5 Things My Grams Taught Me About Gardening

Gardening Tips

When I was a kid, in the 70’s, I never really realized the importance of having a garden.

All I knew was that my Grams grew one, and I had to help her strip the beans of those awful strings, and then snap em into smaller pieces.  ( I didn’t think it would ever end). LOL

Today, I grow my own urban backyard garden, and here’s the 5 things my green thumb Grams taught me.

1. You can grow a garden anywhere!

Gardening isn’t limited to a big yard anymore.  People grow food on their patios, rooftops, apartment banisters, or vertically on walls.  My Grams used flower pots, whiskey barrels, and of course her little patch of land in her front yard.

She also grew grapes on a long, metal fence, and had a couple of cherry trees to boot.  Bottom line is, being creative with what you got, is key.

 

Southern Patio 15.5″ Resin Whiskey Barrel Planter

2. Its hard work, but boy oh boy, the food taste GOOD!

There is nothing better than walking outside your door, and picking the perfect beefsteak tomato, slicing it up, and putting it between two pieces of bread with mayo.

Or, how about picking a couple of cherry tomatoes, and throwing those babies on your freshly made salad, hence, that you grew from the garden too!  It simply taste so GOOD!


3.It’s healthier

If you want control over what’s in your food, then growing your own, is the way to go!  Many people have food intolerances, including me, and I like whole, natural, foods without all the chemicals.  Nuff said.

A Woman’s Garden: Grow Beautiful Plants and Make Useful Things

4. Build your seasonal recipes around your harvest, and then extend it by preserving.

Grams canned, froze, or dehydrated whatever she could get her hands on.  My grandparents ate what was in season, and canned the rest for the winter months.

I have a feeling with the rising costs of produce, that preserving products are going to go sky high, and out of stock.  So, if you’re thinking about the ancient art of preserving, then check out my

Canning Essentials Idea List.

I also HIGHLY recommend that you get this All American Canner.  I have had mine since 2012, and it’s been worth every penny.  It’s a canning machine, that’s solid steel, with excellent results.

All American 921 Canner Pressure Cooker

5. Save money, by stockpiling those gardening goodies

My grandmother grew up in Chicago, Il during the Great Depression, and there were many times that she had to beg for food as a child.  She always told me that she wasn’t too proud to beg, because she was simply hungry.

Fortunately, for all of us, she made it through those difficult times, and learned how grow her own food.

Her canned soups, stews, chili, relishes, and jams were to die for, and oh….how I loved her variety of jams and jellies.

And finally, as you can imagine, it was extremely important to her, to have a stockpile of food on hand in case of an emergency.  It not only gave her a little sense of security, but she loved to tell the stories on her produce savings.  Now you can see where I get it from.

I know that there are a ton of you out there that can relate to these grandparent gardening tips, and I hope it inspires you to take the challenge and grow your own food.  I promise you will get hooked, ecspecially when you know you grew it yourself.  Happy Harvesting All!

 

 

 

Check Out My Cheap, Seasonal, Pillow Covers!

I love walking into the huge home decor stores like @home, Kirklands, and Decor and More, but sometimes their prices can be a bit much.

For instance, the seasonal themed pillows are super cute, but my heart skips a beat when I see how much just one pillow costs.

I just can’t see paying that amount of money for one pillow, plus most people buy at least two, and where the heck would you store all of them?

Well, I got a little video below on how to get a set of 4 cute, seasonal pillows sent straight to your home at a fraction of the price.

Seriously, how cute are these, and the different styles are endless.  Next up will be summer pool vibes, and 4th of July for me!

Here are some links to the pillows I mentioned in my video, and head over to my YouTube channel for more Brandi Talks episodes!

Spring Pillow Covers

Fall Pillow Covers

Buffalo Cream Plaid Pillows


Prime Day Super Picks

 

Prime Day 2021 is finally here, and Holy Moly are things going FAST!

 

These are my suggested super picks that I will continue to share through out this two day event!

 

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Prime Home Deals

 

Instant Pot Duo Plus

 

 

Amazon Devices

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Time To Reflect About My Past Time Christmas Memories

 

What a crazy year we have had, and I don’t know about you, but getting into the Christmas spirit has been hard.

The only joy I seem to find, is reflecting on my past time Christmas memories with my family.

So, I thought I would share what I remember most, and hopefully help you reminiscence about all those great memories and traditions of your own.

 

Cooking with my Grams

Top 3 cookies were:

Candy Cane Cookies

Snowball Cookies shaped into crescent moons.

Christmas Butter Cookie Cutouts

All of these recipes are from the Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book, I have her original book below with all of her beautiful scribbles.  (Perfect gift by the way)

 

And home made Pierogies with potatoes, onions, and cream cheese.  What a mess it was, but Lordy, Lordy, oh so good.

Here’s an authentic recipe from the Polinist, and check out her other Polish dishes, which reminds me of my Grams.

Potato and Cheese Pierogi “Ruskie”

 

 

Out Door Decor

 

You knew that Christmas had begun when my Grams put up the big, lighted Santa face on the outside of her home.  Check out this one below.

 

 

She also lined her kitchen window bright, beautiful, colored Christmas bulbs, like the ones below!

 

 

The Gaudy, Beautiful, Christmas Tree

 

For goodness sakes, back then you had a big Christmas tree, with big lights, regular ball ornaments, candy canes, garland or tinsel.

It wasn’t a designer tree, because it was meant for the family of all ages to put up together.

It didn’t have to be perfect and that’s what made it beautiful.

Here’s my tree from 2002, I’m still trying to figure out why I put the tree up on that side of the room.  LOL

 

 

 

 

The Plaid Christmas Pant Suit

 

I wish that I had a picture of my Gram’s polyester plaid Christmas pant suit.

As I grew older I realized how ugly that pant suit was, but I would trade anything to have it now.

I’m almost tempted to wear this Christmas plaid dress just to tribute to the polyester suit.  LOL

 

 

The Big Present

Of all the presents, the BIG ONE was this

1975 Ideal Baby Dreams Velvet Skin Doll.

Believe it or not, but my mom still has this doll wrapped up somewhere in her house.

Here’s one I found on eBay, the price is crazy, buy hey that velvet face was so cool, and she’s still perfect.

 

 

I hope that you could relate to some of these family traditions.

I was born in the late 60’s, and of course times have changed, but creating family memories are more important than ever.

I hope you all have a safe and Happy holiday season, and thank you for stopping by.

 

 

Happy New Year Super Savers!

 

Happy New Year Everyone!  Can you believe that it’s 2020?

Heck, I remember the year 1999, and yes, I partied to that song by Prince.  (Look it up if you don’t know it)

So, what’s your goals this year, I thought that I would share some of mine.  So read on below:

Going On A Cruise

 

It’s official, I’m going on another Carnival cruise this April to the Bahamas!  It’s my 2nd cruise, and I can’t

wait to experience this once again.

The food, atmosphere, and Carnival employees from the last one was awesome.  In fact, we still keep in

touch with our steward.

Cruise

Getting Healthier

 

I know, we all say this every year, but I’m 51 years old, and it’s must for me.

Whether it’s getting new fitness equipment, gym shoes, or healthy life style products, I’m in and always

willing to share my opinions.

My favorite recumbent bike that I own and share with everyone is below.

 

Sharing Ways To Save

 

When I started this blog, it was out of necessity that I started to share ways to save with others who were

struggling financially.

I still try my best to share relevant, fun, and yes techie ways to save.

We have come along way with online shopping desktop and mobile cash back apps such as:

Ibotta

Rakuten

Fetch Rewards

Top Cash Back

 

This is a screenshot of my Ibotta account, and I welcome you to join my team and start getting some cash back too!

 

 

 

I also believe in DIY projects, such as gardening, home improvement, crafting and more and would love for you to join me
on Pinterest, just click here: SuperGirlSavings On Pinterest

 

Connecting With All Of You

 

More than anything, I want to connect with all of you.  We all have ways to save, and the more we share the more we get
ahead.
Please feel free to contact me, or connect with me on any of my social media channels.  Upper right of page!!

 

(I love pictures, so let me know if you have any on (Instagram).
I hope that your 2020 year is filled with peace, joy, success, and of course savings!
Much Love,
Brandi

 

 

 

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