Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic

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via The Community Farm Store Newsletter, Duncan, BC

This will be your new go-to recipe for brussels sprouts. This simple dish will make anyone a brussels-lover – the yummy caramelized goodness makes for one of the best side dishes around!


  • 1 pound brussels sprouts
  • 4 to 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, to coat bottom of pan
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  •  Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Trim bottom of brussels sprouts, and slice each in half top to bottom. Heat oil in cast-iron pan over medium-high heat until it shimmers; put sprouts cut side down in one layer in pan. Add garlic, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook, undisturbed, until sprouts begin to brown on bottom, and transfer to oven. Roast, shaking pan every 5 minutes, until sprouts are quite brown and tender, about 10 to 20 minutes.
  3. Taste, and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Stir in balsamic vinegar, and serve hot or warm.

I am a member and always look forward to receiving the Community Farm Store newsletter in my email. There are always great tips, and information on new products. Learn more about becoming a member of a caring and healthy community. It’s easy to do and you save money too. Check out their website below.

Do you strive to eat and live healthier? This is the store for you. If you live in the Duncan area, or are driving through town, stop off and have a look around.

The Community Farm Store, 2-5380 Trans Canada Highway, 101-330 Duncan Street, Duncan, BC V9L 6W4 Canada

Phone 250-748-6227
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Homelessness in BC: You can see pictures and videos but this was different

homeless lady sleeping on floor of bank in BC
In what seems like a land of plenty, a homeless woman sleeps on the floor of a bank in BC.

A picture may be worth a thousand words but this morning tears filled my eyes and my heart ached deeply for another human being.

It was a beautiful morning, around 5:15 a.m, and we were driving through a downtown Vancouver Island community. It was quiet as most people were still sleeping at home in their warm, cozy beds. As we drove along what my daughter pointed out to me shattered the calm of the morning. I was not prepared to see the body of what looked to be a woman laying on the floor of a bank, curled up facing the wall. It took a few seconds to comprehend what I was seeing, and I can’t describe what I was feeling, but a wave of emotions overwhelmed me and I did my best to keep from crying in front of my daughter.

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Writing Myself a Letter – the BounceBack Program

BounceBackI’ve decided to give the BounceBack program from Canadian Mental Health Association another try.

My first attempt a few years ago was not successful as I just couldn’t get myself to sit down long enough to finish reading a booklet. It’s more of a concentration and comprehension problem than anything. I’ve always had issues with this but it is exaggerated when I am feeling anxious and depressed.

Having received a couple booklets in the mail yesterday I decided today to open the first one. Having the power go out created a great opportunity. What else was I going to do? 🙂

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It’s Been a While

It has been a while since I’ve posted here. Over the past year and a half I have been busy with my education, looking for work, and working on my new blog.

Oh, so many things that I want to write about, it’s just getting it on paper. There is so much going on in the world. I find it overwhelming at times and just want to shut it all off: turn off the TV, leave the social media, and move to a small town away from all the hustle and bustle. That is likely not going to happen any time soon and I am going to try to write more often (and I need to start painting again too).

I am rusty in my writing but I really wanted to start a Frugal Living blog because I like to share information with others, and I’ve been living the life for a long time. My site and blog are a work in progress. Please, leave a comment or a suggestion. Have a great day 🙂

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