Thursday, October 17, 2019

Reusable Produce Bag Iron-On Design and How To Use The Cricut EasyPress Mini

Reusable Produce Bag Iron-On Design and How To Use The Cricut EasyPress Mini

My quest to be more environmentally conscious is ongoing. I have owned reusable shopping bags and bins for many years - the trick has been to make sure I always have one or two with me so I'm ready for impromptu visits to the grocery store! Moving forward, I'd like to reduce the quantity of plastic produce bags I use in-store. Small cotton bags are perfect for items that don't get weighed, like broccoli, lettuce and cauliflower.

With the launch of the latest member of Cricut's EasyPress family of iron-on presses - the adorable Cricut EasyPress Mini - I am now on the hunt for all the tiny things in the house that could benefit from wee bits of iron-on decoration. Produce bags definitely qualify, because you gotta go grocery shopping, so why not jazz up your shopping tools and make it a bit more fun?

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

How To Make The Best Chocolate Almond Milk (Recipe)

How can I claim to have the recipe for the best chocolate almond milk when there are so many homemade almond milk recipes out there? Essentially this is the recipe that works for me. It results in creamy, smooth almond milk with a nice chocolatey richness. But this simple recipe can be easily modified - it will give you a good starting point to determine the best chocolate almond milk variation for you.

You might like your almond milk a little sweeter or with more vanilla (or with no vanilla), for example. The good news is, making your own almond milk at home is easy to do, so you can feel free to experiment regularly. Just buy almonds in bulk and on sale so you have a big batch ready to go. And, homemade almond milk is fresh, nourishing and delicious - you'll want to have some on-hand always to pair with warm cookies.

Friday, October 4, 2019

The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook (Review)

The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook (Review)

Got an Instant Pot but don't know what to do with it? It's a common scenario - you get the latest kitchen gadget, one that's going to make your life easier, but it sits unused on your kitchen counter. There's a mental barrier to getting started with a small appliance you haven't used before. (There is for me anyway.) And the Instant Pot can be hit and miss. Cook something a smidge too long and you can turn it to mush. (I once made a soup with broccoli and all that was left of the broccoli was a bunch of green streaks in the soup broth.)

Fortunately you can turn to the experts for the help and inspiration you need to give your Instant Pot a fair shot - experts like Nisha Vora, author of The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook: Wholesome, Indulgent Plant-Based Recipes and creator of the popular blog Rainbow Plant Life.

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Hurom Blender Review & A Tim Hortons Style Vegan Chocolate Iced Cappuccino Recipe

Hurom Hexa Power High Speed Blender - Review

I like to have proper tools in my kitchen. As home cooks these days, we have access to thousands of free recipes online. If you're a cookbook addict like me, you also have a wealth of cookbook recipes to choose from. So many temptations and so little time. But I find it frustrating when you discover a great recipe and you don't have the tools to craft it easily and efficiently.

A good quality blender is an absolute necessity. I want my blender to blend frozen ingredients like berries and ice cubes without hesitation. It has to process cashews into a creamy sauce (with the addition of water of course) on demand. And it better be able to whip together fresh, homemade almond milk in under two minutes. We use our blender two or three times a day in this house so it has to be sturdy too.

Up until recently we were using a blender that was kind of okay but not as great as I wanted it to be. Plus, my husband had dropped the container and cracked it. Fortunately, just in time, Hurom sent me their new (and first-ever) blender for review - the Hurom Hexa Power High Speed Blender. Read on for my initial experience with the blender and a delicious vegan chocolate iced cappuccino recipe that you can whip up in your blender today!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Tea + Read Book Club T-Shirts and Coasters, Plus How To Use Cricut Infusible Ink

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.*

Some people have book club meetings centred on wine and hors d'oeuvres and I have no objection to that. Sounds like a good time. I and my book club gals are self-proclaimed tea grannies though. There are only three of us but we sure do make a lot of (vegan) goodies to enjoy with our tea (and sometimes coffee). See our wonderful brunch spread in this post. Sarah makes the most incredible tofu omelette and Connie's scones cannot be beat. But I digress. To celebrate our love of books and tea, I wanted to make some personalized DIY t-shirts with our own little slogan - I thought Tea+Read would be fitting. I also put our new "logo" on Cricut Infusible Ink coaster blanks too, because tea. If you would like to make these projects or learn how to use Cricut Infusible Ink transfer sheets in general, please read on.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Top Things To Do In Tobermory, Ontario + Our Vacation Video

Every summer we head out on at least one family road trip. We have travelled to Nova Scotia, New York City and Cape Cod in the past. This year we decided to rent a cottage in beautiful Tobermory, Ontario, on the Bruce Peninsula. We figured that Tobermory would provide a good balance of relaxation by the lake and activities to keep the kids (and adults) occupied. In other words, a Tobermory cottage would mean no complaints of "I'm bored" from idle teenagers.

There were seven in our party - my husband and our two teens and my husband's cousin, her husband and their teen. We rented a nice big cottage with four bedrooms, two living areas, two kitchens and two bathrooms, so that everyone could spread out and have comfortable areas to sleep, read and watch TV. Of course, most of the time when we were indoors at "home" we all gathered in the main eating and living space to eat tasty meals, enjoy drinks and watch movies. Outdoors, we favoured sitting on the dock and staring at the beautiful, choppy waters of Lake Huron, as well as kayaking and paddle boating.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Budget-Friendly Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas and An Easy Vegan Strawberry Mousse Recipe

Budget-Friendly Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas

I had so much fun creating a spring tablescape using lovely, affordable finds from Giant Tiger, a Canadian-owned discount retailer that sells fashion, food, decor, linens and more. I'm pleased to partner with Giant Tiger again to bring you ideas for a budget-friendly yet beautiful Thanksgiving table. Thanksgiving is all about food, family, fun and, of course, gratitude. While those things should be the focus, it's nice to set the scene and welcome guests with a festive seasonal table. A tasty, colourful dessert doesn't hurt either! In that vein, I am sharing a new recipe for easy-to-make, family-friendly vegan strawberry mousse.

Read on for table decor ideas and a celebratory dessert recipe!

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