Christmas Mincemeat Filling Part 1….Inside the Pie

Christmas-Mincemeat-Filling

HOLIDAY FLAVOURS IN ONE JAR   If you are looking for an authentic mincemeat pie recipe I have that for you but we must start with the mincemeat filling which takes weeks to cure and what I will show you how to prepare today. Well it’s the second week of November and I am now prepping for Christmas before all the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping gets under way in our house. I love Christmas and miss spending it with our families in Scotland since we’ve moved to Canada. We still Skype on Christmas day but it’s not the same although we cherish every moment that we can during the holiday season just because there isn’t a day we don’t think about our loved one’s back home. Christmas is still a big celebration in our house though, and it’s time spent with good food and friends that are more like family. Over the next couple of weeks I will be bringing you some family favorite holiday recipes that I always make at Christmas. If you missed Mr.CBB’s Holiday recipes from last year such as his no-bake peanut butter balls, snow balls and festive coconut balls and you want to […]

grocery game monthly challenge

The Grocery Game Challenge Nov 4-10, 2013 #1: Holiday baking on a budget

Canadian-Coupons-November-2013

HOLIDAY COOKIE SMELLS FILL THE AIR The holiday season is fast approaching and whether you buy cookies or enjoy baking cookies some of the best cookie recipes may cost your holiday baking budget some cash if you don’t plan in advance. With less than 2 months until the festivities there’s no better time to get baking than the present. If you wait until the last-minute you might find you get overwhelmed with having to shop for gifts, plan a dinner, getaway to the relatives, work and friends Christmas parties and then bake on top of it all. Some of my favourite Christmas cookie recipes that I like to bake and to eat are the butter cookies and the sugar cookies both of which are fairly inexpensive to make with butter being the costly baking ingredient. Making sugar cookies from scratch are probably one of my favourite cookies to make because it reminds me of home. My mum used to make shortbread but the butter, sugar and shortbread cookies all taste the same with a bit of difference in texture. This past year I posted a few of our favourite holiday treat recipes such as chocolate peanut butter balls, coconut balls […]

grocery game monthly challenge

The Grocery Game Challenge Nov 5-11, 2012- Holiday Baking Planning

Holiday Baking can see the Grocery Budget sky-rocket as prices for baking ingredients typically rise up for the Holiday Season. This potentially just adds more pressure to the grocery budget and why planning is important. Last weeks Grocery Game Challenge I brought up the topic of  Holiday Baking and how it could be a budget buster. We don’t bake as much as we used to as we found we had more hanging around than we were giving away each year. I don’t remember making any traditional British holiday recipes myself when I lived in the UK  I do remember each year my mum would make a lovely British Christmas Cake, comparable to a fruit cake. Mrs. CBB fell in love with this cake (probably because of all the nuts and alcohol in the cake). Now we have narrowed it down to a few Christmas Balls that we enjoy making and packaging for friends and bringing to gatherings. What we like to do is shop ahead of the festivities so we are ahead of the game especially when work parties start in November for some folks. This year we took advantage of Bakers Chocolate Squares found at the Dollar store for only $2.00 which normally […]