Raiding the piggy bank

Shopping Around

There’s no doubt about it, things have been tough the last few years and they are rapidly getting tougher. Food prices are rising steadily, fuel costs are going up and the last fortnight has seen the top energy suppliers in the UK putting their prices up by 8%-11%. This means that no matter how careful […]

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Suet Scones

Suet Scones

Ingredients: 500g plain flour 1/2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda 4.5 teaspoons cream of tartar 50g butter 25g suet 300ml milk Method: Put all the dry ingredients plus the butter and suet into a food processor and blitz until it becomes breadcrumbs. Add milk in one go and blitz again, but don’t work […]

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Christmas Table Runner

Quick and Easy Table Runner

This table runner started life as a Christmas item. For the first time, I was going for a coherent theme for the dinner table and chose to run with a children’s traditional style. After looking into buying a table runner to serve the purpose, I found these things can be extremely expensive and sometimes too […]

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One salvaged chair, cleaned up and with some extra decorative touches

Thrifty Furniture Finds

Old furniture is often an excellent alternative to buying new. Not only are older items more likely to be of better quality, but there is also the thrill of having saved yet more unwanted items from clogging up the local landfill. If the item you have ‘salvaged’ requires a degree of attention before being fit […]

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