Sunday, 8 December 2013

Christmas lights


Apologies for the poor quality photos but I can only upload photos on blogger from my phone, I dont know why.
This is our tree. Excuse the washing hanging on the picture rail, this is where I dry it sometimes near the fire when I cant dry it outside.
Then the lights we hang on the living room window. And finally my eldest bought some outdoor lights and draped them on the hedge out the front garden.

Normally I have a set of lights that we hang round the room on the picture rail but I couldn't find them this year. My daughters always moan that it looks like a pub, but I love lots of fairy lights. I know it's not very eco friendly, but it's only once a year and I try to do what I can to be eco conscious the rest of the time.

Soup for 4 of us for only 34 pence!

Veg soup very cheaply made using a yellow stickered stew pack. All I added this time was some tomato puree, splash of worcester sauce and 3 basics veg stock cubes and simmered for about 25 minutes.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

How I cook Roast Veggies.

I love roast potatoes and save energy when cooking them by using a large roasting tin to which I add a little oil. I preheat the oven on high for about 5 minutes then add the potatoes. Cook for about 35 minutes turning them over after about 20-25 minutes. I then add the sausages. After a total of about 50-60 minutes, I add the yorkshires and leave to heat through for another 5 minutes then serve. I use the small, top oven which only has 1 shelf which is why all the roasty stuff is all done in the same pan. Any veg needed is cooked on the hob. The gravy is made from the veggie water strained at the end of cooking with gravy powder. p.s. I have a photo but couldn't get blogger to load it for some unknown reason.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Hello Dear  Readers.
My goodness, I hadnt realised it has been so long since I have blogged. but im here now:)  
Im still getting runner beans from my garden. Probably only one more picking left though. Mmm my favourite veg. 
Also got lots of tomatoes to harvest, so might be blogging about chutney soon.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Decluttering the garden

Friday was spent clearing the back garden. Sorry no pics yet. It was still really hot but as the weekend was forcast for heavy rain, I wanted to get as much of it done as possible before it got a soaking.

An old small shed was stacked up neatly while I decide if it is worth repairing or not. Behind where the shed had been, we found a pile of wooden fence posts and bamboo sticks. These have all been stacked neatly.

 Grass and nettles have been cut, and a huge metal frame (which had been used as a dumping place for various old bits of fence and general junk and had weeds growing through the sides,) has been taken to the scrap yard. We also found several rabbit run frames which will probably go for firewood. They are on the front garden ready to be freeecyled.

We have so many plant pots, I don't have room for so some of them will go on freecyle.

Lots of plant watering is going on in our front and back gardens at the moment.

And finally, all that rain and thunder we were supposed to get today?  It's just after 1 am and I have only heard 1 rumble of thunder and  it only rained for about 2 hours so we will probably still have to water the veggies tomorrow (Sunday) which is today really.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

My Chickens.

Here are a couple of pics of my girls :)

There are only four left now as we lost 2 to egg binding:(
They are very friendly but do like to take a gentle peck at our toes if we are wearing crocks. We think they are pretending they think our toes are worms or something:)

Furniture Pics and in the garden.

Here are the pics of the garden furniture I bought last week for only £30 before restoration.
Been in the garden a lot lately as there is plenty to do.


Yesterday we made a start on re-doing the chicken run. We plan on covering the floor with paving slabs  because with the dirt floor it gets so muddy with all the rain we get, and also the chickens keep digging it all up so it gets covered in potholes which we have slipped in many a time lol.

Off to the garden now but hope to blog with more pics later.

P.S. Found Harduphester's new blog yay!

It's :    http://suehester51.wordpress.com

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Garden Furniture

At the weekend, I came across a lady selling some wrought iron garden furniture. It consists of 2 chairs, 1 round table and a 3 seater bench and she was only asking £30 for the lot which I thought was very reasonable considering they will last for years and only need a repaint. I will get my eldest to take a 'before' pic tomorrow and put it on here, before it is painted.

A few weeks ago, I added 4 new  chickens to go with our other 2 older ones. I rescued them from a farm when they were being sold off as the farmer was downsizing. I was a bit nervous about adding 4 new girls to only 2 original girls in case they picked on the 2,  but I needn't have worried, the 2 older girls kept them in check, only allowing them to eat and drink when they had finished themselves, and eventually they all sorted themselves out.  Sadly, I have lost 2 of the new ones due to them getting egg bound! The vet told me that it is because of the breeding to make them be prolific egg layers. The first one had to be put to sleep just over a week ago, and the 2nd was today. So sad, as they had come to us virtually wild birds and had become quite tame.

This pic is one of the older girls taken on Sunday when we had the family together for a barbeque. The chicken loved being stroked on my daughter's lap and nearly fell asleep after the pic was taken.
Aint she lovely?   :) 

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Hey Pesto!

Here is the recipe for the Pesto I made last week:
I stripped and washed the Basil leaves from a yellow stickered bag I found in the supermarket the other day.(Always looking out for a bargain:)
I put the leaves in a bowl and added a good glug of olive oil, some yellow stickered tomatoes, 3 cloves of garlic, (crushed) and a small onion.
I whizzed it in the food processor and put it in a plastic container and into the freezer ready for when I need to use it.




Sunday, 12 May 2013

It's been a while.

Hello Dear Readers.

I haven't posted for a while as I haven't felt in the mood. Our dear golden retriever Polly, finally lost her fight a month ago and we had to take the awfull decision to have her put to sleep. It was awfull and I still feel raw from it and don't feel up to saying anymore about it at this moment in time.

On a brighter note, I have been occupying myself with my crafting and spending time in the garden.

I went into my stash of fabric last week and made a midi dress which I intend to wear with trousers or leggings. Sorry about the picture quality, I think I need a newer camera.

I also thought I would share another photo of the flowers I got yesterday. Spot lily and georgie in the background on the settee with one of my crochet blanket throws on the back. Oh, and the little chicken pin cushion on the table.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Homemade Pesto

Hello Readers.

Yesterday I made Pesto.

This is my version:

Blend some basil leaves with a splash of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of garlic paste, 3 chopped tomatoes. I would have preferred to have added some pine nuts but the only ones I had at home were from 2007 and were soft so I threw them in the bin. You can just pour the pesto cold over cooked pasta, or zap in the microwave for 2 minutes.
I went to Aldi today and bought some pistacio nuts for when I next make some pesto.

I hope to be getting a bit of baking done tomorrow and if I do, I hope to blog the recipes with pics.

Bye for now.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Here's a tip

Hello Readers,

What do you do with a biro that has ink but won't write?
I was clearing a drawer out in my kitchen and found a biro just like that and no amount of shaking or scribbling on a pad would get it going so as I was in the kitchen, I decided to run it under the hot tap for a few seconds and hey presto! It worked!

Bye for now.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Frugal Dinner (on Friday night)

Pictured above is what we had on Friday night.

Below is how I cook the Quorn Fillets, (yellow stickered from the freezer):

I placed the fillets in an oven dish with carton of Passata from Aldi at about 35p, 1 tsp value mixed herbs, 1tbsp of value honey,  1 tsp of dried garlic, paprika and chilli.  Baked in the small oven for around 30 mins at 180 *
I served it with some yellow stickered sprouts bought the other day, sweetcorn and some tex mex cheesy wedgy thingys from Asda.  Empty plates all round. I had enough to serve 5 so one plate is in the fridge for lunch in a day or two.
Frugal, tasty and nourishing.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Bargains!

Good Evening Reader.

Had to go shopping tonight and look what I found. Mostly the things were a quarter of original price.

Vet Bill Ripoff

Evening all.

Above is a photo of my Golden Retriever, Polly.  She is coming up to 15 next month.Thankfully she is still with us even though we didn't think she would make Christmas! She seems better with the addition of another medicine. It was getting so expensive though so I decided to look on the internet where I get the frontline and I couldn't believe the difference in price. It is 75 percent less than I have been paying with the vet!!!!!!!! I am quite disgusted that they have been charging me so much. It's taking the P**S to be honest. The vet knows you are desperate to keep your pet healthy and comfortable and charge what they like it seems to me. Mind you, I still had to pay the vets to write me out a prescription so that I could get it online!!!

She is on Trimadol and Rimadyl, and I have ordered it from Petmeds if anyone is interested.

I have finished making a fleece Wrap/Poncho and will post a photo of it next post. Bye for now.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Frugal Quilted Door Curtain.

As promised, a photo of the living room door quilted curtain that I made last week using a sheet and value towels sandwiched inside. It keeps the heat in very well. I hope to make more for the front and back doors and if I do I will try to post a tutorial.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Frugal Homemade Veg Soup and Croutons.

Good evening dear readers.

I love soup and made some the other evening with croutons.

I just use whatever veg we have in.   This time I had carrots and parsnips which were 20 pence yellow sticker bags. 2 cloves of garlic,  3 value veg stock cubes
in just over a litre of water. 2 onions.  3 potatoes, 1 carton of aldi passata, all cut up small and salt n pepper added and cooked on the hob for about half an hour. For the croutons I just toasted some bread and cut into small squares.

Hopefully there should be a photo here somewhere as I have blogged from my phone.
Bye for now.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Monday, 21 January 2013

My Latest Makes To Keep Us Warm, (with help from Asda).

Good Evening Readers.

Lately I have been busy making a Quilted Door Curtain for the living room.

 I bought a pack of 2 economy white towels from Asda, a tension curtain rod from The Range , and a flat sheet, (also from Asda)..  I measured the door and joined the 2 towels lengthwise. Then I cut the sheet to fit the doorway double the length, and sewed a half inch seam  round 3 sides.  turning it inside out, I sandwiched the towel inside the sheet, sewed up the remaining edge then attatched 5 tabs to the top and threaded the rod through and hung it. The room keeps a lot warmer now.

I've also made some Tied Fleece Throws.

In Asda they have really cheap fleece throws for £2 and £3 at the moment  which is cheaper than buying fleece from the local fabric shop, so I thought I would make some tied fleece throws.  So far I have made 1 for my daughter as it was her birthday last week so she has it on her bed now. It's red both sides and really warm and cosy. I also made a large green and burgundy throw for the largest settee. This cost a little more as I bought the fleeces from The Range. They were £3.99 each which is still cheaper than buying the fabric by the metre.  All I had to do was trim the hem from all round the edge of the fleece and I had over a metre of fabric to use.  I already have a use for the trimmings to make a rug and am plaiting them up and will sew them together when I have time.

Off to see if I can work out how to add photos on here again. Bye for now.



Sunday, 13 January 2013

Fish Pie For Dinner Tonight- Yum.

Hello readers, please note this post was written 2 days ago when I was trying to upload the photos to go with it but it wouldn't let me upload so I'm blogging anyway.

I thought I would share what we had for dinner tonight. There were 4 eating dinner tonight so I made Fish Pie and had enough left over for a bowl for lunch tomorrow. It has my name on it :)

For some reason, blogger isn't letting me post photos on here, don't know why, I've tried for a few days now but nothing's happening.  Anyway, what I did was poach  the contents of a bag of value  white fish from the supermarket in some milk and butter with a little water so it wouldn't burn. Meanwhile I boiled some eggs and shelled them, cut them in half and placed them in an oven dish along with the fish ( I saved the milk from the fish to make some cheese sauce with some sachets from £sda.)  I also had boiling half a packet of mixed veg and when this was cooked I added them to the dish and poured over the cheese sauce. It was topped with some homemade mashed potato (which also had some of the fish milk mixed into it.  I popped it in the small oven for about 45 minutes and it was very warming and tasty.

If I manage to overcome the problem with uploading the photos you will see.

I have been doing a lot of crafting lately and will be back to explain soon.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Readers!

Here's hoping it will be a prosperous one for us all.

A quick catch up, I've been lucky enough to fill a small freezer with yellow stickered food over the last couple of months which I am very pleased about.  I sometimes come out with savings of £40 and more which is brilliant as that's almost the price of a weekly shop for me!  Yesterday I popped into $esco for a few bits and came out with 6 bags for the freezer. Almost all of it was yellow stickered. Happy days.

I have several crafting projects on the go at the moment of which I hope to show you soon.  One completed project was a kit I got to make a seagrass and wood stool.  It is now in my window with my Christmas Tree on it. (photo tomorro when I get some batteries).    

I have many aims this year, but won't make any promises as I find it feels like too much pressure and then dissappointment if I fail.

My main aims are:

1.   Cut down more on spending.

2.   Seek out more bargains.

3.   Grow more variety and volume of fruit and veg in
the  garden.

4.   Look for better deals on tv, broadband, phone, gas and electric, and car insurance.

5.   Make at least 5 quilts.

6.   Try and make money from my crafting skills.

7.   Declutter more.

8.   Rearrange garden.

9.   Get all wood in the garden painted with preserver (sheds, fence etc.)

10. Finish decorating the house.

11. Try to blog more often.

12. Make the most of any opportunity that comes my way.

13. Try to make this the year we move house to The West Country.

14.  Go through all my craft materials and make some order of it  so that I can hopefully find what I want straightaway.

There will be other things I want to get done this year but I think that's enough to be going on with.

I will try my best to make all these things happen and share on this blog my efforts so wish me luck and what are your aims, ambitions or resolutions have you decided on?  Feel free to share with us.