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Monday, March 13, 2017

No-Sew Dinosaur and Volcano Quiet Book Page (with tutorial and FREE template!)

 Hi all, it's been a bit since I posted one of the pages from my niece's epic, no-sew quiet book, but I finally got around to putting together the template for the dinosaur volcano page. 

Below is the tutorial and free printable in case you'd like to do one yourself. It's a pretty simple page, especially since, like my Pirate and Ship page, I used stickers and felt from the dollar store! 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan

Hi all! I know I've MIA on my blog this past month, but things have been hectic, and blogging has fallen to the wayside. You can still find me active on Facebook though.

One of the reasons I've been away from blogging is that I've been feeling a bit low energy/lacking in motivation lately. A blood test indicated that my ferritin (the protein that carries iron) is a bit low, so that may be a part of it.

Since meal planning is something that helps keep me on track health-wise, I've decided to prioritize meal planning again, and therefore this week's meal plan involves a lot of iron-rich foods! Seafood, check noodle soup, homemade yogurt, and beans are on the menu, along with a lot of fibre-rich veggies to combat all that protein that can *ehem* make it difficult to eliminate waste.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

No-Sew Pirate and Ship Quiet Book Page (with tutorial and FREE template!)

Phew! I don't know about you all, but we had Snowmageddon here on the Vancouver West Coast last week. And by snow I mean we had almost two feet dumped on us over a few days, which is a big deal in a city that can go a whole year without a single snowflake!

I didn't even move my car for a whole week, and we lost power for a night. 

And at times like that, you just want to curl up on the couch with a good book - or three...

But I'm back this week to share the second page of the super crafty quiet book I made for my niece (you can see the entire thing in video here).

This page is actually one of the easiest to make because I could make a really simple template, and I used all bits I found at the dollar store, so it was very cheap.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Easiest Gluten-Free Vegan Burgers / Tofu Patties with BBQ Sauce +MeatlessMonday

Guys, these are seriously the easiest and tastiest burgers I've ever made, and I have a thing for tasty, healthy burgers. So much so that I have not one, but three gluten free vegan burger recipes on the blog. This will be the fourth!

They're so simple to make and ingredients are minimal. They're great for a quick, healthy meal, particularly if you pair them with my Baked Root Vegetable Fries.

And smoked paprika lends the burgers a smoky BBQ flavour that is super addictive.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

My Niece's No-Sew Quiet Book!!

I'm so excited to share this with you all!! My niece turned two just before Christmas, and I wanted to do something fun for her this year. So I pulled out my felt stash and glue gun and spent a ton of time on Pinterest and Google and put together what I think is a rather epic, interactive quiet book!

And by epic, I mean it's twenty-two pages.

And it took me a million hours to make.

But it was totally worth it, because my niece loves it, and apparently she asks for it all the time. For some reason, she really, really likes the tiny felt toothbrush on one of the pages and keeps wanting to take it to bed with her...

 So over the next few weeks, I'm going to share my book and process with you, in case you're interested in making some of these pages for yourself. Starting with this cover page!

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan

Not much to report this week, except that the typical West Coast winter rains have finally returned, washing away the snow and ice that were piling up and making life difficult!

So in honour of the West Coast, I've included sushi rolls on this week's meal plan, along with some stew and ragout and other tasty dishes.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Leftover French Fry Hash (gluten free with vegan option)

Okay, I confess that sometimes I feel a little silly asking a restaurant to package up my leftover French Fries. It's not like you're asking for leftover pizza or pasta or something expensive and not easily made at home. Especially considering that leftover fries tend to be kind of gross the next day, either soggy or too hard.

But not when you make them into a super frugal, flexible hash!! Which is, in my humble opinion, the best way to use up leftover French fries. My husband loves leftover fries for breakfast done this way, and I think you will, too : )

Surprisingly, a seemingly small amount of french fries can make a decent amount of hashbrowns, once you cut them up fine. Especially if you add other things in. The above hash served two of us, whereas the leftover fries I started with wouldn't even be one full serving in a restaurant.

Ever since I tried making potato hash out of leftover fries a few months back, it's become one of my favourite breakfast treats, and now I never turn down taking fries home. Of course, you can also have this leftover french fry hash any time of day...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan

Hi all! I'm a little behind this week, but I've managed to take a few minutes to throw together a healthy meal plan for this week. I'm going to attempt to make some salmon burgers using some leftover baked salmon, and am looking forward to a mung bean curry and blueberry smoothies!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Baked Root Vegetable Fries (easy, gluten free and vegan)

The weather here in the Pacific Northwest has been abnormally cold the last few weeks, with more snow and ice than we've seen in several years combined. To top it off, our apartment building has had almost no heat and hot water for close to two months because the boiler broke... again... just like it did last year in the midst of a cold snap... they keep trying to fix it, but improvements have been small and incremental...

So yeah...

I'm looking for any excuse to turn the oven on and hold my hands over that delicious heat.

I don't know about you all, but I find that when I spend most of my day shivering, bundled in three pairs of socks, a blanket, and finger-less mittens I like to have a little bit of comfort food for dinner.

And there are few things more comforting than a plate full of easy, baked, barbeque-flavored root veggie fries. Unless, of course, you dip those root veggies into a little puddle of my Homemade BBQ Sauce.  Add a bottle of wine and there's really no reason to go anywhere else for the night!

Turnips, sweet potatoes, rutabaga, all are excellent, less-starchy alternatives to white potatoes. And if you're wanting nightshade-free fries, these root vegetable fries are definitely the way to go.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan

Happy New Year! 

I don't normally make resolutions on January 1st, although it seems inevitable that this is a time for reflection on things that may, or may not, have worked well in the previous year, and what you may like to change moving forward.

Personally, I function better with some semblance of a schedule. Since I work from home and have a personality type that rejects scheduling and order I realize this is a a complete contradiction, but true nonetheless! 

One of the things that I like to schedule (and fall away from, then come back to), is meal plans.

So here I am, back on the meal plan wagon. This time around, I'm trying to do a better job of:

a) meal planning regularly, and 
b) including more variety in my breakfasts, snacks, and lunches

You know, so I don't fall back on a bag of tortillas and a bowl of salsa for lunch.... cuz I've been known to do that.... almost daily...

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