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Saturday, 1 October 2011

2011.10.01 2011 My Day

Its hard to believe it is now October!  It has been a very warm day here in Peterborough.  Too darn hot!  I didn't have a lie in this morning I woke at normal time and Sqeak and Missy were anxious to go out, so up I got, pottered around on the computer for a while made us a cup of tea and then I nipped round to the Charity shop to pick up the crotchet tablecloth that I found last week and which I had put up.  I also found something else whilst I was in there and I have bought them home too.  I have prepared a separate post in relation to this which will be posted in the next few days.

We then went for a walk (a separate post covers this) and whilst out I picked up probably the last of the elderberries to make some elderberry and apple jelly.  Tomorrow I hope to get some more teasels and also see if OH will get me the horseradish root I am after.

Today has been a day full of blessings; I have been paid  (I am one of the lucky ones) - I got through  and we have made our necessary food purchases with one or two little extras for a change.  I have saved pennies for some things I said I would like and I am chuffed with what I have achieved on a very limited budget.

The Co-op currently has an offer on three chickens or three packs of mixed meats for £10.  So I have gone for the chicken which is now residing in the deep freeze.  You can always make a tasty meal out of chicken.   The chickens are normally £4 each on this offer so that is a saving of £2.  They are Elmwood Chickens which are not too bad.   There is always plenty of meat on them.

I then went to the Veg shop.  I have come away with pears,bananas, satsumas, leeks, parsnips, cabbage, sweet potato, carrots, sweet potato, 2kg pickling onions, tomatoes.  I am quite partial to Squash but didn't get any this week, probably will next week.  I want to make some pasta (ravioli), some soup and some marmalade.  In the next few weeks I will also get some more pickling onions and shallots as well as get another sack of potatoes, we are nearly through the bag we bought a few weeks ago. I am very into root vegetables as they are very good for you. 

I then nipped into town for a gadget I was after ;  as well as getting the gadget (I saved £5 on it) I also came back with two Easy Yo yogurt sachets for a change a Strawberries and Cream and a Forest Fruit mix.  Both sachets make 1 litre of yogurt apiece.  We then nipped off to the Pet Food store and got stocked up on meat and biscuits for the cats - Missy has plenty of biscuits but has come away with a new ball and some pigs ears  and some gravy bones- she is rather partial to these.(but then again so is Squeak).

Later on I popped to the Indian shop for two large bottles of milk (what we have each week to last the week), some plain yogurt (3 pots for £1) and some fresh root ginger which I intend to preserve ready for Christmas in syrup.  I did this a few years ago and it was extremely successful.  Later on I also intend to do some crystallised ginger too. I only buy the freshest root ginger I can get and a shop with a high turnover of stock is a good place to go because they have a quick turn over on the ginger and you get it fresh rather than hard and woody

For tea we have had a family faourite sausages grilled and then cooked with a couple of tins of plum tomatoes,served with bread and butter (and plenty of pepper) it is very tasty.

So all in all I am feeling quite content with life- I have partially restocked (a much bigger stock up is on the cards in the next few weeks). Life is good and I am feeling blessed.  We have so much in having so little

Hope you have had a lovely day

Take Care

Pattypan

x

8 comments:

  1. Please share your ginger in syrup recipe. I'd love to make some - it must be heaps cheaper than buying it ready-made.

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  2. Always love stopping by your blog!


    XXX

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  3. Will do Angela - give me a day or so and I will fish the recipe out. Kumquats are nice done this way as well.

    Pattypan
    xx

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  4. Hi Kimmie

    Love stopping by your place too. Hope you are both okay [hugs to you both}

    Pattypan

    xx

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  5. It's so nice to read about someone being content with what they have and making the most of everything. You are an great example to us all.

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  6. I try and make the most of what I have - I wouldn't say that I always succeed though. I am trying to look for the good things in each day - there are usually many but living in the fast lane they often pass you by or there are too many choices that can end up with you being like a rabbit in the traffic lights. Slowing down and making time to do things is the key - my glass is half full instead of being empty. A difficult mind set to achieve and one that needs constant practice. I am pretty happy go lucky for the best part and take pleasure in the things that come my way - I am just being me.

    Take care

    Pattypan

    xx

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  7. hi, hoping I make contact today , I,m giving you my email, If you use it I shall have yours in case I cannot leave comment in the usual way .
    I like the sound of your cup cake maker , wonder how you got extra £5 off . I had a doughnut maker but passed it on to a friend

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  8. Hi Cottonreel you have landed safe and sound. Phew thank goodness for that. The cup cake baker when I went into the store on the Wednesday was £14.99 but when I went into the Peterborough branch of John Lewis yesterday it was £10.45 (I missed the 45p off the price when I originally posted so whether it was a special offer or not I do not know, but I was chuffed to get it.
    Look forward to your posts and I hope that there is no more problems with blogger. If there is let me know and I will lodge an official complaint. You are not the only one who has had trouble posting.

    Take care

    Pattypan
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