Sunday, 21 May 2017

Not very well

Hello dear friends, just to let you know I am disappearing for a few weeks I ended up in a wheelchair in a & e last night I have severe sciatica, I am in a terrible state,  I can barely move, so am taking a break from the web and resting and recouperating.
If anyone comments I will thank you in advance.
Bye for now.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Latest thrifty goings on



Thrifty goings on..........



Local ebay deal bought for £20.

Bit of extra storage for the kitchen.


It just had the glass shelves in, my husband put a few extra in.





Lovely yellow stickers.










Jam Making

20 healthy snack bars, 10p each.

One for the men - reduced right down to 11p each.




More yellow stickers






Lots of free samples


Loose Tea for the pot

Tea's, coffee and biscuits

More free tea


Free skincare and perfume

We certainly are living well for less.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Frugal Food




Soups are so cheap to make, ideal when you are trying to make your money go further. Just a few simple ingredients can be transformed into a delicious frugal meal.


Today for tea I made cream of broccoli soup.

Ingredients

2 Medium Potatoes - peeled and finely chopped
1 Large Onion - peeled and finely chopped
1 head of Broccoli
25g Butter
1 litre Vegetable stock (hot)
175 ml Double cream
Seasoning


Melt the butter in a medium to large saucepan, and the potatoes and onion and a little salt and pepper. Sweat gently for 10 minutes.

Add the hot vegetable stock followed by the broccoli cut into florets, you can even use the stalk if you wish. Boil gently for 5-10 minutes until soft, remove from the heat and stir in the cream.

Liquidise and season to taste.



Served with some garlic bread sprinkled with parmesan.





Cheap easy and very tasty.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Tragedy




Poor little babies, we started with eight, then it went to six, the first two which died were the last born and kept getting turfed out the nest by the others and were just to weak.
Then a few more disappeared and we didn't know what was happening. Then one morning we saw a small flock of starlings on the shed roof and one was on the perch with his head right in there, they had obviously been taking them, the perch has been taken down, but they still have been coming around, it's difficult as we can't sit and watch 24 hours a day. Also when it was hot another one couldn't cope with the heat, and we also found another one right the other end of the garden, it must have got pulled out or somehow fallen out.

So we have just two left now, the egg is an old one, but we have seen the Great Tits getting friendly again already, obviously wanting another brood.

These two little ones are doing very well.

These pictures are from today.










Friday, 12 May 2017

Time Management



I used to hear people say they were busier than ever since they retired and I can say that is certainly true for us, well my husband is retired and I no longer work and we are at home all day, but we are both busy all day long.

I keep thinking I need to get more organised so I can have more "me time". 

Here are some of the things I do to manage my time and save time.












1.   Try not to spend to much time on the internet before you know it the morning 
       or afternoon is just gone and I think well I haven't done anything yet.

           


2.   Do less laundry - no need to just throw everything in the wash at the end of the 
      day if it looks clean and smells clean it will do another day apart from under wear  
      of course.

3.   Avoid ironing - we dress in easy care casual clothes at home which rarely needs   
      to be ironed, I just tend to iron my sons shirts and trousers for uni, the rest of it 
      just gets a good shake and folded up.

4.   Plan meals a few days in advance - I tend to work out what meals I am going to 
      cook after a yellow sticker shop or if yellow stickers are sparse plan from what 
      is in the freezer and cupboards, I am not one to just open the fridge and say what 
      am I going to make tonight, I want to be prepared.

5.   After the four door  fridge freezer went wrong here we were given a three drawer 
      one  so I can't really do that much batch cooking, but when I am cooking I do try  
      to double up and make an extra one for the freezer.

6.   My husband takes my son to Uni with the car so if we have any other jobs to do, 
      like taking parcels to the shop or going to the supermarket, etc we combine trips 
      saving time and diesel.

7.   I don't have a set cleaning routine, it saves time to tidy as you go and  I  just do a 
      few little extra jobs each day.

8.   I like to cook but I have got to the stage in my life where I don't want to spend 
      hours cooking, so I choose simple, healthy quick to prepare meals, and if I want    
      to bake I will do it whilst waiting for the tea to cook and this saves us on electric
      if the oven is already on, I like to get my moneys worth.

9.   I love gardening but what rather sit and relax in it then spending time planting 
      and planning,  so the garden has many perennials and we just add a few annuals 
      to fill in the gaps.



      So over to you, do you have any good time saving tips?


            









     

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Just a few random pictures taken in the garden today.





Just thought I would share a few pictures I took out in the garden today.











Another angel came home with us last weekend, there were some old terracotta chimney pot pieces behind the shed, my husband gave them a concrete wash, perfect to sit the angels on. I think they look very good.



The blackbird is getting quite tame now he comes over to us asking for some more sultanas.




Mr and Mrs Great Tit in the tree, never to far away from the nest box.




This cute baby Robin has been following me all morning, he has been very close.




What a little cutie.



Monday, 8 May 2017

Oat & Raisin Cookies



I did some baking on Friday afternoon, I made some Madeleines and some oat and raisin cookies, this is an american recipe.


Ingredients

100g Raisins
150ml Vegetable Oil
200g Golden Caster Sugar
1 large egg (beaten)
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
140g Plain Flour
1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
300g Oats
50ml water




1. Heat the oven to 160c fan or equivalent. Line two baking trays.

2. In a large mixing bowl mix the oil and sugar together. Gradually beat in the egg, water, cinnamon and vanilla.

3. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and a pinch of salt into the bowl and mix well.

4. Stir in the oats and raisins.

5. Drop heaped  tablespoons onto the baking trays, flatten just a little, leave space
for them to spread.

5. Bake for 15 mins or until golden.


They will keep well for 3 to 4 days.

This made rather a lot but the recipe is easily halved.

This is the first time I have made these, they are so simple and very tasty so will be going in the recipe folder.