I don’t know any magic tricks and I can’t tell a joke to save my life, but I can make a chocolate chip cookie that will dazzle and delight. It’s the cover star of Made with Love: More than 100 Sweet and Savory Plant-Based Recipes for Every Moment in Life by mother-daughter duo Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie of Kelly’s Bake Shoppe and Love Lettuce Café, and it’s worth the price of the book alone. You want to bake someone happy? Bake these. … Made with Love by Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie + Win 1 of 5 copies!
It’s a fantastic year for plant-tastic cookbooks, and last week saw the debut of another: Whole Bowls: Complete Gluten-Free and Vegetarian Meals to Power Your Day by Allison Day, nutritionist, food stylist, photographer and creator of the award-winning blog Yummy Beet. These are wholesome, satisfying meals and desserts you can assemble as quickly or leisurely as time allows, preparing components in advance to have at the ready or building all at once like I did (and maybe nibbling as you go). Use Allison’s whole bowls formula to adapt the recipes to your taste and/or what you have on hand and discover the plant-iful pleasures to be had in a bowl brimming with flavour, colour and texture. … Whole Bowls by Allison Day + Win a copy!
I know there are a bajillion other blogs you could be reading right now besides mine, so when somebody tells you yours is one of their favourites and they’ve discovered all kinds of things from it, well it makes you feel pretty great. Thank you Paméla! B, and thanks to all of you making try small things part of your day. Quite a few of you like to craft and colour, either by yourself or with your kids, so I think Paint by Sticker (out just last week!) is something you’d really enjoy. Just like paint-by-number, each of the pictures is divided into spaces, only instead of colouring them in with paint you fill them with the corresponding sticker. There’s a version for kids too, but I thought my almost-nine-year-old daughter could totally tackle the more detailed grown-up version so we put that one to the test. … Create a masterpiece! Paint by Sticker + Win a copy!
I don’t have anything in my teeth, do I? I want to look my best for the party! Today I’m partnering with Simon & Schuster Canada and three other bloggers to celebrate the debut of Ella Woodward’s second cookbook, Deliciously Ella Every Day: Simple Recipes and Fantastic Food for a Healthy Way of Life. If you’re familiar with Ella, you’ll know her for her relaxed and relatable approach to healthy living through plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free meals, snacks and desserts made with readily available ingredients, and a zest for life that encourages self-care and celebration over deprivation. … Deliciously Ella Every Day by Ella Woodward + Win a copy!
Remember that episode of Family Ties where Mrs. and Mrs. Keaton come home early from a weekend without the kids to a houseful of strangers and a kangaroo? It was homecoming weekend in Leland and Alex had turned the house into a hotel to pay for repairs after Mallory drove the car into a telephone pole pulling out of the driveway. Next thing you know, there’s a kid demanding French toast with his stay and a marsupial team mascot hopping around the living room. Chaos! Chaos! It’s what came to my mind last week when my eight-year-old dragged a stool across the kitchen floor to reach the cupboard with the dates and said, “You just read me the instructions mom — I’ll make the recipe all by myself.” … The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth
Before escape artist Harry Houdini died, he vowed he would find a way to speak to his beloved wife, Bess, from beyond the grave using a coded message known only to the two of them. When a widowed Bess begins seeing this code in seemingly impossible places, it becomes clear that Harry has an urgent message to convey. Unlocking the puzzle will set Bess on a course back through the pair’s extraordinary romance, which swept the illusionist and his bride from the beaches of Coney Island, to the palaces of Austria, to the back lots of Hollywood. When the mystery finally leads Bess to the doorstep of an intriguing young photographer, she realizes that her husband’s magic may have been more than just an illusion. … Mrs. Houdini by Victoria Kelly + Win a copy!
Decorating eggs at Easter is my idea of a good time. Also, eating chocolate. But that goes without saying. Here are four fun ways of decorating we’ve tried (the eggs below are all ours) and links to the how-to’s. Hop to it and have fun! … Four fun ways to decorate easter eggs
Happy Spring everybody! We’ve still got plenty of snow on the ground here but soon there will be buds on the trees and even sooner, Easter! Here are some of my favourite Easter baking recipes to sweeten this weekend’s festivities. … Easter baking: My favourite recipes
First of all, I want to thank everybody who took the time to read and comment on my last post — it means a lot to me that you felt safe to share your own struggles, and for those of you who wanted to comment but didn’t feel comfortable, well I totally get that too. I feel like you have my back, and I hope you know I’ve got yours too. Speaking of which, if you’ve got kids home next week for March Break and you’re wondering how you’re going to keep them occupied, I’ve got a surprise giveaway today with Grand & Toy that’s going to help you with that big time. … Five things + A giveaway! (Hint: It’ll help you survive March Break)