The Greenhouse Cookbook: Plant-Based Eating and DIY Juicing + Win a copy!

The Greenhouse Cookbook: Plant-Based Eating and DIY Juicing + Win a copy!

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You know when you climb into bed with a great cookbook and wind up equal parts ravenous (‘tho too lazy to get up and fix yourself something), inspired, and more than a little bit charmed? That was my experience with The Greenhouse Cookbook: Plant-Based Eating and DIY Juicing by Emma Knight (with Hana James, Deeva Green and Lee Reitlelman), and I have a sneaking suspicion it’ll be the same for many of you too. It’s the first book from the creators of Toronto’s wildly popular cold-pressed juicery, The Greenhouse Juice Co., and features 100 plant-based, gluten-free meals and drinks that promise to nourish and energize with nutrient-dense delicious goodness anyone can make and adapt (vegetarians and omnivores alike). Penguin Canada was kind enough to send me a copy and allow me to share one of my favourite recipes from the book, the Tuscan White Bean Soup with Dinosaur Kale.  Continue reading “The Greenhouse Cookbook: Plant-Based Eating and DIY Juicing + Win a copy!”

Three picture books kids will love to see under the tree + A giveaway!

Three picture books kids will love to see under the tree + A giveaway!

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All this talk about last-minute Christmas shopping is making me anxious. To me, last-minute is just before the stores close on December 24, which means there’s still plenty of time to pick up prezzies for your loved ones. And if books are on their list (and even if they’re not, get them some!), here are three picture books sure to be a hit.  Continue reading “Three picture books kids will love to see under the tree + A giveaway!”

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs + Win a copy!

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs + Win a copy!

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“I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day someone will—and hopefully sooner than we might think right now,” Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech today. “And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” It’s a particularly important message today, and one most of the women in Sam Maggs’ new book likely never heard. Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History tells the little-known stories of 25 fascinating women scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers and inventors from around the world who overcame incredible obstacles to achieve amazing things.   Continue reading “Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs + Win a copy!”

Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems by Carey Sookocheff + Win a copy!

Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems by Carey Sookocheff + Win a copy!

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Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems by Toronto writer and illustrator, Carey Sookocheff, is a sweet picture book that follows a girl and her dog as they explore solutions to six everyday problems. There are solutions for a boring day, solutions for a melting ice cream cone and of course, solutions for a cold feet.  Continue reading “Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems by Carey Sookocheff + Win a copy!”

Counting with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White + A giveaway!

Counting with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White + A giveaway!

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They say good things come to all those who wait / And for Teagan White fans, it’s an important date! / The Barefoot Critters are back in their second book / With counting adventures and here’s a first look!   Continue reading “Counting with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White + A giveaway!”

Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess + A giveaway!

Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess + A giveaway!

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You don’t have to be a dog lover to appreciate Janet Hill’s charming first picture book, Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess, but the sweet sentiments and darling illustrations in its pages might sway you in that direction. A brief introduction tells us Miss Moon cared for 67 dogs at her first placement on a small island off the coast of France, and here she is sharing her “twenty most important lessons for raising happy, healthy, well-manned pooches — and people.” And the pages that follow are no less than enchanting.  Continue reading “Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess + A giveaway!”

A summer splash with Lick Your Plate + Thai turkey sliders with peanut slaw

A summer splash with Lick Your Plate + Thai turkey sliders with peanut slaw

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Summer entertaining should be as easy as the day is long with little time in the kitchen and lots of time in the pool. Especially when you’ve got a pretty flamingo floatie like this fella to play with. I paired up with my friend Emily from The Best of This Life for a pool party earlier this week and really, the hardest part was choosing which recipes to make. Our inspiration: Lick Your Plate, the fun and colourful new cookbook with 160 family-friendly meals from Canadian sisters Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat of Bite Me More. It’s designed for busy bodies who want fresh and healthy (and sometimes healthy-adjacent) meals and desserts they can prepare in a flash. There’s everything under the sun from appetizers you can eat with your hands to quick and satisfying pasta, rice and grains and more salads and veggie dishes than you can shake a carrot stick at (‘tho I’m not sure why you’d do that). Julie and Lisa share tips for saving time, swapping ingredients and using leftovers and they’re funny too. (Funny ha-ha, not funny strange.) Today Emily and I are sharing two of Julie and Lisa’s recipes and a little decor inspo from the book. Let’s take the flamingo a go-go and get to it! Bonus: you won’t have to lift a finger, except maybe to scroll. Continue reading “A summer splash with Lick Your Plate + Thai turkey sliders with peanut slaw”

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz + Win a copy!

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz + Win a copy!

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What is “everyday cooking” to you? Quick, fuss-free meals using ingredients you have on hand? Me too. Hands up if that means making the same six or seven dishes again and again. (Hand up here!) This week I found fresh inspiration in Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-Based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes by Dana Shultz of the wildly popular blog, Minimalist Baker. And I think you will too. Each recipe takes 30 minutes or less to prepare, has 10 ingredients or less, or uses one bowl or one pot (that last bit I really like). These are breakfasts, appetizers, mains, desserts and drinks simple and practical to make on the regular and full of flavour and nutritious goodness.  Continue reading “Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz + Win a copy!”

Who Broke the Teapot?! by Bill Slavin

Who Broke the Teapot?! by Bill Slavin

Who Broke the Teapot by Bill Slavin

Some days (okay, a lot of days) it doesn’t make me much to fly off the handle, so I can totally relate to the mom in Bill Slavin’s Who Broke the Teapot?!Her favourite teapot is broken (seriously! can we ever have nice things?) and no one is fessing up. Was it Dad, lounging about in his underwear with the paper? How ’bout Cat, tangled up in a ball of yarn? Or maybe Baby (don’t underestimate the little ones!) sitting in his highchair? Or was it someone else?  Continue reading “Who Broke the Teapot?! by Bill Slavin”

Five things

Five things

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Yesterday I spent a pleasant couple of hours in the flow writing cards to some of the sweetest people in my world. It makes me happy knowing they’re going to find something bright and cheerful in the mail, just like I do every month with my stationery subscription from A Beautiful Mess. I love the Beautiful Mess girls and just about everything they do. Last summer they announced they’re working on a cookbook (yay!) but it’ll probably be another year and a half before it comes out (boo). Here’s four other highlights from last week.  Continue reading “Five things”