MY FALL BOOK READING BUCKET LIST

I Think I love reading Fall books almost as much as I love watching Christmas Movies. I decided to search up all things Fall and come up with a book list that I am planning on reading this Fall and maybe inspire you to read along with me. Here are Four Fall Books that I think will put us in that Fall cozy feeling.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Alaska is an ideal destination for those seeking desolation—and that’s exactly what Vietnam vet Ernt Allbright wants, despite his wife and daughter’s wishes. It’s woman vs. nature in this gripping story of survival against odds and the elements.

The Year of The Witching by Alexis Henderson

The Handmaid’s Tale meets the Salem Witch Trials meets The Village (or any other sort of cult-like puritanical society). A perfectly dark horror fantasy to give atmospheric air to your autumn reads list.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Between the atmospheric isolated island setting and the murder mystery in this one, this book is definitely a fantastic Fall read for 2020 to curl up with. I listened to it on audio (via Libro.FM….my FAVE way to listen to audiobooks) and it was an incredible narration as I tried to figure out who was dead and which of the wedding guests did it in this slow burn murder mystery. (I have actually chose this book for my Book Club read)

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin book cover with waves breaking on a beach with half woman's face

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

Rachel Krall, a true crime podcaster, has a reputation for inadvertently solving murders and affecting trial outcomes. Some judges and lawyers despise her.With a successful podcast and die-hard fans, listeners seek out Rachel’s help and coverage with their stories. Rachel heads to small town North Carolina for a sexual assault trial when she learns about an unsolved death that is seemingly not an accident. Caught up in the drama of both cases, Rachel risks her life for her passion and to help the victims.

If you are looking to join me in reading some or all of these books you can find them all here https://www.amazon.ca/ideas/amzn1.account.AFFMYJZXTN5EBLWBQSKZEM7GXFMQ/2VCMXOUYG3OQK?ref=idea_cp_vl_ov_d

Happy Reading

Sonja

Tent Camping Master packing list

Hello friends. I am finally getting around to creating this post. I have had it on paper for a long time and have done many screen shots for friends so they can have it too. I though it would be best if I created a post so I can share it with friends and any one else that might need a list to follow so they don’t forget anything.

We have done Tent Camping for past 16 years. We missed on year due to trip to Europe but other than that we typically do one to two camping trips a year. The list grew each year as i always brought it with me and added thing that I felt I needed and it wasn’t on the list.

I am going to start with cooking bin

COOKING BIN

  • Kettle
  • Oven mitt
  • Grill Tongs, spatula
  • Marshmallow Sticks
  • Grill Scrubber
  • Dish Pans (2)
  • Wash cloth dish tower, sponge and brush
  • Sauce pan
  • sml stock pot
  • Aluminum foil
  • mugs, cups, plates, cutlery
  • soap for dishes
  • paper Towel
  • matches, lighter
  • cutting board
  • kitchen knives
  • Clorox wipes
  • can opener, wine opener
  • Ziploc bags (assorted sizes)
  • food saver clips
  • lrg and medium bowels (for salads and side dishes)
  • plastic cups and wine glasses
  • Stove and BBQ (We always cook on fire but good to have if there is a fire ban)
  • Cast Iron cook wear
  • Table Cloths and clips to keep the table cloth on
  • Cooking oil, vinegar
  • spices
  • Tongs
  • Water Container
  • Strainer (collapsable can be purchased and dollar store)
  • Veg Peeler
  • cheese shredder
  • cucumber cutter
  • whisk
  • wooden spoon
  • Fuel for stove
  • garbage bags
  • Recycle bin (blue like wash bin)
  • Frying pan
  • scissors
  • Scoop
  • Coffee Tea
  • Coffee Press (if using one)

Camp Site Maintenance Bin (Tool Bin)

  • Batteries
  • Citronella Candles
  • Rope
  • Duck Tape
  • Broom / Dust pan
  • Tent / Air Mattress repair kit
  • Wet Wipes
  • Newspaper or fire strarters
  • Collapsable showel
  • Tarps (for rain cover and tent floor)
  • Tent
  • Screen house
  • pegs
  • beach blanket
  • Chairs
  • beach chairs
  • Head Lamps
  • Lanterns, flash light (check batteries)
  • Poles for tarp
  • Extension cords (if you have an electrical site or a inverter)
  • bungie cords
  • camp hammer
  • axe
  • Mat/Rug for camp entrance
  • Whistle
  • Umbrella
  • Pop up Laundry Basket
  • Air Mattresses (check before packing)

Personal Items

  • Sunscreen, Aloe Vera, Chapsitck
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • toiletreis
  • Soap
  • Camera, chargers
  • deodorant
  • brush
  • Razor
  • Toilet Paper
  • Medication
  • Sunglasses
  • bug spray
  • backpack (for hiking)

First Aid Kit

  • Blister pads
  • gauze
  • elastic bandage
  • tape
  • bandages
  • Triangular bandages
  • cotton swabs/pads
  • Polysporin
  • Hydrogen peroxide / rubbing alcohol
  • Sanitizing gel
  • Advil, Tylenol, Midol
  • Tums, Imodium, peptol
  • Benadryl, Areus
  • Tweezers, Scissors, Safety pin, digital thermometer
  • Tee tree oil. calamine lotion
  • zinc, vaseline
  • Anti Monkey Powder

Kids Master List

  • Electronics and charger as well as portable battery charger
  • book
  • stuffed animal (age depending)
  • sunglasses
  • sun hats
  • tooth brush
  • face cloth
  • deodorant (age depending)
  • Chapstick
  • Camera
  • Hair Brush / Comb

Cloths Master List

  • Rain Gear
  • Running shoes
  • Water Shoes
  • flip flops
  • long pants
  • sweat shirt
  • thick seaters
  • lots of socks
  • hats, mittens (sometimes nights get cold)
  • long sleeve shirts
  • other weather appropriate clothing
  • swimsuits
  • hats for sun protection
  • sleepwear
  • long pants

Sleeping Master List

  • Sleeping Bags
  • Mattresses
  • Fitted sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Hats and Mittens

This is my camping list. You can use it as a guide. I would love to know what is one thing you pack that you can not live without and I didn’t include it. I also want to recommend that you make a menue for all your meals so you can pack only what you need. We make block ice at home about a week before so we can save a bit on ice. The blocks keep solid for a while. If you can pack two coolers one for food and one for drinks so you are not opening your food cooler to get drinks all day long.

Happy Camping

Sonja

August Monthly Meal Plan

I am back with a new August Meal Plan. Sorry that I have been a bit MIA but life is a bit different now and I was in no mood to do monthly meal plans or much of anything else to be honest with you guys. But life must go on and one way for me to keep things in order is to have my meals planned out for us. I am still including grill recipes because it is still Summer here even though it doesn’t feel that way when you go to the stores and shelves are filled with Halloween candy and Fall decor. I have also created a new Cooking Channel on Youtube and you can watch a full video on what my thought process is when it comes to my monthly meal planning

My August Meal Plan

The reason why I write it all out in pencil is because in case I want to change things around. I also wanted to share my new menu board that I created on my DIY channel. I love using it every week

Here are some of the new recipes that I will be trying out this month

Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut sauce https://carlsbadcravings.com/thai-chicken-satay-with-peanut-sauce-recipe/

Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs (because we were suppose to be in Hawaii ) https://www.cookingclassy.com/hawaiian-chicken-kebabs/

Grilled Shrimp https://valentinascorner.com/grilled-shrimp-recipe/#recipe

Santa Fe Chicken https://www.spendwithpennies.com/santa-fe-chicken-packets/

Bacon Ranch Chicken https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/bacon-ranch-chicken-foil-packets/

Chicken Sandwich (COPYCAT CHICK-FIL-A SANDWICH) https://cincyshopper.com/copycat-chick-fil-a-sandwich/

Chilli Lime Chicken https://rasamalaysia.com/chili-lime-chicken/#mv-creation-50

You can also get all of these recipes on my Summer Dinner Board on Pinterest https://pin.it/1VbmKjo

And if you need more inspirations on meal planning make sure you check out all the rest of the meal planning posts as well as my meal planning video on my Cooking Channel

Happy Reading

Sonja

Gallery Wall

I have been wanting to create a gallery wall in my Living room for several years now and something has always prevented me from doing it. Not this year. It was my NEW YEARS resolution for my home to create this gallery wall. With my 13 year old golden passing in October it gave me even more reasons to do it since I wanted him to be a part of it. I got some gift cards from Michaels for Christmas and decided I was going to put them towards the frames. Wow frames can be expensive. I ended up going with their cheapest ones since they were the look that I was going for.

The frames that I got are these https://canada.michaels.com/en/black-styleline-poster-frame-by-studio-decor/M10118042.html?dwvar_M10118042_color=Black&dwvar_M10118042_size=22.375%22%20x%2034%22 When I got them they were 50% off so that was a great deal.

Than it was time to pick out the matting for the frames and these were even more expensive.

The one I got was https://canada.michaels.com/en/double-mat-11in-x-14in–8in-x-10in-opening/10084042.html?productsource=PLPRV. This was not on sale so I only got one and used 40% off coupon.

I than bought Poster board https://canada.michaels.com/en/22×28-white-poster-board-by-creatology-10ct/10176772.html?productsource=PDPRV and cut out my own. The poster board was acid free and leak proof which is good for the pictures. I got my pictures printed at Costco which was very inexpensive. The hardest part was narrowing to six I wanted to put on the wall.

I decided to create a memory wall for a summer cottage that we vacationed for almost ten years at every summer. Not only was it our favourite place to visit and relax as well as enjoy the lake as much as we could, It was my golden’s as well. He spend hours and hours of swimming in the lake. Once I got all my matting cut out and picture frames assembled it was time to put it up on the wall. I used the paper that came inside of the frame to map out my wall and figure out where I wanted to put up the frames.

I attached the paper with a tack and used that hole for screw guide. I also used a level to make sure that all the frames were levels and tacks in the right place. I also used drywall mounts (it think that is what they are call ) to put the screws in and hang up the pictures. One last thing I did is used a measuring tape to make sure everything was evenly spaced out. I could not be happier with the way this gallery wall turned out. Now I have my buddy looking down at me all the time and I get to look at a place that made me happy for so many years.

If you would like to watch this tutorial you can see it here

Happy Reading

Sonja

January Meal Ideas / Meal Plan

I am back with another month of meal plans. This is a first one for 2020 and My goal for 2020 is to provide my family with variety of meals as well as serve up healthy and delicious meals. My family has several dietary needs and I strive to provide clean made from scratch meals as much as possible. Since most of the meals are lower in carbs I do let you know different carb options you can add to your meals since sometimes I do add them for my kids depending how many carbs they had that day. I also like my dinners to have plenty of vegetables and I always serve them with a side salad even if I don’t list the salad in my Monthly Menue.

Here is my meal plan for the Month of January

I will include the list of meals and link a recipe to any that I have. I would also like to invite you to join me on my Youtube Channel where I share many recipes, meal prep, what’s for dinner and other cooking / kitchen related content. You can subscribe here https://youtu.be/75uuF9U6Qy8

My January Dinner Plan

  1. Pork Roast and Chicken Noodle Soup. I like to make soup as part of a meal prep for the week for my lunches as well as for Daycare and kids school lunch. I make it from scratch and freeze the broth for other soups I will be making that month. You can see my soup recipe here https://youtu.be/PG1hnIneby4
  2. Chicken Stirfry
  3. Pork Tenderloin Marsala. I will be serving it over cauliflower mash and a saladhttps://selfproclaimedfoodie.com/tender-pork-marsala/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=788531630_32769762_143004
  4. Baked Chicken Caesar. I will be serving the chicken with a side of roasted vegetables and a salad. For the kids I will make rice to put the chicken and sauce over it. https://www.thecookierookie.com/melt-in-your-mouth-caesar-chicken/
  5. Korean Chicken Thies. I serve this with and Asian Slaw and rice for the kids https://www.theendlessmeal.com/korean-paleo-chicken-thighs/
  6. Meat Loaf with side of roasted cauliflower and mashed potatoes for the kids. As well as a salad
  7. Low Carb Chicken Cordon Blue with pasta and butter sauce for the kids and My husband and I will have zucchini with the same butter sauce (melt butter add garlic, red pepper flakes and parmesan) and a salad https://www.homemadeinterest.com/low-carb-chicken-cordon-bleu-casserole/
  8. Home made pizza and Lentil Soup https://www.cookingclassy.com/italian-vegetable-lentil-soup/
  9. Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken  https://therecipecritic.com/instant-pot-lemon-garlic-chicken/
  10. Chicken Alfredo I serve kids with penne and for us I will some zucchini and salad. The sauce I use is https://therecipecritic.com/the-best-homemade-alfredo-sauce-ever/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Tried-and-True-Challenge
  11. Hungarian goulash https://whereismyspoon.co/hungarian-beef-goulash-authentic-hungarian-goulash-recipe/
  12. Fish and Chips with coleslaw. For my husband and I I use turnip fries and the kids get regular potatoes fries.
  13. Butter Chicken I will make rice for kids and cauliflower rice. https://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/gordon-ramsay-s-butter-chicken
  14. Chicken cacciatori I make it with pasta for the kids and cut up veggies like peppers and zucchini for us
  15. French Dip. I use buns for the kids and lettuce for us. I will also have a salad. https://spicysouthernkitchen.com/crock-pot-french-dip-sandwich/.
  16. Cream of Cauliflower Soup https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a58008/loaded-cauliflower-soup-recipe/
  17. Thai Lettuce Wraps
  18. Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken with rice for the kids and salad for us https://sweetandsavorymeals.com/instant-pot-garlic-sesame-chicken/
  19. Buffalo Ranch Wraps With salad https://www.thelazydish.com/easy-crockpot-shredded-buffalo-chicken-sandwiches/
  20. Taco Casserole https://thecozycook.com/taco-casserole
  21. Fried chicken with roasted potatoes and turnip fries and salad
  22. Spaghetti over pasta for kids and spaghetti squash for us
  23. Salmon and salad
  24. Chicken Burritos in a wrap for kids and over salad for us with roasted veggies
  25. Schnitzel with home fries for kids and salad for us

Just a side note my kids will eat all the salad and veggies that I serve in case if I didn’t write it in. The only difference is my husband and I eat lower carb most times.

Hope you find these meal ideas helpful and they help you with your meal planning.

Happy Reading.

Fall Home Decorating Ideas for 2021

Hello my friends. I am finally done decorating most of my home for FALL and I absolutely love the cozy feeling that my decor is giving me this year. As usual if you have seen my previous years decor I stick mostly to the traditional Fall Colors. I love old vintage look as well and have been slowly adding these decor piece into my decor.

We are going to start with my Front porch. I think Mums are definintely a great and inexpensive way you add decor especially if you don’t want pumpkins. I have added pumpkins into mine because after all I am a pumpkin lady.

Once we cam inside we were in my front foyer and from there you could also see my living room. One of my favourite pieces to decorate with seasonally has been my galvanized truck that sits on my living room coffee table. I add different seasonal items in it and love the way it looks.

I also love creating Fall Coffee bar station and that one is located in my formal dining room

And if you would like to see my Full home tour with rooms I haven’t shared here check it out here
Hope this post has given you tons of decorating inspirations for your Fall home decor this year. Happy Decorating

Sonja

Fall Free Printable

Hi guys. Here is a Fall Free Printable for you. This is great to use with Hiipoo Waterslide decals. You can get 30% off on this by going to https://www.amazon.com/Hiipoo-Waterslide-Transfer-Transparent-Waterproof/dp/B092V22XWZ and using these codes

Heat transfer paper: MVVXPHKY

Waterslide decal paper: O8LQDZBB

Here is the free printable

Happy Crafting

Sonja

My Must Watch Fall Movies List

As I was making a list of all the Fall Cozy Feely movies I wanted to watch I though why not share the list with you. I am not going for scary movies that will be in October but maybe more of romantic, comedy and feel good movies. That is not all I am including but most. Here is what I am planning on watching this Fall. Let me know if you are going to be watching some. Would love to know

You’ve Got Mail

When Harry Met Sally

Mona Lisa Smile

Love Story

Sweet November

Good Will Hunting

School Ties

Little Women

Legends of the Fall

Coco

Princess Bride

Remember the Titans

Happy Fall Movie Watching. Don’t forget to check out my Fall Book List as well MY FALL BOOK READING BUCKET LIST

Sonja

2021 National Latinx Heritage Month Collection from Erin Condren

The New National Latinx Heritage Month Collection from Erin Condren includes colorful, inspirational planners, notebooks, desk decor and so much more. In honor of National Latinx Heritage Month, they introduced the latest collection in their Heritage and Awareness Moths series. This collection supports the talented artists behind the designs and gives back 35% of the net proceeds through October 15the, 2921 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. You can shop the whole collection here https://shrsl.com/3535h

Here are the featured artists

Dreams in Bloom by Ana Isabel a proud Latina artist form Guatemala whose design reminds us that everything blooms in time and anything can grow to be beautiful. You can shop this collection here

https://shrsl.com/35g9b

Tigers and Flowers by Nicole Medina a Latina Illustrator whose colorful dream like art focuses on biculturalism, inclusivity and representation. You can shop this collection here

https://shrsl.com/35g9n

Butterfly Gardens by Aby Cortes who is one of talented Art Directors at EC. With a passion for floral designs, her art inspires us to find beauty in every day. Shop the collection here

https://shrsl.com/35g9s

Bougainvillea by Ximena Outon who is the Sr. Creative Manager of Email at EC. Her design is inspired by her love of abstract art and bougainvilleas, considered the traditional flower of Mexico. Find the collection here

https://shrsl.com/35ga2

There is so much to choose from for your planning and journaling and don’f forget the desk decor. I am loving the collection and enjoying it all.

For more information about any of the products, visit the Erin Condren Website

Happy Planning

Sonja

CHRISTMAS DECOR PLANNING PRINTABLES

Hello.

I am sharing some of my free printable here. These will help you plan the most beautiful Christmas Decor for your home. They are simple lists and you can print as many as you need.

Check out my Christmas Planner https://domesticdiva76blog.com/2019/10/30/my-holiday-planner-setup/

Christmas Decor Planing List

march Meal plan

Over on my YouTube channel I shared tons of tips on how to create a monthly meal plan and I also briefly touched up on how I create my Weekly Meal plan. I strongly encourage you to check out this video if you are just starting up with meal planning or need to shake things up in your meal planning world. I also shared my March full monthly meal plan so I am sharing it here as well and including some recipes to get you started.

Here are some of the new recipes I am trying out

Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken https://www.eatwell101.com/crock-pot-lemon-garlic-butter-chicken-recipe

Pork Carnitas https://www.jessdukes.com/recipes/porkcarnitas

Mongolian Beef https://therecipecritic.com/slow-cooker-mongolian-beef/

Buffalo Chicken soup https://www.yummly.com/recipe/21-Day-Fix-Instant-Pot-Buffalo-Chicken-Chili-2295556

Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken https://lifemadesweeter.com/kung-pao-chicken/

Taco Soup https://www.recipe-diaries.com/weight-watchers-slow-cooker-taco-soup/

Coconut Curry https://theflavoursofkitchen.com/slow-cooker-coconut-chicken-curry/

If you want to watch any of these recipes in action make sure you are following along on my YouTube Cooking Channel

Make sure you check out the Monthly Meal Planning video

Happy Meal Planning

Sonja

February 2021 Meal Plan

Cheers to another month. Here is my February meal Plan. Happy to report that I have stuck to my January Meal Plan about 85%. I am going to do this months a little different so let me know if you like it this way more or the other way. If you want to see my January Meal plan you can do so Here

  1. Pork Tenderloin with baby potatoes, green beans and salad
  2. Chicken Burritos
  3. Chillie
  4. Salmon https://dishesanddustbunnies.com/maple-glazed-salmon/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes
  5. Chicken Stir Fry
  6. Pizza Night (homemade pizza)
  7. Zuppa Toscana https://www.thechunkychef.com/slow-cooker-zuppa-toscana/
  8. Balsamic Chicken with Veggies https://girlgloss.com/balsamic-chicken-and-vegetables-21-day-fix-approved/?epik=dj0yJnU9eTVhb2JoZm52aHduSTVuMW9EaW9rWFlsYThLRGJ4bG8mcD0wJm49ZlVhMkJlcXNRSm9DT0swdDlmdGFVZyZ0PUFBQUFBR0FTdzcw
  9. Tacos
  10. Meat Loaf
  11. Shrimp https://www.isabeleats.com/grilled-garlic-herb-shrimp-skewers/
  12. Chicken and pasta
  13. Beef Dip https://youtu.be/eBZrSS_4qkw
  14. Italian Minestrone https://familystylefood.com/classic-minestrone-soup-recipe/
  15. Drunken noodles https://mycrazygoodlife.com/drunken-noodles/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_smartloop&utm_content=smartloop&utm_term=53851024
  16. Eggroll in a bowl https://www.messforless.net/keto-egg-roll-in-a-bowl/
  17. Slowcooker Marsala Chicken https://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/slow-cooker-chicken-marsala/
  18. White Fish https://youtu.be/BBRFp0YO2uc
  19. Stew
  20. App Night (recipe and video coming soon)
  21. Wonton Soup
  22. Baked chicken Thighs
  23. Mexican Street Tacos https://www.greatgrubdelicioustreats.com/rib-eye-street-tacos/
  24. Spaghetti
  25. Shrimp and pasta
  26. Stuffed Pork loin https://whitekitchenredwine.com/creamy-boursin-spinach-pork-loin/
  27. Cream of Broccoli Soup https://www.spendwithpennies.com/broccoli-cheddar-soup/

The meal without recipes are ones I prepare often and really don’t have a recipe. I am working on creating them for all the meals but at this time if you are really interested how I make something just send me a message.

I hope you found this list of meals helpful in creating your own meal plan

You can also check out my What’s for Dinner playlist over on my Youtube channel

Happy reading

Sonja

Farmhouse DIYs with serious style and low budget

Do you love changing up your home decor often? I sure do. But that can be very costly. So what can we do? I love to craft and paint furniture so that is my go to for Home Decor as well. I have put together my favourite Farmhouse DIYs that I have created and I want to share them with you

This has to be one of my favourite DIYs that I have created using Dollarama’s Cheese board for $4.00. You can find this DIY here

This Candelabra was a thrift store makeover. With a little bit of chalk paint it gave it a whole new life. You can find this makeover here.

These are one of the most used DIYs in my home. The watering can came from Dollarama and with a little bit of paint and rope got a brand new life. The bead tassel garland is one of my faves. The beads came from Michaels with 40% off coupon, came to under $4.00 since I had some left over after the DIY was done. The rope came from Dollar Tree. You can find both of these DIYs here

These beautiful galvanized DIYs were all made from Dollar Tree supplies. These are great to be used in your Spring and Summer Decor but can also be used all year round. The can be found here

I have been so into concrete look DIYs this past year and these are amazing and made from Dollar Store materials. You can find them here

This DIY not only is cute but it’s one of the most used DIYs in my home. This one came at no cost since I got the piece of wood for free. You can find it here

This DIY is definitely a center piece in my Master Bathroom. And coming in under $3.00 you can not beat that. You can find the DIY here.

I hope you have enjoyed these DIYs. And if you are looking for more inspiration you can check out my full Farmhouse DIY playlist here

Happy Crafting

Sonja

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