Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Mot Blues and Pasta Bake

Yesterday i took my car in for its Mot and it failed on several points.Its going to be expensive. It needs a new tyre on the front nearside, a fog lamp bulb, 2 new wiper blades ( my cars always need these replacing, I dont know why),  and 2 new constant velocity joint gaiters! It also failed its emissions test and the examiner told me it might be ok with a good run up the motorway and some engine cleaner stuff. So no car for about a week I guess until this is all done and my purse is a lot lighter. I dont know how I will manage for a whole week but I will have to. At least I was able to get on with some crochet while I waited an hour for the chap to test the car.
The photo is what we had for dinner yesterday. Pasta Bake made by boiling a 500g bag of Sainsburys Basic pasta (price just 18 pence a packet, I like that :)  ). Simmer for about 6 mins, drain,  then place in an oven proof dish with a tin of sweetcorn, and stir in 2 packets of cheeese sauce (4 packets for £1 from Asda) and grated cheese sprinkled over the top. I cook this in the oven gas mark 5 for about 30 mins.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Lap blanket photo

Here as promised is a photo of the crochet blanket that I have been working on.Should help keep me warm as it is 40% pure wool. I have just got to sew all the ends in (which I hate doing lol) then I will probably work a row of double crochet all around the edge to finish it off. I will post a photo of it when I've done.

In my slow cooker.

Ive recently bought a slow cooker and am amazed how handy it is to use. I can just throw everything into to it, turn it on and leave it to cook, its brilliant.
I  made a vegetable stew and dumplings yesterday and got 8 good portions out of it so was able to freeze 4 portions for another day.
I have a book called 'the ultimate slow cooker cookbook' by cara hobday and was leafing through it this morning and found out you can make jams and marmalade in it so I will be trying that in the next day or two and will post recipe and photos if it turns out ok
Bye for now. 

Sunday, 16 October 2011

First Blog Hi There!

Hi everyone.
This is my first blog. 
I intend to share my regular efforts of Saving Money, Crafting, Recipes etc.
Hope you enjoy reading.

I have been planning on keeping warmer this winter by making Lap Blankets  (Will post Pics later) to keep all the family warm while saving a bit of money keeping the heating down a bit as it is So expensive.
Wish I had a log burner so we could get our own free fuel from the local woods.