Tuesday, 26 August 2014

A Nice Stroll

Sunday we got up and drove to the Wrekin in Shropshire.  Took us about 45 mins to reach the top. What a great view from up there.  Would have been even better if the weather had been brighter. Don't think I would have wanted it much warmer, I sweat enough getting up there. 

Monday, 25 August 2014

I've Found Blogger

Well it's been quite some time since I posted.  Been doing other things, not much crafting, plenty of cooking though.  I've been trying to get our weekly food budget down. I've found some great recipes on the net and that's what has bought me back to blogger. @queen_frugal has been a great inspiration.  She really knows how to stretch the pennies. I also purchased a copy of Jack Monroe cook book, now that's what I call living on a budget.

Hopefully I'll remember to take photos and write a few posts to let you know how we are doing. Doing this post off my phone, how blogger has changed since I last used it!

Friday, 2 November 2012

November Goals

Plan all meals for the week.

Only buy items on shopping list.

Try to walk at least ½ an hour each day.

By end of month have at least half Christmas presents sorted and have list done of extra food need for festive season.

Sort out more of the junk that’s cluttering the garage from when we had loft conversion in spring.

Put on an extra jumper instead of turning up the heating.

Well after reading this blog thought I would give it a go. 
We have had twelve months of upheaval trying to redecorate our house. A spot of painting turned into a loft conversion which meant we had to have a new bathroom because the waste pipe had to come through the bathroom ceiling. Just waiting for the kitchen to be put back to normal as all the tiles are off the wall. Why does on job lead to so many? Doing this may get me back on track and into some kind of routine. I'd love a routine, been trying to get into one for the last 26 years!

Still looking for some storage for in here. Haven't got round to trying out the bath yet!

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Busy Day

Well what a busy day I have had today. I have managed to hoover and polish all the way through and do a spot of cooking. I have been inspired by some of the very lovely blogs I read, everyone seems to be saving the pennies and using up all the weekly grocery shop so I thought I would too. I do try to make a meal plan every week but some weeks just don't go to plan. For tea tonight I roasted some of the leftover veg that was lurking in the bottom of the fridge then popped it on a sheet of puff pastry along with some chorizo and cheese. Served with salad  I must say I rather enjoyed it.

For our pudding I made a lemon tart. This was very tangy but very nice. First time I've made sweet shortcrust pastry and it wont be the last. 
Still got some left over veggies so think tomorrow will be a soup making day. Got to go to the train station now to pick up dear daughter then its back to watch The Paradise which we recorded from last night. 

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Rainy Day

Been a bit of a grey wet day here so decided to make a cake. Used the spooky sprinkles I got with last weeks shopping. Hope it tastes good with a cup of tea.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Happy Birthday!

My Dads 65 today!

Sunday, 29 January 2012

So Far, So Good

Well I've managed to stick to my budget for the last 3 weeks, Ive only spent £111 on housekeeping! I can't believe I've done it and we seemed to have eaten a whole load more healthier than normal. I have also had many days when I haven't spent so much as a penny. It's all been a matter of planning my meals in advance and only buying the items I need. Why didn't I do this before? 

My most expensive week was when it was my mums birthday, we went out for a meal on the evening and then again the next day when Soph popped back from uni (that's the two of them above). We tried Dunsley Hall Hotel in Kinver for lunch, it was great and well worth the money. Have a look  and let me know what you think.

We have been really busy with DIY at home. Whilst Jacks away travelling we are re plastering his room, Sophs room and also making alterations up the loft. Oh my God the loft, I have never seen so much junk in a place in my life. Think we will need 2 large skips to get rid of it. Why did I keep it in the first place only to throe it away now.
This is only half of what we have thrown away so far and there is still half the loft to sort through yet! Some stuff is still wrapped up from when we moved to this house in 1994!

Here's next weeks menu, I spent £42 at Aldi today which is the most amount of money I have spent on housekeeping so far this year. I am aiming for £200 spend every 4 weeks, this includes cleaning items, deodorants etc. I have also been making my own brad every day. 

Week beg. 27th Jan
Friday Spaghetti bolagnase
Saturday Chilli
Sunday Roast Chicken dinner
Monday Chicken pie
Tuesday Pasticchio
Wednesday Potato wedge tortilla
Thursday Kedgeree

Let me know how you are doing saving your pennies in 2012.
Oh one more thing, the gas bill came yesterday and we managed to cut it by £200! We have started leaving the heating on more of the time so the house is always at a constant temperature. Mind you we have not had such a cold winter as last year but I have checked on our bill from Jan 2010 and we have still saved £155 on that.