Friday, 29 December 2017

Today's Thrifty Bits


Christmas is over, it's just another thrifty day.



Porridge made with bargain blueberries.




There is only the two of us at home for the next week, so enough turkey left and some cheap veggies have been put in the slow cooker to make a stew, I even added some 10p sprouts, dumplings will be added later, that's tonight and tomorrow's tea sorted.




The outer leaves of the sprouts will not be composted but will be fed to the quail, they love a treat of some greens. We now have 50 quail at various ages, and 24 more due to hatch over the next week and and still lots more eggs waiting to go into the incubator. We have a few people coming over the next few days to buy some. We only sell them once they are six weeks old. Once we have sold the first 50 this will give us our investment of the incubator and housing back, and then its all profit, they don't cost much to keep, just a bit of bedding and the quail food costs very little. 



Our little hobby is turning into a good little earner.


Indoor Hyacinth's starting to make a show

I don't get tempted to buy them ready potted from the supermarkets and garden centres for whatever silly price they sell them for - me I buy a pack of 99p bulbs and use some home made compost.


Washing carefully sorted to see what can be put on a short cycle, today is icy cold but there is a good breeze, even if I can only get it half dry outside it's better than using the tumble dryer,  It will finish off drying on the clothes horse later.




I have just started to sort out some books, cd's, dvd's to sell online. 




The start of a simple cleaning spray, all you need is orange or lemon peel & white vinegar.

Simply put your peel in an old jar, cover with white vinegar, keep added more peel as you get some, top up with vinegar, leave for a few weeks then remove peel and decant into an old spray bottle, and dilute 50/50 with water if you wish.

A cheap citrus cleaner.





I even made a start on recycling the Christmas cards, I made some gift tags for next year and even a bookmark.

That's all for now, time to make the dumplings for that stew as it will soon be tea time.

30 comments:

  1. I love all the thrifty tips, especially the one about saving the citrus peels ! Many thanks for all the inspiration !
    MrsShoestring

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  2. Ooooh that stew looks tasty.

    I use the vinegar/orange peel cleaner all the time and it's amazing for cleaning the oven with a sprinkle of bicarb.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. It is, I don't like harsh chemical cleaners.x

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  3. Stew is on the menu for tomorrow using some yellow sticker braising steak. The quail look amazing, they are great hoovers for the aviary.

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    1. Lovely, well done on the yellow sticker steak, yes the quails do a good job, we aren't keeping the ones for selling in with the four we have in the aviary, if we did it would be chaos and lots of fighting.

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  4. Oooh, stew and dumplings, delicious!

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  5. You have been far more industrious than I have been, Marlene, and credit to you for that! Lovely meals from scratch and at a low cost, hyacinths using your own home-made compost, your home-made (inexpensive) cleaning product, and re-cycling your cards already. Plus the birds look lovely; a hobby turned into a money spinner. Well done, you.
    Margaret P

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    1. Thankyou Margaret for your kind and encouraging words.

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  6. Goodness, you have been busy! I have never made cleaner but I do like the idea and am going to give it a go.
    What a lot of quail. It's certainly an interesting way to add to your income, but not for me. I shan't be competing in quail sales!
    I love the smell of hyacinths. My mum always used to have some in the airing cupboard around Christmas time. Obviously she brought them out later!

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    1. No birds are not for everyone, we love birds and its going to be a good little money maker for us, so ideal. Good idea putting the Hyacinths in the airing cupboard to get them going. We unfortunately don't have an airing cupboard here, something I really miss.

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  7. I'm so glad the quail are profitable - what an interesting undertaking. Thanks for reminding me about the orange peel cleaner too, it has been a while since I did this and I will now get back into the habit of this with your prompting :-)

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    1. Hi Phil, yes the quail are going to be a very good little earner which is excellent. There are lots of citrus fruits in this house at the moment, so I will make as much cleaner as I can.

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  8. Your stew looks delicious. I love your Christmas card gift tags.

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    1. Thankyou Nil, I enjoy making the tags.

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  9. I really must try and make that cleaner!!

    The beginning of next year is going to see me using all those lotions and potions that I have picked up over the years. They seem to have multiplied.

    God bless.

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    1. Hi Jackie, I try to use things from the oldest first, I just have to keep them in some sort of order in the cupboard so I make sure I do this.

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  10. I love the quail. We have wild quail here. They used to visit my neighbor's bird feeder. I would love to keep chickens again. Great use of your Christmas cards! I like the look of the edges. Pinking shears are so useful.

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    1. Hello Stephenie, the quail are lovely little birds and they are not what I call "smelly" like bigger foul, my husband cleans them out regularly and they don't cost much at all to keep, so we can make some decent money from the this year. I have had the pinking shears for years, they are very handy.

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  11. This post took me back years. I kept quail when I was a young mum. Those litle birds gave us so many eggs... How much would I expect to pay for a female quail these days

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    1. Hi Cherie, they are interesting to keep, and they certainly keep us busy, the pet shop here charges £7 for a hen, we are making sure we keep things cheaper (excuse the pun) than everyone else. Our hens are going to be £5.00 each cock birds a little less, most people buy them in a trio (1 cock and 2 hens). The ones we have in the aviary lay just about every day, so there are lots of eggs waiting to go into the incubator, so over the year it is going to be very profitable, and most importantly we enjoy looking after them.

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  12. That's great news about the quail. I took the cards down yesterday and will be sitting ready for card making next week. I'm full of cold and have a hacking cough, so I'm not doing anything.

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    1. Sorry to hear you are not feeling well, nothing worse than a cough, I have been lucky this year I haven't had a cold.
      Yes good news with the quail, we have sold some this morning and notes have been handed over, I shall look forward to see the coffers building up.

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  13. Your little Christmas tags you've made look lovely. I use old xmas cards for tags too. I also snipped the last of my little viola flowers and put them in the flower press today. I'll use those for little cards too. Have a very happy new year! Meg:)

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    1. That sounds really lovely Meg, I love pretty littel Violas.
      Happy new year Meg.

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  14. Thank you for sharing some great ideas. I potted my paper whites a month ago to force inside and for some reason, they're not growing. Hopefully, I'll have better luck with my outside bulbs. I loved seeing the quails. What a fun hobby. I wish you all the best for the New Year! Pat

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    1. That's a shame about your indoor bulbs, our outdoor ones have started to make an appearance. The quails keep us busy but we enjoy it.Best wishes to you for the New Year Pat.

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  15. You have got off to a brilliant start, Marlene, and I'm so glad the Quail venture is taking off. Will you actually be eating any of the eggs? Or are they all for hatching? x

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    1. Hi Angie, yes you can eat them but you would they are so small and fiddly and you would need quite a few, to be honest it's not worth the faff, so they are all for incubating. xx

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