I have been thinking about making some thin bags to store bread in, I tried waxed paper as I do not like to just put in the wood bread bin. But it is an ongoing expense that I want to remove. I do slice and freeze my bread but keep part of the loaf in the bin for toast and the odd sandwich.
For a while I used plastic bags but we have been reducing the amount of plastic that we use in the home, it is expensive, takes valuable storage space and much of it can not be recycled as yet.
I had a decent bit of the cotton that I used to line my dress, so I got to work. I cut some pieces 14" by 18" and just paired them up and whizzed round 3 sides with the overlocker, then went round the opening. I could have put a casing in for a drawstring but it was not necessary.
They are very simple but will do the job, I used one straight away to carry a loaf round to W.
I was only gone for 10 minutes and when I came back this is what greeted me.
The holes in the wall are where there was a shelf, then we brought a book case in and the shelf had to be moved slightly. This was just before Francesca arrived for the holiday so the extra holes were never fixed, they were hidden so it was no big deal.
That shelf became a dumping ground, it was not really necessary and I needed a shelf in the hall.
As the SO was at home for the morning he decided to get the job done. All is now put to rights, the wall is repaired and painted. The clutter has gone and the shelf has been hung in the hall. That has given me storage for hats, scarves, gloves and shoes, all off the floor. There are now 2 shelves side by side with storage boxes, bought in the sale at Wilkinsons, holding everything tidily above the mirror.
We finally had the chilli tonight, it was very tasty, I fished a couple of naan bread from the freezer to mop up the sauce. There was some left and that has gone to join the little bit of lentil soup.
The SO has been complaining that for some jobs he needs long socks as his lower legs get cold. I made a pair of Frankensocks with a thicker yarn for the legs using his favourite Waffle pattern and the heel that he says is the most comfortable.
I am happy to say that he is delighted with them. Now of course he will need a few more pairs, it's a good job that I like to have a pair on the needles most of the time.
Fingers crossed I hope that today will stay a free day, I hope to get the lilac cotton jersey cut out. I haven't looked at the pattern pieces yet, or the layout but it is the next on my list. After the Hollyburn skirt, which is a tried and trusted make, and the simple lined shift I am ready for something of a challenge.
Breakfast first then I will get the pattern out and checked before doing the dog walks.
After yesterdays rain I am hoping for a dry walk, it is still raining in fits and starts but it is early yet and anything could happen.
Dinner tonight is undecided, it might just be a beany burger and sweet potato chips made in the air fryer. I do make a meal plan but it is just a list of recipes and is not set in stone. I have a well stocked larder and sometimes we just like to go into the kitchen and make something up.
It will be meat free, it may turn out to be vegan, it just depends on what comes to mind.
A little idea has just popped into my head, I have a lovely firm cauliflower in the fridge. I could make "cauliflower steaks" and whizz the left overs of chilli and the lentil soup into a sauce for them. I can griddle some big tomatoes and some mushrooms to go with them. Mmmm, sound like a plan, I will see if it still seems good in a couple of hours.
I could still make a few chips, we love sweet potato cooked any way you can think of.
I do want to get a pot of soup on, there is none in the freezer and I have a container of veg stock to use.
That tells me that I need to get a wiggle on, look out kitchen I am on my way to make breakfast.
I like your cotton bread bag, I have some light cotton, I could use. Better get the sewing machine out.ReplyDelete
I am steadily sewing the stash but there is a long way to go yet. I am going to riffle through a few boxes and see if I have some darker cotton to make some veg bags.Delete
Golly....I wish Andy was so hot off the mark with jobs like that. I have to warn him two years in advance when something wants doing and that is just his thinking about it time....lol.ReplyDelete
The bread bags are a brilliant idea.
The SO is always on the lookout for any little job that needs doing, he likes to be busy. I saw some in a shop in Neath, they were £5 each and you could have graded peas through the fabric, it was the cheapest butter muslin they could find.Delete
Cotton bread bags are really good and even better that you made these out of your stash! The Frankensocks made me laugh!! I think there's a gap in the market for those :-DReplyDelete
Hugs LLJ xxx
He loves them and it is a few more odds and ends of yarn used up. Now I need to look for some more to use, luckily he will wear any colour. He is particularly pleased with some sparkly purple ones that he picked the yarn for.Delete
Those socks look as if they would be toasty warm. Love the colours.ReplyDelete
He has not worn them yet but they should keep him toasty warm.Delete
The bread bag was such a good idea, I have added it to the list that never ends. Great socks.ReplyDelete
I can not claim the original idea, I just copied something from a shop. I did a search and there are lots of versions out there, .most add boxed corners and handles or drawstrings that are so unnecessary.Delete
Those socks do look warm and comfortable. Had the pair you made for me out this morning. I admire them but haven't worn them. I'm afraid of I'll wear a hole and ruin them. I've never owned a pair of hand-knitted socks before. I love them!ReplyDelete
You should wear them, on a cold day they are lush.Delete
Those socks look deliciously warm. And your soup/chili looks wonderful. We are doing shrimp/pineapple tacos tonight!ReplyDelete
I haven't made tacos for ages, we like them in the summer loaded with salad.Delete
Hi Pam! Those bread bags are a great idea. I make my bread and we use foil to cover it, then plastic when it needs to be put in the fridge, but I hate that waste. Love this idea.ReplyDelete
Oh I made chili the other night too! We have leftovers, so I'm going to bake a spaghetti squash, fill it with the leftover chili then load it with Cheddar and put it under the broiler. I got the idea here: https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/chili-stuffed-spaghetti-squash
Thank you for the link, I am off to have a look.Delete
I reuse the plastic bags the bread as much as possible. I split a loaf into as soon as I get it home as we don't eat a great deal of bread. Love the socks.ReplyDelete
I make most of our bread and freeze it in slices, I use a film wrap that can be recycled. I remember a neighbour who used the bread bags for packed lunches, she would wash and reuse them a few times.Delete
My Mum used to wash and re-use plastic bags in the 70s but they always seemed to feel greasy. I love your bread bags. I have seen cotton bread bags in France. They are long and thin, obviously, and often seen hanging up with leaves in. I think the cotton helps to keep the bread fresh.ReplyDelete
I am now thinking about ditching the bread bin and having a hook inside the cupboard. That would free up a chunk of space. Fresh bay leaves would be lovely I think.Delete