Thursday, June 10, 2021

How To Paint Interior Doors Black



Here's how to paint your interior doors black. Spoiler alert: it's very easy!

Recently we decided to paint our basement walls white. (They were previously yellow.) We have a walk-out basement, with good natural light in the main living area, and I wanted it to have less of a basement feel and more of a bright "upstairs" kind of feel. I think a fresh white backdrop is great for displaying colorful artwork and mementos too. Plus, I'm just not a basement kind of gal. I think there's a reason they call them man caves!

With fresh white walls, we saw that the basement doors could use freshening up too. We have four storage closets with doors, as well as a bathroom door, a door to the storage room and a door to my husband's little "music room." In fact, the small hallway at the bottom of the stairs is basically a confusion of doors. (We were excited about all the extra storage space when we moved into this house and then we quickly filled it up - but I digress.) 

We knew that we wanted to use Fusion Mineral Paint for our interior doors. We have used it for furniture and for our front exterior door and it's a dream to work with. It goes on beautifully and has no unpleasant odour (and zero VOCs). Fusion Mineral Paint is also very durable and has a built-in top coat. We have even used it on outdoor flower boxes and it holds up to rain and snow for quite a long time. We were provided with Fusion Mineral Paint and other tools for our project, but I reached out to partner with them again because I love the paint so much.

Here's how we went about painting our basement interior doors black. (It was so easy and it has made such a difference in the space.)

Monday, April 19, 2021

Easy Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes With Buttery Apple Topping (Recipe)

Easy Vegan Apple Pancakes With Buttery Apple Topping (Recipe)

Yes you can make pancakes without eggs or dairy! And not just any pancakes - tasty, fluffy, homemade, healthy, vegan apple cinnamon pancakes with shredded apple and a luscious, buttery, fried apple topping!

A fresh, whole apple on its own makes for a delicious, portable and healthy snack. But apples also contribute beautifully to a host of sweet and savoury recipes, giving plain old recipes a boost in nutrients and taste. Maybe you're a fan of homemade apple pie, for example, but you don't think pie is breakfast food? (I mean, I think any food can be breakfast food, depending on the day and your mood.) Then these easy, healthy vegan apple cinnamon pancakes with buttery apple topping are just the recipe for you! 

I crafted this apple pancake recipe with tasty Organic Washington apples. Washington State is known as one of the premier apple-growing areas in the world. Growing conditions make Washington the finest place to grow organic apples. (Next time you're at the grocery store, have a peek at the little sticker on the apples and you'll see that many of them come from Washington.) The nutrient-rich soil, arid climate, plentiful water and advanced growing practices provide the right ingredients for producing top-quality fruit.

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

Thursday, April 1, 2021

BBQ Tofu Burritos Recipe (Vegan) On The Reducetarian Website


National Burrito Day is celebrated each year on the first Thursday in April - this year it's April 1st! In my opinion there is no bad time to eat burritos though. In honour of this special day, I created a recipe for BBQ Tofu Burritos for my friends at the Reducetarian Foundation. This recipe is very easy to make, tastes delicious and has plenty of gut-healthy fibre.

Use your favourite store-bought vegan-friendly barbecue sauce or whip together a homemade barbecue sauce if you have the time and inclination. In total, including the barbecue sauce, this recipe calls for just eight simple ingredients (including oil and not including optional hot sauce).

But the ingredients are certainly not set in stone. This burrito recipe is very flexible - add vegan cheese shreds or your favourite salad dressing. Switch out the sprouts for lettuce. Do it up any way you like! Eat if for breakfast, lunch (perfect on the go) or dinner.

Head over to Reducetarian.org to get the recipe.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Simply Delicious Vegan Book Review (Corn Chowder Recipe & Book Giveaway)

Simply Delicious Vegan Book Review

A review of Simply Delicious Vegan, a vegan cookbook by From My Bowl creator Caitlin Shoemaker

I love a new vegan cookbook (and I've got the jam-packed bookshelves to prove it)! Although I adore food and creating my own vegan recipes, I prefer my meals to come together rather quickly. The best vegan cookbooks, in my opinion, boast easy recipes that don't take more than an hour to prepare. (Under 30 minutes of hands-on work is even better!)

The recipes should also be nourishing and call for simple, whole foods ingredients most of the time. Caitlin Shoemaker's Simply Delicious Vegan: 100 Plant-Based Recipes by the creator of From My Bowl* fits the bill, with healthy, unprocessed, plant-based recipes that aren't complicated but aren't boring either. The recipes in Simply Delicious Vegan are also gluten-free, oil-free and free of refined sugars, and suitable for a healthy lifestyle. 

You might know Caitlin Shoemaker as the recipe developer and photographer behind the food and lifestyle brand From My Bowl. If not, be sure to visit Caitlin on YouTube to check out her delicious vegan recipes!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

17 Delicious Homemade Vegan Copycat Chocolate Bar Recipes for Valentine's Day

17 Delicious Homemade Vegan Copycat Chocolate BarsMake your partner or BFF one of these 17 delicious homemade vegan chocolate bar recipes for a unique and tasty treat this (Galentine's or) Valentine's Day!

I always think a healthy, homemade chocolate bar is preferable to a store-bought treat. That's not to say I don't buy store-bought treats, or that store-bought chocolate bars don't have a place in a balanced, happy lifestyle! It's just nice to know what ingredients are in your snacks and desserts, and keep them as natural as possible a good portion of the time. 

Healthy or not healthy aside, if you are a vegan or dairy-free eater by choice or necessity, often it's easier to make your own chocolate treats at home. Store-bought vegan chocolate bars in particular can be expensive and difficult to find.

It's surprisingly easy to whip together your own dairy-free vegan chocolate bars at home. Just take a look at the 17 recipes I've gathered here (with the permission of some expert vegan recipe creators). Whether your old childhood favourite chocolate bar was an Almond Joy bar, a Twix or a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, you can produce your own vegan copycat version at home by following these easy recipes.  

Many of these chocolate bar and chocolate confection recipes are also gluten-free. As long as you source your ingredients carefully, those with gluten allergies or intolerances can enjoy a tasty, homemade, dairy-free and gluten-free chocolate bar as well!

Friday, January 22, 2021

Healthy Apple and Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal With Cosmic Crisp Apples (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Vegan Baked Oatmeal With Cosmic Crisp Apples

This healthy, plant-based vegan apple and cinnamon baked oatmeal recipe gets an added nutrient boost from diced fresh apples. It's delicious, filling and simple to make for a hearty breakfast, snack or even dessert!

If you watch food and recipe videos on Youtube, you can't help but see how popular oatmeal is for a healthy breakfast. Personally I find there's a limit to how many bowls of oatmeal (aka porridge) I can eat. For a (delicious) change, baked oatmeal is a nice choice. You get the health benefits of oats - they help you feel full, they are a good source of fibre, they may lower blood sugar levels and they contain important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants - in a different, palate-pleasing, almost dessert-like format. 

For a nutritional punch that can't be beat, add apples to your baked oatmeal. This apple and cinnamon baked oatmeal calls for Cosmic Crisp Washington Apples, a new and tasty apple variety that's been in development for two decades. Cosmic Crisps are classically bred (non-GMO) to be crispier and sweeter than other apple varieties and naturally slow to brown.

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

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Easy Chickpea Salad Sandwich With Cosmic Crisp Apples (Vegan Recipe)

Easy Chickpea Salad Sandwich Recipe (Vegan)

Crunchy Cosmic Crisp apple chunks in a delicious mix of mashed chickpeas, vegan mayo, pickles, dried cranberries and more. This easy chickpea salad recipe can be used as a sandwich filling on toast or in a wrap, or put the chickpea salad on top of lettuce for a grain-free, low-calorie lunch option.

This easy chickpea salad recipe is a lunchtime staple in our house. We serve it in tortilla wraps with lettuce, on toast with avocado slices or simply on top of lettuce, without bread. Sometimes I eat it straight out of the bowl! Chickpea salad is popular with us because it's fast and easy to prepare, as well as being healthy and tasty. You may have seen similar chickpea salad recipes before, but did they contain crispy chunks of fresh apple? That's my (now not-so-) secret ingredient! The recipe calls for Cosmic Crisp Washington Apples, and they add a crunch that contrasts beautifully with the creamy mashed chickpea filling. 

Cosmic Crisps are crispier and sweeter than other apple varieties. They add increased nutrition to this already healthy chickpea salad - one medium apple contains just 100 calories, negligible fat and six grams of fibre. Cosmic Crisps are a perfect addition to this salad because, in addition to being sweet and crisp, they are naturally slow to brown when cut, meaning you can use leftover chickpea salad the next day (store it in a tightly covered container in the fridge). 

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