Woman in Real Life:The Art of the Everyday

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday

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Remarkably I had forgotten just how nutty spring can be around here. Tuesday saw hail, heavy rain, sunshine and wind, all within a few hours. My eating patterns (or lack thereof) have been much the same - anything from hot soup and warm muffins to smoothies. My Monday day of eats looked like this - started off with a chia seed banana berry smoothie for breakfast.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Vintage Swedish Blow Torch & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #31

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I haven't been thrift store shopping in the last couple of weeks. Probably a good thing, since I've been reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and setting goals for myself in terms of purging excess stuff from the house. I'll be posting about that in future. Maybe if I tell you guys I'll actually stay on track!

In the meantime, on with the Vintage Bliss Tuesdays party! I am sharing a look at a strange and essentially useless (but kind of cool) item that we have in our house - this vintage Primus blow torch, made in Sweden by BA Hjorth & Co.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Are you biased against ugly fruits & veggies? #drinkeden (With a $150 VISA gift card giveaway)

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Have you heard about the new movement towards using "ugly" fruits and vegetables? At the Green Living Show, I saw this tantalizing table with odd-looking but strangely beautiful veggies. I spoke to a young female farmer who explained that they were misshapen veggies, there to encourage passersby to think about how we look at veggies and why we tend to require perfect aesthetics from our food. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, almost 40 per cent of vegetables and fruit worldwide will be wasted before they even reach our homes! Much of this can be attributed to the fact that the produce is not perfect looking enough to suit us. 

No-Bake Double Chocolate Crunch Peanut Butter Snack Bites (vegan)

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The older my kids get, the more conscious I become of getting them into the kitchen to cook and bake. Sure we have made many meals and desserts together over the years - I know it's important to start early, even when they are more mess-makers than helpers. But now that they are 12 (almost 13 - gasp!) and 10, they are fully capable of following recipes on their own.

Because they can still be picky about what they eat, getting them involved with food preparation makes it more likely they will actually eat the food. Even when we add ingredients that wouldn't be so palatable coming from Mom. You know, those nutritious little goodies that we mothers like to sneak into our food.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

5 Energy Conservation Tips for Spring and Summer

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Spring has been a breath of fresh air...literally and figuratively. With the warmer, brighter days comes the desire to purge excess stuff, open up windows, deep clean and freshen up our homes. In this vein, spring is a perfect time to do a home energy audit too. And of course Earth Day is on April 22nd! Let's take a second look at our energy usage and see where we can create better efficiency...and hopefully cost savings!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday, with chocolate for breakfast

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It seems that spring is truly (finally!) here! The kids and hubby have been joyfully planting seeds by a window in the spare bedroom. They are so thrilled to see the plants starting to pop up. It will be fun to plant them, I guess about the end of May. I am not a gardener by any means.

But I do love to eat! And I love fresh produce. I saw a package at the grocery store this week containing all of these lovely orange, yellow and red tomatoes, above. How could I resist? So pretty and I love the look of the different colours in salads and on sandwiches.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Vintage Orange Flower Dishes & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #30

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Do you ever start a collection unintentionally? I picked up a couple of pieces of this cheery vintage orange flowered dishware a few years back. And then, as I said in this Flower Power post, my lovely blogging friend Jill sent me a whole bunch more matching pieces. And a collection was born.

So when I saw these matching lidded soup bowls at the thrift store this week, how could I pass them up? We may never use them, but they sure do look pretty with the mugs. These pieces were made in Japan for the now defunct Consumers Distributing stores. I believe they are from the seventies.