Thursday, November 26, 2020

Christmas Table Decor Ideas and An Easy Vegan Gingerbread Cake With Icing Sugar Glaze (Recipe)


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

Even if you plan to host a very small Christmas gathering this year, a decorated Christmas table is essential to set a celebratory note. A delicious dessert - like this easy vegan gingerbread cake with icing sugar glaze - is also key. No matter the size of the party, let's cozy in with a festive atmosphere and some delicious food!

Once again this year, I headed to Canadian retailer Giant Tiger to find the dishes and decor for my Christmas table. Shopping at Giant Tiger is so convenient because they also have a grocery department, so I was able to pick up all the baking ingredients for my gingerbread cake in the same visit. See last year's Christmas table decorations in this post.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Easy Rosemary and Onion Focaccia (knead by hand or with a stand mixer)

Easy Rosemary and Onion Focaccia (healthy, vegan)

*This post is sponsored by Idaho-Eastern Oregon Spanish Sweet Onions. All opinions are authentic and my own. Thank you for supporting the awesome companies that partner with Woman in Real Life.*

If you sometimes put off making certain recipes because they seem intimidating, then this easy focaccia bread recipe is for you! I didn't make focaccia for a long time simply because I thought it would be difficult. It's a recipe that my Italian mother-in-law makes and she's somebody who doesn't mind spending all day in the kitchen to make a great meal. (As much as I love to eat a great meal, I get agitated if I'm in the kitchen cooking for more than an hour.) Turns out, focaccia is super easy to make - no fuss at all! And you can make this simple focaccia recipe with a stand mixer or knead the dough by hand for about 5 minutes.

This recipe makes one good-sized focaccia. Focaccia is best eaten fresh in the first day or two, so I prefer to make a small amount. And it's also less work to make one at a time. Remember less work is what we're going for. I have topped this focaccia with traditional rosemary, but to make it extra delicious I have also added Idaho-Eastern Oregon Spanish Sweet Onions. They bring so much flavour to this focaccia recipe and they are quick to prepare. Simply sauté Spanish Sweets in a small amount of oil with a pinch of salt for a few minutes and they are ready to be oven-baked on top of this naturally vegan focaccia.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Easy Vegan Frittata With Tofu and Caramelized Onions

*This post is sponsored by Idaho-Eastern Oregon Spanish Sweet Onions. All opinions are authentic and my own. Thank you for supporting the awesome companies that partner with Woman in Real Life.*

Your search for a delicious vegan frittata ends here! Giving up eggs due to allergies or lifestyle choices shouldn't have to mean giving up on your breakfast or brunch favourites. This easy vegan frittata with tofu and caramelized Idaho-Eastern Oregon Spanish Sweet Onions requires simple ingredients and can be put together in a flash. You can even make this egg-free frittata a day ahead and reheat it before serving. 

Caramelized Spanish Sweet onions are key to the savoury flavour profile of this tasty frittata recipe. Spanish Sweets contain more sugar and less water than sweet onions, so they are ideal for caramelizing. Please visit this previous post for instructions on how to caramelize onions.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Halloween Energy Bites With Candy Eyeballs On The Reducetarian Website

 

Halloween is looking a little different this year for many people. I feel for the little ones who aren't able to go out trick or treating (and the adults who can't kick back at a Halloween costume party). Fortunately we - young and old - can still indulge in delicious treats and have a good time with the people in our bubbles. 

These Halloween Energy Bites With Candy Eyeballs are not only delicious, they're also a great source of energy for kids and adults alike - whether you are heading out to trick or treat or simply popping a snack into a container for a mid-morning break at work. Head over to Reducetarian.org to get my recipe. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

How to get your guest room ready for the holidays, plus a Logan & Cove mattress review


I feel confident I'm not alone in thinking that this is a good time to look ahead to the holiday season. The year 2020 has been disappointing to say the least, and we all need some reasons to be hopeful. One of those reasons is Christmas. It's such a beautiful, magical time to spend with family and friends, to snuggle in next to a blazing fire (eating a pile of snowflake-bedazzled sugar cookies) while the snow falls outside. 

Whatever holiday or holidays you plan to celebrate, let's hope by then it's safe and lawful to have guests in your area of the world. Fingers crossed, with careful wearing of facial coverings and physical distancing, we will see COVID-19 cases drastically decline. (Even if we get the all-clear, we're going to be trading hugs and kisses for elbow bumps this Christmas! It's a small price to pay.)

I figure we can take advantage of increased time at home right now to prep our houses for the holidays. It's not too early, especially if your guest bedroom is currently a receptacle for old school papers, outgrown clothing, unhung pictures and assorted other items that don't have dedicated spots in your home. (I speak from experience.) 

*I have partnered with GoodMorning.com and was provided with a mattress in exchange for my thoughts. My opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the awesome companies that partner with Woman in Real Life. This post contains affiliate links.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Easy Vegan Pear Cake Recipe

Easy Vegan Pear Cake Recipe

*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.*

One person's overripe pear is another person's perfect snacking pear. Fortunately, this easy vegan pear cake recipe can be made with a slightly firm pear or a soft or more ripe pear. So, if you prefer to snack on firm pears but have a few pears in your kitchen that you consider overripe, give them new life with this delicious, quick vegan pear cake recipe. 

For this recipe, I used California Bartlett Pears, as I did last week with my recipes for Pear Juice, 3 Delicious Ways. California Pears are in stores now, for just a few weeks in summer. To enjoy the ripeness you prefer, buy greener Bartletts to ripen at home. As they ripen and become more sweet and juicy, they will turn a golden yellow colour.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Pear Juice 3 Delicious Ways

Pear Juice 3 Ways
*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.*

Summer brings an abundance of healthy, delicious fruit, including pears. Recently, I've been juicing pears to make incredible, homemade, tasty pear juice. I often combine pear juices with ginger, cinnamon and other juices. I'm sharing three simple and delicious pear juice recipes with you today. Of course, there are endless other combinations you can make when juicing pears. Try these juice recipes with pears and hopefully be inspired to create your own lovely combinations!

Right now I'm taking advantage of the availability of California Bartlett Pears, which arrive in our stores mid-summer for a short time, several weeks before Canadian pears. California Pears contain antioxidants, and are a good source of fibre, and a source of Vitamin C, potassium and folic acid. When juicing pears, you do lose some of the fibre, but you still get antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.