I am a bit broke and to be honest I am inspired by froogs to try and make some of the shortfall back by spending nowt in October except the essentials. It will certainly go a long way towards solving some money problems and it will be a good challenge to boot.
I am starting off with a freezer full of food and a well stocked cupboard. I have taken the cash out that I am to spend this month and it is in my safe cash place. If possible I am going to spend nothing more than this money. I'm even trying not to fill the car up with petrol. It is full now and I don't have any long journeys to make. I working in London and France later this week and over the weekend, but going on the train, booked well in advance and all my meals will be provided except on the actual travel days, so hopefully won't have to spend much while away.
Today found me a 39p cauliflower lingering at the back of Morrisons shelves, so I whipped up a quick cauliflower cheese for later. Will have that with some meat from the freezer for my dinner today and tomorrow.
I also wanted to pickle some onions. I absolutely love pickled onions and I like to pickle them myself, because I get top control the taste more. A kilo of pickling onions is only a pound in Morrisons at the moment so i grabbed 2 k of them. Very easy to do, took the skins off 1 kg and sprinkle salt over them in a bowl and leave over night.
Put 150g of sugar in with a litre of vinegar, heat the vinegar til boiling point then add spices. I added a cinnamon stick. 2 teaspoons of mustard seeds, some saffron, some allpice, some peppercorns, pink and black, and 2 dried chillies. Cover this vinegar and leave to infuse nicely over night.
Tomorrow I will wash the salt off the onions, pack them in jars and poor over the vinegar. I will get vinegar hot again before I pour it on as this helps the onions to be slightly softer, but if you like a nice crisp pickle, you don't have to do this.
These will last me all through winter, lovely with stews and hotpots. mmmmm
It has become very cold here on my hilltop. I have been trying so hard not to put the heating on and so far have succeeded, who wants to have to put the heating on in September. If I can manage til the end of October I will be happy. Meanwhile I am wrapping up in lots of throws in the evening, lighting candles (you may laugh, but I swear it takes the chill off a room in the evening!)
My mum gave me a proper real Aran jumper a few years ago, from the isle of aran itself so the real thing. It is warm as toast and has the added bonus of smelling slightly like wet sheep. I love it in the cold weather and it is brilliant at keeping me warm!
Here I am modelling it with my usual grumpy expression!
Because it is oiled wool it has the added advantage of being fairly waterproof (although I wouldn't test this too hard). It was, I think, probably the most expensive item of clothing I own but it is a really quality item and should last for ever if I look after it (which I do). Is it weird that I find that there is something very very comforting about smelling like wet sheep?