It is said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Yet this area can fall into a cluttered mess just as easily as the rest of the home. I know my own kitchen suffered from clutter for years. Performing a kitchen declutter will help this area become more functional. After all, nobody enjoys digging through overflowing cupboards and drawers trying to find that one item needed to prepare dinner. Kitchen declutter tips Whether you have a large or small kitchen, it can be beneficial to clear everything out of it first. That may mean piling those items up in another room or coveringRead More →

Muffins are very versatile food. There are so many different flavors to be made with them. Buttermilk blueberry muffins are one of my favorites to make. They have an amazingly soft texture, thanks to the buttermilk, while the blueberries provide a nice pop of flavor. Though these muffins are most often made in the summer and early fall, baking them in the winter can help add the flavors of summer to the cold winter months. Preheat oven to 400F. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter. StirRead More →

Well, February totally snuck up on me. I can’t believe that we are already in the second month of the year. I suppose it is good that time is going quickly because that means winter will be over soon. A new month means it’s time to get new goals. My February goals are still on the light side, much like with my January goals. However, I feel like they will keep me busy throughout the month. Before we dive into this months goals, I want to take a moment and look back on how I did with January’s goals. How did I do with myRead More →

The month January has come to an end. During the month I had a goal of reading 8 books. I managed to achieve that and more, so I thought it would be funt o share my thoughts on the books that I read. January in books is the start of an ongoing series which will highlight the books that I read each month over the course of the year. January in books Fruits Basket Collectors Edition by Natsuki Takaya The 12 volumes of Fruits Basket Collections Edition contain all 23 volumes of the manga series. This is a quirky little series that follows a girl, TohruRead More →

As harsh temperatures affect much of North America this week, keeping your vehicle running can be a challenge. There are a number of steps to take that can help your vehicle continue to run in the cold as well as safety items to keep with you at all times. With these vehicle winterization tips, your vehicle will be ready for winter and everything it throws your way. The post may contain affiliate links. This means that should you make a purchase after following one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Block Heater A key to keeping yourRead More →

As winter’s icy chill continues to have a firm grip on things, it can be easy to succumb to the winter blahs. Depending on where you live, this may not even be an issue. After all, some areas barely get any winter weather. However, those who live in the colder Nothern climates know all too well how long and cold winter can be. When the winter is howling, the snow is blowing and the temperatures dip to a dangerous level, what is one to do? Here are 8 things to do when it’s too cold to go outside. Reading Whether you have 1 or 100Read More →

Muffins are one of my favorite things to bake. There are so many great flavors to choose from that I never get bored of eating them. Strawberry muffins are great year round, although admittedly I prefer them in the summer when the strawberries are in season. That being said, it’s great to have that taste of summer during the dreary winter months. This is a recipe I found online a while back and have modified over time. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the milk, oil, and eggs. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.Read More →

January is here! Not only are we entering a new month but also a new year. It’s the beginning of new opportunities, which means setting up new goals. Much like in the previous months, my January goals will encompass various aspects of my life. Though it is a new year, which means I have a lot I want to accomplish, I also don’t want to burn myself out right out of the starting gate. So January is going to be a light goals month, but it will also allow me to evaluate where I want to go over the course of the year and adjust myRead More →

There is something about molasses based cookies around Christmas. Those flavors, combined with the festive spirit, as the perfect combination. There are plenty of molasses flavored cookies out there, such as gingerbread cookies, but each one is unique in its own way. Soft baked molasses cookies are fairly similar in flavor, however, their soft texture and sugar coated outside make them a completely different cookie. This recipe was shared by a friend of mine and has quickly become a family favorite. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Gather and measure all of your ingredients. In a bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and eggs until they are lightRead More →

As you prepare for the Christmas holidays, don’t forget about your dog as you buy gifts and do your holiday baking. Making your dog homemade peanut butter dog treats for Christmas is a great way to show him or her how much you love them. These treats are easy to make and use very few ingredients. Be sure to cook up a batch of these soon so that your dog can enjoy them on Christmas morning. Measure all ingredients and preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, thoroughly mix together skim milk and all-natural peanut butter. Be sure that you are using all-natural peanut butterRead More →