grocery game monthly challenge

How I Grow My Edible Garden Right inside Our Kitchen: The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Nov 7-13

IT’S CHEAP, HEALTHY AND WISE   Why buy when you can plant an edible garden right inside your kitchen? Why toss your vegetable scraps into the trash bin when you can regrow them instead? This post is not about starting your own garden per se, but more about how to recycle and regrow your vegetable from discards.   Reaping what we sow from our edible garden   Before we started our edible garden, my family of four usually spent around $600-700 a month on groceries. Fruits, veggies (including those that are canned and frozen), rice and other perishable goods rarely come cheap so we usually spend around $70-90 for these items per every grocery trip. Now as our edible garden grows, we are saving around $20 per week on veggies based on their costs off the shelf. It might not be much now but having an accessible food supply 24/7 is so much worth it! Aside from saving a lot of money because I could dramatically reduce my trip to the veggie aisle, this practice is also something that had improved my family’s health. Growing veggies in the kitchen (and later transferring them to pots outdoors) has been a fun […]

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 […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #25: Watch our garden grow

There Is So Much Beauty In This World A little of this and that is how I describe this post today as so much has been going on in our lives now that the hot weather is here. Starting today, Saturday and through the weekend it’s going to be hot, humid and sticky in Ontario. Even though I still have to run the electrical for my outdoor lights for the landscaping I might just put that on hold. I still need to get on the roof to wash all the windows again inside and out. When I was cutting the concrete for the new path there was so much dust it has made a mess of them again. I managed to clean off the garage door the other day which made a huge difference. Sometimes just the smallest jobs like taking a bucket of water and washing down a door helps the curb appeal of a home. I also want to remove all the window caulking and put  in new caulking that is clean and not cheap builder grade junk. I replaced the garage door track and seal last week so that’s done. The more I tear this house apart […]

Free Plants And Easy Ways To Save Money On Gardening

By: Katrina Are there easy ways to save money on gardening? Yes! While I am not saying to stay away from garden centres  as they give you a large selection of plants to choose from,  there are a few easy ways to save money on buying plants. It is possible to get free plants or at a fraction of the cost but you have to get creative and maybe get your hands dirty but it’s always worth it since the cost of plants can get pricey. Why would people give away free plants? Unless someone grew annuals from seed and have more than they need you are more likely to find a great deal on perennials. Growing from seed is a far more cost effective way to save money in the garden but not everyone has a green thumb like I would for example. I love growing plants and seeds are fairly inexpensive if you compare them to the ready-made plants at the nursery or garden centres in town. If you take a look around your neighbourhood I bet you will see many plants that come up year after year and seem to sprout up in different spots as well as they multiply. If you are an […]