The garden season has finally arrived up here in the North! This has been a long time coming and after such a long and cold winter, I am so excited. Finally, I can get my hands in the dirt and start growing things. Of course, the weather played its tricks on us. The first half of the month was unusually cold – even for up here. And then it turned abnormally warm. On top of this, we had almost no rain this month. Needless to say, thanks to that, the garden was planted a bit late.  This garden update June 2019 covers all that IRead More →

Canada Day is just around the corner. For weeks now the stores have been filling up with Canadian flags and other red and white items. There will be barbeques, red and white food, and fireworks galore. But what about other ways to celebrate Canada Day? As a proud Canadian, consider doing something to celebrate the day that would make Canada proud of you. These 5 unique ways to celebrate Canada Day will help you do just that. The best part of these ideas is that they are budget-friendly. Plant trees But Canada is full of trees, you say. Well, yes and no. It all dependsRead More →

Since learning to cook, I have spent many hours in the kitchen trying all kinds of recipes. My favorite thing to do is baking. Whether it’s bread, cookies, muffins or some random dessert, there is always something delicious to be made. Of these, homemade cinnamon buns are in my top five favorite recipes. These buns are packed with flavor and are fairly simple to make. In fact, the recipe is modified from the best white bread recipe. If you are looking for a dessert to make for a party, pot luck or just because these homemade cinnamon buns are an excellent choice. You can evenRead More →

Hello June! We are mid-way through the year already, can you believe it? Time just seems to be flying by. The arrival of June means it’s time to list my June goals. I know June is going to be a fairly busy month, thus I made the decision to cut back on my goals. This will allow me to focus my time and energy on some things that really need to get done that have been put off for too long. Also, it’s the final month of school, the boy is in soccer and it’s getting nice enough outside that I don’t want to beRead More →

My reading time in May has come to an end. It was another fantastic reading month. Honestly, I don’t even know how I read so much, especially given how busy I was over the month. I have been doing a really good job focusing on reducing my TBR. Back in April, I did a ton of reading, yet even that is nothing compared to what I read in May. May in books is the fifth installment in my continuing series highlighting what I read in a month. The post may contain affiliate links. This means that should you make a purchase after following one ofRead More →

When it comes to breakfast, cereal is a major focus in many households. With store shelves filled with multiple kinds of cereal, it can be hard to know what one to go with, especially if you are looking for a healthier option. As I continue through my adventure of learning to cook and trying new recipes, I wondered whether it was possible to make homemade cereal. After a bunch of research, I found a number of homemade granola cereal recipes and began to try them. Through experimentation and combining various recipes together, I finally settled on one that my whole family enjoys. The best partRead More →

Every gardener has challenges that they need to overcome in order to be successful. Some areas get hot quickly and can limit what can be grown. Other areas are more ideal for nearly year-round gardening, however, they may encounter more pests or diseases. Then there are places where the growing season is not only short but also includes a cool climate. I fall into the latter category. Though it can be a struggle to achieve a successful garden, these 6 tips for cold climate gardening will help those in cooler climates to reach their gardening potential. When I first started gardening here, I honestly wasn’tRead More →

Laundry room organizing

Decluttering has become a growing trend in the last few years. In fact, it was this growing trend that got me started on my own decluttering journey. Because of this, I was able to take my house from a cluttered mess to a home I was proud to live in. These 6 tips for decluttering success will help you get started on decluttering your space and see you through to the end. Whether you are just getting started or have been decluttering for a while, these tips are sure to help you out. Finding the starting point for decluttering is the first step and gettingRead More →

Paprika chicken with pearl barley. Pair with your favorite vegetable for a perfect meal.

When it comes to cooking, I was always a follow a recipe exactly kind of person. The idea of creating my own recipe never even entered my thoughts. After all, for the longest time, I didn’t even know how to cook. However, recently I have begun to experiment more in the kitchen. My latest spontaneous creation is this paprika chicken with pearl barley. This recipe was such a huge success, that I made it twice within a week because my family wanted to enjoy it again. If you are wondering how this recipe came to be, it’s kind of one of those random occurrences. IRead More →

May is here! Can you believe we are already in the fifth month of the year? Time seems to be going so fast. I blinked and April was gone. A new month means it’s time to talk about my monthly goals. I mentioned before that I am trying to expand my goals a bit, as I feel they have been getting a bit repetitive. My May goals have a few new additions and I am quite excited to mix it up a bit. First, let’s take a look back and see how I did with my April goals.   How did I do with myRead More →