Saturday, June 28, 2014

Use LICKBO to Retire Hydro's Debt Retirement charges

Ottawa's hydro rates are ridiculous. My bill yesterday was for 76.12 for one month.

Hydro used to bill every two months. Now they changed the billing period, so maybe we wouldn't notice the difference in the bills. I guess they think we're morons.

As you can see below, more than half my hydro charges are for Delivery, Regulatory charges, Debt Retirement Charges and Tax.

Then today in my newspaper, I received the brand new LICKBO (LCBO) 36 page glossy "Magazine". A "Magazine" devoted to taking pictures of laughing smiling beautiful people (ugly people need not apply) because apparently we need to be told to drink more booze.

Not like LICKBO has a monopoly or anything in Ontario, and that the only place you can buy booze in Ontario is at this monopoly. How much did they pay for this "Magazine" anyway? A ton I imagine. And it is circulated through the newspapers. What a farce.

The money that Ontario uses for to tell us to drink more, should be put directly on the Delivery, Regulatory charges, Debt Retirement Charges and Tax of Ontario residents' hydro bills. That would make sense.

And stop producing these obnoxious "Magazines".


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

How to make a Bowel Buddy substitute

We ran out of bowel buddies. These are high fibre biscuits that we buy. Each one has 5 grams of fibre.

I thought, hey I could probably make something similar at a fraction of the price. So I did. I just looked at the ingredients on the package and made up a recipe that included what was in the package.

Here it is:

Mix dry ingredients in small bowl
2 cups of all bran type cereal
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder

Mix wet ingredients in medium bowl
2 eggs
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup canola oil
1/8 cup brown sugar

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Stir and put into greased 11 X 7 inch pan. Bake at 350 until toothpick comes out clean. Cut into 16 squares. You could probably also use an 8 X 8 inch pan.

My recipe has 4.25 grams of fibre per square. If you increase the bran cereal to 2 1/2 cups of all bran cereal, you would get the 5 grams equivalent fibre that Bowel Buddies give you. You would probably need to increase the milk by maybe 1/4 cup.

Easy peasy.