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 →

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Hello October! Wow, this year is going by so fast. I have a hard time believing that it is already October. A new month means a new set of goals. Before I get into my October goals, I want to take a moment and look back on my September goals and see how well I did with them. How I did in September Weed the garden. Not so much. Harvest the garden. Done! Got lots of beans, shelling peas and snap peas picked. Prep the garden for winter. Some of this is done. However, with some plants still occupying the beds, not all of it is done. CleanRead More →

Apple orchard

Do you feel it? That change in the air. The mornings are cooler, leaves have started to change colors and pumpkin everything seems to be on everyone’s minds. These are just a few signs that fall has arrived. There seems to be a fine line between those people who love fall and those who don’t. I am one of those people who look forward to fall each year. I might go as far as to say that it is my favorite season of the year. Since we are just getting into fall, I thought it would be fun to share with you the many reasons why IRead More →

Rhino collection

Today, September 22, is World Rhino Day. As someone who loves rhinos, I knew I had to make a post to celebrate this day. Rhinos have been my favorite animal since I was a little kid. I remember first seeing them in nature documentaries that I used to watch and was absolutely enthralled with these beautiful creatures. The first time I saw one in a zoo as a child, it was such a magical experience. It felt almost surreal seeing this creature from Africa not far away. I would have given anything to be able to touch it. Honestly, I still feel that way today.Read More →

Twas the night before NaNoWriMo and I'm getting my writing desk ready.

NaNoWriMo is just over a month away. You know what that means? That’s right, it’s time to panic! What are you going to write about? When will you have time to write? How do words even work anymore? Why do I do this to myself every year? Where did that flash drive full of ideas go? Who will feed me when I am buried deep in my writing? These are just a few of the things to figure out in order to get ready for NaNoWriMo. For those who aren’t aware NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is a writing challenge held every NovemberRead More →

Favorite anime header

Did you know that I’m an anime fan? Well, I am. In fact, I mentioned this in my A to Z post a little while back. I didn’t always watch anime. It wasn’t until about 15 years ago that I started watching it, and my love of anime has grown from there. There is such a large number of anime movies and series out there is, so it can be hard to find good ones. Much like everything else in the world, what I like and what someone else likes will vary a lot. However, I thought it would be fun to share my favoriteRead More →

It can be hard to know what you need in your kitchen. There are so many products out there. They are designed to make our time in the kitchen easier. However, it’s not always easy to figure out what items you need and which fall under the want category. What items you truly need will depend on what you want out of your kitchen. After learning how to cook, I now have determined the essential kitchen items that I need. Perhaps this list will help you in putting only useful items in your own kitchen. This post may contain affiliate links. This means that should you makeRead More →