Friday, 24 February 2017

Freebie And Bargain Of The Week

No real freebies this week, but all the extra points I've clocked up using the my coupons site from Sainsbury's have been added to my loyalty card and I have £5 to spend at some point. 

I tidied the pantry and found some nutmeg that I knew was there but had been missing, so I crossed that off the shopping list. I darned some socks which is almost like having new socks for free. I think that's it.

Three clothing bargains this week, Dan spotted the skirt when we were in Kendal last week, it will be good for just bodding about (£3). 

The manager of my charity shop spotted this on the rails and said it was a "me" dress, and it is, a nice one for warmer weather (£2).

Finally a new day to day dress. I have worn my black and white dress every week since I bought it about three years ago and it has pulls, the elastic is going slightly and it's generally a bit down in the dumps, although I will keep it for round the house purposes as I love it so much. The replacement is another Yumi one so I was happy to see it hanging there waiting for me (£2).

It's even calm and sunny enough to get everything washed and outside to dry! 

Have a good weekend everyone, hope Storm Doris left you alone, we lost part of the fence, there's a little damage to the flat roof on the porch and the tv aerial is out of action, but it could have been far worse. 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Lazy Days

We have no plans for this weekend, which is lucky as we're at the end of the budget, so we're planning to stay this weekend. We often plan to stay in but then we realise we really, really like to go out! 

We went to Keswick last Friday and in a cafe I saw a book I'd not come across before. If there is one thing other than rabbits, being in bed, cephalopods, tea and Twin Peaks that I like it is brunch. Brunch is just the best, you can have what you like and it's not weird! Want a beer? Have one! Can't choose between sweet and savoury? You don't have to! Alone or with a gang of people, doesn't matter! Anything goes at brunch, no-one will judge your choice. One thing I will say is that if somewhere offers an all day breakfast the drink is part of the meal - no paying extra for a cup of tea or coffee (I feel very strongly about that).

I still had a Waterstones voucher from my birthday so I used it to buy this - 

We've decided to make Saturdays at home a bit more special so we look in at our cosy time at home and continuing to love our house more. So it's going to be like the good old days of a newspaper, good food, the radio and lots of lounging. It feels like I haven't slept for weeks so I am more than ready for it. 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

February Week Three

The biggest outlay this week was a new phone for Dan, he has been limping on with his old phone for months, he'd had it repaired but it didn't really do the trick and this week texting was erratic and the phone was a bit dodgy - all in all, not a very good piece of equipment for keeping in touch with people! We also used quite a lot of petrol, Dan had to run some errands with his Mum, so it was unavoidable.

We went over the suggested £100 food budget, but that's not much of a surprise and we are still within the actual budget, I'll see how it goes again next month. Here's a selection of things we ate this week, we didn't eat as many different things for one reason and another so not as many photographs. 

sweet potato fries with haggis-stuffed mushroom/ rice pudding and stewed fruit/ cauliflower fritters, miso mushroom, and naan. 

patatas bravas/ black bean bites (they taste nicer than they look).

No plans for the coming week, I think we're just at home, and will hopefully will continue with the house primp. 

Monday, 20 February 2017

Jam Buns And Things

The recipe for jam buns comes from this book, I think it was a gift when my parents got married.

Easy peasy!

We were chatting about all the new potential houses (well, there were three, two on the same street) as Dan washed the dishes, I looked up and saw this scene, it was the thing that made me want to embrace this house instead. 

Nothing exciting or even nice to look at, but it just looked cosy, washing up and all! We just dealt with all those little things that have been as they are for so long you just stop seeing them 

The wii fit board is only ever used as an anti-rabbit barrier.

Now it just needs defluffing! The Lego fence is also an anti-rabbit device.

So the list of things yesterday - rehung the fabric panels, remade the spare beds, returned everything to the blue sideboard, refilled the green bin, removed the horrible rug from under the dining table, put the decorative stuff on the window sill, moved the wii fit board, removed the junk from the tea trolley, watered plants, fixed the bathroom plug, cleaned the soap dish and other kitchen things, tidied top shelf of pantry, cleaned cupboard doors in the kitchen, cleaned kitchen tiles, got rid of cobwebs, cleaned bathroom cabinet and mirrors, made jam buns, houmous and pasta salad, cleaned lamp shades, Dan tidied his bedside table, flipped sofa and chair cushions.


Sunday, 19 February 2017

House Hunters

Each time we leave East Lancs it gets harder. We spent yesterday afternoon looking in Estate Agency windows at the houses for sale, then as we drove back we noticed the houses that were for sale in areas we like. Then we got home and looked online at the houses. Then we had a long discussion. 

We decided that we wouldn't ever come here if we didn't live here, but we would always visit the places we like no matter where we live, if that makes sense. So we decided today we would hunt around the house for twenty things we could do to improve the house. Of course one of those things was making some jam buns to go with a nice cup of tea. 

Rehanging the Kaplan panels meant we could put our other pictures back where they live. It also meant the spare bed could go back to being a bed. From this (the sheet had been covering the panels)

To this

Just a normal room! It also meant I could put all my fabric and sewing things back into the sideboard, I hadn't wanted to mess about in that room as I had visions of falling onto the bed and putting my hand through the fabric or snapping the frames!

We also bought a chain for the plug in the bathroom, so we went from this

a blurry thing with no plug, to this

a plug with a chain! It cost £1.90 for the chain and took about 30 seconds to fit, we didn't bother buying a new plug, just reused the one we had, a new thing including the plug would have cost £4.60.

The green bin has been filled up with garden waste, I've cleaned the cupboard doors in the kitchen, put the decorative bits and bobs back on the window sill in the middle of the stairs, dusted and gone round with the cobweb removal stick. We're about half way to twenty tasks to love where we live and it's looking good!

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Sew and Sow

We went to Kendal yesterday, and while I knew we wouldn't find anything as exciting as last time we had a mooch around the charity shops anyway and I wasn't disappointed. I used to own some very nice but very slouchy boots and they lead to be getting very holey socks due to my foot sliding about. 

I spent 99p on a device to make repairing them easier. So that's my job for tomorrow, unless it's nice in which case I'll be in the garden hoping that my poking about will make things better (I've been watching Big Dreams Small Spaces), and I assume the usual heated discussion about the future of the rhododendron .

Today, after the football, I need to hunt down a chain for the bathroom sink, we have the bit that fits into the sink, we have a plug, but the two aren't connected at the moment.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

February Week Two

The main expense of the week was £10 each for tickets for the FA Cup game between Burnley and Lincoln which is next weekend.

I spent much of the week doing laundry and other stuff around the house, it has been nice to have so much time at home to just do anything, it's been a really productive time. As such I had decided to just go back to the shop one day a week until the lady I work with on a Wednesday broke her foot and will be off for a while. As I said last week I helped out at the charity shop towards the end of the week, it was all hands on deck to make sure the painting was finished and all the new stock was hung, tagged and steamed ready for the reopening. 

Obviously my super budget menu went out of the window due to the shopping spree - I threw away one meal and a few cubes of frozen spinach - turns out I can't stand the stuff! After feeling inspired to cook lots of different things, that's what the menu became, just lots of little things that we dipped into. I prepared one hot thing per evening, the rest was whatever I'd previously prepared and left in the fridge, here's a selection of what we've been eating - 

bulgur salad with roast veg, spiced carrot falafel/ puy lentil pies/ curried bubble and squeak - bombay potato kind of thing.

peppers stuffed with bulgur, and puy lentils with pesto/ fruit scones/ veg soup

winter veg stirfry/ stewed fruit/ pitta and sun dried tomato houmous 

Not much shopping for us this week obviously, just oil, tahini, some beans, bunny greens and flour (Dan made 30 pitta last night so we need more for a loaf this weekend!). It's been a good week to be at home.