Friday, 5 September 2014

Frugal Cooking

After a morning of ironing, my least favourite household chore it was time to decide what to cook for tea. I'd defrosted some mince the day before but hadn't used it so today it was going to be chilli for tea. To save a few more pennies and make the weekly food shop go further I've started to divide my 500g packs of mince in two before I freeze them so we now get two meals for the price of one. I made my normal chilli receipe but packed it out with veg, courgette and carrot.  It looked and tasted delicious. Enough for six portions.

I also had some coffee butter cream to use up so made some butterfly cakes.  When I ran out of the cream I just used icing sugar and sprinkles.

Next to be used up were some dates left from Christmas! The next one will soon be with us. I used my trusty old Dairy Cook book to find a recipe.  Sunshine Bars it was. Dates, cinnamon and a whole chopped up orange go into them but no sugar! I was a bit sceptical of no sugar so sprinkled a little demerara on top during cooking. Well I have to say that they did taste great. Lovely moist pieces of orange.  I served it warm with a little custard for our pudding. The dishes were empty so that's a good sign.

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!

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!

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Happy New Year!

I Know its a bit late but Happy New Year! Time seems to pass so quickly nowadays, do you feel the same?
The photo above was from the 3rd Jan when we had no electricity from 11.30 in the morning until 8 on the evening. It was really spooky outside in the street, the cars were driving along with their main beams on. We got invited to my brothers for casserole so perhaps we should have a power cut once a week and then we could get invited out more often.

Jacks still away, he's in Australia now, I wish I was there. I could do with a holiday, we never managed to get away last year, hubby had too much work on and you don't like to refuse it when it's there. He's gone quiet now because we haven't had that cold a winter as yet (he's an industrial heating engineer).

It's just me and hubby at home at the moment as Soph is back at uni. I'm trying to be very frugal with what I spend since Christmas. I'm hoping to feed the two of us for £50 a week. I managed last week, only spent £31 and so far this week I've spent £4.96 . I'm being very good planning our meals and making sure I use up all the perishable foods first, I'm sick of throwing away out of date items. I've made some blueberry muffins this morning to use them up.

Yesterday I made leek and potato soup with left over leeks from Christmas! We have got a mountain of leftover chocolate from Christmas, god help us if the two of us at all that, we'll be the size of a house! Think I will box it up and send it off to uni with Soph, there are seven girls in her house so it shouldn't take them long to demolish it.

Here's my meal plan for this week, I'll let you know if we kept to it and how much I spent next Saturday

Friday 13 Jan  Beef & carrot pie
Sat                  Beef & carrot pie left overs
Sun                 Boiled bacon and parsley sauce
Mon               Sausage paprika 
Tue                Lasagna
Wed              Pork Chops
Thur              Fish pie

I love reading the blogs when people are trying to save their pennies, one of my favourites is Frugal Queen have a look and see what you think.