Cherry Bakewell Cheesecake Blondies

SINK YOUR TEETH INTO ONE OF THESE HEAVENLY BARS   When I created this amazing recipe I wasn’t sure what to expect and like most home cooks and chefs, I hope for the best. Some recipes fail, many taste great and others like these Cherry Bakewell Cheesecake Blondies will send your taste buds into overdrive. Once the Cherry Bakewell Cheesecake Blondies cooled down and I took a bite I instantly knew what they reminded me of, a Cherry Bakewell Tartlet. I’ve had both the tartlet and the Cherry Bakewell Cake which I’ve seemed to combine into this very recipe to produce these blondie bars. Back in England everyone knows what a Cherry Bakewell is and since moving to Canada I miss some of the traditional sweets my mum used to make which I can’t buy over here. It is with great honour that I share with you this flavourful treat which you can have as a snack or dessert after a meal. You’re probably wondering what a Cherry Bakewell is? A Bakewell tart is an English confection consisting of a shortcrust pastry shell beneath layers of jam, frangipane, and a topping of flaked almonds.- Wikipedia I remember going to the […]

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

FOR THE CHOCOLATE LOVERS   I’m a big fan of truffles and chocolate but when you combine peanut butter with chocolate, even better. When you make this easy 4 ingredient chocolate peanut butter truffle recipe the people who sample these treats will be begging for the recipe. I’ve made truffles for a while now and although they are easy many people tend to shy away from them because the name “truffle” sounds posh and must mean they are difficult to make. Hardly the truth as you will find out today. If you are in a pinch and need an easy treat to bring to a gathering you can whip up some truffles in no time. Even dipping the truffles in chocolate is not that time-consuming. You can use the same chocolate dipping process as Mr.CBB does for his peanut butter balls.   Easy dessert recipes   Most people unless they are passionate about baking don’t want to spend any more time in the kitchen baking than they have to. Creating simple recipes is part of what I do because although I love to bake there are times when simple is best. You will see with this truffle recipe that it’s […]

Homemade Olive Pita Bread

Making homemade olive pita bread is easier than you think and it won’t break the grocery budget. Even if you don’t like olives in your pita bread simply leave them out of the recipe. We’ve been buying pita bread lately to get away from traditional loaves of bread and it’s much more versatile for us as a couple. Although we normally buy it we wanted to try and make homemade pita bread to see if it was worth all the hoopla in the kitchen. It sure was, absolutely worth every penny and the time and effort to make it. This is now going to be a regular recipe in our home although I may modify the flour for my wife who would want a whole wheat pita. You can flavour your pita bread with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, chives and parsley. You really can add any spices you like to this pita bread recipe to make it your own custom bread. For this recipe I used a white all-purpose flour although you don’t have to stick with white flour as there are other options. If you love pita bread and you can’t have white pita you can easily make a whole wheat […]

Reader Question: Homemade or Store Bought~ Which is Cheaper?

Mr. CBB has paid me the compliment of inviting me to help answer a reader’s question: A question I would love to have feedback on from you and your fans is: How do you know when it’s less expensive to make homemade baked goods or buy it pre-made at the store? I’m on a tight budget and I hesitate to try recipes only to find out it’s more expensive with the ingredients and electricity amongst other things. I am sure it’s more nutritious to make my own but right now it’s financial. The short answer is that bakery goods have among the highest mark up in the grocery store, so home baking is almost always more affordable than an equivalent purchase from the store. In reality, though, there are some factors that need to be considered, especially if you’re on a tight budget. If you are not already a baker, you’ll need to have some basic equipment on hand to bake and you’ll also need the ingredients called for in the recipe. My advice? Do bake at home and make homemade. You’ll recoup your initial investment in ingredients and equipment very quickly. Tips on getting started with home baking inexpensively Keep your […]

grocery game monthly challenge

The Grocery Game Challenge-July 30-Aug 5…Homemade!

Welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge August Edition Week 1. I’ve noticed several new players and am thrilled to see others wanting to get that grocery budget in check. How much should your grocery budget be? Well that’s up to you and how you have designed your budget. You can follow my budgeting series to help you get started and then download a free basic budget sheet. I really hope to attract players from all over the world. Please don’t think this is just for Canadians. “Money is money, Debt is debt, Saving is saving” so I encourage you wherever you live to join in the fun and Save! This Grocery Game Challenge for August 2012 will be challenging for us especially as there are 5 weeks of shopping. We do one no-shop per month but with the extra mouths to feed in our house we may end up over budget. I know I’m optimistic thinking I can feed a hungry group of 4 on $190.00 a month but never say never. So if anyone has any of those great $5 meals or any frugal meals please feel free to post them below in the comment section of The Grocery Game […]

Mr.CBB’s Easy Spinach and Wheat Tortilla Recipe

I’ve made tortillas ever since I decided that I didn’t want to pay $3.49 at the shop for 8 wraps. To be honest I’m sure you will smack yourself a couple of times wondering why you are paying that kind of money for a recipe that is so quick, easy and frugal to make. If you do buy tortillas you can cross them off your list and save some money in the budget because convenience truly does cost. It’s important to know your prices on products. As you will see making these tortillas at home is a huge savings compared to the price you would pay at the shop. We make these once a week and fill them will all sorts of yummy healthy foods for a quick snack, breakfast, lunch or dinner. This one today has Mr.CBB’s Tangy Easy Guacamole Dip on top with a dollop of fat-free Sour Cream or you can use a low-fat greek yogurt. We also switch it up and make a spinach tortilla simply by adding 4 cups of fresh spinach from our garden to a pot of salted water to wilt. I then toss it in the food processor with garlic. Instead of using […]

Eating In Vs Eating Out- The Comparison

I had to write this post after eating out as I was just shocked at the cost of our meal at a well-known chain Restaurant. I used some gift cards I had received from Christmas to pay for the order. It wasn’t on my dime but I had to use them before they expired. So it’s my birthday and the wife and I decide to order some take out and enjoy the evening watching a movie. We don’t normally eat-in at restaurants  for 3 reasons: High priced food  15-25% Tips to the staff We like to eat home cooked meals We are frugal that’s no secret but eating out has never been big on our agenda unless we were travelling. Yes I know you are saying we need to “live a little” and you are right we should, but at what cost. Cost of Eating Out vs Eating In Here is the run down from last nights meal.. out of 5 stars we gave it a 3.5 We thought we had $15.00 on one gift card and $13.00 on the other. We wanted to go over that price so we didn’t have a balance on the cards. The likelihood of us eating […]

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