Cabbage rolls are one of my favorite food to eat. I love the flavor combination of the meat, tomato sauce, rice, and cabbage. However, if you are like me, making cabbage rolls feels like an impossible affair. The cabbage leaves never seem to cooperate and I am left with ripped leaves that don’t work well. That’s why this unstuffed cabbage roll casserole is a fantastic alternative. It has all the flavor of classic cabbage rolls while not being as finicky as you no longer need to carefully wrap the meat mixture in the leaves. This relatively quick to make recipe has become a family favorite.Read More →

It’s a new month and a new year! That means it’s another opportunity to set and achieve our goals. As we all let out a collective breath now that 2020 is over, it’s time to ramp up for another year. Many people may be setting resolutions but I am more of a goal person. I find goals are more manageable and realistic than resolution. In fact, you could turn your resolutions into goals to ensure you actually work towards them. I have been setting monthly goals for a few years now and it has been extremely beneficial. By sharing these goals here, I find myselfRead More →

With the arrival of January, it’s time to take a moment and look back at the books I read in December. This month was filled with holiday preparation, the first few heavy snowfalls of winter, and that overwhelming desire for the year to be over. The goal I had set for myself was to read 5 books during the month, something I can usually easily do. However, this month I found myself either not feeling like reading or simply not setting aside the time each day. Despite this, I was able to squeeze in just enough reading to hit that goal. Doing so helped toRead More →

The November Use It Up Challenge is here and it's all about tackling sentimental clutter.

Gather your blenders, rice cookers, and cherry pitters. It’s time for the January 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on kitchen items. We all have gadgets and gizmos in the kitchen that we bought thinking we needed them. Then, as it turns out, they have sat in our cupboards unused. Or, perhaps we used them once and then relegated them to the storage area. For this month, we won’t be just focusing on kitchen gadgets, but all kitchen items that are found in the kitchen. So that includes baking sheets, dishes, etc. Let’s make sure that the items in our kitchenRead More →

Writing has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, I would continuously craft stories, sharing them with anyone who would read or listen to them. As the years went by, I wrote less, mostly due to school workload, but I never lost my love of writing. My adult years haven’t seen a lot of writing. True, I participate in NaNoWriMo every year and work on this blog, and all of that technically counts as writing. However, I want to put even more focus on my writing. That is why I am making 2021 theRead More →

As the cold Northern winds blow ushering in the winter months, it’s important to make sure you have what is needed to get through this cold time of the year. Having lived in Northern Ontario for more than a dozen years, I have several winter essentials. Some items help me combat the cold when I need to leave the house, while others are simply to keep cabin fever at bay. Ensuring that I have these and other items is an important part of getting ready for winter. This post may contain affiliate links. This means that should you make a purchase after following one ofRead More →

The final month of 2020 has arrived. It’s hard to believe that the year is so close to being over and soon we will be ushering in 2021. This is the last opportunity to get everything done you want to accomplish during 2020. Whether it’s a big or small goal, do your best to work on it. There are a couple of things that I am going to be working on as a part of my December 2020 goals. Part of them are finishing up goals that have been spread out throughout this year and others are last-minute additions I would like to get done.Read More →

Another month of reading has come to an end. November was a fairly busy month with NaNoWriMo taking up the vast majority of my time. Then toss in the release of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands and I honestly didn’t think I would have much time for reading. Though my goal was to get through five books, I had a sneaking suspicion I wouldn’t get beyond two books read. However, I could never have imagined that I would read so much given everything I had going on but I am pleasantly surprised by my reading this month. This November 2020 reading wrap-up goes over the booksRead More →

With the arrival of December, writers around the world can let out a collective sigh of relief that they survived another NaNoWriMo. Whether you managed to hit that 50000 word count goal or came up shy, go ahead and give yourself a round of applause. Writing a novel in a single month is no easy task and even failures can teach you something about your writing. Now that the challenge is over it’s time to share my NaNoWriMo 2020 final update. This will cover the last three days of writing and how I felt my overall experience went. Curious about how the previous weeks went?Read More →

The November Use It Up Challenge is here and it's all about tackling sentimental clutter.

Gather your lights, baubles, skeletons, and wreaths. It’s time for the December Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on holiday decorations. By the end of the month, we have gone through every holiday in a calendar year. This makes it the perfect opportunity to go through all of those holiday decorations. We know what ones we did and didn’t use over the course of the year. In fact, there may be some you have been meaning to get rid of over the years but end up returning them to the box instead. No more. Let’s make sure what the decorations we keepRead More →