Enjoy Outdoor Living with DK Canada Books ~ Reviews

| June 1, 2017 | 40 Comments


Enjoy Outdoor Living with DK Canada Books!

The sun is finally making more of appearance, making the temperatures rise. You know what this means: Time to start spending more time outdoors! Entertaining is always fun, whether it is to keep the fun going for kids or to impress family and friends with food, drinks, and a fun atmosphere. DK Canada has plenty of titles to help make your time outdoors this spring and summer a fabulous experience. They asked me to choose some books to see if they can give me some ideas on how to enjoy outdoor living this year.

These are the three books I chose to review:


Enjoy Outdoor Living with DK Canada!

Three books in a garden

Small Space Garden Ideas

Is your green thumb itching to grow a garden, yet you don’t have a yard to plant anything? Small Space Garden Ideas is the perfect book to solve this problem! It has so many fun and imaginative ideas for readers to create small but gorgeous gardens with limited space. All you need is a window and the will to grow to get started! There are step-by-step projects listed, from hanging baskets and balcony gardens to DIY planters and insect houses for readers to create and enjoy.



Enjoy Outdoor Living with DK Canada!

Photo credit: DK Canada; Small Space Garden Ideas book cover


I love the fact that there are projects in this book that involve upcycling. It is great to be able to use items that you may have around your home to create these amazing garden space ideas. It is also fabulous that these ideas can be used in a home that does not have its own garden space. I am going to use the Kids’ Miniature Barnyard Garden project as inspiration to create a fun play space for my kids. They will be able to have an imaginative play all year-round while getting a sense of what it is like to be a farmer.


Enjoy Outdoor Living with DK Canada!

Steps for creating a Barnyard Garden


The Meat Cookbook

Another popular outdoor pastime during the warmer months in Canada is eating. Many people enjoy becoming a chef to entertain friends and family in their homes and outdoor living spaces. One of the stars of a meal could be a cut of meat. No matter what your culinary skills may be, The Meat Cookbook can help you make meat the centrepiece on your table. This title teaches readers the ins and outs of various cuts of meat, different flavour pairings to be used with each cut of meat and over 300 recipes to try at home.


Enjoy Outdoor Living with DK Canada!

Photo Credit: DK Canada; The Meat Cookbook book cover.


We love trying different cuts of meat at home, so I loved how this book goes into detail on which cuts come from which part of an animal. It also provides cooking charts so you can learn how to properly cook different cuts of meat. The recipes, not only for these proteins but for sauces as well are simple to understand. I know we will be having a lot of friends over to celebrate the nice weather, and I am going to give the Dry-Rubbed Steak with Chimichurri Sauce recipe a try. The directions are straight-forward and we like to have a bit of a spicy kick with our meals.


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Food recipes and photo of a meat dish on a table.


Mocktails, Punches & Shrubs

From greeting your guests to sitting back and enjoying the day, a fun drink is always great to have on hand. It also goes well with a delicious dish. But here’s the question: Do all drinks have to have alcohol to be considered fun? NO WAY! Mocktails, Punches & Shrubs shares over 80 non-alcoholic beverages for readers to whip up, sip and savour. Drink recipes range from herbal infusions and different tea combinations to smoothies and shrubs (or tasting vinegars) to tickle your taste buds.


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Photo Credit: DK Canada; Mocktails, Punches & Shrubs book cover.


It is great that there is an Essential Ingredients section so you can see what you would need to have on hand to put together these yummy concoctions. I also like that there is a bit of a blurb accompanying each recipe as to the benefits of each drink. I can’t wait to mix up a round of Star Fruit Fizz with Agave drinks. It is sweet and light drink my friends and I would love drinking on our deck while passing away an afternoon of catching up on ‘Girl Talk.’


Enjoy Outdoor Living with DK Canada!

Drink recipe with photo on a table.


All of these books from DK Canada will help to add to our outdoor experiences this year. We will be able to explore, experiment, and enjoy what life in our outdoor living can bring. Our outdoor living time will be made more fun with these books in hand!

These are a few of the titles you can use to enjoy the outdoors from DK Canada. Want to find more titles to help make the spring and summer seasons fun? Visit DK Canada on their website, and connect with them on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest pages!

To read more DK Canada book reviews, click HERE!

Disclaimer: I received products from DK Canada in order to write this review. The views I share are my own.






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  1. Florence Cochrane says:

    I am most interested in the small space garden ideas book.

  2. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    I would totally choose Mocktails, Punches & Shrub!

  3. Judy Cowan says:

    I would pick the Small Space Garden Ideas since we only have a small space at our trailer (where we live for the summer) and I love to garden so always looking for new ideas.

  4. Jennifer P. says:

    I would really enjoy them all, but the Small Space Garden Ideas book would be the most useful for me as I would love to have some nice garden ideas for our small garden area. Looking forward to creating something nice with my girls.

  5. Travelbuds says:

    I would love The Meat Cookbook. I need to learn about the different cuts of meat.

  6. DebH says:

    The Small Space Garden Ideas book sounds like it has a lot of great ideas in it. Love the cover photo!

  7. DebP says:

    I really like the quality of DK Canada books. I would get the most use out of Small Space Garden Ideas.

  8. Lee-Ann S says:

    Hard choice but probably The Meat Cookbook!

  9. Kim K says:

    I like the small spaces gardening book.

  10. Andy Dods says:

    Amazing looking books. Would love to win “The Meat Cookbook.” 🙂

  11. Nicole Jubleew says:

    I would choose the Small Space Garden Ideas to create a small garden oasis on my balcony!

  12. Dianne G. says:

    Small Space Garden Ideas is a book I would love. We have a small yard but I would still really enjoy growing a few of our own veggies and herbs in that space.

  13. Nadia W says:

    I would choose Small Space Garden Ideas. I have a patio garden now, so I need all of the ideas that I can get.

  14. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    the small spaces gardening book

  15. Tainan Lu says:

    I would love The Meat Cookbook.

  16. JG says:

    The mocktails book looks greatt

  17. Marlene V. says:

    I would love the The Meat Cookbook – I need some new recipes for when we go camping.

  18. Lisa M says:

    Small space garden ideas is calling my name. I live succulents and have a covered porch that needs some sprucing up😊🍀

  19. Darwin says:

    I am all over the Meat book.

  20. Heather Swanson says:

    I like the mocktail book

  21. Calvin F. says:

    Small garden space ideas would be perfect

  22. Anne Derkat says:

    I would pick the Meat Cookbook.

  23. Catherine Brown says:

    Small Space Garden Ideas, I love the use of chickens and hens.

  24. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I would like the Small Space gardening book–so helpful with a small yard.

  25. Robyn L says:

    my choice is the Small Space Garden Ideas.

  26. Athena says:

    The Meat Cookbok

  27. ivy pluchinsky says:

    I would love the Small Space Garden Ideas book.

  28. Erin Lewis says:

    I would choose the Small Space Garden Ideas book and give it to my dad.

  29. Charity Banman says:

    I would love the small spaces garden book. It would be perfect for me to come up with some ideas of what to do with our rental place.

  30. Carol M says:

    The Meat cookbook

  31. Lynn M says:

    I would definitely go for the gardening book.

  32. Kirsten N says:

    The Meat Cookbook would be most useful for me, don’t stray from ground beef to much, would like to learn.

  33. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Small Space Garden Ideas would be my choice since I only have a small patio that even faces north and gets very little sunshine due to the overhead balcony. I’m trying potatoes and tomatoes so we’ll see how that goes.

  34. Janette says:

    I would choose the small space garden ideas. Always looking for new ideas.

  35. KD says:

    I would pick small space garden ideas, as I’m new to gardening and am working with a smaller space.

  36. Theresa says:

    Love the Small Space Garden Ideas book – we are avid gardeners!

  37. KellyPC says:

    I’d love he mocktails book but I’d turn them all into boozy delights!

  38. lori butler says:

    i would like the small space gardening book

  39. angela eagle says:

    I like the small space garden ideas

  40. Wanda B says:

    I would most like Small Space Garden Ideas for our tiny backyard.

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