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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Cover Reveal for The Draughtsman's Daughter

I'm super excited to reveal the cover for the third novel in my Ancient Egyptian Romances series - The Draughtsman's Daughter!

Read on for a little blurb and more details...

Saturday, February 6, 2016

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan

I have no witty stories or anecdotes to tell this week, except to say that later this week I'll be heading to my hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. It's going to be really, really cold when I get there, but I'll do my best to venture out and find a restaurant or two to tell you about.

Anyway, by now my Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan should need no introduction! So without further ado, this week's meal plan...

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Easy, One-Pot Gluten Free and Vegan Chili-Lime Rice and Beans Dinner (+MeatlessMonday)

There is nothing complicated about this complete, healthy meal of rice, black beans, and veggies. It's one pot, about 25 minutes from start to finish, and much of that time is spent waiting for the meal to cook. So you can do dishes, set the table, dance around the kitchen to '80's rock, pet the cat, or colour in your Secret Garden Coloring Book , like I've been doing!

Like the One-Pot Asian Rice and Veggie Bowl  I posted a couple of weeks back, this easy one-pot meal is super flexible depending on what you have in the fridge, and is a great way to use up bits and pieces of veggies.
Wednesdays are busy days for me. I have a virtual meeting with my writing group which, due to our time differences, means that our meetings are smack in the middle of dinner time. Furthermore, I've taken on some volunteer work that, lately, has occurred on Thursdays, also right around dinner time.

Which means that I don't really have time to cook.

Hence the beginning of what I like to call One-Pot Wednesdays, where I make up a large pot of something that's fast and easy, doesn't require a lot to clean up, and can be served the next day. So stay tuned, because for the next couple of weeks I'll be posting quick and easy one-pot meals!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan (and the start of One-Pot Wednesday)

This week's meal plan involves a lot of one-pot dishes. Part of that has to do with the mad dash I'm making to finish the third novel in my romance series. Another reason is because on Wednesdays I have virtual meeting with my writing critique group. They happen to be in another time zone, so our meetings take place over my dinner time. As a result, I've decided to start making quick and easy one-pot meals on Wednesdays so I have time to eat before my meeting, and won't have too much to clean up afterwards.

So over the next few weeks, stay tuned as I'll be posting more one-pot meals on the blog! In the meantime, you might want to check out the one-pot dishes in this week's meal plan.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Easy Vegan and Gluten Free Cucumber and Seaweed Salad (Japanese Sunomono) + MeatlessMonday

Don't let the fact that this might be unfamiliar scare you off. It's not at all difficult, and doesn't require any hard to find or weird ingredients - unless you've never had seaweed, in which case, it might be slightly strange, but it's not scary, I promise! Seaweed is pretty easy to find in the Asian section of most major supermarkets, or at any Asian market.

Refreshing, simple, and healthy, I LOVE Japanese sunomono in a variety of forms. Most sushi restaurants serve sunomono in the form of a vinegar-based, rice noodle soup with a cucumber and seaweed garnish.

But this salad is simply made with dried seaweed and thinly sliced cucumber, with a very simple dressing. It makes for a great side salad on a warm day, or a quick, light lunch.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Easiest Way to Defrost a Fridge Freezer (and the least stressful!)

I've never wished harm on an appliance before, but I frequently wish for the death of my freezer.

I might be the only person in the world left with one of those ancient fridge freezers that needs to be defrosted. My husband and I rent an apartment and the property management company won't replace the fridge until it dies. Trust me, after 1.5 years of having to defrost this freezer, I want this stupid thing to die, and yet it lives on and on.

In an ironic twist, most of the people I know with new fridges have had to call for service for them time and again within the first year of ownership. Just last month we had a fiasco in which my grandmother's brand new 4 month old fridge lost it's door handle. I guess this is proof that they don't make things the way they used to!

Regardless, over the last year and a bit I've come to learn that the best way to clean my icy fridge freezer is the one that causes me the least stress and least amount of manual labour.

So in the off-chance you, like me, suffer with a fridge that's older than time, read on and I'll tell you how to clean it! Along with what NOT to do.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan

In an effort to remind myself of the necessity of meal planning, I've revamped my meal plan button! I don't know if this is any better than the old one, but at least it's new ;)

This week I'm hosting two little dinner parties / soiree type thingies, so I've got little mini meal plans within my meal plan. One night will be Eastern European-themed, while the other is more Mediterranean (my go-to, because tapas are just so darned easy!)

So here's what I'm eating this week!

My First Chalkboard Art!

Well. I lay no claims to artistic greatness here. I just got myself a Wallie peel and stick chalkboard  and thought I'd make an attempt at an inspirational chalkboard quote.

I'm fairly happy with the results, considering I didn't use any fancy shmancy stuff like a projector or tracing the text from large prints, I just free-handed it. I'll give you a basic run-down of how I did it here, in case you also have artistic pretensions ;)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Easy, One-Pot Gluten Free Asian Rice and Vegetables (+MeatlessMonday)

This gluten free steamed rice and vegetable dinner is so easy I almost feel guilty posting it. And I almost feel guilty telling you that I make this like once a week for dinner, and have the leftovers for lunch the next day. It's a go-to on a night when we're in a hurry to go out somewhere.

It feels lazy. But it's totally not. It's a healthy meal in itself, and it's just so darned easy!!

It takes only 20 minutes from start to finish, requires only one pot for cooking (and a small bowl for sauce), and is super flexible. I use up odds and ends from the fridge so it's a little different every time. You can add various proteins as you like (peanuts, cashews, tofu, eggs, or leftover chicken bits for a meat version, etc.) and different veggies (carrots, peas, asparagus, mushrooms, etc.) depending on what you have kicking around.

So the following is my basic formula and the sauce I use.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan

Yargh. I'm a little behind this week (story of my life!), but this week's meal plan involves making a little extra so I can use leftovers twice! I love leftovers :)

Now on to this week's meal plan....

Saturday, January 2, 2016

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan + disorderly neighbours & earthquakes

Yargh. It's been a crazy week, and I am now exhausted - and not in that good "oh it's been a wonderful holiday filled with family cheer" sort of way. Rather, it's been one of those "oh dear god what else is going to go wrong?!" kind of ways. Earthquakes and fire alarms (see details below) have disrupted my sleep and turned me cranky and seeking coffee at every turn.

Did I mention it's freezing cold here, also? All this means Danielle is tired, grumpy, and in need of comfort food. But after all the gingerbread cookies and excess of the holidays, this week's meal plan is all about easy, healthy comfort food :)

Friday, January 1, 2016

Not-So New Year's Resolutions and Blogging

Hi all,

I just wanted to say Happy New Year to everyone and wish you all the best for 2016!!  I know I've been a little erratic with blogging over the holidays, (that said, although I'm still around on Facebook from time to time if you happen to follow me there).

So I'm not promising any New Years Resolutions (I'm of the mind that if you want to change something, anytime is a good time to start), but I do have a few things up my sleeve for the blog for 2016, so please bear with me while I get my derriere organized ;)

My wonderful (tongue in cheek here) work-from-home schedule fell into disarray in December with the Christmas madness, but things are settling again so I'll be getting back to some semblance of normalcy soon.

In the meantime, all the best everyone and Happy New Year!!! 
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