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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 4th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
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    • 4th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
    4th Jun 11 at 11:19 AM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the fifth Grocery Challenge of 2012

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your March budget, then keep on posting in the:
    April 2012 Grocery Challenge

    As always this challenge is to reduce your own grocery budget to levels that you will be pleased with, not forgetting that we always recommend that you stay inside your own comfort levels and take things gently one step at a time. Remember that this is not a competition....it's designed to take you and your grocery spending to a level you are happy with.

    If you are new to the challenge I have quoted the advice from Galtizz below which will help you get started.

    Please post into this thread for help and advice and support at any time. Good luck to everyone taking part!

    I have said this before, but for all the newbies to the challenge;

    For the first month I took a guess at the budget but I really had no idea how much I was spending.

    I found the best thing is to have a guess the first month but SAVE ALL OF YOUR RECEIPTS (and yes, that does include the ones from the local shop when you run out of milk ), then at the end of the month add them all up and have a look if you were on budget, if not, it doesn't matter because your budget was a guess. For the next month you can use the total of your receipts and take a bit off to get a realistic budget, just shave off as much as you think you can, it could be 1 a week or 20 a week.

    If you are currently spending 200 a month don't suddenly drop it to 100 - you'll never do it but if you cut 20 a month off for a few months you'll get there eventually without feeling you're missing out on anything.

    You might think you've done everything you can in the first month but someone always comes up with a new idea and, if you try it you often find you save a bit more (unless you are SarahSaver who is an expert at this and could only save more if she turned her back garden into a paddy field and lived on rice ) In the first month I thought, I'm planning meals, I couldn't possibly save any more, but then I started double cooking and freezing, and making soup instead of buying it in tins.

    I've been doing this since Feb but only saved ALL of my receipts last month, it has given me a much better idea of where it is all going. Budget for next month is 80 for 2 of us, I'll start on 30/4. I could probably save more, by eating different foods but I can afford to live on 80, I have saved a lot of money since Feb. and I don't waste food or money any more. So I'm happy with my budget.
    By request, here is Spiggles wonderful helpful post

    We all have different budgets that suit our households. The most important thing to remember is that you set yours according to your needs and finances. It can take time to get to where you want to be too so don't knock yourself out if you go over in the first few months. We are here to support each other and it is not a competition.

    I thought it might help to outline where we've come from and the top tips I've learned.

    When we started in March 2010 we had spent in excess of 600 in the previous month. This had to stop, (there's only me and him and our two beautiful black cats) something which thankfully my OH completely agreed with so I have been lucky that he has been on board from the start. He gave me his debit card voluntarily and I still keep hold of it until he needs to get something for the home. At the same time we set up a system of pocket money (pm) at 15 each per week which doesn't count towards the GC and which we can each spend as we wish with no comebacks or complaints. OH predominantly uses his pm on his beer and I ferret mine away mostly.

    The next step was to set up my own spreadsheet which is absolutely simple onto which I put all spends so that I have a continuous running total for the month and for the year. We initially set our budget at 280 per month and brought it down to 240 where it resides for most of the year it is occasionally increased to allow for extras e.g. Christmas to 260.

    The important 'tools' we found greatly helped and continue to do so now are:

    Stocktake cupboards, fridge, freezer - make lists and ensure that the older products get used up first. You'll be amazed at what you find squirrelled away and it will help with your shopping list as you'll realise that you don't actually need so much.

    Before you go shopping check staples - running out of milk, bread, butter, etc often leads to going into a shop for one thing and coming out 20 lighter. Always check these and if they'll run out tomorrow buy them the same time as getting other things.

    Always make a shopping list and stick to it - the supermarkets (sm) try every which way to get us to spend so having a list and strong resolve is the only way to beat them.

    Keep every receipt - and then note it down on your spreadsheet/spend diary so that you always know where you are.

    When tempted, ask yourself do you NEED it or just WANT it - now this advice goes with two things. Firstly, the things you see in store when shopping that APPEAR to be bargains - if you hadn't planned spending the money then its not a bargain. Secondly, the sm send us loads of vouchers for X off a spend of XX - if you had no NEED to spend XX then have you SAVED anything???

    Use my supermarket to compare prices (limited to four of the biggies) - The site may be used to actually do an online shop at whichever of the big four offers the best value or, if you have the time and sm availability, to make up lists for visiting each of the stores so that you can purchase all you need at different stores thus getting the best possible value. (I'd add, do a 'shop' virtually on this site and take the list you create on it with you, whichever one you shop at, it will help keep target prices in your head and allow you to spot bargains. MrM is not included but you can do a virtual list on their website so you know what you're going to be spending.)

    Always have a list - this is just as important when shopping online as shopping on foot.

    Use Approved Foods online (with a list!) - if you don't mind out of date things (ood) or you can search for only in date items. The only drawback is storing the goods as far as I can tell. Oh, and watch the delivery as it's done on a scaled charge for weight so keep an eye on it. You can of course do an AF order with friends, family, colleagues or like minded neighbours. Other GCers use Big Br*nds 4 Less too.

    Invest in a breadmaker - we have saved so much by making our own bread. The prices in the shops are extortionate for bread these days. There's loads of advice on this thread and others in the forum on this.

    Use the recipe lists - always posted at the front of a new thread. There are fantastic, tasty, healthy and economical recipes to use on them and there are a number of other threads on the forum such as Weezl's that will help you to eat well on a budget.

    Shop locally - the local greengrocer (or preferably market but I don't have one ) is usually cheaper as an option for fruit and veg (f&v) than the sm. Often the prices may look the same but when you look at the quantity for the same price the greengrocer will be cheaper. The same goes for the local butcher. Often you will have far more variety of meat available, advice on how to cook a particular meat can be offered and there is (for me at least) no comparison in terms of quality. We buy our huge FR eggs there and I'm yet to find an equivalent FR egg in a sm at the same or lower price. Obvioulsy if you have your own chicks/know someone who has chicks you can get them even cheaper again.

    Grow your own - it's quite simple to grow some f&v at home even if it's only in pots on the patio. There are also supportive threads on the forum for this.

    Cook your own - making meals at home from ingredients is far more economical, often tastes better than shop bought and is probably far better healthwise.

    Meal Plan - this is something that others can advise on as we don't do it. I have a tremendous capacity for eating the same food over many days but presented in slightly different form. For example, we could buy 7 worth of brisket from the butchers and eat it as pot roast for a couple of days, sliced for sarnies, sliced with a salad, chucked into a casserole or shredded up and fried as crispy beef.

    Don't waste food - either only make what you need or use any leftovers for other meals/creations or freeze it for another day.

    Withdraw the cash you want to spend - and keep it in a separate purse. This can be particularly effective as you have the money in front of you reducing rather than spending with plastic which is so easy to lose track of. Very useful when you first start out.

    Don't go to the shops to browse - this can only lead to pain and hardship!!!

    Keep posting and reading the thread - there really is no better supportive, wise and inspirational place to be! I think I saw that somebody mentioned forgetting to read/post. I get around this by using the Advanced button to post, below the window where your text is displayed you will see Additional Options. In the Thread Subscription box use the dropdown to select either instant email notification (this is what I use) or daily email notification before you submit your latest post. Then you will get an email into your inbox from which you can click to the thread to see what others are saying.

    Always remember the sm is not your friend - it wants to profit from you and take as much of your money as it can coerce out of you!

    So, there you go as a starting point. Others on here will offer tremendous advice on meal planning. And don't forget, the only silly question is the one you didn't ask!

    See you all later,
    Spigs
    For quidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #3, #4, #5 and #6 on this thread.

    For everyones totals, see post #7 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Zip
    Last edited by zippychick; 19-04-2012 at 5:45 PM.
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    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 7th May 12, 12:21 PM
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    Happy Bank Holiday everyone!

    Went to MrT with DD and DS2 today. DS2 had homework which included a scavenger hunt in a supermarket, so they went off together, writing down 3 items from each department (frozen, dairy, dried foods etc.). It was great because then I could shop in peace

    Some kind soul left their 5 off when you spend 80 voucher in the trolley that DD fetched for me. It was running out today, so I'm assuming it was left on purpose for someone to find

    Total bill came to 97.01. I handed the coupon over and to my suprise the till took 10 off! 16 of the total was $kylander toys - one for DS2 and one for a present, so those come off of the total. I also spent 35.57 from the 2nd purse on stock. Overall spend from the grocery budget of 35.42 so very happy with that. 2nd purse is now in the red again by 21 odd but should be back level by the end of the week

    Shouldn't need much else this week, except for milk and perhaps some veg.
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    • fozziebeartoo
    • By fozziebeartoo 7th May 12, 12:51 PM
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    fozziebeartoo - I've just got my wool supplies down to three big bags, but my other craft stuff is out of control! The shelf collapsed 2 weeks ago and I haven't had the courage to look in the cupboard and sort it out yet.
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    • Pixie Fairydust
    • By Pixie Fairydust 7th May 12, 1:03 PM
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    Spent 6.25 today on bread, milk, diet coke and ice cream (to drown my sorrows) Had a rough day at home so not going to beat myself up about it.
    Originally posted by thrifty-gal26
    Hope you are ok, I've not had a brilliant weekend at home either! Mr T has Jen and Berry's half price, I might stock up and join you

    JJ - Could you post your microwave pud recipe - sorry if you already have, thanks

    Hope you are all having a great bank hol, grey and raining here!

    Off to find my receipts and update sig.

    Pix
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    • lovelife79
    • By lovelife79 7th May 12, 1:42 PM
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    spent 9 in sainsbury last fri and 14.64 in morrisons today.
    got few bits n pieces to make up lunches.
    mission empty freezer for defrost continues
    defrosting some turkey gujons that i found at bottom. will cook them and use them to make up some wraps for lunches this week with lettuce n tomatoes n mayo. really wanted ceasar salad dressing for it but i resisted!

    but bought crisps n chocolate instead
    in my defence its to stop me buying them in work or eating loads of crap when the tea trolley comes round

    hope everyone has a good week!
    x
  • abitofhelp
    Afternoon all, oh took me out this morning it was a nsd for me but not for him, he bought me a lovely coronation mug from J Lewis and we went to the garden centre where they had yellow raspberry canes. I have been after them for ages, so i am very pleased, also some more veg seeds for the garden. Just had hm rolls for lunch, two left so i expect the breadmaker will be on again shortly. Enjoy the rest of your bank holiday.
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    • LavenderBees
    • By LavenderBees 7th May 12, 1:58 PM
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    Hi, Everyone

    I've been missing from posting for a while as have been very busy at work and so too shattered to post in evenings. But I've now managed to catch up on the whole thread (boy, can you lot talk?!? )

    Last week, I did a big stock up shop, mostly in L!dl but also used Mr M's and Mr A's , as I was down to my last 3 tinned tomatoes, and only about 4 tins of beans. I couldn't sleep for worrying how I'd cope if I actually ran out.

    I'm still working my way through my freezer - can't believe how long it is taking to actually try to clear it - I filled it up in early December, and it's still 2/3rds full, though the content changes constantly depending on what I cook, and therefore need to freeze...I haven't bought anything to put in the freezer for months, which is a good thing as the whoopsies I see are not particularly good value at all now (tho still obviously better than paying full price, but only just..)

    So, I have less than 30 left of my budget to last til 27th of the month, but that's fine, as I really only need veges each week from now on.

    Thanks for all your comments so far. You're comments have all managed to inspire me to use up bits and pieces more effectively for this week.

    LB xx
    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 7th May 12, 2:13 PM
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    On AP, the first 300 orders today who type mayday in the promo code box get 10% off their order!! I just did it and it worked for me...
    Grocery challenge for family of three - me, dd(12) and ds(11), feeding dp 2 or 3 x a week too. Only food, not toiletries. Jan 87.97/100 Feb 0/100
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    • Fiasco55
    • By Fiasco55 7th May 12, 2:19 PM
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    I have a few additions to my budget.

    9.95 in M & $ - YS - Got 50p Corn Fed Chicken (was 8.15), bread 10p, 2 tarts 50p etc. Really pleased with how the YS is streaching my budget and I am also finding it rather addictive.

    1.60 yesterday on fruit and veg.

    Also popped to HB and stocked up too. 12.19

    Still need to get water during the week but I am on the special R to get me through.

    Dinner last night for me and my pal was YS moroccan chicken with shredded veg. And very lovely it was too.

    I am on my own tonight so don't feel like making much. Not too sure what to have. Might go for a sandwich.
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    • mummyyof5
    • By mummyyof5 7th May 12, 3:09 PM
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    just nipping on quickly to report 2 NSDs...not sure what is happening tomorrow yet but will be hitting HB on wednesday x
    Feeding 6 Adults 1 Teen a 8 year old with hollow legs and a very fussy 5 year old. Also 3 cats and 3 fishies
    To include all Food,Toiletries and Petfood.
    • Barbeduk
    • By Barbeduk 7th May 12, 4:05 PM
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    Hi all, just read the last couple of pages and am feeling bad for not baking today. Mind you, Saturday's bread pudding was so big it'll easy last us til midweek!

    Quick shop for the week at !id! for all the basics, 31.62, then mr t for frozens and yellow sticker spotting (nothing!) 4.19. Also nipped into the c00p on sun as DH wanted beer and crisps (he got 1 bottle ) and managed to get 5 custard donuts for 20p. Happy days!

    So have spent another 39.89, sig updated.

    DH is making dinner, built around 2 rashers of bacon, onions and veg. Should be interesting!
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    • jedi82
    • By jedi82 7th May 12, 4:24 PM
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    Afternoon everyone, haven't posted in a couple of days as have been galavanting off with DH and kids enjoying the BH. It has been lovely! I was quite annoyed with myself on Friday as although it is normally a 'treat day' we do seem to spend too much on beer, choccies and sweets. Going to try and be stronger next week.

    Yesterday we went to a farm (with rides etc) which I got half price tickets for and I even took a picnic. Normally we get food there which costs approx 25 and isn't great so felt good for taking our own . We then went to a local town and the kids were getting hungry again but luckily as it was 5pm all the pasty shops started selling everything for a pound so spent 4 which wasn't bad as could have been worse!

    Anyway, enough rambling but would just like to say how this site is helping me change how I do things. We have hardly got anything in for tea tonight but instead of popping to the shops, we had eggs (from the chickens), hm chips and I also had some leftover bread dough from the day before yesterday and so i bunged it in the oven to make herby bread.

    Okay, will definitely go now

    Jedi x
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    Thanks to Fozziebeartoo, meg72, MrsCD for the welcomes its the friendly nature of this thread in particular, which has brought me out of lurkdom and into the accountability of daily posting.

    First shop with a list and I did successfully manage to pick up what I needed, basically meat/protein type stuff some cheap tinned veg and some milk and other than a very cheap pizza which I intend to jazz up with some tinned tuna and sweetcorn from the cupboard the total shop was only 7.60 .

    Hope everyone has had a lovely bank holiday despite the grey weather.
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    • Kittikins
    • By Kittikins 7th May 12, 4:55 PM
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    Hello, DD and I went to Bluewater to buy me a bike and despite taking a few snacks, we needed lunch, so thankfully Co$tco was there to oblige with its cheapy baked potatoes! My shopping was very small as well, so all in all I spent 10.98......mustn't keep on buying food when out!!! But we didn't have any bread left at home so couldn't take sandwiches.....that's my excuse and we are pretty full still from the mahoosive spuds
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    • Florenceem
    • By Florenceem 7th May 12, 5:39 PM
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    Monday.
    NSD here on GC but I did buy some Portmerion tableware.
    So looking forward to using it.
    I was telling my DD who visited yesterday - I love my new Denby kitchen utensils - well I don't get out much!
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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 7th May 12, 6:13 PM
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    I love the crazy daisy portmerion stuff. Don't have any though, as I can't justify the expense when a 4.57 smartprice set does the job just as well!! (I would much rather have the prettiness, but I'd be too worried to use it thinking i'd break it!) Very jealous reading about you guys buying it though.

    So, my nsd turned out not to be so. I ended up spending the best part of 30 on random toot. Oh, and a 47 ap order. I should not be allowed to spend money at this totm! Not wasted money, as all the stuff is useful and will be used, but I have no idea where it's going to go! Very cross with myself, but it's done now, so I can't undo it.

    We had tith for dinner, children enjoyed it and ate almost every bit. There's enough toad and mash left for me to have tom for my dinner too. Not bad for a 69p pack of a!di sausages!

    Weds I will have some lo sweet and sour with rice, and then Thursday I'm cooking for the children again. We may have hm chicken nuggets with hm chips/wedges. Then, this weekend is supposed to be a daddy weekend for the children, but with his baby due today, they may stay with me, so I'm not planning too much for the weekend just in case. If it's just me, I'll have use-uppy stuff, but if the children are here, I'll do 'proper' meals.

    Ch have just had watermelon for pudding, and there's enough left for their packed lunches tom, then that's a whole watermelon eaten, and lots more space in my fridge! They love it, but I don't often buy one as I don't like it, and it takes them about a week to eat one!

    PG x
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    • Florenceem
    • By Florenceem 7th May 12, 6:23 PM
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    Florenceem
    I love the crazy daisy portmerion stuff. Don't have any though, as I can't justify the expense when a 4.57 smartprice set does the job just as well!! (I would much rather have the prettiness, but I'd be too worried to use it thinking i'd break it!) Very jealous reading about you guys buying it though.

    So, my nsd turned out not to be so. I ended up spending the best part of 30 on random toot. Oh, and a 47 ap order. I should not be allowed to spend money at this totm! Not wasted money, as all the stuff is useful and will be used, but I have no idea where it's going to go! Very cross with myself, but it's done now, so I can't undo it.

    We had tith for dinner, children enjoyed it and ate almost every bit. There's enough toad and mash left for me to have tom for my dinner too. Not bad for a 69p pack of a!di sausages!

    Weds I will have some lo sweet and sour with rice, and then Thursday I'm cooking for the children again. We may have hm chicken nuggets with hm chips/wedges. Then, this weekend is supposed to be a daddy weekend for the children, but with his baby due today, they may stay with me, so I'm not planning too much for the weekend just in case. If it's just me, I'll have use-uppy stuff, but if the children are here, I'll do 'proper' meals.

    Ch have just had watermelon for pudding, and there's enough left for their packed lunches tom, then that's a whole watermelon eaten, and lots more space in my fridge! They love it, but I don't often buy one as I don't like it, and it takes them about a week to eat one!

    PG x
    Originally posted by PennyGrabber
    I did think hard about buying the new tableware. I have not had any new stuff - well can't remember when - certainly not since my 2nd marriage 14 years ago. I have been happy to move into Mr F's house - all the furniture etc was here. Now I feel I want to put my stamp on our house. I have also had the experience of sorting out my Mil's possessions - things which she never used - just sat in sideboards - what is the point of having nice things if you don't use them? So yes - Mr F is clumsy - it is possible some of my new stuff will get broken sometime. I may be the one to break something. My view is - I have the money - not borrowing it or putting on a credit card to buy my new tableware. Ski again!
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  • jumblejack
    JJ's 2 minute micro puds!

    JJ - Could you post your microwave pud recipe - sorry if you already have, thanks

    Pix
    Originally posted by Pixie Fairydust


    JJ's 2 minute micro puds:

    Method:

    In a bowl, mix the following ingredients in the order below:

    2oz fat (butter, margarine, spread, suet, etc.)
    2oz sugar
    1 egg
    2oz self raising flour

    Cook for 2-3 minutes on full power in the microwave.

    Serves 4


    Variations

    1) Chocolate sponge:
    Substitute 1/2 oz of self raising flour to cocoa powder

    2) Syrup sponge:
    Put a thick layer of syrup into the bowl before adding the cake mix.
    Turn the servings upside down when served.

    3) Banana sponge:
    Mash a banana into the mixture.

    4) Lemon drizzle sponge:
    Add the zest of a lemon into the mixture.
    Once cooked, sprinkle a generous layer of sugar onto the hot sponge and then pour the juice of the lemon over the sugar to soak in.

    5) School dinner sponge:
    Add a handful of dessicated coconut to the mixture.
    Once cooked, smear hot jam into the top and decorate with a sprinkling of coconut.

    6) Lemon curd/jam sponge:
    Add a layer of curd/jam into the bowl before adding the mixture.
    Turn the servings upside down when served.

    7) Coffee sponge:
    Add a teaspoon of coffee powder when adding the flour.
    (You may also add walnuts if you have any in!)

    8) Fruit sponge:
    Add a handful of dried fruit to the mixture.
    (Optional, smear the cooked sponge with warm apricot jam)

    9) Caramelised apple sponge:
    Use up an apple or two by cooking in a pan with a good knob of butter and some sugar. Once softened, pop the apples and sauce into the bowl before topping with the mixture.

    10) ...Tidy up/experimental sponge:
    Add whatever needs using up: fresh/tinned/dried fruit. Experiment with spices.... Try ginger with lemon zest, etc! Add poppy seeds for texture. Seriously, you can really get away with some whacky ideas with this method.
    (the next one I'm trying is a nuts n 'nanas sponge using peanut butter as half of the fat and mashing a banana in the mix too!)

    Go wild and have fun!
    Last edited by jumblejack; 07-05-2012 at 6:45 PM.
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  • chelseabun
    Didn't get any baking done today after all - we went for a walk instead, in the rain! I did an AF order, with free delivery, so very happy about that! We also did a bit of shopping in Mr M, so I need to update my sig. Spent 31.16 on AF, most of which will come from the 2nd purse, so not out of the GC budget. Spent 19.41 in Mr M, including some YS veg for tea, which I did with lamb burgers from the freezer. Very nice too!

    Have a good evening everyone!
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    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 7th May 12, 8:01 PM
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    mrs-moneypenny
    dinner was hm mushroom soup
    tea was leek and sweet potato pie with new pots and brocolli followed by a delish choc pud following jumblejacks lovely micro recipie - i slightly adapted it by putting some nutella in the bottom of the bowl first
    thanks for the recipie JJ
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  • jumblejack
    Aaaargh.

    Just got my scales out to try out the nuts n 'nanas cake and MY SCALES ARE BUST!!! Must have knocked em coming back from mums as I've been taking em each time I visited. They were ancient anyway and extremely cheap. I needed some new ones as they are inaccurate for large weights.

    Anyhow, I tried to gauge by eye alone but the results were a flop. No where near sweet enough for a pud so will get replacement scales and try again

    (On a good note, when I got to Mum's, she had prepped n cooked tea early
    She's a star!!!!!! Looks like I am out of a job. It smelt lovely too. )
    Last edited by jumblejack; 07-05-2012 at 8:51 PM.
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