Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts For Valentine’s Day

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NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF LOVE AND SWEETS   We love jam tarts of just about any description in our home so when a special occasion pops up like Valentine’s Day I don’t mind baking up a few batches for my family and friends. This Queen of hearts jam tarts recipe boasts a beautiful pastry filled with either raspberry or strawberry jam followed by a light dusting of  icing-sugar. If you’ve ever wanted to create your own jam tarts, today I will show you how easily I was able to make my recipe and how you can do the same in your kitchen. Most men and women are scrambling at the last-minute to get a Valentine’s Day card and treats but with a bit of planning you can make these Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts for Valentine’s Day and your loved one will love you even more…if that is even possible. Other simple Valentine’s Day recipes for him or her which you can make and add to a Valentine’s Day Gourmet Basket, Bake Sale or for guests. Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Cherry Cheesecake Blueberry Cheesecake 5 minute Hazelnut Chocolate Fudge Cherry Pie Minis Coconut Custard Tarts […]

Lemon Coconut Macaroons

LEMON COCONUT MACAROONS

FOR THOSE TIMES YOU CRAVE SOMETHING SWEET   Not only are these lemon coconut macaroons budget-friendly they are also super easy to make. Those who enjoy these little treats will be amazed by the simplicity of making them yet revel in the fluffy coconut center and decadent outer chocolate flavours. Don’t panic if you’re not an of lemon either because you can simply eliminate the citrus and add some pure vanilla extract for more of a  traditional coconut macaroon. Sharing cookies is a great way to say thanks to neighbours, friends and family without breaking the bank. I often bake cookies to bring to our neighbour’s house just to say thanks for being a good neighbour and friend. There doesn’t have to be a special occasion to make someone smile. While reviewing recipes for lemon coconut macaroons on Google and Pinterest I noticed that many bakers said that their mixture was too runny. I wanted to see what problems other people were having with their recipes so I could perfect my own. When reading over some professional chefs recipes I found that they too don’t go into much detail about how thick the lemon coconut macaroon mixture needs to be […]

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie with Cranberry Topping

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SWITCH UP RECIPES INTO PIES   When I have tonnes of turkey leftovers after any holiday one of my favourite recipes to make is this creamy Turkey Pot Pie with a vibrant Cranberry topping. I don’t know many people who are able to eat an entire turkey at one dinner sitting which means turkey leftovers are either transformed or put in the freezer until it’s needed. If you’re anything like me and just cooked a large turkey for Christmas, finding new ways of using up the turkey leftovers is a must. I love to find ways to use my leftover turkey which includes such under-used ingredients such as homemade jams, jellies and chutney which are delicious. In the past I have transformed leftover turkey into turkey turnovers,  teriyaki turkey chunks, turkey chili, turkey curry, turkey soup and even turkey and pumpkin lasagna. My plan was to use the turkey leftovers and the cranberry sauce that’s been sitting in the refrigerator since Christmas dinner to make an all-in-one pot pie. Today I am going to show you how to make my buttery, flakey, Turkey Pot Pie mixed with a gorgeous bechamel sauce and topped with a delicious homemade Cranberry sauce. Once […]

Magical Things Happened At CBB in 2015 : The Saturday Weekend Review 2016 #153

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NEVER A DULL MOMENT WHERE MONEY IS CONCERNED!   Sitting by myself on New Years Day enjoying coffee in the morning to write this final post I realized that I’ve had a magical 2015 year on CBB because of all of you! Thank-you. I’m over the moon excited that Canadian Budget Binder has done so well over the past 4 years and continues to grow not only with subscribers but how the community has come together. I’ve made some amazing online friends whom I’ve never met but we chat quite often about life in general. As CBB moves into the 5th year of life on the world-wide web I’ve realized that personal blogging really is all about the “Personal aspect” and that’s what people want to read about. I’m fortunate that being a frugal living/budget blog that I get quite a few emails from fans who are looking for answers or support from the Canadian Budget Binder community. The Grocery Game Challenge which has been very successful over the years for all the fans who participate is gaining more and more attention. With the prices of food and utilities going up even further in 2016 I’ve had fans email me […]

Fondant Fancies- Iced Sponge Cakes

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  FANCY UP ANY HOLIDAY OR SPECIAL OCCASION   This year for Christmas and New Years I wanted to make a few fancier smaller cakes so I decided to make Fondant Fancies. Fondant Fancies are individual sponge cakes also known as French Fancies back in the UK and Ireland where they were introduced in 1967 under the name Mr. Kipling. Mr Kipling is a brand of cakes, pies and baked goods marketed in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was introduced in May 1967 (at a time when cakes were more often bought from local bakers), to sell cakes of a local baker’s standard to supermarkets, and grew to become the United Kingdom’s largest cake manufacturer by 1976- WIkipedia Related: Nicola’s Cinnamon Meringue Petit Fours These fondant fancies are small bite size sponge cakes that have marzipan on the top then covered in fondant icing. You can also drizzle icing designs on top of your fondant fancies to help distinguish what type of cake it is or what is inside the layered sponge cake. The great thing about the Fondant Fancies are that they are bite-size and you can be as creative as you’d like with them for any occasion. […]

Nuts and Bolts Recipe

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THE PERFECT SNACK AND HOMEMADE GIFT FOR THE HOLIDAYS   If you’ve thought about making a homemade Nuts and Bolts Recipe for the holidays also known as a “cereal snack mix” check this easy recipe out. Last week this gorgeous Nuts and Bolts photo showed up on my What’s For Dinner post on Facebook and I knew I wanted to share it on the blog with all of you. My wife has asked me for years to create my own Nuts and Bolts Recipe but I’ve always put it last on the baking list. I’ve had many different versions of the Nuts and Bolts Recipe over the years but mainly around the holidays. The salty flavour of the Nuts and Bolts pairs perfectly with a lovely holiday beverage. I still prefer a cold beer. Some people also put chocolate in their Nuts and Bolts Recipe once cooled down to add a sweet element to this popular snack. Others eliminate the nuts like this recipe has which also keeps the costs down. If there is someone who cannot eat nuts this snack may work well for them. When my wife was younger she remembers a best friend of hers whose mother […]

Quick Apple Cinnamon Chicken Rice with Raisins

QUICK APPLE CINNAMON CHICKEN RICE WITH RAISINS

AN EASY SIDE-DISH READY IN MINUTES   These days time runs short in our family so making quick meals are a priority which means I often find ways to speed things up a notch. The other day we created a Crock-pot Mexican Chicken with Vegetables (coming soon to the blog) and this Apple-Cinnamon Chicken Rice with Raisins as a side-dish.   Both recipes are simple to make with easy clean-up to follow   We aren’t fans of buying quick cooking rice in boxes or packets so I thought I would try cooking my chicken rice dish right in the rice cooker to see what would happen. Voila, it turned out fluffy and perfect! Over the years I’ve always added different oils and herbs to the rice cooker with success so I did that for this chicken rice recipe but then added a few more spices that I haven’t tried before. I always start by soaking and then rinsing the rice in luke-warm water to get some of the starch off and then add it to the rice cooker. I cover the rice with cold water in equal amounts to the rice then add turmeric, cinnamon, onion powder, 1/3 cup chopped […]

Cauliflower Cheese Soup with Italian Meatballs

CREAMY CAULIFLOWER CHEESE SOUP WITH ITALIAN MEATBALLS

HOMEMADE SOUP NEVER TASTED SO GOOD   Move over chicken noodle soup I have a cauliflower cheese soup that will hit the spot and it’s topped with Italian meatballs. Cauliflower is one of those vegetables that are underrated and most people use it for veggies and dip but you can make so many gorgeous recipes with cauliflower. Cauliflower heads resemble those in broccoli, which differs in having flower buds. Brassica oleracea also includes broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, and kale, though they are of different cultivar groups.- Wikipedia You can buy cauliflower that is white, orange, green or purple but you’ll pay more for the unusual coloured varieties. Cauliflower can be eaten raw, roasted, mashed, boiled, fried, steamed and baked and is low in carbohydrates which makes it perfect for low-carb diets such as the Atikins diet and is used as a substitute for potatoes and rice. I can hardly tell the difference when we make cheesy mashed cauliflower compared to mashed cheesy potatoes. Come October my soup radar starts going off especially as the nights get colder and we start to crave meals that are comforting. I happened to buy a massive cauliflower for $0.99 and needed something […]

Sweet Peach Crumble Bars

SWEET PEACH CRUMBLE BARS

FRESH PEACHES NEVER TASTED SO GOOD   If you love peach desserts with fresh peaches I’ve created these gorgeous, sweet peach crumble bars for you that will take your mind off of anything that is bothering you while you sink your teeth into one of them. Although these peach crumble bars are perfect as a fall or winter treat they will also make a great peach dessert for your Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner. What I like about having easy desserts in my recipe repertoire is that I can turn to them in an instant to create something that tastes like a bakery made it. I’m a big fan of bar recipes because they are easy to eat and transport as a snack for work or for those who go to school. My coconut cherry pie bars are one of my favourite but I am also passionate about these peach crumble bars that are sweet and hit the spot.   Peach Varieties   In Ontario we are lucky to have delicious home-grown peaches in many varieties and produce 82% of the national production according to Ontariotenderfruit.ca where you can learn all about Ontario fruits including availability, storage and handling and some […]

Should I Spend $35,000 to Renovate My House or Move? : The Saturday Weekend Review #146

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HOME OWNERSHIP ISSUES   How much does it cost to renovate a house? Well, to renovate anything to do with your house can cost as little or as much as you’re prepared to spend. With everything on the market these days there are high-end products and for those who don’t wish to spend too much money you can be frugal and spend less on lower-budget fixes. With each of the above your choices can make or break the sale of your home depending on what you choose to renovate and how much money you put into the renovation itself. When I say make or break I mean how much money you’ll get for what you put into the house or for what it’s worth. A friend of mine who is single bought a 25-year-old starter home a little over 5 years ago in a great area of town. His house is around 2000sq feet with a fully finished basement that needs updating. Other areas of the house he wishes to renovate are both the full-bathrooms and the kitchen. The roof and windows have already been replaced since he purchased the home. The most common areas of a house to renovate […]

The Best Pumpkin Brownies with Chocolate Icing

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PUMPKIN LIKE YOU’VE NEVER EATEN IT BEFORE   I know you are probably sick of seeing pumpkin recipes BUT you MUST check out these pumpkin brownies if you are a brownie lover. I promise this will be the last pumpkin recipe for the season as we move over to festive treats, meals and side-dishes for the holidays. It’s no secret that I am passionate about brownies since I talk about them often since I created my signature fudgy brownie back in 2012. The best part about these pumpkin brownies though is that if I didn’t add pumpkin spices then you would have no idea about the pumpkin puree. This is a great way to sneak in some pumpkin nutrition to your diet. A bit of healthy works for me in a dessert of any kind. Since I’ve played with pumpkin in the kitchen these past few weeks I had some pumpkin puree left in the refrigerator that I didn’t want to waste. I was thinking about what I wanted to make and I remembered a CBB fan telling me that she makes zucchini brownies. From that moment these pumpkin brownies were created. I wanted my pumpkin brownies to have the […]

Eggplant Meatballs

EGGPLANT MEATBALLS

A TASTE OF ITALY   If you are Italian your parents may have or still do make Eggplant Meatballs also known as “Polpette di Melanzane) which are delicious on their own or dipped in a marinara sauce. Today I’m sharing my version of this classic Italian recipe but I actually have meat in my eggplant meatballs. If you don’t fancy the meat in my version don’t run away just yet as you can simply eliminate it. Combine all the other ingredients the same way adding breadcrumbs as needed until the mix comes together. If you eliminate the mince pork and beef you’ve made the Italian Polpette di Melanzane which is a great vegetarian dish. We were given eggplants from my wife’s parents who tend to have legions every gardening season because my father-in-law who is retired loves to grow just about anything in abundance. I think eggplant must grow like weeds because we end up with quite a few in our summer box from them every year. In the past I’ve made cheesy eggplant lasagna which is amazing as well we enjoy eggplant parmigiano but I wanted to try something different. I considered making eggplant parmigiano pizza which I saw […]