Spiced Apple Bread

spiced apple bread

SIMPLE QUICK BREAD   If you are looking for apple recipes you’ll want to add this spiced apple bread to the menu this week. Apples are everywhere in September especially at the farmers markets where you can buy bushels of them for a reasonable price. Also, with the Fall season around the corner apples are waiting to picked from the trees so now is a good time to harvest them. Now that the leaves are falling to the ground and seasons are changing this spiced apple bread is the perfect dessert. Quick breads have long been a favourite in many households not only because they are easy on the budget but they are fast to make. I’m a huge fan of apples and since I had a spare can of apple pie filling in my pantry I decided to create this spiced apple bread. Typically I would make my apple pie filling or apple sauce which you can do or you can use this shortcut that I’m taking to use up a pantry item so it doesn’t go to waste. If you don’t have apple pie filling in your cupboard like me you can easily substitute with a homemade spiced […]

Easy Cheesy Pizza Buns


MAKE YOUR OWN PIZZA BUNS AT HOME   Now we have all seen Pizza Buns in the supermarket before or you may have smelled them baking while you were shopping. That’s just another way the store plays to your senses so you buy a package of whatever is baking. Suggestive marketing by sight and smell has been around for year and years. Today I’m going to show you how to make pizza buns which you can enjoy on their own or stuff them to make a sandwich. I like to stuff mine with fresh sliced ham and mozzarella cheese which just makes the flavours pop in this recipe. Typically whenever dough is involved some people will shy away from a recipe because of time or lack of experience with dough BUT don’t be shy of it. We’ve all had to learn from our mistakes which helped us create experiences. All in all this pizza bun dough recipe will take about an hour to make and get ready for the oven. That’s pretty fast for making your own pizza buns at home. You can’t beat that freshness and if the tomatoes you use are garden fresh, even better. The magical part […]

Popcorn Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

popcorn chicken salad lettuce wrap

DRESS UP YOUR CHICKEN SALAD   If you are a lover of Chicken Salad you will enjoy this unique twist on traditional chicken salad with the addition of popcorn served inside a lettuce wrap. What if I said to you, that you could bring a new kind of pop to your dinner table? What if your last bag of air-popped popcorn could be the highlight of your next potluck party? I know lots of questions BUT it’s leading somewhere delicious I promise you. I’m talking about enjoying Popcorn Chicken Salad in a lettuce wrap. It doesn’t get any easier and than that and it’s a light dinner. We were first introduced to this popcorn chicken salad by our neighbour and we were no, popcorn is for the movies or at home to watch your favourite program. That’s just not heard of. Popcorn chicken isn’t what you are thinking either. It’s not like the popcorn chicken you get at Kentucky Fried Chicken. It’s a moist chicken that is full of flavour and not deep-fried. There’s no harm in trying something new like I’ve done with this popcorn chicken salad. I like to serve our popcorn chicken salad exactly like the photo […]

Thai Chicken Soup

Thai Chicken Noodle Soup 2

CREATING SOUPS WITH FLAVOUR   It was time for me to update our freezer inventory and I noticed we had some chicken that needed using up so I created this amazing Thai Chicken Soup. I know summer is around the corner and soup isn’t on the radar for many people but soup is not just for the winter months. We enjoy soup all year-long. If you love soup as much as my family does you will know that buying it in a can is really just for convenience. Pretty much any soup that you can find in a can can be made at home for a fraction of the cost and it freezes well. What I like about this Thai Chicken Soup that is different from a classic chicken noodle soup is the Asian flavours. If you aren’t a fan of the noodles you can leave them out and enjoy the chicken with the broth and Asian flavours on their own. If you love peanut butter, coconut, coriander, turmeric, lemon, lime, spring onions and chili peppers this Thai Chicken Soup is for you.   Meat Prices   I was on my weekly grocery shopping trip last week and I was […]

Mini Chocolate Eclairs

Mini chocolate eclairs

SINK YOUR TEETH INTO THESE   Today I’m going to show you how to be a pastry chef at home by creating these gorgeous mini chocolate eclairs. If you are craving sweets after dinner or just for a snack don’t be shy pop a few of these whipped cream stuffed chocolate eclairs in your mouth and enjoy. How many times have you drooled over gorgeous, deliciously impressive pastries in the bakery window? I bet the first thing that you think (besides that you want to eat something) is that there is no way you could make something so impressive yourself so you just have to buy them. But you can.  With a little patience and following this step by step mini chocolate eclairs recipe you too can make an outstanding pastry that will wow your family and friends. The next time you have a pot-luck or party to attend think about making these super easy chocolate eclairs and your friends will name you home chef of the year. When I’m grocery shopping or out and about I find myself walking past the bakery section to see what they have on display only to say to myself “I don’t need to buy this […]

How to turn bad habits into positive goals: PF Weekly grab a brew #77


LOOK UP AND BE AWARE   I don’t care who you are we all have bad habits in our lives whether it be smoking, drinking, drugs, over-spending, laziness, etc.  The list of bad habits can go on and on and what I never gave much thought to was how we tend to focus on the “good habits” rather than the bad habits. Why? We like to feel better about ourselves so focusing on the good and forgetting about the bad habits is much easier to do. I don’t know the exact psychology behind the way the human brain works but when I read an article about what Dean Hovey who met with Steve Jobs in 1978 to design the first mouse for the Apple computer had to say, it made me realize that I needed to make small changes in my life. To paraphrase Hovey felt that although we do something over and over it doesn’t necessarily mean we are aware of our surroundings. Interesting, I thought but true. He used an example of riding his bike to University every day and not being able to recall the roof’s shape, colour or composition when his Stanford University professor asked him […]

Is Father’s Day another marketing ploy to eat into your budget? : PF Weekly grab a brew #76


STEPPING AWAY FROM THE NORM   Father’s Day is just around the corner and for many that means heading out to the shops to find a gift to give to dad. While reading the weekly flyers last night it’s becoming apparent that that Father’s Day is just another scheme to get more money from us.   Father’s Day   I’ve never bought my dad a gift for Father’s Day simply because we never grew up like that back home in the UK. So how come we have to buy gifts just to say I love you? Some of the best gifts for men aren’t bought at the shop rather they are shared through words and telling your dad just how much you love him. My father always had an important message to teach me and one which stood out in my mind, “You only get one shot” and he’s right. While my parents taught me to save money and to spend it on things that I needed and not wanted I’ve learned why as I’ve gotten older. I’ve also learned that you can make things using creativity and imagination to give to loved ones rather than spending money on them […]

Would you pay to watch a new movie in premium Cineplex seats? :PF Weekly grab a brew #72


CINEMA MOVIES ARE A LUXURY   Watching a movie particularly at the Cineplex theatre may cost you approx. $2 more if you are hoping to take in a new movie and opt for new premium seats. Cinema movies are just as popular today as they were many years ago even when the drive-in theatre was a popular night out. You might still find the odd drive-in movie theatre still in business but for the most part people head indoors in bunches every night to take in a new movie or two. With new movies coming to theatres often movie fans want to get their fill of seeing the best new movies on the giant screen while being able to pick the best seat in the house. Cineplex like any other business is looking for ways to increase customer service and of course revenues even though most people cringe at the prices they pay to snack on movie favourites such as buttered popcorn, nachos and cheese and large-sized pops. Just ask CBB blogger Katrina who went to the movies last week and I believe she mentioned she spent around $40 in snacks to bring her kids to see Rio 2. She […]

Should your husband help with household chores? : PF Weekly grab a brew #71

Waldorf Salad

CLEANING ISN’T JUST FOR THE LADIES   I’ve done household chores for as long as I can remember and it’s really not that big of a deal. Some people loathe cleaning but I would prefer to have a clean environment rather than having to deal with creatures, dust and who knows what else. Note… I’m not talking just messy because when kids are involved messy is part of life even though growing up we still were responsible for cleaning up our toys when we were old enough to understand. If you read my blog you know I bought my first house from a young age and I kept my investment spotless. Not only did I make sure to maintain the property I bought I made sure it was kept neat and tidy. I was a single guy at the time so if I didn’t clean no one else was going to do the household chores for me. Sure, I could have hired a maid but why pay for something that is so easy to do. I find that if you were told to do housework from a young age and your parents taught you to keep your space clean you […]

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Does your meal plan include a new recipe each week?: The grocery game challenge #2 May 5-11, 2014

flyer recipe

A GREAT RECIPE IN EVERY GROCERY CART   Including a new recipe when writing up your meal plan and grocery list is a great way to expand your own personal recipe index each week. I know many people who love to experiment including myself so it’s no surprise that Canadian Budget Binder has a free recipe index that includes easy recipes for your family to enjoy. If you follow the Sunday recipe post you likely know Nicola who has shared her recipes on the blog for about a year now. She’s such an inspirational woman and mom who loves to create new recipes, try recipes that others suggest and most of all share them. What I like the most is that her grocery list each week is a bit different from the last because of the variety in her meal plan. I know Mrs. CBB and I can easily get stuck in a food rut and each week you might see us buying the same grocery items mainly because we think trying a new recipe might take up more time. Lately we’ve been so busy that we need to remember that we can’t forget about us in the process. Making […]

Would you quit your job to travel the world for free? : PF Weekly grab a brew #69

Walnut lime tart

AROUND THE WORLD   If you were wondering how to travel the world for free you don’t need much but a desire to get to your next destination, patience and elbow grease to make extra cash along the way. This morning I read about a couple who left the USA to travel to Nicaragua for a few years to experience the lifestyle and in search of comparable healthcare in the USA. I thought it was brilliant that they would take such a chance as to pick up and move from where they were comfortable to a place where they had to learn from the bottom up. They seem to love it in Nicaragua and of course have learned what they can and can’t do but for the most part they said living was much cheaper. Who could complain with a beer for under a $1.00, right? The article reminded me of my friend Pauline who blogs at Reach Financial Independence who now lives in Guatemala and is doing very well for herself. You can follow her adventures on her blog and she even wrote a lovely guest post here at CBB about making the best of what is available. Sometimes […]