Friday, 24 March 2017

Just another thrifty day



Just another normal thrifty day...........


Two lots of washing have been dried in the beautiful sunshine.
My dear husband has washed the outside windows with a bit of soap and free water from the water butt.

I have been out sowing a few more seeds.


The second table in the greenhouse has started filling up.






Today I have sown....

Rocket
Lambs Lettuce
Watercress
Radish
Mini munch cucumber
Regular cucumber
Letturce
Dwarf Double Dahlias
Dahlias
Pansies
Edelweiss
Candytuff


The first seeds are starting to appear now.



Two free packs of Chicken from a shopping app.

Free food

I had some potatoes which needed using up, so it was homemade oven chips for tea with the rest of the reduced cooked chicken and coleslaw I bought yesterday and some beans.

They might be sprouting but they are fine, I don't waste a thing


I had some lemons in the fridge which I bought reduced at the beginning of the month. They were still good. 



 So while the chips were in the oven I  baked a lemon cake. 

Lovely lemon cake

And not wasting that chicken carcass, I made some stock for the freezer.






22 comments:

  1. I'm rather envious of your greenhouse set up - looks wonderful.

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    1. It keeps me busy Phil, I love pottering away I find it very relaxing.

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  2. It looks like you have a big greenhouse! My tomato seeds are just beginning to come up, on the kitchen window sill. I usually mange to get 6 or 8 pants in the greenhouse and we live off frozen tomato sauce all Winter!

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    1. I am not sure what size it is Elizabeth, I know it is bigger than standard because we have two really good size benchs in there.

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  3. Lovely lemon cake indeed Marlene....it looks sooooo nice-x-

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    1. I confess I had a taster last night, I love a lemon sponge x

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  4. Lemons freeze very well, it's something I stock up on when our local supermarket has organic ones on special offer. I just cut them into quarters and freeze in a ziplock bag.

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    1. Yes when I do have an odd one left I slice them up for popping in a drink, I am going to do some lemon shortbread sometime as well I think.

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  5. I really to get my seed sowing organised. With all the rain lately the place is like a jungle and that will take precedence when I feel up to gardening once again. Your cake looks very yummy.

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    1. I like to get the work done as soon as I can then relax in the garden.

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  6. A very productive day. The greenhouse is coming on a treat. That cake looks delicious. Lemon cake is one of my favourites. X

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    1. It is nice when you see all the trays of seeds and think of all the future harvest xx

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  7. ooh, Marlene, I would love a slice of the lemon cake! And what a lot of work you have done in the greenhouse!
    Margaret P

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    1. It had some lemon curd in the middle, I had some last night, it was delicious and moist.

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  8. ooh, you are a busy bee! Homemade chips are the best, I like to do my own oven chips too. If you ever get a moment, I'd love to know your lemon cake recipe. That's one I'd really love to try myself. But no pressure, just if you have time and feel like typing it out!

    Have a gorgeous weekend. Enjoy your mother's day feast tomorrow. Bill and I are eating out today whilst Violet is at a party in town. We didn't want to be too far away from her, so decided to take advantage and have a little date time. Really quite exited about that!
    xxx

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    1. Hi Sadie, when I do lemon cake I do different recipes, last night it was just a basic, 8oz butter,8oz caster sugar, 8oz self raising flour, 4 medium size eggs, zest of one lemon (these lemons were quite large and the juice from one, just put in all in the mixer (all in one method) and job done and a generous spread of lemon curd in the middle,it was beautiful and moist.
      Enjoy you date, we have found it strange the last few years now Jack is an adult (20 in May), doing things just the two of you, have a lovely time xxx

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  9. Wow, your Greenhouse is looking great. What shopping apps do you use?

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    1. Hi Tania, I use Shopmium and Checkout Smart, but there are still others as well.

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  10. Busy time for you, all those lovely seeds for future harvest, and so many nice foods for now.

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    1. Yes it is good to think of the future harvest and all the pretty flowers the seeds promise.

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  11. This sunny weather certainly perks up the spirits to wanting to be more productive!

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