Unreal Creamy Avocado Chocolate Pudding

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NO ONE WILL KNOW THAT YOUR SECRET INGREDIENT IN THIS AMAZINGLY SIMPLE DESSERT IS A HEALTHY AVOCADO!   Who knew that you could make desserts with avocado and the best part is no one will know your secret unless you tell them. I could be here all day naming the types of sweet treats that include avocado but one of our favourites is this creamy avocado chocolate pudding that will wow just about anyone who eats it. Avocados are showing up in all kinds of dessert recipes from chocolate avocado brownies avocado smoothies avocado mousse avocado cookies and cakes I created this easy chocolate pudding recipe for my wife since she is on a high-fat low-carb diet and occasionally likes something sweet to indulge in. We had a slightly sweeter version of an avocado chocolate pudding at a dinner party we attended at our neighbours house a few years back. We were in awe that the entire pudding was made from avocado! Shocked doesn’t begin to describe our reaction as it tastes exactly like regular chocolate pudding. What I like about this avocado chocolate pudding is that you can whip it up while your guests are having a chat or […]

How To Make Easy Money When You’re Broke : The Saturday Weekend Review #180

HOW TO MAKE EASY MONEY

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR FINANCES IS TO NEVER GIVE UP TRYING.   Over the last 6 months I’ve read article after article about increases in household expenses with Ontario Hydro in the spotlight. I’ve had a few fans contact me with questions about using our budget who then confide in me that they can’t keep up with rising costs and they don’t know what to do. It’s always hard for me to read personal stories because I wish I could take the financial stress away that people are feeling which is why I started this blog in the first place. Not everyone is struggling because they spend too much or have piles of consumer debt either. Sometimes financial struggles are beyond our control so we have to find other ways to make ends meet. If you’re not earning or saving enough money there are options for you to help keep you on your feet. Falling on hard times is a wide-spread problem for some people who end up moving to a smaller city with cheaper rent or renting a room instead of an apartment or condo. If you are a homeowner struggling to pay the […]

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Summer Drinks Your Party Budget Can Handle : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 July 4-10

PARTY SUMMER DRINKS BUDGET FRIENDLY

LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED…WHAT CAN I GET YOU TO DRINK?   Whether you’re hosting a summer cocktail party or frugal back-yard grill-fest you’ll want to make sure that your beverage center is fully stocked with some of the best summer drinks for your guests. There are also plenty of ways to add a splash of colour to your summer drinks with or without alcohol. Today I want to talk about alcohol-free drinks, mixed drinks, frozen drinks, fresh fruit drinks, summer drinks for kids and new summer drinks that are all budget-friendly. I went on a Pinterest hunt for some of the best summer drinks recipes I could find that were budget-friendly and easy to make. Can your budget handle summer drinks? If you’re not sure if you can afford to have a summer party but really want one maybe it’s best if you plan by knowing your party budget, writing down everything you’d like to have at your party and save up for it first. This way it takes financial stress off your shoulders rather than trying to fit it into your monthly budget schedule as an unplanned expense. Related: How to host a frugal back-yard BBQ Summer drinks […]

Magically Moist Apple Cake with Butter Rum Raisin Glaze

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GET READY TO BRING THIS MAGICAL APPLE CAKE RECIPE TO LIFE IN YOUR KITCHEN   Move over every apple cake recipe you’ve ever made because there’s a new apple cake in town and it’s bringing along that magically moist bite that all cakes should boast about. This is a simple apple cake that is unbelievably moist because I combined two everyday pantry ingredients that seem to marry well together, organic coconut oil and homemade applesauce. The best part about this recipe is that it bakes a thick apple cake and six large muffins in one batch which is perfect for those of you on the go or for the kids. If you’re looking for a dessert to bring to a back-yard summer party this is a wonderful treat because you won’t have to worry about the frosting melting under the sun. Related: Homemade Cherry Rhubarb Apple Sauce I personally enjoyed the muffins at work for breakfast or a snack when I didn’t have time to prepare something at home because I was running late. Even our son who is particular about the muffins he eats devoured this apple cake and asked for seconds using baby sign language that we taught […]

When You’d Rather Be A Redneck Than a Rich Girl : The Saturday Weekend Review #179

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  Just because you call yourself a redneck doesn’t mean you are a funny talking, uneducated, financially unstable hick who only thrives in the country-side. Being a redneck means you don’t give a rats about high society or being part of what some would consider a life draped in gold without the essence of understanding the true meaning of the words, living the dream. So often I see status updates on social media alongside a photo that says, “Living the Dream” and honestly there are times where I’ve wondered where in the photo that dream was. It occurred to me that what someone else finds motivating, entertaining, peaceful and rich is not how others view it. However, when we compare people who have money society believes they are in fact the lucky one’s who are living the dream, whatever that is. It all boils down to the ability to have “stuff” and potentially less financial stress. Not all rich people have vanished money concerns either because as their estates, adventures and toys grow so does debt and bills. While enjoying the Canada Day festivities yesterday we went to our friend’s house for some backyard fun in the kiddie pool, cold […]

How To Boost Your Financial Situation When You Can’t Afford To Pay Rent

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THE CHOICES WE MAKE WITH OUR MONEY AFFECT EVERYDAY LIVING   Not everyone who struggles to pay rent wants to up and move but for many it’s a reality that they must face because they wrangle month after month with financial insecurities. The biggest issue facing many Canadians right now is that rent in most cities keeps going up along with the cost of living and minimum wage has not kept up with inflation. About one-quarter (3.3 million) of all Canadian households are precariously housed, living in housing that is unaffordable, over-crowded, below standard, or a combination of all three. Poverty in Canada is high with many Canadians struggling to make ends meet even if they are those friends, family and neighbours with the big house and fancy cars. You’d be surprised how many rich-like people are actually house poor. There’s a reason spending only 30% of your gross income on housing is imperative because if you go over you face declines in other areas of your budget such as food, transportation, clothing and other necessities. There are 35,000 Canadians are homeless on any given night. Over 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness every year with 5000 being unsheltered, 180,000 staying in […]

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Picnic Food Ideas For A Frugal Summer Of Good Eats : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #5 June 27-July 3

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ENJOY YOUR FAVOURITE HOMEMADE SUMMER DISHES OUTSIDE   In the heat of summer if you spot a picnic area you’ll likely uncover a trendy food truck with delicious and unique foods that are hard to resist even if the costs are more than you budgeted for. Grocery shopping hungry can be costly and so can having fun on the beach, camping or visiting various summer attractions without any picnic food. Fresh smells of summer foods are everywhere so you either pay for your meals on the go or save money and pack simple picnic food to get you by for the day. Although I’m a fan of food truck creations some of the best picnic food dishes will be homemade and fit nicely into your grocery budget. The purpose of picnic food and enjoying a day away from home is to bring the indoors out and have fun under the sun. You don’t have to bring big pots and burners to make pasta, lobster and other posh foods. Picnic food should be simple and delicious comfort food. If I asked you what your favourite picnic food was I’m sure chicken recipes for picnics such as chicken salad, fried chicken, chicken […]

Caprese Salad Party Dish With A Twist

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EXPERIENCE THE FRESH FLAVOURS OF SUMMER IN EACH BITE   Hard-core tomato lovers will eat caprese salad for breakfast especially if they can walk out to their back garden to pick all the fresh ingredients that go into making this traditional Italian dish. What is caprese salad? The caprese salad is simple to make and was created to resemble the Italian flag, red, white and green and served as an antipasto to start a meal. You can find caprese salad on restaurant menus and pre-made at the grocery store but the best caprese salad is one that you make at home in your kitchen with the freshest of ingredients. Related: What to do when you have too much basil? A typical caprese salad recipe consists of fresh juicy organic tomatoes cut into thin slices, fresh buffalo mozzarella, tonnes of fresh basil and extra-virgin olive oil. Non-traditional caprese salad also called insalata caprese is drizzled with a balsamic reduction or a fresh lemon vinaigrette seasoned with salt and pepper. You can also add lettuce, garlic, parsley and other fresh herbs to create different variations of the caprese salad which we are doing today. Related: Caprese Salad with Balsamic Honey Reduction Let […]

How I Made My Move To Canada From The UK : The Saturday Weekend Review #178

HOW I MADE MY MOVE TO CANADA FROM THE UK

  THE BEST MOVE I EVER MADE WAS TO MY NEW HOME IN CANADA.   Living in Canada was never on my bucket list until I met the love of my life ten years ago while on vacation. Once I made my move to Canada I never looked back and still haven’t been back to the UK only because starting a new life in Canada has been hectic for the wife and I. Our years have been so busy for us in Canada that it’s taken me this long to get on my feet financially and in a career that I love after going back to school for a second time. Since coming to Canada and going back to school, starting a new career and having a baby we’ve also paid off our mortgage and are debt free. Life is good and we are thankful for everything. We do have plans to head back to the UK for a visit in 2017 but for now we will continue to live the Canadian dream or at least, our dream. As the stock markets tumble after the shock of the UK Referendum (Brexit) where voting determined that the UK was pulling out […]

How To Spot A Money Smart Woman

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FINANCIALLY SMART WOMEN FINISH RICH AND IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT MONEY   We can add the value “financially stable” or money smart to the list of traits that men are looking for in a woman while in the midst of romancing a relationship. In the past I’ve blogged about finding a frugal man but today I want to focus on men finding a woman who is of the same financial mindset. It may seem like the bottom of the barrel for most of you but for those men who value money the last thing they want is a partner to blow it all away. This is where it’s important to be compatible in terms of wants, needs and desires and why it’s so important to communicate. It doesn’t matter if you are a stay at home mom, stay at home wife or a career woman the money becomes one when you tie the knot. This is why some men are cautious about who they choose to date and for good reason. If a man finds his woman is spending too much money leaving them stuck to pay the bills or unable to save for retirement or to do things with […]