How To Create Thanksgiving Traditions With Your Family : The Saturday Weekend Review #193

GIVING THANKS SHOULD BE THE EASIEST PART OF YOUR DAY   The second Monday in October every year is Thanksgiving Day where we give thanks and appreciation for all the good in our lives. This is one time of year where I explore my life and how thankful I am for all the wonderful things I’ve been given the opportunity to experience. The birth of our son just two years ago was the biggest blessing of all for my wife and I and there isn’t a day that goes by that we aren’t thankful that he’s in our life. We’re also thankful that we’ve managed to almost hit the 10 year anniversary mark this year without getting divorced which is so common these days and I can understand why. Parenting is tough stuff and can be very overwhelming for any couple. Starting a new life in Canada with my beautiful wife, having to go back to school, buy a house, have a baby and work lots of hours while trying keep the family afloat has been charged at times but our love is deep. Three things that work for us is to always give thanks, say I’m sorry and I […]

Turkey Chunks In Teriyaki Sauce

HAVE I GOT AN EASY TERIYAKI SAUCE FOR YOU!   We always have leftover turkey after the holidays so having a few quick turkey recipes up my sleeve is important. There are only so many hot turkey sandwiches one can eat so I created these flavourful turkey chunks in a homemade teriyaki sauce. What does the word teriyaki mean anyways? I looked up it because I wanted to know… Teriyaki is a cooking technique used in Japanese cuisine in which foods are broiled or grilled with a glaze of soy sauce, mirin, and sugar- Wikipedia This is a go-to recipe of mine which doesn’t take long to make especially for those of you looking for quick dinner ideas. If you like to meal plan like I do you can also make the turkey chunks with teriyaki sauce ahead of time and freeze them. The teriyaki turkey chunks are easy to defrost in the microwave or a quick re-heat on the stove-top. You can bring this for lunch at work or eat at home as part of a balanced meal. The homemade teriyaki sauce is miracle sauce in my eyes as it’s delicious to have with just about any recipe. I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thanksgiving and our family values: The Saturday Weekend Review #92

 IT’S TURKEY TIME…   This weekend we are celebrating Thanksgiving with our friends and family like many people around Canada. I love cooking in the Fall because I am a big fan of sweet potatoes, potatoes, apples, beets, carrots, corn, squash and any other veg and fruits I can get my hands on. I am a firm believer in eating for the season because you will get the best product around. The best part is you will also score better prices on seasonal products as well making your grocery budget that much lighter than buying out of season.   Meaning of Thanksgiving   What is the meaning of Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving has a different meaning for everyone. Thanksgiving for me is a time where loved one’s come together to enjoy a festive Thanksgiving meal and give thanks for what they are thankful for in their lives. I am a believer that we should give thanks every day rather than just one day a year but I often think that Thanksgiving Day is just a swift reminder for everyone to slow down in life. Sometimes we get on the life bandwagon and we ride it at a million miles per hour letting […]

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 […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #7 December

Mr.CBB’s  Saturday Weekend Review I didn’t get myself into any trouble this week although I haven’t made my way in to the kitchen for my Christmas Baking Marathon yet. The fun will all start today when we start baking 1 of 4 easy Christmas cookie recipes and I will share them every Sunday on the Blog in December. I suppose since the snow has decided to make its way to Ontario it’s time to swap vehicles. This always takes a day or so for me to sort out with insurance, e-test and getting a new sticker. Money, Money, Money everyone wants money. Pain in the ass if you ask me but hey I’m just a newbie! Time to put away my love machine for another season and take out the winter tank destroyer. Do you store your vehicle for the winter and bring out a winter beater? What’s Been Happening at Canadian Budget Binder Well, what hasn’t been happening. I’ve been guest posting all over the shop so if you start seeing posts I wrote for some awesome blogs go ahead and give them a read. It’s not often I write so many in one month but November took me […]

Mr.CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks October 5, 2012

Mr.CBB’s Week in Review This week flew by to be honest and it felt like I spent more time outside of the home than I did inside. It was so nice out that I went for a few evening jogs and we also walked around to take in the breathtaking views of the Autumn Colours on the trees in our neighbourhood. I was speaking to me mum and dad in the UK yesterday and they asked me if the trees has started to turn. That is one thing they  miss about their first visit to Canada back a few years ago. Next time they visit they want to do the Agawa Canyon Tour up in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. It’s a one day tour into the heart of Canadian Wilderness and we all want to check it out. Have you done this? I’ve pretty much put the garden to rest for the winter and now have around 12 plants to bring inside (even that pretty fern we rescued from the side of the road early in the spring). I don’t know about you but it gets depressing when I have to put everything away but I know that the snow is just […]