Bread Mix Trials

admin | February 14, 2009

As promised, I’ve been testing different bread mixes. Shop loaves are expensive, and I got fed up with how fast they go off, so now prefer to bake my own. The three most available mixes seem to be Wrights, Allinsons and Supermarket own brands. If you just want plain white or brown bread, then I [...]

Eggative Nequity Souffle

admin | January 20, 2009

Eggative Nequity Souffle Well, it’s not really a souffle, it’s much simpler, but this dish is so cheap and easy we felt it deserved a mention. It has been known in our family as Eggy Pudding for years, so we felt it deserved a name upgrade to reflect the current economic climate. If you like [...]

Yoghurt Maker Review

admin | January 11, 2009

Yoghurt Maker Test and Review Well, I waited impatiently for the arrival of my new Yoghurt Maker. I was a bit miffed that it took 6 days to get to me, so I greeted it like a long lost child! Within half an hour, it was unpacked, set up and making it’s first batch of [...]

Christmas Trees on The Cheap!

admin | December 21, 2008

Sorry, but we are…cheap, I mean. Staggered by the horrific cost of fresh trees this year called for drastic action. Out into the garden with his spade went the man of the house, and returned some time later with a six foot Golden Leylandii, liberated (with roots) from the spot where it conveniently hid the [...]

Feed The Birds..Tuppence a bag..well, a little bit more than tuppence!

admin | December 20, 2008

It’s important!! It’s cold out there, and the birds are hungry. As wild bird lovers, we had to decide whether or not we could justify spending some of our meagre income on feeding them. Wild bird seed can be expensive, and shop bought fat balls are dear. So…our cut price strategy is this! Seeds If [...]

Bathroom

admin | December 12, 2008

“A lot of household cleaners can be replaced with natural products such as a mixture of 1 to 4 vinegar and water for general purpose cleaning and lemon juice with olive or veg oil for cleaning wood furniture. Better for your health as well.” Janine Have a look in the cupboard under the sink…..or wherever [...]

Fill ‘em up! Good old fashioned Winter Warmers!

admin | December 11, 2008

Beanie Hot Pot. Serves 3-4, depending on age and appetite! This is a quick, cheap and filling meal, ideal for lunch. It’s made from store cupboard ingredients, so no extra shopping needed! 2 large onions, peeled and chopped. 2 tins baked beans Four medium sized potatoes, peeled and cut into smallish chunks. 1 tin hot [...]

Make the most of it!

admin | December 4, 2008

Lie about your age – get a free bus pass (only joking – they check) Join the library and get all the books you could possibly wish to read for free. Best free entertainment there is. Get rid of the TV (UK) save a small fortune on the licence, listen to the radio and have [...]

Heating advice from someone who knows!

admin | December 4, 2008

Got some tips from my propane company today: Heating systems need regular tune-ups. Have your heating system, including venting systems, checked annually by a qualified service technician. Replace your furnace filter monthly. Keep your thermostat set at a constant comfort level-generally between 68° F and 70° F-or consider installing a programmable thermostat to regulate your [...]

Crock Pots and Slow Cookers

admin | December 3, 2008

Whatever you call them, these are amazing for cooking cheaper cuts of meat, soups, casseroles, even puddings and desserts. I’d be lost without mine. Crock pots (slow cookers) are great … we use one at least twice a week. We always make a bit more than need for a meal … the leftovers usually become [...]