2019 Reading Challenge

I am SO excited to get into this year’s reading challenge! I got some great books for Christmas as well as a reading log! I’ve also already begun a list of books that I want to read.

  • A book published this year (2019)
  • A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t or didn’t finish.
  • A book set during Christmastime
  • A book with a color in the title
  • A dystopian novel
  • A book made into a TV show online (such as through Netflix or Hulu)
  • A banned book
  • A book being made into a movie in 2019
  • A book written by a musician
  • A book with a one-word title
  • A scary book
  • A book from the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards list
  • The 2nd book in a series
  • A mystery book/thriller
  • A celebrity memoir
  • A book written the year you were born
  • A book recommended by a family member or friend
  • A book by your favorite author
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A book that is at least 100 years old

You can find the New York Times Bestseller list here.

You can find the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards list here.

I joined the Goodreads Reading Challenge for last year & loved the experience so much so that I plan on doing it again this year. I would love it if you joined me on the journey! You can add me on Goodread & checkout my account here.

You can find all sorts of resources on banned books by doing a simple web search but this particular website showed me a lot of books that peaked my interest!

Also, we now have an email list & I’d love to have you as a subscriber! You can subscribe here & stay up to date on all the happenings here at Cherished Cottage. 

Disclaimer:
This post is not sponsored by any of the links given. The thoughts expressed in this post are strictly that of the author and not of any other entity.

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Ultimate Christmas Playlist

Today is the day the Welgo family starts decorating for Christmas! 
It is absolutely, without a doubt, our favorite time of the year. So just like a lot of other people we get into the Christmas spirit pretty quickly! 

Throughout the years come up with a list of songs that are my absolute favorite Christmas songs; I have to listen to them every year. They put me in the holiday spirit and they remind me of Christmas’ past when my grandfather was still with us and when life felt simpler. So, basically, they always make me happy.

I thought I would not only share my top 100 favorite Christmas songs with you guys but I would also create and share a Spotify playlist with you so you can enjoy these amazing songs with me!

Top 100 Best Christmas Songs

  1. Carol of the Bells- Manheim Steamrollers
  2. Chipmunk Song- The Chipmunks
  3. Carol of the Bells- August Burns Red
  4. Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow- Andy Williams
  5. Hark the Herald Angels Sing- Frank Sinatra
  6. Sleigh Ride- Ronettes
  7. Frosty the Snowman- Jimmy Durante
  8. Frosty the Snowman- Gene Autry
  9. Caroling Caroling- Nat King Cole
  10. Holly Jolly Christmas- Burl Ives
  11. O Holy Night- Johnny Mathis
  12. Mele Kalikimaka- Bing Crosby
  13. It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas- Johnny Mathis
  14. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas- Gayla Peevey
  15. White Christmas- Bing Crosby
  16. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year- Andy Williams
  17. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year- Johnny Mathis
  18. Do you Hear What I Hear?- Andy Williams
  19. Silver & Gold- Burl Ives
  20. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day- Frank Sinatra
  21. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas- Tony Bennett
  22. You’re a Mean one Mr Grinch- Thurl Ravenscroft
  23. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus- Jackson 5
  24. O Come All Ye Faithful- Nat King Cole
  25. Carol of the Bells- Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych (from Home Alone)
  26. Dominick the Donkey- Lou Monte
  27. Linus & Lucy- Vince Guaraldi Trio
  28. Last Christmas!- Wham!
  29. Joy to the World- Nat King Cole
  30. Mary Did You Know?- Kenny Rodgers/Wynona
  31. Santa Claus is Coming to Town- Mariah Carey
  32. Santa Baby- Eartha Kitt
  33. Merry Christmas Darling- The Carpenters
  34. Feliz Navidad- Jose Feliciano
  35. The Christmas Song- Nat King Cole
  36. Home for the Holidays- Carpenters
  37. Silent Night- Frank Sinatra
  38. Caroling Caroling, Happy Holidays- Johnny Mathis
  39. It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas- Bing Crosby
  40. Sleigh Ride- Carpenters
  41. Run Rudolph Run- Chuck Berry
  42. Happy Holiday/Holiday Season- Andy Williams
  43. Sleigh Ride- Johnny Mathis
  44. Santa Baby- Madonna
  45. I’ll Be Home for Christmas- Frank Sinatra
  46. Santa Claus is Coming to Town- Jackson 5
  47. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus- Ronettes
  48. Mistletoe & Holly- Frank Sinatra
  49. We Need a Little Christmas- Johnny Mathis
  50. Sleigh Ride- Air Supply
  51. The First Noel- Nat King Cole
  52. Jingle Bell Rock- Bobby Helms
  53. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas- Frank Sinatra
  54. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer- Burl Ives
  55. Frosty the Snowman- Ronettes
  56. It’s the Most Wonderful Day of the Year- Burl Ives & Misfit Toys
  57. Santa Claus is Coming to Town- Fred Astaire
  58. I’ll Be Home for Christmas- Bing Crosby
  59. Silver Bells- Andy Williams
  60. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer- Elmo & Patsy
  61. O Holy Night- Nat King Cole
  62. Home for the Holidays- Perry Como
  63. O Little Town of Bethlehem- Nat King Cole
  64. Snoopy’s Christmas- Royal Guardsmen
  65. Step into Christmas- Elton John
  66. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas- Carpenters
  67. Silent Night- Nat King Cole
  68. Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy- David Bowie & Bing Crosby
  69. Do You Hear What I Hear? Martina McBride
  70. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree- Brenda Lee
  71. Here Comes Santa Claus Gene Autry
  72. Up on the House Top- Gene Autry
  73. White Christmas- Drifters
  74. Milk & Cookies- Clint Black
  75. Slow as Christmas- Clint Black
  76. Looking for Christmas- Clint Black
  77. Baby it’s Cold Outside- Zooey Deschanel
  78. Jingle, Jingle, Jingle- Stan Francis
  79. A Holly Jolly Christmas- Burl Ives
  80. No More Toymakers to the King- Paul Frees
  81. Snow Miser- Dick Shawn
  82. Heat Miser- George S. Irving
  83. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day- Bing Crosby
  84. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen- Nat King Cole
  85. I Saw Three Ships- Nat King Cole
  86. There is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas- Perry Como
  87. All I Want for Christmas (is my two front teeth)- Spike Jones
  88. Nuttin’ for Christmas- Art Mooney
  89. Baby, it’s Cold Outside- Dean Martin
  90. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing- Nat King Cole
  91. Here we Come a Caroling- Perry Como
  92. Cool Yule- Louis Armstrong
  93. The 12 Days of Christmas- Straight No Chaser
  94. Winter Wonderland- Louis Armstrong
  95. The Happiest Christmas Tree- Nat King Cole
  96. A Cradle in Bethlehem- Nat King Cole
  97. Chanukkah Song- Adam Sandler
  98. Christmas for Every Boy & Girl- Clint Black
  99. Last Christmas- Wham!
  100. It’s A Marshmallow World- Dean Martin

If you’d like to check out our Spotify playlist, you can find that here

Also, we now have an email list & I’d love to have you as a subscriber! You can subscribe here & stay up to date on all the happenings here at Cherished Cottage. 

Quick BBQ Popcorn Chicken

This recipe is SO easy, it’s perfect for a quick dinner but also for a get-together!

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays brand)
  • 6 cups crushed BBQ chips (I use Lays brand)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º and spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and place on a large bowl
  3. Add the BBQ sauce to the bowl & stir until chicken is well coated
  4. In a large ziplock bag, crush the BBQ chips into desired crumbs
  5. Add 1/2 of the chips (3 cups) to the bowl of chicken and stir
  6. Add the other 1/2 of the potato chips to a separate bowl
  7. Coat each piece of chicken in chip crumbs until fully covered and place on prepared baking tray
  8. Bake chicken until golden brown (about 12 minutes)
  9. Serve with a side of ranch dressing or any sauce! You can even eat them without additional sauce!
  10. ENJOY!

 

 

Gratitude Challenge Day 20

Today is the last day of the challenge! Congratulations on completing the challenge!!
 I had so much fun on this journey & learned a lot about myself; I hope you did too! 

If you missed any of the previous days or if you’re just coming here you can find the previous posts or start the challenge here.

I have been posting my own responses to each days prompts on our Facebook story and Instagram story. I’d love it if you followed us & checked out my answers!
You’re also more than welcome to share your answers on social media & use the hashtag #ccgratitude
If you’d prefer to keep your responses to yourself- that’s okay too! You can print this page or write your answers down in a journal!

Let’s get straight into today’s challenge!

Gratitude Challenge Day 20

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. My favorite memory from this Thanksgiving
  3. 5 (or more) people that I am so grateful to have in my life.

Also, we now have an email list & I’d love to have you as a subscriber! You can subscribe here & stay up to date on all the happenings here at Cherished Cottage. 

Gratitude Challenge Day 19

Can you believe that we only have a today & tomorrow left of the challenge! I’m sure you’ve been doing really well with this challenge and I hope that its been helping you feel more positive and to think of the little things you’re grateful for!

If you’re just joining us on the Gratitude Challenge & would like to start from the very beginning you can check out all of the previous posts here.
If you only missed yesterday’s post you can find that one here

I have been posting my own responses to each days prompts on our Facebook story and Instagram story. I’d love it if you followed us & checked out my answers!
You’re also more than welcome to share your answers on social media & use the hashtag #ccgratitude
If you’d prefer to keep your responses to yourself- that’s okay too! You can print this page or write your answers down in a journal!

Gratitude Challenge Day 19

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. My favorite winter memory
  3. A person that I could spend an entire day with & not get bored
  4. My favorite memory from Thanksgiving

Also, we now have an email list & I’d love to have you as a subscriber! You can subscribe here & stay up to date on all the happenings here at Cherished Cottage. 

Gratitude Challenge Day 18

We only have two days left of our challenge and I wanted to make at least one about Christmas since it’s fast approaching!!

If you’re just joining us on the Gratitude Challenge & would like to start from the very beginning you can check out all of the previous posts here.
If you only missed yesterday’s post you can find that one here

I have been posting my own responses to each days prompts on our Facebook story and Instagram story. I’d love it if you followed us & checked out my answers!
You’re also more than welcome to share your answers on social media & use the hashtag #ccgratitude
If you’d prefer to keep your responses to yourself- that’s okay too! You can print this page or write your answers down in a journal!

Let’s get into today’s prompts…

Gratitude Challenge Day 18

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. My favorite Christmas movie
  3. My favorite Christmas song
  4. My favorite Christmas cookie or dessert

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Gratitude Challenge Day 17

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! 
We here at Cherished Cottage want to wish you & yours a Happy and safe Thanksgiving filled with lots of love, happiness, and laughter.

If you’re just joining us on the Gratitude Challenge & would like to start from the very beginning you can check out all of the previous posts here.
If you only missed yesterday’s post you can find that one here

I have been posting my own responses to each days prompts on our Facebook story and Instagram story. I’d love it if you followed us & checked out my answers!
You’re also more than welcome to share your answers on social media & use the hashtag #ccgratitude
If you’d prefer to keep your responses to yourself- that’s okay too! You can print this page or write your answers down in a journal!

Today’s challenge prompt is easy; I just want to know one thing:

Gratitude Challenge Day 17

What do you love about Thanksgiving?


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