Sunny Side Up Sunday

Hello Dear Reader,

Today I am grateful for clever companies like "Who Gives a Crap". Such a great idea, I get to support a marvellous company that build toilets in third world counties, simply by buying toilet paper, paper towel and tissues. Genius.

Here's the blurb from their website-

First of all, it's funny. Lots of room for toilet jokes, which we love.
But really, we love toilet paper because for us, it's our way of making a difference. We started Who Gives A Crap when we learnt that 2.3 billion people across the world don't have access to a toilet. That's roughly 40% of the global population and means that around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes.
We thought that was pretty crap. So in July 2012, Simon, Jehan and Danny launched Who Gives A Crap with a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo. Simon sat on a toilet in our draughty warehouse and refused to move until we had raised enough pre-orders to start production. 50 hours and one cold bottom later, we'd raised over $50,000 (see the video here!)
We delivered our first product in March 2013 and have been thrilled to keep growing ever since. Not just because our toilet paper is gracing bathrooms across the country but also because we donate 50% of our profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.

Their marketing and packaging is hilarious, every time I open a box, I smile a big goofy smile simply because it's plain funny.

The tops of the tissue box's

What's making you smile today?

Have a lovely day,

What we bought, spent and ate this week

Hello Dear Reader,

I questioned a while ago about whether you were still interested in this kind of post? It's no bother and I actually love to see what other bloggers are buying and eating, weird? normal? I don't know, but  I just love it, especially blog posts from other parts of the world. I love the photos, look at that brand of washing liquid, I wonder what it's like, look how large the milk containers are, look how cheap their groceries are, I can hear myself saying. Truly weird!

Anyway that is my long winded way of asking if I should keep posting these kind of posts, yes or no? Does it still interest you? What about the marked down items, are you interested in those?

I have been popping up to the local Woolworths and Coles a couple of times a week to check out any marked down produce, this week I was quite lucky and now have enough to plan 5 meals for the coming week. I am hoping our weekly grocery costs will go down by doing this. Time will tell I guess.

Now on with what was on our family table this week

What we bought
Shopping from Northside Discount Fruit Barn

The Aldi Shop

Shopping from Coles

Some markdowns from Woolworths

Markdowns from Coles

What we spent
Northside Discount Fruit Barn-$19.96
Marjax Meats-$28.80 (not pictured-1 kg of pork mince and a kilo of bacon)

Woolworths Markdowns-$7.30 + $32.49
Coles Markdowns-$2.40 +$3.98

TOTAL-$187.83-In theory, next week should be a small week

What we ate

Friday-Baked Beans on toast with grated parmesan 

Saturday-It was our sons partners Birthday, we all went to an Italian restaurant in Brisbane called SaltMeatsCheese, she just loved Gnocchi and their Gnocchi is amazing. I had a wood fired veggie pizza 

And Lovely Hubby had Lasagna

We shared a Tiramisu for dessert, it was divine

Sunday-Zesty Salmon and Herb Parcels with roast veggies and steamed broccolini (recipe coming soon)

Monday-Tempura Whiting with steamed Basmati Rice and Bok Choy

Tuesday-Slow Cooked Pork and Beans with Chorizo and sautéed Silverbeet

Wednesday-Honey Prawns with steamed Basmati rice and Choy Sum

Thursday-Tuscan Meatballs in Tomato and Red Wine Sauce with Egg Pasta

Let me know if you still are interested in reading posts like this.

Have a lovely day,

This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday

Hello Dear Reader,

The best thing I love about my job is that the travel time, is next to nothing, in the car, it's about 3 minutes and by bike it's about 7 minutes, I know, totally and utterly spoilt. I don't think I would cope with a long commute everyday, it would take away my precious time at home.

I am such a creature of habit, I love my simple boring life and I don't mind doing the same thing everyday, I get up at the same time, I eat breakfast at a similar time, I go to and leave work at the same time and so goes my day.

I embrace routine and conformity, it works well for me. It spills over into my whole life, I have a housework schedule so by the end of any fortnight the whole house has had a go over and it is generally clean and tidy. I wash on the same days each week, I write the menu and shopping list on the same day and even my afternoons have a similar rhythm. Unpack, wash and repack my lunch for the next day, start on dinner early and make a start on what needs doing that afternoon followed by a walk with the little woofs. See, isn't my life exciting?

Now on with the frugal stuff-

1. I made a little cat blanket out of the left over thrifted fabric from when I made the dog coats. Ninja, our little black cat, loves my sewing room, actually she loves my sewing table to be exact and loves to lay on any fabric I may have left out. I now have her blanket on the table so she can lay there in comfort. And at least her black fur will be contained to just one area, here's hoping anyway.

2. Used the slow cooker to make Dulce de Leche, which was used to make a Banoffee Pie. I had two daggy bananas that needing using up, and nothing uses up daggy bananas better than a Banoffee. I also used the slow cooker to make this dinner during the week. The slow cooker uses minimal power and saves time. The condensed milk from Aldi is $1.49 a can compared to Nestle Top and Fill which is $4.75  a can.

3. Bought some heavily discounted washing powder and some veggie seeds from a discount shop not too far from me. It was about a 25 minute drive up the highway, last Sunday morning, a bit of a drive but worth it for the savings. The veggie seeds were $1.69 a packet and the Radiant was $1 a box.

4. Saved the shower warm up water and watered the big potted plants to keep them hydrated

5. Fed, turned and watered the compost bin, It is almost full and getting quite hard to turn. I will stop feeding it soon and let it brew a bit longer before adding it to the new garden beds when I am planting out. I really can't wait. The compost itself looks and smells wonderful.

I add the fruit and veg scraps (green/nitrogen) first then turn them in, followed by scrap paper and cardboard (brown/carbon) they get a good stir in too

I finish with the shredded paper from the office then water the while lot in

That's a wrap, you're turn, how did you save money this week?

Have a great day,

One Year Ago-On Being Efficient

Last Weeks Grocery Bargains

Hello Dear Reader,

Just a quick little post today. As I mentioned last week, I have been popping into my local Woolworths and Coles a couple of afternoons a week to check out their marked down fresh produce. Sometimes I am lucky, other times not so much.

I will only buy products that we will eat and will not buy pre-marinated or processed meats like schnitzels. Those two kinds of meat products are always on mark down at my local Woolworths but I don't like them and nothing is a bargain if you don't use it. I am also limited by how much I can buy as I have a small inside freezer. The outside freezers are for fish and bait.

  Last weeks grocery bargains went like this-

I have frozen these flat buns and will use them when we make a BBQ pulled pork next week

I have frozen the chicken wings and will bake them next week using a sachet of this spice mix. The yoghurt is lovely and we have been having it with our fruit salads for breakfast and the salmon was a bargain at $1.20 a tin (130gram) they will be used for lunches.

Last week, by buying these marked down specials, I saved-$18.81, it's not a lot but a saving is a saving. I am not as lucky or passionate as some who posts on the FB group-Markdown Addicts Australia, some of their savings are quite amazing.

Any bargains to be had at your local supermarket this week?

Have a lovely day

One Year Ago-Really Easy and Delicious Meatloaf
Two Years Ago-Another Little Baby Quilt

Zesty Chicken and Spinach Savoury Rolls

Hello Dear Reader,

I love a good sausage roll, delicious mince meat wrapped in flaky pastry and they are always better when you make them at home. Yes, there is a bit of faff, but only a bit and they are so worth it. I found the idea for this recipe on another blog and as usual I have fiddled with the original recipe by upping the zesty lemon flavour. These little beauties are child friendly but meaty enough to satisfy the meat-a-sauruses in your family. I made them for dinner and served them with veggies but they would make a lovely addition to a lunch box as well.

I particularly love the addition of feta, it adds a wonderful texture and flavour to the bland chicken mince as does the spinach and lemony zest, there is a slight hum of heat from the chilli, but you can increase or omit completely if you wish.

Ingredients for Zesty Chicken and Spinach Savoury Rolls, clockwise from top left-
500 grams chicken mince, a good handful of baby spinach, 100 grams of danish feta, cubed, zest of one lemon, 1 spring onion, finely chopped, 1 teaspoon or more to taste of dried chilli and 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs, 

Add everything to a bowl

And, using your hands, mix thoroughly 

Flatten into a disk in the bowl and then divide into four, fairly equal, portions

Take out the frozen puff pastry just before needed. Cut each square of puff pastry in half and lay one portion of chicken mixture along the half, shape into a long sausage shape

Brush beaten egg along one side of the puff pastry

And roll up, pressing to seal

Continue with rest of mixture 

Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle over sesame seeds 

Then slice and separate on tray and bake at 200C for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. As always, every oven is different so keep an eye on them.

Crispy and golden, delicious little mouthfuls

Give them a whirl, I know you'll love them.

One Year Ago-Chorizo and Apple Savoury Rolls
Two Years Ago-Passionfruit Butter

Here and Now 10

Hello Dear Reader,

And hello to lovely Sarah from Say Little Hen who hosts this Here and Now link up. I completely missed the boat last month and I will only just make this month. Life just gets too busy sometimes. It has been a lovely mild start to Spring but it is definitely in the air, the days are longer and the warmth in the middle of the day is divine. I so love Spring, the earth is waking up after a long cold winter and there is a new, recharged and refreshed feeling in the air.

I haven't really been doing much gardening over winter as we are in the process of making new raised garden beds. We sold/gave away many of the potted plants that no longer fitted our vision of what I wanted from the garden. We still have the citrus trees which will be part of the new garden but everything else will be planted out from seeds.

Now on the this months Here and Now

Loving//My extra time I have to myself before I start work in the morning. I have negotiated new working hours, starting at 9am and finishing at 4pm, it's 11/2 hour less per day and I am absolutely loving it. I am able to get so much done of a morning before leaving for work and it sets me up for a good mood day. I have been popping something into the slow cooker before I leave at least once a week

Eating//Still eating some warming comfort food as the beginning of Spring has been quite mild. This is our new favourite Winter Pudding-Sticky Ginger Pudding, holy cow, it is just delicious.

Drinking-My usual, lots of water, Sencha Green tea to start the day and Peppermint for the rest of the day. I also make one de-cafe coffee a week and enjoy it while watching my favourite TV program-Gardening Australia

Feeling-So super tired, I am heading off to the Doctors this morning to have everything checked out

Making-Dog coats and a cat mat out of thrifted fabric

Thinking-I really must make more of an effort to get our little family together, must, must, must. I love these people so much and yet I don't get to spend much time with them. Time is a thief.

Dreaming-Of planting out my new raised garden bed very soon

Why don't you pop on over and have a look at the other bloggers joining in on this lovely mindful linkup.

Have a lovely day
Edited to add-

Well I missed the boat again, didn't I! I thought it was the 18th of the month that the link-up expired, so sorry Sarah. I have gone ahead and posted it anyway but there is no link-up
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