27 May 2016

Sour Cream Blueberry Pie Bar Recipe #BornOnTheFarm

by Robin

If you're looking for a crowd-pleasing recipe to share at a BBQ or potluck this summer - stop looking!  You've found it!  We've got you covered with these Sour Cream Blueberry Pie Bars.  They are sweet with a bit of tang and, c'mon -  look at them - they are so pretty!

This recipe is my twelve-year-old daughter's favourite thing to bake.  It's simple and delicious - so really - everything you're looking for in baking.  I'm always trying to aim folks towards recipes like this - that include a generous portion of fruit.  If you're going to eat something delicious, why not get some nutrients in there too?  Blueberries are packed with vitamins and phytochemicals!

But that's not to say there's no decadence to these bars.  This time, we treated ourselves by including Gay Lea’s Gold Premium Sour Cream.  Oh, my - this sour cream is unique!  It's rich and silky- truly decadent. (It's only available in Ontario, so sadly, many of our readers will need to substitute something else.)

Thankfully, this recipe is really adaptable - so don't you non-Ontarians need not worry - we've made it with Gay Lea's Low Fat AND Fat-Free sour creams with still delicious results - and a bit of a calorie and fat savings over the Gold Premium.  (Heck, we've even substituted vanilla yogurt!)

Here's the recipe...

17 May 2016

Mobile Home Makeover Floors Edition - Laminate Getting Laid...

by Robin

This picture doesn't do this Before floor enough injustice.  It looked like a 70's disco queen who spent the next 40 years smoking many packs a day and never wearing sunscreen.  It was tired, wrinkled, yellowed - with just enough gold glitter showing through to make you feel very, very sorry for her.  Her prime was long past.

And then there's THIS before picture.  Three days after owning our vacation mobile home an unsuspecting Ed poked his toe in the soft floor next to the back door. Moments later we tore back the old carpet and pulled up handfuls - handfuls! - of floor. We could see the ground below. We then emptied our savings account into that hole.

Mother's Day weekend I got the gift I really wanted - we installed this floor.  This rustic-looking, hickory-looking laminate was finally covering the hot mess that was the now repaired floor.  I say finally, because we bought this flooring evern before we got the keys to the place!

Mother's Day gift 2016: Child labour - those little hands are great at getting out old carpet staples!

This boy was slick with the crowbar.  I wish I had taken photos of the kiddos using the chop saw - makes this momma proud.  A family that DIY's together stays together? 

There was no less than 6 different types of flooring in this 650 square foot place.  Six!  It made the place seem so much smaller than it needed to.  And aesthetically displeasing.  Plus, each flooring brought it's own signature smell: mouse poop, incontinent dog, forgotten shoe... carpet microcosms are not for those with noses. 

Heart-eye emojii (with a sideways scowl emojii for the old lazy-boys - but their price was right: $0)
Blowing a kiss emojii goes to the Hudson Bay Blanket Inspired knit pillows I made last year.
If you love this floor too, and wonder where we got it - it's this one: 
Home Decorators Collection Amber Hickory Laminate from Home Depot.

It was $1.78 per square foot when we bought it last year.  It has a built in underlay which meant there was no extra cost and it was really simple to install.

Laminate has come such a long way.  I'm glad to live in a world that has laminate this nice and this affordable.  Happy Mother's Day to me!

For more about our Mobile Home Makeover - and the story about why the heck we have one to begin with - Click here.

10 May 2016

Save money on groceries WITHOUT coupons. (Part 3: Choose Your Store Wisely)

by Robin
This is Part 3 in our Save Money on Groceries Without Coupons series.  You can find the other parts here:

This week we're talking about how to choose your store wisely to save big bucks...