Archive for June, 2012

Apple, Date and Walnut Loaf

My other half is very tight a great grocery shopper.  He often brings home stuff with reduced labels on them and leaves me to do something quick with them!

This week it was organic apricots and dates – both 30p a packet (instead of the usual £2.59!!)

This morning I’ve used the dates to make this lovely Date, Apple and Walnut loaf.  It’s a recipe I’ve adapted from the wonder Delia Smith.  I’ve been lucky enough to have an apple left from my in-laws’ tree (collected from the tree last Autumn!) and free range eggs from my uncle down the road.  He’s got 5 hens, all with names, some rescue battery hens – I’ve never tasted more beautiful eggs!  If you have the chance to buy your own, locally laid free range eggs, grab it with both hands!

Date, Apple and Walnut Loaf

You will need…..

1 small cooking apple

110g Soft Margarine

150g Soft Brown Sugar

2 eggs, lightly beaten

110g Wholewheat flour

110g Plain flour

1 ½ tsp Baking powder

110g Walnuts, roughly chopped

75g pitted Dates, roughly chopped

1)                Preheat oven to Gas mark 4, 3500F, 180C

2)                Grease a loaf tin (with base measurements of 8 ½ x 19 cm)

3)                Cream the margarine and sugar, add the eggs

4)                Add the sifted flours and baking powder

5)                Peel, core and roughly chop the apple.  Then add to mixture with the Walnuts and Dates.

6)                Plonk Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin.  Spread evenly and bake for 1 hour (or until loaf feels springy in

centre and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean).

7)                Devour!!!!! Yummy!!!!!

Please let me know how you get on if you decide to try it!

Any ideas on how I can use the organic dried apricots?

Have you bagged any yellow-label bargains lately?

Are you able to get your hands on local free range eggs?

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Buttons, buttons and more buttons!

I don’t know about you, but when you try to make use of everything you tend to get stuff dumped on you kindly given! I’ve just been given a big tin of buttons and true to form, I got all excited and was very thankful for the bounty (I genuinely was!).

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So instead of pushing them to the back of a cupboard (I’m afraid to say that this often sometimes happens, much to the annoyance of my other half – ‘what? more junk?!!’) I got stuck straight in and………….. organised them into jars!

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I’m determined to actually use some on a project, so I’ll let you know how I get on later in the week! (shame on me and big scowls from my other half if I don’t!)

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Bargain – Clas Ohlson Plastic Tumblers

I found these lovely little tumbers today.  What a bargain – just 45p each!  They came in this lovely, pale blue colour.

Great for the kids.  Use them indoors/outdoors.  Take them camping or they’re cheap enough to use for the kid’s painting pots!

What do you think? 

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My 1st ever Blog post!!!!!!!

4 years ago my life was turned upside down with the arrival of my gorgeous son.   This huge change in lifestyle opened up, in more ways than I expected, a whole new world.  Amongst other things, I discovered social networking.  Since then I’ve sat at my laptop every day, placing online orders (whoops!), finding old school friends on Facebook, saving a fortune with online comparison websites and following many blogs.  My next learning curve is to create my own blog! (I’m a complete blog novice).  On this blog I hope to chronicle my adventures as a novice blogger, tight thrifty mum, gardener and home bird.

I’m looking forward to learning lots, having some fun and just seeing where this little venture takes me!

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