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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 27th Oct 16, 9:11 AM
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    The Simple Bare Necessities feat. Gratitude & Recipes
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    • 27th Oct 16, 9:11 AM
    The Simple Bare Necessities feat. Gratitude & Recipes 27th Oct 16 at 9:11 AM
    Hello

    I think that the time may be right to start a new diary. So much has changed since I started my 2nd diary, which can be found HERE and we're a whole lifetime away from my first diary, which can be found HERE

    Whilst my first 2 diaries concentrated on living a simple life, concentrating on debt-avoidance for my (then) DP and I, we had a 'bit' of a tumultuous 2015, which meant that my DP became my DH and we 'Two' became 3, with the safe arrival of Baby Greying

    Our focus has changed dramatically. Far from contemplating 'downsizing' (a bit of a misnomer in terms of our house, honestly, I've been in bigger 'flats'! ) and somehow achieving early retirement; we now have a future focus that needs us to be super fit and active for as long as we can be. Also, as older first time parents, we are both committed to try to be in Baby Greying's life for as long as possible, without being a burden. Because whilst being older does have some distinct advantages when applied to parenting, there is no denying there's a downside too..............

    Also, the economic climate is changing once again. Blame it on whatever you like, but there is always some reason why prices of x, y or z rise. There is always a reason why, when you find a way to combat inflation; someone comes along and changes the rules of the game. A good example of this is our wood burner. When we had it installed, we had access to a goodly amount of free wood, we both had the time and energy to process it and we could live with parts of the house being cold. Forward 10 years; more people have stoves - and are all chasing that 'free' wood, 'purchased' logs are now very expensive around here and we've no time to stack nor chop wood. It's become easier, and 'as expensive' to flick the on switch for the central heating....... a cleaner in-house option, that can keep the whole house a manageable temperature and Baby Greying at a safe and comfortable temperature.

    Now it does matter if our hair-brained money saving wheezes make our teeth fall out or our toes freeze orf, because it impacts on our ability to look after Baby Greying in the now and in the future. Our health and well-being is a priority - but still not at any price. We want to have it all,;but with only a modest budget available, we're gonna have to get creative. I rarely shop in the 'big 4' supermercados. We purchase some things from mrL, some from mrAl. A smattering from mrW, mrT and m&$ (bananas mostly), with h0me bargins and h3ron f00ds being the sources of our regular shopping. We also have access to a food co-operative and I occasionally get to go to the next city along to get bulk purchases of pulses and spices.

    Our focus now (that we've got over the shock of Baby Greying ) is to move on from Greying Towers. The long and short of it boils down to it not being the right environment for us to bring up a child here. There are nicer places. We need to find them. So a move is on the cards. However, some renovation of the towers is necessary, and whilst funding has always been an issue; now we have the added upheaval of trying to do work around a baby. Not impossible, but not ideal. It's also still proving impossible to find reliable tradespeople. We're looking for a plumber, again

    The one thing that I've come to recognise with age is that there is always 'good stuff' in every life. Even when you're really going through the mill. There are good people, who say or do good things to help you. There are the wonders of nature to take in at every turn. There is humour everywhere, even if you have to look under a few rocks to find it. It is important to be thankful, even on the dark days. And I try to do that - and find writing it down, in my online diary a good exercise in stopping. And thinking.

    We like food at Greying Towers. I write about it alot. I take pictures of me tea. We're vegetarian (at present) and so vegetables feature. Alot. When it's gifted HG produce, it's even better

    So, do you fancy climbing aboard for the new adventure. Taking some time out to Fall apart in my backyard with Me, DH and BG?

    Greying X
    Last edited by Greying Pilgrim; 29-10-2016 at 8:24 AM.
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    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 8th Jul 18, 7:09 PM
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    greebee - you're ACE!!!!! That's entirely the one I meant - didn't you and Memorygirl make a significant contribution to the site/all the recipe testing, too???


    Greying X
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    Not me... but lost of Old Stylers did... I just happened to remember it because I was hanging out there when they were writing it!
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 8th Jul 18, 9:25 PM
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    Smurfington - i've just been looking on the GC thread on OS and I remembered that i'd set myself a challenge in...... turns out it was September 2014..... to get my grocery spends down and I'd done recipes for the month from Jack Monroe, Good & Cheap, From Scratch etc etc. And dearest Rosieben (now sadly, no longer with us), posted about G & C and FS on the GC thread - and I just updated it with the things that i had made from Leanne's books, so that folk could see if the recipes appealed to them or not.



    The thread is still there, so I thought I would add the link for you - there's only 3 pages of posts - a quick read.


    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug' 'Your Vibe attracts your Tribe'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 8th Jul 18, 10:17 PM
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    oooo GP - that was a lovely 3 page read! & illustrated as well - amazed that you made a meal plan a whole month in advance - WOW!
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    • Smurphington
    • By Smurphington 9th Jul 18, 5:42 AM
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    Smurfington - i've just been looking on the GC thread on OS and I remembered that i'd set myself a challenge in...... turns out it was September 2014..... to get my grocery spends down and I'd done recipes for the month from Jack Monroe, Good & Cheap, From Scratch etc etc. And dearest Rosieben (now sadly, no longer with us), posted about G & C and FS on the GC thread - and I just updated it with the things that i had made from Leanne's books, so that folk could see if the recipes appealed to them or not.



    The thread is still there, so I thought I would add the link for you - there's only 3 pages of posts - a quick read.


    Greying X
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    It was so kind of you to dig that out, thankyou . I had not even heard of Leanne Brown before . I will definitely be trying out the gumbo. I'm not usually great with meal plans as I always ending up ditching them midweek but I think a rough plan would probably help stop the money flying out of my purse which is what currently appears to be happening
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 9th Jul 18, 9:47 AM
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    Happy Monday Grayling.
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 10th Jul 18, 8:21 AM
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    Good Morning



    Not me... but lost of Old Stylers did... I just happened to remember it because I was hanging out there when they were writing it!
    Originally posted by greenbee

    Weezl74's (I've remembered her username - YAY!), threads were MY introduction to MSE, and karmacat & Pippilongstocking were my introduction to DFW I was reading long before I plucked up the courage to post - but I'm so glad I did



    It was Weezl that developed the website (with help from MSE volunteers and friends) and it was born out of her threads on MSE that started out as a challenge to live on the USDA recommended diet, which I think informed the food stamp $ allocation (may not do that anymore), and then her 50p a day challenges - if you want to read all about it, her 3 threads (first 2 are linked in the 1st post), then the thread is HERE. Please note, these threads are from 2008, so the prices will possibly be well out of whack now - but I believe the recipes will still have great validity


    Tea on Sunday night - despite the furnace like conditions - was cardboard box fish, oven chips and (steamed from frozen green beans).



    Last night we had mediterranean style pasta with olives, red peppers, mozarella and herby dressing. Quick to prepare and another Greying family favourite.


    Tea this evening has not been decided upon yet - I'll see how the weather pans out first.


    We've a few bits and bobs to get today. I have some financials to move about for BG which should involve a quick trip to the bank, which I'm hoping will be back to it's normal pleasurable experience today


    Can't think of owt else to witter on about, so best vamoose.


    Ta for popping in, and wishing us all well. Appreciated.


    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug' 'Your Vibe attracts your Tribe'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 10th Jul 18, 10:21 AM
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    Hope your bank trip today is better than your last
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    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 10th Jul 18, 10:28 AM
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    ...Tea on Sunday night - despite the furnace like conditions - was cardboard box fish, oven chips and (steamed from frozen green beans)...
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    GP - you are a very brave woman Turning the oven on in this heat! - We (I) remembered to put the slow cooker on Sunday morning - made some rice & we (OH) grilled some green veg on the stove-top pan to go with it. - We were still too hot!!!

    ...Last night we had mediterranean style pasta with olives, red peppers, mozarella and herby dressing. Quick to prepare and another Greying family favourite...
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    Sounds yummy - what kind of dressing did you make? Sounds like a beat the heat meal & I'm not ashamed to say we might steal that one out of your repertoire!
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 10th Jul 18, 12:42 PM
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    Hope your bank trip today is better than your last
    Originally posted by beanielou

    Definitely better, beanie The lass on the counter was soooooooo nice to BG - and BG repaid their niceness with plenty of smiles and 'fankoo's' All other customers were well behaved and caused us no issues




    Sounds yummy - what kind of dressing did you make? Sounds like a beat the heat meal & I'm not ashamed to say we might steal that one out of your repertoire!
    Originally posted by rtandon27

    It was a 'made up' dressing rtandon, but it was; EV olive oil, a splodge of balsamic, juice of half a lemon, minced garlic, oregano (dried), basil (dried), salt and pepper. HTH Had I thought to put red onions in the pasta salad, I would have cut them up, sprinkled a bit of salt on, and then marinted them in the vinegar or lemon juice to take the edge off them, and bring out the sweetness. But I didn't think ahead, and so didn't use them in my version.


    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug' 'Your Vibe attracts your Tribe'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 11th Jul 18, 7:11 AM
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    Good Morning


    Typical. I sleep like a baby through all the hot weather. The minute a marginally cooler night comes along, PING, in the wide awake club until past 2am........................


    Forgive me if I fall as..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz



    Anyhoo. Tea last night was salad bowl. Beetroot coleslaw from the R1ver C0ttage Babe & toddle book - used up the last half of red cabbage, 3 small mrAl S6 (from weeks ago) beetroot and a couple of small apples. The best marinated lentils, marinated tomatoes, slices of cucumber and a sprinkling of feta cheese.



    Filled a gap and used up what I had.


    Pizza for tea tonight, not sure what with at the mo.


    Don't need to buy owt today.


    Looks like it's going to be a warm un again.


    Forgot to say, I got 6 avocados from HB yesterday for £1.49. I took a punt on them - they are produce of Peru, Hass avocados - but the last ones I've had from Peru (all from mrM) have been pants - and I've had to compost half of them ). These are marketed as 'nearly ripe' avocados. We shall see.



    Did spend my time looking at Weezl's thread to while away the early hours. Wonderful to see some of the 'original' MSErs, some no longer with us , some just no longer posting......... And to marvel at the professional approach that Weezl - and co, took to the development of affordable meal plans. AND THE PRICES!!!! I know it was 10 years ago, but 22p for a bag of sultanas....... and something like 57p (???) for a bag of frozen tropical fruits (for smoothies or other uses....) We would live like kings if we had those prices today, as wages sure as hickey ain't gone up 4-fold.


    Right, must vamoose. In search of some matchsticks to prop me eyelids open.


    Ta for popping in. Appreciated.


    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug' 'Your Vibe attracts your Tribe'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Verbatim
    • By Verbatim 11th Jul 18, 7:54 AM
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    Sorry you didn't sleep well last night GP. Hope you have a good day and catch up with the zzzz later.
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    • redofromstart
    • By redofromstart 11th Jul 18, 11:56 AM
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    That was a blast from the past, fond memories of Weezl and her boiling the pigs head when she was suffering from morning sickness. I was about on OS at the time too with my main account but not directly involved in the project, I still use some of the recipes. I can remember Poohbear test running the first menu on her family when it was under development and some occasionally rather heated debates about nutrition and spending.

    I have a compulsive urge to search down the back of the sofa to find some loose change to buy a pack of lard with. Plenty of splendidly nutritious nettles in my garden
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 11th Jul 18, 12:17 PM
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    That was a blast from the past, fond memories of Weezl and her boiling the pigs head when she was suffering from morning sickness. ... Plenty of splendidly nutritious nettles in my garden
    Originally posted by redofromstart
    Hang on, didn't you say on your own thread that you were cleaning?

    Nettle risotto? Nettle soup?
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 11th Jul 18, 5:44 PM
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    Good Afternoon,


    I would just like to announce, that I am a woman in possession of some Strachan's ice-cream (Scottish produce ). I went for 'traditional', as I'm teaming it with HG (not by me) raspberries, but I noted that chocolate and raspberry ripple flavours are also available


    I shall see y'all the other side of the pizza, wedges, pasta, ice-cream and raspberries I just want to see good play, good sportsmanship and ultimately, a fantastic game of footy.



    Ta for popping in, and reminiscing - there are, and always have been, fantastic people on MSE, and I'm glad I found y'all and get to hang out here, once in a while.


    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug' 'Your Vibe attracts your Tribe'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 11th Jul 18, 8:11 PM
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    Well done GP
    Try the raspberry ripple next.
    It is so lush
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 11th Jul 18, 9:49 PM
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    Will do beanie!


    Beaten fairly and squarely. No complaints. It's been a blast.


    I'm away to Bedfordshire to try to catch up on my zzzzzzzzzzzzz's



    Today i am grateful for these 3 things;


    Free HG fruit and veg

    Free fun

    Freedom from penalty shoot-outs


    Ta for popping in. Appreciated.


    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug' 'Your Vibe attracts your Tribe'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 13th Jul 18, 7:05 AM
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    Good Morning


    End of the week already - where does the time fly?

    Tea last night was 'Greek Style casserole', which I can no longer find the link for It was originally from a site run by a couple that were possibly frontrunners in the podcast/own internet show business. They were american I think (or possibly Canadian, but I think American), and specialised in veggie tucker. Anyway, it used up lots of bits and bobs that I have - including some pasta from a bag of orzo that is 'out of date' in July 2018, but at least I have made a start at using it now. It also used up the half bag of spinach that I had left, languishing in the freezer, and the remainder of the feta-style cheese from the fridge.


    I need to give some thought to what we might might have for tea tonight, as obviously we have had pizza once, already this week.......


    I have dropped lucky in the chazzers for bits and bobs for BG lately. Although I had an interesting conversation with a gentle-man in one of the shops yesterday about the vagaries of sizing....... But as it happens, an item that was too young (age wise) and from a supermercado that I've always found 'fits small', fitted BG beautifully, so I'm glad that I went to the hassle of trying it on BG in the shop changing-room, and was delighted to hand over my £1.50, as it was just what I had envisaged to complete their 'ensemble' for a little 'do' that they will be attending. Total cost of outfit, £3


    Oh, I forgot to mention that I dropped on some YS'd sweet potatoes in mrA the other day - 65p for 1kg. A 24p saving on what I'd usually pay in HB. I got some more mushies from m&$ yesterday, YS'd to 65p for 300g.


    Right, don't think I've owt else on a MSing vibe to witter on about, so best vamoose.


    Ta for popping in.


    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug' 'Your Vibe attracts your Tribe'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Smurphington
    • By Smurphington 13th Jul 18, 8:56 AM
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    Kids clothing sizes are as bad as adults in the sense that they can vary so much and often are designed to fit a certain 'body type' I have found chazzer stuff from 5ainzburys and n3xt are quite generous. My little one is on the tall size but we are often in the next size up or down depending on the store. B00ts are v good quality and lovely but I find they come up very small
    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 13th Jul 18, 9:33 AM
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    Using up bits and bobs is so satisfying - nothing worse than seeing one of this and a spoon of that languishing in the fridge & store-cupboard!

    I'm firmly convinced that this is why my grandma never made the same soup twice! She had such a knack for using up the bits in a way that made them taste amazing!
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 13th Jul 18, 7:53 PM
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    Good Evening


    Smurphington - I agree, I think all clothes designers must be 6' 6" skinny-minies and think all humankind is built that way........


    rtandon - The trouble is, if you 'nail' a flavour, using 'bitsabobs' - you can never recreate that flavour!


    Well, we've had a funny auld day. We went round and about to see how far it was, and it was just far enough we deposited some coinage in BG's bank account. Unfortunately, the cashier on today was less than....... 'involving' - they are perfectly professional, and completed the deposit perfectly correctly, they just..... lack a little of the 'human' factor that their colleagues generally display in adundance. Ah, well. we'll just have to keep saving our pennies and show BG that good money management is a skill to be learnt, just like walking and talking



    we dropped on some quinoa rice 'milk' for '3 for a pand' in h3r0n, so we got some We also got some spinach and ricotta tortellini, '2 for a pand' so we got £2 worth They are now in the freezer, for those CBA'd days...... that we all get


    The quinoa 'milk' is OK - made a raspberry/nar-nar/macha powder smoothie for lunch - perfectly lush


    Tiredness caught up with me and I had difficulty keeping my eyes open this arvo. BG, naturally was full of beans...... they fell asleep just as I got my second wind, and was *ping* wide-awake......... Think I'll have an early night tonight.


    Tea this evening was heavily influenced/inspired by THIS dish. It made use of one of the punnets of YS'd mushrooms I bought; used a pack of 'ambient' gnocchi that I had (mrA - 60p??), and a ball of mozarella from h3r0n - '3 for a pand'. I made my tomato sauce much more complicated, by incorporating red and white onions, red peppers, carrots and passata, but I made enough to freeze a portion for another dish too. I didn't use sage, but went down the basil/oregano/parsley route - all dried. I served it with steamed green beans (wild rocket or a leaf salad would have been good), and would certainly make it again - DELISH! It would be a good dish for entertaining too


    Today I am grateful for these 3 things;


    • friends who say 'I'll check the local selling pages for you' on hearing that we need something
    • a friend's project hasn't been ruined by the change in the weather
    • another 'new' recipe to add to the index


    Ta for popping in. Appreciated.


    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug' 'Your Vibe attracts your Tribe'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
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