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This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday

Friday, 10 April 2020
Hello Dear Reader,

And hello Good Friday, I've been looking forward to you forever, I requested Tuesday off as well (Concessional Day from Christmas) so that means I have 5 glorious days at home, I am so excited. I have made a list of everything that I want to cook and do around the house over the next 5 days so that I can make the most of this precious time.

Here's a few things that are on my list-

Make a double batch of Hot Cross Bun Scrolls
Make a Pear and Ginger cake (I will post this great little recipe soon)
Make this Simple Salmon, Potato and Sweet Corn Chowder for dinner tonight (I am making a larger quantity to share)
Make these Cottage Cheese Rolls to go with the chowder
Roast 3 x spatchcocked chickens for Easter Sunday along with all the usual roast veg
Make Nigella's Chocolate Pavlova for dessert, I am making 3 individual ones to, again, share around

As our little family can't be together during this time I am making and baking up a storm to distribute and contribute to their Easter to make it special.

We will be delivering (being mindful of social distancing) the Hot Cross Bun Scrolls and Pear and Ginger Cake on Saturday afternoon to relatives, along with a little Easter treat for each for my little grand nieces.

Here's how I saved money last week-

1. Made Baba Ganoush from one lonely egg plant left over from making Jamie Oliver's Veggie Moussaka. Love no waste

2. Made two new meatless meals, the above Moussaka was one of them, along with this Sweet Potato Curry

Jamie Oliver's Veggie Moussaka 

A Pinch of Yum's Sweet Potato Curry

3. Caught the shower warm up water to use on the fig trees out the front

4. Rinsed quinoa over a sieve and bucket to stop any water waste

5. Picked two beautiful big pumpkins from our garden. They will need to season for a month before I cut them though. This year we have grown 11 pumpkins in total.

Over to you, what are your plans for Easter? What are you planning on cooking and baking?

Have a lovely day,

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  1. Wow the pumpkins look great...I've never grown them due to space and my kids don't like pumpkin sadly.

  2. Hi Kathy,
    We only grow pumpkins now during our “hot as the surface of the sun” summer, they require very little water or tending to. But I agree they do take up a lot of room...the garden beds were chockers. Have a lovely Good Friday❤️

  3. Hi Fiona
    Looking forward to the pear and ginger cake recipe as my husband loves anything with ginger. This week I made ginger biscuits which got hoovered up quickly - maybe I need to make something he's not so keen on!
    For Easter I am baking a chocolate cake with mini eggs on top, we will have fish tonight because it's Good Friday, my husband requested beef for Easter Sunday lunch which I managed to get and I will use some home grown fruit from the freezer to make a crumble probably.
    Frugal/ simple this week
    First honours must go to my husband for all his work in the garden - sowing seeds and planting out, building new veg beds, turning a couple of big metal containers into strawberry beds using strawberry runners he potted up and installing a new outdoor tap for the front garden.He has also planted out the seed potatoes and covered them with garden fleece.
    I picked more daffodils from the garden to bring indoors and more of my orchids have come back into flower so I have moved them to places in the house where they can be enjoyed.
    Spring cleaned two bathrooms, a downstairs cloakroom and have started on one daughters bedroom.
    Made Easter cards from my craft stash and posted them off.
    Sewed up some holes in a dog bed and made a new cover for it.
    Prepared a bedroom to be an isolation bedroom if we need it - my husband suffers from asthma and although isolating from him if I became ill wouldn't be easy it is probably better than both sleeping in the same bed.
    Brought some more garden chairs out of the shed and cleaned them up before placing them in different parts of the garden. As we are staying at home all the time I am trying to make our little paradise as nice as possible so seating areas which catch the sun at different times of day help , morning coffee in one spot, afternoon tea in another and a glass of chilled wine in another.
    Counting my many blessings.
    Love to you all.

    1. Hi Penny,
      I look forward to your frugal/simple posts so much, thank you❤️ You both have been very busy during isolation, well done. I am making that pear and ginger cake again today to gift to our sons MIL and FIL (to be) they both love ginger too. I will be posting the recipe on Monday so look out for it then. It’s a simple melt and mix cake too which is so easy and it tastes👌Have a lovley Easter Saturday ❤️Fi

  4. 11 pimpkins...wonderful!! I have one forming on a volunteer vine so fingers crossed. On the frugal front here I blitzed bread crusts into crumbs, made hot cross buns, gratefully received passionfruit from a friend and the seedlings have been taking off in the garden. I have also been sewing using what I have in my stash.

    Have a lovely day at home, Fi.

    1. Hi Meg,
      We had a second fruiting of the pumpkins which was so lucky. Those pumpkins from the second wave still have a way to go so it looks like I won’t be able to plant anything else out for at least another month. Hope you too have a lovely day at home. Fi