With the arrival of fall, everyone is keen to get busy baking. What better way to welcome the cooler weather than turning on your oven and baking up something delicious, especially if it features fall flavors. Like others, I had the hankering to bake and knew that it had to be an autumn related recipe. The craving for cookies was strong, so I knew I had to go that route. Add in some apples that needed to get used up and the obvious choice was cinnamon apple oatmeal cookies. These cookies turned out to be a perfect balance of soft and firm, with a distinctRead More →

Halloween is just around the corner. While you could go to the store and buy a costume, why not try making your own. This DIY bookshelf costume with a TBR hat is the perfect costume for booklovers. Wear your books with pride with this homemade costume. Of course, it also acts as a reminder for all those books you have on your shelves but have yet to read. Take some time to put this costume together and you may just be the talk of the party. This post may contain affiliate links. This means that should you make a purchase after following one of theseRead More →

Can you believe that October is here already? I don’t know about you, but it seems like the last few months have really flown by. Perhaps that is because we are now in autumn, which is my favorite season. Or perhaps it’s because I have been so busy lately that the days have been zooming by. Either way, it’s a new month and that means it’s time to assess my monthly goals, make any necessary adjustments, and get busy setting my October 2020 goals. If you haven’t started setting monthly goals, I highly recommend doing so. They really help you keep on track and sharingRead More →

With the arrival of October, it’s time to take a moment and look back at all of the books I read in September. This month was quite busy, so I wasn’t sure how much reading I would get in. Despite this, I had set myself a goal to read 10 books this month. Reading has been my favorite pastime for many years. In fact, my love of reading, and more so buying books, was what led me to have such an enormous TBR. However, I have spent the past year and a bit working on whittling that TBR down. With each month that passes, itRead More →

Grab your board games, consoles, controllers, and stacks of unplayed video games! It’s time for the October Use It Up Challenge. We all know that decluttering can be a hard process. So this month, let’s have some fun. This month’s focus is on games – specifically video games and board games. These two types of games can provide hours of entertainment, yet they can also be a source of clutter. Games that you no longer play are often shoved into closets and other spaces. It’s time to tackle this clutter. Let’s go through all of those games, play them, and ensure we are keeping onlyRead More →

September is coming to an end. This is a big month for the garden. It often signals the end of the growing season, which also means the scramble to get the last of the harvest done. After having an unseasonably hot summer, September quickly brought in those cool fall temperatures. We experienced several nights of negative temperatures with several frosts, which did a number on the plants. In fact, I cannot believe the difference between how the garden looks now and what it looked like at the end of September last year. It’s amazing how much of a difference there can be each year. ThisRead More →

As the summer comes to an end, let’s squeeze in a few last-minute summer recipes. Zucchini is a popular summer and early fall ingredient. Many people who have gardens grow zucchini and often find they have an overabundance of them. What better way to use them than baking up a loaf or two of the best zucchini bread. If you are looking for a recipe that is wonderfully soft and moist and has a great zucchini flavor then this is the one to try. As a bonus, a chocolate variation is possible as well. I have made both versions a number of times and IRead More →

Fall is in the air. The time has come for summer to end and for fall to make its appearance. Already, the temperatures are starting to drop and we are welcomed with crisp mornings and the beginning of leaves changing. If you are like me, fall is your favorite season. There are so many reasons to enjoy autumn and all it has to offer, whether it is baking apple muffins, attending fall fairs, or decorating your home. What better way to welcome fall than making a DIY Autumn Wreath to hang on your front door. This craft is a great way to spend the afternoonRead More →

Can you believe it’s September already? This year sure is flying by. September is the month that gives way to fall and is filled with plenty of fun activities too – or at least usually is, who knows what it will look like this year. This is when kids go back to school, or perhaps they are doing at-home learning. One thing that has helped me keep life a bit less chaotic is setting monthly goals. I started doing this back in 2018 and it made a huge difference. So, each month I set several goals and share them to keep myself accountable and toRead More →

With the arrival of September, it’s time to take a moment and look back at the books I read in August. Though I had grand plans of reading a ton of books this month, August was incredibly busy and I often found myself struggling to squeeze in enough reading time. I did read nearly every day, but even then it didn’t seem to be enough. Even so, I was able to get through some books, which is better than none and this is helping to reduce my giant TBR to a more manageable level as each month passes. The August 2020 reading wrap-up goes overRead More →