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.) 

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Easy Vegan Pear Cake Recipe

Easy Vegan Pear Cake Recipe

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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
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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. 

Monday, August 3, 2020

Vegan Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes On The Reducetarian Website

 Vegan Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes

Dairy-free cheesecake doesn't just exist - it's also delicious! Although the trend is cashew-based vegan cheesecakes now, I have been making tofu cheesecakes for the past two decades. Both options are great - see my gluten-free, raw, vegan mini kiwi cheesecakes for a cashew-based option.

I have partnered once again with the Reducetarian Foundation to bring you a new vegan cheesecake recipe - mini raspberry cheesecakes made with medium-firm tofu. Find the recipe among all of the tempting plant-based recipes on the Reducetarian Foundation website.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

How To Make Easy Father's Day Cards With Cricut Joy


Don't feel like heading out to the store in search of a Father's Day card? I don't blame you. COVID-19 has made in-store shopping stressful. Fortunately, Cricut's portable cutting machine, Cricut Joy, makes creating a homemade Father's Day card fast and easy. In fact, you can make cute, DIY cards for any occasion in minutes using designs that are ready to go in Cricut Design Space (and order all the materials online at Cricut.com).

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Vegan Baked Donuts Frosted Three Ways On The Reducetarian Blog


If you are on the hunt for vegan donuts (or "doughnuts" if you prefer) on this National Donut Day, why not bake up a batch yourself? Homemade baked vegan donuts are surprisingly simple to make, and you can top them any way you like.

My recipe for Vegan Baked Donuts Frosted Three Ways can be found among the delicious, plant-based recipes on the Reducetarian Foundation website.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

3 Fast and Easy Vinyl Projects To Make With Cricut Joy

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine.


Have you heard of the new Cricut Joy? Do you already own it? Is it on your wish list? Whether you are considering buying the Cricut Joy, you already have it or you're here just wondering what the heck a Cricut machine does, I have three fast and easy projects using vinyl that will give you a good idea of how Cricut Joy can enhance your life and your crafting experience.

If you live in a small space and can't set up a sizable craft room, Cricut Joy could be your new best friend. Even if you do have a dedicated craft room, you may find yourself using Cricut Joy in the kitchen, living room or bedroom (yes, right in your bed!). So far, I've kept my Cricut Joy on top of a cookbook shelf right in the kitchen. It's so convenient to grab it and make a quick project (some in under 15 minutes) at the kitchen table or on the coffee table in the family room. You'll be tempted to make cute little projects while binging your favourite shows on Netflix.