Margherita Pizza

Margherita Pizza

ONE OF THE BEST PIZZAS YOU WILL MAKE   I haven’t met many people who say they aren’t fans of pizza and today I’m going to make your mouth water with what I call my Margherita Pizza. There isn’t a gathering that I’ve held or been to where I’ve made this pizza where friends and family are wanting the recipe. Now, they won’t have to ask as my secret Margherita recipe will be shared here today and available forever. What I love about making homemade pizza is that my family can get involved and we all enjoy creating a custom pizza that we will all enjoy. No one says a pizza has to be topped with just mozzarella and pepperoni. Don’t worry if you don’t have round pizza baking sheets or any mad dough throwing pizza skills either. I make my pizza in square pans and cut them into squares and you know what? They taste the same as if it were shaped like a round pizza pie.   Pizza any day   If I do say so myself nothing beats pizza whether it’s on a weekday or a Friday night and I’ve even had the pleasure to eat pizza […]

Why you should enjoy local produce or pay the price

golden delicious produce

KEEPING IT CLOSE TO HOME   If you open any refrigerator most people have some form of fresh produce readily available to prepare daily meals. Why? That’s easy because it’s part of a healthy diet. Have you been thinking about growing your own vegetable garden? If so, now may be a good time to start, here’s why…… If purchasing fresh produce is part of your weekly grocery budget be prepared to see the costs increase over the next few months. California is a major exporter of fresh produce including grapes, melons, peppers, tomatoes and avocados. They are currently experiencing the worst drought they have seen in a very long time. Canada currently imports approximately $5 billion worth of produce from California every year. The majority of the organic produce we see on the shelves of our grocery stores in Canada is imported and the bulk of it is shipped in from California. How could this impact us in Canada? While it is uncertain exactly how much of an impact it will have, paired with the declining value of the Canadian dollar the drought that has hit California hard this year. It is expected to increase the cost of purchasing fresh […]

How to build a rock garden with weed prevention

rock garden plants hens and chickens

SAVE WITH ROCKS AND MULCH   A few years ago I travelled to England and my first comment when we arrived at our destination was where is all of the grass? Not one single house on the street had a lawn, rather they had a rock garden. I was informed that being in walking distance from the Irish Sea the drifting salt water made it difficult to have vegetation growing on their properties. Instead everyone had rock gardens. It looked great! Rock gardens   Rocks gardens can look nice in the beginning but that can change quickly especially if not prepared or maintained properly. It’s not too often that we see entire properties transformed into rock gardens in North America though many people do enjoy the style and natural touch they can add to their properties. Unfortunately, there are too many rock gardens that have been neglected or not installed well that are now overgrown and full of weeds, in some cases you are barely able to see the rocks or stones. Why would you consider building a rock garden? If a rock garden is properly prepared and installed, it can be a relatively low-maintenance required addition to your landscape […]

Could you chop your budget and live off of the grid?-PF Friday Grab a brew #55

pineapple cake with cheesecake frosting

GIVING IT UP TO LIVE ON LESS   I’m not sure if I am the type of person who could give up my convenient life to live off of the grid but many people do. When I read about 34-year-old Abe Connally who quit his full-time job to move his family of four to the middle of the desert in Southwest Texas to live off of the grid I felt a bit of a jolt go through my body. He closed the door on 40 hours of working a week to enjoy the 5-10 hours he works now to live a simple rural life. Imagine what you would do with an extra 30 hours per week. The family lives off of a budget of $800 a month which covers everything from groceries to feed for the animals. Quite impressive. I certainly know I could do all sorts of things including hobbies of mine that seem to be put on the back burner because there is no time left in my day. It makes me wonder if we work ourselves into the ground for nothing and over-think living without giving much thought to the obvious living off of the grid. I […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #33: Friends and family buy our kids too much stuff

It Looked So Cute We Couldn’t Help Buying It I openly admit that I talk too much sometimes, but these days I enjoy it even more because listening is how I am able to help others and learn from them. I mentioned on Facebook yesterday that my wife wanted to head out to garage sales this morning with her friend. I tagged along as the “hold this” guy not the driver this time so it was a fairly simple task for me. I’ll openly admit the most intriguing item I saw was a book called “How to make love and cook at the same time”. I thought maybe I might give that a try some time lol. Bad visual I know, sorry but the book really was an excellent cook book packed with laughter and good eats. We need a bit of humour in our lives every single day. Along the way I met a teacher who told me a story about a man who quit smoking and drinking heavily at age 40 and turned his life around and hiked across Canada. She wanted this man to speak to her students so he could motivate them to pursue their passions […]

Backyard to your kitchen: Tips for growing a Fall garden

Don’t Fall Behind With Your Garden As the summer progresses and our gardens flourish, it’s time to starting planning what to plant in our fall gardens.  Many plants such as lettuce, carrots and onions can be grown in a spring garden but truly thrive as cool weather crops, particularly in the flavour department. Preparing for your fall garden is much the same as what you would do in the spring, with a few other things to consider. Planting time Fall gardens are typically planted in July and August. In the spring when we plant our gardens we are worried about planting to early and losing our precious plants to the last frost. With fall gardens you need to make sure you do not plant too late. You now need to factor in when you can expect the first killer frost. Across various regions in Canada, the average first killer frost is anywhere from mid-August to early November. This date is important when you are deciding when you should be planting your fall gardens. The number of days until maturity (ready to harvest) is on the back of most seed packs and plant identification tags. Find out what the approximate first frost date […]

Green landscaping with optional goat rental

By: Katrina Boost Curb Appeal The Smart Way I was recently asked by a Canadian Budget Binder fan to help give her property a bit of a face lift by landscaping her property. First thing we looked at were some ways to save money by reclaiming items for her property that wasn’t going to cost her a fortune. After getting to know a little about her and her life, I was determined to do the best job I could and to try and save as much money as we could. I’ll get to the goat part….. at the end. This story has a happy ending for the homeowner and for me as landscaping is a passion of mine. Use existing materials A common mistake made by many is having too many plants in a single garden, and/or not planted in the most desirable locations. I have lost count of how many plants we moved from poor locations to use in a newly created garden. Take a look around your property and see what supplies you may already have. Throughout the front and back of the property were a good pile of rocks. We brought them all to the front of […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #22: Our Neighbours And The Fence Plus Free Stuff

This Saturday weekend review is going to be filled with what I’ve been up to this past week. First off, lets talk about Free Stuff. I don’t know if you remember a while back, maybe a few weeks now where I was complaining about our fence post needing repair. We were convinced the neighbour would hear nothing of it since they didn’t want to participate in preserving the fence a few years back for a mere $50 per neighbour. So, I thought I would just get the post for however much it costs and get it done on my own. I figure if the bloody fence is going to fall over I don’t want it happening on my vegetable garden this summer so it’s something I have to get done. Our Neighbours and The Fence In yesterday’s blog post I talked about how the May 2-4 holiday brought almost everyone outside to clean up their yards mainly because there was nowhere to go. The day was very relaxed and people were having a good time. The most intriguing thing happened though and that was the neighbour coming to talk to me. In my head I thought it was a miracle […]