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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Frugal Fridge Bottom Food, and some super saving sewing.

I have been out walking again today, I will share it tomorrow. It has been a long and tiring although most enjoyable day, Ben has barely moved off his cushion since we returned.
I was up and about in good time, as we were leaving at 10:00, by 8:00 the green house was sorted, plants out for the day, others repositioned and all my pots and tubs watered.There was a load of washing on the whirlygig and both Ben and I had breakfasted. I knew that it would be late before we returned so decided to get dinner prepared. I am shopping tomorrow and there were a few bits and bobs to use up.
First I had about 10 mushrooms, then a half a tub of Ardennes Pate, the heel of a loaf of bread and some bits of peppers and half a red onion .
I took the stalks out of the mushrooms and put them in a pyrex dish, not the stalks they went in to the freezer, then scooped a teaspoon of pate into each mushroom cup. 
Into my little grinder I put the torn up bread, a few sprigs of parsley, oregano, thyme, lemon thyme, mint and a few sage leaves and blitzed it to crumbs. I sprayed the mushrooms with a little fry light and then sprinkled the herby crumbs over and gave it all another spray. Covered with foil and in the fridge. 
Half an hour before I was ready to eat I turned the mini oven on to 180 and put the covered dish in the middle. 
I then shredded a piece of pointed cabbage, some yellow and orange pepper pieces, a 3" chunk of deseeded cucumber, the half red onion and grated a carrot, this all went into a dish, I added 2 tblsp of garlic sauce and mixed it up well.
By this time the mushrooms had been in for 20 minutes so I removed the foil and gave them another 10.



This is the result, a light but very tasty meal which was surprisingly filling.

I am off to the Dinosaur Park on Friday, it is Juniors birthday. He has reached the Fort Building stage so I drew up a rough pattern and made him a Tee Pee. I used a duvet cover cut so that the buttons from the bottom have become the door.


I have the pillowcases and will put pillows in them so there is something to sit on. The poles are long sturdy canes, tied together at the top, the whole thing just needs pulling out of the lawn and then folds down, a hair scrunchy keeps the poles together at the base.


I considered making it bigger but figured that Kaitlyn would probably want one of her own in August and there is only so much room in their garden. I have ordered a slide for the garden as they both love them and it all has to fit in.

I have seen these for sale at around the £50 mark, this cost me a £6 cover, 3 canes from a pack of 10 for £3.50 and a little thread and electricity. The pillows are from my stash but were £5 the pair.
So a Tee Pee for less than £13 is a good deal in my eyes.

I am off to bed now, I have a book to read and my legs ache.

        TTFN                                                          Pam





20 comments:

  1. A great pair of makes! Dinner and a tent! A great days work. xx

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  2. What lucky children they are!! Our fridge bottom tea was Roast chicken! I had a chicken in the bottom of our fridge!!

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  3. great idea for the tee-pee would make a great gift for my grands. Need to put my thinking cap on.

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  4. Wish I could throw together a good and healthy meal as easily as you. Your tee pee turned out good!

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  5. You are one clever lady , I love this . The grandchildren are so lucky to the beneficiaries of your fabulous sewing skills .

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  6. Lovely tent, you are going to be very popular

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  7. Great meal - waste not want not eh ?
    I can't even start hardening my plants off yet, it's too windy. They're still in the conservatory - taking over.

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  8. I love the teepee, my grandchildren would like one like that, Could I be cheeky and ask for a bit of a tutorial.....pretty please :)

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    1. I will be making a pink one for Kaitlyn and will take photos and publish them.

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    2. I will be making a pink one for Kaitlyn and will take photos and publish them.

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  9. Your meal looks delicious, I love anything mushroomy. The teepee is great, what a clever idea making it from a duvet cover like that, it works perfect.

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  10. Your meal sounds great, I love stuffed mushrooms. The tent is fab too!

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  11. Like the look of that meal and so frugal! I made a teepee for my granddaughter in the Spring and I used fabric my dil had donated plus an old duvet. I had a great time making it, with porthole 'see through' windows made of chiffon like fabric and appliqu├ęs of birds and animals. I used a tutorial I Googled and made a floor cushion too so now we both sit in there for afternoon 'tea' and books.

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  12. I love the teepee! I made a tent that fit over a folding card table when my kids were little. I used tan denim with red piping--very similar to the tent we had at the time. They LOVED that tent and played with it forever. When they finally outgrew it, I tore it apart and still have some of the fabric! (They are 36 and 38 now, LOL).

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  13. I love stuffed mushrooms, good idea with the pate.

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  14. I really was impressed by both the meal and its simplicity and the tepee, Lovely post.

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  15. What a great teepee! What a clever clogs you are : )

    I have some veg in the bottom of the fridge, starting to look a bit geriatric, so I relaly MUST do something with that today. A big pan of soup I think, now we are back to winter weather!

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  16. What an imagination you have! The tee pee is really 'cool'!

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  17. I thank you all for taking the time to comment, I got the idea from a tent in a shop. It was very flimsy and very pricey so I had to have a go myself. I used a king size duvet cover and had enough fabric to make a floor quilt to give them a softer area to sit on, the pillow cases were turned into cushions as well.

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  18. I thank you all for taking the time to comment, I got the idea from a tent in a shop. It was very flimsy and very pricey so I had to have a go myself. I used a king size duvet cover and had enough fabric to make a floor quilt to give them a softer area to sit on, the pillow cases were turned into cushions as well.

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