This week the Grocery Game Challenge takes us back into the garden for some Fall fresh air. Almost all of our plants are now re-potted and brought indoors for the winter. I just need to get the last of the love ferns brought in before Mrs. CBB gives me the speech about killing the love fern last year. Yes, I said Love Fern, and Yes she named it that, not me.
We thought we would take our mates advice and do some Fall gardening to save some money something we really had not done in the past. It’s amazing how all this food we can grow helps us save money in our grocery budget all year long.Upon returning from our Thanksgiving “left over” feast with our relatives today we brought back some goodies to plant for next year. This afternoon I planted some rapini which are so excited about as well as fennel seeds. I also managed to plant our spring onions so they will be ready to go in 2013. We talked about growing Kale and Swiss Chard next year so that is on our garden radar as well. Have you tried Kale or Swiss Chard? How do you prepare it?
We also managed to pick some fresh tangerines from the garden. Although they are small the flesh is like baby skin, so soft and tender. I was simply amazed at how they were doing growing here in Ontario that I jumped right in to give them a taste. Needless to say I made the 50 shades of faces to go along with how sour they were. I thought to myself that I could do something with these.
My initial idea was to make a simple syrup of tangerine, then a pound cake, poke holes and drizzle the tangerine simple syrup inside. This is going to be my next cake so be on the lookout for that. Then I thought, the smell of these tangerines are out of this world and I’m not joking, potent is a good word to use. You know when you smell a skunk, well potent like that and it goes right up your nostrils but in a “give me more” sort of way (that is if you like the smell of tangerines). I decided to take the skins and instead of composting them I tossed them in with our vinegar cleaning solution of water, vinegar and baking soda that we make each week. After an hour the smell is out of this world so it doesn’t smell just like vinegar it’s a fresh wonderful smell. Now if only I could grow some of these tangerines.
My pumpkin spice pound cake that I made for Thanksgiving turned out perfect and everyone raved about it. I had the ” Yes I know” attitude going on when I had no bloody idea how it was going to turn out since it was my first time working with pumpkin. That recipe will also be coming up shortly on the blog. I post a recipe every Sunday.
While raiding our relatives garden I was also able to pick up many tomatoes (don’t ask me the names) but one is a low acidic tomato and the other is beefy yellow tomato. What I was instructed to do was to keep the seeds for next year as they were shocked we bought seeds (oops did I open my big mouth too soon). I’ll do a post on what I did for this process which will save us some money in the seed department of our budget.
With the organic tomatoes I ended up tossing them in the food processor with tonnes of organic garlic, organic peppers, yellow onion and those basil cubes that I made earlier on this summer when I had too much basil and needed to do something with it. Tonight we are having a fresh pot of pasta sauce and pasta for dinner!
The Grocery Game Challenge
If you missed posting your shop last week you can post it now.
- The Grocery Game Challenge Oct 1-7, 2012– Giving Thanks
CBB Household-Total Left to Spend for October: $164.65
So this week will be our “no shop” week for The Grocery Game challenge as we simply don’t need any food in this house. We have more than enough milk, bread, tea, coffee, vegetables etc to last us through the weekend.
What did you spend this week in your Grocery Budget? Post your shop to WIN!!
Also this month if we gain 5 new grocery game fans who commit to posting their shop I will draw a second winner. With grocery prices on their way up again in the new year 2013 it’s time to take control of the grocery budget and stick to it.
Below is a template you can use when you post to make it easier:
Name Your Store ie: Zehrs
What are your reasons for joining the Grocery Game Challenge?
Frequently Asked Question:
Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?
No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops only to win a monthly prize. We have a few posters from around the world.
When does the Grocery Game Close each month?
The Grocery Game Challenge Closes at Midnight of the last Sunday of the last post for the month. You can post your shops all month-long so if you miss a week you can go back and post so you still get your entry in the monthly contest.
What are you waiting for? Join in and Save!
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- September 2012 Net Worth Update Canadian Budget Binder (canadianbudgetbinder.com)
- Fennel in Perfumes (fragrantica.com)
- Super Reasons To Add Fennel / The Mediterranean Herb To Your Diet (easyconsciousliving.typepad.com)
- Are you a Grocery Store Snob? (canadianbudgetbinder.com)