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The Ultimate Pantry Essentials For Frugal Fall Recipes : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Sept 4-10

FALL SMELLS ARE ABOUT TO TAKE OVER YOUR HOUSE   So you want to start preparing Fall recipes but aren’t sure if you have everything you need in the kitchen to do so? It’s time to dust off the crock-pot and casserole (casa-roll-eh) dish Canadian style because the Fall chill is on and it’s time for some comfort food. Well, today we’re going pantry shopping for the Fall season to make sure we have all those precious basic ingredients along with must-have kitchen-tools to make some of the tastiest Fall recipes. The number one kitchen tool that we can all agree on to make Fall recipes is a crock-pot. If you don’t have one invest in one for under $40 and you’ll see just how easy cooking can be. We own a large programmable crock-pot that we’ve been using for years and just love. It was certainly a worthy investment for our kitchen. Once you’ve got your crock-pot it’s always handy to have baking sheets, loaf pans and other baking essentials so you are ready to bake up those Fall smells. What other essential kitchen tools can you think of for Fall?   Tastes of Fall   What kinds of […]

Pumpkin Biscotti with Pumpkin Spice Icing

THE PUMPKIN SCONE SWITCH-UP Last Sunday I shared my Pumpkin Scone with Pumpkin Spice Icing recipe on the blog and the moment I bit into it I knew I could change-up the recipe and make Pumpkin Spice Biscotti. I love when recipes can double-up, which means you can create two different recipes at the same time. This is always handy when you have a bake sale to bake for or you are having a party or lots of guests over to the house. My wife adores biscotti because of the crunchy texture especially with a hot cup of strong coffee or mug of tea. The last batch of biscotti I made was Nicola’s lemon biscotti because my wife wanted me to try her recipe. She was more than thrilled that I was finally making pumpkin biscotti and when they were done she gave me the thumbs up which made me proud. I never know how a recipe will turn out but this one I was quite confident that it would be a success. I’ve made biscotti recipes many times but I’ve never created one from a scone recipe before.   Making Pumpkin Biscotti   If you’ve already make my pumpkin […]

5 Things I’m Thankful For Everyday And Not just on Thanksgiving Day : The Saturday Weekend Review #142

THE MEANING OF THANKSGIVING IS YOUR OWN   On Monday October 12, 2015 Thanksgiving Day Celebrations in Canada will begin and we will be spending it as a little family for the second time. This time around though our son will partake in the festivities especially the eating part.  Aside from all the Fall and Thanksgiving decor we put out we know that we all interpret Thanksgiving Day differently from one another. What I mean is that we all give thanks for different reasons and some of us give thanks everyday not just Thanksgiving Day. I’m that person. We won’t be going home to see the family like we typically do because of my work schedule so we are spending the day as a family without the massive turkey dinner. The good part is that we will be enjoying a small dinner of roasted chicken, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables and homemade brownies. No pumpkin pie for us this year I’m afraid but I do have some pumpkin puree I might sneak into the batter to jazz it up a bit. It seems the focus of giving thanks is always based on the calendar and If we could only spend a few […]

Canadian Budget Binder-The Saturday Weekend Review #3 November 2012

  Mr.CBB’s  Saturday Weekend Review Well, Halloween has come and gone but I did promise that I would post a picture of the pumpkin I carved. Please don’t mind the obvious blurry picture as clearly I would have gotten out my tripod. Mrs.CBB said, “nah, it will be OK”. So this is her version of “OK” in the following pictures (after a few drinks). I also scooped out the pumpkin seeds like others said they do. I know it sounds strange but it’s only my third pumpkin that I’ve carved. I cleaned the seeds, added some sesame oil, salt, pepper, paprika and steak seasoning lol.. (gosh I hope that’s not odd). Then I roasted them in the oven 2 days after Halloween so I could let them dry out a bit. That’s not entirely true. The tray was taking too much room up on the counter so we tossed it in the oven. Well 2 days later Mrs.CBB says, “Babe, I think we forgot to roast the pumpkin seeds”. They don’t look so appetizing in the picture but I’m currently munching on them as I type this and they aren’t so bad, if you like cardboard. A nice cold beer to […]

Mr.CBB’s Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake With Brown Butter Buttercream

Pumpkin was not something I grew up with in the UK as my mum never really served pumpkin pie or pumpkin anything for that matter. It wasn’t until I moved to Canada and my mother-in-law served me pumpkin cheesecake that I was first time I was introduced to the unique flavour in a dessert. Over the years I tasted pumpkin pie, pumpkin scones,pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin bars all of which tempted me to create my pumpkin spice pound cake recipe this Fall. When the leaves begin to fall and the colours turn there’s something special about the Fall scenery, big bright orange pumpkins and warm Fall spices fill the air. We not only decorate the front of our house with pumpkins and corn stalks we now aim to create our own tradition for the season using this gourd-like squash better known as winter squash. Today I present to you a recipe that I created using pumpkin purée and seasonal spices such as nutmeg, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and all-spice. I created a rich buttery homemade pumpkin spice pound cake and topped it with a brown butter pumpkin spice butter-cream. I made this in a tube pan as well as a muffin tin but you could also […]

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