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All Set For Relaxation

Like many people for us December tends to be a busy time filled with things to do. Not this year!
We finish work for the year on Friday and are having a luxurious break right up to 9th January. During that time we plan to do not very much at all, maybe the odd day out, certainly some football, cinnamon rolls will feature but it's mainly some quiet time.
So, I've decided to catch up on some classics.

I have never read a Harry Potter book, nor have I seen the films, but I plan to remedy that by enjoying them at my leisure this winter. There was a set of hardbacks at the charity shop for months and I didn't think twice about them, of course they're long gone, but there were 5 of the series. Unfortunately the second book was missing but I thought it was better to have five and try to find the others than to hold out for a full set.
My next port of call was the library, where a carol concert was taking place, no chance of any real browsing as there was a great turnout. I stuck …
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This week will be as Christmas heavy as I get, it's not my thing, although I love how much other people enjoy it, and of course chocolate coins.

1. We ate at home before going to the football on Tuesday night, we didn't want to, we wanted to eat steaming hot chips outdoors on a chilly night. We also parked in our regular spot a mile from the ground instead of treating ourselves to parking in the town.

2. I made more bread for lunches, I used strong flour this time, but to be honest I didn't like it quite as much, it was very nice bread, but it wasn't as focaccia-like. I'll alternate between the two flours from now on, depending on our needs.  

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What We Ate 28/11 - 4/12

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I ended up making bubble and squeak with onion, the potatoes and cabbage and a grated carrot. Served as a fry up style meal with the final veggie balls from the ice box, tomatoes, mushrooms and baked beans. 

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Frugal Friday - Twenty

It's been a nice quiet week.  

1. We went to the library, Dan ordered a book I also want to read so hopefully we'll get two reads for the price of one. Dan also sorted out his account, he has been paying his 75p fees for ordered books but the charges haven't been removed from the computer. No receipt is given when you pay a fee so there's no actual proof so it's a bit of a slow process.  

2. Spent some time working out the December budget.

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5. Learned how to use all the tools on my food processor, I am currently attempting to make bread.

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A good box full of staples for us. 

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The filling was some leftover roast squash, onion, carrots, a pack of chestnuts, some gram flour, stock, yeast extract, sage and chipotle flakes. Served with skin on mash, cabbage, sprouts and more carrots. Half a sheet of pastry makes enough pie topping for two meals so even though it's not bargain basement price to make, it's not bad at all and I din't have too much to do on Friday when we ate the rest.

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