Monthly Archives: July 2016

Boxes Birthday Cake Gift

It’s no surprise that Pinterest is one of the best places on the web to find awesome ideas for pretty much anything you need an idea for! We love the site for ideas for kids and the niece was celebrating a birthday so we, the wife, decided to make a boxes birthday cake gift for her. What is a boxes birthday cake gift? Well, it’s a tier cake made with decorative boxes or containers of different sizes which creates the tier. Largest on the bottom, medium for the middle and small for the top. This is great because you can basically make it any size you want with as many tiers as you want.

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We really like the idea of this gift as it’s one that’s actually multiple gifts combined. We filled the boxes with different sized gifts and taped smaller gifts all around the boxes. We then wrapped the stacked boxes with ribbon, topped off the present with a crown and wrapped it in cellophane. 

Do you know of any cool ways to present gifts? We’d love to hear them.

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Campfire Cooking Recipes

Summer is the time to get outdoors and have tasty meals on the fire. From burgers to hotdogs to kabobs, there are many different campfire cooking recipes! We’ve collected a few delicious sounding recipes from some blogger friends and have decided to share them with all of you. Just in case you don’t know what to cook other than meat or veggies on the BBQ like us, lol.

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Check out some of those great campfire recipes here:

1. Fire Roasted Sweet Potatoes by This West Coast Mommy.

2. Campfire Pizzas by Merry About Town.

3. Grilled Vegetable Basket by Tales Of A Ranting Ginger.

4. Campfire Banana Boats Super Yummy and easy by Thinking Outside The Sandbox Family.

5. How to Make the Perfect Smore by Tales of Mommyhood.

6. Smores Stuffed Strawberries by The Bewitchin’Kitchen.

7. Grilled French Toast Skewers by Merry About Town.

8. Easy To Make Camping Recipes by Tales Of A Ranting Ginger.

9. Cooking Eggs On A Campfire? Eggs In Green Peppers On The Campfire #BBFEggs by Sober Julie.

10. BBQ’d S’mores by The Bewitchin’ Kitchen. *May also be done on a campfire. 

We hope that you enjoyed reading these recipes and will give them a try so that you can enjoy them even more! A huge thank you to This West Coast Mommy, Merry About Town, Tales Of A Ranting Ginger, Thinking Outside The Sandbox Family, Tales Of Mommyhood, The Bewitchin’Kitchen and Sober Julie for sharing their tasty looking recipes with us and our readers.

Do you do any campfire cooking? If so what types of dishes/desserts do you like to make?

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Composting with Worms

​Food waste. The very thought makes us shudder! With the cost of food these days and the millions of people starving around the world, can anyone blame us? Unfortunately, food does go to waste in our house sometimes and it’s aggravating that we wasted money on it. We’ve found a way to use these scraps of food which in turn helps us; Composting with worms!

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The actual name for worm composting is called vermicomposting. The worms eat our scraps (spoiled fresh foods) and their poop or “castings” as they’re called, becomes nutrient rich soil for our garden and flower beds. It’s actually pretty cool once you’ve had the opportunity to read more about it or in our case, experience it first hand.

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There are different breeds of worms that you can use for composting but not all worms eat as quickly as others do. We went with Red Wigglers (Eisenia fetida) since they seemed to be the best option for our temperatures and because they eat a lot. Did you know that a Red Wiggler can eat 1/2 it’s body weight worth of food scraps in a week? So 1 pound of worms can eat 1/2 a pound of scraps weekly!

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These worms are an invasive species that ended up in Canada years ago when European settlers brought them with them. This is why these are a great species to use for “worm bins”. Yes, that  means that they live in our house. In a bin of course! They are a bit creepy with the way that they squirm around and move quickly but the benefits of what they do and the fact that the food is being turned into soil and not thrown out is worth more than anything we can say.

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Do you or anyone you know compost or vermicompost? 

*Update: A worm farmer has informed us that blending the food scraps can cause problems down the road. Simply place a week’s worth of food scraps in their bin once a week and check to see after 2 weeks if the food is completely gone. If it is, continue to feed them the way that you are. If it isn’t, don’t feed them quite as much.

*Disclosure: We at Frugal Canadian Coupon Mom are not worm farmers or experienced in vermicomposting. This is our first time doing this and we are simply sharing our experiences and our learnings along the way.

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