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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What I Ate Wednesday


The blog has been very much on a loose summer schedule lately. Actually I have been on a loose summer schedule - staying up late watching episodes of The Fosters on Netflix and waking up late in the morning. I will hate (with a passion) to see summer go, but I always enjoy the return to a more solid routine.

I'm happy to be back with another What I Ate Wednesday post today. I'm doing a "proper" What I Ate Wednesday - a look at a full day of eating, starting with the breakfast smoothie above. Even though I've been waking up late, I'm still not really hungry in the mornings. I prime the pump with a green smoothie with kale and peanut butter on most days.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Spicy Crunchy Mango Sushi Rolls (#TakeBackSchoolLunch)


I know I'm not the only parent who dreads one thing about back-to-school time - namely having to prepare healthy, appealing lunches for the kiddos five days a week. Wayfair challenged me to come up with a fresh spin on school lunch. I knew immediately what I wanted to do - vegan sushi rolls!

There are many meals we disagree on in this house, but sushi is never one of them. We all love sushi rolls with a passion. It may seem like an effort to make your own sushi rolls, but once you get the hang of it, it's really not so hard. Make a gigantic batch for dinner, getting each family member to roll their own, and you'll have enough left to pop into your bento box the next day.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Child's Memory Box with Hand-Cut Vinyl Decals #12monthsofdiy


This month, our #12monthsofdiy projects are sponsored by Expressions Vinyl. When I found out that our material was adhesive vinyl, I knew exactly what I would do. This diy/organizing project has been a long time coming. I mean a looooong time! If you are pregnant or the parent of a young child, I urge you to start a memory box right now. I mean it...go now.

This is a case of "Do as I say, not as I do." Rather than creating these handy, tidy, stackable memory boxes when my kids were small, I just got around to doing them now...when my son is going into high school. With daycare and 10 years of school behind him, it isn't a pretty organizing job!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Spicy Sushi Bowl from Vegan Bowl Attack! (Recipe, Review & Giveaway)

Spicy Sushi Bowl recipe (vegan with a gluten-free option) - satisfy your sushi cravings easily with a simple bowl! Great for a buffet party too - everyone chooses their own options. Plus, a look at Jackie Sobon's Vegan Bowl Attack!

Don't you love the idea of eating your dinner out of one big bowl? In the early part of this year, I renewed my commitment to eating more healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables. (It's an ongoing process.) I became fascinated with the idea of vegan bowls - proteins, grains and toppings in one comforting, healthy lunch or dinner bowl. Vegan bowls are ideal for summer, because you can do minimal cooking on hot days (or none at all really if you opt for a raw foods bowl).

I was excited to learn that vegan food blogger Jackie Sobon's new cookbook is called Vegan Bowl Attack!: More than 100 One-Dish Meals Packed with Plant-Based Power. It came along at just the right time for me, as I was looking for vegan bowl inspiration. You might know Jackie as the creator of the blog Vegan Yack Attack.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Vintage Pottery & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #95


Happy Tuesday! I haven't done any thrifty shopping this week. In fact, I have been focused on de-cluttering. Mainly I have been purging clothing - mine and my son's. He is starting high school in the fall and he'll be wearing a uniform. In the meantime, I have been taking all of the too-small jeans, t-shirts and pajamas out of his closet and drawers and giving them to my twin nephews. Next up, we need to tackle his desk area so he has a tidy spot at which to do homework.

Today I'm looking at some older thrifted finds - the kind of little, inexpensive pieces of pottery that I really like, but try not to buy anymore. There simply isn't more room for them in this house! But they are sweet aren't they? I have actually made use of this cute cream and sugar set, above. A couple of times anyway.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

What I Ate Wednesday - A Day of Vegan Eats


If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see some of the vegan party foods I have enjoyed recently, as well as meals from recent restaurant and bakery visits. Here on the blog today, I'm sharing a look at one particularly healthy and delicious day of vegan eating.

Angela Liddon's new cookbook, Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simply Satisfying Plant-based Recipes, will be out soon. That news inspired me to browse my copy of her first cookbook, The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out. I went grocery shopping with a few recipes from the book in mind. For breakfast, I prepared Angela's classic green monster smoothie. It's a simple recipe with yummy results. The smoothie's green colour comes from a handful of spinach or kale. With the spoonful of peanut butter and dash of cinnamon in the recipe you don't even taste the veggies though.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Pier 1 Hand-Painted Plates & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #94

Thrifty finds - Pier 1 hand-painted in Italy pepper and tomato plates

I enjoyed a vacation of sorts this past week. I still did some freelancing writing, but I didn't create any new blog posts after last week's Vintage Bliss Tuesday party. I have a few posts that I want to get up in the very near future. But, with the entire family home for the summer, it's just too easy to get pulled away to an amusement park, shopping expedition or a meal with friends.

Sometimes those aforementioned shopping expeditions are to the thrift store. Of course. Pictured above is one of my fave thrifty finds of the past few weeks. You know how much I love plates. Because we clearly have enough plates already, I usually just buy one of any given pattern of plate to use for food photos. But when I saw these Pier 1 tomato and pepper plates, hand-painted in Italy, I clearly had to have all four (one for each member of the family).

I mean, the kids are half Italian. And, coincidentally, we only have a few veggies and herbs growing on our back deck this year and they happen to include tomatoes, green peppers and basil. These plates were meant to be with us, don't you think? They seem to invite refreshing summer eats like roasted vegetable sandwiches, pasta primavera and fresh bread with olive oil.

Best of all, they didn't have a price on them, so the cashier suggested $2 for the set. "Sounds good to me," I said.

How are you balancing work and fun this summer? And do you have any more space for thrifted plates?

Linking to Vintage Charm.

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