You may have noticed that here at the Thrifty Squirrels we are quite fond of an occasional sweet treat! Unfortunately Brian has type 2 diabetes and so cannot indulge in the tasting process of these new recipes as much as he would like.
So when I received a pack of Sweetly Stevia Natural Sweetener in the post, I was very keen to give it a try and put it’s claim that it tastes just like sugar through it’s paces.
Now that Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night are behind us, it’s time to turn our attention to the joys of Christmas baking!
Naturally, the first things to be made are the pudding, cake and wonderful home made mincemeat – all the flavours of Christmas!
A little while ago, while browsing around our local antiques shops and markets, we came across this little kitchen table in the corner of the shop.
Straightaway, we knew it would be perfect in our kitchen as a breakfast table, but quite honestly, it had seen much better days. We knew that with a bit of time and effort we could transform this sweet little table so we rescued it from the dusty corner of the old shop and carried it home.
Saving jars is second nature to anyone who enjoys preserving, whether it’s jams and jellies or pickles and chutneys.
The problem is though, how do you get those really stubborn labels off. It can be really frustrating when you have soaked the jar to remove the paper label only to find that the glue holding it in place is totally resistant to everything you use to remove it!
Well, now there is an easy way remove all traces of the old label and it’s glue, and the best thing is it is really easy to do, so easy in fact that when I first saw this tip I didn’t really think it would work but I can promise you it really does!
…Well, 2 tins of paint anyway!
Last year, just after Christmas when all of the sale adverts were bombarding us with great offers for brand new kitchens, I must admit I was very tempted to rip out our old kitchen and invest a few thousand pounds in a new one.
When I started looking into it further though, I realised that unless I was willing to spend £10,000+ on a handmade solid wood kitchen, then all I would get for my money is basically what I have already got, laminated chipboard cabinets just with different doors…and I actually like the doors we have anyway!
So, after a quick chat with the paint expert at our local trade decorating centre to get some very welcome advice, we decided that keeping our perfectly serviceable kitchen and giving it a makeover was not only a viable option but actually a much preferable one as not only could I choose to paint the cabinets any colour I wanted, I would save an awful lot of money in the process and I would not have to throw away a perfectly good set of kitchen cabinets.
When it’s time to start digging up the first of the new potatoes growing on the allotment, homemade crisps are a real treat to make…and eat!
It’s taken a little while but finally we are starting to get some produce after our planting efforts!
As we have not got any garden at home, any thing we plant here has to be in pots and there is very little room so we have allowed space in a glass roof ‘lean-to’ along the side of the house to grow some tomatoes and cucumbers…always a favourite in summer!