Saturday, 14 March 2009

Frugal eating and Domesticity


I have a sacrosanct holiday fund. Like lots of people, we love holidays. And I'm aware of how quickly my children are growing, so it's dead important to me, because it's a brief period of my lifetime in which I will holiday with children, with all their verve and energy. So I save a lot in my holiday fund, and pull back the money in other ways. I spend very little on clothes, I don't smoke, I go out little in terms of eating out - I don't really need to go out, because I love being home best of all. But nothing will make me touch that holiday fund. As I see it, it's money already spent, so it's not there.

So, we are eating a little frugally at the mo, to help the holiday fund along. And it's proving great fun to sort out recipes. I have piles of mince in the freezer (as you know!) and I'm always looking for different ways to use it. The latest proved great fun as an after school activity. We made saucer pies... each pie worked out at 30 pence, and that was only because I was too tired to set to and make pastry so bought pastry instead.


We lined the saucer with pastry. And added a pre-cooked mince filling. On top of which there was cheese to scatter or potatoes.


I showed the children how to trim off the edges, which they loved doing - this is my eldest doing her pie. And then how to crimp the edges with a fork.


And into the oven they went...


They were yummy, and for 30 pence each, there was enough for half for the meal, and half cold for the packed lunches in the morning, which proved a popular alternative to sandwiches. So we're now trying to think about alternative fillings.


Then, last night we made pizzas... always a popular choice.

So the frugal eating is going well. Treating them tonight, though, to fillet steak, but my excuse is it was ever so cheap! And we need lots and lots of vitamins at the moment, with all the colds around.

And I just had to share this. I'm now the proud owner of a lovely hardback copy of...


The Gentle Art of Domesticity. I've wanted this book for some time, and couldn't believe my luck when I saw a copy in TK Maxx.

The pictures are gorgeous, and cover everything domestic you could possibly want

Wonderful stuff.

Finally, just musing... how many prints do you have on your bed? Am I abnormal in loving variety... This is the top of mine at the moment (and you can't even see my bottom flat sheet, which is yet another printed floral!):

My crochet blanket is on the bottom. So that's 10 prints at least. And that's fairly normal for me. I'd love to see other beds...

28 comments:

LittleGem said...

Lovely post Lacey and I am loving that sign, I bet you could easily make your own if you just print out some big letters and use them as a template. Your pies and pizzas looks delish! And as for the bed, well as I said on the forum it looks lovely and cosy and you have seen how many prints I have on mine!At least 5 or 6 at a time! XX

maria clara said...

Hello!! The letters are precious(beautiful)!! I adore them!! Regards from Argentine (sorry my Englishman is not the best)

bekimarie said...

Your bed looks so cosy, I give up trying to layer my bed and make it look pretty as Rich just throws everything off.
I really like your 'welcome spring' sign. I have a thing for vintagey looking tin signs.
Have a good weekend
Hugs
Beki xxx

Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

fab post Lacey :-) love all the bits in it and its very inspiring!! i now need to get to TK Maxx though and thats not so frugal is it? but you have to treat yourself every now and again and cant beleive how lucky you were to get that book in there!
Lesley x

claire said...

ooh I did enjoy this post Lacey....now our wedding spends are over I need to pull in in some places....love the saucer pies ....and great family activity xxxI have the letters that say easter greetings...you'll get much more use out of yours!!! lol!!!
Mine aren't that well made (raggy fabric edges etc) I think they would be so easy to do.....I just need an extra 6 hours or so a day xxxx

Surfer Rosa said...

I love your welcome spring bunting/sign. TK Maxx is great isn't it - it's virtually the only store I go in nowadays. I've picked up lots of books in there too as they're often reduced down to a few pound. I'm still yet to read any of Jane Brocket's books although I regularly visit her blog so I'll be making a bee-line for the book section next week ... (after I've looked for the welcome sign of course!)
Have a great weekend
x

Simone said...

I have the same Laura Ashley throw but mine is over a plain white duvet! The saucer pies look like a great idea.

Gingerbread said...

An interesting post love the pictures, and the sign. The food looks yum, its making me hungry now. best wishes julie.C

white o'morn cottage said...

So right about them growing fast. You are making lovely memories for them. Well worth the effort. Glad you liked the duck pattern. It is quite easy to make too. best wishes...Pam

Vintage Tea said...

I just got the Gentle Art of Domensticity from the library this week and definitely would like my own copy and saw one in TK Maxx last week so think I might have to pop back up there and see if it's waiting for me.

Victoria xx

Trish said...

mmmm, those pies look yummy hun :) I have three different patterns on my bed, the duvet set (usually plain white of cream) my throw from Dunelm, plain cushions and toile cushions (I suppose thats four really!!!)

Pixiedust said...

Great post. I love the idea of your frugal mince pies, I may have to try that one. A lot of people seem to have been finding lots of goodies in TK Maxx, I think I'd better get doen there and have a look. The fabric WELCOME SPRING sign is lovely. xxx

Floss said...

What a fantastic selection of things of interest! The sign is fantastic, and it would be great to see you make some more lettering to vary it through the year.

The pies look really fun. Our standard family mince meals are spag bol (very popular in terms of adding your own parmesan) and curry with fruit - leftover bananas etc. Here in France I've found it cheapest to buy steak hachees and use them as mince - they are made of good meat and not expensive.

Your bed looks so lovely! I reserve a lot of my prints for our spare bed, because I don't think that our own bedroom could take them - the layers would just be thrown all over the floor by a husband who didn't even notice them! Perhaps I'm being unfair...

Sal said...

Love the letters!!
I also have that book..got it second hand from Amazon..and I often delve into it when I have a spare few minutes.
Hope you are having a good weekend ;-)

What Kelly Did next...... said...

I LOVE the sign, im going to have to find one of those!! Your pies look lovely too & your bed linen is gorgeous x

MelMel said...

Lacey can I just come and live at your house?
Love the letter bunting.....the pizza looks so yummy.....

Your home is bliss!xxx

vintage girl said...

Love the sign it's really pretty. I know what you mean about how important to have a holiday with your children, I do the impossible to make cutbacks so that we can have a break away as a family once a year. Lisax

MaryPoppins said...

Love the saucer pies, what did you cook them in, probably a stupid question but thought I would ask anyway :)

Yes I too love TK maxx, have found it to be a great place to shop and has definately improved over the years. What a lovely book, must keep my eyes peeled though i am always hot footing it to the bed linens in their and forget about the books, though picked a couple of lovely housy ones a couple of weeks ago

Your bed looks delicious, I think your Rosali cushion looks lovely as it is not sure if you saw my Joke on the SC Cafe, I think we all love out Rosali and cannot bear to let it go :)

X

TattingChic said...

Thanks for your sweet comment about my back issues on my blog. You're a sweetie.

I LOVE your welcome sign! It is absolutely darling! I need to get a sewing machine. Where did you get the patterns for the letters? The fabric is darling! I may have to start collecting fat quarters now and invest in a sewing machine!

Your book looks totally cool! You guys have TK MAXX over there across the pond? We have TJ MAXX here! How cool.
Have a fabulous rest of your weekend! :)

Country Bliss said...

That sign is fab, so pretty and your bed looks beautiful with all those prints. Pies look yummy have you tried egg, bacon and parsley pie or is that Cornish? I've had the paperback version of the book on order from Amazon for 2 months now!
Yvonne x

Shabby Chick said...

Mmmmm your pies look good!

The sign is lovely. Everyone seems to be getting TK Maxx goodies at the moment! I have that book, though I have to admit I haven't read it all that much. I love the pictures but some of the quilts aren't really "me" and they are a big part of the book!

I only have one print on my bed, I have white top pillows, sheet and duvet cover and then CK roses bedspread and bottom pillows. I would love more but funds don't allow just now!

Mel xxx

Claire said...

I fled to TK after reading this post yesterday but there was no sign for me :-( I love it!

Lajoni said...

that sign is gorgeous Lacey and the bed just makes you want to jump in but don't worry I wont lol xxxx

LissyLou said...

Just found your lovely blog through Mel Mel.

Love the garland, i have one the same style from Tkmaxx, it says Joyful Easter. I'll be getting that one aswell if i see it.

LissyLou x

Elizabethd said...

We could do with TKMaxx here in France, always a bargain to be found!

Elaine said...

Keep up with those frugal recipes Lacey, I think I will make use of them too. Love the idea of saucer pies. I have a foolproof pastry recipe (that's made totally differently to normal), I'll share it with you sometime *wink*

Love and blessings
xxxxxxxxx

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Liking my visit here to your great blog..m..

sharie said...

Love the welcome sign and the pillowcases and pillow shams. I went looking for some ck bedding but none was to be found :-(

Those plate pies look tasty, think I may try making some of those when I come off my diet.