How To Change Christmas Traditions You Can’t Afford : The Saturday Weekend Review #202

LET GO OF THE OLD AND BRING IN THE NEW BY ACCEPTING CHANGE AND CREATING NEW HOLIDAY MEMORIES.   Christmas around the world is different for everyone and there are no set rules to say how much to spend on festivities. Many people like to keep Christmas traditions going once they’ve moved out, gotten married or have children but can’t afford it. These parents want their children to experience the same traditions as they did however if money is tight things may have to change. According to Mrs.CBB when she was younger it was difficult to see under the Christmas tree for all the gifts that were stacked around it. Christmas traditions in their house began with a huge holiday morning breakfast and hours of gift-giving and receiving followed by plenty of wrapping paper clean-up. It was fun times she says and lots of memories were made but Christmas Traditions like that are hard to hang on to once you have a family of your own. Where you may run into problems is when some of the family members agree to change and others are not so happy about it. At the time there were no set financial limits when […]

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Top 5 Christmas Cookies For The Budget Baker : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Nov 29-Dec 4

Christmas Cookies Without The High Costs Start Now In Your Kitchen.   This time of year budget bakers are on the hunt for Christmas baking ideas that won’t cost them a fortune. Just because you have a tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy home-baked Christmas cookies. You don’t need to be a baker to make simple Christmas cookies that you can bring to a holiday cookie-exchange or to wrap up as gifts for friends and family. I’m betting if we did a count of hands here that most of us would love to receive homemade Christmas cookies over a boring gift that doesn’t suit them. Everyone loves Christmas cookies! Related: Holiday Baking On A Budget Some of the best Christmas cookies that I’ve ever had before came from our family kitchen and those of our relatives. I must admit my wife’s family is quite amazing when it comes to baking and the holidays. There is never a holiday that we don’t show up at the in-laws house without our Christmas cookies. My mother-in-law has a huge spread on the dining room table and her side table full of Christmas cookies, Christmas cakes, Panetone, Chocolates of all descriptions. Turtles comes […]

No-Bake Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Squares (Low-Carb)

A SUGAR-FREE DESSERT RECIPE FOR ALL OCCASIONS   Not everyone can enjoy sugar-laced treats especially when there is a holiday such as a Birthday, Christmas, Easter and even Valentine’s Day. There are however some amazing sugar-free peanut butter squares that I want to share with you today that I adapted from a recipe I found online. My wife no longer consumes sugar and with Valentine’s Day coming up I wanted to surprise her with something sweet that I knew she would love. She’s a peanut butter enthusiast even though I’m not the biggest fan I must say that these sugar-free peanut butter squares are pretty amazing. It’s important that you buy unsweetened, no-salt peanut butter for the recipe. Peanut butter traditionally has quite a bit of sugar so make sure you read the labels carefully. How much sugar is in peanut butter? Even though your sugar-free peanut butter is only crushed nuts you will still have 1 gram of natural sugar per tablespoon (15g) and 3 grams of carbohydrate. If you can buy organic peanut butter that is unsweetened and just crushed peanuts…even better. You’ll pay around $5-6 a jar. The coconut oil we use is Grace premium virgin coconut […]

Tis The Season For Giving : Merry Christmas Wishes To All

SPREAD CHEER EVERYDAY OF THE YEAR   It’s Christmas Eve as I write this and apart from variety stores and a couple of gas stations everyone else is closed as loved ones gather to begin the Christmas festivities. Laid out on the dining room table are all sorts of Christmas treats, vegetables and dips, cheese balls and lots of fruits for the evening affair of spending time with the family. After some eating it was time to get out of the house to spread some Christmas cheer. No, I don’t mean by caroling although my wife is that woman who loves to sing and isn’t shy to go door to door. I on the other hand am not a singer, at all. The city was a ghost town as we went looking for Tim Horton’s coffee only to realize of course they are closed. I guess the only thing giving to us would be the kettle so back home we went after a quick drive around to see some Christmas lights. Although almost all shops are closed there are people out there that have to work, police, hospital and healthcare staff, paramedics, fire fighters and so on. Big thanks to […]

Fondant Fancies- Iced Sponge Cakes

  FANCY UP ANY HOLIDAY OR SPECIAL OCCASION   This year for Christmas and New Years I wanted to make a few fancier smaller cakes so I decided to make Fondant Fancies. Fondant Fancies are individual sponge cakes also known as French Fancies back in the UK and Ireland where they were introduced in 1967 under the name Mr. Kipling. Mr Kipling is a brand of cakes, pies and baked goods marketed in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was introduced in May 1967 (at a time when cakes were more often bought from local bakers), to sell cakes of a local baker’s standard to supermarkets, and grew to become the United Kingdom’s largest cake manufacturer by 1976- WIkipedia Related: Nicola’s Cinnamon Meringue Petit Fours These fondant fancies are small bite size sponge cakes that have marzipan on the top then covered in fondant icing. You can also drizzle icing designs on top of your fondant fancies to help distinguish what type of cake it is or what is inside the layered sponge cake. The great thing about the Fondant Fancies are that they are bite-size and you can be as creative as you’d like with them for any occasion. […]