Friday Farmers Market Finds

Happy Fun Friday everyone!! 

My husband and I call it Fun Friday because every Friday morning after coffee, we venture out into our little town and explore the farmers market! 

Today was especially awesome as I met a nice fellow from India selling amazing herbs and spices from…well…India!


I tend to grow my own herbs (I am very proud of my herbs! See them here) but finding such a great deal on quality spices is rare in my small town! I purchased curry powder, garlic powder and sweet paprika for only $2.00 a bag! I came home and made a list of what else I need so I can purchase it next Fun Friday!

The spices weren’t my only good find today! I also got free run eggs, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, a giant zucchini and of course the spices all for under $20.00! And the best part….it all helped feed a local family 😁


 It always feels good shopping local, and the quality is bar none compared to grocery store chains. 

Happy weekend everyone! My plans include gardening and cooking some great new recipes! Follow my blog for some upcoming foodie posts (oat pizza crust, stuffed mushrooms, cheeseburger zucchini and more this weekend!) 

Homemade Plant Fertilizer


I love watching my plants thrive after getting a good dose of fertilizer! They pop right up, turn greener and you can almost watch them get bigger!

Commercial fertilizers are not a great option for me for several reasons! They are full of chemicals (that leach right into your fruits and vegetables) and are just not nice for the environment. I would also rather use food waste that I otherwise would throw out and put it to good use! 

Homemade Plant Fertilizer 

  • Used coffee grinds
  • Egg shells


Ok, so it isn’t rocket science! I don’t even use measurements. I just keep all of my used grinds and shells in a big ziplock bag in the freezer and when the bag is full, I blend them together in the food processor and viola! Homemade plant fertilizer! 



1 tablespoon per plant per month or so and I cannot believe the difference! I use it on house plants, hanging plants, my roses and in the veggie garden! Full, big healthy plants from things I would have thrown away!! 


The Benefits of Eggs

Since taking wheat out of my diet, I have replaced it with some new menu items that I can’t seem to get enough of. Tomatoes, potatoes and….eggs!

It seems every other day I am reaching in the fridge to make some kind of egg dish for lunch! Whether it be scrambled, poached or just plain old hard boiled, it seems my body is craving eggs with a whole new aggressiveness! 

A lot of websites classify them as superfood and being the google geek that I am, I wanted to know why, and what it is about eggs that keep me coming back so often! 

Other then Eggs being extremely nutritious (Vitamin A, Folate, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium and Zinc) they come high in protein with 6 grams and are only 77 calories each! Eggs are one of the only foods that contains almost every nutrient that our body needs! That could be the reason for the cravings!

The best part of that 77 calories is that they are extetemly filling, so you don’t need many to have a satisfying lunch! Two eggs and a tomato will run you under 200 calories and you will be stuffed for hours! 

Depending on where you get your eggs, some of them contain omega-3 fatty acids, depending on what the chickens have been fed (always check the box). We get our eggs fresh, organic and local from the farmers market. A little more money but worth the health benefits! Eggs are considered a complete source of protein as they contain all eight essential amino acids…..as if tasting good weren’t enough!

Ok, so now I love them even more! They are like the perfect food!! 

Another amazing point to acknowledge here is that they are inexpensive! That is important to me considering the way I have been going at them! We easily go through 2 dozen a week in this house and there is only 2 of us! Studies do show you can eat 3 or more eggs a day with no adverse side effects! Thank goodness! I was getting worried I was going to start growing feathers 😁

So I hope you enjoyed your eggs today! There are so many great recipes out there, it is impossible to get bored!  

Savoury Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker

I love to cook, but sometimes it is hard to find the time. Staying on track for me means I always know what the next meal is, and prep for it in advance. If not, I get totally flustered and decide to go out for dinner! Never a wise choice! 

Although many people associate slow cookers with winter soups and stews (which I adore on a cold snowy day), they are also perfect for hot, busy summer days when you don’t want to turn on the oven and you dont have time to light up the BBQ. 

Last week pork shoulder was sale and I immediately thought about pulled pork! Although I won’t eat it on a bun anymore, it is totally amazing on homemade corn tortillas, on salad or alone with some mashed potatoes!! 

There are many great recipes out there, and I usually make my own BBQ sauce for pulled pork, but this time I felt like something a little more savoury. I was really happy with this rub. It made flavourful and melt in your mouth pulled pork that only gets better with more time in the slow cooker! 

Ingredients

  • 3 lb pork shoulder
  • 2 tbsp paprika 
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp onion power
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar + 1/2 water for bottom of the crock pot 


Easiest recipe ever! Put vinegar and water at the bottom of slow cooker. Roll the entire pork shoulder (or any other cut of pork) in the dry rub until it is completely covered. Carefully place in slow cooker and set on low for 10-12 hours. 


After it’s cooked, it will shred beautifully! I cooked mine on high for another 30 minutes after shredded to soak some of the delicious juices into the pork! 



We made pulled pork tacos for dinner, pulled pork baked potatoes for lunch and froze the rest! Talk about getting your money’s worth 😁

Pretty Like a Flower, Tasty Like Food

In my opinion, if you plant something in your garden, ideally, you should be able to eat it. Gardening takes water, valuable time and money to grow, so you minus well reap the rewards!

Chives in bloom!

There are so many beautiful herbs and vegetables that have flowers and look just like other perennials you can spend hundreds of dollars on (but can’t eat). If you plant the right ones together, they can come into bloom in a timely manner, ensuring your gardens are always bright and colourful!

Beautiful zucchini flower!

In the past couple of years, I have been slowly replacing greenery that offers no nutritional value with delicious AND pretty plants in my gardens! 

Strawberries, chives, raspberries and garlic

I love planting herbs! They are probably the prettiest and tastiest plants. In addition to my chives, mint, dill, parsley, sage and basil, I have added lavender, oregano and thyme this year. It just adds so much beauty and it is amazing to add to a salad. 

Tiny thyme flowers

As part of building a sustainable lifestyle, we want to grow as much food as we can for ourselves! Having roses, daisies and gardenias are nice, but at the end of season, all they were good for was to look at and then chop down. I would much rather eat the plants that I spend so much time watering, pruning and weeding!!

Delicious garlic

How to Make Cheap Steak Taste Like a Million Dollars


We love to use the BBQ as often as possible in the summer. We cannot always afford the best steaks though, and if you don’t prep them right, they can come out tough and chewy! 

We have played around with various marinades to get the tastiest steak that just melt in your mouth and I we have finally found a winner….and it is super easy!

Steak Marinade (measurements to taste)

  • Soy sauce
  • Chopped garlic
  • Ground pepper 


That is all. Let marinade for at least 8 hours. 24 hours is much better though. Take it out every couple hours and shake the marinade around for best results. You will be able to cut it with a butter knife. It doesn’t seem to matter what cut of steak it is, it always turns out amazing on the BBQ!

Sorry, I don’t have any after pictures, once these steaks came off the BBQ last night, I didn’t have the patience to take pictures, I just grabbed my fork and knife and dug in!! 

Kitchen Composting

Healthy plants come from healthy soil! We are lucky enough to have a compost pit behind our garage where we dump grass clippings, leaves, etc and we try to dig it up ever year to add to our veggie gardens. 

One of the things I have had issues with was composting all of our kitchen waste. We eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies and have a lot of peels, cores and rinds left over after every meal that should be going into the pit, but who wants to put on shoes and walk to the garage?

Last year I tried keeping the kitchen waste in a container on the counter and planned on bringing it out at the end of every day. The problem was I kept forgetting and if any of you have ever opened a container of compost that has been sitting on the counter for a week, well, it’s just gross!

Then I got smart! I started freezing my compost in big baggies! 


I cannot tell you the difference this made (and yes, I felt sort of stupid for not thinking about it sooner!) We had WAY less garbage every week, barely any actually. What wasn’t recycled was composted. Not much left for the garbage can! 

We fill at least one of these huge bags a week. I also do another bag of coffee grinds and eggs for my house plants! 

Once the bag is full, just dump the frozen contents in the pit or compost container to start doing its job of making beautiful soil for your plants!