Spend Less, Eat Better!

We are not alone. At the University of Guelph, assistant professor Kate Parizeau was part of a research team that conducted an audit of residential food waste in the summer of 2014. They cracked open green bins to uncover the rotten truth about how much food is being tossed: The average family generated 4.5 kg of food waste every week. Of that, roughly 2.3 kg were avoidable, while another 0.5 kg were considered to be possibly avoidable. “We were picking up green bins that had been outside for between one and seven days and some of the food still looked pretty edible,” she says.

What’s equally shocking is the cost. According to research by Ralph Martin, the Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production at the University of Guelph, that 4.5 kg of food is equal to about $28 every week or $1,465 a year. Given the average Canadian family of four spends roughly $140 a week on food that means about 20% of our grocery bills end up in the bin. It’s as much as many families spend annually on gas. “People are buying too much and not portioning well,” says Parizeau. “It adds up.”

Read more online on GREAT tips to spend less and eat better: http://www.moneysense.ca/spend/shopping/how-to-save-money-on-groceries/

8 Easy Pumpkin Centerpieces to Complete Your Fall Table

What You’ll Need:

3 Pumpkins (or however many you want on the table)

White, brown, black, and yellow felt (plus any other colors you want to use for the eyes)

Yellow pipe cleaners

Magna-Tac glue




1. Cut out various-sized circles of the white, black, and brown felt pieces to create the "eyes." Cut out a triangle shape from the yellow felt for the beak. Glue all of the pieces to the pumpkin.

2. Use yellow pipe cleaners to create "feet." Glue and tape to the bottom front of the pumpkin.

Photograph and content source: http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/thanksgiving/pumpkin-centerpieces?iid=feat-story-1