Thursday, 29 October 2015

In our garden.

This chappy was in our back yard :-)

I looked out our living room window a couple of weeks ago, and saw this little fellow pecking around on our lawn :-)

Pie's using left over mincemeat casserole.

Little jam pasty made with pastry scraps, my 18yr old loved it lol

My mum to be cakes :-)

Latest creations.

I'm still finishing off a little jumper for the baby. I'm on my first sleeve. Front and back done :-) I have some chunky socks on the needles ready for my eldest. Halfway through the first one. She loves her chunky socks. One pair keeps coming back for repair, which have now gone past any form of repair as they are too holey lol. So a couple of new pairs will be coming her way :-) If I haven't said before. I love knitting socks :-)

I finished off a pair of fingerless gloves for my mum :-) Also made a poppy. A crocheted one. I'm so fed up of losing poppies, I decided to make a poppy brooch. I still put money in a collection box. Just didn't take a poppy.


Saturday, we had some friends visit us who we haven't seen for quite a while. It was so lovely. We went out for dinner. (cheap and cheerful, two meals for a tenner type place) It was such a lovely day, and it seemed like we had only been with each other the previous day, not three years!!!! It's so lovely to have a friendship with people that is always a friendship, no matter how much time goes between visits :-)

Nearly November

Nearly November!!! And I have a grandson due to enter this world on the 2nd :-) Very exciting :-) Mum to be is doing well, and is coming here today to make some cookies with me. last week I made cakes with her. I'm on labour alert, as I have the honour of being birthing partner with with her, so I feel like I'm having a baby as well, in that I'm waiting for labour signs lol. Also, making sure I'm not far away :-)

I needed to pull in the purse strings a little, so the Slimming World diet has been put on the back burner for now, or maybe for ever as I'm realising I'm too strung up about weight size. My body image is poor, and I have no real excuse for it really, because I have a husband, who I have been with since I was 15, who loves me to bits, and doesn't worry or nag me about my weight. It's all a 'me problem,' Anyway. I needed to save some pennies, and spending a fiver near on for a certain brand of yogurt, so you can eat as much of it as you like, seemed a bit frivolous, amongst other free food for your body, but not your purse!!!
So. I have made my own yogurt this week, and I'm busy using up freezer, cupboard items, which I'm finding a fun challenge :-) I am being careful with my eating though. Limited amounts of cake, and  'naughty foods' but not denying myself any either, so I don't start craving for them and eating too much :-) I'm hoping to knock at least £100 off the monthly bill. When I'm not on one of my diet moments, I do save a lot on food stuff. Although I wasn't doing too bad while dieting, but popular diets, do eat into the household vault :-)
This week, I did a roast pork dinner on Monday which led to a Chinese fried rice, Annie style, last night for dinner, and tonight the remainder will be served with corned beef, healthy chips, ( par boiled, then cooked in the Actifryer with some Frylight) and baked beans. So I'm pleased with how one meal has stretched into 3 :-)
Last week, I had some mincemeat casserole left over, so that became a pie. One large, and a smaller one, The smaller one is in the freezer, which will do my hubby and I a dinner one night when it's just us. Also last week I finally got the cake together for hubby's belated birthday cake work take in. Two chocolate Victoria sandwich's two white ones. A fruit cake and a banana tea bread. All got eaten with a lot of compliments, and mururs of applying for the Bake Off!!!! No way. I enjoy baking, love soggy bottoms, and weird shapes. The Bake Off would put me would off and remind me too much of cooking at school  !!!! :-)

We enjoyed a delightful Autumn trip on Sunday. We went to our favourite, Dyrham Park. The colours and views were amazing. It was a lovely day, and thoroughly enjoyable :-)