Homemade Chocolate Bars with Stevia (Sugar-Free, Low-Carb)

CHOCOLATE CANDY BARS ARE INEXPENSIVE TO MAKE AT HOME WITH THE ADDED BONUS OF INCLUDING YOUR FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS   I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t mind making homemade gifts for the people I love. So, I decided to make homemade low-carb chocolate bars as a surprise for Valentine’s Day to give to Mrs. CBB along with some not-so-crafty decorations that I’m sure she will laugh at. It’s the thought that counts, right? Homemade chocolate bars or other chocolate candies are not meant to look perfect because it is the imperfect that says, “I made this with Love” that matters most. What I love the best is the cost of making homemade chocolate bars vs. store-bought. Before we start this recipe for homemade sugar-free chocolate bars ….. I just want to point out that if you don’t care for sugar-free chocolate you can easily use regular chocolate chips  to make this recipe for homemade chocolate bars. Once you understand the basics of melting chocolate, own the proper tools and have the ingredients on-hand then you’ll be set to go.   Chocolate Bar Mould   To be honest if you don’t fancy the same chocolate bar mould that we use that […]

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 […]

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