I am also intending to repeat last years Stoptober, there are many reasons for this, some are:-
1. I have spent a great deal of money this year.
2. I have given some respectable sums of money to some of the younger members of my "family".
3. My cupboards are brimming full after a few weeks of hoovering up bargains.
5. My 2 shelf units in the under stairs cupboard and utility annex are also full.
You get my drift I hope, just as with my 100 items from stash I need to cook from stash. If I do not I am in danger of having a path through the house with teetering piles of boxes all around me.
I do intend to buy an embroidery machine but that has been budgeted for.
My oven is cavernous and gobbles up electricity like a contestant in an eating competition. To deal with this I am buying a mini oven and grill, I have some Argos vouchers and found one with a sizeable reduction in price. After a load of research this was the best option for me, I did find one on Amazon but if it goes wrong I am faced with the palaver of returning it, whereas with Argos it is a 7 minute drive to get a replacement, and it is the cheapest option by over £35. simples.
Now here lies the rub, to make room for this I need to jettison something else, maybe 2 somethings.
On my utility shelving I have the following,
My trusty processor, this is at least 20 years old and is starting to slow down. I only use it on the odd occasion so it is high on my list to go.
My bread maker, only around 18-24 months old, I do not remember exactly, and used regularly as opposed to often. There are 3 recipes that I make over and over again as they have never failed me. I could make these by hand, and would not do so frequently and therefore would save money and waistline,so once again a possibility to go.
The slow cooker, this will stay, I use this regularly and it saves time and money.
My charity shop[ steamer, once again this will stay, I use it every week.
My griddle, I have used this a few times, mainly for toasted sandwiches, but with the new mini oven will not need it. Out it goes.
The yogurt maker and the spice grinder, these do not take up much space but.... I can not remember the last time that I made yogurt. The spice grinder is ideal for small bits of parmesan rind and a hand full of breadcrumbs, as it is so small it can stay but the yogurt maker is out.
Easy peasy, out goes the griddle and yogurt maker and the processor can go into a box for 3 months, if it does not need to be used in that time it will go as well.
I am ruthless elswhere in the house, one in , one out is the rule. I shop for the basic toiletries and cleaning stuff monthly and every now and then get a "free" month. I am using the library more now and am only buying books second hand, my new to me Elly Griffiths books were 1p each from Amazon. Yes I had to pay postage but they still came in at £2.81 each and I will keep them.
I am not about to make a meal plan yet, I know that it works for lots of people and I have done it myself. At this stage I am going to work my way through the oldest food first and then settle down to work out a plan after a week, give or take a day or two.
The rain has stopped and there is sunshine and a light breeze so I am off to gather blackberries shortly. These will be washed, drained and frozen for when I need to add fruit to the menu. I have a supply of apples for the next few weeks and some of those will be bottled, frozen and I am going to try drying rings in the residual heat when the big oven is used.
My word, I think that is enough for one post, my reasons to be grateful are very simple most of the time and today is no exception.
1. I have the ability to work through the next 2 months with minimum spending.
2. I do this because I want to, not because I have to.
3. I have a head start with the stash of foodstuff in the house.
4. The sun is shining and Ben is snoring.
5. I have friends around me, and my blog list to go to for encouragement.
There are so many more, all pertinent to me and possibly/probably senseless to others.
That,s it for now, toodles, I hope that you all had a good weekend.