Savory Crock-Pot Chicken

We absolutely love our slow cooker, AKA; crock-pot! It’s such a great appliance to have around especially on days when we don’t feel like slaving over a hot stove. Prepare your favorite dish, set the temperature and forget about it for a bit. Chicken is an easy meat to prepare in the crock-pot and one that we recently used to make a savory crock-pot chicken. We often use a mixture of spices or sauces which vary as can your choices depending on your taste. Below is the most recent recipe that we used and the spice mixture that the Mrs. made. We hope you’ll enjoy.

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Crock-Pot Chicken

Ingredients: 

• 1 whole chicken
• vegetables (garlic, onions, celery & carrots)
• ½ cup water

Spices:

• ½ tsp. parsley flakes.
• 1 tbsp. garlic powder.
• 1 tbsp celery salt.
• ½ tbsp. summer savory
• 1 tsp. black pepper
• Himalayan pink salt
• ½ tbsp paprika (optional)

 

 

Directions: 
Line the bottom of the crock-pot with the celery, carrots, onions, garlic and water. Mix spices together and sprinkle or rub onto the chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Once the chicken is done, broil it on high for 3-4 minutes or until the skin is crispy. Be very careful transferring the chicken as it will fall apart as ours did! Remove from the oven and serve.

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Beautiful Beef Roast

I (J) have been cooking for many years now and love doing my own thing with whatever meal I’m making. One thing that I’ve always done despite hearing and reading that you shouldn’t is cooking meat from frozen. I ONLY do this with meat that is being cooked in the oven and at a lower temperature for a longer amount of time. It makes one beautiful beef roast that’s a hit with the little one and it’s also one of my favorite meats to cook/work with.

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Normally, I pour ¼ cup of beef broth, a splash of vegetable oil and desired spices onto the roast for seasoning and put it in the oven at 200°F for 2½-3 hours basting occasionally as well as removing some liquid as it builds up. I then turn the oven up to 300°F and cook it for another hour basting every so often to avoid drying it out. When that hour is up I increase the temperature to 325°F for the remaining hour making sure to baste a few times. 

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The fact that the little one asks for seconds of this should say it all, lol. While beef roasts aren’t exactly cheap, we try to pick a few up when they’re on sale and freeze them for future use. 

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Over 85 Money Saving Tips

I have put together a list of over 85 money saving tips that are really great ways that you can be frugal in your life. I like Simple & Frugal and that is exactly what this post is going to teach you =)

Simple & easy tips and tricks to cut that budget down, but by how much?? Only you know the answer to that. Depends on how much work and effort you put into it. If you enjoy being frugal and get a real sense of satisfaction when you are finding ways to save on costs, then you will keep up with it and find even more ways to save!!

Cheers to frugal-ism!!!

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Tip #1. Shop the Clearance Bins. <— She makes some really great points! The clearance bin is our first stop at the stores.

Tip #2. 12 ways to Get Cheap or Free Cloth Diapers <—- These tips are HUGE money savers and I totally wish I did this when my son was a baby.

Tip #3. 13 Cheap Datenight Ideas <—– You don’t have to compromise time alone with your partner (if your lucky to get that time alone hehe). Check out these fun tips

Tip #4. 8 Money Saving Tips For The Budget Conscious Family <—– She has the right idea! Seriously some great ways to save

Tip #5. 7 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Groceries <—– Groceries are a great place to start on saving money!!

Tip #6. 5 Habits of Frugal People <—- I must admit that i do all 5 of these lol

Tip #7. 11 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON ELECTRICITY <— Another major expense, well in this house anyways lol

Tip #8. 10 Ways to Reuse Christmas Wrap <—– A must read. We could all learn a little something from these tips

Tip #9. TOP 5 WAYS TO SAVE $100 A YEAR <—- Just do it 🙂 we did and do not miss it one bit!!!!

Tip #10. MEAL PLANNING MADE EASY <— Now I know first hand that meal planning saves you Time and Money 🙂

Tip #11. Money Saving Monday – tips at home <—— 

Tip #12. 12 Awesome Uses for Your Old Egg Cartons <—– We all have them, why not re use them?

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Bamboo Laundry Hamper with Lid by ToiletTree Products

​Laundry. Oh how we despise the word and the job that’s involved, lol. Regardless of how much we dislike it, it has to be done. And let’s be honest, those plastic laundry baskets are just horrid looking laying on the floor in a corner piled with clothes! ToiletTree Products has a gorgeous bamboo laundry hamper with lid and a cotton bag that has two compartments to hide those clothing piles and it makes a great addition to ANY room.

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The open-slat frame is nice and durable and allows air flow through it which helps prevent the musty smell of wet/dirty laundry. We love that it’s easy to remove the laundry bag when it comes time to wash the clothes. Instead of bringing the entire unit, you simply slip the wooden rods from the bag and away you go to the washer. We also love that this beautiful hamper fits into small spaces allowing for more room wherever you decide to place your dirty clothes basket. But who wants to hide the fabulous look of bamboo? Leave it out to be admired we say!

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Canucks Rock the New Year Giveaway

We are super excited to have the opportunity to team up with some amazing bloggers for the Canucks Rock the New Year Giveaway! 1 lucky winner will find themselves with some extra spending cash in a few weeks, $550 CDN paid via PayPal and it could be you! Only if you enter though.

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STORMp3 by ToiletTree Products

​It’s no surprise that I (J) LOVE my music. Just ask the wife and little one. The minute that I have an opportunity to blare my music, you can bet that I will! I listen to music via my phone while in the shower and constantly have ear buds in most other times. Music moves me, what can I say? Something that I’ve been dying to test out is the sound quality of the STORMP3 from ToiletTree Products Inc and was uber excited when one came in the mail to review. Yay! Seeing that we like the different varieties of products that ToiletTree has and have yet to be disappointed, I knew that we’d love this product as well.

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Comes with/features:

• water-resistant MP3 player 

• shuffles through your favorite songs

• USB cable to load music (PC/Mac)

• 2GB capacity stores approximately 500 songs

• battery power provides approximately 75 hours of usage

• 4 AA batteries 

• mounting bracket

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This is a sweet sounding system that I/we’ll definitely continue to enjoy. I suggest using rechargable batteries and keep in mind that while you do have to load songs via the computer, hence the Mp3 part of the name, you won’t have to worry about syncing anything. Up to 500 of your favourite songs ready to take along anywhere you go!

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Gluten Free Beef Macaroni

​It’s been a while since I (J) have experimented in the kitchen with gluten-free dishes and eating the same foods all the time gets boring! I decided to try making my own gluten-free beef macaroni that was simple and quick. I really enjoyed it and hope you will too.

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What you’ll need:
• gluten-free made or any other pasta you desire.

• 1 lb of hamburger 

• Spices (garlic, dried onions, parsley flakes, pepper

• frozen peas or any vegetable of your choosing.

• 1 ¼ Cup of water (as per the gravy directions)

• 1 package of gluten-free beef gravy

• ¼ cup of milk

Directions:

Fry the hamburger in a large frying pan. Using the same pan, add water. Mix in gravy. Add macaroni and peas. Reduce heat and let it simmer until the macaroni is cooked. You may need to add the extra water as it’s simmering. Keep an eye on it and stir often as the macaroni will stick to the pan!

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Very simple to make and a great meal for dialysis days when I don’t have the energy to cook or prepare food. I hope you’ll give it a try and let us know in the comments what you think of it.

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Homemade Gifts Using Bernardin Canning Jars

​Christmas is quickly approaching and sometimes it’s hard to find the right gift for the right person. Homemade gifts using Bernardin Canning jars are a great way to avoid those “what to buy” situations and one that we love the idea of due to the cost friendly options as well as the fact that it’s a gift that comes from the heart!

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There are so many different ways to use mason jars for gifts and it wouldn’t be tradition if we didn’t use our beloved Bernardin Canning 250 ml & 500 ml jars. They go great with bows & ribbon! From hot chocolate mixes to candy to cookie mixes to canned goods and even dehydrated soup mixes, these jars are inexpensive and make great gift accessories. 

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Look for them at your local shopping centers and check out Bernardin Cannings social media accounts below for more great products and information.

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    Homemade Oreo Balls

    These delicious treats are sure to be a hit this holiday season with guests and family. They’re very simple to make and only require three ingredients. We’ve yet to hear a complaint about them, lol. A definite winner here! Not only are these a great treat for guests and family they make great gifts as well and pretty much everyone we know loves Christmas goodies and baked goods.

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    What you’ll need:

    • 1 package of Oreo cookies (or a cookie of your choice)

    • 1 package of cream cheese

    • white chocolate for dipping
    Directions:
    Blend cookies. Add cream cheese and blend together. Roll into balls, place on a wax paper covered cookie sheet. Freeze until hard.
    Melt the white chocolate and dip the top of each ball placing them back onto the cookie sheet. Sprinkle with crumbled Oreo cookies and refreeze until serving time.

    For more on how to make these yummy sweets check out our YouTube video

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    One Pot Creamy Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

    ​This one pot creamy gluten free mac and cheese is simple to make and clean up is effortless. It’s seriously delicious, very creamy and the whole family will love it. Promise! The first time that I (J) made this I omitted the cream cheese as it’s a dairy product that’s too rich for my renal diet. I also used Gouda cheese instead of cheddar which turned out more like a feta type texture. I recommend following the recipe, lol.

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    What you’ll need:
    • ¼ cup water

    • 1¼ cups milk

    • 1 Tbsp butter

    • Pepper & garlic powder to taste

    • 1 cup macaroni (gluten-free)

    • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

    • 1-2 Tbsp. cream cheese

    Directions:

    Bring milk, water, butter and spices to a boil. Add macaroni, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until pasta is tender. You may have to add a bit more milk depending on how quickly it evaporates but do so sparingly so you don’t add too much. Remove from heat, add cheeses, stir and cover for approximately 3 minutes.

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    As you can see, the above picture where I actually followed the recipe looks much tastier and creamier than my previous attempt. I hope that you’ll give this recipe a try and let us know what you think of it.

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    Talking Antidepressants

    ​Today I feel like talking antidepressants. Why? Well, I (J) have struggled all my life with depression and anxiety. With all the stress involved with my transplants I’ve been overly anxious, depressed and plain old stressed out lately. The later sunrises and the earlier darkness doesn’t exactly help the situation either! I was a hyper-ish person. I would find myself with a heavy chest due to the worrying over things that hadn’t happened as well as the anxiety of life in general. Being on dialysis actually helped because the nurses and doctors both noticed that I get stressed very easily and telling a simple story of going to the store for example, would raise my blood pressure. Going to the store. Can you imagine! 

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    Thankfully, the doctors decided that I needed something for my anxiety. Controlled substances aren’t a friend of mine and I try to avoid them whenever possible so it was nice to know that they were able to prescribe something that wasn’t going to be addictive; an antidepressant. There’s a lot of stigma around antidepressants/depression that causes people to be silent about the way they feel and not speak with their doctors and a lot of stigma that causes people to be ashamed of being on an antidepressant.

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    I can’t say that I really care what people think of me taking an antidepressant to be honest but some people do and I’m here to state that there is nothing wrong with needing medication. As someone once described it to me; “some of us have chemicals in our brain that work more & some that work less. These people need medication to help keep their brain chemistry balanced“. I happen to be one of those people! My brain creates too much of a certain chemical that causes extreme anxiety and the antidepressant that the doctor prescribed for me is helping me stay calm in situations where I would normally be overly anxious as well as helping keep my blood pressure in check. So don’t be ashamed of medication that helps balance your chemistry. There are more people than you could ever imagine that take similar medication but keep quiet about it. I for one don’t care what anyone thinks because for once in my life I feel at ease and I’ve never felt better! 

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    Everything Happens For A Reason

    ​Well, I received “THE” call for my transplants last week. Everything was a match which means that, my blood type matches the donor and my antibodies didn’t reject the donors. This is a great time for me to reflect on how thankful I am to everyone for their donations, caring words and support. It was because of you that I was able to stay strong and we all know how many times I was tired and just wanted to throw that towel in!

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    Unfortunately, I had health problems that didn’t permit me to receive the transplants but I’m not off the list and it was less than a year since I’ve been active on the transplant list so this next call could be “the” one that I’m awaiting. Everything happens for a reason right? I was told that the issues that I’m currently dealing with could have turned drastically worse so I’m taking this false alarm as a sign of fate. It just wasn’t meant to be this time around. We’re definitely prepared for the real thing now. Not that this wasn’t real because the three people who had no sleep for 2 days definitely know that this ⬇ was absolutely real!

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    This is a perfect time for me to mention how grateful I am for organ donors and organ donation. If it wasn’t for someone signing their donor card I may never have had the opportunity to receive these transplants! I urge those of you that are capable of donating; SIGN THAT CARD because YOU could help save someones life that will be forever thankful for your choice. Like me 🙂

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    This has been a wild ride that we definitely were not expecting but everything that needs treatment is being treated so that I WILL be prepared for my next trip to Montreal which will hopefully be soon again. I thank you all for staying positive for me and with me. This will happen in short time but when everything is right.

    To make a donation to my fundraiser or to keep updated with new information regarding my transplants please visit my campaign HERE.

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    Fresh Bread and Other Goodies For Less

    ​Having a child who goes to school five days a week and absolutely loves sandwiches, we go through a lot of bread! Normally we’d buy our bread when it first goes on the discount rack so that it was still fresh and then freeze it when we got home. We started getting fresh, brand name, bread and other goodies for less by going to a bakery outlet. We still get our bread at the same price that we would have when it was discounted but now it’s direct from the manufacturer, is just as fresh if not fresher than the stuff on the discount rack and the outlet has a point system to earn free bread/goods.

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    If your little ones go through bread like nothing, we definitely suggest checking out a bakery outlet if you have one in your area. On top of the regular brand name goods discounts, you may find some awesome deals on snacks and more. Definitely worth taking a look at or for!

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    Food Prepping For Winter

    ​The cold, harsh weather that has been predicted for our area is just around the corner and that means that it’s time to get to the food prepping for winter. A great way to do that is by dehydrating foods/spices and stocking the freezer with vegetables and fruits that are now in season. 

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    Dehydrated tomatoes and dehydrated onions that will also be used to be make tomato paste and onion powder. We’ll also keep some dried ones for soups, pizzas, dips and more. Throughout the Summer we’ve been harvesting and dehydrating chives, parsley and green onions which we have a nice supply of now. So exciting!

    Other things that Frugal Coupon Mom made include:

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    • Mini shepherds pie.

    • 2 gluten-free/vegetarian lasagne (there were 3 but we ate 1)

    • spaghetti sauce

    • Chili

    • hash browns

    and

    • french fries

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    (Both the hash browns and fries were made from yellow, red and white potatoes that we bought)
    Do you do any freezer prepping for the Winter? What do you stock up on?

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    Mental Illness Awareness

    Did you know that October 2nd-8th is mental illness awareness week? It’s a week where the importance of mental illnesses and the issues that come along with them are brought to the attention of the world. Let’s face it, everyone suffers from some form of mental health issue whether they show signs, take medications to help, speak of it or not speak of it at all! We need to #EndTheStigma behind mental health and let those suffering know that #ItsOkayToTalk and that there are people out there that care and will gladly take the time to help them however that may be. A shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen or a voice that says; I’m here for you is all it takes sometimes.

    We never know what a person is dealing with silently. Smile at a stranger, say hello, hold the door, wish someone a good day. It’s the small acts that show people with mental health issues that the world does care! Take the time to reach out to someone who looks like they could use an ear to listen. Stand up against stigmatized speech and avoid it yourself. Together we can help end the stigma behind mental health and mental illness! 

    If you or someone that you know are dealing with mental health issues and need someone that you can talk to in confidence we’ve (with the help of Bell) compiled a list of a few sites and phone numbers below that may be helpful:

    • Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868

    • Your Life Counts

    • Your Life Counts Military Directorate

    • Bell Let’s Talk 

    • Mental Health Commission of Canada 

    • Anxiety Panic Support 

    • The Mood Disorders Society of Canada

    • Collateral Damage 1-888-835-9041

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    Pumpkins and Spookiness

    ​Yay, it’s October! One of my (J) favorite times of the year and what a wonderful start we’re having here in Atlantic Canada with a weekend of 18° and 19° Celsius. Let’s hope that it’s warm like this for Halloween. After all, October IS about pumpkins and spookiness and cold weather just dampens that spirit. Plus, the warmer weather makes for great outdoor pumpkin carving!

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    Every year we like to buy hay bales to decorate the yard with gourds and pumpkins placed on top as well as to stick decorations in. When the season is over we spread the hay in our garden and flower beds to help stop weeds from growing through next year and to become compostable material that gives the ground nutrients for our vegetables. Win-win!

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    While these are amazing reasons for loving October, my one true love about this month is Halloween and the creepiness that comes with it. Possibly the candy too, lol.

    Are you a fan of October? If so, what do you like about it?

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    Our Second Summer

    It’s hard to believe that it was the 18th of September today and it felt like it was 24°C here on the East coast of Canada. September is usually our second Summer but it doesn’t normally get as warm as it has been. Not that we’re complaining! According to the weather stations here, we will be experiencing warm weather all the way until the end of October and possibly even part of November. Woot-woot! This is great for our garden which is only starting to bear the majority of it’s fruit (veggies) now and we’re hoping that the longer stretch of warm weather will help bear even more goodies. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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    So far we’ve had a whole bunch of green tomatoes and approximately 5-6 cucumbers that have been harvested along with many sweet green peppers and potatoes. We had two plots grown from seed potatoes and we tried our luck growing some in a bin/tote using potatoes from the store that had started to sprout eyes. We’ve also been fortunate enough to get three or more harvests of chives, green onions (also bought and re-sprouted) and parsley that we dehydrated.

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    Above is just a few of the tomatoes that we picked. There are more that couldn’t fit in the bowl plus many on the plants that will hopefully grow bigger and even turn red! Other than the late bearing fruit/vegetables and the green tomatoes we were surprised at how good our garden grew. Next year is going to be bigger and better. So we have planned.

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    Has your harvesting time ended or have you been lucky enough to have warm temperatures stay later in your area as well? Any tips as to what we should grow next year? Let us know in the comments below.

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    Suicide and Addiction

    *(J) I’m going to go a little out of our norm and extremely out of my comfort zone with this post which might not be so family-friendly. It’s about touchy subjects that some may be offended by. I just wanted to warn people in advance. 

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    There’s a couple of subjects that have been on my mind for many years now. I’ve written post upon post about them but for some reason or another I just couldn’t bring myself to hit that publish button. These issues hit me really hard over the last few days: suicide and addiction. See, I lost a friend to suicide a few days ago due to addiction. Myself and many others knew of his addiction as we were friends and did keep up on social media. Not so often in real life as we did when I lived closer but we kept up nonetheless. In a video that he previously recorded, it was quite obvious that he had lost hope and was desperate for a change, an end. Suicide was unfortunately that end.

    I know that many people in this world look down on others, addicts especially, and I’m sure that some are probably thinking “the world is better off with one less in it”. I’ve heard it all before and it really irks me! Why does it bother me so much? Because I’m a recovered addict who’s also seen the side of death that seems more inviting than the daily hell that an addict goes through. Drugs were a friend to me when the world wasn’t. My life was in turmoil. I had just went through a bad break-up in which I had fathered a son whom I haven’t seen in many years due to his mother constantly relocating. Using kids to make the ex-partner suffer isn’t right. I took it very hard and turned to drugs to cope. I soon became tired of wanting/needing them to feed my happiness and numb the thoughts going through my mind. Detox didn’t help because I would end up back in the same situation with the same people surrounding me. Thus causing me to turn to another addiction to replace the one that I just got away from. It was a vicious cycle and suicide/death seemed like the only way(s) to make it all stop and by the video that I saw, I assume my friend was in that dark place and deep within it. I hit rock bottom many times and many of those times I should have died. I’ve had my stomach pumped and have been strapped to a gurney in the ICU because I attempted suicide and was found by someone, numerous times. I now say & think; thankfully, I had someone or something watching over me because I’m still here! Sadly, this wasn’t the case for my friend and it wasn’t the case for my friend a few years ago who also took his own life. 

    R.I.P. my friends.

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    We as a human race seem to judge others without knowing the battles that they are going through or have gone through that would have put them in the position that they are in. Everyone has skeletons in their closet. Some people are able to deal with them, others aren’t.

    It’s been seven years now that I’ve been clean thanks to the wife. I can’t say that I don’t still have the urges or experience the euphoria that I used to feel when getting high. Certain smells and tastes remind me of the drugs, having to take medicine that involves a needle or having blood drawn still occasionally makes me weak in the knees because it sets off triggers in my brain (being a type 1 diabetic and renal patient doesn’t exactly help). These symptoms haven’t went away in seven years and the thought of death often crosses my mind. This time it’s crossing my mind in a different way. I think of how I’ve lost two friends to suicide because they were no longer able to tame the addict and demons inside them. I think of their families, friends and life partners left behind to deal with the aftermath. I think of how many times that could have been me. And I think about all of the men out there that suffer in silence!

    It’s not easy for me or any man to talk about the way we feel or to admit that sometimes death seems promising. I’m hoping that by sharing my sorrows and my story that I can help someone that’s hurting realize that they aren’t alone and that #ItsOkayToTalk

    If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit: CASP/ACPS for educational information.

    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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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.

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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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    Keeping Summer Stylish with JORD Wood Watches

    Summer has finally arrived and that means: new fashions, stylish looks and the bling to finish those looks off. I’ll be keeping my Summer stylish with JORD Wood Watches this year and with the gorgeous pieces that they make it won’t be hard to be blinging!

    I received the Men’s 94A Dark Sandalwood watch which I personally think is a beautiful piece as are all JORD watches but I’m really taking a liking to the dark color.

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    Some great information about this watch is:
    • scratch resistant mineral glass
    • double locking fold-over clasp
    • displays: hours – minutes – seconds (date)
    • splash proof but should not be submerged

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    This is definitely a conversation piece that I’m happy to sport around! I love that they are hand finished and pretreated which takes time and the watches also come in a gorgeous engraved wooden box. The quality is definitely there.

    For more information about JORD Wood Watches please visit their website HERE.

    Who’d like the chance to win a $75 voucher for JORD Wood Watches? The giveaway can be entered HERE.
    {Bonus: everyone that enters will receive a $20 voucher as well. Excluding the winner of course}.

    *This contest is currently running and ends on Sunday 7/3/2016!

    *NOTE: The $75 voucher will expire on 8/1/2016 and the $20 voucher will expire 11/1/2016.

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    Why Socks Go with Sandals

    Do you ever do things in a different manner than most people? Or dress a certain way than others? I (J) wear socks with my sandals and it’s well known that socks and sandals = a fashion faux pas but there are a few reasons why socks go with sandals for me.

    1. Jeans look perfectly fine with socks and sandals on those cooler Summer nights, plus they keep my feet warm.

    2. Socks keep my hands from becoming clammy as well as my feet from sweating on hot days. Clammy hands and feet when it’s hot is something that seems to run in our family.

    3. Wearing socks with sandals allows me to show off my funky socks that are normally hidden in a pair of shoes. Bonus for me, lol.

    4. I don’t conform to society and this is one way of showing that I’m not concerned with other peoples opinions. I’m being me and many people like who I am!

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