Thursday, 31 May 2012

RETRO FOOD TREATS FOR YOUR DIAMOND JUBILEE WEEKEND!


It seems that all things retro are popular for the coming Diamond Jubilee weekend - even recipes! 60 years ago (the wonderful 1950s) we were eating bowls of jelly or jelly whip, trifle, homemade jam tarts, Victoria sandwich cake, coronation chicken, salmon and cucumber sandwiches, sausages on sticks, butterfly cakes (not cupcakes!), scotch eggs, egg sandwiches, sausage rolls, cheese straws - is your mouth watering yet? And it was usually all home-made!
With the average cost of a jubilee celebration tea party rising 5-fold from £1.27 per head for the Silver Jubilee in 1977, to £7.18 a head this year, we need to keep our celebrations frugal, so planning is the only way.
Decide upon the menu, let everyone contribute a dish of food - use mysupermarket.co.uk to find the cheapest supermarket to buy your ingredients - and get busy! Those who can't cook can make paper bunting, lend table cloths and tables, buy paper cups or bring ready made food.
Happy Frugal Diamond Jubilee!

Thursday, 24 May 2012

FREE DIAMOND JUBILEE UNION JACK PARTY DECORATIONS & RECIPES

If you are planning a Diamond Jubilee party on a budget and don't want to splash the cash on bunting and decorations, The Woodland Trust have some free printable bunting, paper chains, gold cup cake crowns, pinwheel windmills (in a choice of Union Jack, Blue, Red and White) and recipes
Party on!

Friday, 18 May 2012

RANDOM MONEYSAVING TIP NUMBER 6


If you like to use fresh ginger root in your cooking, but never use it all up in one go, leaving it to go soggy in the fridge, then next time you buy a root, cut it into roughly 3cm chunks and freeze in a polythene bag. You then have a convenient sized piece for most recipes to take out as you need it and it’s very easy to grate from frozen! 

Thursday, 17 May 2012

HOW TO GET YOUR HIPPEASTRUM BULB TO FLOWER AGAIN!

If like me, you've often been given an Hippeastrum bulb which flowered gloriously, then left you with a pot of soil and a rotting bulb which never flowers again and which (guiltily) you put in the bin a year later, then this advice is for you!

So this is what you do:
  • after flowering keep the plant in a sunny spot, water and feed as normal.
  • in September, move to a cooler position for 8-10 weeks, stop feeding, water less (but don't let it dry out).
  • after this time cut off the leaves to within 10cm (4") of the bulb, take off and replace the top 2cm of compost.
  • now place in a warmer (around 20 degrees) well-lit place and water as normal.
And hopefully, you will see flowers again!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

ZINGY THE EDF FLAME FREE KNITTING PATTERN

A free knitting pattern for Zingy the EDF Flame who everyone seems to have fallen in love with!
I can take no credit for this knitting pattern as I was forwarded it from a friend who found it somewhere on the 'Net and I haven't had time to knit it so it is sort of "untested"!
Pattern below - good luck with it!

 
Knitted Zingy the EDF Flame
50g ball Wendy Peter Pan Double Knit Shade 3004, 1 X long circular needle or set dble pointed knitting needles, size 3.75mm, Scrap white felt, Scrap black felt

Cast on 9sts leaving a ‘tail’ of yarn. Join into a round either using magic loop method or dble pointed needles.
R1 Inc in every st.(18sts)
R2 Knit
R3 Inc in every st (36sts)
R4 to R21, Knit.
R22 K2tog all along row (18sts)
R23 Knit
R24 Knit 1, K2tog, all along row. (12sts)
R25 Knit
R26 *K1, kfb; repeat from * (18sts)
R27 Knit
R28 *K2,kfb; repeat from * (24sts)
R29 Knit
R30 *K3,kfb; repeat from * (30sts)
R31 Knit
R32 *K4,kfb;repeat from * (36sts)
R33 Knit
R34 *K8 ,kfb;repeat from * (40sts)
R35 – 38 Knit
R39 *K8 ,k 2tog;repeat from * (36sts)
R40 Knit
R41 *K4, k 2tog;repeat from * (30sts)
R42 Knit
R43 *K3, k 2tog;repeat from * (24sts)
R44 Knit
R45 *K2, k 2tog;repeat from * (18sts)
R46 Knit
At this point stuff the base and head of flame .
R47 *K1, k 2tog; repeat from * (12sts)
R48 Knit
R49 *K2tog; repeat from * (6sts)
R50 Knit
R51 Knit
R52 K1,K2tog,K1,K2tog (4sts)
R53 Knit
R54 K2tog and fasten off. Thread this end in.
Stuff the base a little more if needed, and then run cast on tail yarn through cast on sts and pull up tight. Thread ends in.
From white felt cut 2 X 7/8 inch circles, just touching. An easy way to do this is to find a button the correct size and trace around it, making the circles just touching. Then it can be cut out in one piece. From black felt cut 2 X 3/8 inch circles, and a ¼ inch oval. Centre black circles in white circles and stitch down with tiny sts. Sew this to centre front of flame. Sew black oval to just under where circles touch.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

RANDOM MONEY-SAVING TIP NUMBER 3

Got loads of shower gel and bubblebath that you've been gifted and don't like? Random Moneysaving Tip number 3 is to use it in your liquid soap dispenser.
Don't forget to use Random Moneysaving Tip Number 1 and Random Moneysaving Tip Number 2 at the same time as well!
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RANDOM MONEY-SAVING TIP NUMBER 2

You'll need a spare empty liquid soap dispenser for my Random Moneysaving Tip Number 2;
Fill your spare liquid soap dispenser about three-quarters full with soap, top up with water and shake well. 
Result? Still soapy enough to clean hands and 25% of the cost saved!
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RANDOM MONEY-SAVING TIP NUMBER 1

Random? Yes - I keep coming across great moneysaving tips in books, magazines, the net, friends and family, and I don't make a note of them. Even worse, I don't bring them to the attention of my frugal army out there! I wonder how long it will take me to reach 100 Random Moneysaving Tips? 
Watch this blog!
So here's my Number 1 Random Moneysaving Tip:
Wind an elastic band (the flat red ones that postmen often drop everywhere are good) around the tube of your liquid soap dispenser - this stops the top from being depressed too far which saves soap, saves water (the more soap, the more water needed to wash it off) and gas (if hot water is used your combi boiler fires up each time).
So a triple saving for no cost at all!
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Thursday, 3 May 2012

100 FREE THINGS TO DO WITH THE KIDS!

We always need ideas for free things to keep the children occupied during Bank Holidays and half term holidays, so this little gem with 100 free things to do is a welcome find! It's aimed at grandparents, but of course anyone can use these ideas.
There's card games to play, comic books to make, a shoe box guitar to construct, walking tours, mobiles and collages to make and much, much more!
 More ideas for Happy frugal holidays!