Sunday, October 07, 2007

Bank holiday - Mortgage Interest rate updates and Happy Thanksgiving

Monday was a bank holiday. With the sound of air conditioners buzzing it's hard to believe it's Thanksgiving!
  • Interest rates have remained stable; however, most lenders have changed their pricing on Variable Rate Mortgages. Currently, Prime less .90% is available through only 1 lender. Others have decreased the discount to Prime less .50% and even Prime less .25%.
  • Question: Do I need a rate hold if I plan on a variable rate mortgage?
  • Answer: Yes! The rate hold will insure you get the lender's current discount - if the lender decides to change the pricing, within your rate hold period, your pricing discount remains in effect.

Mortgage Interest RATE UPDATE
October 5th, 2007

Prime Rate.6.25%
Variable Rate.Prime less .90%
1 year closed.5.60%
3 year closed.5.70%
5 year closed.5.60%*
7 year closed.5.78%*
10 year closed...5.85%*
25 year closed...6.70%

* for mortgage of $500,000 or greater; slightly higher rates for lower mortgage amounts
Information subject to change without prior notice. APR.E.&O.E.

If you have hosting duties this weekend, or need to bring along a dessert - this recipe is an alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Easy to make, all the flavour of pumpkin pie without the work.

2 cups (500 ml) flour
1/2 cup (125 ml) icing sugar
1 cup (250 ml) unsalted butter, cubed
1 tsp (5 ml) salt
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups (500 ml) canned pureed pumpkin
3/4 cup (175 ml) packed brown sugar
1/3 cup (75 ml) corn syrup
1/2 cup (125 ml) whipping cream
2 tsp (10 ml) lemon juice
1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract
1 tsp (5 ml) cinnamon
1/2 tsp (2 ml) allspice or nutmeg
1/2 tsp (2 ml) ground ginger
1/4 tsp (1 ml) salt

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Line 9 x 13" baking pan with parchment paper
  • Mix flour & icing sugar together with butter & salt in food processor or by hand until mixture just comes together (do not let it form into a ball). Pat into lined baking pan & bake for 15 minutes or until golden at edges.
  • In food processor or blender, combine eggs, pumpkin, sugar, corn syrup, whipping cream, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, ginger and salt. Process until well combined. Scrape sides & process again.
  • Pour over base & bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until centre springs back when touched. Cool squares.


Drizzle over squares for a great look or skip this steps & serve plain

2 tbsp (25 ml) butter
2 tbsp (25 ml) cream cheese
1/2 cup (125 ml) icing sugar
1/4 cup (50 ml) milk (or less)

  • Combine butter & cream cheese with hand beater until soft and fluffy. Beat in icing sugar & milk. Use icing bag to drizzle over squares. Chill then cut into 24 squares.

Recipe from Food & Drink, Autumn 2003

Hapy Thanksgiving from Mark!

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