Recipe Round up and Garden Update

Okay so I know I said I’d post a recipe every week and I haven’t done one in a couple weeks, buuuuut my mom was here so I was busy. She helped me do a lot in preparation for the baby, like a lot. My freezer is so full!

One thing she filled the freezer with was muffins, she made a few different kinds so I’m going to share the links for the muffins because they were from my recipe board 🙂

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Rhubarb Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Banana Muffins

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

These fancy “Third Trimester” Muffins

And my recipe for Pumpkin Muffins

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My garden has done quite well, except for the potatoes, they stopped growing two weeks after they started growing! I have so much lettuce I don’t know what to do with it, I love my fresh garden beans they are so yummy, and my carrots are giant. The onions have done okay, they’ve grown enough to be eaten but not really worth storing up cause I need three to equal one normal onion haha so I’ll have to try them again next year 🙂

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My strawberries are finally coming, and they’re perfect! My mom also brought a rhubarb plant so we’ll see how that goes next year. I also did some sweet peas and they flowered amazingly and I’m starting to collect the seeds for next year!

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If you had read any of my last posts about my garden you would know I had a problem with a mole and I manged to keep it out of the garden and it went everywhere else 😛 I had just shoved blackberry branches down the hole and it kept it away!

You can read the first post Here and then second one Here

The baby is due in the next couple weeks and I’m all set and just trying to relax, I’m still working but will be done next week and I’m hoping this baby waits and gives me a chance have some time off. At first I didn’t want to be overdue but now I feel like I can wait as long as I have some time off. I’m not sure what this looks like for the blog but I’m so hoping I will keep it up, I just don’t know what life will be like after.

So yeah! That’s a little bit of a life update 🙂

dawn

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Banana Scones

Okay so I know I was going to post about a recipe once a week and I totally missed last week but I promise I actually baked these last week! And they were soooo good!

So good. So easy. Just the way I like it! Haha

Here’s the link for the original recipe 🙂

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Basically, mix the dry ingredients, cut in butter, and then add the rest. For me it was a bit sticky but I just blobbed it onto the cookie sheet and threw it in the oven!

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Try it out and let me know how it goes!

dawn

Strawberry Peach Galette

Okay I’m quite an avid pinner on Pinterest , just ask Evan haha. I’ve got about 9 thousands pins, and a thousand of those are recipes. I’m sure I’m not the only who goes “ohh that looks good, I’m totally going to make this!” and then completely forgets about it.

So I decided I’m going to start this new thing where at least once week I try a recipe from my Recipes board and then share it with you! I’ve got some double recipes and some pins are food hacks so my goal isn’t to make literally every pin but I at least want to explore the cooking world through my Pinterest Board.

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Now, I’ve been dying to make a peach galette for a long while now so it was pretty easy for me to pick this one to start. Here is the original recipe.

I’m not a big pie/pastry person and there’s evidence of that but my small amount of pie pins, so this recipe was a challenge. I actually found it so time consuming, chances are I won’t do it again. I even hacked making the crust by using a mix because pastries are not my thing. But I love peaches, and it was just so beautiful I needed to do it at least once.

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Okay so first you make the filling, with fruit, sugar and a little vanilla and then let it sit.

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Then make the crust, as you know I cheated, so I would suggest you actually try to make the crust from scratch. Don’t be lazy like me.

The pie crust is really what I found time consuming, and I didn’t realize I needed to chill it. I’m not gonna lie, I took that time as an opportunity to take a nap cause pregnancy.

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You need to put the crust in the fridge for an hour after its been flattened and shaped. When it’s good to go, scoop your fruit out into the middle and then fold the edges around over the fruit. Brush the edge with egg wash to give a golden colour.

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Bake at 425 F for 25-35 minutes, and voila!

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Look at how beautiful it is! And delish! I just adores peaches 🙂

Are you excited for me to share more recipes? Let me know by leaving me a comment!

dawn

Lemon Pepper Veggie Dip

It has been a sad rainy week here in the Fraser Valley, although I don’t mind 😉 It means I don’t have to water my garden and maybe the promise of a not too hot summer for my pregnant body? Anyone else feel the same? Probably not. Haha

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Okay I promised in one of my last posts to share a veggie dip so here it is today! I’ve made this dip for other foods (mostly perogies, to be honest) and it was actually a perogie dip recipe that I’ve adapted. Originally it was based with sour cream, lemon juice, lemon zest and other spices but I made it a little simpler and quicker to make.  So I’m just gonna jump right in!

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Here’s what you’ll need…

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I use Olympic brand of Greek yogurt because they locally source the milk from BC and they also have really big tubs, also make sure it’s plain so you don’t get any conflicting flavours. And then I use Trader Joe’s Lemon Pepper in a grinder and really I just guess and say it’s about a tablespoon amount.

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Now, just mix everything together in a bowl and it’s ready to serve! I’m serving this fresh cut veggies, even radishes from my garden!

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This dip goes really well with other foods like perogies, of course, but also BBQ chicken or steak, and roasted potatoes. It’s a great summer recipe because of the freshness the lemon adds. Also, by using Greek yogurt you have a little added protein to your plate.

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I love that it’s made from scratch, and it’s so simple and easy (If you regularly read my blog then you know I LOVE simple and easy).

This dip is healthier then using ranch dressing or any other type of store bought dip which can have hidden gross stuff, which isn’t good for healing your gut. The Greek yogurt and lemon juice have healthy tummy promoting bacteria! Just like a traditional diet should 🙂

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Give it a try and tell me what you think by leaving me a comment!

dawn

Simple Garden Update #1!

So I started my garden the end of March (with my parents help). We have been fortunate to be given a little area to garden by our landlords and I gotta say, I’m absolutely loving it! You can see how it started HERE!

As a kid, I always had to help my mom weed and pick beans or spinach and I hated it. I thought it was so boring and weeding was literally the worst thing ever. My parents had a huge garden and we always had home grown food.

Now I love going out to my little patch to water and weed. I don’t even mind the weeding anymore haha. Maybe it’s because this growth is mostly my own efforts; yeah sure I’ve had questions and difficulties so I’ve called my mom but it’s still all me doing the work. I love learning new skills and it’s so calming to just sit with my hands in the dirt, which I never thought I would ever say or even think! I appreciate this opportunity that I have to mini homestead in my little area.

This is it now…

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So far I’ve had to deal with some nasty weeds (horsetail) and a terrible mole uprooting a couple onions and beans! FYI solution for moles, (this was a tip from my parents) find the hole and shove some blackberry branches in there, haven’t had an issue since I did that! But I still don’t have a solution for horsetail so if you do let me know! If I don’t pull them weeds everyday they’ll take over my garden!

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We also went away for a week and it didn’t rain much so they didn’t have a whole lot of water and when I got back they were looking pretty sad. But with a little plant food and regular watering they sprung back up. I’ve also got a stockpile of coffee grounds to sprinkle with that I’ll do later this week for a waste-free fertilizer.

I’ve already been able to harvest some beautiful radishes and will probably plant another row before July!

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Also, up until today I didn’t have proper garden markers so I made some real quick with Popsicle sticks that I had stashed away.

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And that’s the garden so far! I’ve been so happy with it’s progress and that I’m really learning self-sufficiency skills!

I’m going to be posting a veggie dip recipe soon, so watch for that. You can see that recipe HERE now!

If you have any thoughts (or tips for horsetail) leave me a comment!

dawn

 

Any Season Corn and Potato Soup

Man, it feels like summer has finally hit us. I feel like we just got back from our trip to the cabin and Alberta even though we got back already a week ago. My house is a disaster because we had left in such a hurry and our landlords wanted to some painting and repairs while we were gone, so we finally put our couch back today. I’ve been living in chaos for the last week and I can totally see how it affects me. Someone please come clean my house? Then I can have some sanity return!

Heading into warmer weather I notice a change in eating habits; I crave fresh colourful foods. Which is probably the only way I get vitamins from food all year haha. I swear all I’ve eaten this week is strawberries and I’ve been dreaming of Okanagan peaches and Chilliwack corn. There’s nothing wrong with that, right?!

This recipe I’m sharing today is great because it’s so universal for any season, in the winter it’s great for feeling warm and cozy but then in the summer it doesn’t take a lot of cooking time so it’s great for the heat, and it’s done in the crock pot so that won’t turn your house into a sauna!

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It’s sweet soup with corn and yams (or sweet potatoes if you prefer) with a delicious broth, best served with fresh bread and butter!

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Basically, all you have to do is peel and cut up your potatoes and onions and then thrown everything in the crock pot together and cook from 6-8 hours!

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I use yams over sweet potatoes because they’re generally cheaper in our area and I don’t have a taste preference. For meat I always use shredded chicken, and I will use about half of a whole chicken. It’s nice because you can use whatever you have on hand and would like, I personally wouldn’t use ground beef but cut up sausage or ham or bacon would be good to thrown in!

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This is one of our absolute favorite recipes all year, its so yummy! For a bread recipe to go with this go hereDSC_0015

Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

dawn

7 ways to save money on groceries

Starting last year I realized how out of control our spending was when I took a look at our money situation. It made me realize we needed a budget and a better way to make our  monthly payments work. So I created a “payment plan” or a “budget” whatever you want to call it.

A big area of spending was food and obviously something needed to change.

I chose a very specific amount that we were allowed to spend on groceries, it was hard at first but now after doing it for about 9 months, I think I’ve mastered it. That being said, I had to learn some ways to cut costs and I’m going to share some of these ways with you!

  1. Have a Budget, and stick to it. This has been the absolute most important way for me to save money. First of all, I pay in cash so I can’t overspend. And then when I go through the grocery store I use the calculator on my phone and add up every little thing I put in my buggie. If I was just throwing whatever in the cart I know I wouldn’t be able to keep track of what I was spending.pexels-photo-26799
  2. Shopping Sales! This is a bit of a no brainer, but it takes some planning. Either you find sales in store or you can look through the flyer. I prefer to look through a flyer first because then it gives me an idea of what I can buy for certain meals, which leads to my next tip. street-market-fruits-grocery
  3. Take a List with You, again if you’re just mindlessly throwing food in the buggie, there’s no way to track what you’re spending or you could buy something on a whim and then end up throw it out months later because you never ate it. I feel hopeless if I forget my list at home, and then I always forget to buy something that I really needed and will have to go back for on another day. pexels-photo-128402
  4. Meal Plan, some people feel like this doesn’t work for them but the way I meal plan is so simple. I make a list of the meals I want to make, or can make (by knowing what’s on sale). I just write a list and as I cook them though the week I just cross it off the list. Having this plan helps me make sure that when I make my grocery list  I have everything I need for this so I don’t have to run to the grocery store mid week, which goes to my next point. pexels-photo
  5. Shop every other week or even once a month, I do groceries every two weeks, because then it saves me constant trips to the store which can lead to extra unnecessary spending. Also how can you stick to a budget if you’re shopping every couple days? Unless you’re amazing at keeping track of what you spend every time you go, it would be pretty difficult to really understand what you’re spending. I am not good at tracking spending like that so it’s easier for me to stick with my budget all in one shot. pexels-photo-375896
  6. Buy in Bulk, you might not notice savings with this one automatically, but when you’re not having to buy meat every time you shop you save some in the long run. Also goes for staples foods like flour and sugar, obviously you don’t want to buy anything you know you won’t use because you’ll end up throwing it away when it goes bad and that won’t save you money.food-vegetables-beans-green
  7. Have a loyalty card, this really only works if you stick to one brand/store, sure you can have multiple loyalty cards, but its best to accumulate points or benefits if you shop somewhere consistently. Different companies have different systems so you need to see what works best for you. In my area we have superstores that earn you points when you shop certain items and when you reach a threshold you can discount your whole bill by a certain amount. Or there’s Save on Foods (my preferred method) where every dollar you spend you earn a point and then you can redeem points on certain food items to get them discounted.  fruits-grocery-bananas-market

I have really found for myself that being able to save on groceries has really depended on these 7 methods. Oh and bonus tip! Bring your own reusable bags! Most places are charging for bags now and you will most likely end up throwing them away after.

If you have any other tips to add let me know by leaving me a comment!