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FREE Ways To Supplement Your Food Supply In Canada : The GGC 2018 #3 July 16-22

ENHANCE YOUR FOOD SUPPLY WITH A LITTLE BIT OF WORK AND FUN   Your food supply is important for survival and although the first place most people go to is the supermarket there are other ways to get food without the extra costs in Canada. Since moving to Canada from the UK over 10 years ago I’ve had to learn about a country that I wasn’t too familiar with. I had no idea about farm land and the seasons in Canada certainly through me for a loop. If you’d lived in the UK then you know what I mean. Since becoming a permanent fixture in this glorious land I’ve learned the most important survival tips when it comes to food supply and it came from my wife and father-in-law. Most of all exploring Ontario by going on nature walks along with educating myself about what grows in Ontario has certainly increased my knowledge on the topic. I’m not pro by any means but I’ve had my fair share of experience in the woods, on the farms and processing and growing gardens from seed to know it’s one of the easiest ways to supplement a food supply when in need. It […]

14 Flowers and Herbs That Repel Mosquitoes : The Saturday Weekend Review #256

MOSQUITOES WILL CRASH YOUR PARTY AND FOLLOW YOU AROUND UNLESS YOU TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF   I love gardening but what I don’t love are mosquitoes so I’ve decided to fight back to try to keep our property and bodies free from the pests that can cause an itch and potentially serious disease in humans. One of our biggest concerns when it comes to mosquitoes is the bite and not so much for the itch that follows but because of illnesses and diseases linked to mosquitoes such as West Nile Virus and Encephalitis. Although not all mosquitoes carry a disease it’s still important to protect yourself and through research I’ve found plenty of simple ways you can do that. There is a West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases national surveillance report that you can follow with the Canadian government if you’re interested in being in the loop of these pests. What is West Nile Virus? A bite from an infected mosquito can cause infection with West Nile virus. Infected mosquitoes can spread the virus to humans and other animals. Source- Canada.ca You can buy all sorts of products that claim to help rid of mosquitoes from coils to […]

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13 Food Items That Do Not Require Refrigeration : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #1 Mar 5-11

ENJOY THE QUALITY OF FOOD THAT YOU PAY FOR WHETHER YOU GROW IT YOURSELF OR NOT   I have to admit before I met my wife there were food items I thought needed refrigeration but really, they didn’t. Growing up you may have learned about food storage in home-economics class, reading books/magazines, cooking shows or your parents shared their knowledge with you. If you grew up on a farm you probably know more than your friends do and sometimes I’m envious of the farm friends I have because they know so much about the earth and how foods grow. I do have a green thumb but need to find time to get back at it. In the meantime I’m foraging when I can and will continue to do so all thanks to my father-in-law who taught me where to look for mushrooms, asparagus, herbs and berries in Ontario. There are so many foods you can forage but even then you must know how to store food items or risk wasting them or losing valuable nutrients and flavours. Coming from a gardening family Mrs. CBB had a dad who knew exactly how to store food items that he grew in his […]

Fresh Cherry Tomato Soup + Double Brie Grilled Cheese

SAY GOOD-BYE TO THE CAN And Hello To Homemade Soup   Cherry Tomato Soup with Double Brie Grilled Cheese doesn’t get any better sounding and tastes as good as the photo suggests. Ooey, gooey cheesy goodness wrapped around organic cherry tomato soup with fresh garlic, chives, green pepper, cabbage and a secret ingredient. As the weather turns from hot and sticky to brisk and cold a piping hot pot of soup will always take the chill away. There’s something about soup that makes people smile especially when it is homemade. Although we like using the crock-pot to make homemade soup sometimes it’s faster to use the stove-top which is how this cherry tomato soup went down.   Organic Garden Harvest   You may or may not know from recent blog posts that we’ve dealt with a family emergency which left us to tend to a large garden that was ready to be harvested. It was shocking to see just how many tomatoes were ready to eat and how many had fallen. Related: Types of Cherry Tomatoes in Ontario Not only tomatoes either. A bounty of zucchini, eggplant, figs, tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, yellow cherry tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, beans, Brussel […]

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The Ultimate Guide For Buying Real Food : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Oct 2-8

THERE ARE SO MANY REASONS WHY WE SHOULD BE MINDFUL OF THE FOODS WE PUT INTO OUR BODY.   We hear the term ‘real food’ splashed around social media constantly and grocery stores market fresh organic produce and other products to entice shoppers to consider what they eat. My father-in-law swears by his garden and says nothing beats organic produce but consumers may find they get lost in translation towards the food industry. What’s good? What’s not good? Costs? Health? Grocery shopping for the most part seems like a simple chore but many consumers are left wondering what they should and shouldn’t be eating. You might be reading this right now and not give a rats a$$ about real food and eat whatever you want and that’s fine. Your choice. Are we mindful enough of the food we put into our bodies or do we shop for quantity over quality? In our house it’s a bit of both although it truly depends on the person behind the grocery list and the grocery budget. Cooking skills are a must as are the ability to follow recipes or even create your own. If cooking isn’t your thing you might struggle with real […]

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