Spring Cleaning Tips To Help Get Your Check-list Started : The Saturday Weekend Review #215

PUT AWAY THE COZY BLANKETS AND GEAR UP FOR THE SPRING THAW.   In the dark Tuesday evening while trying to fall asleep all of a sudden I hear a voice, ” I can’t wait to smell the flowers, fresh-cut grass, peppery basil and feel the sunshine on my face.” It was Mrs. CBB and I wasn’t sure if she was talking to me or engaging conversation with herself. Turns out I was who she was speaking to, darn. Here it comes…say it… “We have so much to get done this Spring” and then she rolls over and goes to sleep. Related: How to start your Spring garden from seed When the snow melts and gardens look like a bowl of muck it’s a sad sight to see but with early planning and these Spring cleaning tips you won’t have to stare at it for too long. It’s not just the outside jobs that must be considered in the Spring there’s also the top to bottom clean and purge indoors. When is the first day of Spring 2017? Spring 2017 officially begins on Monday which means you’ve got some time to draw up a plan of action for this exciting […]

Frugal Easter Traditions We’ve Started As A Family : The Saturday Weekend Review #165

EASTER FUN FOR EVERYONE WITHOUT DIGGING DEEP INTO YOUR WALLET   Creating Easter traditions with your family whether you have kids or not means you can plan ahead so you don’t go over-board with Easter expenses. Do we budget for Easter? Yes and No and here’s why. This is the first year that we’ve really invested any money into Easter for our son.  Now that we know how much we’ve spent on Easter this year we will be able to sort out a projected expense for the beginning of 2017 since this holiday has just passed. Related: What are projected expenses and why are they important? The Dollar store is fully loaded with Easter celebration materials and chocolates galore. When you are dealing with young kids remember that they don’t need an Easter basket filled with just chocolates. Some families buy far too much at Easter and end up with tonnes of chocolate they either give away or freeze. If your relatives want to give an Easter gift you can always suggest a small chocolate treat along with other Easter options for the kids. Having a treat once in a while is nice but we put the brakes on after […]

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 […]

Holiday gas price increase hits the wallet: PF Weekly grab a brew #68

DON’T WAIT TO FILL UP   With every holiday in Canada we see a gas price increase at the pumps but that’s only the beginning of what to expect. Although the gas price increase seem to be a tradition here in Canada there are no real Easter traditions for myself but the Mrs. likes to spend time with the family around Good Friday and Easter. This year is no exception and we have enjoyed a couple of days away and will eat lots of fish for our Good Friday meal today.   Gas price increase   While we have been off from work we noticed a sharp gas price increase, in fact where we are it shot up 10 cents per litre overnight. I was quite lucky because we had just filled up the day before the gas price increase which is fine for now but what about continuing on? Apparently the gas price increase is supposed to be hitting the $1.47 per litre mark sometime soon and people will have no other choice than to pay it. The other option is to get rid of the vehicle and ride a bike, take the bus, walk or car pool. This increase combined with the new […]

Sweet Hot Cross Buns

GET YOUR HOT BUNS WHILE YOU CAN   What else would be more appropriate for Easter than sweet Hot Cross Buns. I know many of you have asked for Easter food ideas and believe me I have many up my recipe sleeve. I like to create simple recipes for other to follow and this hot cross buns recipe is the last recipe you will ever need to make hot cross buns. If you are looking for a savory dish Mr.CBB has a lovely Easter Dinner in the crock-pot which means more time for you to spend with guests and not in the kitchen. One thing I enjoy about the holidays is that I try my best to pre-plan my meals and desserts so I’m not that mom who is in the kitchen.   Hot cross buns   Today I have another creation to add to your Easter recipes and one you could easily transform into a hot cross bun bread and butter pudding using my panettone bread and butter pudding recipe. I was going to whip up my cinnamon bun recipe for all of you but I’ll save that one for later. I have been busy in the kitchen making […]

Easter Bunny Butter Shortbread Cookies With Lemon Drizzle

EASY EASTER SHORTBREAD   The best memories I have of baking especially at Easter is coming into the kitchen after school and smelling and seeing what my mom had baked. My favourite cookie that my mum would make is the butter shortbread cookie which I will share with you here today.These butter shortbread cookies are super easy to make and decorate and are far better to make homemade vs store-bought cookies. My mum used to make these amazing double shortbread cookies which are two pieces of shortbread loaded with jam in the middle and icing on top. We always used to fight over those when we were kids just because they were doubled up and stuffed cookies. After moving to Canada I had to get this shortbread recipe from mum so I could bake it with my kids, which is actually my grandma’s recipe. I love lemon and so does my family which is why I created this shortbread cookie with lemon drizzle. My youngest Rhia is the helper to decorate the cookies even though she eats more than the actual decorating. Of course there is always a fight to see who gets to finish off the lemon drizzle icing or to have […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #13- Happy Easter! Why Can’t People Just Be Happy?

It’s going to be a Happy Easter this weekend for us but I often wonder why some people just can’t be happy. I’m a Yahoo nerd and I pretty much scan through the headlines every day to see what’s happening in the world. I mean who needs to pay for a newspaper subscription these days when all the glory and misery is at our finger tips. I am generally a happy person that I hope people enjoy being around. I often try to understand the reasons why I might be thinking something negative in order to improve by inner health. I’m also one of those guys who is happy for my friends and family when something good happens in their life. Why Can’t People Just Be Happy? We’ve all had friends and family who have had a rough day or are going through tough times in their lives and we should be there to lend an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. When something good happens to people sometimes the jealousy monster come out in people where you kind of sit back and say, wait a minute, who are you to rain on their parade because you […]

PF Reading List #13- Good Friday, Good Food and Meeting Gail Vaz-Oxlade

Today is Good Friday, a religious holiday for many Christians which is celebrated the Friday before Easter Sunday all around the world.  It’s a time to commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Since we observe this holiday, along with an afternoon mass we will be serving this day as a day of fasting eating one full meal and 2 smaller meals which are normally light meals. Others will be celebrating Easter this weekend with family traditions and lots of  Easter Chocolate and egg hunts. Easy Good Friday Meals Tonight we will be making a meatless meal which will be a lightly fried fish served over lentils and rice a tradition we started last year and hope to continue each year. Another great meal that my friend Megan at Cooking Whim’s posted is a lentil Sheppard’s pie which is another easy frugal Good Friday meal to make for the family. I’ll be posting my version soon but check hers out it looks delicious! You could also go modern and try my meatless lentil Sloppy Joe recipe for some new and exciting at the table that the kids might just love. Come Easter Sunday if you want to hang out with your friends and […]

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