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Shopping Around the World

Here we go with another episode of Bacon’s Shopping Around the World.

We were suppose to list 5 items that we use to make up a meal or snack.

All items were priced at Save-On Foods except the feta cheese which was bought from The Real Canadian Superstore.

These are my five items.

Cucumber,  long English…..$1.29

Tomatoes, vine ripened  $2.00 for 6

Green Onions bunch $0.29

Feta Cheese   400gram tub (14.1 ounces)  $7.48

To make up 5 ingredients we’ll thrown some herb…lemon thyme to be exact, on top of the cuke, tomato and green onion mixture.  The herb cost us nothing as we grew it.

Our snack or appetizer costs about $0.60 a plate.  It’s one dish that has both hubby and I happily eating veggies again after canning and freezing so many veggies we don’t want to see any veggies for a month!                                                                                                                                      

Harvest Weekend

Well friends, we have gotten down to the nitty gritty in the garden.  Beans, peas and beets must come out this weekend,  The squash must be picked or covered.  The temperatures are getting down to 2C tonight….that’s 35F.  We are urged to cover up the veggies.  The tomatoes will be covered tonight.  Mom’s bringing out the peas and beans now.  It will take more than today to take care of these so tomorrow will be another full day.  The veggie garden is starting to look like the end is near.

Look at those tomatoes!!

Look at those tomatoes!

Felix/Cow-Kitty was keeping a close eye on me and he is gorgeous.

We also have visitors from Cat Scouts.  The Flat Cats of King Meiko and Pete  showed up Wednesday.  We call them Fing Feiko and Fete to separate them from the real ones.  Kali is getting along great with Fing Feiko and Fete.

Geesh, his butt doesn’t smell at all mom…he must be very clean!  Wish I smelled that blah.  Go stick him in the nip mom…then he’ll smell of something.

DSCN3825Fete and Kali had a chat about the necessity of boxes in their lives.

I hate to admit it but I was scared of Fing Feiko and Fete.  Even when they smell like the nip.

That’s right, not even Felix was afraid of Fing Feiko.  I’m embarrassed.  He’s all the way from Texas and I won’t stand still when he’s around.  Anybody got any suggestions?

 

 

A Walk Through The Garden In July

This is a lovely summer’s day.  The temperature is not sweating us out of the house.  The rains have come and gone.  This means no more restrictions on watering with sprinklers.

Come let’s walk through the backyard and view the plants. The first plants we come across are the herbs.  Mom has dried lots of them and is looking to make herbed vinegar and oil.  I told her she doesn’t have the time but she insisted in that way peeps can.

DSCN3642You see the tall herb right in the middle of the barrel….well, that is tarragon and mom is going to put it in wine vinegar.  I wonder if the wine vinegar will taste yucky after she finishes with it.

We are headed to the veggie garden next.  I have fertilized and watered everyday.  Also I have mixed the soil so that bugs don’t have a chance to set up housekeeping.

You will notice in the first row there is cauliflower, 3 of them to be exact.  There are a couple of beets and a few carrots.  I got to aerating the soil and couldn’t help myself and did a witches dance.  The results are only 2 beets remain in that row and there are very few carrots this year.  However, mom got all carried away with the beets and chard in the second row….making up for my boo boo in the first row.  The 3rd. row is all corn and doing very well from all that hot weather we had.  The two last rows are beans and peas.  Notice the sunflowers mom grew from seed.

Come over here my friend and see part of the flower garden.

Right in the middle of the picture are the lavender coloured phlox.  The aroma from the phlox is divine, so mom says….I think it stinks myself.  Beside the phlox, is the new rose mom got as a remembrance of her mom.  Behind the phlox and rose and well protected are 2 huge tomato plants.  Moving to the left, there is the pink hydrangea.  Mom added a chemical compound to the soil to turn the soil more acidy, thereby giving us blue flowers instead of pink.  It didn’t work mom.  There is another big tomato plant behind the hydrangea.  The tomatoes have lots of fruit but they’re not red yet.

Let’s step into the greenhouse for a few moments and see how the crops are doing in there.                                                     You are looking at the 3  pepper plants we got from small transplants.  All 3 have peppers on them.  The one pepper to the right is an Hungarian Sweet Pepper Plant.   Mom thought because of its shape the peppers would be hot and she figures she’s hot enough and doesn’t need those to help her.  Aw mom I didn’t mean to embarrass you!  MOL   You can see the leeks just in front of the peppers and the celery is to the far left.  To the far right and out of sight is the Spaghetti Squash.  Mom has pollinated the squash but no big ones are on the way yet.

Let’s mosey (mousey) back to the deck.

Look who stopped by for a visit, the cow kitten neighbour from next door. He sure is growing.

Ack!  Don’t run at me like that!  Now I need a piddle pad from Dezi of Dezi World’s powder room.  Geesh.  This is not how to make friends!

What’s happening out her Shoko?  Look for yourself Kali, its our neighbour again.                                                         What’s he doing Shoko?  I don’t know….maybe, no it can’t be….biting his tail?  Really?

MOL, Look at his reaction after biting his tail Kali.  MOL.  What a funny guy.

Shopping Around the World

March’s issue of shopping around the world is today’s major subject.

The first item is milk. This item was bought at Save On Foods. Superstore milk though a bit cheaper goes sour way faster.

dairyland 2% milk

dairyland 2% milk


A 4 litre jug, which is just over a US gallon is $4.95.

Tomatoes on the vine were bought at the Real Canadian Superstore.

The price was $2.47 a pound.

For a canned item, we chose Del Monte Cream Corn.
Del Monte Cream Corn

The price of the Del Monte Cream Corn at Superstore was $1.44 for 398ml.

A homemade dish was next on the list. Mom likes Tuna Helper Au Gratin as a quick dish but yummy. She adds various things laying around the kitchen. This time she used some frozen peas from the garden, dried green onions from the garden and a bit of green peppers from the garden. Almost forgot a few leftover beans from last might and some of the herbs she grows. Tuna Helper cost’s $2.50 at Save On Foods.

206 gram box

206 gram box


Mom uses Clover Leaf solid white albacore tuna. The price was $2.50 at Superstore for a 170 gram can.
clover leaf solid tuna

clover leaf solid tuna

So this meal cost mom about $6.00 if all the little extras are included.

The last item was a Random Item. Mom chose Mini Wheats. A 700 gram box cost $3.77 on sale at Superstore.

That is our shopping for the month.

Mom and I planted more Cilantro, sweet peas and Buttercup Squash today too. Hope these little seeds do better than their predecessors.

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