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Fri 22-Oct-10
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Danny
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Toffeeapple said:

Fridge?  What fridge?  Pantry is what we had! big_laugh 


 

Yep. it's true!

Edit: the above is link that bears testimony to TA's claims

Never knowingly underfed

Fri 22-Oct-10
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wave  Brilliant, Danny and of course so true  whistle

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Sat 23-Oct-10
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I still send OH to work with his sarny wrapped in the waxed paper from the inside of a cereal box.  The same waxed paper that was in the box I bought possibly at least 2 years ago.  A quick wipe over with a damp piece of kitchen towel and it comes up brand new every time. That waxed paper is virtually indestructable.  I have a small carrier bag in a kitchen drawer that is used for storing said wax papers, along with the polythene wrappers saved from discarded catalogues, magazines etc.  A wrapped sarnie and an apple in a polybag, and he's away!  No posh T****ware box for my man!

And I cut up all thin bits of card such as tea packets and keep them in a box on the top of the fridge to use as my TTD (things To Do) lists.  The cards are no bigger than about 3" x 2" max, so the lists are kept short.  Any bigger, and the list gets too long and the TTDs don't get done anyway.*  In the same box I keep a re-useable set of aide memoires , used for when I am leaving the house, or returning to it .....

Turn d/w ON to complete cycle

Ditto the W m/c and t/d

Empty W m/c and hang out washing

Empty t/d  (or Get washing in off line)

Check lights and radio OFF

and for our alternating refuse collections ....

Put GREY bin out

Put GREEN/BROWN bins out

 

..... Sad,  Moi?

 

*(Come to think of it, the TTDs rarely get done anyway these days , since I discovered this site!big_laugh)

Gone crazy. Back soon.

Sat 23-Oct-10
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cereal packet  liners used to be made of a greaseproof type paper which could be cut up to line cake tins but the waxy type is good for sarnie bags I agree and a good size to keep lettuce fresh in the fridge too, sealed with a clothes peg.  Good tip for reusing teabag boxes, also useful are the inside of old envelopes

Today I am going to recycle an old fleece into a couple of hotwater bottle covers,  or at least I'm going to start as I don't have a sewing machine. Hopefully will finish before next summer!

 

                                             

Sat 23-Oct-10
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I found this blog today, rather interesting for those trying to save money but still wanting to eat well.

I'll try that again!

Mon 25-Oct-10
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Ooh - lots of interesting sites, though I can't get on thriftyfun right now  - 'too many connections' error it says so it's a popular one I guess!  roll_eyes

Ma always used the butter paper for greasing tins as well and I still do now.  Keeping all paper bags to transfer veg into.  Breaking off the massive stalk on calabrese (broccoli) and putting it back - as my Ma said - we're paying for it by weight so why pay for the unnecessary.  wink

if anyone saw the series 'Victorian Farm' last year they had a great book they kept referring to on there called 'The Family Save-all' all about using up leftovers.  There's a link here to it scanned in on Google books - fascinating reading!  I think there's pages previous to where that opens as well so have a squiz backwards too.

Loving the re-purposing fleeces idea, I've got a fair few so maybe a patchwork blanket thing for the sofa?  Although I too have no sewing machine so might be a bit ambitious.  I suppose at least it'd keep me warm whilst I sat there sewing it of an evening!  big_laugh

Mon 25-Oct-10
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Ruth, had a look at this - you can scroll down - it's a huge page! Thanks for the link.

I have to confess that over the years, there's quite a few here that I have tried already !

Scrooge, me, never!

I loved that series, Victorian Farm, I wouldn't miss it.

I wish the one about making cheese was more fully detailed, I would have liked to try it.

Re broccoli - the stalk is really delicious, I wouldn't even put it in stock, we eat it along with the broccoli. I also chop up the leaves of cauliflower to serve with the cauli - think it gives it a bit of colour, but then we enjoy all these green veg. 

Regarding the fleece recycling - a friend has given me three boxfuls of A5-sized samples of ski-wear material - some are fleecy, some are waterproof, all sorts really - I thought it might be an idea to make a multi-coloured patchwork something - not sure what I could make - any ideas?

(I had thought of making a multi-coloured rotary washing line cover with the waterproof samples, but that's as far as I got!)

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Mon 25-Oct-10
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Waterproof bits - a winter shopping bag?  Or plant bag - if I'm taking trays of them to the allotment a) regular bags are the wrong shape and size and b) they get all wet and muddy.

Fleecy bits - a scarf / shawl /throw depending how much you've got.

I do like broccoli stem too; once peeled, but Ma wasn't a fan.  I tend to only want so much of it though!

I never realised that book scrolled - I always used the arrows at the top!  whistledohbig_laugh

Mon 25-Oct-10
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That's a fascinating link Ruth, after reading Hint 3, I Googled 'Harvey' sauce and came up with this.  Isn't t'interweb wonderful?

I'll try that again!

Mon 25-Oct-10
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Wow - that sounds strong!  I had to look up 'Sippets' of bread!  big_laugh

Another idea for the fabric scraps of Brightspark's - if they're ski wear stuff then I'm thinking relatively stiff - would they work as a sewn version of the paper gift bags on the xmas gift thread

Mon 25-Oct-10
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No, Ruth, they're not particularly stiff - in fact when daughter & hubby left their gazebo roof on when it was incredibly windy, the material split in the four corners, and I sorted through the little samples and managed to match the colour, and put in four little zips to make it easier to put on/off. You'd never know they'd been repaired (they might even be stronger now!!).

They're also only A5 size, half A4, so I guess they would have to be a patchwork job, too !

Some pieces of fleece are bigger pieces, and I had thought of making some of those pull-on funky hats with them.

Plant bag - what sort of shape and size had you in mind?

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Tue 26-Oct-10
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lots of great ideas - especially like the fleecy patchwork blanket , sounds really cosy. Hopefully we might get a jumble sale near here that would be a good source of enough fleeces without breaking the bank or depleting the wardrobe.

Thanks for the link to The family save all,  I've saved it in my documents with a few other good items as my internet connection can be a little erratic at times and I save things to read when its not working so I don't get too many withdrawal symptons!

Loved The Victorian Farm - did anyone see Tales from the Green Valley? Same people + 2 more, living on a farm as they would have done in the year 1620, really good, I've bought the dvd.  While I would call that true self suffiency, it is still amazing how much was traded - spices and dried fruit etc.

But I think I might draw the line at dusting with an old goose wing!! eeek

 

Tue 26-Oct-10
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I think a plant bag would also end up being a patchwork job but something sized to take seed trays sensibly so wide and flat but with a decent length handle so as not to squash the little precious's on their way to the plot.

I had another idea for the fleece bits (again patching together though) - slipper sock things for sofa snuggling.  brightsparklystuff

Tue 26-Oct-10
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  - slipper sock things for sofa snuggling.  


 

What a lovely image Ruth! 

I'll try that again!

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I've just been looking at the Victorian Farm site on the BBC and noticed that they had done another series on  the farm which aired on daytime TV, which means that I missed it.  They are re-running two of the programmes though, link here.  Ben Fogle is in them, which might put some people off but I might make the effort to watch.

I'll try that again!

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