Thursday, May 16, 2019

Fast & Easy Chia Berry Jam (vegan)

Fast and Easy Chia Berry Jam (vegan) - whip together this jam while making your morning oatmeal! Swirl it into oatmeal or coconut yogurt and spread it onto toast. Great when you only have frozen berries available. #vegan #dairyfree #jam #chiajam #chiaseeds #plantbased #veganrecipes

I'm willing to bet that most of us don't get around to canning fresh, homemade berry jam each year when strawberry/raspberry season rolls around. I do occasionally make this easy Breadmaker Strawberry Jam during strawberry season in June, but that recipe results in one jar that gets used up quickly! And then picking season is over when it seems it has just begun.

The thing I love most about this homemade chia seed jam is that you can make it at the drop of a hat, any time you need jam. And you don't even need fresh berries - you can use frozen berries - so you can make chia seed jam in the middle of winter without the need to search in vain for decent berries at the grocery store. Plus, it's made with all-natural, healthy ingredients and no sugar (just a bit of maple syrup if desired for sweetness).

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

What You Need To Start Making Kombucha and The Big Book of Kombucha (review & giveaway)

If you follow my Instagram stories, you know that I now brew my own kombucha (a fermented tea beverage). I have been wanting to brew kombucha at home for a very long time. I enjoy drinking bottled commercial kombucha from the health food section of the grocery store, but it's expensive (about $4 or more per bottle). My husband and daughter like kombucha too; it gets pricey for the three of us to drink it. What stopped me from brewing kombucha earlier was that general mental barrier to starting something new. To overcome that mental block, a couple of months back I took a kombucha brewing class at my local library. The instructor sent us home with a basic kombucha recipe, tea bags and the SCOBY needed to start brewing kombucha.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Easy DIY Treat Bags With Cricut Iron-On

I saw these small colourful striped treat bags at the dollar store and I just had to do something with them. They are so cute and cheery and just $2 for three little bags! With Easter quickly approaching, I decided they would make fitting goody bags for sweets and treats. But I didn't want them to be too Easter-specific - I wanted the kids to be able to re-use them to store small things on their desks or in their drawers or backpacks.

Plus, I wanted to show you guys how they could be used as loot bags for birthday parties or any special occasion where you want to have guests walk away with a small goody bag. Of course, you could just as easily use them to store craft supplies, marbles, paper clips, business cards or any other small items. Simply adjust your iron-on wording accordingly!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Vegan Omega-3 Sources & Chocolate Macaroon Overnight Oats (Recipe & Giveaway)

Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and NutraVege and have received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

I love a good chocolate macaroon, but I tend to make them only at Christmastime. These festive sweets are a tasty combination of cocoa, oats, coconut, non-dairy milk, margarine and a whole lot of sugar, making them a "sometimes" choice in my own personal food guide. These Chocolate Macaroon Overnight Oats, on the other hand, can be enjoyed any and all the time. Like their dessert counterparts, they benefit from cocoa, oats, coconut and non-dairy milk, but they are sweetened naturally with a bit of maple syrup, and no added fats are needed.

Of course, overnight oats most often present themselves as a healthy breakfast choice - they are filling and nourishing and will help you start off the day on a good foot. You could also make them in the morning, though, and have them ready in the fridge for a snack when you feel that mid-afternoon slump coming on. Read on for the recipe.

Friday, March 29, 2019

How To Organize Your Linen Closet (A Before & After Story)

If you are anything like me, there are several areas of your home that could use a little organizing, a little refresh, a little pick-me-up, a little bulldozer... Organizing your living space, even with tips from Marie Kondo fresh in your mind, can be an overwhelming task. The only thing to do is take it one small step at a time.

The linen closet is a great place to start - it's usually quite a small space and it has a dedicated purpose, so you can start by weeding out any items that don't belong there. Then, assign the remaining items to particular shelves so that sheets, towels, washcloths and tablecloths don't become mixed together in uneven, toppling stacks, kind of like this:

Thursday, March 7, 2019

How To Create Beautiful Spring Table Decor On a Budget (With Vegan Crepes)

How To Create Beautiful Spring Table Decor On a Budget (With Vegan Crepes)

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are authentic and my own. Thank you for supporting the awesome companies that partner with Woman in Real Life.*

Spring is coming! Even though I see five inches of snow on the ground outside my window, I know spring can't be far away. One of my annual "celebrating spring" traditions is to set a bright and pretty spring table. I like to use a new, fresh design each time because spring is all about renewal and, of course, it's just fun to get something new. That being said, you don't want to break your budget buying tableware for spring - save some cash for those glorious summer outings! For my spring table this year, I partnered with proudly Canadian retailer Giant Tiger. They are well known for their (very) affordable and fun fashions, and they also have lovely, budget-friendly finds for your home.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Superfoods Peach Smoothie Bowl (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free)

Superfoods Peach Smoothie Bowl (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free)

I have been reading How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease and perusing The How Not to Die Cookbook: 100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease. I know I'm late to the game, but to tell the truth, I figured the recommendations in Dr. Michael Greger's books would be pretty close to the plant-based diet I currently enjoy. And they definitely are, but Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen checklist has been helpful in encouraging me to get more nutrient-dense foods in my diet (as well as water and exercise) on most days.

I have found that in order to check off most of the 24 boxes on the Daily Dozen checklist, it's helpful (pretty much necessary) to start the day with a healthy breakfast that includes at least a few of the items on the checklist. That's where this smoothie comes in. You can check off a few boxes with just one lovely bowl of fruity, superfoods goodness.

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