I had very little to do in the cottage today so a brew, a walk with Ben and then a whizz round with vacuum, polish and cloth and it was 10.30.
I decided that as my crochet hooks had just arrived I would give them a whirl. Out came the book that I have been hoarding for months.
I had always intended to make this as soon as I felt able, but the colour is too bland, mine will be green, pink and cream. I will show and tell soon.
I also caught up with emails and blog reading, ooh I must share. I won the give away on Little Family of 3, some yummylicious mushroom couscous from AF. Sarah bought it and the family didn't like it much. I look forward to trying it, as I love couscous and mushrooms it should be a winner.
I have guests for dinner tonight, I am determined to stick to my use it up and keep it cheap campaign, hmmm 2 boys to feed..... I know PIZZA.
I also wanted to make some rolls to have with my soup lunches. Out came another book.
I bought this book for 50p at a car boot sale, someone had paid £5 for it, cover price was £25 duh.
I have made this recipe many times and love it as a loaf so I thought rolls and a Pizza base in one go. Boom. I used half and half wholemeal and white bread flour.
Pizza base part cooked for 5 minutes.
Five rolls, Monday to Friday lunches.
The pizza base was spread with a dilution of tomato paste, water and a squeeze of hot and spicy tomato sauce.
Then I tipped on some sliced smoked sausage, diced roast pork and diced roast chicken all from the freezer. This was drizzled with a sachet of Thai Sweet Chilli sauce. Then a layer of vegetables was added, red and green peppers, red onion and mushrooms.
A special from AF, I think they were 5p each.
I had some Stilton from a well reduced wheel bought after Christmas and portioned and frozen down. A little went a long way.
Looks pretty good to me.
This was mine, the smallest piece, OMW it was so good. I had half a bag of mixed salad, plenty for 4. I have roughly worked this out to cost of £2.00, dinner for 50p nice.
I had planned on a pudding but we were all full, well the boys did manage to squeeze 2 muffins down , 2 each that is. I keep some in the freezer, 1 minute in the ding oven.
Reasons to be grateful.
1. Good food, good friends, very good.
2. A new learned skill coming in to play.
3. Bright sunshine all day.
4. A book by my newest found author is about to be televised.
5. I have a stack of "Crocodile Hunter" recorded to crochet by.
I watched these Steve Irwin programs when they were first shown and it is good to see them again. he was very enthusiastic, some times a bit OTT, but was so genuine that it did not matter.
I have not abandoned my sewing, I have several things on the go but the crochet is new and I am so pleased to be getting on with it.
I have some more Sandringham pictures to share and hope to do that tomorrow.
I had a very busy day yesterday and it was almost 10:00 pm before I realised that I had not written a post, that means that there will be a couple of long ones like today's.
Time to go and make tea I think.