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28 and only just worked out how to run a house!



  • Further to my earlier ramblings, I also just learnt how to use recipe books properly! Having used them in the past to create hugely expensive and complicated dinner party type offerings to impress friends twice a year, which took most of the weekend to prepare, have only just realised that you can also get much more practical, less gimmicky ones which actually tell you how to do things like make soup and lasagne.

    And ha, to the electrician who fitted my new oven and said I would get more power out of my hairdrier. I said how much power did I need to grill fishfingers, but I just made a roast dinner for my family ( without the aid of M&S!!!) Okay so it was a tight squeeze as the oven is small, but it does look nice and swanky on the outside!

    Memo to self; I do not need more shoes....::rotfl:
  • Charis
    Charis Posts: 1,302 Forumite
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    Raksha wrote:
    I'm 46, and I'm still learning........

    But cleaning - got me totally stumped - what is the point? I used to clean the bathroom when I lived at home, as a surprise for Mum, but I never did it 'right' - never got any pleasure from it, so the whole thing is a mystery to me (but I'm trying hard to FlyLady)

    We tend to use the over-bath shower rather than soak in the bath so this might not work if you have the dreaded 'ring around the bathtub'. We discovered that if our bath was wiped dry every time the shower was used it didn't need cleaning nearly as often. Each family member is responsible for wiping before they leave. We use some old terry nappies but an old towel would do the job. As long as the cloth is clean each time it works as well as those sprays I used which made me choke if I dared to breathe while using them. I give the bath an occasional clean with a sponge and some fairy liquid to clean the taps and the edge of the bath and use a nappy to wipe that dry too. When I lived in a hard water area I found that a drop of neat vinegar on a cloth got rid of the scale on the taps.
  • Charis
    Charis Posts: 1,302 Forumite
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    Mould also grows in a house with too much insulation!

    Many years ago, before all this insulating was standard and the windows rattled in the winter, there were far fewer problems with mould. Now that we have double glazing, loft insulation and cavity wall insulation we have no natural ventilation and we're often worried about leaving a window open in case it's an invitation to a burglar.

    That's especially true if we don't open the kitchen window for ventilation while cooking or the bathroom window for five minutes to let the steam out after a bath.

    Mind you, my window frame mould problem was in a 1930's house with single-glazed metal-framed windows. My parent's peeling wallpaper was in a house which had one of those compulsory round ventilators in the kitchen window, installed by British Gas when natural gas replaced the other stuff (unnatural gas?) and no-one was allowed to cook in a kitchen without extra ventilation. In Mum's kitchen she often had to wear a scarf as she began cooking because the room was so cold and the draught from the vent and the old fashioned air brick made the room like an ice box.

    I do wonder though how healthy it is to live in a hermetically sealed box, even if it is saving energy. It could turn out to be a false economy.
  • My HE teacher, Mrs Ormroyd (I think) was ace. Her husband was a farmer who has been on Rick Stein's food hero type things for his forced rhubarb. I remember her bringing in sprouts on the proper stem- I'd never seen them like that before!
    I got an A in my GCSE!
  • wow, a great site, and I thought I was pretty good at saving money in the house - the only trouble is, I don't know what stardrops is/are - where do i get it???
  • too!
    Can someone tell me what stardrops are, and where to get them?

    Other than that I have been doing all the things mentioned previously - cooking left overs, making soups - for years. I can honestly say that my health is excellent, I rarely have a cold (last one about 2 years ago) and I just feel good for not giving in to the hype of convenience foods and supermarket ploys.
    As I live in a very rural area, I also collect freebie fruits etc from trees and hedgerows and make all my own jams, jellies and cordials. Soooooooooo much nicer than shop bought, and sooooooo much healthier. I gave up drinking/eating anything containing Aspartame (artificial sweetener) after reading an article about it - very scary. Now use only natural sugar or nothing at all - you soon get used to it.
    All makes me sound very 'new age', but I'm not! Just want to keep my health - and wealth - as long as I can!:T
  • lynzpower
    lynzpower Posts: 25,311 Forumite
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    stardrops - theres a thread - I have seen the light

    You can def buy in Wilkinsons, but rumoured that sainsburys do too .
    :beer: Well aint funny how its the little things in life that mean the most? Not where you live, the car you drive or the price tag on your clothes.
    Theres no dollar sign on piece of mind
    This Ive come to know...
    So if you agree have a drink with me, raise your glasses for a toast :beer:
  • Pink.
    Pink. Posts: 17,675 Forumite
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    carbonel wrote:
    Can someone tell me what stardrops are, and where to get them?

    Hi carbonel,

    Welcome to the Old Style board. :)

    I buy stardrops in asda. Here's a link to the thread that lynz mentioned:

    Stardrops..I have seen the light!

  • Another of the career generation here - 32 and wasn't taught how to run a house. I distinctly remember my mother saying to me when I was younger that if I had a good career I could pay someone to clean the house, sew things, she convinced me it was beneath me!

    I have been OS in some respects in that I almost never ever eat ready meals as I like to know whats in my food, even as a student I used to cook from scratch (self taught). I've had a bread maker for a couple of years and have menu planned for a couple of years - mainly because a) we are busy and I like to know what I'm cooking when and b) because I hate shopping.

    However, I still used to spend loads on food, waste it, throw stuff out (drives OH nuts this) because I never actually menu planned based on what I already had in. Had a messy and cluttered house that I could blitz once a week but couldn't keep tidy, loads of cleaning products that I hardly ever used as I hate having loads of chemicals in the house.

    Since finding this site and this forum in particular, I have discovered the joys of having a large freezer, throw very little food out (soft fruit/veg onto the compost usually), found stardrops so no more nasty chemicals, found the Flylady site so have a tidy house that keeps itself tidy with very little effort from me. I still can't get over how obvious it is that giving the bathroom a quick wipe over when you are finished means it doesn't get minging - I have a bathroom to be proud of now!

    I've also realised that running a house is not beneath me, that routines are not boring the make life simple and I like a tidy house. My mother wouldn't recognise me! Still hate sewing though!

    (Edited: I've obviously not been taught how to spell either!)
  • squeaky
    squeaky Posts: 14,129 Forumite
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    julbags wrote:
    throw very little food out (soft fruit/veg onto the compost usually),

    I make a point of checking fruit and veg. If I think I'm not going to use it before it's due to get inedible I make make pies or crumbles or even fools with the fruit and freeze them. Veggies go into soups more often than not. Again they get frozen. Well whizzed the soups can also be used as the "stock" for casseroles and stews, or even just for mince.

    That way I always have a supply of "ready meals" for lazy days.

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