Spring is finally here in Ontario…well, I think it is. My kids did wear winter coats this morning, and there was a chance of snow, but surely there won’t be any more…It’s time to start thinking about my vegetable garden for this year. Last year wasn’t that successful thanks to our bunny friend, but I’ve got fencing, and am willing to purchase an automated water deterrent to keep them away if I have to!
Because it has been so cold here, I hadn’t given the garden much thought yet…that and I’m 6 months pregnant, so I wasn’t even sure if I would do it this year. But we are going to! I am even thinking of expanding it too, making it look a little more finished, and like it’s an actual part of the backyard, instead of this random square with veggies growing in it.
The early planting season is now though, so I’ll have to get my husband to turn the garden over, re-edge it, and add some manure so that I can plant the seeds…seeds, still haven’t tested those that are in the fridge to see if they are still good…I’m already failing at this garden before I have even started it!
On the planting list this year are the following:
These have all done well in the past years, so I’m sticking with them. My mom, and neighbours grow tomatoes, so I don’t need to grow those….perhaps a wander through the seeds aisle for some inspiration is needed to something a little different this year!
Have you ever done a vegetable garden? From plants or seeds? I would love to hear about yours, or if you have any questions for me, don’t hesitate to ask!
You can read about my past gardens below, or just search in the Vegetable Garden section of the blog:
Low Maintenance Gardening on a Budget – Guest post over at Oshawa Mom Space
Happy Earth Day everyone! We aren’t doing anything special for this day, since I strongly believe in being “green” as often each day as possible, vs just one day a year! But regardless of that, happy Earth Day, try to be a little greener today!
I hope you all had a great long weekend. Easter is always such a magical time in our house since we are Catholic. We do it up big, not just with brunch and dinner and egg hunts, but with Mass, extra prayers, and gifts too! It isn’t always frugal, and that is ok!
And so, because it was an expensive weekend, it was nice to see my grocery bill for this week at only $75, with $5 in rebates coming my way thanks to Checkout 51 and SnapSaves apps!
So, in addition to all the chocolates and other treats, here is what we are eating this week:
Tuesday – Kielbasa stirfry with peppers and rice
Wednesday - island pork with veggie fried rice and sale
Thursday – ham and cheese quiche with salad
Friday – baked fish with garlic noodles and roasted cauliflower
Saturday – hoping we can finally use the BBQ! burgers? steaks? chicken? who knows!
As always I am linking up over at Org Junkie.
Just a quick post to share our menu this week. I’ve got a baked oatmeal recipe and my new found love for coconut oil deodorant coming this week too, so watch for those!
here’s what we are eating this week:
Monday – my famous spaghetti
Tuesday - island pork with veggie fried rice and green beans
Wednesday – beef tacos
Thursday – pierogies and peppers and salad
Friday – baked fish, with rice and broccoli
As always, I’m linking up over at Org Junkie. Happy Menu Planning everyone!
I guess this counts as a frugal tip, since buying a big bag of potatoes it much cheaper than buying those bags of pre-cut frozen fries! We all love french fries, right? I love potatoes in just about any form, but super crispy french fries are top of my list! Since hitting the drive thru on the regular is out of our budget, and frankly, not a healthy option at all, this is the next best thing.
Bags of frozen french fries are easy to throw into the oven, but they aren’t very healthy. Most are filled with chemicals/preservatives, and are usually deep fried in the factory before being frozen, so even if you bake them, they can still be full of oil. Slicing up your own potatoes is a little more work, but once you taste these little gems, you won’t go back to the bagged ones!
Homemade Crispy Potatoes
5 or 6 medium red potatoes
2 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp olive oil
Preheat the oven to 425 F. Wash and cut your potatoes into 1 inch pieces. Place in a pot of cold salted water, and bring to a boil. Boil over medium heat for 4 or 5 minutes, just until slightly fork tender. You are only par-boiling them, not fully cooking them. Drain potatoes in a strainer. Rough the potatoes up by shaking them in the strainer to make the edges fluffy. Once all the little pieces look fluffy, but are not falling apart, sprinkle with the flour and shake lightly to coat all the pieces. Meanwhile, have a foil lined baking sheet with the 2 tbsp of oil heating in the oven for a few minutes. Once the oil is hot, but not smoking, dump the potatoes into the hot oil, spreading them into a single layer. Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes, turning every 10 minutes to get each side crispy. Sprinkle lightly with salt when they are done, and enjoy! I recommend making more than you think you’ll need for your family, as these will go quickly!