Monday, 22 July 2013

Its a Boy !!

Well the wait is over and the new Royal Baby Boy has arrived earlier this afternoon. His parents must be over the moon as we were when our baby was born. I am a bit of a history geek and have been following the events closely and wished I could be outside Buck House this evening to join in the celebrations. A future King has been born, I wonder if I will live to see that occasion ?

Sunday, 21 July 2013

I have achieved something this week.......

Morning bloggers and I hope you are well. This week I am pleased with myself as I have achieved something, I have finally bit the bullet and gone to an exercise class. I have been toying with the idea for a long time as I am a bit of a ponderer and decided to take decisive action and go. Where I live the council with the NHS have some free activities each week to encourage healthy living. There are a few classes but times & locations don't always align with my timetable so I found that the Zumba class would be most convenient for me. Now I was unsure before I went along ; would I keep up ? would I be the biggest there ? would I be unco-ordinated ? would I be wrecked afterwards ? The answer to those questions really surprised me as it was NO. Obviously I did not know all of the moves so if I was out of sync at any time I just marched through it until I could catch up , but I did manage the whole session without lying down or sitting out!! Afterwards I didn't feel too bad either. It was a really hot day and I took plenty of chilled water with me that came in very useful. I have felt achy over the day or two since the class but on the whole I enjoyed it and felt slightly empowered by going. I do intend to go again as I want to be fitter and healthier and if slimmer comes into it then all the better.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Pizza Disappointment

I am cross with myself today. Last night I was weak and bought a takeaway pizza , £10 ( yes I know ! ) and it was rubbish. I only have myself to blame but it was a busy day. We have all been there but I am still cross and feel yuk today :-(

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Enjoying my weekend

Good morning bloggers. I am enjoying a lovely weekend. Yesterday I spend most of the day at a friends BBQ. We had such great food and company and enjoyed the sunshine. Today I am off for Sunday lunch with some relatives so good food and a chat will be on the menu. I'm having such a lot of fun that nothing much is getting done at home but I'm not worrying too much about that. I had washed all the school uniform yesterday and some bird had pooped on the school trousers so they have had to be washed again today ...grrrrr ... never mind at least the weather is super and they'll dry again in no time. Bye for now

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Recycling a ripped towel

Good afternoon bloggers and I hope you are enjoying the sunshine.

I have managed to get my friend with a sewing machine to do a little job for me all in the name of recycling and reusing. I have a large bath sheet that I am very fond of and discovered that it had ripped when I used it the other day. The rip is a horizontal rip , just a couples of inches long but it runs neatly parallel to the top of the bath sheet. Rather than throw it away or consign it to the rag bag I have cut it and now I have a hand sized towel and a decent sized bath towel. My friend will then machine stitch it for me on the cut edges and voila ! , I now have decent towels again.

I am chuffed with it as it was a good quality towel I have had for a long time and I was reluctant to part company with it. Plus I have to admit that the idea was not entirely mine as I have seen it done on other blogs so I have to give credit where credit is due, if my memory serves me correctly I think it was Scarlet at ' Finished Article'.

** It was Scarlet's blog, she turned a big towel into smaller hand towels ***

Friday, 12 July 2013

Cheap and Tasty Supper

Good evening bloggers. Its Friday, I'm tired and I wanted something quick and easy for tea. I defrosted some chipolata sausages from the freezer earlier, you know the kind yellow stickered 29p reduced fron £1.46.

I squoze the sausages out of the skins and browned the sausagemeat, threw in a sliced onion, a few mushrooms and a pepper with some garlic granules. Then I added 200ml of hot water to a chicken stock cube (10p a pack from Tesco ) and then added that to a tin of chopped tomatoes ( 25p) which I blitzed in the blender. I then poured the tomatoes into the pan with the sausagemeat and added a squirt of tomato puree and some salt and pepper. I then left it to simmer until it had reduced down and thickened up.

Meanwhile my water was bubbling away, I boiled my pasta ( Tesco everyday 30p pack) and then I added the meat to the pasta and cooked for a few minutes together.

At the table I sprinkled the pasta with some grated cheese and we all enjoyed a yummy pasta meal.
Quick and easy but mainly inexpensive. Crudely its probably cost me about £1.50 for a yumtastic meal that's fed three of us. What are you having for dinner ?

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Are things built to last ?

Hi bloggers and welcome to another new follower, thanks for coming aboard.

When I moved house last year I bought a new fridge freezer, it is now less than a year old and we have had to call the engineer out. At our old house we had a fridge and freezer that we bought in 1996 which still works and now lives in the garage. Only last week my husband suggested getting rid of them as we hadn't used them since we moved. Now this week the new fridge seems to be warm. The engineer came earlier and said the freezer isn't working properly either, and although frozen now it will get warmer also over time. We have someone else coming next week to flush it with gas, this apparently may work and correct the problem.

The old fridge and freezer are now back and operational. Luckily so or all my stuff would have spoilt.

What do you think, are things not up to the job nowadays ?

Sunday, 7 July 2013


Good afternoon Bloggers and its a glorious day where we are. I feel I have woken up in the Canary Islands , it is SO hot !!!

I am taking advantage of this super weather to wash and dry all the winter coats. I have a really thick fur like coat that when I wear it I feel like I am one of the children in Narnia. It is super thick and warm but a pain to get dry so it gets laundered on a day like today. The line is full but everything is drying so quick, you don't get many days like today.

I could be out today enjoying the sunshine but I am also suffering with my hayfever massively so I am content with getting jobs done and relaxing around the home. Are you out today basking in the sunshine ?

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Yellow Brick Road

Evening bloggers. Another new follower this week so a big hello and thanks for joining. I have just got back from a 24 hour supermarket and have stocked up with bargains once again.

If I look in my freezer I expect to see Dorothy with  her little dog and the Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man. My freezer looks like the Yellow Brick Road with all its little yellow stickers lined up nicely.

Tonight I snapped up some bargains ;

Chicken fillets from £7.74 to £1.16
Chicken Kievs from £5.50 to 55p
Onion loaf from £1.40 to 14p
Spinach and Ricotta Sauce from £2 to 22p
Sausagemeat from £1.85 to 28p
Ham from £2 to 30p
German meats from £1.70 to 26p
Pizza from £2 to 30p
Beef hotpot from £3.50 to 33p

These lovelies will be gobbled up next week. Nighty Night !