Monday, 9 January 2012

A Girl and Her Soap ... and odd Thrifty Snippets..!

Well .... we had a bit of sunshine today ..... I had to scrabble about in my bag for a pair of sunglasses ..... things are looking up!

Hope you've had a nice weekend.

I thought I would show you my soap ..... Ohhh how I love soap...

.... and not just the sweet pretty toilet soap ..... I really love the old solid, chunky brick -like bars of soap that our Grandmothers used.

I picked this 'Perfection' and 'Pinkobolic' soap the other week ......

...! fantastic is that...' REMOVES THE FEAR OF DIRT AND GERMS'... just great!

Hubby P snigger's like a school boy every time he reads Pinkobolic ..... always a silly boy at heart.

The other morning I finished a bottle of shampoo and thought 'what a useful bottle' ... too good to bin.... so I went to put it in the bathroom cupboard to 'store' it. Whilst rooting about in there I came across lots of half full bath foam, showergels etc etc.... bits and bobs that were not going to be used for their original purpose....

So I poured them all into the 'useful' bottle and intend to use it for cleaning the washbasin and toilet .... its soap after all, and leaves a very pretty scent.

Nothing need be wasted.

As you can see I have a little basket of different kinds of Domestic soap .... some plain Fairy, some very old Sunlight and some made in a factory in Accrington (where I went to school)... allsorts of odds and ends.
I use it daily at the kitchen sink .... just as Granmother did.

I do use it because I've got to face the fact that no one ele will want/treasure it when I am gone ... so I may as well enjoy it. I think its the smell off it you know ... brings back memories...

I remember when we were small we had a trestle table and we would fold one leg down to make a slide. This we put in the garden under the washing line. We tied the garden hose to the washing line.... turned on the tap and has a slide under the 'shower'. Grandad had got a wooden box full of blocks of soap .... proberably Sunlight .... I remember it was yellow and very hard... we used this soap to 'grease' the slide ......

...... we were very, very clean children that summer, that the scent of that soap is still with me.

The Pinkobolic smells wonderful .... it was made in Crosfields Warrington ..... anyone remember Crosfields?


On to the everyday .... mundane even .... business of meals.
I have returned to the Thriftyness of Bacon (I kinda went off it for a while).

You really cant beat Tesco's cooking bacon at 99p for 500gms .... I slice it up thinly and store it in a plastic box in the fridge...

There is enough for three meals for the two of us .... under 15p/head/meal

This evening I fried it up with a few mushrooms that were looking a bit tired and new (Tesco Value) potatoes .... tasty.

Any Thrifty tips on the old bacon front .... or soap for that matter .... a Girl cant get enough of nice soap ...!

Ta ta for now x


  1. tesco value bacon bits - I managed to get three meals, have a fry-up, then I used some bacon in a quiche, then made a bacon and mushroom pie.

    Josie x

  2. I like it in a good 'cobbled' stew.
    As in cobble it together - nothing to do with shoes LOL!
    I soak some lentils or split peas and pearl barley all day or overnight, rinse them then put them in plenty of water, bring to the boil for 10mins or mor, then simmer. add onions, garlic,carrots, potatoes,chopped cabbage, just about anything that needs using up and stir occasionally. About 10mins before I think it is ready to eat, I add my favourite herbs for my stew, sage,thyme and a little rosemary.

    I like to think I make enough for at least 2 meals, lunch and dinner!
    Very rarely, there is some left to be frozen.

    Sandie xx

  3. You could use that soap mix as a body wash too.

  4. I could almost smell your blocks of old household soap. What memories of the cupboard under the sink from childhood days!

    I don`t eat meat but I make a veggie sausage casserole that lasts us for a couple of days. Very thrifty and tastes great. Sandie`s Cobbled Stew reminded me....

  5. I'm a bit wary of Tesco's 'value' meat because I'm really not convinced it led a very nice life before they butchered it.

    I get bacon bits from my local farm shop. At least I know the pigs saw daylight during their brief lives.

  6. Thrifty snippets indeed. Trouble is that I am so full of nostalgia for that Pinkabolic soap that I can think of nothing else.

    But I do agree one gets such a kick from making a meal out of bits and bobs from the fridge.

  7. Hi, I just have to write and say how fab your writing style is and you reminded me so of how me and my sister used to chat away for ages over stuff.

    I am over in NZ, but having only left the UK nearly 5yrs ago I can still remember heaps of things and I so miss the cheapness of good old Tesco's. Food is expensive here but I have been trained well and still manage to keep the dollars down.

    Thanks and I will join you often and please stop by mine and hopefully I will find out and put some photo's on.

    Have an awesome day - I just love that word, its okey here definetly would sound stupid in the UK. Byee


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