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
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...