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 […]

The Secret Society Of Debt Freedom : The Saturday Weekend Review #217

MONEY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS IS A WAVE FILLED WITH UNCERTAINTY.   There are many secret societies of the world but the only one you should be focused on is that of your debt freedom. Why a secret society? Not many people I know flash around the news that they have achieved debt freedom nor do they explain what it feels like. It’s almost expected that people who have found the key to financial success must share it with the world. That’s fine as long as you’re prepared to deal with the aftermath and there will always be one whether you think so or not. Having money brings peace and an evil all at the same time so choosing your battles wisely is always teeter-totter situation.   Secret society invitation   If you’re waiting for an invitation it will never come especially if pretending to have money is part of the smoke cloud you’ve put on for the real world. There are no awards, no red carpet, bright lights or paparazzi going to be following those who have been inducted into the secret society of debt freedom either. You don’t have to be famous, You don’t have to have a 6-figure […]

Basil Pesto Cheese Biscuits In 25 Minutes

DON’T JUST DREAM ABOUT HAVING HOT BASIL PESTO CHEESE BISCUITS FROM THE OVEN, MAKE THEM RIGHT NOW.   Baking Christmas morning is not out of the question for me especially for these Basil Pesto Cheese Biscuits. I always like to find a balance between sweet and savoury foods to make for holiday celebrations such as Christmas and New Years Eve. This year I’ve decided to add something new to the menu that your guests can enjoy as a snack, for breakfast or used as a dunking vessel. They are also great to GIVE. Related: Cranberry Orange Biscotti Each year I look forward to creating Christmas baskets for the teachers at my children’s school stuffing them with homemade goodies that I work on for months before the holidays. I believe that many people would rather enjoy something to eat than something they will never use. The Christmas baskets this year include perogies, biscotti, chocolate truffles, peppermint melts, canned goods made from my garden and I will be adding my homemade basil pesto cheese biscuits to the basket. The basil pesto cheese biscuit is light and full-flavoured with a crispy cheese topping that pairs well with my sweet and sour red pepper […]

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED THE COMFORTS OF HOME   Roasted Tomato Basil Soup is perfect for the Fall season especially if you had a garden full of tomatoes and too much basil. Nothing quite soothes the soul than a hot bowl of soup especially after the week I had to endure. I made Roasted Tomato Basil Soup because I fell ill which landed me in the hospital with stomach flu. Thankfully I was only in overnight but was told to take it easy, consume plenty of fluids and to rest. As every parent knows “Rest” just doesn’t happen, but I dutifully went to my bed for a day before thinking about getting up. I did take it easy and hubby was in the kitchen cooking and organizing the kids. Luckily, I had some freezer meals already prepped so it was just a case of defrosting and serving up. It doesn’t get any easier than that for my husband. I on the other hand was on liquids only for the first couple of days so that was clear chicken broth, Jello, sweet tea and coffee but with no milk. It really doesn’t help when you smell good food, you are hungry […]

Homemade Garlic Basil Mayonnaise

HOMEMADE MAYO TOPS ALL   I’m a huge fan of mayonnaise and if you’ve ever wondered how to make mayonnaise at home today I’m going to show you just how easy it is. This recipe I came up with last year is a Garlic Basil Mayonnaise. It’s tangy and rich plus you can taste the herbs which is what you want. I like to add it to my favourite salads, sandwiches or use as a dip. Nicola’s Potato Croquettes stuffed with Bacon and Cheese for example would pair well with this Basil Garlic Mayonnaise. You just have to use your imagination because no one likes to eat the same foods all the time. Spices and sauces really make a big difference to the foods we eat. Every year I plant a load of basil in our back garden. I use bucket containers and start them with about 4-6 packets of seeds. I water the pots just about every day and never let them get dry otherwise the basil leaves aren’t as large and full. The 4 to 6 packets amounts to lots and lots of basil and although the first year I wasn’t sure what I was going to do […]

The Saturday Weekly Review #28: Frugal fun in the kitchen with basil

Holy basil this year in our garden, I can hardly see the neighbours property through all the basil that has grown. Not really, (that’s my sad attempt at humour today) but it all brings me joy. Just when you thought you wouldn’t have enough, your seeds start sprouting and you have an abundance of green aromatic beauty before you. That’s how I feel after growing basil this year in the planters that I built with leftover wood from building our deck. Over the years we have grown basil in the ground, in stand up pots but we’ve had much more success in the flat wide pots that we continue to use them year after year. Planting basil is not difficult, but if you want to grow basil you have to start early and get your seeds in the soil so they have ample time to grow over the summer. I spent the morning today making a frugal basil pesto. I call it frugal because it doesn’t contain pine nuts or walnuts both of which cost a fortune but we don’t miss that at all. A small jar of basil pesto like in the photo above can run you about $3.99 at the […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #26- Canada Day around the mulberry tree

A Day To Celebrate Canada  It’s Canada Day on Monday July 1, 2013 which is also a statutory holiday in Canada. We will be celebrating what will be 146 years of beauty in this land we call home on that day. Last year I wrote a blog post about Canada Day where I talked about wanting to explore more of this country but sadly we haven’t had the time. Maybe it’s more about not making the time because we keep letting everything else get in the way. With me finishing up school we thought we could plan a few days away but we’ve only managed to take some day trips to explore surrounding cities. One of my favourite trips so far was a trip to Niagara Falls and Niagara on the lake. There was something familiar about staring down the main drag down-town at Niagara on the Lake that reminded me of the UK. The small shops, narrow streets and flowers in bloom no matter what direction I would look was a bit nostalgic for me. Niagara Falls was, how shall I say, amazing. I know many of you that grew up in Canada may think, ah it’s only Niagara Falls big […]

Mr.CBB’s Tomato Salad With Potato,Green Beans and Chick Peas

Tomato Salad with Potatoes, Green Beans and Chick Peas is perhaps one of our favourite salads in the summer time. We always bring this as a healthy side yet frugal dish to any backyard bbq’s we may go to and it’s a hit. This tomato potato salad is a heart healthy dish and we like to serve it along side a protein such as lamb which we marinate and grill on the bbq. If you don’t already know from my many garden posts we grow an abundance of varieties of tomatoes such as ….. Roma Tomatoes Beefsteak Tomatoes Cherry Tomatoes Plum Tomatoes Grape Tomatoes Originating in South America the tomato often called a “vegetable” is actually a fruit although most consider it a vegetable. There is nothing better than organic tomatoes ripened on the plant for easy summer salads. Tomatoes are also popular in a myriad of other dishes and condiments such as ….. Tomato Soup Sun-Dried Tomatoes Tomato Juice Pasta Sauce Ketchup Salsa Pizza Tomato paste Beverages such as the Bloody Mary Some people even enjoy slicing tomatoes, breading them and frying them in vegetable oil until crispy on the outside. You can top these little treats with fresh […]