Thanksgiving: Being thankful on a budget

  Time To Be Thankful; Not Broke   Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday of the year and it’s coming up right around the corner so I like to get planning in advance especially for the dinner and decorations. Thanksgiving is when I get to spend time with my family and friends eating lots of good food while celebrating what we are thankful for in our busy, everyday lives. We celebrate the people and things that bring us happiness, the loved ones who are always there with the support we need and the beauty of the world in which we live in and all it has to offer. Quality time spent with those who are important to us shouldn’t put a strain on our budgets nor should the process of organizing a large gathering so taking it step by step is crucial to the success of the holiday as is the participation of those you love. The cost of hosting a large gathering can get high pretty quick but with some holiday meal planning and preparation there are ways that you can keep the costs down and still enjoy a lovely meal that will create memories for years to come. Is […]

Organizing A Frugal Backyard Barbeque Party

  Frugal Backyard Barbeque Party, is that possible? Of course it is! Summer is now in full swing and if you are like us we are getting invited to parties left, right and centre. All these parties can add up and of course if you are hosting the party it can also cost you a pretty penny. We don’t budget in extra expenses for summer time parties so our expenses are coming out of our grocery budget. For example, we are going to a backyard party next week where we were asked to supply 2 boxes of burgers. We figure if we weren’t eating at a party we would be eating at home so the food we bring whether we eat it at the party or home is coming from the grocery budget. When we want to host a large party in our backyard we like to plan ahead to make sure everything goes off without a hitch.  Have you ever been to a party where there wasn’t enough food or so disorganized you get bored?  There’s nothing worse than your guests wanting to run to the nearest pizza joint after they leave your house because they are ready to […]

Mr.CBB’s Summer Fresh Tomato Salad with Basil, Fennel and Chick Peas

SUMMER FRESH SALADS ARE ALL YOU NEED AT YOUR NEXT DINNER PARTY   This easy to make summer fresh tomato salad is a flavour-packed salad that you can eat any day of the week all year-long. The best time of year though is during the summer when organic tomatoes are in season. The wow factor is dipping chunks of fresh crusty Italian Bread into the juices to soak up all the yummy flavour.   Growing Tomatoes   We start our garden from seed every year with tomatoes and peppers being at the top of our priority list. Growing tomatoes is relatively easy as long as you start the seeds early or buy them at your local garden centre. Taking care of your tomatoes means stringing them up as they grow so you protect your investment by having them laying all over the ground. If you don’t have a garden, no fear you can easily grow tomatoes in a small space and having juicy tomatoes at your disposal. This quick recipe is something we have perfected over the past 3 years, especially since salads are part of our daily diet. If you don’t like the full size tomatoes and you would […]

Mr.CBB’s Cold Tuna Pasta Salad With A Kick

We’re always looking for a new recipe or variations for an easy cold pasta salad recipe but most times we settle for the classic cold tuna pasta salad for picnics, parties, pot-luck or back yard barbeques! When summer comes we want tasty,quick and friendly on the budget since there are so many parties to go to. I took to my Facebook page again to see what if any variations of pasta salad ingredients my fans might make of the classic tuna pasta salad. I was intrigued with some of the ideas that came up and thought of  some myself while reading such as: Tuna Pasta Salad with Peas and olives Cold Chicken Pasta Salad Tuna Pasta Salad with Bacon and Cheese Cold Tuna Noodle Salad using noodles such as spaghetti I’ve never had tuna pasta salad dressing before but a couple of my fans suggested I add salad dressing to the recipe to give a punch. All I had on hand in the pantry were 2 kinds, Italian which wasn’t what I wanted so I went straight for WOW with PC Yogurt and Asiago salad dressing. I also added low-fat Miracle Whip and Hellman’s Olive Oil Mayonnaise. Even better is if you know how […]

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