Mmm a nice relaxing bath of cucumbers and courgettes!

Raised beds are a great way to grow vegetables. They keep everything growing where it is meant to be, are easy to maintain and slow the slugs down (a bit). A few years ago my husband made some for our kitchen garden and I asked myself the question of whether it was cost effective to
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Saucepans and slow cookers part 2 – an exciting discovery!

Yesterday I spent the morning thinking about saucepans and slow cookers (read more here). It was a very exciting morning for me because I made a new discovery!!! Ok it wasn’t like no-one else has ever discovered this or that it was particularly ground breaking or anything, but it was something that I didn’t previously know
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A yoghurt experiment

We haven’t had yoghurt for ages in my house.  Mainly because the thermos I used to make yoghurt broke (read more here).  I was going to buy a new thermos because although I am buying nothing new, I have allowed myself to buy reusables (read all about my challenge here).  Luckily before I rushed out to buy
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An interview with Jen Gale of My Make Do and Mend Year!

Jen Gale spent a whole year of making do and mending and wrote about it all on her blog My Make Do and Mend Year.  I am a big fan of Jen’s blog and am so pleased she agreed to answer some interview questions for me, which are as follows: 1. What inspired you to start
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Simple rennet free homemade ricotta and cottage cheese

You might think ricotta and cottage cheese are two different things, but in this very simple homemade version of them one can lead to the other! I found this recipe for ricotta and this one for cottage cheese.  Basically they follow pretty much the same process except that if you want to turn the ricotta into cottage cheese
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DIY Chimney balloon

Introducing guest post number three from my husband all about how to make a chimney balloon for free! So its getting colder outside and we have had the heating on already. I’m on a mission to use technology and gadgets to reduce energy usage and save money. I was in our family room recently and
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An answer to yesterdays question!

Thanks lovely reader who wrote to me to explain why my homemade bread does not freeze well. Chris – the lovely reader said: ‘Bread does not seem to freeze well, I have more luck with rolls which I fill while they are frozen on the day you use them. Then they are just defrosted in time
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Reduced plastic yoghurt!

In case you were wondering I’m not saying yoghurt contains plastic, it’s more the plastic that contains the yoghurt that I am talking about. I have been thinking more and more about plastic recently especially since watching the Clean Bin Project and more recently discovering a great blog called Plastic is Rubbish. I think it is so important
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Not just any old houmous recipe!

After a couple of attempts of failing to make decent houmous I finally did it and made something that I think is delicious – smooth, creamy and flavoursome hummous!  I have to thank the people who commented about adding more water on my original blog post and this great article from Smitten Kitchen who helped this to come about! 
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