Woman in Real Life:The Art of the Everyday

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Strawberry Picking in Summer


Although I always look forward to picking strawberries during our blink-and-you-miss-it strawberry season in Ontario, that doesn't mean that picking day is always idyllic. Far from it. Last year, while we had a nice time in the picturesque strawberry fields, I recall that there was some fighting among the children on the car ride home.

So this year, when brother and sister started beating each other up not two minutes from our house, the husband and I gave them a warning (which they promptly ignored) and then returned the kids home. Now that they are big enough to stay by themselves for short periods we chose to pick strawberries in peace. Mind you, they called me about 10 times on my cell phone until I told them, "emergencies only."

Thursday, July 2, 2015

How To Use The Nutrition Facts Table To Make Informed Food Choices


Do you like to grab your groceries as fast as possible or pick up lots of tempting products from the shelves and read each and every label? I'm definitely a label reader (and a slow grocery shopper). I like to read the ingredients (because it's pretty important to know what we're putting into our bodies) and I also like to check out the Nutrition Facts table.

Recently I attended an event geared to helping consumers better understand the Nutrition Facts table and what it can do for our families. The table provides a clear and simple way for us to make more informed food choices and achieve greater health.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday


Happy Canada Day to my Canadian peeps! I hope you have a fun-filled day with friends and family and lots o' good food! We are just over a week into summer and it has been a whirlwind of activity already. We must take advantage of warm weather when we can! And there will be rainy days on which to relax (from the looks of it so far, quite a few rainy days!). Hence the soup.

This What I Ate Wednesday, I'm starting with a photo of the minestrone soup I made recently on a chilly, rainy day. There wasn't much in the house in terms of groceries, but you can always whip together some sort of soup, right? I used small spelt pasta shells, yellow peppers, carrots and spinach. Plus I had slices of fresh baguette spread with hummus on the side.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy Pyrex & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #41


There is something so lovely about using Pyrex bowls and dishes for baking, cooking and even serving up salads and desserts. It makes me feel all cheery inside. (It's the little things!) Some of the "regular" bowls I use for baking are just boring in comparison. I think part of it is stirring up that muffin batter or pancake mix in a bowl that has a sense of "history" - a connection to women who have prepared tasty goodies for their families before us. Essentially using a Pyrex bowl turns you into a domestic goddess, no?

Do you use your Pyrex regularly?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Step-by-Step Cake Decorating (Book Review)


Twice a year, when my kids' birthdays roll around, I have visions of making amazing homemade birthday cake creations. More often than not though, I end up buying a cake or making a simple round cake with a plain icing.

I guess I'm a bit intimidated (okay, more than a bit) by cake decorating. Fancy cakes look so complex, and I imagine the decorating takes some artistic talent. For inspiration for future birthdays, I ordered these two DK cake decorating books.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday, Father's Day edition


Happy Wednesday! The kids are in school for just one more day, so I'm busy trying to organize the house. I figure if we start off clean there may be some small hope that I can keep things tidy...for a couple of days anyway. We are holding a family meeting to begin summer vacation, because mama needs to discuss how people need to tidy up after themselves - I think a chores chart may be in order too!

But right now I'm supposed to be discussing food. This plate above represents the Father's Day brunch I put together on Sunday. My husband had his on a tray in bed, and it looked much nicer than this, but this is the plate I sat down with. Vegan blueberry pancakes, scrambled tofu with mushrooms and salsa, Yves veggie sausage, strawberries and peanut butter banana muffins.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Vintage Books & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #40


If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I suffered a bit of a setback recently in my 4-month purge. I was working on my books category, already a challenge because my husband and I have hundreds of books between us. (I'm doing the kids' books separately later.)

My husband mentioned casually that there were "a couple" of boxes of books under the work table in the storage room. I dug them out and found that there were actually six more boxes full of books! Prior to that moment I thought I had the books well in hand, but this presented a challenge. After a brief moment of despair, I decided that this should prove to be motivation to purge even more freely.

But I digress. I plan to post a separate post about my book organization later. Really I just wanted to show you a few of the vintage books I uncovered in those six boxes.