Friday, 26 August 2016

Fridays Weekly Update on Bargains, Coupons & Freebies.

No freebies or coupons this week only some supermarket bargains.

Got this lot on Sunday.

Last night - very slim pickings.

The stir fry sauces were reduced to 16p each.

Asda are clearing many items at the moment, well worth a look, there is usually a reduced shelf somewhere, they were selling all sorts of things in the personal care/beauty range, but I had enough of everything else.

I found these 24p a pack.
Should keep us going for a while.

So that's it for this week, not a huge amount, but as the saying goes every little helps.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Preserving Summer

A few makes for the pantry (well cupboards really, a pantry? maybe one day a girl can dream).

On a walk I found enough Blackberries to make some Blackberry Vodka.

We have had plenty of tomatoes there was a kilo sat in the fridge so I thought a bit of relish would be nice.

This recipe is based on a kilo, but obviously can be adjusted to how many toms you have.

1 kg Tomatoes
1 med/large Onion
100g Granulated Sugar
Few pinches of Sea Salt
100 ml Red Wine Vinegar
Chilli Flakes - a few good pinches

Cook the Tomatoes and onion together until it is a thick pulp. 
Add the other ingredients and cook until a thick consistency.
Then pop into sterilised jars.

It is really nice, a nice little kick from the Chilli flakes.

Then I thought a few jars of Courgette & Onion Relish would be nice.

We still have plenty of potatoes, tomatoes and courgettes .

I have started to harvest the Chillies, I only grew one plant and it must have around 30 Chillies on it. When some are ready I just chop them up and put them in  a little pot and pop in the freezer, my one plant will see me through until next year.

Next thing is the peppers, they are nearly ready.

Very pleased with my harvest this year.

Potatoes, Courgettes, Tomatoes, Radish, Lettuce, Spring Onions, Chillies and Peppers.

Only a small growing area here but it has been well worth it, certainly saves a few pennies.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Something tasty for the weekend.

Malt Loaf

90 g     Malt Extract
75 ml   Hot Black Tea
45 g     Dark Muscovado Sugar
150 g   Sultanas
1 large Egg (Beaten)
125 g   Plain Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
Pinch of Bicarbonate of Soda

Heat the oven to 150 c.

Pour the hot tea in a mixing bowl with the malt, sugar, and dried fruit, give a good stir.
Add the egg.

Tip in the flour , baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, and mix well.

Pour into a greased/lined tin and bake for about 50 mins.

Whilst still hot brush with a little malt extract.

When cool spread thickly with butter.

Enjoy !

Friday, 19 August 2016

Welcome to my new followers Sue & Nim.

On Fridays I thought I would start doing a regular post about freebies, bargains, and couponing.

So this week no freebies.

Yellow sticker shopping.

Large 400g tins of Tuna

I love cooking and baking but I have to confess I hate making pastry so when I see it reduced I always grab it.

I hadn't a clue what this Cottage Garden Perennial was, but for 35p I thought I would take a chance.

After searching on the net I see it grows quite big, but I have the perfect spot for it. It will fill in a big gap.

Another day, thought I should grab the last cookies and another big tin of Tuna.

Not a huge saving but when we spend weekends out at the car boots I like something quick and easy for tea.

I bought Pork Cheeks once before when reduced, ideal for the slow cooker, made into a casserole.

I only found two coupons this week.

I only use coupons when it makes the item free or when the item is on promotion.

The flash concentrated gel is usually £2.32 in Morrisons, it is on offer there for £1.00 so with the coupon I paid 50p.

Debbie and Andrews Sausages in Morrison's again,  £2.97 per pack or two packs for £3.00 , so with the coupon, I paid £1.50, so 75p a pack which is not bad for decent sausages. 

Coupons from


Some times you can only print out one coupon, other times you can print more than one. So I might see if I can print another lot for the sausages.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Thankyou to everyone who commented yesterday and emailed me. I have deleted the other blog now and imported some of the posts. I will be deleting the posts from here about my changing over to the other blog as I don't see the point of keeping them, so moving away from all that nonsense............

It's that time of year again, the Spring Bulbs have appeared in the shops.

Last year I planted Hyacinth's and Tulips, so to add to them I have bought these .

I am still going to get a couple more packs of  Hyacinths as I want to have several pots dotted around indoors, I just love the fragrance.

I got the Dwarf Daffodils, Hyacinths and Crocus from home Bargains.

The Purple Passion Tulips came from Morrisons, I also picked up another Lily reduced to £1.00

So I repotted that one, it is still yet to flower which is nice.

One of my other Lilies is just opening.

Very strange though as this is from last years bulbs and I only had a pink one and an orange one ? I split the bulbs this year, perhaps it's a mutation?

We had to take the car in for a job and The Range was right next door so we popped in for a browse.

The two packs of Rockery Narcissi were purchased there along with these.

They have been cut back now, but they are Hardy plants , I am on the look for more Hardy plants as they last and will save me spending so much money on plants all the time, then I can just fill the spaces with spring bulbs and bedding plants.

Another Curley Parsley as the one I had died for some reason.

And some Sweet Williams.

They only had White and Coral ones, I shall look out for some more different colours as these are one of my favourites.

I shall leave you with a few pictures from the garden.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

I'm back for good

I'm staying with this blog, so sorry dear readers and followers who moved to the new one.

This time it is for good ( I promise)

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Sunday Bargains

As usual it was a trip to the car boot sales again today.

Only a few bargains for me today.

Some brand new cushions for the patio chairs £1.00

Three pretty tea light holders £1.00

£2.00 for 5 cd's

A couple of Hardy Plants.

We also had one very big purchase £100 new camera for £30.

I have been wanting a macro lens for my Nikon for sometime now and they cost between £150 - £200, so the new camera will do the same job.

Most of the photo's on this blog I use the camera on my phone but I get annoyed with it as it doesn't always focus, so hopeful in a few days time when I have worked out how to use it  the pictures on here will be better.

When we got back from the car boot, I realised there was only a splash of milk left, so much to my annoyance ( we try to avoid supermarkets at weekends)  we popped up to Morrison's .

Glad we did, I will make an effort to go up again at the weekends now as I was very pleased these bargains.

My other blog will be starting tommorow