• Finding Abundance

    Published On: October 1, 2023Categories: Finding Happiness, Wellbeing

    Living abundantly can mean what ever you want.  It is what ever brings you joy.  Sometimes living frugally can be hard and a grind, even now when I am retired.  Saving money and living sustainably [...]

  • Home made Vicks

    Published On: October 1, 2023Categories: Saving Money, Wellbeing

    Last week I had a cold.  I did the normal things of taking in lots of vitamin C through an elderflower mixture, keeping hydrated, and sleeping a lot to heal my body.  However, I also [...]

  • Overnight oats

    Published On: September 25, 2023Categories: Breakfasts, Recipes

    The chilly mornings have come with a vengeance which means that I want something more substantial for my breakfast but that does not take lots of time to make.  Overnight oats are useful for keeping [...]

  • Cheese, potato and onion pie

    Published On: September 25, 2023Categories: Mains, Recipes

    Cheese, potato and onion pie brings back memories of my gran.  She was making this simple recipe well over 60 years ago.  We would have this served with vegetables (usually green beans that she grew [...]

  • Growing Quinoa

    Published On: September 23, 2023Categories: Growing Food

    I wanted to have a go at growing some kind of grain to become more self sufficient and so I grew quinoa for the first time this year.  I did not know what a beautiful [...]

  • Making leaf mould

    Published On: September 20, 2023Categories: Growing Food, Saving Money

    I like to use any free resources around me to save money and one of the ways that I get free soil for my containers that I grow my vegetables in, is to make leaf [...]

  • How my ‘no spending’ times have changed.

    Published On: September 5, 2023Categories: Saving Money

    Phase 1 Ever since I have had a family, I have had periods of time when I have intentionally not spent any money. These are called ‘no spend’ weeks, or months.  In the old days [...]

  • Cheap, tasty, healthier bread and butter pudding.

    Published On: September 2, 2023Categories: Desserts, Recipes

    Bread and butter pudding is a favourite of Mr S.  I usually only make it in winter, but a friend was throwing lots of crusts away after making an afternoon tea, and, hating waste I [...]

  • Quick air fryer pizza

    Published On: August 31, 2023Categories: Baking, Light Meals, Recipes

    Sometimes when Mr S is at work I have a busy day and do not feel like cooking him a meal for when he gets home.  On these days I will make him something quickly [...]

  • Baking bread with dock seeds

    Published On: August 30, 2023Categories: Baking, Foraging For Food, Recipes

    I am always looking for ways to save money or to visit the supermarket less.  During the pandemic I ran out of wholemeal bread flour and so I foraged some dock seeds and used that [...]

  • Free tomato powder

    Published On: August 30, 2023Categories: Growing Food, Preserves

    At this time of year I am processing lots of tomatoes grown in the garden.  I roast them and take the skins off before making them into passata or bolognaise sauce.  I hate waste and [...]

  • Blackberry infused gin and vodka

    Published On: August 21, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food, Frugal Festivities

    Flavoured gins and vodkas are all the rage now, but they can be expensive.  The nicest ones I have ever tasted are home made blackberry gin and vodka.  They bring back that taste of summer [...]

  • Savings seeds to sow next year

    Published On: August 20, 2023Categories: Growing Food

    I like to be as self sustainable as possible and at the end of every season I let a few of my crops flower and go to seed, or I save the seed from the [...]

  • Piccalilli

    Published On: August 18, 2023Categories: Preserves, Recipes

    This is the favourite pickle of Mr S.    The origins of this pickle are in south east Asia. One of the first recorded recipes for making this in the UK was written by Mrs [...]

  • Apple and Blackberry jam.

    Published On: August 17, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food, Preserves, Recipes

    It is that time of year again when I am busy preserving foraged food and things from the garden.  When ever I cook black berries (brambles) I usually mix them with foraged apples to stretch [...]

  • Yoghurt based flat breads

    Published On: August 14, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    We eat a lot of Mediterranean food, and curries in our house, and since we have making all our own yoghurt (I use a slow cooker batch which works out really cheap), I have been [...]

  • Are you living a lie?

    Published On: August 10, 2023Categories: Wellbeing

    Are you living on auto pilot and bored with your life? Have you forgotten what makes your soul sing, or how to be happy anymore? Have you sacrificed most of your dreams and desires and [...]

  • Cucumber fridge pickles

    Published On: August 9, 2023Categories: Preserves, Recipes

    Mr S had some cucumber pickles at a restaurant and loved them and so we decided to make some of our own.  We have plenty of cucumbers growing outside in the garden (I didn't use [...]

  • My intentional, simple life

    Published On: August 9, 2023Categories: Wellbeing

    Living intentionally. Before I retired, I used to think that simple living meant that you had no plan and stopped having goals.  I thought it would be spontaneous, and I would just see where the [...]

  • 23 tips for self catering holidays

    Published On: August 8, 2023Categories: Saving Money

    We tend to go on a lot of self-catering holidays out of season as it is possible to find really cheap, last- minute deals.  We have seen a lot of Britain in this way. Life [...]

  • Bramble crumble bars

    Published On: August 8, 2023Categories: Baking, Foraging For Food, Recipes

    I needed to make some room in my freezer the other day as I was making bread and it doesn't last as long as shop bought because it doesn't have the additives. I tend to [...]

  • Nettle seeds

    Published On: August 8, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food, Nutrition

    Yesterday I was collecting female seeds from the nettle and drying them out to use in bread, porridge, smoothies and seed bars. You can tell the female nettles as the seeds hang down in big [...]

  • Rhubarb and ginger jam

    Published On: July 29, 2023Categories: Preserves, Recipes

    Rhubarb is almost ending in my garden at the moment.  I tend not to pick it after the end of July, (unless there is absolutely loads still growing), to preserve the energy of the plant [...]

  • Wheel of Life

    Published On: July 28, 2023Categories: Wellbeing

    What is the Wheel of Life? About 4 times a year,  I review my life,  though I have let it slip recently and have not done it since the New Year.  I also look at [...]

  • Why I still preserve food for winter

    Published On: July 26, 2023Categories: Preserves, Saving money on food

    One of my older pals who popped in when I was making pickles the other day, and picking and freezing berries, said that she didn’t know why I bothered preserving these items of food for [...]

  • No bake chocolate orange slice

    Published On: July 24, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    I fancied some chocolate and we had nothing in that was sweet except for some cheap Aldi chocolate.  I therefore made this no bake chocolate orange slice as I did not want to put the [...]

  • 9 cheap ways I add extra nutrition to my meals when on a tight budget

    Published On: July 23, 2023Categories: Healthy food, Nutrition, Saving money on food, Wellbeing

    I have become a lot more conscious about my nutrition and what I eat as I have got older. I want to stay healthy as I age, and am aware that the NHS is not [...]

  • Foraging for bilberries

    Published On: July 22, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food, Nutrition

    Our local moors are totally covered in bilberries at the moment. I think that they have other names if you do not live in the North of the England, and are also known elsewhere as [...]

  • Beetroot chocolate cakes

    Published On: July 7, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    The beetroots are coming in thick and fast now. Beetroots are really good for you as they lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. I don't really like them, to be honest, though I did [...]

  • Batch cooking with short crust pastry to stretch meals and save

    Published On: July 5, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes, Saving money on food

    Today was bread making day and when use the oven, I don’t want to waste any energy and so I cook a few things at the same time using the same base ingredient.  Today it [...]

  • Organising a wedding on a shoe string

    Published On: July 4, 2023Categories: Saving Money

    My daughter and her partner are extremely frugal, even though they are both on good wages.  This way they can spend their income on what they want and therefore have a camper van and do [...]

  • Free cures from your garden for your hangover

    Published On: July 3, 2023Categories: Growing Food, Wellbeing

    Most of us have woken up at some time or another with that feeling of regret after a night celebrating. You feel dizzy, have a raging headache and your mouth feels like the bottom of [...]

  • Get to know your garden and increase your yield

    Published On: June 27, 2023Categories: Growing Food

    I went on a local permaculture course earlier in the year and they suggested that you should study your garden for a year before you plant anything, and then make a detailed plan.  Well, I [...]

  • Courgette and sweet potato cheesy bites

    Published On: June 19, 2023Categories: Healthy food, Light Meals, Recipes, Snacks

    The courgettes (zucchini) are coming in thick and fast now.  I have picked 9 in the last 2 days.  I didn't really cook with them before I started growing them, but they are so versatile [...]

  • Elderflower – a medicinal treasure chest.

    Published On: June 16, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food, Wellbeing

    I don’t pretend to be a doctor, or even a herbalist.  I am definitely not a professional forager, but I do like to study and utilise the plants and trees that are around us to [...]

  • Summer breakfasts using what we have

    Published On: June 15, 2023Categories: Breakfasts, Saving Money

    What we eat changes, depending on the seasons.  When I am planning my shopping and food budget, except for buying oats which I use for baking, I don’t really factor in the cost of breakfasts.  [...]