For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read books. Many hours were spent in the library picking out which books I wanted to read next. As a child, I read books as fast as I could get my hands on them. Though my love of reading has not diminished, I no longer can read as quickly as before. This is likely because the books I read now are a bit longer and not as easy to read. This has led me to have a huge TBR, but I’m working on that. Sometimes, I think about the books that I loved whenRead More →

I love blog awards. They help to give bloggers encouragement to keep doing what they are doing while putting the spotlight on them for others to see. There are many blog awards out there. Admittedly, I have been nominated for quite a few of them. The Real Neat Blog Award is one that I hadn’t heard of previously. However, I am excited about it. I was nominated for this away by Geraldine from Geraldine Talks. Thank you so much, Geraldine! The Real Neat Blog Award Real Neat Blog Award Rules Display the award logo Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blogRead More →

There are some baking items that seem harder to make than they truly are. Bagels are one of those items. Even though I have gotten quite skilled at cooking and baking, I honestly believed I couldn’t make bagels. They just seemed so difficult to make. However, after looking through several recipes, I realized that they are easier to make than I first thought. So, I decided to try my hand at making homemade bagels. It took a few tries, but I was finally able to find the perfect recipe for them. Combining a few of the recipes that I found, I managed to make homemadeRead More →

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October has arrived. I don’t know about you, but it feels like the closer to the end of the year we get, the faster the months pass us by. I could have sworn that only yesterday was the beginning of September, and yet here we are, a few days into October. A new month means it’s time to talk about my goals. The last couple of months have been a bit crazy and I haven’t been hitting my goals. However, that has not deterred me from continuing to set them each month. Before I share my October goals, let’s take a moment and see howRead More →

Septembers reading time has come to an end. The past couple of months have been a struggle reading-wise. However, in September I was finally able to get back into a good reading rhythm. Sticking to a daily reading schedule, and adding in some extra time on certain days really helped. Because of this, I was able to put a nice little dent in my enormous TBR. Of course, I also added to that TBR because of a visit to my favorite used book store. September in books is the ninth installment in my ongoing series highlighting what I read each month. The post may containRead More →

September is coming to a close. It’s crazy to think that the month is nearly over. I feel like it only just began and suddenly it’s almost done. This month saw several shifts in the weather. First, it was fall weather, then summer returned for a week, and then fall was back! While I love fall, it does signify the end of the growing season for us. The weather this month had a strange effect on the garden, as many plants started to die off and then rejuvenated with the warmer weather returning. In the end, the garden is coming to an end. This gardenRead More →

The leaves are changes, temperatures are dropping and the nights are getting shorter. A sure sign that fall has arrived. Fall is a great time to curl up with a blanket, a cup of something warm and a good book. I love reading no matter what time of year it is. However, I thought it would be fun to share a fall TBR with you. Thanks to Top Ten Tuesday, I can do just that. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish post run by That Artsy Reader Girl. This weeks theme: books on my fall 2019 TBR. Though a few of these books doRead More →

As someone with a very large sweet tooth, baking is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. Having the chance to create a delicious dessert or sugary snack brings me so much joy. Never mind the fact that a few years ago I couldn’t cook at all. Cookies are a great easy to bake treat that satisfies my sweet tooth and doesn’t take too much time to make. Having tried and tweaked many chocolate chip cookie recipes, I finally created the perfect one. Not overly sweet yet still containing that perfect balance of flavor, these rainbow chocolate chip cookies have become aRead More →

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August has come to an end. I don’t know where the month went. It was the beginning of the month and then suddenly it was over. Time sure is flying and it has me thinking about the upcoming fall season, which inevitably means getting ready for winter. August was kind of a crazy month and admittedly it meant a lot of my goals got overlooked. Despite that, it was also a great month, as I was able to see my grandmother for the first time in three years. Before I share my September goals, let’s take a moment to see what happened with my AugustRead More →

August has come to an end and so has my reading time for the month. With each month that passes, ensuring that I stick with, or sometimes surpass, my monthly reading goals, I am able to reduce the number of books in my enormous TBR. There was a time when I thought I would never reach the end of my TBR. However, I can now see that it won’t take me as long as I thought to get through all of the remaining books. Despite being not the strongest of reading months, I am still happy with what I did read in August. Honestly, asRead More →