Toad-In-The-Hole Mr.CBB Style

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No There Are No Toads In This Dish

Growing up in the UK my mum would make toad in the hole pretty much any day of the week. It’s a simple frugal dish that anyone can make in a flash. If you like Yorkshire pudding with your roast dinner you will love toad in the hole. Basically the bangers (sausages) are supposed to be the toads poking out the Yorkshire pudding when cooked. When you make the toad in a hole it all happens pretty fast but that is because you need the oil in casserole dish to be super hot just like when you make Yorkshire pudding.

Perfect toad in the hole recipe

I remember my mum always telling us to stay out of the kitchen when she made toad in the hole only because she was worried about the hot oil but on occasion she let me watch and that’s how I learned to make it. I don’t get all fancy with the batter but if you like you can add fresh herbs such as chives or basil to give the dish that onion flavour. You will find many toad in the hole recipes on the internet and some with different ingredient variations and flavours.

I like my toad in the hole batter to be well cooked and then drenched in a gravy and many people use the dripping from frying the pork sausages in the frying pan to cook up some onions and make a nice onion gravy which is delicious. When you make the toad in the hole batter mix make sure to make it nice and smooth with no lumps. You must make sure that once you pour the batter over top the bangers that you aren’t opening the oven. Just have patience and watch from the window to make sure your batter puffs up and turns a golden brown colour.

This recipe I used Bisto gravy because that is what I had on hand and my mum sent it to me from the UK along with some Twiglets for my wife who has a hankering for them every now and again. I do make my own homemade gravy as well but not every dish I create has drippings for me to do so and that’s where my Bisto comes in handy.

The fluffy batter will sink once you cut it but when you pour the silky gravy over top it just soaks all those flavours up and it melts in your mouth. You can serve this dish with mashed potatoes or oven roasted potatoes. My mum would also make peas, cabbage or carrots to go alongside the dish although I fancy mashed potatoes the most with peas.

I asked Nicola what her memory of Toad in a hole was for her back home in the UK and this is what she had to say… (Nicola is my food blogger who occasionally shares her amazing recipes with all of us here at Canadian Budget Binder).

Yes I make it here my hubby loves toad in the hole as do the kiddos.  In Yorkshire (known for the Yorkshire puddings none the less) they have the same mixture but sweet served with cream or apple sauce. I always remember dad and my mum making toad in the hole.  We got to eat in front of the TV on a Friday night sitting watching retro stuff Tarzan and Harold Lloyd!

So, there you have it folks an easy recipe for any night of the week so don’t be afraid to make the toad in a hole because Im pretty sure it will be a hit with your family. This recipe will give you at least 4 servings unless you are a growing boy like me who can eat at least 3 sausages on his own. You can easily just double the recipe to make more and use a bigger casserole dish or just jam all the sausages together like a happy family.

Toad In The Hole Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Time:  Cook 10-15 minutes on 425 degrees until golden brown

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 4 pork sausages
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup of fresh chives minced (optional)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

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Preparation

  • Take your casserole dish or baking pan and coat it with the extra virgin olive oil so nothing sticks
  • Place it in your pre-heated oven of 425 degrees to get the pan or dish very hot on the top rack but putting a baking sheet on the second rack in case oil spats below.
  • Once the pan is hot start cooking your sausages until they are golden brown in a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • While your sausages are browning put your flour, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl and make a well in the middle. Add your 4 large eggs, salt. pepper, melted butter and milk and mix together until smooth and set aside
  • Once the casserole or pan in the oven is hot and your sausages are cooked add the sausages to the pan with all the drippings, then pour the batter over the top
  • Bake until golden brown about 10-15 minute-s Do not open your oven door during this time or risk your dish sinking. Just watch it carefully from outside the oven window.

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Once cooked serve right away topped with homemade gravy (or Bisto) and served with mashed potatoes and vegetables for a full meal or on its own. This is a very classic British dish that many people may have heard of yet not tried. If you fancy sausages you will have to try toad-in-a-hole and heck, it will make a great conversation for any dinner party. Now that you have this traditional recipe be on the lookout for another tradition but this time a sweet one called spotted dick.

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An organized kitchen: My time, my money, my happiness

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By: Katrina

A Kitchen Is A Time And Money Saving Tool

Having an organized kitchen is a great way to spark enthusiasm to cook in the kitchen but also to create meals that you might not have done if your kitchen was upside down, like mine used to be. In my last post ‘Happiness is everything;  Saving Money, Buying Time’ I talked about my quest to de-clutter my kitchen to spend less time trying to keep it clean and organized so I can spend more quality time with my kids.

A bigger kitchen

Many times over the last 5 years I wished I had a bigger kitchen, nothing glamorous mainly just a little more counter space. I shared the post with a few of my friends, one being my awesome neighbour. She shared some of her time and kitchen organizing tips with me and we spent a couple of hours tearing my kitchen apart and now I have an organized kitchen. Having an outside point of view really made me realize I don’t need a bigger kitchen, I need to make better use of the space I have and just have less stuff!

Make your kitchen make sense

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Step back and take a good look at your kitchen, what could easily you change that would make your time in the kitchen more manageable.

I want counter space! I have a pull out cutting board that I have never really used, why? Because my microwave was sitting on the counter directly above where it pulls out, leaving little room to have any items for the food I’m preparing  on the counter. We moved the microwave to the corner , now not only do I have more counter space,

I will actually use the cutting board. Something as simple as this has made my kitchen a lot more functional. The top of my microwave has always been a magnet for clutter, to prevent this from now on my $20.00 radio sits on top, also opening up some more space on the counter.

Avoid working around things you don’t need

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 I simply had more kitchen gadgets, pots and pans than I ever used or would likely use. Why on earth did I have 5 baking dishes? Ah yes, wedding presents, all were appreciated but I really don’t need 5.  3 pyrex baking dishes were donated to the Salvation Army this week as the 2 other ceramic baking dishes will do me just fine (and easier to clean J).

Do all of your storage, sandwich and snack containers have lids and do you know where they all are? I have drastically reduced the number of plastics on hand by pairing up lids with containers and getting rid of the unpaired ones. I am also storing them with the lids on so I have don’t have to spend time looking for a lid when needed. I am also hoping to give containers  a longer life in our house before the inevitable separation from their lids while saving space and money.

Container storage and labelling

Pantry

Meal planning and preparing a grocery list are two useful tools when living on a budget. Maintaining certain items in your pantry is an essential part of sticking to your grocery budget. Store goods such as cereal, flour and sugar in containers and throw a label on it. I also have one snack container for the kids snacks such as granola bars and fruit cups.

Not only is it easier to organize containers but also helps to keep an inventory of what you have.  It will ensure that your grocery budget dollars are being spent on things you need. Containers and labels can save you time making your grocery list when you can just open the cupboard and easily see everything you have.  When the kids snack container is getting empty I need to buy more snacks!

Clutter is stressful and we all just want to be happy right?

Though these tips may seem like common sense, when things pile up and work gets away on you not knowing where to start to catch up is a common problem. This problem for some people is big enough that they just keep working around these items day after day while they continue to pile up.

If clutter is making you unhappy, taking the time to just do it and get rid of it will pay off in the long run. Some simple changes can make a big difference. No need asking yourself how to organize kitchen cabinets, just keep it simple and get rid of what you don’t need or what is out of date.

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Keep spices simple

How to organize your spices?

It’s simple and if you take just a few moments you can turn your crazy spice cabinet into a space that you will crave using when cooking gourmet meals for dinner. While rummaging through my spice cupboard to find that one spice I need, having to look through multiple shelves, one that I am too short to reach without a stool, dropping a bottle here and there happened too often. Now instead I am using the bottom shelf for my larger containers and having everything else in baskets on the other two shelves making finding that spice a lot less work and I can reach the basket without a stool.

Other organizational ideas

  • Pictures and magnets all over your fridge can make things feel cluttered. Use the sides of your fridge so you don’t always have to see them.
  • Keep things you use regularly on shelves and cupboards that are at eye level or within reach. Store items only used on occasion higher up and away from things you use most often.
  • Reduce the number of dishes you use, keep enough for one setting for each person in your household and put the others up high. You will have to wash after every meal but you won’t have dishes piling up and washing them should only take a few minutes.

I want to maximize the happy moments and eliminate the stress in my life. I have enjoyed spending less time in my kitchen these last few days  but even more enjoying the time I have spent in my new organized kitchen. How happy I feel having this task done is keeping me motivated to keep my kitchen organized and to de-clutter the rest of my house.  

How could your kitchen be a time and money-saving tool?

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Katrina is regular contributor for Canadian Budget Binder and is as passionate about personal finance as she is gardening. Katrina is a horticulture graduate with over 10 years experience with landscaping and greenhouse production.

Her goal is to share her knowledge and experiences blogging about gardening and her continued passion for personal finance in hopes of motivating others. While being a single mom of two and an in-store marketing representative  for major retail shops she also runs her own Landscaping Services in Southwestern Ontario.

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Creamy Blueberry ricotta cheesecake

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Quick And Easy Cheesecake With Pizzazz

Blueberries are out in full swing for the season so I just had to create another blueberry recipe this week for all of you, and me (I’m the only one who eats these treats). Last week I brought you the blueberry fluff cake and today I have a light blueberry ricotta cheesecake. The blueberry compote (topping) slathered on top was a simple creation that lends the sweetness this cheesecake needs if you fancy a bit of sugar in the bite. The cheesecake itself is not too sweet as I don’t add lots of sugar but the blueberry topping lends that little bit of sweetness that you crave.

I was puttering around doing a refrigerator clean-out when I noticed I had 2 1lb tubs of ricotta cheese in the refrigerator that needed using up and a container of cream cheese that we took from the freezer to use up. I decided that with the blueberries I had in the freezer I would see what masterpiece I could create in the kitchen.

Cheesecake cost

Cheesecake is not cheap to buy and although this may seem costly it is a fraction of the price of what you would pay to buy a whole cheesecake from a bakery. The ricotta for this recipe was on sale for me at 50% off with a pink sticker so the overall cost to me was small. Ricotta may run you $4.00 a lb and cream cheese when on sale $1.99. The blueberries I would only suggest using them in season as they are very costly throughout the year. If you have a freezer and can pick them up at a good deal and freeze them for use during the year, even better.

I’ve made many cheesecakes before and although this doesn’t taste as sickly as a regular cream cheese cheesecake you might appreciate the smoothness of the cheese texture in your mouth. I really enjoy a traditional cherry cheesecake with the Graham cracker bottom but sometimes I enjoy something less sweet and not as heavy like this cheesecake recipe.

If you are looking for a super easy cheesecake recipe for blueberries this is the one. This cheesecake recipe was mixed up and ready for the oven in less than 10 minutes. Mind you, I always have all my ingredients measured and ready to go so I leave no room for error also.

Blueberry cheesecake bars

If you want to switch this recipe up you could easily make blueberry cheesecake bars and cut them into squares. It would be a perfect way to end a meal or have as a snack. Sometimes I often play around with different baking pans just to see how far I can push my recipes and to what level I can take them.

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Blueberry Ricotta Cheesecake

Yield: 12 slices

Time: Prep 20 Oven 1 hour 350 degrees 

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 container of cream cheese (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon lime rind and the juice of the lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups blueberries (I used frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup flour for blueberries to dust

Blueberry Ricotta Cheesecake

Preparation

  • In your mixer add your drained ricotta and cream cheese and blend together with the sugar
  • Add in the lime juice, lime rind, orange rind and vanilla and mix until combined and smooth
  • Add your eggs one by one as the mixer is mixing until combined
  • Add 2 tablespoons of flour and mix
  • Fold in the blueberries that you have dusted with flour
  • Pour into a sprayed spring form pan
  • Put in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for one hour or until the top is golden and a toothpick comes out clean
  • Let it rest for an hour, remove spring form and serve with the fresh blueberry compote recipe.

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Blueberry Topping

  • 2 cups of frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar

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Preparation

  • Dust your blueberries in the flour so they are coated
  • Add all ingredients to a small pot and put on medium heat
  • Stir occasionally as the juices from the berries are released
  • Once the mixture thickens taste for sweetness and serve hot or cold

It’s not every day that I have the desire to make a cheesecake but this week was a special week and I wanted to make something special for the people I love. I will be sharing this with those people today and I hope you will be able to make this blueberry cheesecake for your friends, family and loved ones because there is nothing more special then when it’s made with your own two hands.

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Men who cook: Do women find them sexy?

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Cooking Is Not Just For Women

Not all men like to talk sex, politics and sports some men love to cook, including myself. I have yet to set the kitchen on fire (hopefully I never do) but I’m quite confident I won’t overflow the kitchen sink like my wife while cooking dinner.

Being able to cook is a skill that is part of life and one that we should all know how to do. We don’t need to be chefs but we should understand the basics so we don’t have to spend money on take-out or rely on others to cook for us. The grocery stores thrive on those who come in and buy their convenience hot and ready to go dinners because they don’t want or know how to cook.

The movie “Failure to Launch” ( my wife made me watch it I swear) comes to mind but clearly Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker) the interventionist was thrilled when Tripp (Matthew McConaugehy) decided to cook her a full meal with all the trimmings even though she knew he was a mama’s boy. At 35 he was still living at home and mom was doing all of his laundry, cooking and cleaning but was he boyfriend or even husband material? I don’t know many women who would do what his mom did for him.

I think if you do something for someone over and over they expect it and you learn nothing but if you put some effort into learning like Tripp did eventually you will see you don’t need your mom to cook and clean for you. She did fall in love with him after all though so that must mean something.

When I know a man can cook it tells me they enjoy the simple things in life and if he cleans up without me asking, well that’s even sexier. -Mrs. CBB

I do both sometimes because she might not be home to help or because I’m the one who made the mess. Women don’t always want to clean up after us and vice versa. Just as much as a woman loves a man who cooks and cleans a man desires these traits in a woman just the same.

Men can’t cook

Do men really save money if they don’t know how to cook and burn more than they eat? We all have to start somewhere so if that means a man has to mess up a few meals until he gets it right then so be it. If you were left in the forest with no food around and only the tools to catch an animal and forage for other edible items would you starve to death or would you get off your arse and start hunting? Most would hunt because being hungry isn’t fun so I don’t buy the I don’t want to cook or I don’t like to cook attitude. It’s more about working as a team with your spouse to cook so you don’t put all the pressure on one person, even if it’s not your favourite task to do.

Showing your children that a man is cooking in the kitchen may also inspire a little chef and it may instil values in them that they can carry over when they get married. Gone are the days where the man goes to work and the woman wears the apron and slaves away in a hot kitchen all day to prepare the meals for the family. More and more men are interested in getting dirty in the kitchen but not all are as motivated as the next guy. Some men need a little push and others can’t wait to get in the kitchen to try and create some meals they can call their own.

Granted, there are some women who can’t handle their man in the kitchen and they get frustrated by their lack of common sense (we really can be that dumb in the kitchen) so they kick us out. They tell us to get a beer and get lost. Don’t think my wife doesn’t do it because she has on occasion because she says I drive her nuts. The only difference is, I love to cook and she loves to eat it.

Men can cook

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Chicken pot pie Ken made for their 4th year anniversary

Being in the kitchen is much different to a man who tends that grill outside. The BBQ is a sign of being manly especially if he has a beer in one hand and his utensil in the other (no pun intended). Men feel like the king of the grill when they get to open the lid and see flames.

Some great chefs are excellent on the grill such as Bobby Flay from the Food Network but he also takes over the kitchen with his mastery in culinary skills. I think the Iron Chef television show not only brought out the boldness in chefs all around the world but it taught us that men can cook.

I asked Jen and Ken a lovely married couple here at CBB (you might remember reading their budgeting story) about their relationship in the kitchen and this is the response I received from the both of them.

When I asked Ken what he did in his bachelor days he said he ate out a lot. When he did cook he asked his mom for old recipes she made and he also got a lot of tips from the guys at work. As a child and teen he helped a little in the kitchen but not as much as he should have he says.

He wants our son Adam to participate in the kitchen and learn more so he can grow up understand the importance of homemade cooking. We don’t want him to think that eating out is what he should be doing. Ken loves to BBQ and he is great at it and his meat always turns out perfect, moist, juicy.

Cooking isn’t really a hobby for Ken, it’s probably developed more out of necessity. You’ve got to eat, we can’t afford to eat out all the time and you get sick of eating the same thing all the time, so you learn how to cook.

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Kens chicken pot pie

Ken is famous on our CBB What’s for Dinner thread every time he makes his chicken pot pie recipe he found online. Jen says that the chicken pot pie was a recipe Ken started out with and modified to make his own. The changes he made to make it his own and perfect it was he cut the chicken broth to 1 cup and added a can of cream of chicken soup and added a little bit more frozen veggies. It’s delicious and I’m proud of Ken for taking initiative in the kitchen for our family. Yes, I think men who cook are very sexy.

When I try something new there’s an overwhelming fear of failure. The anxiety I feel is overwhelming until everyone takes their first bite and I look around and see their reactions of pleasure.-Ken

Men cook as a hobby

I’d like to think that my cooking is the equivalent to a hobby as I really do enjoy getting in the kitchen to create new meals. I don’t like having to eat the same old recipes over and over but I do fancy changing them up or coming up with some wacky idea for something we’ve never tried before. Just have a look at my recipe index and you will see that I not only cook but I also enjoy baking.

Bachelor cooking

When I was single I used to hear the popular saying “real men cook” but I knew it was a load of rubbish because not everyone is meant to be in the kitchen and it doesn’t make you any less of a man. I do believe that just because we don’t like to do something it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t though. You have to be passionate about food to want to cook food but creating something to eat isn’t rocket science. In my single years I used to cook my meals every single day and it was rare for me to ever go out to eat. The ladies always made comments about the meals I would cook for them when I had a romantic date.

I’m tired of hearing my bachelor friends say they can’t cook so they just want to go out every night. Seriously, they give in that easy and are not worried about it one bit. I sure hope they find a woman who doesn’t care if he steps foot in the kitchen or that he can’t boil hotdogs to save his life.

I have a friend who is single and gets his daughter a few nights a week and they eat out all the time. She is a picky eater now because of his lack of cooking skills and he knows he’s spoiled her but now he needs to try and fix this problem before it gets out of hand.

The lesson he teaches her is that if you want something to eat you go out to buy it. He is setting her up potentially for failure in the kitchen. She may never want to cook but she may ended up paying big time out-of-pocket for eating out vs eating in. The price difference is astronomical so I’m working with him to challenge himself to go to the grocery store to buy groceries so he can cook a meal.

He laughed about it and said he can’t cook but I told him I would help him so he has no excuse now. If he wants to set some ground rules at home for dinner time he needs to make sure that the kitchen has a well stocked pantry and the tools available to cook are ready for him.

It’s true that some people have no inclination whatsoever to cook and it doesn’t matter how much money they spend eating out they will do it, because that’s all they know how to do.

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Tips for men who want to learn how to cook

Well, I’m no Gordon Ramsay although I apparently have the go go go attitude when people get in my way but I do enjoy food, eating it and creating it. I’ve been cooking since I was a young guy around the age of 17 and cooked my way through a condo and my own house as a bachelor with no complaints from the ladies.

They say a way to a mans heart is through food but I also believe the same for a woman, especially if you she knows how much you care or even are in love with her. So don’t be chicken to cook, cook a chicken and learn how easy it is to turn something so simple into something very delicious. Think about all the money you will save and what you are going to do with it.

  • Set a grocery budget- If I didn’t say this I’d be missing out on the purpose of budgeting for groceries. If you want to know how much your grocery budget should be figure out how much you have left to spend after all your bills are paid and what you can afford to spend. It’s not hard but knowing what you can spend helps you to decide how you will spend your money at the grocery store.
  • Search recipes online free- don’t feel that you have to go and buy cookbooks to learn how to cook. There are millions of free recipes and tutorials online that can help anyone learn to cook. You can also take out cookbooks free from the library, ask your friends and see if your local community centre offers free cooking classes.
  • Make a grocery list- Before you go shopping it helps if you have a plan. Plan your meals for the week and write-up a grocery list so you know exactly what you need to get in order to create your meals.
  • Kitchen Utensils- If your kitchen has a fork, spoon, knife and a frying pan try to build your tools in the kitchen so you have more opportunity to create meals. Scope out garage sales for great deals or even freecycle, kijiji, Value Village or The Salvation Army are a few places you can go for second-hand kitchen tools. Alternatively you can buy them new when they go on sale to save some money.
  • Stock your pantry- It’s always important to have a well stocked pantry only because if you feel there is no food in the house, you won’t cook. When you have all the basic staples in a kitchen it makes cooking much more fun, especially when you want to switch things up.
  • Experiment- That leads us to experimenting in the kitchen using items that you have on hand to create meals or modify meals like Ken has above. Don’t be afraid to screw up, at least you tried it. One last quick tip, don’t forget, you can always add but you can’t take away.

Cooking is a living skill that I believe everyone should at least know the basics about. Eating out often is not only hard on the wallet but makes other people richer when you can keep the money in your own bank account. Whether women find a man sexy who cooks is up to the woman but I’m betting she won’t throw him out of the kitchen if he’s willing to cook up something special and romantic for the woman he loves.

Does your man cook and do you find it sexy? Does your woman cook and do you find it sexy?

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Saturday Weekend Review #14- Credit Card Surcharges, Would You Pay Them?

 

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Paying to use our credit card each time we swiped it would certainly make the choice of not using it easy for us. A recent conversation with a local pizzeria owner we frequent shared with us that it does cost him money when customers use a credit card. If we ever order a pizza now we pay in cash because we kinda feel bad about it, but not sure if he meant to make us feel that way or we feel sorry for him. He does make a good pizza for a reasonable price though.

Canadian businesses are charged fees from 1.5 to more than 3%  of each purchase put on a MasterCard and Visa credit card. Best of it is, if you are using a premium credit card merchants have to pay more. The transaction charges imposed are per the anti-competitive rules set out by the competition bureau of Canada.

Would you not say that this is just part of the cost of doing business? 

We have seen signs at shops that say “Cash Only” or “Debit and Credit Card Machine” down in our days but tend to stay away. In Canada merchants can ask the customer to pay a surcharge on debit cards but it has to be clearly marked at time of purchase. in fact MasterCard Canada has prohibited merchants from imposing any fees to the customer for using their cards for over 35 years and “believes merchants should pay their fair share of the cost of credit cards”.

It seems at one specific shop in town the machine was always down so you would have to pay in cash which was a pain because we don’t really carry cash. We didn’t want to guess any longer if the machine would be up so we just don’t go there any longer. Our business is going to someone else. I’m only assuming but if the merchant doesn’t offer the use of credit or debit cards by making like the machines are broken then they avoid paying those fees because only cash would be used.

Would You Pay To Use Your Credit Card? 

I was reading on Yahoo this morning that some states in the USA now have the approval for retailers to charge a 1-4 % surcharge to the customers for using a credit card. Keep in mind this isn’t something the retailers were complaining about it was due to a class action suit that happened. Some states already have made these surcharges on credit cards illegal with laws in place and many more up to 19 are looking to follow suit.

As the competition bureau in Canada states in their anti-competitive rules 2012 fact sheet the no surcharge rule, “forces merchants to embed credit card transaction fees in retail prices”. The consumers who pay cash suffer because they are paying a premium to offset the costs of customers who do use the credit card.

Canadians are not out of the clear yet as a final ruling is still to come down on whether retailers can charge Canadians a surcharge which could be up to 10% of our purchase price. According to the Consumers Association, this is all pending a ruling from Canada’s Competition Tribunal judging a case against Visa and MasterCard from 2010.

Many people use a credit card, like us for rewards and ease of use. We don’t always like to go to the cash machine to draw out money even though our bank doesn’t charge us any fees. Using a credit card seems to be the smart way to go especially if they are offering cash back or reward money to use on in-store products.

Would you use your credit or debit card if you had to pay a fee?

What’s Happening At The CBB House?

If you follow me on Facebook you will know that I have been pretty ill this week. My fans even took over the nightly “What’s for Dinner” post because I just couldn’t even keep my eyes open. I get migraines sometimes and I just want to go hide and bury my head. This week I had both migraines and just was feeling off. I’m sure it’s because I just need to kick back and take some time away from everything.

I may not comment as much in the next week but I’m around, but need to take it easy for a bit. I’ve got so much going on right now in my life with work and the house and now the blog just exploding with amazing fans that a break is in order. Other than that we tried this super easy recipe below that I hope you try it. I don’t normally post a recipe in the Saturday Weekend Review but the fans really wanted this recipe. I usually post a frugal recipe every Sunday and tomorrow that is macaroni and cheese with ham baked in the oven so don’t miss that one.

As you might have read we paid down our mortgage last week by over $32,000 and I know many of you have asked me questions about where we go from here. I will address that topic in an upcoming post and in the meantime if you have any other questions please email me or click on Ask Mr.CBB on the home page of the blog.

Making Pita or Flatbread

A fan on my Facebook page (if you are not a fan you are missing out on one heck of a group) posted this easy flat-bread recipe on my “What’s for Dinner” post the other night and we just had to try it. It was so easy to make and you can’t compare the cost of buying it to this. Making flat-bread is by far cheaper than buying it. You can add all sorts of flavours to it and today we added chives to give it a bit of kick. We later turned the flatbreads into flatbread pizza which turned out beautiful.

Super Easy Chive Flatbread

How to Make Flatbread
  • 1 Tablespoon of  active dry yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar or honey
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 teaspoon of  salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dried chives (optional from Mr.CBB)
Preparation
  • Combine 1/2 cup of the water with the sugar or honey and yeast, whisk and let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Dissolve the salt in the remaining 1 cup of water. Add the salt water and flour to the yeast mixture. ( I added in the chives here)
  • Mix it up and then place it on a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.
  • Put the dough back in the bowl and add the olive oil.
  • Knead the dough until the olive oil in well incorporated into the dough.
  • Put the bowl with the dough into your oven which is OFF and set your timer for 90 minutes.
  • Take the dough out of the oven & punch it down then divide it into 12 balls.
  • Heat frying pan on stove on medium heat, coat lightly with oil. Roll each ball into a circular disk about 6-7 inches in diameter.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.

I wanted to sneak this recipe in today and share it with all of you. Thanks Pam for sharing this recipe which she originally found at Mother’s of Invention: Best Pita and Flatbread.

Flatbread Pizza

We took it one step further the next day as I was too ill to eat it the first day and made simple pepperoni flatbread pizzas in the oven. You can use any toppings you desire. We used homemade marinara sauce, mushrooms, homemade sausage, mozzarella and provolone cheese. We turned the oven to 500 degrees, put in our pizza stone to get it nice and hot and cooked our pizzas for about 5 minutes until golden brown. They were simply amazing and a great Friday night alternative to ordering a pizza or you can make my so much better than take-out pizza which is the best pizza we have ever tried.

Flatbread Pizza Pepperoni

What’s Happening With  Canadian Budget Binder?

I am forever grateful for Katrina to join me here at CBB to share her expertise this summer with all of you. I am also potentially working with another lady who would like to help out with the marketing side of the blog which I am thrilled about. I’m sure I’ll keep you all updated as we roll along.

The new blog design is ready for me to check out which I’m hoping to start doing this week. I’ll keep you all updated with that as well. I’m excited to see what my designer has put together for all of us here at CBB. I hope we can continue on the upward level we have experienced here at the blog. With so many new subscribers and amazing Bloggers that follow CBB, I welcome you all and I encourage you to take part in the conversation.

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Top Pick: Mr.Brownie In Canada- Oh come on you know it’s funny, especially if you know how much I fancy brownies. They are my favourite dessert. I’m sure my fudgy brownie recipe was the cause of this search. 

  • Homemade Cakes Legal Canada-  Interesting, I wonder how one would make an illegal cake in Canada? Unless they meant can I sell homemade cakes in Canada for profits. 
  • Canadian Mortgage Payoff Tricks- There really aren’t any real tricks except to pay it when you are supposed to, pay it weekly if you can, pre-pay all you can each year and for a super fast way to pay off your mortgage- win the lottery.
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