Woman in Real Life:The Art of the Everyday

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Miso Soup Bowls & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #19

I bought these sweet little blue bowls last time I was at the thrift store. (If you remember last week, I was clearly in a blue mood.) We have plenty of larger bowls in the house, but when I saw these bowls, miso soup immediately popped into my head.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Easy Vegan Chickpea Patties

Weeknights are tough. You're tired from working or taking care of kids, or both. You want to serve your family a healthy meal, but you lack the time, the energy and maybe the motivation. That's where these little chickpea patties come in. If you have bread crumbs on hand (I keep some in the freezer), these tasty, nutritious chickpea burgers will take you just 5 or 10 minutes to whip together and about 15 minutes to cook.

While the patties are frying, you can toss together a green salad and boil some potatoes (to fork-mash with a little olive oil and salt) and you have an easy, tasty, healthy weeknight meal. You can simply dip the chickpea patties in ketchup (to please the kiddos) or serve them with this simple vegan gravy.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Vegan & Gluten-Free Granola Bars With Cacao Nibs

vegan gluten-free granola bars recipe

My All or Nothing Granola Bars are a favourite treat of three generations of happy snackers in my family - me, my mom and my daughter. They are so much healthier than store-bought granola bars (even those ones that are marketed as low-cal. Low-cal does not equal healthy). The great thing is, you can squeeze all sorts of healthy foods into a homemade granola bar and still make them yummy (with the help of nut butters, dried cranberries, chocolate chips and other tasty ingredients).

I decided to create a new variation of my favourite granola bars when I noted that we had several open packages of granola in the house. People in my family like to open cereal boxes, eat about two-thirds of the package and then move onto a new box. I used a packaged, organic fruit and nut granola to make these Vegan & Gluten-Free Granola Bars With Cacao Nibs.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday

The fam and I have enjoyed some nourishing and tasty meals this week. Nothing complicated - just good comfort food for dreary January. On Sunday, the husband's dinner-cooking day, he made burritos with refried beans, sautéed peppers and mushrooms, diced tomatoes and guacamole. He also made homemade French fries and this easy and satisfying Mexican rice recipe.

As you can see, I was so hungry I took a few bites of my burrito before I remembered to take a photo. It was pretty delicious.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Winter Blues & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #18

I donated three big bags of clothing to the kids' school fundraiser last week. I suppose that's why I felt entitled to visit the thrift store one day even in the midst of January de-cluttering. I try to be picky about what I bring home, but I felt myself drawn to all sorts of blue plates that were clustered together on a shelf.

As I wrote in this September post about plates, I like to collect small, round plates for food photography. For my weekly What I Ate Wednesday posts I tend to go with a white plate or bowl, but for my recipe posts I like to shake things up a bit.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Popcorn Time & Our Top 5 Family Movies (Giveaway)

We are a family of movie lovers. There are few activities we like more than curling up on the sofa with some popcorn to watch our favourite family flicks. So I asked the family to join me in picking our top 5 family movies. It wasn't easy, because there are plenty of great family movies, but we narrowed our selections by choosing movies that all four of us enjoy (ie. they are entertaining for both boys and girls as well as Mom and Dad). So no Barbie movies (although my guilty confession is that I love those Barbie movies!) Read on for the list.

But first, a snack. When the January blues hit, you need to take advantage of life's small pleasures - like hot cocoa, warm blankets and cuddly dogs. On a recent movie night, we enjoyed treats courtesy of Popcorn, Indiana - Popcorn, Indiana popcorn is made from non-GMO corn, without added preservatives, colourings or artificial flavours.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday

I always find January difficult. It's super cold right now and it feels like winter still has a long way to go. Although I often crave comforting, warm foods in winter, I've been consuming quite a few fruit smoothies for breakfast lately. I must be needing vitamin C! Plus, I don't really feel hungry until about 10 a.m., but I prefer to "break my fast" earlier than that. Hence the easy-to-swallow smoothies. This one, above, was a combination of banana, orange juice, frozen strawberries, frozen pineapple and water. Sometimes I add a bit of pumpkin protein too.