Best white bread

When it comes to homemade goodies, nothing beats freshly baked bread. From the bubbly yeast at the beginning to the slow rising dough and then the final product of warm soft bread, it’s perfection. The different varieties of bread mean there is something for everyone. I personally can’t get enough white bread. There are numerous white bread recipes out there, and I have tried my fair share of them, but this one is the best white bread recipe that I have found. The dough is easy to work with, has a pleasant aroma while baking and creates a nice soft loaf, similar to those you findRead More →

It’s time for a no spend November. Back in October, Saving Joyfully and Lemon Blessings did a no spend month. I had wanted to join in on that. However, knowing that we had our annual pre-winter stock up trip, it’s wasn’t feasible. Putting off that shopping trip wasn’t an option, because we knew winter could potentially hit at any time and we wanted to get it done while the weather was good. So we decided to do a no spend November. This is not our first time doing a no spend month. Last year we successfully completed a few no spend months and we actuallyRead More →

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Ah, November. The second last month of the year and the real beginning of winter for us Northerners. It is hard to believe that the year is almost over. I feel like these past few months just flew by far too quickly. Hopefully, that means that the winter will also pass in a flash. Since it’s a new month, that means it’s time to set some new goals. However, before I share my November goals, I want to take a moment and go over my October goals and see how those went. How I did in October October was quite the month. There was Thanksgiving,Read More →

NaNoWriMo progress update

‘Twas the night before NaNoWriMo, and all through the house Not a keyboard was clacking, no clicks of a mouse; The notebooks were placed on the table with care, In hopes that stories would soon form there; The writers were tossing and turning in their beds, While visions of plot bunnies danced in their heads.   This is it, the day before NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month starts. For those who may be questioning what NaNoWriMo is, it is a 30-day writing challenge to write 50,000 words over the month of November. This essentially equates to writing an entire novel in one month. For moreRead More →

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Today is my grandma’s 84th birthday. Though we live far from each other, I cherish our relationship a lot. I do plan to call her today to wish her a happy birthday, While I thought I would also celebrate her birthday here as well. My sister often shows her snippets of my blog and I thought I could write a letter to my grandma. Perhaps, I could tell her some things that I have never gotten around to saying during our phone calls. You see, I love my grandma very much, but I sometimes have a hard time saying things – especially out loud. DearRead More →

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I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Linda from Witte’s World Blog, Victoria from Victoria Austin, Thoughts With N and The Modern Hadassah. Needless to say, I am truly feeling the love right now. Being nominated for a blogging award is great, but having four people nominate you for the same award is just phenomenal, so thank you so much! I hope you ladies don’t mind that I lumped you all together into a single post. I honestly can’t thank you all enough for this! The rules for the Blogger Recognition Award Thank the blogger that nominated you Write a post to show your award.Read More →

NaNoWriMo is just two weeks away! Hopefully, by now you have taken the steps necessary to get ready for NaNoWriMo. At the very least, you may have a story idea picked out. Even if you don’t, that’s okay! Half of the fun of NaNoWriMo is that feeling of panic over creating a story and then the joy of when that story appears on the screen. However, knowing your story is only part of being successful at NaNoWriMo. Having participated in NaNoWriMo for seven years, I have learned the importance of having a NaNoWriMo survival kit. But what exactly is a NaNoWriMo survival kit? Why do you need one?Read More →

Fall is here and the gardening season has come to an end. Every year, I look forward to the garden. The excitement of selecting what we will grow, planting those seeds and nurturing the plants to the best of our ability. Wondering just what kind of a year it will be. Will it be overly wet, dry, warm or cool? All of those factors play a roll in the garden. However, the thing I look forward to the most is the harvest. Now that all the hard work is over, I thought it would be fun to take a moment and look back on thisRead More →

Water bath canning pot and jars of home canned food.

There are several ways to preserve food. Freezing, dehydrating and canning all help to keep food for long periods. Each of these food preservation techniques has its positives and negatives. They also require different tools to achieve the end result. For the moment, I would like to focus on canning. Canning is a great way to preserve food long term. One of the main benefits is you don’t have to worry about losing your food if the power goes out for extended periods of time – unlike with freezing. This beginner’s guide to canning will help you learn the basic idea behind canning and know whatRead More →

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With fall here, it’s time to embrace fall baking. There are so many great fall recipes to make. Whether it is made with apples or pumpkins, you really can’t go wrong with fall baking. For today, we will focus on a pumpkin recipe. More specifically pumpkin muffins. If there was even a muffin recipe that is the epitome of moist and flavorful, then this is it. I don’t recall exactly where I got this recipe from. However, if I had to guess, I would say that it was from that wonderful thing known as the internet. Whether it was from Facebook, Pinterest or just a randomRead More →