The start of the garden season officially arrived in June. Where I live in Northern Ontario, our average last frost date is mid-June, which means it’s safe to plant after that day. Now, there are exceptions to this, as some plant varieties do well with frosts and cooler temperatures. Even though I got an early start to the garden this year, planting as early as March – though it meant bringing those plants in every night for almost three months – June is when the vast majority of the garden was planted. Now that the planting is complete, I thought I would share a JuneRead More →

Chicken is a dinner option that has so many different ways of preparing it. Not only does this mean that you can try a multitude of chicken recipes and never grow tired of it, but it gives you a different flavor every time. Chicken is by far the favorite meat to cook for my family. With dishes like paprika chicken and chicken broccoli noodle casserole, we eat this meat at least once a week. If you are looking for a new chicken dinner option, then this mustard curry chicken is a great choice. With just a few ingredients, it creates a wonderfully filling and deliciousRead More →

For years one thing that has been missing from my garden was a potting bench. I knew I wanted one, but they weren’t something I could find in the stores and if I did they were very expensive. Over the years, I had considering making one myself. However, having never built anything before, I wasn’t sure I could do it. But this year I decided to throw caution into the wind and make my own DIY garden potting bench. After looking at random pictures of potting benches, I knew what I wanted mine to look like. As part of all of my May garden prep,Read More →

Can you believe that it is already June? The sixth month of the year means the arrival of summer. This means warmer weather should be heading our way and that the garden season is finally starting in Northern Ontario. With the chaos of the previous months over, or at least dying down a bit, I am truly looking forward to seeing what June has in store. Plus it’s my birthday month! Before we go over my June 2020 goals, let’s take a moment to look back at how I did with my May goals. May goals review May was such an incredibly busy month! IRead More →

With the arrival of June, it’s time to take a moment to look back on what I read in May. May was an incredibly busy month and I’m honestly surprised I found any time to read. There were some days that the books got ignored, there were just too many other priorities to give them the attention they deserved. However, over the course of the month, I did find time here and there to get some reading done. Some days I only read a chapter and others I was able to sit down for an hour to get a decent chunk read. With each monthRead More →

Gather your bath bombs, shampoo, makeup, and product samples, it’s time for the June Use It Up Challenge. Bathrooms can be an area that collects a lot of clutter but we don’t always notice it right away. All of those items stuffed in a drawer or closet can make you lose track of what you are using and what’s being ignored. That’s why this month’s challenge focus is on bath items. Over the years you may have collected various items that were used for a while, but then forgotten as new items made their way into the room. In the previous months, we have tackledRead More →

May is not the typical time to start a garden in Northern Ontario. However, there’s not much typical about this year. Gardening is one of my favorite things to do during the summer months. Not only does it provide my family with food, but it gets me outside in the fresh air and sunshine. Gardening is also a fantastic way to keep in shape, especially during the early stages when prepping the area and planting time. The May 2020 garden is an unusual but welcome sight. Spring is a good opportunity to spend some time in the garden, admiring the plants coming out of theirRead More →

When it comes to baking, muffins are one of my favorites. Just the sheer diversity in muffin recipes means that there is a nearly endless supply of flavors and textures to be explored. Muffins are also an easy item to bake, so they are great for those who are just learning to cook. In fact, there are so many different kinds of muffins out there, that I have barely scratched the surface when it comes to trying them all. If you are looking for an amazingly moist muffin that has plenty of flavor, then these banana muffins are what you need to make. This postRead More →

Camp NaNoWriMo has come and gone. The finish line came zooming up and then it was over. Not only did the end come up faster than usual, but then time passed quickly after, and now it is almost mid-May. This year was quite different from most in a number of ways. Not only was the world going crazy, but I was trying something completely different with my writing as well. Needless to say, it was far more challenging than usual. Without further ado, let’s get into the Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 final update. Curious about how the first four weeks went? Check out my week 1,Read More →

It’s hard to believe that May is already here. Despite everything that is going on in the world, the last few months have flown by and we are steadily approaching the middle of the year. However, unlike March, April was a solid month. Sure, there is still plenty of uncertainty in the air and some of us are still adjusting, but for me, everything fell into a rhythm. The arrival of a new month means it’s time to reassess my goals and tailor them to my needs. Before we get into my May 2020 goals, let’s take a moment to look over how I didRead More →