Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What I Ate Wednesday, March Break Edition (With A Day of Vegan Eats)

Last week was March Break for my kids so I took the week off from work. I didn't do any freelance writing or updates here on the blog. I barely even took any photos of my food. Well I did, but I used my phone...and I took the pics quickly, because food. My daughter and I travelled a bit to visit family and we ate lots of delicious restaurant meals.

Because I didn't do a What I Ate Wednesday post last week, I am sharing some highlights from the last two weeks. My many restaurant meals started with an amazing vegan spread at Vegan Danish Bakery (above). I met Lisa, The Viet Vegan, to have a chat and sample vegan goodies. We split two sandwiches - the Danish pâté sandwich and a vegan tuna sandwich. They were both very tasty. I also had blueberry cheesecake and a decaf soy latte. I definitely feel the need to go back there soon.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

What I Ate Wednesday (A Day of Vegan Eats)

We are blissfully snow-free here at the moment. Let's hope it lasts! The kids are on spring break next week and I'm hoping for little to no snow and "warm," sunny days. Cross your fingers. Foodwise, we'll be in need of lots of snacks next week. My daughter has always been a grazer. She basically eats about every 20 minutes. We're either going to have to do a good shop at Costco or bake up a bunch of treats. (I prefer the latter, but we shall see.)

In terms of meals this past week, we've kept it pretty simple (as usual). This rice dish, above, is a perfect example of what I tend to eat when I have no leftover meals for lunch. I did have leftover cooked rice and roasted asparagus, so I turned it into a stir-fry, with the addition of frozen mixed veggies, baby spinach, Bragg's liquid soy seasoning and nutritional yeast. It's a tasty lunch that cooks up in about five minutes.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A Spring Home Tour (2018)

We cracked open a couple of windows on the weekend and it felt like spring was so close I could taste it. Smell it actually. And what I smelled was mud. The kind of mud that comes from a lawn that spent months buried under heavy snow. Maybe it's a smell that can't compete with roses, but it's nevertheless quite welcome in these parts. And open windows - that is living the dream! Even if they are only open a crack, and only for a couple of hours.

With spring on the brain, I'm happy to participate in the Canadian Bloggers Home Tour, spring 2018 edition. Thank you to our hosts, Shannon of Home Made Lovely and Christina of The DIY Mommy for organizing the tour. New homes will be posted each day this week, so be sure to come back and visit the other bloggers through the links at the bottom of this post. My sincere thanks as well to the wonderful people at Afloral for sponsoring this post. If you are in need of spring floral decor touches for your home, be sure to peruse Afloral's gorgeous (and affordable!) wares.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What I Ate Wednesday (A Day of Vegan Eats)

Happy Wednesday lovely people! Be prepared for some deliciousness ahead. I don't mean to sound braggy, but - in looking back at food highlights from the past week - I spotted several meals that I recall being extremely tasty. And I think I'm just really hungry right now. I'll write this up as fast as I can because I want to get to eatin'!

One bit of deliciousness this week were these Gardein mandarin orange crispy chick'n nuggets, above. I have to say the photo is making my mouth water right now. On that particular day there were no leftovers available for lunch, but fortunately I had a packet of this yummy vegan chicken in the freezer. I served it with rice and roasted asparagus. The nice thing is asparagus roasts in about as much time as it takes to bake the chick'n and toss it with the orange sauce!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Oscar Party Decor Ideas (with Cricut)

The 90th annual Academy Awards are just about here! This March 4th, Jimmy Kimmel returns as host and anybody who is anybody in Hollywood will be in attendance. I, on the other hand, will be watching it on the television, wearing pajamas and holding a cup of tea and a large chunk of chocolate.

We did recently hold our own Oscars party, though. And by recently, I mean in the fall. It was actually my daughter's 13th birthday party and she wanted an Oscars theme. I turned to my trusty Cricut Explore Air™ for Oscar-inspired black and gold party decor. I thought I would share the party decor details with you today in the hopes that you can use a project or two (or three) for your upcoming Oscar fête. All of the projects can be found ready-made in Cricut Design Space.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

5 Healthy Foods To (Easily) Add To Your Diet and What I Ate Wednesday (A Day of Vegan Eats)

As I said in this post about starting a vegan diet, I recommend approaching the change to a more plant-based diet with the mindset that you are enriching your eating experience. In fact, I really don't like the word "diet," associated as it has been with deprivation and calorie counting. I'm using diet here as "the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats." Think about any change towards more healthful eating patterns as "adding on" rather than limiting what you eat.

Even if you currently eat a plant-based, whole foods diet, you can fall into a rut, eating the same meals and snacks regularly. And even vegans sometimes don't eat enough vegetables. To increase my intake of fruits, vegetables and other health-promoting foods, my recent strategy has been to buy loads of them and build my meals around them. I peruse the local flyers before I go to the grocery store, looking for deals on strawberries, watermelon and broccoli so I can price match at my chosen store. (I know, there's an app for that, but I love me some paper.)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What I Ate Wednesday (A Day of Vegan Eats)

Happy Valentine's Day friends! Whether you are celebrating solo, as a pair, in a group or not marking Valentine's Day at all, I hope you treat yourself well today. Do something you enjoy doing and give yourself a little treat. Because it's What I Ate Wednesday, I'm thinking it should be food. Preferably chocolate. But you do you (as they say).

Scones are always a nice choice too. Like this vegan raisin scone, above, that I enjoyed with a nice cup of decaf green tea in my husband's Jimi Hendrix mug. Because sometimes I get bored with my usual mugs. You too?

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