Saturday 30 April 2011

Kitchen window - April 2011


This peony was leaning over so much it was in danger of being trodden on. It just had to be saved. So I saved it.

It looks just as pretty inside.

These poppies were in the garden aswell but I left them alone.

Sunday 24 April 2011

Happy Easter

Flowers from the garden,

Homemade Easter treats,

Simple decorations.

Happy Easter.

Thursday 21 April 2011

Oatie biscuits

* 1 cup oats
* 1 cup sultanas or mixed fruit
* 1 cup flour
* 1/2 cup sugar - any kind
* 4 oz butter
* 1 egg

Mix altogether and spread out in a Swiss roll tin.
Bake at about 175 degrees for about 15 - 20 minutes. (My timings are never perfect. If they smell and look done they probably are!)
Mark out biscuits in the tin with a knife then when cold take out of tin.

Just noticed ...

.... these white bluebells in the garden. 

Tuesday 19 April 2011


Have cup of tea and a slice of toast with Marmite on in bed.

Peel vegetables for tea outside....

... while taking the cats for a walk in the garden.

We are going to have roast chicken and we'll have asparagus aswell  but I won't pick that until tonight.

DD and DH are busy inside tidying up and putting the breakfast things away.

Paint fence panels. Have salad for lunch then go to work at the Charity Shop this afternoon.
Come home and admire the flowering cherry on the way back.

Admire the Lords and Ladies in the front garden.

Find out that DD forgot to put the chicken in the oven. Dinner will be late tonight!

Monday 11 April 2011

In the garden

What a glorious day today - lovely and warm, just right for gardening. The magnolia was very fragrant.

The grass needed cutting which meant all these beautiful flowers had to go.

The rhubarb was just right for picking.

I planted some carrots.

The apple tree is growing - or is it the plum?

We also took the cats for a 'drag'.

Thursday 7 April 2011

Crochet collection

I'm getting carried away with crocheting these mobile covers!

This is DD's favourite. She likes the character ones best.

My favourite is the Easter chick.

This lady looks slightly tipsy when her eyes wobble!

I thought I'd do a rainbow range.

I also practised different crochet stitches ...

... and raided my button stash.

I only got as far as Richard Of York. The green one was turned into a frog. DD suggested that the blue one I did be made into Cookie Monster. I'll have to post that one later. 

I think I've got a 'must do more of the same' problem!

More meals

Had some business in Liverpool today so it was a bacon buttie for dinner before splashing out on 19p tea towels from Ikea. Salad at tea time with potatoes left over from yesterday, tinned salmon (very reasonably priced from Lydl iddle), and other salady bits found in the fridge. Pudding was plum crumble from the freezer.

Wednesday 6 April 2011

Stretch the meals

Monday's lunch was an apple, orange and a pineapple slice followed by 2 crackers and cheese. For the evening meal we had chicken casserole and chips.

Tuesday's lunch was salady bits from the fridge and in the evening DH had chicken casserole, baked potato and peas. DD and I had a stirfry with onion, peppers, broccoli, corn, garlic thickened with cornflour and soy sauce.

Today's lunch was the same as Monday's with tinned mince and onion pie with boiled potatoes and broccoli. DD had chips with his.

There were various suppers of crackers and casserole, egg and cress and tuna sandwiches.

Sunday 3 April 2011

Making the most of meals

Spent £37.60 at Lydl on mostly fruit, veg, cat food and tinned pies (for the stock cupboard). Here's lunch.

It's weekend so lunch is salad - lettuce, cucumber, peppers, onion, cress, basil, persil, ham and tomato....

...... with a hunk of homemade bread.

The evening meal for dad was chicken casserole made with peppers, tinned toms, onion, carrot, a stock cube and four chicken thighs with boiled rice.This will probably last for another two days. N and I had left over savoury mince from yesterday, she with spaghetti and me with last night's mash and broccoli. 

Mother's Day

Wonderful card with a first attempt at crochet!