Thursday, 27 September 2012

Thrifty Snippets in the Garden .....

Hello there ... what a lovely day it has been here ... Autumn in the air but sunshiny and mild ..... 
Hope you have had a pleasant day too..

Just a surprise Snippet in the garden today ... I thought I would share with you.
 The garden is beginning to look a bit sad ... i wasn't actively working in the garden ... it was a day of 'sorting out'....all the boring stuff !

 I was sorting through all the old paperwork ... letters from the bank, utilities and whatnot....I tell you ... boring stuff. And I went up the garden to burn any documents with sensitive info on them... you just cant be too careful these days.

 We are lucky to have an area where we can have a little fire pit ... we sometimes have a little fire and sit out around it with a glass of wine.... New Years Eve is a favourite ... that's if its not raining of course.
Anyway as I ferried my old letters and whatnot up to the fire ... I was fiddling about tweaking the plants and mentally rearranging the garden ... as you do.
I was just thinking how pretty the Nasturtiums looked .... how long they had flowered and lended their 'splash of colour' to brighten the garden.

Looking closer I noticed lots and lots of little seeds ....

....plump juicy little seeds ... ripe for the picking.
Apparently the seeds can be pickled and taste a bit like capers ... although I have not tried it.
 I do enjoy the tender little leaves and flowers in a nice salad ... minus the caterpillars of course.

Leaves taste fresh and peppery ... nice. 

Of course at this time of year we wouldn't get a look in ... the caterpillars have discovered just how tasty they are.

I picked just a little handful of the seeds .... just enough to give a few plants next year ....although some will perhaps spring up from the scattered seed left in the garden.
Don't they look nice .... such a pretty shape and they smell so lovely too.

I put them in a little dish and will sit them in a warm dry place ... hopefully they will dry nicely into seeds which look like brown shrivelled little brains ...
I can plant them next spring and they will burst forth with their distinctive scent and bold fresh colour... a treat for all the senses!

So how goes it with you and your garden?
 ... any thrifty ideas ... 
I find seeds can be so expensive these days.

Bye for now xx take care xx


Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Just A Couple Of Thrifty Snippets...

Hello there .... hope all is well with you ...
And a hello to my new followers ... its nice to think these few words... everyday ramblings ... are winging their way around the world ... for like minded folk to take a peek at.

Tis' indeedy a wonderful thing this ere 'tinternet..

Anyway ... just a couple of Thrifty Snippets for you today.

Breakfast ... can be a bit boring I always think.
It always feels a bit rushed ....and I always think I should start the day with something reasonably healthy .... although last nights leftover curry or stodgy pudding can be a temptation! ... so whats it to be.

I tend to favour Branflakes and they are a fairly good price at 88p ... sometimes I add a bit of fruit .. fresh or dried .... banana has been a regular addition ... I've had one or two about the place.  

But it got a bit boring so I priced up Muesli (shock horror at some of the prices)... the Value Muesli came in at £1.18/1kg... a reasonable price compared to others .... but it is a bit ..well .... same-y/just fairly know what I mean.
So I had a rummage in the cupboard and found some chopped nuts (  Approved Foods .... cheap and cheerful ... 3 bags for a £1 ..I think) ...I added a good old sprinkle of them to the bag of cheapo muesli.
I scrunched up a few handfuls of Branflakes and added those....and a goodly amount of sultanas (Value range ... well a sultana is a sultana!)
Gave it all a good old mix up .... and you know what ...tastes a darn sight better....
I chopped and added to my breakfast bowl .. a couple of ready to eat prunes .... yes they come in Value Range too ... I like a nice Prune ...they remind me of school dinners. 
So now I have almost twice the volume of what could pass as a very posh muesli ... very nice ...a change from Branflakes ... although it will be porridge weather soon! 

Just had to show you this .... this flashy toaster has made Hubby P's week.
A couple of weeks ago our old and trusty toaster died ... Hubby P was in a panic ... how would he manage (toast is about the only thing he can manage/chooses to make himself ....)
He spoke of buying a new cheap-y one straight away... but I would have none of it ...just wait said I would come along.
After all its what Hubby P does...he does house and shop clearances all the time... lots of electrical's pass through his hands...most of which are in excellent condition. 
I swear the world has gone mad ... so much 'stuff' thrown away ... often because the colour scheme in the kitchen has changed.... or it hasn't got this years whizz bang modification.

And come along it has ... maybe its a bit RED... and it doesn't really match ..well...anything else in the kitchen ...but hey makes a statement!
....and it makes toast ....much to Hubby P's delight.

Just a quick word about Approved Food again .. I notice they still have this on ... margarine in a tin (in the Tinned Goods section) I didn't know you could get margarine in a tin...did you?
I thought I would try it ....handy I thought to keep in the store cupboard ... and cheap enough at 3 for 99p (450gms/tin).
Anyway I tried it ... maybe a bit basic for spreading on bread ... I do prefer Sunflower spread (or butter if I'm feeling rich) ... but better than some of the Basic/Value margarine's...good and solid ...not watery...if you know what I mean.
I used it for baking and it was just splendid .... its worth getting some on your next order and giving it a go ... and it will keep well ... its in a tin! 

Well enough wittering from me ... its nearly breakfast time again.

Whats your favourite frugal dish?
 ... do share ... I think we all get bored with the same old dishes frugal or not.

Bye for now xx take care xx

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Giveaway Winners and a Quicky Update picture Style!....

Hello there .... I'm sorry its so late in the evening (we've just finished work ) .. but I did promise you the Giveaway Draw for the funky tea towels.

So with the help of my Glamorous Assistant .... otherwise known as Hubby P .... we have drawn names out of a hat (well an old dish actually) but hey .... its all done with the utmost aplomb!

Anyway ..... down to it ... the Winners are ... I pulled  two names from the 'hat' ...

Morning AJ
Mum's Simply Living Blog

So well done Anne and Mum for sending the positive vibes ....
so girls if you could email me your address I can get your winnings sent off to you.

It being late I thought I would just leave you with a picture -ish update of this weeks doings.

Finally managed to get the curtains finished for the summer house.

Not really the fabric I would have chosen ... but hey ... it was a large piece of nice new fabric .... given to me sometime ago and been sat in the cupboard....and has made up into splendid curtains. 

Summer house is coming along now ... and looks all the better with curtains up... I will get some interior pics taken for you ... when I remember!

No time to spend in the garden this week ... it is looking very lush with the heavy rain.

But  there is little left of the sprouts.....

 They have been demolished by these pesky creatures! I have never seen so many caterpillars....must be the damp warm conditions.

All the apples on the tree seem to be affected by blight ... very very poor crop ....most of them have ended up here on the path this condition ... not many apple crumbles this year I'm afraid. 
How's your fruit crop .... is everyone having a bad year? 

 This brave little sunflower was one of the few bright spots in the garden ..... its going to be a long winter.

 At least my Geranium cuttings are rooting ... some nice plants for next year.

A bucket full of goodies from the carboot sale ... and an exciting gift from Hubby P ...but news of that later... 

Its late now and as you can see we are in the middle of sorting stock for the coming week .... I know it looks chaotic ... but there is a 'system' ... or so Hubby P assures me!

Do give me news of your doings ... I get a bit bogged down with endless boxes and work and more work ...

We've given up with the boxes for tonight and I'm off to bed ...

Take care for now xx

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Yes We Have More Bananas .....We Have More Bananas today ... boom boom!!

 Hello there.... sorry its been a while .... we have just been so busy .... with family 'stuff' ... life ...and that never ending 'work stuff'.

So not a lot to show you really....but today's frugal bargains... 
and Yes! 
You guessed it ... it includes Bananas! 

 I think I shall soon start to look like a banana.

But I am always very glad to make use of something rather than see it go to waste .... so when Colin the veg says ... I have a little something for you ..... whats a girl to do but smile sweetly and say 'Thankyou very much'.

So more bananas it is .....

 Who remembers this from School Dinners .... Yummy ...
Manchester Tart
Another dressed up banana affair .... what a treat for pudding tonight.

Now just look at these scrummy Damsons .... all the way from the Vale of Evesham ..... we have not a one on the trees around here ... terrible year for fruit.
I was getting quite desperate for fruit for jam ... even the blackberries are very poor ... and to be honest I just haven't had the time to go out picking.
I wouldn't as a rule buy fruit for jamming ...makes the jam too expensive .... but I got these for a real bargain price and of course.... a share of the jam goes to Colin the veg.
So that's tomorrows job.....just hope I have enough jars ... 

Not much happening on the sewing front ... again time is the problem. But I did pick up some rather nice vintage towelling curtains from Rosy's stall at the car boot ..... lovely and bright and ...well ....vintage-y.
I just love this towelling for tea towels I unpicked all the hems and  chopped each one (there were two) into four tea towels.


As you can see there was a pretty blue one and a funky orange one.
 I sat and hemmed them by hand as I caught up with your blogs ... 

I love a bit of bright colour in the kitchen ... something nice to look at whilst I do the hum drum washing up and whatnot. 

I thought I might have a bit of a .. Thrifty Snippets Giveaway...
who would like a cheery funky orange tea towel from the vintage towelling curtains, or perhaps you would prefer a pretty blue one.

Leave me a bit of a comment on your thrifty thoughts and/or doings and I will pull a name out of a ... well... out of a something... next Tuesday (18th Sept)....don't forget to mention orange or blue.

Just thought a bit of a Giveaway would cheer us up ... bit of fun ... this cold windy, rainy weather we are having here on Anglesey is no fun ... me thinks winter is on its way.

Bye for now xxx take care xxx