Chocolate Chip Cookies

Every mom should have a good chocolate chip recipe. Baking them with your children will create memories they will cherish even as adults. If you are looking to save time, mix a double batch of the dough, roll half into a log, seal in plastic wrap and store in the freezer. Next time you want to whip up a batch, simply thaw the log and slice it into rounds to bake.


  • 125 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place butter in a bowl and beat until light and creamy. Add vanilla and egg and stir to combine. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Fold in chocolate chips.

Place spoonfuls of the dough on a greased baking sheet, allowing space for them to spread. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until they turn pale gold.

Allow cookies to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before placing them on a wire rack to cool some more.

Indulge with someone you love.


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The Debate: To Rent or to Own

Ever since I can remember, my parents (and most of their generational peers) have been determined to buy a house, pay off their mortgage and own a piece of property outright. Ownership, for them, is the definition of financial stability and long-term security. While in many ways I agree, I would argue that times have changed and home ownership is not necessarily the answer for everyone. Continue reading

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Can’t afford it? What have you got to trade?

Has there ever been a luxury that you simply could not afford? I imagine that is the case for most of us. Otherwise, why are you reading this blog? I have found that if you want something badly enough, you will find a way to get it. It’s all about being creative! Continue reading

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Saving Ideas from a Former Nanny

I have often heard people say that they are going to wait to have enough money before having kids, hmm? What is enough? While having children does involve expense, it does not have to be excessive. Thinking back on my childhood, I realize that my parents had some good ideas to help save money. Continue reading

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Moroccan Couscous with Saffron

Although I am not a vegetarian nor a vegan, I have discovered some delicious recipes in Alicia Silverstone’s cookbook The Kind Diet. Here is one that I have made often and that I rely on because you can make a lot of it, keep it in the fridge for the week, supplying your lunch with a quick and healthy option. Although saffron is not cheap, I would say splurge on this one as it really adds to the dish. Continue reading

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Dealerships vs Private Garages

Most of us assume that work done at the dealership is more expensive than it is at the privately run garage around the corner. But the very fact that I have been assuming prompted me to research the facts so that I could finally make an informed decision. My findings were not black nor white, but certainly shed some light on the world of automobile service.  Continue reading

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Save water! Save money!

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What Your Doctor Is Not Telling You: Why generic is better than name-brand

Prescription Drugs

Although more often we associate illness with the winter season, there are a few bugs going around at this time of year – not to mention an increase in the number of people suffering from allergies. As parents, we want the best for our children; specifically, we want them to be safe and healthy. When they are sick, we rely on health professionals to heal them and tend to administer the medicine that they recommend. But often we are being persuaded to buy name-brand prescription drugs to treat the symptoms when, in reality, generic alternatives are just as effective. Continue reading

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Avoid the tendency to undervalue yourself

For the last three years, I have been living full-time in the world of make-believe, tantrums, chaos,  laughter, spilt milk and unconditional love. All of this I expected. What I did not expect to discover throughout this time at home was my own business ambition, along with an entire network of mompreneurs. All of us trying to find the balance between work and play. Each trying to pursue something that we love while working around our family schedule. Continue reading

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Mother Miser’s TV Appearance

To all the Ottawa readers: I am thrilled to share that I will be appearing live on Daytime (Rogers TV) to discuss personal finance and this blog specifically. Hope you can tune in on Monday, July 16th 11:00 to noon on channel 22.

Happy Sunday!


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