Frugal Easter Traditions We’ve Started As A Family : The Saturday Weekend Review #165

Easter Traditions Happy Easter(1)

EASTER FUN FOR EVERYONE WITHOUT DIGGING DEEP INTO YOUR WALLET   Creating Easter traditions with your family whether you have kids or not means you can plan ahead so you don’t go over-board with Easter expenses. Do we budget for Easter? Yes and No and here’s why. This is the first year that we’ve really invested any money into Easter for our son. Now that we know how much we’ve spent on Easter this year we will be able to sort out a projected expense for the beginning of 2017 since this holiday has just passed. Related: What are projected expenses and why are they important? The Dollar store is fully loaded with Easter celebration materials and chocolates galore. When you are dealing with young kids remember that they don’t need an Easter basket filled with just chocolates. Some families buy far too much at Easter and end up with tonnes of chocolate they either give away or freeze. If your relatives want to give an Easter gift you can always suggest a small chocolate treat along with other Easter options for the kids. Having a treat once in a while is nice but we put the brakes on after […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #32: Define pay it forward

Don’t Say Try, Just Do It Any time I read one of these ‘pay it forward stories’ it does remind me that there are good people in this world. Our minds become clouded watching the darkness of negativity in the news whether it be in print, television or listening on the radio. That is really part of what sells in the media and most people although saddened thrive on what’s going wrong around the world and forget about what’s going right. When reading a positive story it simply lightens up the world just a bit brighter than it was the day before. We don’t often hear of all the good Samaritan stories but when we do in most cases it touches our hearts and makes us wonder how we can give back if we aren’t already. This morning I read this pay it forward story on Yahoo which was a nice change from all the crap we get to read on a daily basis in the news. To paraphrase what happen, some guy was checking his baggage at the Tampa International airport when his credit card was declined. While he was trying to sort out the problem one of others […]

Stuff this! Mr.CBB’s Green Stuffed Peppers on Mash! $2 each Meal

My wife and I started making these Stuffed green peppers after watching her mother in the kitchen. Her mom is a great cook but one who never measures.. you know- a little of this, a little of that. Ay! What happens to her recipes, they taste great. I have no idea how some cooks work their magic with no recipe but it works. Although we would love to stir up some magic in the kitchen we needed a recipe. So after watching and learning we took to our own test kitchen and proceeded to cook. You can use any colour pepper to make this easy stuffed pepper recipe, we chose green. After many trials our green stuffed peppers are now perfected! They stand tall on a nice slathering of mashed potatoes, surrounded by a sweet basil, garlic marinara sauce and topped with mozzarella and Parmigianno Reggiano. I can assure you there won’t be any left when you are done making this recipe. For the vegetarians if you want to make this a meatless stuffed pepper you can simply omit the meat and continue on with the rest of the menu as it can be just as hearty. I would likely add in an extra […]