Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple." - Woody Guthrie

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Mum wants a new kitchen...

And we all have to pull together!  This includes shopping at Aldi and Lidl which isn't difficult when the prices are so low and Aldi do a nice French red!  I'm in it for the long haul, which is not easy when you have the attention span of a gnat and hands that money seem to repel.  However I have made one very sensible decision, not to have the kitchen renovation attempted until after Christmas.  Any decisions before the festivities tend to be repented for many years to come.  I should know because this time round, despite having spent considerable sums before, we will require electrics, plumbing and plastering (most likely flooring too).  Don't expect a big reveal anytime soon, unless my lottery numbers come up.  Compost crumble and windfall apple pies have also been on the menu,  I love the seasonal change in the fruit offerings at this time of year.  With a strict spending regime comes little pleasures such as potting up our rosemary plants in Poundland compost and a good library book, not too challenging but most enjoyable all the same.  It's at times like these that you realise what a brain washed consumer you have become and how hard this habit is to break. I have therefore become even more addicted to Pinterest, I love the term 'Compound Pinterest' - all the money you save by pinning and not buying or not having the time to shop because you are pinning.
 Sort of sums me up right now!

Have a wonderful week xxx

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Do you want dolly mixtures with that ...

The weather has been absolutely delightful these past two weeks, allowing for windows and doors to be thrown wide open to take full advantage of the fresh air, although I did catch a magpie trying to break and enter through an upstairs window the other day. 

A list of things to do whilst on holiday compiled (including having your nails painted yellow and rowdy games of Kerplunk and Frustration), and completed with the exception of the mini railway!  A little baking also attempted despite the heat, comprising the sacrificial slaying of a can of Guinness to make this chocolate cake from the hummingbird bakery cake days and these little delights from a furtive imagination.

The cake would have been Paul Hollywood perfect had it not been for my oven requiring significantly longer to bake anything.  Yes, I can hear the arguments stacking up for a new kitchen, in my head anyway.  I have also recently lost my soul to Pinterest, have a peek if you have a little time or the rest of your life to waste which would seem to be my approach.  Another current obsession is Sarah Beeney, Double your House for Half the Money with me knocking down walls in my dreams.  As they say dream on, girl.

Hope your days have also been filled with sunshine  xxx