Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Saves on washing up

Hello from Tightwad Towers. Another no spend day today, because I haven't been anywhere. Miserable, damp, and foggy weather, all day. Wanted to go out but not to worry, a day indoors is OK. Tomorrow is a walking day, then if it is fine on Thursday maybe a run out in the car. 
I enjoyed a lazy sewing day, and watching a bit of catch up TV. Mr Selfridge, and I've been watching Griff Rees Jones on his travels through the mountains of Britain. I watched Dragons Den as well, my ears pricked up when I heard a familiar name mentioned. The two bosses from Approved Foods were pitching for a big loan. Must say, they fluffed their lines, the presentation was far from slick. When grilled by the Dragons it appears that their business is massively in debt, with talk at one point of one of them losing their house. Needless to say, non of the five Dragons were tempted to make an investment. There is an article about their part in the programme in the local newspaper, on a positive note their web site clicks have hit the roof.
Moving on. What do you do when you have a bit of yogurt left in the bottom of the pot? Could just eat it I suppose, but I like it with fruit. Instead of scooping it out and topping a bowl of fruit with it, why not add the fruit to the pot. Saves on washing up.  
Perfect, grapes and pear pieces. Lovely jubbly.

Lunch today was a three minute in the pan job. The last of the rice noodles, (three servings per pack, could stretch to four), cooked with four chopped up mushrooms, served on a bed of spinach. Not much faffing there.

I didn't take a photo of dinner, I ate a plastic box of pasta salad, out of the box. No washing up, and a cheap meal at 22p.

Here is an update on the landscape picture. A bit more added, it's a long old job.

Thanks for your address Vampire Heart. I will get the bag off to you ASAP, probably Thursday as I'm going out tomorrow. You should have it by the weekend. You mentioned looking in charity shops for fabric to make a bag. Look at the curtains, usually some nice fabrics there, and a bit thicker too. By the way, did any of the other bag winners realize what I wrapped them in? That white rubbery fabric with a toweling backing. Nope, can't guess? It was a mattress cover from a small persons cot. I got it out of the last skip I dived into, knew it would come in useful for something, ha ha. Talk about upcycling, nothing gets wasted here.

Right, I'm off to chill, a nice mug of hot chocolate before bed time. Thanks for visiting. Toodle pip

20 comments:

  1. Lol i always do that with yogurt and other stuff if.i can to save washing up. Laura

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  2. Thats a lot of sewing on your picture. Can't believe how much you have done already. Its looking really good.

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  3. Yoghurt here is 2.69 for 17 ounce container, so is becoming a delicacy in my house, unfortunately. Your food seems more wholesome and cheaper than ours. The cheaper yoghurts contain sugar and corn syrup, neither of which I eat intentionally. Enjoy your day out tomorrow.

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  4. I too am like you will eat out of the containers to save on the washing up. Liking your landscape craft, very pretty.

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  5. I wondered what the wrapping was - now the mystery's solved, fantastic idea !
    AussieCheryl : )

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  6. I love yoghurt too but as I am vegan I only eat soya yoghurt. I like mine on top of bananas especially! Your dinners do make me smile as I don't mind cooking and
    do for the two of us most days. Enjoy your day walking, I will think about you whilst I am working! Not that I am jealous or anything!

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  7. Yes, so does my husband - he adds some oats or muesli, too! (I rarely eat yogurt, too sweet, though I like natural with a bit of honey!)

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  8. odds and ends of yogurt are great in a baked potato or any mashed veg ....i just dont tell the family

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  9. We have the same yogurt as it's the cheapest I can find at the best quality x

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  10. I always eat my yoghurt out of a bowl. However, I take absolutely everything out of the pot so that it looks as if it is completely empty. It is the last thing to be washed up after the meal - a quick swish around and then it is left to air dry. However, all of my cooking is one pot. After this food is cooked, I turn off the heat and I then steam my veggies with the residual heat from the electric ring. Lovely looking food you serve up - I could do with you at mealtimes. Natalie

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  11. I have been able to watch the odd episode of Mountain too! Not that impressed with the choice of presenter to be honest but the scenery is worth it!

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  12. Good idea with the yoghurt. Left over yoghurt makes face masks here. I enjoy reading about your resourcefulness and what you do with unwanted stuff. I second your idea about curtains if anyone wants cheap fabric - they often do curtains from a couple of pounds in my local charity shop. Hope you manage to get out today, I think the grey weather has come west to us. Debbie.

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  13. Hi, I am not really v frugal, but I got just over 45 yards of fabric that is in good condition for just under £25 by going on ebay and buying some second hand duvet covers (price includes p&p). Though seriously considering using the sheets that came with them as they are lovely quality, so less fabric, more bedding. Of course, it won't actually be a saving until I use the fabric... love the landscape, and the blog. WS xxx

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  14. Love your title of Tightwad Towers! A bit of quick oats helps, and maybe some nuts, to add to the yogurt.

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  15. I do that with yoghurts too, chuck grapes, blueberries, strawberries etc in. Found out the other day one of the owners of Approved Foods lives a couple of miles from us, small world . I love your landscape it's brill
    Twiggy

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  16. Can't wait to see the finished picture. What a lot of patience to stitch each cord so neatly Ilona.
    We are battling to keep warm in this bitterly cold weather but the snowdrops are peeping through - first signs of spring.
    Patricia 32

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  17. Hi.Yes I wondered about the wrap used on the parcel you sent.I thought it might have been a vinyl table pad cut to size.I saved the inside wrapping thinking it would be handy for something.MMM,your food looks good.Today's simple meal is the end of leftover casserole,chicken for the hubster,after that fruit and nuts, tea for me milk for himself.Plain yogurt is great in baking and whenever our kids had a bug ,plain yogourt with raw oats and bananas was something that they could keep down(also helps with friendly bacteria.I see the convenience of mixing in fruit to the bottom of the container.After all, it's just you to think about and less dishwashing.Good for you.Sorry the weather didn't cooperate but you've made such progress on the stitching,it's coming along well.I see you don't show a hoop or stretcher to hold sections your working on.Does that mean you stich it as is?Your backing must be quite sturdy then, I guess.Bye for now, D.

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    1. Hello, Just remembered this question, sorry I'm a bit late in replying. I don't use a hoop or a stretcher, or a frame. I have it on the table in front of me and keep turning it around as I change direction, sew from right to left. I push the needle in from the top and out again, it leaves marks on the table but it is old anyway.

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  18. Haha, love the "tightwad towers"! And your landscape is divine, you are indeed talented!

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