Monthly Archives: August 2016

Saying Goodbye to a Canadian Gem

Music is something that can change your mood, make you want to shimmy and shake, entertain you and unite people all at the same time. Tonight we will be saying goodbye to a Canadian gem; The Tragically Hip. Part of the music scene since 1984, this band has made many memories for it’s fans and has been a favorite of mine (J) since I was born and although I was only born that same decade, their music has been adorned by me to this day. They are a Canadian band after all! 

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Being honest here, I couldn’t understand how or why people felt the way that they did when Michael Jackson and Prince passed away. Yes, they were legends but it’s not like they actually knew these people/celebrities. Hearing that Gord Downie has cancer and has been given so little time to live, which he is spending touring, I now know why or at least how they felt. I don’t know this man whatsoever but I do have a heart and I do have compassion so my human instincts to care about others kicks in. I’ve also listened to his music all my life. It’s fandom mixed with human compassion.

Tonight at 8:30 ET CBC will be live streaming The Hips LAST concert and while I’m saddened by the reasons for this, I’m happy that I’ll be able to watch it. Gord is an amazing singer that will be missed by many and it shows how great of a man he is by giving his fans one last show. 

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*Disclosure: Frugal Canadian Coupon Mom was not compensated for this post. We simply want to recognize a Canadian icon for the memories his fans (ourselves) received from his bands music and bid our farewells. All opinions are our own.

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Winter Canning

August. That wonderful time of year when the garden is nearing it’s harvest and the canning kits come out of storage for some Winter canning or pantry stocking. Whatever you like to call it, it’s the joy of knowing that you grew (or a local farmer grew) and canned these tasty, chemical free foods yourself that makes it all worth it! Since we don’t have a very wide growing season here, 3 months roughly, we buy what we have to from our local produce farm and use what we can from our own garden.

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There’s quite the abundance of fresh veggies, fruit and herbs where we go so it’s not very hard to find everything that we’re looking for or needing and it’s a family owned farm so the staff gets used to seeing repeat customers and they’re extremely friendly and helpful.

Winter-Canning

As you can see from the photo above, we managed to get almost everything that we needed for a day or two of canning. We did need more beets and grabbed a few other things at the same time but the others were just fresh veggies to eat such as turnips, broccoli and lettuce.

Winter-Canning

What was canned so far:

• 5-500ml jars of pickles + 1-125ml jar

• 9-250ml jars of strawberry jam

• 5-250ml jars of beets + 1-500ml jar

• 6-500ml jars of strawberry topping

• 6-500ml jars of peaches + 1-250ml jar

This is just the beginning of our pantry stocking as we plan on trying out a few other recipes with the harvest that we get from our tomato, onion, pepper and cucumber plants this fall and we’ll more than likely be visiting our local produce farm before their season is done. *Remember: buying local helps feed the families of hard working farmers. Try to buy local during the growing season.

Winter-Canning

Do you do any canning? What types of things do you can/pickle? We could totally use some ideas! Let us know in the comment section.

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