surprisingly good actually.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cool Stuff My Mom Gave Me & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #23

Last week, I shared a look at some of the "ugly" vintage goods my mom has given me. Some of you (including Mom) didn't think they were so ugly. And that's what's so great about the fact that we are all unique individuals with different tastes and preferences. Imagine if we all liked exactly the same things? How boring!

Anyway, this week I thought I would try to redeem myself by sharing some of my favourite treasures that my mom has given me. I adore my little collection of vintage brass candle holders. They generally sit unused (and rarely dusted) on a side table in my dining room. Now and then I give them an appreciative glance.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sweet Eats for All (Cookbook Review, Recipe & Giveaway)

Everybody should have dessert. That is the simple (and oh-so-true) premise behind Allyson Kramer's lovely cookbook Sweet Eats for All: 250 Decadent Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes--from Candy to Cookies, Puff Pastries to Petits Fours. If you or a friend or family member has food allergies, is following a vegan diet or simply wants to experiment with a variety of new dessert recipes, this book will help. Every single recipe in the book is free of animal products and gluten. Plus, there is a chapter devoted to desserts that are free of refined sugar. There are also recipes that are free of nuts, soy and corn.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Moist & Delicious Vegan Carrot Cake With Almond Breeze


If eating healthier is one of your new year's resolutions, cutting back on desserts may well be one of your chosen strategies. With all due respect to those who eliminate sugar from their diets (more power to you!) I like to indulge my sweet tooth by making healthier-than-store-bought homemade snacks and desserts. While they may contain sugar, I can also add more nutrient-dense and natural ingredients. One of the primary benefits of making desserts yourself is knowing exactly what's in your food!
This Moist & Delicious Vegan Carrot Cake is a good example. It contains all-natural ingredients such as light spelt flour, flax, carrots, raisins, walnuts, cinnamon and ginger. It also gets a lot of its moist deliciousness from the addition of Almond Breeze non-dairy almond beverage.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday

Happy What I Ate Wednesday! This past week has been a good one in terms of meals in this house. (Unfortunately that's not always the case.) One highlight was this long-weekend breakfast that I made on Sunday. It consisted of a tofu omelette filled with sautéed baby bella mushrooms, roasted asparagus and Daiya vegan mozzarella shreds. We also had vegan sausage and hash brown potatoes (from a bag - that tofu omelette took long enough to make!).

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ugly Stuff My Mom Gave Me & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #22

I have amassed quite a collection of vintage dishes and barware. Most of it was given to me by my mom. She and Dad used to go to lots of auctions and flea markets. When they winterized the cottage and retired there several years back, they ended up with far too much stuff in a smaller home.

Mom feels more inclined to get rid of stuff if somebody in the family takes it. Since my siblings don't usually want anything, that leaves me. And I'm happy to take it. For the most part. The odd time I have taken an item or two just to get it out of my their house. Like these two pieces. With apologies to my mom, I'm afraid this vintage orange vase, above, just ain't my thing.