Cheesy Tomato Pie with Potato Crust

TOMATOES IN A SAVORY PIE…   Enjoying a slice of tomato pie might not be your idea of an ending to a meal but this pie is a main dish that is a must try if you love tomatoes, cheese and potatoes. If you are a gardener planting and growing tomatoes is tops on your list. With proper tomato plant care you will likely be enjoying tomatoes all summer long. It’s now that time of year where our gardens are over-flowing with tomatoes and many of us are struggling for ways to use them up. Although many of us stick to the common tomato recipes such as tomato salsa, tomato sauce, pasta sauce etc. we often want to go above and beyond and try something new.   Cheesy Tomato Pie   You can easily stuff tomatoes and top with breadcrumbs but you can also take it a step further and create a tomato cheese pie. That’s right pie recipes aren’t meant for sweet pies but also savory pies. Red tomato pies are popular because they are savory and an easy dinner to whip up during the week or on a lazy Sunday. Although there are many varieties and colours of […]

Protect Your Investment: Planting Tips For Your Vegetable Garden

Growing your own plants or buying them from a garden centre is an investment of your time and money which you certainly don’t want to see wasted. By protecting your investment and taking proper steps towards keeping your plants healthy and strong you can ensure that your hard work will bring you the vegetable garden you deserve! It’s seems like spring is finally here to stay and I have some planting tips for your garden to help keep your vegetables and herbs on track, healthy and happy! Waking up and seeing green grass makes me very happy and very eager to want to get working outside! Just a couple more weeks and I’m going to be ready to start planting my garden. When we started this series we began with my garden growing guide sharing tips about how to start a garden and preparing the soil. Now it’s time to take it to the next level and that’s making sure you take the proper care of your vegetable garden. Whether you are growing a garden bed or a container garden there are a few things to  keep in mind when planting your garden that will contribute to the overall success of your […]

Growing A Garden In A Small Space

This is the year that I am finally going to grow my own garden and you can too, even if you have a small space to work with! My kids are at the ages now where I can spend more time working outside which is a passion of mine. Unfortunately, my property is not quite ready for my garden, so most of my gardening will have to be based around containers and hanging baskets. While thinking about what I’m going to grow, I also have to consider where I am going to grow them! Over the years, I have seen many innovative and creative ways that you can grow a flourishing garden without digging a hole in the ground. These ideas got me thinking about how they could be used to grow a garden in a small space. I’ve lost count a long time ago how many times I’ve heard, ‘I don’t have the space for a garden’, or ‘I live in an apartment, I can’t grow a garden’. With the exception of individuals who have balconies that get absolutely no sunlight, this is not true! Adopting the ideas of going vertical, and hanging plants such as tomatoes and strawberries can turn that […]

Starting Our Frugal Garden From Seed

Gardening for some is a passion and for others just another chore. For me, enjoyment of watching something grow, mature and flower is fascinating. Plants don’t all have to be about huge flowers, they can be the focus or the backdrop or just plain useful. Every year we grow our own food in the garden, though I’ll be the first to admit we couldn’t live off the land we have, it’s more of a novelty thing. There are advantages other than cost to growing your own, the flavours are far superior and the knowledge that you didn’t spray everything in sight with chemicals. I can remember when I was growing up in England that quite a lot of people had apple trees in their back gardens the obligatory rhubarb patch as well as a sprinkling of gooseberry bushes, damson trees and in rough open space you could find blackberries by the thousand. Coming home from school at a young age we would often scoff free damsons off some old ladies tree. I do believe it was called “scrumping”, though that term is more synonymous with stealing apples off a tree. I’m sure growing up in an area that was dominated by old Victorian houses helped as it provided […]

Mr.CBB’s Sausage Potato Cabbage Tomato Stew

This isn’t your ordinary cabbage stew, this is the Mr. CBB’s jazzed up version. Although I used pork sausages in this recipe (that’s what we had on hand) we normally like to use a lean turkey sausage. There are many meals on a budget that you can create that are healthy and not compromising taste, just ask my friend Bonnie who is on a journey to lose 100lbs. Bonnie creates simple healthy meals and is getting fit on a budget. This stew is an easy frugal meal to make that is also perfect for the budget conscious college students. It’s a stew that eats like a meal especially when you crave that homemade comfort food and want to try something new in the kitchen. You can make a big pot of this Sausage Potato Cabbage Tomato Stew and store the leftovers for a busy day when you don’t have time to cook. Who doesn’t like quick left over meals or meals you can freeze, but don’t forget to keep a freezer inventory list so you know what you have on hand. The great thing about making a stew or pot of soup is the ways you can change it up. If you […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Sept 17-23,2012- Bring On The Rain!

As I’m typing this up today it’s raining outside like nobody’s business and I’m loving it. Why? Simply put, I don’t have to water the garden. Yes, I’m being lazy but for good reason, free water means a lower water bill and that makes me happy especially when my rain barrel is full! Having a garden takes alot of love and attention. I know many people who think they can plant some seeds and walk away and believe they will have an abundance of herbs and vegetables grow all on their own. Ask my mate Karen at Lil Suburban Homestead what is involved with gardening and I’m sure she will give you an earful. I’m not going to lie she has taught me a thing or two this year and I certainly enjoy her blog simply for the personal touch that she brings to it. Karen treats me, one of her fans like I want to treat all of my fans, and that to me makes me feel at home. When Mrs. CBB and I go for a walk we see a couple of our neighbours who have overgrown gardens and simply because they don’t tend them. Our one neighbour […]

Mr.CBB’s Tomato Salad With Potato,Green Beans and Chick Peas

Tomato Salad with Potatoes, Green Beans and Chick Peas is perhaps one of our favourite salads in the summer time. We always bring this as a healthy side yet frugal dish to any backyard bbq’s we may go to and it’s a hit. This tomato potato salad is a heart healthy dish and we like to serve it along side a protein such as lamb which we marinate and grill on the bbq. If you don’t already know from my many garden posts we grow an abundance of varieties of tomatoes such as ….. Roma Tomatoes Beefsteak Tomatoes Cherry Tomatoes Plum Tomatoes Grape Tomatoes Originating in South America the tomato often called a “vegetable” is actually a fruit although most consider it a vegetable. There is nothing better than organic tomatoes ripened on the plant for easy summer salads. Tomatoes are also popular in a myriad of other dishes and condiments such as ….. Tomato Soup Sun-Dried Tomatoes Tomato Juice Pasta Sauce Ketchup Salsa Pizza Tomato paste Beverages such as the Bloody Mary Some people even enjoy slicing tomatoes, breading them and frying them in vegetable oil until crispy on the outside. You can top these little treats with fresh […]

Mr.CBB’s Cucumber Radish Salad with Fresh Mint

Cucumbers and radish in the summer almost go together naturally,at least for us.Toss in some fresh mint and a lemon garlic dressing and you have a salad fit for any occasion that won’t dig into your pocket-book. It also looks elegant in a fancy serving dish perfect for any back yard gathering. We grow Mentha also called Mint every year BUT,we don’t put it in the ground. If you know anything about mint you know that it will grow and it won’t stop as it has a network of runners that just keeps on giving but is very aromatic. We have grown both garden mint and lemon mint although there are many species of mint around the world. We opt for putting it in a relatively decent sized pot so it has enough room to grow.The results are always..too much but we make good use of it. You know paying $1.99 for a small packet at the shops hurts the budget so growing it is our number one option. You can pick up packets at the dollar store for $0.50 and no effort required except water and partial shade but enjoys plenty of sun. If you have friends who grow mint, I’m sure they’d […]

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