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The Ultimate Guide To Simple Kitchen Downsizing : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 June 5-11

TOUR OUR KITCHEN FROM BULK TO THE MINIMALIST SLIM VERSION   Smart kitchen ideas start with an organized clean kitchen for you to prepare healthy meals without wasting time, energy and money. Look around your kitchen and think about the stuff that you have and consider the last time you’ve used it. I’ll wait here until you come back. Kitchen downsizing has become a new trend for 2017 among our circle of friends because they are feeling the dollar crunch. They aren’t buying as much and they are selling what they have too much of, us included. When looking to buy a new house your realtor may tell you to forget about the stuff the current owner has and imagine the room without it. Some homeowners hire a home staging company to help them downsize their belongings to make the home seem larger. When you buy a house the idea of enjoying that large space can easily be chopped when you start filling it up with stuff. Not only do you lose space but you create an environment for more cleaning and dust. We know from experience. We took a proactive approach the last month to tackle kitchen downsizing by […]

10 Frugal Ideas For Gift Wrapping Christmas Presents : The Saturday Weekend Review #201

EASY CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS THAT WILL GLITTER WITHOUT THE HIGH COSTS OF LUXURY.   Unique gift wrapping is nice but the sometimes fake ooh la la only lasts for a few seconds before the recipient rips open their Christmas gift. Instantly he/she forgets about all that effort and potential money you sunk into gift wrapping. Wrapping gifts is more about the effort you put into the project because that’s really what it is, a project of love. I’m not saying that no one will care about your gift wrapping skills all I’m saying is not everyone will appreciate what you do so why not do it on the cheap. This way you can give an elegantly wrapped Christmas gift that you’re proud of even if they don’t care about your efforts. Plus, you won’t be spending a fortune on gift wrapping paper and ultra expensive accessories at places like gift card shops or Chapters. Luxury Christmas wrapping paper is for people who don’t care about how much they are paying for Christmas wrapping so they just pay the price because they like what they see. Some people like to show off so they buy the most expensive wrapping paper […]

British Cinnamon Apple Pie Bars

THE DELICIOUS TASTE OF APPLE PIE WITHOUT FUSS   Apple pie is one of my all-time favourite desserts that my mum used to make when I was a little boy. Now that I’m in charge of the kitchen when I’m in the mood for apple pie I whip up a pan of these snack-size British Cinnamon Apple Pie Bars which are perfect on the run or packed in a lunch. Don’t get me wrong I love a nice slice of apple pie but I don’t always have the time to roll out the dough to make pie crust which is why I decided to experiment with apple pie bars instead. You get the same classic Apple Pie taste but in squares that you can carry along with you. Try putting a slice of apple pie in your hand and you’ll know exactly what I mean. These apple pie bars have a traditional British shortbread crust followed by a thick homemade apple pie filling and topped with brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter and flour. You can clearly see by the photo how lovely these apple pie bars turn out but the key is to wait until they are cooled […]

This Independent Woman Doesn’t Care About A Man’s Money : The Saturday Weekend Review #195

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD YOU FIRST HAVE TO FIND YOUR PATH UNASSISTED BY OTHERS WEALTH.   My wife and I were having this conversation the other day about someone we know who is beautiful, smart, successful and single. She confided in my wife that when she finds her true soul mate she will know, which is why she would never settle for the possibility of love. I can understand how she feels because we all want to get love right. Fair enough I thought because there are plenty of single women who don’t want to jump into a relationship with just anyone. It has to be the right moment, the right attitude, the right feeling, the right everything so that the pieces fall into place. What I didn’t know was that she had a past which was a dark time for her but now she’s living a new life. When I asked my wife why her friend seemed so strong with a “don’t come near me” type of aura about her I was expecting her response. She looked at me in the eyes and said that she was once in an abusive marriage where she […]

Why Are You Being Frugal When You Don’t Have To Be?

MIND YOUR OWN FINANCIAL BUSINESS   The whole saving money and being frugal movement is always filled with people who just don’t get it. Wanting to save cash is not a new concept even if you think someone shouldn’t have to. It’s amazing how saving money ideas are crucial when running a business but not when it comes to personal finance for some people. Even if you don’t own a business you can bet your employer successful or not is always looking for ways to curb spending. You don’t have to be budget poor to live a frugal life and you can be rich and frugal at the same time-Imagine that! Mrs. CBB and I were at a friends dinner party about a week ago enjoying some of the finest foods including triple brie, prosciutto, melons and a main dish that we would only make for a special occasion. I guess that means we were all special. Most of the people in attendance would be considered “rich” or “well-off” because they own successful businesses or have thriving careers in the medical field. My wife and I don’t typically talk about personal finances with anyone however sometimes we’ve been happy to […]

Chocolate Cheesecake Torte

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

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

  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 […]

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