Thursday, 1 February 2018

Five Frugal Things - Jan 2018

We all like to save money. Different amounts. For different reasons. In different ways. I've started following a couple of facebook groups and blogs that provide ideas. Some of which are helpful to me. One of the things a few of these blogs do, is to link up each week to celebrate the frugal things they've done in that week. Knowing what I'm like, I'm going to endeavour to join in once a month, so for this post I'm linking up with Cass, Emma and Becky for Five Frugal Things

Monday, 22 January 2018

Week 3 Update: Old Pale, books and Vegan baking.

Let's start with the Vegan Lemon Drizzle Cake:

Sadly, not my own recipe, but you can find it on the BBC Good Food Website. I did change the recipe ever so slightly. Firstly, I used Silver Spoon Caster Sugar with Stevia, which you use 1/3 less of than usual sugar and is lower caloried (even taking the 1/3 less into account) than ordinary caster sugar!

And then I used the same sugar again (just less) instead of icing sugar to make a drizzle, rather than an icing.

It's very lemony (with only 1 lemon actually used) and when I took it to work (everyone knew it was vegan and had low sugar, sugar in it) it went down quite well, with the highest compliment being "you can't tell it's vegan". It was however suitable for vegan colleagues and a colleague with a dairy intolerance, so we'll be having this again for cake o'clock in the future!

Monday, 8 January 2018

2018 - Challenges - Week 1

In a week beset by headaches and migraines, I still managed to make a good start on most of my challenges. 

Sunday, 31 December 2017

New Year Challenges for 2018

Whilst we didn't manage everything off our list in 2017, we did enjoy what we did manage, and we did enjoy trying, and so, we're trying again. Here is our A to Z list for 2018:

Monday, 2 October 2017

Walking: The Bridgewater Canal - Section 2 - Norton to Lymm

As I lost a lot of photographs, particularly from the end of the walk in July, and even though I've walked from Norton to Moore along the canal a few times since, I planned to walk from the Top Locks to Moore and then do the blog post before this one... but logistics got in the way. I couldn't cadge a lift to the top locks, so I would have either had to walk from home to the Old Town, most probably along the canal, and then walk back, or, I would have had to walk to the Shopping City and take a bus (a day ticket is £4!) to the old town, and then walk back. I just couldn't face a walk to take a bus to do a walk, when I live less than a third of a mile away from the canal, and I simply didn't want to walk along the canal, and then back the same stretch.

So, I came up with a plan. I'd walk along the canal from our house to the Walton Arms (covering the area I'd lost the photographs for and beyond) and then Beloved should have finished the overtime he was doing, and could come and pick me up, we could both have a drink and a nice lazy afternoon.

As you can probably tell, by the title, and the screenshot from Runkeeper below, things didn't quite go to plan.