Hot ‘n’ Spicy Sausage and Bacon Tomato Soup

A BOWL OF SOUP FOR YOU   It’s that time of year again when you start to dream about soup the minute you walk out the door and your skin starts to freeze and you can see your breathe in the air. Here in Manitoba you know when you have arrived in Winnipeg and its rural areas when it snows from October right through until April. There’s no getting around the cold weather so we have to make the best of it. That means I’m in the kitchen working on new recipes for my family while they are out shovelling and making snow angels. This year has been pretty cold with temperatures reaching a cool and steady -31 with the windchill. I think we have had a few days with it being above seasonal then it snowed again and went back to the bone chilling temperatures again. Soup   It’s hard to forget about the cold so the only way to warm up besides turning on the fireplace or raising the indoor heating is me in the kitchen creating a hot soup for these cold winter nights. You can add just about anything to a pot of soup when you […]

Could I live in a 420sq ft Micro-Apartment?- The Saturday Weekend Review #56

LIVING THE HIGH LIFE IN A SMALL SPACE   Living in a small space even if it is a 420 sq micro-apartment that transforms into 8 rooms may be perfect for one person and a nightmare for another. I love reading about small houses/apartments and how these designers go about taking a small space and transforming it into a living space fit for a King or Queen. Ok, maybe I’m going too far with that but let’s be honest when you see the video you will be shocked to see how well the designer Graham Hill also the founder of  treehugger.com puts this space efficient apartment together. He will not disappoint you, especially if you don’t mind sleek spaces that are magically transformed. When faced with a shortage of space these designers have to put their heads together and start thinking outside of the box and to be honest this is when we start to see the real creativity flowing. Not everyone can handle the functionality of a small apartment like the one in the video below (video removed as it was removed from Yahoo) not only because of the sleek modern use of space but because of the effort […]

Would you upgrade your credit card for free?: PF Friday Grab a brew #56

LET THE ANSWER MACHINE GET IT   If you want to upgrade your credit card for free most likely you will do it on your own by contacting credit card companies to see what they are offering. Other times they are contacting you whether over the phone, through email or your post box. I’ve always said there are some great credit cards with perks out there but you need to shop around to find what’s best for you. Like many Canadians we have call display and conveniently with a Rogers TV package perk it also shows up on our television when the phone rings the number that’s dialing in. I’m pretty sure many of you are going to say that you do the same as us and simply say, “let the answer machine get it” especially if you don’t know the number or if it’s that dreaded Air Duct Cleaning company and you have the number burned in your mind because they call so many times. Sure we’ve put our number on the Canada Do Not Call List and it does work for the most part until they decide to switch phone numbers and the calls start all over again. […]

How to handle when your spouse spends too much money

When Money Becomes A Problem   Money can easily become an issue in a marriage when one spouse spends more than the couple earns. Whether the spending habit was there before the union or it occurs as the marriage progresses it must be addressed before it spirals out of control. As I was walking to my car the other day leaving a grocery store my eye caught a woman walking back towards her car. Her husband was waiting at the car as she was throwing her hands up in the air obviously annoyed, as she approached their vehicle. I heard her say ‘I thought we had money on that card’. I am assuming she was unsuccessful paying for their grocery bill which brought up a lot of issues with her spouse. Her husband with an irritated look on his face got out of the car and proceeded to head back into the store with her. Not knowing their story and why the expected funds were not available I can only assume that there was a lack of communication or an oversight with their finances. I don’t know how this story ended as I minded my own business and continued to […]

How to save money whilst doing your hobbies

DO WHAT YOU LOVE AND THE REST WILL COME   We all know how expensive hobbies can be. Shelling out for that new pair of running shoes, or extra flying lessons for those a little more adventurous can leave serious holes in our pockets. The thought of giving it up simply doesn’t cross our mind. In the day-to-day stresses of life hobbies are becoming an important aspect of keeping us fit, healthy and stress free. They offer a relief and change of mind-set from our everyday lives so giving them up due to financial constraints can often leave us feeling down. But, why should you give them up? There are plenty of ways to save money while still continuing to do the things you love and in some cases you can also make a nice profit yourself. Of course people spend vastly different amounts on their hobbies every year. A woman hugely passionate about skiing is almost guaranteed to spend a lot more than a man who enjoys sitting by the fire and playing guitar but whatever your interest you could save yourself a small fortune. Gardening for example is a particular favourite for people across the globe. But even a simple […]

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