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