Chocolate Cheesecake Torte

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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 […]

Roasted Pumpkin and Red Lentil Soup

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Create Pumpkin Recipes As Easy as 1 2 3 …..   I hope you are ready for my Roasted pumpkin and Red Lentil Soup because I can guarantee you that if you make this budget-friendly recipe you will want to make it every year. Although I’m biased it’s one of the best pumpkin soup recipes that I’ve ever tried before.   Easy soup recipe   You carve your pumpkin for Halloween or have a few sitting on your front porch for decoration and then what do you do with it? Most people throw their pumpkin away and waste all the beautiful flesh inside when you can easily turn that pumpkin into some amazing pumpkin recipes keeping your pumpkin in the kitchen and out of the compost heap. I know many people that buy soup in a can or a box but making soup is a fairly painless process especially a fresh pumpkin soup that will be bursting with flavour. Take a look all over the internet and you will find an easy soup recipe just like this one that you can test in your kitchen. Once you get used to making soup you will see how creative you start to […]

Baked Loaded Cauliflower Pizza

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  Cauliflower Just Got A Whole Lot Better If you are in the mood for an easy pizza recipe or if you aren’t good at making pizza dough than this is the pizza for you. I know you are thinking cauliflower pizza sounds disgusting but trust me it’s far from what you think.The best part is that you don’t need any flour and it’s not going to cost you lots of money to make this frugal pizza in a flash. When I am on Facebook, particularly my Canadian Budget Binder and The Free Recipe Depot pages I see recipes in  my news feed all the time and many of my fans like and share recipes as well. The other day one of my fans and I can’t remember who mentioned or liked this cauliflower pizza recipe and I knew I just had to make it. I thought it was a brilliant idea since we had a great big bowl of cauliflower mash in the refrigerator that my wife and I made the previous day instead of mashed potatoes. Her sister came around with a head of cauliflower that they weren’t going to use up on time and asked if we […]

Working Towards A Debt Free Lifestyle In 8 Steps

Working towards a debt free lifestyle is possible, that is if you really want it bad enough. I’m sure you all know that the 8 steps are only stepping-stones, meaning one step leads to another. Perhaps you may learn that our steps differ from what your ideal steps are but learn to create your own. You may only need 1 step but the first step may be the most important of all. You can make that happen. There may be some of you who didn’t start saving early like we did but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow the road to debt freedom. Start today. If you take a sincere interest in wanting to learn how to pay off all your debt and start saving for all the things you’ve wished for in your life, it can happen. Sometimes we have to make sacrifices to get ahead especially if you are in a relationship. Getting rid of our mortgage was one of our top goals when we bought our home so instead of investing in renovations like we wanted to with the extra money saved, we backed away from them. We didn’t invest all of our savings into our home down-payment because […]

Mr.CBB’s Toasted Coconut Custard Tarts

Since today is Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday as we call it in the UK I think this coconut custard tart would be a nice sweet treat to finish off any meal or brunch. It’s a simple coconut custard tart to make and it looks very posh on any dessert table. When I made the custard for this recipe I created it a bit different from the custard I used in my trifle which was a full-fat cream custard. It really does taste like a coconut cream pie tart which I really enjoyed. Easy Custard Recipe This custard is made with 2% evaporated milk and worked out better than I had expected. I’m not sure if it will work with the 1% or fat-free evaporated milk but you could always give it a try, right? I might even try to make a coconut custard recipe with coconut milk to jazz up the flavour or use one can of evaporated milk and one can of coconut milk. If at first you don’t succeed, try again, that’s what the kitchen is for, experimenting. You will find this custard isn’t as rich as traditional English custard nor as thick but it works just as […]

Easy Chicken Curry In A Hurry

We have another great recipe from our resident British Chef at Heart Nicola who is spicing it up in the kitchen with Indian Curry one of my favourites. This curry recipe is just full of love and wonderful Indian spices that every kitchen should have if you love to cook homemade meals from scratch. Growing up in the UK I can remember having plenty of Indian friends some of whom I am still friends with today. I was exposed to Indian food at a young age from my friends but also from local restaurants. I was always on the hunt for quick chicken recipes and Indian curry was always my go-to meal when I needed something in a flash. I don’t tend to make many beef recipes but when I do making a beef curry is just as easy and tasty as using chicken. If you want a vegetarian curry simple omit the meat and use a variety of your favourite vegetables in the curry sauce. I find take-away Indian cuisine in the UK is as popular as Chinese Food take-away in Canada. My love for Indian cuisine brought me to India where I ate some of the finest Indian […]

My Debt Story: How I Paid Off $100,000 In Debt (And How You Can Too)

I’m not done paying off all my debts yet, but I recently hit the century mark and wanted to share with you all how I did it. I have paid off $100,000 in debt in 17 months, and am a few months away from being debt free for the first time in 20 years. My Debt Story I am a musician (a trombone player) who found myself making quite a bit of money doing something I love. I read all the time about people who make a lot of money but hate their jobs; that was not me, which made my predicament a bit tricky. When I got into debt and spent more than I earned, I would justify it by saying to myself that I would work forever. It still got old, and I still got tired of being in debt. Even though I love the work I do, my debt left me “trapped” in certain areas of life. Sometimes I would rather stay home with my kids than play a concert…I did not have the latitude to say “no”, since I needed the money. My debt pay-off has really allowed me to follow my passions, and only my passions. Here […]

How We Saved $146.90 By Reading The Paper

It’s not everyday reading the paper gets me excited but I sure did this past week. In fact my wife is proud of me and I’m pretty proud of myself for scoring this great deal. For some people money and debt go hand in hand so every time we can save a buck we jump at the chance. I know you are thinking, big deal it’s only $146.90, what are you so excited about? That’s alot of money, that’s why, at least to us it is. Our grocery budget is $235 a month and that chunk of money although small could feed us well for a few weeks. I’m not sure I’d be the only one giving $146.90 up if the offer was on the table. I’m also betting there will be those people who think I’m a cheapskate for doing what I did in order to get this money. Do I care what people think of my money-saving ways? Not really, it’s our money for starters and the store puts the policy in place so consumers “do” take advantage of it. This is one way retailers keep their prices competitive and keep their customers happy. I’d consider myself frugal […]