Friday, 23 June 2017

In The Window

Even though we were on holiday only a few weeks ago, we are on holiday again next week - why not? So, on the hottest day of the year, I primped the window at the charity shop. I actually think I had a little bit of heatstroke afterwards as I felt sick and all manner of other things, it took me an age to walk home. Never to worry. I decided to not go for an obvious summer theme but instead went for lights and metallics. The massive bonus of taking this route is that there's no need to stuff the display, as the shine does a lot of the work. 

I stole the idea of using jars to display accessories from a charity shop merchandising page on facebook. As seen from outside 

It's a bit subtle, but it received a lot of attention. And of course after doing a very summery window it rained the following day!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

What We Ate June - Week 3

As promised there are a few less healthy options in here this week!

jacket potato with beans and mini sausages/ lentil and mushroom pie/ pie filling

curry from the freezer/ curried bubble and squeak type thing, it looks disgusting but it was delicious/ hazy falafel sandwich

Then it got hotter, we we ate a variation of the same thing for a few night so I didn't have to cook.

veggie burgers/ roast veg cous cous

The burger mix was sent as part of the packaging for the record player, it was just a case of adding water then cooking them on the griddle for a few minutes. 

toasted seeds and cashews/ assorted salad and things/ a plateful

And to finish of course we had to have some banana nice cream, this was macadamia and cocoa flavour. 

Dan had brought home some chocolate buttons as a surprise, so they came in handy! 

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Shopping Haul June - Week 3

Holland & Barrett £5.25
Dan came home with some macadamia nuts this week after a lunchtime walk.

Heron £1
After the macadamia nut purchase, Dan also ventured to Heron and picked up three blocks of puff pastry for £1. He'd very kindly cut them in half and put them in the freezer before I took the picture. 

Sainsbury's £2.61
broccoli 62p/ frozen berries £1.70/ onions 29p

So it was all going very well until we went to Manchester.

8th Day, Manchester £16.71
I didn't get a receipt so don't know the cost of each item. I remember the crisps were 69p, the flour £2.44 and the teriyaki sauce £2.99

Beer wouldn't usually come out of the grocery budget, but I paid for it on this occasion. It was so hot when we got home from Manchester that I refused to cook so we treated ourselves to yet more things

Booths £6.55
crumpets £1.15/falafel £2.10/ tomatoes £1/ houmous £1.30 (!)/bread £1

Total for this week £32.12. 

Monday, 19 June 2017

In The Morning

We ate our breakfast outside today, something we never do. Other than the sound of the bees and birds it was silent, there was no-one else around, a good start to a Monday - especially when it's yet another one of those days where the news is not enjoyable viewing. 

photo by Dan, wow his phone has a better camera than mine!
I bought a circle scarf from the charity shop the other day, it was going to go into the rags and I wanted it to chop up and add to my stitching, but this morning I noticed that it's actually a Gap scarf, still with the tag on, so if anyone would like it then I'm happy to pass it on, if not I'll chop it up. 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

In The Window

For the last month or so I have been back in charge of primping the windows at the charity shop, so here's the latest look. We have sold and replaced a few things in the main window since I first did the primping and I did NOT add the hats! It's not the most exciting window I've ever done but hopefully next week we'll have some exciting stock to play with. 

The side window

There's a lot of glare, but you get the idea. And our two new models inside 

There's a lot of red and blue there, maybe I was influenced by the election!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

What We Ate June - Week 2

I actually forgot to take photographs of most of our food last week for some reason, but it featured a lot of veg. We spent more on plants and garden things last week than we did on food, I think it was all good value for money though, hopefully one day the weather will play along and we can combine eating and being outside, who knows!

obligatory stirfry/ cous cous salad 

spicy rice - the plan had been to make jollof rice but we were so hungry we didn't wait for it to be dry and delicious!/ baked onion bhajis

I don't make them all that often for some reason, but I love these baked onion bhajis - recipe here. They're easy to make and because they're baked they don't use too much oil. 

dhal/ roast squash cakes

The oven was in use on Saturday so i roasted the squash then realised I had no plans for it, so decided to adapt this recipe for Yotam Ottolenghi's sweet potato cakes, it worked really well and I will make them again, very tasty and a little messy, lovely with some spicy chutney.

I am learning to love my new blender and I admit it is good for smoothies, I'm having them a fair bit as I've started exercising again, so I can blitz up oats, fruits, flaxseed and other goodies without any grittiness. The food processor is more powerful than my old one so houmous and pastes are very smooth now, lovely. 

The other small change of the week is that I have switched one of my shifts at the shop to a morning rather than doing two afternoons, it started as a temporary thing but I've decided I'd rather get it over and done with in the morning, freeing up time for me to have a walk in the afternoon, go shopping or just do the other little bits and bobs that crop up during the week. We'll see how it goes. 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Shopping Haul - June Week 2

Holland & Barrett £3.18
I bought two of these, not much else to say, I like a cup of tea!

Morrisons £3.23
bread flour £1/ plain flour 45p/ seeds 83p/ yeast £1

Home Bargains £1.50

Aldi £9.93
mushrooms £1.38/ sultanas 88p/ almond drink 99p/ potatoes £1.25/ squash 72p/ broccoli 39p each/ cucumber 39p/ houmous 55p each/ carrots 42p/ passata 35p/ tomatoes 71p/ spring onions 47p

Booths £1.50

A pretty basic week, we did splash out £14.30 on brunch this week too, but that wasn't from my grocery budget. I still spent a little more than I wanted, but I hadn't taken into account the bread things and I hadn't planned to buy the lentils, but I do love them. That brings the total for this week to £19.34 and has let me with a lot of cooking to do!