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Life is a minestrone as the song says - my new diary

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Mortgage-Free Wannabe
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  • teapot2teapot2 Forumite
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    Good luck with getting clarification - these admin things never seem to be straightforward :eek:
  • teapot2teapot2 Forumite
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    Another NSD yesterday, I did order cat food online [special diet for old furry boy] but that won't be charged until its dispatched.

    I also decided finally what to buy with my [email protected] voucher and have ordered a new strainer and a reusable baking tray liner - rock and roll :rotfl::rotfl: Ordering the cat wee tea strainer replacement would have put the cost up to more than the voucher so I'll leave that for another time and might get one in the £shop.

    I amended my @sda online order so that will be delivered tonight. Was fed up to see that my favourite shortbread biscuits have increased in price by 50% so they are off the list :mad:

    I also managed to sort out more papers in prep for doing the tax return. Every year I tell myself I'll do the return before Christmas and I never do. Mind you I used to leave it to the 29th Jan to even start so this is an improvement if a slow one.

    Made some split pea and veg soup yesterday so got that for lunch again and I have some HM pasta sauce left for tea.

    I have 2 online orders to post :beer: so will pop out to do that at some point and have a look in the charity shops and try not to spend money anywhere else.
  • KarmacatKarmacat Forumite
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    You're doing well! I haven't tried to log on to hmrc yet, though I've found my old *written* details, as opposed to the ones I put on my computer, so we'll see in a bit.


    The tea strainer thing gives me an idea - I lost my lovely stainless steel one a few years ago, left it behind in Norfolk, and I bought an identical replacement at Dunelm, of all places. Full price was £5, I got it pre-Christmas for £3.
    Downsized and paid off mortgage 2010
    Retired August 2016
    Paid off French mortgage September 2018
    New kitchen fully installed June 2019
  • beanieloubeanielou Forumite
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    50% on your biscuits is just dire :( :mad:
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
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    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
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  • teapot2teapot2 Forumite
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    beanielou wrote: »
    50% on your biscuits is just dire :( :mad:

    All is not lost though, they are still doing the same brand 'clotted cream shortbread' at the old price for now - happy days. Though I have to say it just tastes like the plain one :cool:
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  • teapot2teapot2 Forumite
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    Few surveys done this morning, heading towards another cash out on OnePoll, wonder if I can get there this week :think:

    Cashed out just over £20 on Prolific and transferred that to current account. That will pay one of the CC amounts for this month. I use Paypal at the moment but I know theres a fee so I might look at Circle for cashing out though I've no idea what that involves....

    I went out and posted 2 online sales this afternoon. I avoided going for a coffee but had a look in the charity shops and bought a £1 crime novel and then by the tills was a tray of homemade Tablet. They have been taking lessons from the supermarkets and putting the goodies by the checkout!! I did succumb but have now eaten the evidence :o:o. So £2 spent today.

    Also my @sda online shop was delivered, that was £27 but will do me for a couple of weeks at least except for bread and probably some fruit.

    I didn't do anything towards the tax return but instead downloaded last nights new episode of Vera and watched that, I hadn't realised it was on and I do like Brenda Blethyn.
  • beanieloubeanielou Forumite
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    I bought tablet yesterday & like you the evidence is now gone :eek: :rotfl:
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~**
    **Weight loss 2 stone 2 lbs **
    MFW. 9 months to go. B)
    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.***
    ***Keep plodding***
    Out of debt, out of danger. ***Be the difference.***
  • edited 14 January 2019 at 11:11PM
    teapot2teapot2 Forumite
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    edited 14 January 2019 at 11:11PM
    Mmmmm Tablet, drools :D

    Just realised my last few posts sound like all I do is eat shortbread and tablet - oops
  • the_cross_rabbitthe_cross_rabbit Forumite
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    Hi is tablet the scottish equivalent of fudge? If it is I'm drooling too, my DD1 makes really nice fudge.
    CRx
  • teapot2teapot2 Forumite
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    Morning CR, tablet has a different texture to fudge and is possibly even sweeter depending on the recipe of which there are many. Now that I'm thinking about it, the difference is quite hard to describe. Tablet is maybe firmer when you bite into it and a bit more 'grainy' though not in an unpleasant way.

    Its the sort of recipe that people hand down through the generations. I think that though delicious, tablet is full of ingredients that are frowned on these days. For example a typical recipe might include;

    125g butter, plus extra to grease
    1kg golden sugar (granulated or caster)
    ½ tsp salt
    250ml whole milk
    350ml condensed milk
    ½ tsp vanilla extract (optional)

    Don't know if that is making anything clearer though :rotfl::rotfl: but one things for sure, they are both delicious! We used to make tablet to raise funds when I was in the Guides or for cake sales and it was always very popular.

    Its an occasional treat now and I haven't made any for years, does your DD1 make fudge often? Too tempting....
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