Monday, 10 December 2012

Using up every last scrap

Oh dear, Lucie has asked for the recipe for Pea Soup. Hello Lucie, I guess you haven't been reading me for very long, it's just that I erm.....don't do recipes. All my meals are made up, I just throw in whatever I have and hope it comes out sort of edible. Let's see if I can remember what I put in it. Well, there was peas, a 1kg bag of frozen mushy peas. Then I think I put in some turmeric, black pepper, toasted sesame seed oil, veg stock cube. Can't think of anything else, you could put in whatever you like. I simmered it for 30 minutes like it said on the packet, then zapped it with the stick blender. I only bought the peas because they were cheap, I won't be buying such a big bag again, will stick to tinned mushy peas in future.
I don't seem to be getting much done at the moment, the days are very short, and I cannot get my arse into gear and hurry up with anything. I can be the worst idler at times. I don't get out of bed till after nine in the mornings, there's half the day gone for a start. Then I potter about flitting from one little job to the next. I'm still sorting the spare room, it's looking a bit better, and it's less cluttered. I found some off cuts of the gazebo roof I found in a skip. Do you remember, I made a lot of shopping bags out of it, about twelve I think. I still use the bags every time I go shopping, they are brilliant and very strong. I got a bit fed up of making them and the bits I had left got pushed to one side and got lost.
I think I can get two more bags out of the pieces I have left. This will make one bag......
and hopefully I will get another bag out of this higgledy piggledy lot of odd shapes. So this is my challenge, will I get a shopping bag out of these pieces? I shall give it a go, I don't want to throw them away.
Toodle pip.

12 comments:

  1. It looks more like a quilt than a bag Ilona, why not make a little quilt topper for the cats? You could wipe all the hairs off and they would be comfy.

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  2. You are not the only one finding it hard to get moving these cold mornings, I was up about 8.30 this morning, early for me. Even the dogs take some shifting - huge stretches and big yawns before they can be persuaded out for their tiddles etc.

    I wonder if you got fed up making the bags cos you don't actually need any more so it is nor worthwhile.....

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  3. Looking forward to seeing your new bag :-)

    Toni

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  4. Quilt toppers for cats, now that's an idea. Thanks gillibob.

    You're right Kate. I do get bored making lots of the same things, especially if I don't actually need them. I made a load of fabric shopping bags to sell to make money for the rescue cats. They didn't sell, folks were too mean to pay one pound for them. Now I have given them to the Hospice shop to sell, they might have better luck. Maybe I'll make some more, specifically to give away.

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    1. I have been making knitting needle rolls out of scrap fabric and selling them on eBay, even though I am getting a few quid for them I still get a bit bored making the same thing over and over :-/

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  5. You could make bags for Christmas gifts. That might be a motivation. I am the world's worst for piddling around until I wonder where the day went. Winter days end about four hours sooner than summer days. When I have made my fill of anything and then put it away, I am usually done with the project for good.

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  6. I have a delicious pea soup recipe that you can pass on if you want me to send it to you. No mushy peas in it!

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    1. Thank you. You can email it to me, and I can send it on to anyone who requests it. I see you don't have an email address on your profile, so people cannot get it direct from you.

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  7. Jan here.Really cold today so I don't see the need to rush out into it.I think 'wasting' time is great,people who are always fully 'employed' can be very intolerant,probably due to stress.Those with no interests or ways of filling their time can become over interested in other people's buisness.Lot to be said for the happy middle ground,glad I discovered it!Your use of available materials is brilliant.Not sure how cat quilt toppers work,but did wonder if the fact that the fabric is waterproof would make it air tight and therefore a possible suffocation risk? I'm not really health and safety mad but had a little dog with epilepsy who would end up face down in anything when he had a seizure.Very aware of such risks since.Didn't stop him living life to the full,but tried to make it as safe as possible for him to do so.Obviously any animal can have a first unexpected seizure.Your soup 'non recipe' sounds great,afraid all my soups are the same,onion,stock cubes and whatever veg and pulses I'm using.Very warming though,especialy in this weather.

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  8. I hate getting up whilst it's dark! Also, as soon as the sun sets again I'm pretty much useless for the rest of the day! Haha!

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  9. You are right, Ilona, I found your blog very recently. Thank-you for the explaining how you do your pea soup. I have to say, I also don't follow recipes fequently and I often go along with what the deals are in the stores. I used to follow recipes when my boys were young and all at home.

    I'm very happy to have found your blog. It is very interesting and I lovediscovering your old posts. :)

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