Easy Chocolate Pudding

FOR CHOCOLATE LOVERS   We have a play date supper coming up and they’ve requested that I bring my homemade pizza and chocolate pudding. The kids will love my homemade chocolate pudding because of the deep chocolate flavour and silky texture. That’s something you don’t often find in commercial puddings you buy at the grocery store. This time of year chocolate is one product that you will see on all the shelves leading up to Valentine’s Day. In fact you will see chocolate on the shelves for just about any holiday. If you’re smart you will stock up after the holidays so you have a private chocolate stash all year-long. Everyone loves chocolate right? I know I do! (We know Mr.CBB does too!) In our house we love just about any variety of pudding from pudding cake to fruit pudding for a snack or dessert after a nice meal. As a special treat when my children’s friends come over for a visit I like to make them one of their favourites, homemade chocolate pudding. It’s not only easy to make but you will save yourself some money making homemade pudding over buying store-bought. You will always pay for the extras […]

White Chocolate Cherry Muffin

FRESH FRUIT MUFFINS   I’ve never made a white chocolate cherry muffin before but since I had the ingredients on hand I thought I’d get creative with fresh cherries. I am happy I did because they turned out so moist but not sugary like most commercial muffins. I enjoy making white muffins once in a while adding in fresh fruits that I have on hand. One of my favourite white muffins is the blueberry muffin and on occasion I splurge making chocolate chip muffins. Muffins have long since been a favourite as a breakfast muffin or even a snack muffin. I’m pretty sure many of you would rather reach for a muffin over a donut for breakfast but be careful as they are not all created equally in terms of calories and fat content. I find it’s not often though that we see a fresh cherry muffin at the shops and to be honest they should be because they are just as good as any other fruit muffin. A muffin, especially a white muffin is simply cake that you can eat with your hands. So when you think you are eating a healthy muffin just because it has fresh fruit […]

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

FOR THE CHOCOLATE LOVERS   I’m a big fan of truffles and chocolate but when you combine peanut butter with chocolate, even better. When you make this easy 4 ingredient chocolate peanut butter truffle recipe the people who sample these treats will be begging for the recipe. I’ve made truffles for a while now and although they are easy many people tend to shy away from them because the name “truffle” sounds posh and must mean they are difficult to make. Hardly the truth as you will find out today. If you are in a pinch and need an easy treat to bring to a gathering you can whip up some truffles in no time. Even dipping the truffles in chocolate is not that time-consuming. You can use the same chocolate dipping process as Mr.CBB does for his peanut butter balls.   Easy dessert recipes   Most people unless they are passionate about baking don’t want to spend any more time in the kitchen baking than they have to. Creating simple recipes is part of what I do because although I love to bake there are times when simple is best. You will see with this truffle recipe that it’s […]

How to lose your job with one dumb move: The Saturday weekend review #60

HANDS OFF MY CHOCOLATE   Most people don’t know what to do when they lose their job because it’s a stressful time when you get handed that pink slip. What happens though when you lose your job because of one dumb move that you made? I’ve heard of food cravings and obsessions with certain types of beverages such as our caffeine buddies coffee and pop and the occasional pick me up in a can but not like this one. Normally when I read Yahoo stories I’m either laughing, crying, or shaking my head at some of the dumb things people do. In this case I was both laughing and shaking my head. Typically most people take their problems at home to work. They carry the burden of whatever is bothering them everywhere they go and even the best people struggle to hide their emotions. Other people are straight out strange the way they decide to execute an idea like this guy I read about this morning. I’m not sure where his head was at but clearly going to his Human Resources department or management team was not on the top of his list. Most people don’t like to ask for […]

Chocolate Cheesecake Torte

A Sweet Treat To Eat   Now if you are anything like me you adore chocolate, wait no you love the stuff! Earlier this week I decided to create some new recipes to take to our friends Thanksgiving meal. My goal was to make them my guinea pigs for my food including this decadent Chocolate Cheesecake Torte just to get their reactions to my food.- Nicola Hey Fans, it’s Mr.CBB here and do you know what? I love chocolate and if you haven’t noticed by now you will soon learn how important this sweet treat is to me. I am a huge fan of the fudgy brownie and my Pinterest page is littered with brownies and it’s my most popular board. Chocolate is a feel good food for most people and that’s why we crave it and want it when we are feeling up and down emotionally. Chocolate is a way to say I love you for special occasions and is also perfect when eaten all by yourself in a corner indulging in one of the worlds most beautiful sweet. Although Nicola chose to use a Tenderflake pie crust in this recipe because it was a quick pie crust to […]

Mr.CBB’s Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

You heard that right, I put buttermilk in this banana bread and it’s the best banana bread ever and not because I made it, because it’s the truth. I couldn’t stop eating it and it was dessert every night after dinner until it was gone with a hot cup of tea. Making banana bread is something that comes easy for the both of us as we both had mothers who made banana bread recipes growing up. Some people call it a banana loaf others banana bread but it all tastes the same to me. My mother however didn’t add chocolate to her banana loaf so it was a real treat when my wife made her easy banana bread recipe with chocolate chips. My mother would add walnuts for texture which I don’t mind at all. I never did get my mothers secret banana loaf recipe, I only watched her make it. Now that I’ve made it several times on my own I think banana loaf really is a no fail recipe. If you’ve ever wondered how to make banana bread you will learn today how easy it is and wonder what took you so long to make it. Freezing Bananas […]

Mr.CBB’s Chocolate Chewy Big Bites

These chocolate chewy big bites were named thanks to Canadian Budget Binder Facebook Fan Patricia Morell Manuel when I asked the fans to help me name my cookie. I know you probably think by now that I love chocolate and sweets and to some extent you are correct. Although I enjoy my puddings and cakes creating homemade cookies is something I enjoy even more. My wife also has a passion for cookies as we don’t always like to have the same boring chocolate chip cookies. She remembers making cookies with her mother and grandmother when she was a child and that’s what sparked her interest in the kitchen just like my parents did for my siblings and I. She was able to participate in mixing the cookie dough or rolling the dough into balls and of course eating them. I always got caught sneaking bits of chocolate when my mum wasn’t looking. We both believe that memories in the kitchen with children do last a lifetime and that if we have a child one day we will do the same for him/her. For us, there’s nothing more rewarding than grabbing a cup of tea and a couple of delicious chocolate chewy […]

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