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  • Cath's Meal Plan 17 - 23 April 2016
    on Apr 15, 2016 in Menu Planning
    This week we will be eating:Sunday: Roast LambMonday: Rissoles, vegetables and onion gravyTuesday: Devilled Chicken Wings over fried riceWednesday: HaystacksThursday: MOO PizzaFriday: Vegetable pies (made in the pie maker)Saturday: TacosIn the fruit...
  • The Week that Was 10th April 2016
    on Apr 10, 2016 in The Week that Was
    I have lots of down time on my hands at the moment so I've been crocheting sets of coasters to add to the present box. I've used up scraps of cotton yarn leftover from other projects so they're virtually free gifts.Collected cold water from showers a...
  • The Weeks that Were 04/04/2016
    on Apr 3, 2016 in The Week that Was
    Over the last few weeks I've:Caught the shower water and used it to water the pot plants.Cooked all our meals at home, using ingredients in the pantry, fridge and freezer.Ran the cooler only on the three days it was really necessary. The other days t...
  • Cath's Meal Plan 3 - 9 April 2016
    on Apr 1, 2016 in Menu Planning
    After a few weeks of glancing at the meal plan on the fridge and then making do, I think we're back on track!Hopefully this next week will see everything back to normal, including our meals. The meal plan proved so worthwhile, especially on the days...
  • Quick and Easy Oats for Breakfast
    on Mar 31, 2016 in Cheapskates Tip of the Day Cooking
    For winter porridge, I prefer to use whole oats rather than quick oats (as they are lower GI), but find that they always boil over in the microwave so I have to watch them constantly. However, I inadvertently discovered that if I give the whole oats...
  • Cath's Meal Plan 20 - 26 March 2016
    on Mar 17, 2016 in Menu Planning
    A stash of sandwiches in the freezer, ready to toast make a very easy mealThis coming week, in the lead up to the Easter holiday, we'll be eating from the freezer to keep meals easy and to stop the urge to just buy something ready made. Life here is...
  • Cath's Meal Plan 13 - 19 March 2016
    on Mar 12, 2016 in Menu Planning
    Sorry for the late posting everyone, it's been a very hectic few days and going to get busier methinks. My mother collapsed on Thursday morning,she's had a mild heart attack and developed a severe infection and I've been with her at the hospital most...
  • Cath's Meal Plan 6 - 12 March 2016
    on Mar 3, 2016 in Menu Planning
    Corn fritters - cheap, quick, easy and tasty, just right for an easy dinnerWe are a family of four at the moment, so I've been able to cut back on serves. I've trimmed my recipes back to four serves instead of the five I usually make. This means we h...
  • 2016 31 Days of MOO No. 3 Rosemary SaltSmashed potatoes with rosemary salt, garnished with fresh rosemaryThis is one of my favourite ways to preserve the bright flavour of fresh rosemary. Rosemary salt takes about five minutes to make and can be stored indefinitely at room temperature. Tr...
  • 31 Days of MOO No. 2 - All-Purpose GlueThis is a great all-purpose glue that isn't toxic, making it ideal to use with little ones. It will stick paper and card like a charm and washes out of clothes.All-Purpose GlueIngredients:2 tablespoons glucose syrup1 teaspoon white vinegar2 tablespoo...
  • 31 Days of MOO No 1. Veggie BurgersHave you priced veggie burgers from the deli or the chiller cabinet at the supermarket lately? They are expensive - over $3 each! This recipe makes six for less than the price of one. It's quick and easy too. Best of all you can make the patties ahea...
  • Super Easy, Super Cute Easter BasketsUse them for Easter, for birthday parties, to hold small gifts - these very cute, super easy little baskets are quick and inexpensive and a great way to use up that stash of paper or cardstock you have.Make them larger, from 30cm cardstock, line them...
  • The Week that Was 28/02/2016
    on Feb 27, 2016 in The Week that Was
    I haven't spent any money - or rather any of my money - this week. I have had a shopping fix though - AJ wanted new clothes and of course I took Mum grocery shopping on Thursday. Looks like I'll end No Spend February with only 5 days of spending!Fini...
  • Please don't Feel Sorry for my Family
    on Feb 27, 2016 in Living the Cheapskates Way
    To the couple who recognised me in Coles this week, I'm sorry you chose to make snide comments behind my back rather than introducing yourself and chatting. I don't bite, I love to meet new people and I would have been very happy to chat to you for a...
  • Cath's Meal Plan 28/2 - 5/03/2016
    on Feb 25, 2016 in Menu Planning
    Yummy vegeburgers: healthy, delicious and cheapThis week we will be eating:Sunday: Roast ChickenMonday: BBQ & saladsTuesday: Mexican meatballs, riceWednesday: Meatloaf with BBQ sauce & saladsThursday: MOO PizzaFriday: Sweet & sour chicken...
  • ​Cash or Debit? Depends on the TotalWhen I go shopping for anything I wait until the total is rung up before I decide to pay by debit card or pay cash (sometimes I know beforehand). If the amount is rounded up when cash is paid, then I pay by debit because it is an exact amount and I t...
  • Upcoming Blog Posts
    on Feb 24, 2016 in Living the Cheapskates Way
    I've been inundated recently with requests for blog posts on all sorts of things. Everything from starting a stockpile to growing winter veg to creating shopping lists and tackling bulk freezer cooking. Wow!I've created a list and I'll be working my...
  • ​Not So Flat Batteries​Batteries are the bane of my life!OK, that's probably an exaggeration but they always go flat at the most inconvenient moment and then seem like such a waste of money to me. As a family we don't have too many battery operated items these days:the...
  • Creamy Pasta Salad
    on Feb 22, 2016 in Cooking
    A post over on the Saving Revolution FB page reminded me of this recipe. I make it on average once a week during summer, my family just loves it. Hannah takes it to work for lunch and it's good enough to eat as a stand-alone salad.Best of all it's so...
  • A Really Tasty, Really Simple Pasta SauceBulk homemade pasta sauce using tomatoes fresh from the gardenI've been making pasta sauce for the last week. I've had a batch in the slow cooker every day and night, there was even a batch cooking during our card making day. So far I've bagged 49 tw...
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