Sunday, 4 December 2016

Frugal decoration's and Elf high jinx.

The Elves have decided to decorate the tree again! This time it was covered in tasty iced biscuits. Usually I make biscuits for the tree but I spotted these in the poundshop with very convenient holes in the centre.
By bedtime there were only a few left at the very top of the tree. I'm sure Hubby will enjoy polishing them off shortly.

We spend a happy afternoon decorating one of the lounge windows. 
 We made a star from string and rolled newspaper, a garland from fragrant orange peel, and lametta tinsel from empty (and cleaned!) Crisp wrappers.
I finished it off with a Christmas village drawn in chalkboard pen. 

It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.


Saturday, 3 December 2016

BBQ Pyramids recipe

BBQ Pyramids by Mrs E.P.Ducks on

1 slice of bread per person.
Cover each slice with cheese  (sliced), on which place a ring of pineapple, 1/2 tomato and a small rasher of bacon rolled up on a stock. 

Bake in moderate oven for 25-30 minutes.

(To make more of this dish, mushrooms can be fried and added around the bread.)

The Random Household version;

We toasted our bread first to speed up the process. And omitted the bacon as we'd run out.
It made a lovely warm lunch though with little prep.
I'll definitely be keeping a tin of pineapple rings in the cupboard from now on so I can whip this up occasionally.


The naughty elves of advent

Well! The Elves have very kindly brought our Christmas tree down from the attic.  
Not to sure about the underpants for decoration!
Naturally the children think it's hilarious, not to mention Hubby as well.

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Friday, 2 December 2016

Look who's back

The Elves arrived back from the North Pole yesterday. The children are of course thrilled to see them again. 
They arrived with advent calenders and countdown activity book's. 

I set the table up while the two eldest were at school.  They came home to find the first acidity sheet ready to do, and some Christmas themed colourin pages.

It all went down very well.

This morning the Elves were playing with the Duplo bricks. They are brought the girls a craft gift to make after school.
 Wonder what they'll be doing tomorrow morning?


Thursday, 1 December 2016

Charity knitting.

I've had a few request for information  on the blanket squares.

They need to be 6 or 8 inches square. 
All colours,yarns and stitches accepted.

The lady making the blankets has a Facebook group called;
Blankets for homeless IOW/Hampshire.

If you are on Facebook you can also join the group;
Knitting and crochet charity corner 

Each week or fortnight a new group challenge starts and we all make items for that charity. Each time the charity and items needed change. Currently it's blanket squares, next we're making hearts and stars for a baby charity, after Christmas we're making lots of tiny purple flowers for an Alzheimers group.
It's a great way to support lots of different charity groups and not be stuck knitting the same items over and over.

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Clocks and Charity

I've spent the past few evenings knitting squares. They are being sent to a lady on the Isle of Wight to be sewn into blankets for the homeless.  She is hoping to make and hand out 365  blankets next year. 

Last night we started to teach DD1 how to read the time. Using a cheap wall clock and some dry erase pens she practiced drawing various o'clock and half past times. 
Tonight we will add in quarter past and quarter to. Hopefully in a few days DD1 will be able to read the time on her watch with confidence.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Thrifty Tuesday

I've managed a lovely pile of bargains this morning.
First I checked my O2 priority app, WHSMITH were offering a free packet of Christmas cards. I snapped up a pack of 30 cards, DD1 and DD2 both are in classes of 30. Hopefully hubby can grab a second pack with his app.
 We will attach a mini candy cane to each of the cards as a gift. The candy canes were in the poundland (1x 34 mini canes -£1)

Next I went into Wilko. They had lots of beautiful stationary reduced. Usually I buy a pack of 3 plain exercise books for £1. The girls use them for home learning, diaries, spellings etc. 
The pretty notebooks above were reduced to 25p each! So I stocked up on 4.

And finally I looked in Pound world to find pom poms! DD1 was making a pretend pom pom this morning before school with some carrier bags. Hopefully these will be a safer option with Baby G around. Babies and plastic bags aren't a great mix. 
They aren't quite as fancy as the ones at training but they look pretty and should be fine for home practise.

I'm really pleased with my bargains this morning.
what great things have you bought lately?

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