Flaky Corned Beef Puffs A Taste Of Home

YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO TO THE UK TO TASTE THE FLAVOURS OF CORNWALL   They say that you haven’t had a proper pasty unless you’ve been to Cornwall, UK. I grew up on Corned beef pasties as we call them in the UK and if you ask anyone they will tell you the history behind pasties and Cornwall, hence the name. Corned beef pasties (Cornish Pasty) were common meals for those who worked in the Cornwall mines because they were considered a meal-in-one. The pasties are short crust pastry stuffed with meat (typically beef) and vegetables, sealed then baked in the oven. My version of the UK Cornish pasties are Corned Beef Puffs which are savoury flaky and sure to fill hungry bellies. Don’t let corned beef in a can (also known as salt beef) scare you away because it’s delicious and certainly a staple in many homes around the world. Another popular recipe you might be familiar with is corned beef and cabbage. My corned beef pastry can be eaten hot or cold which makes them perfect for an on-the-go meal instead of stopping off for fast-food. If you double the recipe you can pack extras in your […]

5 Inexpensive Gadgets All New Parents Should Own : The Saturday Weekend Review #220

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A BABY SHOWER GIFT THESE GOODIES HAVE BEEN THE BEST PARENTING INVESTMENTS YET.   I’m sure many parents reading this can think back to some baby gadgets or products which made their new role as parents a bit easier. Hands up if you’re one of those parents who bought too much useless baby stuff just because you thought you’d need it. Yes, that was us. >>>Both hands in the air. Now that our son is almost 3 years-old (wow where did the time go) Mrs. CBB and I have gone through boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of baby clothes (I know, right?) and piles of stuff we never used. The biggest problem was that we read too much, believed too much and fell into the “new parent syndrome” mode making sure we were fully stocked with what we needed. Related: How having a baby affected our monthly budget I will admit that we have boxes of baby diapers that haven’t been opened yet, clothes that still have the tags and other crazy things that have never come out of the box. We have a formula mixer that we bought just in case our son […]

Poverty Stories: Growing Up Poor Made Me Rich But Not Happy

SOMETIMES WE KEEP LOCKED UP THINGS THAT HURT US THE MOST.   Fan Submission to Poverty Stories My parents married when they were 17 years old back in the early 70’s and lived in a town just outside of Toronto. Shortly after I was born into what was a loving family environment that did what normal families do. This was the happiest and scariest moments for my parents because financially they were just getting started. Luckily both of their parents lived in the same city and they were able to get help from them with babysitting and anything else they needed. Both my parents are the youngest of many siblings who watched their brothers and sisters grow up to become successful in their careers.   Walk down the aisle   Back in the early 60’s and 70’s it wasn’t uncommon to get married before the age of 20 years old so naturally having a baby was the next step. My mother was an accomplished musician among her peers and my father followed his passion as a plumber in the trades. By the time they were in their mid-twenties they were both working steady jobs and life was getting busy. My […]

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12 Must-Try Spring Dinner Party Dishes On A Budget : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3 Apr 17-23

THERE’S AN EASY WAY TO TURN A DINNER PARTY INTO SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL WITHOUT THE SPENDING STRESS.   A Spring dinner party menu is one of my favourite seasons to work with in the kitchen next to summer because of the vast amount of produce available. If you have a green thumb picking herbs and vegetables from your garden also adds to the fun of preparing delicious meals. Whether you are hosting a dinner party for 20 or a small group of people the number one thing you need is a list. The dreaded list BUT trust me when I say putting the list together is the easy part when creating a menu for your guests. If you think you are going to wing it the night before or even a couple of days before you’ll find you spend more money on your dinner party dishes then had you have planned in advance. Why? Because you are rushing to get it done and the last thing on your mind is- Savings. How long should I plan for a dinner party? That depends on how confident you are to complete the process. Planning including Budget Menu Plan and Timing Grocery Shopping Venue- […]

How To Stop Wasting Valuable Time At Garage Sales : The Saturday Weekend Review #219

UNDERSTAND THE BUY AND SELL WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY WHEN SHOPPING FOR DEALS.   Please don’t state the obvious especially if you don’t fancy garage sales because I can already hear responses echoing in my head- “Don’t Go”, “Stay Home” or take a little walk and the urge will go away. I’m afraid you can’t take the frugal out of us especially when we can save big buying used to compensate what we can’t save money on. Having a toddler in tow makes second-hand shopping far more interesting because there will always be something needed. Each year after a season of garage sales which start slowly in the Spring I seem to learn something new about what I like and don’t like about them. Then what do I do? I come and blog about my findings to all of you so you learn from mistakes or like I say, “Money projects”. My money projects are about research, doing things differently, being the bad customer, the good customer etc. In fact I’m probably the buyer I describe as “avoid at all costs” but without personal experience it’s hard to say I know how something is when I haven’t lived it. You can’t […]

How to become Financially Free in a How To World : March Net Worth Update (+1.46%)

HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS…   Remember that movie? Even the relationship industry has poured their hearts out to those in need of motivation for years and making a mint from it. Why? The words How and To can be compared to gold because finding the answers to something you need or want is a relief, a big one. Becoming financially free was something I wanted from a young age even though I was still learning about what the heck it meant. All I knew is that if you needed something you had to have money to pay for it. I knew that you had to work to make money and that it wasn’t always easy to find a job unless you specialized in something that was needed. I ask myself, ‘How to’ do something when I don’t understand what I’m doing and Google it. I did lots of that when I was in University and I still do it today for just about anything I need clarification on. Is it all true what we read online? No, so before you rush out to make millions of dollars from licking envelopes be ready to embrace the good, […]

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How Much Should My Retirement Food Budget Be?

RETIREMENT PLANNING INCLUDES FOOD BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS   The cost of retirement does not come with a free meal pass and for that reason many seniors continue to budget as long as they can. One popular question I get asked on the blog is-How much money is needed for a retirement food budget? Retirement goals+Retirement Health are important financial considerations for the future especially when estimating financial needs. If you are close to retirement I’d say with-in 5-7 years it would be smart to estimate your future costs and whether you will be ready for them financially. Once you have that magic estimated number that you can work with then you will at least have a clearer picture. This will also ease any retirement stress you may be feeling when the time comes to say good-bye to your career and hello to retired life. Obviously monthly net income is factored into the equation as well how much money is left after all the fixed expenses are paid. Your income needs during retirement may decrease however an increase in eating out and travelling may see an increase in your dollar needs. You might find that you won’t need as much money as […]

Easy Multi-Colour Buttercream Frosted Easter Cupcakes

SPLASH YOUR EASTER TABLE WITH A CUPCAKE BOUQUET OF COLOURS.   Knock, Knock Cupcake delivery. Don’t make this be you because your wallet will feel the crunch. Gourmet cupcakes cost a fortune to buy from local bakeries but there’s no need to spend $2-$5 for one cupcake when you can easily make them at home for far less. For you last-minute Easter bakers out there put your apron on and get ready to bake some Easter cupcakes that everyone will think you bought from the local bakery. Easter Baking for toddlers doesn’t get any more colourful then these adorable multi-coloured Easter cupcakes. Mrs. CBB and I wanted to involve our son in baking these Easter cupcakes as a tradition for our family. Fun Easter desserts are also a perfect way to celebrate the beginning of Spring at home, work or for the kiddos. They will add more sweetness to the already chocolate-filled diet that most of us will have for the month of April. I can handle that though and so can our little guy although we have to limit his chocolate intake otherwise he would eat it day and night. Like father like son.   Baking takes creativity, a […]