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5 Dollar-Wise Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #2 Feb 12-18

LEAVE THE DISHES FOR THE MORNING AND ENJOY A ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER AT HOME WITH YOUR LOVED ONE   Valentine’s Day is around the corner and for those of you who want to surprise your loved one with a romantic dinner at home on a budget, I’ve got you covered. Mrs. CBB and I considered going out to a restaurant for Valentine’s Day dinner but once we factored in the costs we realized we’d get romantic at home instead. Romantic Dinner for two including dessert Bottle of wine or other bubbly Valentine’s Day flowers and other gifts Babysitting costs Server Tip Now that we are parents we tend to do more date-nights at home because we enjoy being in the kitchen creating meals together, it’s fun plus far less than eating out. Everything about Valentine’s Day is expensive as I’m sure we can all agree. By the time you buy Valentine’s Day flowers (Rose’s being the number one choice), romantic Valentine’s Day card and book reservations at your favourite restaurant you may be in for a pricey date-night.   Save and Splurge   If you are one of those people who would rather eat out at a restaurant for […]

Homemade Chocolate Bars with Stevia (Sugar-Free, Low-Carb)

CHOCOLATE CANDY BARS ARE INEXPENSIVE TO MAKE AT HOME WITH THE ADDED BONUS OF INCLUDING YOUR FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS   I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t mind making homemade gifts for the people I love. So, I decided to make homemade low-carb chocolate bars as a surprise for Valentine’s Day to give to Mrs. CBB along with some not-so-crafty decorations that I’m sure she will laugh at. It’s the thought that counts, right? Homemade chocolate bars or other chocolate candies are not meant to look perfect because it is the imperfect that says, “I made this with Love” that matters most. What I love the best is the cost of making homemade chocolate bars vs. store-bought. Before we start this recipe for homemade sugar-free chocolate bars ….. I just want to point out that if you don’t care for sugar-free chocolate you can easily use regular chocolate chips  to make this recipe for homemade chocolate bars. Once you understand the basics of melting chocolate, own the proper tools and have the ingredients on-hand then you’ll be set to go.   Chocolate Bar Mould   To be honest if you don’t fancy the same chocolate bar mould that we use that […]

Sweetheart Cinnamon Cookies (Low Carb) (Sugar Free)

SIMPLE COOKIES MADE WITH LOVE AND KISSES OF CINNAMON.   Who doesn’t love the taste and smell of cinnamon? Every time I walk through a mall with a Cinnabon shop where they make the most delicious smelling cinnamon buns I get weak at the knees. These soft cinnamon cookies are low-carb and perfect as breakfast cookies with a hot beverage or a snack throughout the day. Best of all they are sugar-free. If you or someone you know enjoys a low-carb high-fat lifestyle these Sweetheart Cinnamon Cookies make the best homemade gifts. With Valentine’s Day in the next few days go ahead and spread some low carb love and bake up a batch even if they are for yourself. This recipe for soft cinnamon cookies use both almond flour and coconut flour for texture and flavour purposes. Both the almond and coconut are a low carb flour and used in many dishes along with lupin flour. Lupin flour is produced by drying and grinding the lupin bean. You may also know these as lupini beans (rubbery outside skin) you can buy in cans at the grocery store in the International aisle. We have yet to try lupin flour but may […]

Family Day Fun In Our House Goes Like This : The Saturday Weekend Review #159

FAMILY FIRST…TOUGH WORDS TO LIVE UP TO WHEN WORK KEEPS YOU AWAY   Family Day Fun is not something you pay for, it’s something you create together with the people who mean the most to you. There’s a statutory family holiday in February and it’s called Family Day… how will you spend your day? This will be my eighth Family Day in Canada and every year I learn something more about this beautiful country I call home. Today I’m going to share with you what I’ll be doing with my precious family this Family Day whom I love and miss when I’m not home to spend time with them. I’ve learned that even if you are tired and feel you can’t go on the love of your family always makes you go the extra mile.   Family Day Stat Holiday   You don’t need kids to enjoy Family Day fun either. Couples all over Ontario are finding ways of enjoying the holiday with just as much excitement as parents are with their kiddos. Family doesn’t mean “blood” either it can be anyone you consider to be part of your family. Family Day in Ontario is this coming Monday, February 15 […]

Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts For Valentine’s Day

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 […]

Free love with a post-it note no calendar required- The Saturday Weekend Review #59

LOVE DON’T COST A THING   The written form of love even on a post-it note is easy on the wallet and the heart will embrace your uniqueness. Not everyone is comfortable sharing their feelings so writing them down is a great way to express love. No, I’m not busting out into the Jennifer Lopez tune telling the world to put the money away because it’s not what love is all about, but in a way I am. I’m sure you’ve heard enough about Valentine’s Day and how much money men and women spend around the world for this one day every year. Sickening really, to see how we put a date on love and romance when every day should be filled with expressions of love. I wasn’t going to write anything about Valentine’s Day this year because, frankly I didn’t have anything to say that I hadn’t said before. Related: Budgeting for Love on Valentine’s Day I was contacted by The Brighter Life who wanted my Valentine’s Budget ideas so I fired them off in an email and they shared my thoughts on their website yesterday for the world to see. You will notice none of it entails spending […]

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

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 […]

Do you know the laws when travelling abroad? : PF Weekly Grab a brew #58

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS   Do you really read about the laws of the country you are about to visit when travelling abroad? Shaking your head no, don’t worry me neither. I’ve been to many countries around the world in the 30 odd years I’ve been around and Canada was the only place that I did. To be honest the laws of each destination that I visited weren’t something that crossed my mind although it really should have been. Before I became a permanent resident in Canada I did look into the laws of the road and driving and how I would be insured since I was visiting from abroad only because my wife had brought it to my attention. It’s important to know what your rights are and whether your insurance will cover you in the event of an accident but also what the laws of the country are involving certain situations such as the horror described below. I was disturbed to read an article earlier this week about Canadian Justine Davis from Toronto who was travelling through Cuba with her three-year old son. While on a rented scooter just before this past Christmas they were involved in an accident […]

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