Creamy Rice Pudding

Creamy Rice Pudding

CREAMY DREAMY EASY DESSERT   I know many of you have asked for a few of my “What’s for Dinner” recipes from our nightly chit-chat at the Canadian Budget Binder Facebook page so here is the creamy rice pudding recipe that we had the other week. How to make rice pudding? It’s so easy you will wonder why you never tried it sooner. Don’t worry though because we all have to start somewhere when it comes to creating new dishes for our families. Trial and error is always important although getting it right the first time helps. I can easily say I’ve learned from my mistakes over the years but that has made me a better cook for my family.   Rice pudding   This is an ideal rice pudding that you can make any time of year as this can be eaten hot or cold and perfect to bring to parties, pot-luck or even a family BBQ in the summer. I know I always have my friends asking me for recipes that they can whip up in a flash that are unique so they can bring them to gatherings and rice pudding is a dessert my family loves. One […]

Are tattoos the next advertising phenomenon? : PF Weekly grab a brew #65

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GET INKED TO SPREAD THE WORD   You are either someone who loves tattoos or hates tattoos because they tag along with you everywhere you go. Are you looking for a cool tattoo idea? I think I’ve just found one! At least I think I have although I may be behind with the times. Some people don’t worry about what others think of tattoos and others have felt the wrath of discrimination just because they are “different from others when they really aren’t. We are all human with a heart after all. I find that many people who love tattoos have them as a way to express themselves or their creative side just as a photographer might with his/her portfolio or an artist with his/her paintings etc. The only difference is tattoos are for the most part permanent unless you want to have tattoo removal. I’ve heard it’s not only as time-consuming as getting a tattoo or worse it’s costly and painful. Why would you want to get it removed after spending all that money to get it put on? Some people do because they make split second decisions and down the line change their mind. A relationship might end […]

Orange & Carrot Breakfast Muffin

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HOT FROM THE OVEN MUFFIN   I love muffins of any kind even at breakfast and they are so easy to make that if you have kids you can get them involved with the process.   If you are one of those people who makes their morning stop off at Tim Horton’s for a coffee and a muffin, you don’t need to. It’s not only lighter on the wallet if you make your coffee at home but any of the muffins they offer are so easy to make in your own kitchen. With a few ingredients you can make a mountain of muffins that just tumble into you mouth at any time of day or night. Today I am going to share with you the basic muffin mix that I always use for making the various muffins that come out of this kitchen. After I have the basic muffin mix ready all I do is add in my delicious ingredients. You can add blueberries, chocolate chips, raisins, oats, coconut, cranberries, whatever you fancy. You guys all know me well enough by now and know that I always mix things up a little and experiment a lot. I also like to […]

Not everything online is free for the taking: PF Weekly Grab a brew #59

red velvet cupcakes with oreo cream cheese frosting

ASK BEFORE YOU TAKE   Be careful what you post online because someone might just think they can use it for free. In fact, it’s true many people do share information online but fail to credit the original owner. Granted, mistakes happen. Could you imagine pouring your heart and soul into a work of art or a hobby of yours online only to have someone take it and use it to make a profit? They are making money… yes dollars off of your skill. I read somewhere once that if you have a skill and are good at it don’t do it for free. What happens if someone just takes it though? You go after them, that’s what you do. Is it worth it to you though? That’s your decision. So why is it ok that someone thinks they can take something that a skilled person created and posted online and use it to make money for themselves? Greed? Maybe.   Protect your stuff   It happens all the time and it’s why I always suggest to try to protect any work that you put online so you have proof that you are the original owner of that work. The […]

Glazed Finger Buns

glazed finger buns

A GLAZED BUN FOR EVERYONE   Glazed finger buns aren’t for just anyone, they are for everyone. Since I love being in the kitchen so much I need to make sure it’s clean and well kept. I’ve been getting organized and doing some early spring cleaning today, clearing out the cobwebs around the house. The pantry has been cleaned out and re-organized, pots n pans moved, big freezer emptied and defrosted and the freezer inventory done. (Note: You can download your free freezer inventory list here) The last of the bits and pieces out of the freezer up are in the kitchen awaiting to be used into creating delicious meals for my family. I enjoy making as many homemade meals for my family as I can because it’s something I really enjoy to do for them. Homemade school treats   I am always looking for things to give my kids for pack lunches as they get bored with the typical sandwiches. Now with the banning of microwaves in the school I have to be very creative in the lunch department. This also includes the snacks I bake for the kids as it’s a peanut-free school too! After rearranging and cleaning […]

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Are you a helpful grocery shopper?-The Grocery Game Challenge Jan 27- Feb 2, 2014 #5

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HELP IS ONLY A QUESTION AWAY   If you are a grocery shopper and have a question, ask. It’s as simple as that. I’ve always said that there are no stupid questions no matter what situation you are in, even if it’s at the grocery store. It’s always better to ask then to guess especially around you that might know the answer. I believe that learning how to be a smart grocery shopper not only begins with the budget but it begins with you. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been grocery shopping and another grocery shopper has asked if one of us was an employee because they are desperate for help. In a silly way it’s more the shoppers grocery store than it is the grocery stores store… if that makes sense. We help each other out when we can. I don’t know about you but the last place I want to be without help is the grocery store because I just don’t want to hang out there any longer than I have to. I’d like to think that every grocery store has its ups and downs and busy times so although they are willing to help […]

Is cord cutting part of your new budget plan?- PF Friday Grab a brew #54

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NOT EVERYONE WANTS THE SAME SERVICES   I have to admit that “cord cutting” is not part of our new budget for 2014 but it may be in the future. All that cord cutting boils down to is whether you want to pay for cable TV or not. I’m a huge fan of watching movies but not as much as my wife who is a movie buff and has her fair share of DVD’s, VHS movies (boxes full and she still has the player) and the odd Blue Ray movies these days. When she was younger she had basic cable and loved watching movies so she would buy them at the local Blockbuster or Rogers store as previously viewed for cheaper than buying a ticket to go to the movies. It wasn’t worth it to her besides she got to keep the movie and watch it as many times as she wanted. Many people are doing away with the traditional TV packages from their communications providers simply because the pricing has become so unrealistic, they don’t watch much TV or streaming TV programs is more the way they want to roll. Throw in some free streaming and watching DVD’s and […]

Easy Crustless Quiche

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CREATE EASY EGG RECIPES THAT THE FAMILY WILL LOVE   My easy to make crustless Quiche can be served with any type of salad or as an appetizer for any meal of the day. To be honest the list is endless as are the ingredients you can add to the egg mixture to customize your own Quiche. That’s the beauty of a Quiche because you can add what you like and take away what you don’t like and it’s pretty simple to do if you have picky eaters in your household.    Cut calories and fat   If you don’t fancy using bacon to make a bacon cheese Quiche and want to opt for a low-fat Quiche then you can fill up your egg mixture with loads of vegetables and keep it simple. A popular recipe is a spinach mushroom Quiche which is simply the egg mixture, chopped spinach and fresh mushrooms. Since I’m not using a crust for this Quiche recipe that also eliminates many of the unwanted calories and fat you might not desire. You can also make mini-crustless Quiche like I did here today or opt for a bigger muffin tin or smaller pie plates or tin […]