How to build a rock garden with weed prevention

Rock garden wallSAVE 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 which is easy on the budget.

Rocks also pair well with water so if you are thinking of installing a pond or waterfall a surrounding rock garden may just be the finishing touch you are looking for.

A rock garden can also help to improve drainage in your yard. Depending on the slope of your property and if positioned correctly it may even create a natural riverbed.

Rock gardens are often used as a focal point because unlike plants, rocks don’t die and look great year round.

Rock garden preparation

 

Building a rock garden

The tools and materials you use to build your rock garden will contribute to the amount of regular maintenance your garden will require.

An edger can be used to dig a deep edge that separates the garden from your lawn. You won’t have to replace as many stones overtime as they will settle in the edge and can then be put back in. It also makes it easier to cut any surrounding grass while avoiding hitting any rocks or stones with your lawn mower blades.

While landscape fabric is marketed as a magical way to prevent weeds from growing in your garden it will not prevent all of them. Laying down the fabric before adding soil to your garden will certainly help but while weeds cannot grow up through the fabric they can still grow down into the fabric.

Seeds that make it into your garden whether they made it there by wind, rain, insects or birds can still push their roots right on through it. You will still see weeds but not nearly as many.

When preparing the ground choose a good quality, weed free soil. If you are going to try cut corners by buying cheap materials, buying cheap soil for a rock garden is not a corner you want to cut, especially if you are planning to cover the majority of the garden with stones or pebbles.

Pulling weeds out between rocks is not only painful for your fingers as you are not likely to get a shovel or trowel in without disturbing the natural look of your rock garden but also often it is hard to remove the roots of a weed that is buried in rocks.

The weed will continue to grow back with a bigger and stronger root that will be even harder to remove.  Further in this post I will share some homemade weed killer ideas that can be applied to any weeds that may pop up or prevent the seeds from germinating in the first place.

A garden rake (hard rake) can be used to level and smooth out the underlying soil.

A large pry bar or wrecking bar and a fulcrum (wood blocks to use as pivot points) can be very helpful when trying to move and place a boulder. Moving large boulders is not a one person job they can be extremely heavy and while it may add a nice focal point to your garden it’s not worth throwing out your back.

Once the soil is prepared, you then will want to get any plants in the ground before laying any stone or mulch in the garden.

Rock garden plants

 

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rock garden plants hens and chickens

What plants can I use in a rock garden?

Really you could plant whatever you would like though some plants will look better and require less work to maintain than others.

Perennials, succulents and ornamental grasses are the best to use in a rock garden as you only have to plant them once and do not have to remove any stone that you would have to if planting annuals every year.

Among many plants that would work well in a rock garden, junipers, rock cress, sedums and hens & chicks are just a few. Hens and Chicks will also easily grow on rocks as you can see in the picture from my driveway.

Try to use a variety of plants with different textures that will compliment the stones and rocks you have used to achieve the natural look.

Keep in mind when choosing plants that some may need dividing to avoid growing too large and taking over your rock garden.

Dividing these plants will not be as easy as ones that are planted in a traditional garden as the rocks can make this a challenge.

If you don’t mind moving the stones or rocks away so you can dig then by all means go ahead, but keep in mind it’s going to be more work for you.

Homemade weed killers

 

While pulling weeds by hand is an effective, natural approach to weed management it is not very enjoyable and can be painful for your fingers when working around rocks and stones.

Just because the use of herbicides is banned in many places it doesn’t mean there isn’t something out there that you can use to get rid of the pesky weeds that may pop up in your rock garden.

Depending on the design of your garden and the materials that you choose to use, mechanically removing the weeds with a hoe or a trowel will not be an easy way to make maintain a weed free rock garden.

Corn Meal

 

Sprinkling corn meal over your garden can used as a pre-emergent herbicide as it prevents the germination of all seeds. Not just the seeds from weeds too so make sure you are not spraying around any seeds that are planted in any of your gardens, including your vegetable garden.  Corn meal is often referred to as the birth control of seeds.

Boiling water

 

This is pretty self-explanatory. Take a kettle of boiling water and pour it on the weeds, being careful not to burn your feet.  The water will scald the leaves and the roots as the water is absorbed in the soil.

Vinegar and dish soap

 

I am sure most people on Pinterest and Facebook have seen the Homemade Weed Killer recipe that claims to work great to kill your pesky weeds.

  • 1 gallon vinegar
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 tbsp Dawn dish soap

Well I know firsthand that vinegar works well to kill weeds by clogging the leaves’ pores and preventing the process of photosynthesis to occur, eventually killing it.

While the dish soap is used to help the vinegar stick to the plant instead of it running off into the soil, I wouldn’t recommend adding salt. Salt is toxic to our plants, trees and soil and this mixture can really work without it.

Also, this homemade weed killer requires the weed to be leafed out, meaning it will not kill any weeds after you have pulled them out and the root stayed in the ground or if you have just cut the grass.

The leaves need to be present so that it can be absorbed, the more surface area the better. Spraying them after you have just cut the grass or was unsuccessful pulling it out will only be a waste of your money.

With both the boiling water and vinegar/dish soap methods keep in mind that just because it didn’t kill the weed the first time you doused it doesn’t mean it isn’t working. I have seen many dandelions over the years, even very small ones which have had a 2 foot tap-root.

The roots are what you are aiming to kill with these methods and as some weeds will continue to grow back. A couple of applications may be required to get rid of these stubborn weeds.

Always make sure the leaves of the weeds are completely saturated. Both methods can be used on your lawn, driveway, walkways, paths and rock gardens.

A humid, sunny day with no wind is always the best time to spray any liquid herbicide, homemade or not. Pesticide drift may occur when it is windy and can damage surrounding plants.

Don’t defeat the purpose

 

While the general idea behind a rock garden is add a natural look to your property you can really design one however you please or have a professional do the landscape work for you. Weed prevention is a very important issue to address when planning your rock garden.

A rock garden overgrown with weeds isn’t the natural effect you were likely aiming to achieve. It is inevitable that there will always be weeds but by being one step ahead of them we can control how big of a problem we allow them to be.

Do you have any rock gardens on your property? What experiences can you share?

 

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The money-box inspired my passion for finance

 The Money-BoxSAVING MADE EASY 

 

The money-box I had as a child is a memory that has inspired my love for finance which has continued to broaden as I get older.

My post today is for financial literacy awareness hosted by The Heavy Purse blog.

I’m participating with many other bloggers around the world sharing their Ah ha moment when it came to money at some point in their life.

I was asked to remember my first Ah ha moment in my life when financial sense struck me. For me the money-box was key.

Growing up in the UK for most of my life may differ from life in North America but saving money is universal.

After looking back and remembering things from an early age, I can say without doubt that I’ve been careful with my money for a long time.

The money-box


 
Even as a young child of roughly six, we got given pocket-money and mine went in the money-box I had. It was nothing special, just a standard looking cube with a coin slit in the top and a stopper in the bottom to get the money out.

I was never happy spending it on things at the drop of a hat. I had to save it, although I have absolutely no idea what I was saving for. We weren’t rich by any means. My mother was a stay at home mum and my father worked all week as a contractor.

Back in the 1980′s life never seemed to run at the same pace it does these days and there just wasn’t the sheer diversity of children’s toys as there is today. It was harder to spend your money on rubbish in those days. Most of our fun was made up with the other kids on our street.
 
As I grew up it didn’t take long to realise that if I did jobs for people like washing cars and mowing lawns that I could save even more. I never had much desire to have the latest toys either so most of my cash sat in the money-box.

Piggy banks

 

Pigs piggy banks
One day while walking through town with my mother I was drawn towards a window advertisement in the local Natwest (National Westminster) Bank. There was a young savers account that allowed the account holder to be rewarded for every milestone they reached.
 
The incentives were a collection of Natwest Piggy Banks which were a variation on the money-box where every £25 saved got you the next Pig in the family.

You opened the account with a minimum balance and got the first (baby) pig and then it was up to you to keep saving for the rest.

I realized with my first Ah ha moment that saving is rewarding. It wasn’t long before I hit the £100 mark and had received the entire family of pigs.
 
Much to my amazement, when the scheme came to an end, the value of the complete family shot up. Years later I sold my pig collection for more than double what I had saved for.
 
I don’t remember any other bank running a children’s bank account anything remotely like this since.

That’s a shame, but it seems that the money-box idea has come full circle. Natwest have now decided to re-issue the young savers account but with “Pigby” to encourage a new generation of money savvy youngsters.
 
The money that I had put away to collect the pigs was eventually moved to a Post Office account at around the age of eleven where I got 10% interest in those days. I would pay in birthday money along with what I had earned.

The interest


 
Watching the money going up without actually putting more in amazed me. This is probably my second Ah ha moment. Interest was interesting. After asking my parents multiple questions on the basics of money I had worked out that my money needed to be moved and soon.
 
Moving my money to another account gave me full access and control over my finances. Looking back now it was a very small amount, but it seemed like a lot then.
 
The account was held with Halifax Building Society which was different from a standard bank but for reasons that currently elude me. The best of it was, when Halifax converted to a standard bank years after, I received a payout from holding money with them over that period.
 
All the experiences I had from a young age all centered around saving your money and watching it grow. From the lessons learned and the questions I asked I have kept the same principles running till this very day.

It was all of these money lessons starting with the money-box that allowed me to purchase my first home at age 21 and my second just a few years later.

 

Debt-free under 40

 

Now I’m married and we are both under the age of 40, debt free including the mortgage. My wife has grown to love finance as much as I have since she was young which helped us to get ahead all these years.

Money isn’t everything that is correct but you need money to live so saving money and spending it where it needed to get spent helped us get from money-box to the Canadian Budget Binder budget spreadsheet. Without our budget we can easily say that we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Saving and waiting to buy something you really wanted has been replaced by buy now and pay later. The anticipation from waiting was all part of the run up to buying it. Once you had bought it, you looked after it.

I’m not even what you would consider old but I still have values that are old school which I don’t think is a bad thing these days. One day when we have a child I’ll teach him/her about finance and maybe a money-box will be the beginning of the financial journey to debt freedom like it has been for us.

What can you say was your Ah ha moment when it comes to finance?

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Do we ignore the poor people? : The Saturday Weekend Review #67

f the poorNOT SHY TO SPEAK UP BUT EASY TO IGNORE

 

Many of us have a helping hand when it comes to helping the poor by donating your time by volunteering, fund-raising etc.

I watched this video this morning called “F the poor” which I will share with you below but what is ironic in the video is how people react to a strong message and what they consider to be powerful words.

When people are on the streets going about their daily chores and actually see homeless poor people asking for help many turn a blind eye. No one asks to live in poverty yet circumstances are sometimes beyond our control.

Some people even shake their heads in disgust and have nasty words to say like, “get a job” or calling the poor “lazy”.

Most often it’s the opposite and they’d do anything for someone to reach out or recognize them. It’s true though, without a job how can you make any money?

I can’t tell you what life is like being poor as I’ve never been there and I won’t even try to explain to you what emotions some must feel. I’m sure their motivation has decreased and they feel like no one will care but how do we change that mentality with the poor so they believe that people DO care and are willing to help them find a job.

We do have friends that don’t have two cents to rub together and get on each month living pay to pay but what about those that don’t even have that.

All I know is for various reasons people who are poor get where they are because of situations in their life many of us will never understand. It’s up to the poor people to find a way to live and for many it’s asking people for money or donations.

It’s like we know they are out there because we give without seeing but when the visual is in front of our eyes we turn the other way. Why does this happen? How many times have you turned the channel on the TV when you come across program to sponsor a child in a third world country?

It’s that visual that makes us want to not believe that it’s happening but we know it’s happening.

What does poverty mean?

Poverty likely means all sorts to different people but for the most part it’s living without money, a roof over your, clothes on your back, head and food on the table or very little of each.

I like to think of it as not having the bare essentials in life. It all boils down to not having money which means you don’t have a job , too much debt or a job that pays well enough to keep the household going.

Again, this will be defined differently by many especially those who are living it as they can tell us exactly what life is like being poor and living under the poverty line.

 

F the poor

 

I won’t lie and say us Brits don’t like to get our point across and say what’s on our mind, because many of us do. We don’t hold back and if we have something to say, we say it. Before you watch the “F the poor” video below featuring a UK social experiment would you give much notice to a man yelling “F_ _ k  the Poor” and wearing a sign stating the same?

Many of you would likely have something to say to him because he uses a word that is what is considered a “bad word” in society yet the word “help” is not but doesn’t come across as loud of a message as the word “F_ _ k.

A UK charity hired a man to wear such a sign to walk the streets to send a powerful message which I believe to show how we are easy to recognize powerful words yet not so giving with a weaker word such as “help” by the same man.

A man asking for help is tough to do as we view it as a weakness. What would we do without You Tube or GPS? We’d be lost because asking for help is difficult. He changes his sign to “Help the poor” shaking a money can in his hand to show us how society reacts to him begging for help.

I was not surprised to see how many people had something nasty to say to the man but I was even more shocked to see how many people walked past him when he was asking for help.

Is it because many people just don’t have the spare money to give? That is a possibility because many of us struggle to put food on the table and keep up with the bills. The working poor can hardly pay their own bills let alone help other people out financially.

How much is too little to give? Can you spare a dollar? Can you forget about that coffee you were going to buy to help the poor out? If you are donating money yet your bills are going to collection agencies, you might lose your home or you are so far in debt than you may have to look at your own life first before you can help others. If you are putting yourself into debt for no reason except you are spending too much on “stuff” you don’t need then no one can help you but you.

The mentality that all poor people or homeless people on the streets begging for money and will just go to the shop and buy booze has been around for ages. Not all poor people want booze. Many just want the basics in life most importantly a job. A job where they can earn their own money and someone to believe in them.

For those of you who would say that poor people are lazy and to get a job, would you hire them? You should say yes because many people won’t especially if they don’t have a home address or clothes to look good for work. Although there are charities out there willing to help sometimes that help runs thin.

The real point here is how we are going to get these poor people off the streets and into a job and place to live with food on the table. Getting donations day after day isn’t solving the problem it’s only helping them live another day, week, month etc.

There is no reason that we should have homeless poor people on the streets as long as they are willing and able bodied to work, believe in themselves and believe that someone else will believe in them. Many times the poor are the happiest people you will ever meet and the most generous.

 

Your life

 

What if it was you? You lost your job, your home, everything and no one would hire you to work and you were the sole provider for your house. How would you feel and what would you do? It’s likely easy to plan it all out now but when you have nothing left and no one wanting to help that plan may take a backseat to reality.

Sure we keep sharing the voice of financial literacy, budgeting, saving money in that emergency savings and it’s true we need to have back-up money just in case. Ask yourself next time you go to buy something whether you need it or not and how that money can help serve you better in the event you have no money.

Most people live in the now and forget about the future and deal with it when it comes their way. That’s not a good way to think because you leave yourself vulnerable. If you can create a safety net for your life, why wouldn’t you?

The end of the “F the poor” video makes me smile knowing that there are still people out there that care to help those in need. You’ll see.

What did you make of this social experiment video? Do you think the “F the Poor” message was more powerful than “Help the Poor”?

 

CBB Blog and at home

 

Not too much happening here except for plenty of spring cleaning and it’s only bound to get busier like many of you. The neighbours are already out in full force cleaning their properties and raking up the leaves from last year.

As soon as the ground dries a bit I’ll get out to the landscaping company and nursery to buy the last of the products we need to finish off the landscaping and be done with it. I’m hoping to continue the renovations inside as I really need to get the upstairs bathroom renovated this summer.

I’ve also got to get the winter tires swapped over to the all-season which I will likely do in the next couple of weeks as they are calling for more snow this week and below seasonal temperatures.

Like that’s a shock. The inside of the vehicle is full of sale and needs a good commercial cleaning and yes I will pay for this. I typically bring it to the professionals every other year to get cleaned inside and out to make sure all the salt is removed from the carpets.

A bit of extra money to keep the carpets clean is worth it to us just as the rust proofing in the winter. Our vehicle is over 11 years old and is in mint condition inside and out because of that money we save in the budget each year.

Other than that Easter with the family is around the corner although I don’t suppose anyone will hide mini Cadbury Easter eggs around the house for me to hunt.

As for the blog, all seems to be working well except I notice that on the odd occasion a blog post from the day before gets sent out to my subscribers at odd times of the day. I’ll be looking into that to see why that is happening but it’s certainly not a bad thing at this point.

Have a great week everyone!

-Mr.CBB

 

Weekly CBB posts

 

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Fan deals and inspirations

 

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Submit your Brag or Inspiration If you have a brag that you want me to share email me at canadianbudgetbinder (@) [yahoo] [.ca] or fill out my contact form by Friday each week to have your brag considered for the Saturday post.

This week CBB fan Jen P shares her awesome freebies that she picked up at the grocery store with coupons from local inserts that come in your mail or flyers each week. Well done Jen!

Hi Mr.CBB and Fans!

This shop was at RCSS on No Tax Day :-) so I could save the tax on my products using coupons.
  • Sunlight laundry pods regular $6.97 PM to Walmart.ca $4.00 x 7= $28.00 – 7 x $4.00 coupons (insert)= FREE
  • Sunlight dish soap on sale for $1.98 x 7= $13.86 – 7 x Free dish soap wub laundry product (insert)= FREE
  • It was No Tax Day so I saved $5.44 in taxes.

My whole shop was FREE! :-)
(My RCSS is very easygoing with price matching.  They PM pretty much everything, even multi-buys, so I had no issues PM’ing from Walmart.ca)

 

Making a difference

 

If you know a personal finance blogger that is making a difference and want to nominate them please send me an email canadianbudgetbinder (@) yahoo.ca so I can reach out to them for a feature story.

Note: If you are a blogger who gives back and would like to be featured by all means get in touch with me as I am filling spots up for the rest of 2014 and they are going quickly.

There is no feature this week but will be back next week with some amazing personal finance bloggers that you will want to follow!! Stay tuned!!- Mr.CBB

 

What is a blog carnival?

 

Some fans have asked me “what is a blog carnival?” so a little explanation is due here for anyone reading for the first time or for my long-time fans.

A blog carnival is where a blog or website hosts what we call a carnival of blog posts from around the web. Most blog carnivals have a theme and certain rules for submitting which must be followed.

If you are a blogger and would like to learn what blog carnival directories I submit to each week you can find the information in a previous Saturday Weekend Review post that I wrote.

 

Carnival glory

 

A big thanks to these pages for accepting my blog posts and sharing them in the following carnivals and/or sharing my blog posts with their fans.

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Mentions

 

Google search terms

 

Every week I get thousands of people visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog. Keep in mind any spelling errors below are because I share with you the exact way they typed their search engine query to land on my blog.

Here are a few of my favorite searches that may have even brought you here and you’re reading this, now.

  • Writing your own rain checks for Canadian Tire- Um, not sure you should be doing that.
  • Happiness Binder- Lots of happiness going on here at CBB!!
  • Where to find good things in dumsters.. no that’s not my typo.

That’s all for this week’s edition of The Saturday Weekend Review #67. Have a great week and catch me here again next Saturday with more updates.

-Mr.CBB

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Would you buy a jar of clean air? : PF Weekly grab a brew #67

grab-a-brew-online-review IF THERE IS A BUYER IT WILL BE SOLD

 

There have always been odd products on the market that most of us shake our heads at but would you jump at the chance to buy air?

I’m all for the entrepreneurial spirit and using your creative imagination to invent a product or service for the public in order to make a profit.

Forget about encouraging your children to be young entrepreneurs selling just the obvious like lemonade or making their way to Dragons Den when you can score some big bucks selling air. (I’m just having a laugh… please do encourage your children’s creative side.)

The most you have to pay for is the glass jar you store the air in and labelling because well, air is free as long as it is clean air. I know I’m having a laugh but really it’s true that not just one person but 3 people are selling air and making a nice profit from it.

 

Buy my air

 

That’s right I nearly fell off my seat this morning wih my coffee in hand when I read a Yahoo article about a male artist from Beijing who is protesting the poor air quality in Beijing. He was visiting France and brought back a jar of clean air and he sold it.

You read that right, he sold it for a whopping $860 in an auction among other artists. Sure air in a glass is art but it’s also life. What would you pay for that last breath of life or fresh clean air in a jar?

I remember on many occasions while grocery shopping and seeing products with odd names or just odd products and wondered, who on earth would buy them? It’s true that you can sell just about anything but whether it will make you the next millionaire depends on the demand for the product. The three men in the Yahoo article aren’t wasting any time selling air as they want to cash in early and I can see why.

Many would laugh and say nothing but for some like those in Beijing and other parts of the world air quality is a big deal. Wearing masks just to get on with their day is a daily occurrence and they want something to be done about it.

Point proved by selling air? I think so. I’m in the wrong business.

Environmental air quality and smog is nothing new as it’s been an ongoing topic for those citizens concerned about the air they breathe and not just in Beijing but all around the world.

Proving that point to the government and other officials that the air quality is so bad and that he is able to make a profit from selling air in a jar might just spark some interest from the right people.

The two other men who are selling air have pocketed cash on the air buying phenomenon because people are willing to pay for it. One man a millionaire is selling air in pop cans and has done so since 2012.

The thing is if you want something that bad you will pay for it even if it’s as silly as air which we breathe in for free. No human should ever have to pay to breathe air. Best part is one of the three men talked about in the article is selling mountain air and he’s a 22-year-old French student ready to cash in on this air seeking cash cow. From what I read it sounds like he was giving out free samples and the city people were hooked.

Now he’s rolled in over $22,000 just by selling mountain air to people all around the world including Canada from people who live in polluted cities and want to sample the mountain fresh clean air.

Yes, people from Canada are buying fresh mountain air. It’s true that some cities in Canada don’t have the best air quality but I never dreamed I’d hear people from our own country are pulling cash from their pockets to buy air.

As silly as it sounds if people are willing to pay for it why should he stop? Do you think it’s fraud by selling air? Some may say yes but others no. If there is a buyer for a product no matter what that product is than it will be sold legal or non-legal.

It makes you wonder where all these people are with that kind of money. How about just saving up for a vacation in your budget and going to scoop up all the free mountain air you want? At least you are getting some form of a holiday out of the deal.

So, the next time your kid or someone you know comes up with some crazy idea to sell something don’t say that it won’t work because there is a potential buyer for just about anything in this world.

Would I buy a glass jar of clean air? I don’t know maybe out of curiosity and that’s what many of the consumers of this air product are doing. They want to know what air outside of where they live is like and whether it’s worth taking a trip.

For others it may never be possible to leave where they live for various reasons so the next best thing is air in a can. Addicted to air? Maybe but for all the right reasons, they want to live a better quality of life.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever seen sold or had someone try to sell you? Would you buy fresh mountain air in a jar?

 

Top recipe

 

chocolate covered cheesecake bites

If you don’t already know I have a second Facebook page online called The Free Recipe Depot where I share recipes from other Foodie Bloggers from around the world.

Once a week I pick one recipe that has been submitted as my Top Recipe of the week. Trust me when I say this is no easy task as some of these foodies can cook up a storm.

This week that recipe goes to a food blog called “All She Cooks” for these lovely Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites. Check out the recipe and the other amazing recipes on the blog.

 

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Weekly reads

 

Every week I share a few of the best personal finance blog posts that I read online over the past week with all of you so please enjoy my top picks.

 

Well, that’s a wrap for this PF Friday’s Grab a brew #67. Happy budgeting and I’ll see you here again next week when I do it all over again.

-Mr.CBB

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Easy juicy meat buns

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If you haven’t tried meat buns yet and you love hamburgers you must give these little packages of love a try.

Last week I made those lovely steak bakes for you and this week something a wee bit different.

Meat buns are a no fuss put together meal that can be made the night before or frozen for another day for a quick on the run meal.

I’m always looking for easy meat recipes so family doesn’t have to have the same meals over and over again.

What I like about these meat buns are that they are unique.

The Japanese have something similar with their Japanese meat buns although I believe they are steamed buns.

I’ve never had them before but I would like to one day. They are comparable to what a Cornish pasty is in the UK.

If you haven’t had a Cornish pasty before you must try one. My friend over at Farmgirl Fare has an amazing recipe for Cornish pasties which are traditional and created by the one and only popular British Chef Jamie Oliver. I make my own as well and I’ll share that recipe with you one day soon.

 

Making meat buns

 

Usually batch day for me is on a Sunday so I can fill the freezer with various meals that are easy to make especially with three kids and a husband in the house.

Now even though they are called buns they are made with a really soft dough that is shaped like pies. If you are worried about how to make dough, don’t be it’s very easy. This meat buns recipe will make a batch of 32 pies which is enough for any household to put in the freezer.

You can make the meat buns bigger or smaller depending on your preference but my kids enjoyed the smaller ones and they easily managed two each. My husband also enjoys these meat buns cold the next day for lunch as well which makes them perfect to take to work or school.

Ground meat is a great meat to use for many of my fast and easy meals that I create as batch meals. Ground mince whether it be pork, beef, turkey or chicken can be cooked up and mixed with loads of different herbs and spices then frozen to make an easy meal.

Any ground mince can also be created into chilli or tacos even Lasagne which is a big favourite here. This is why batch cooking is so important in my house as it’s all made up and put into the freezer so I always have something quick to cook on hand.

 meat buns step by step instructions

Easy Meat Buns
 
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Meat Buns are a great way to change up your everyday meat meals with something unique and easy to create that the family will enjoy hot or cold.
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Recipe type: Meat Buns
Serves: 32
Ingredients
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes
  • 3½ cups water
  • 2½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons of yeast
  • 6x cups flour (plus extra for rolling)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup butter/margarine
  • 2lbs ground beef
  • 1 can condensed Tomato soup
  • 1 packet of either chilli or taco seasoning
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Take ground beef and cook until well-done.
  2. Drain any fat or liquid
  3. Add tomato soup, chilli or taco seasoning, garlic, salt and pepper and mix well. (You can use any soup and if you don’t fancy chilli or taco use 1 package of dry onion soup mix!)
  4. Then cool or freeze until needed.
  5. To make dough cook potatoes in 2 cups of water.
  6. When very soft drain and save the water and set aside.
  7. Mash potatoes and add to the potato water.
  8. Add butter/margarine, 1½ teaspoon salt, eggs and 1 cup water
  9. Soften 1 tablespoon yeast in ½ cup water sweetened with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Let it froth and then add to potato mixture
  10. Now in another large bowl place 4 cups of flour and add 1 tablespoon yeast and 1 teaspoon salt mix well
  11. Add to potato mixture and stir well
  12. Once dough is soft tip out onto surface and add another two cups of dough and knead. You may need more dough until you have it at a soft consistency
  13. Place dough on a floured surface and cover with bowl.
  14. Let sit and rise until doubled.
  15. Roll out a portion of dough on a well floured counter top or board and cut about 3 inch rounds (I used a tumbler).
  16. Fill with a teaspoon of meat mixture, you can either just fold over and pinch or double up on rounds one on top of each other.
  17. Let rise for about ¾ hour.
  18. Glaze meat buns with milk or egg wash
  19. Bake meat buns until golden brown on top.
  20. If you are freezing follow all steps except glazing place on a sheet separately. Freeze then take of the baking sheet and place in freezer bags.
  21. Batch makes 32 pies
  22. Prep Time:- 1hr 15mins
  23. Cook Time:- 20 mins
  24. Oven Temp:- 400oF/200oC

 

So if you are on an all meat diet and just can’t bear to eat veggies sneak in some of these lovely meat buns. There you have it a big batch of meat buns either ready to eat or freeze for an easy meal any day of the week.
Enjoy Nicky x

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