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 →

With August coming to an end, it means that the garden is that much closer to being done. It seems early, however, where I live it’s simply a fact of life. Our gardening season is fairly short, especially given that we live in a cool climate. However, this year seems to be the exact opposite of that which has created a number of challenges over the past few months. That being said, while some parts of the garden are struggling, others are doing phenomenally. Gardening can be such an unpredictable hobby, but I thoroughly enjoy the challenge. This garden update August 2019 will cover howRead More →

Casseroles are a great way of putting together a quick and easy meal that has everything in it. The combination of cheese and noodles is often looked upon as comfort food. Adding some chicken and broccoli into the mix makes a complete meal with very little extra work. This chicken and broccoli noodle casserole is one of our favorites to make, especially as the weather started to turn cooler. Not only is it a hearty and warm meal, but it can also be made into a freezer meal. Having a few of these in the freezer is a great way to be prepared for theRead More →

Ontario boasts 280 Provincial Parks. Neys Provincial Park is one of many located in Northern Ontario and offers plenty of hiking, boating, camping, and other activities. Located within a short drive of town, this park is the perfect place to spend a weekend or several days. Neys Provincial Park – Camping Boasting nearly 150 camping sites, Neys is a great place to stay for a few nights. Over half of these sites offer electrical services, which is great for those who camp using a trailer. Generally speaking, you shouldn’t have any problem getting a spot. However, if you are like us and decide to goRead More →

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July has come to an end and it’s hard to believe that the summer is half over. With August’s arrival, it’s time to set up a new list of monthly goals. I’m not going to lie, July was a bit of a writeoff in many ways. Too many distractions, family visits, enjoying the nice weather and other things kept me busy in ways I hadn’t expected. Before I share my August goals, let’s take a moment to see how I did with my July goals. How did I do with my July goals? Life goals Read at least 10 books. Almost didn’t happen, but squeezedRead More →

July has come to an end and so has my reading time for the month. Thanks to my monthly reading goals, I have made a visible dent in my enormous TBR pile and can finally say I see the light at the end of the tunnel. There are still a few hundred books I need to read, but at least there are gaps in my bookshelves now. Slowly but surely knocking it out. Though July was filled with a lot of distractions I still managed to get my regular daily reading time. July in books is the seventh installment in my ongoing series highlighting theRead More →

July is coming to an end, which brings us further into the gardening season. This year has been quite different from previous years. Though the gardening season was a bit late due to cool weather, now we have the opposite problem. Most of July was unseasonably warm and dry, which really stunted the growth of a lot of things. It also meant a lot more watering to keep the garden going in the initial crucial growth period. This garden update July 2019 covers what has been happening in the garden over the last month. Garden update July 2019 What’s growing well Of all the thingsRead More →

Summer means warm weather. Keeping cool is a challenge for everyone. Everyone appreciates a cool treat on hot days, including dogs. That’s why these frozen dog treats are the perfect thing to help your pup beat the summer heat. With a few simple ingredients and a bit of time in the freezer, you will have a bunch of treats ready for your pooch. Your dog will be thrilled if you make these for them. Of course, if you are looking for a different option, you can always make these peanut butter dog treats. Dogs go crazy for them! They can also be placed in theRead More →