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Blackcurrant & Lavender Cordial

A light aromatic cordial bursting with relaxing goodness

A light aromatic blackcurrant & lavender cordial perfect for diluting, adding to white wine/champagne or simply pouring over ice cream…

Oooooh blackcurrant how I love thee. Oh lavender how I also love thee. To combine the two into a delicious light cordial?!! Glorious!! But more on that in a little bit…Firstly, my humble apologies for being so absent, between the house move, new business and some heartache, I wasn’t left with much time or energy to put into this site but hopefully we’re now finding our new rhythm enough to let me sneak some time on here with you guys! I have a huge backlog of posts to share all our new adventures since moving to the countryside which has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made… last week Coppertop and I walked past the fields into the next village collecting blackberries on our way. A lady walking the opposite direction saw her basket full of blackberries and invited us in to her garden to pick more! Well. We ended up with not only blackberries but a full tub of blackcurrants, lots of rhubarb (made into a gorgeous crumble) and swathes of freshly cut lavender! What a wonderful chance encounter that led to a new friendship and even better, she’s a veggie too!! Was meant to be. 🙂

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Stewed Apple & Cinnamon Oatmeal

Perfect start to the day

Perfect start to the day

” I’d eat the f&*k right out of thon” –  friend and self appointed food critic Tony.

 

With such an enthusiastic endorsement as that, it’s no wonder I decided to share this quick and easy breakfast recipe that can make a cold rainy Autumn morning feel a little brighter! I love porridge almost as much as I love soup, in fact it’s probably the breakfast equivalent. Frugal, warming, healthy, lots of different ways to change up the flavours, it’s a perfect slow energy releasing start to your day. Continue reading →

Carrot, Orange & Coriander Soup

Vegan, Frugal, Filling Soup

Vegan, Frugal, Filling Soup

Oh soup, let me count the ways I love thee. Warm, filling, comforting, easy way to pack in veggies for both adults and kiddies, quick to make, frugal…. it’s like a hug in a bowl. This one in particular is a gorgeous example of a soup that’s fresh yet filling with the slight zingy hit from the orange. A staple in our house when I’ve gotten carried away with organic carrots being on sale then wonder what I’m going to use them all for. Continue reading →

10 Ways Simplicity Changed My Life

The Wonderful Benefits Simplifying Life Has Brought Me

The Wonderful Benefits Simplifying Life Has Brought Me

It’s a familiar feeling for a lot of us – if I buy this product life will be better/easier/I’ll be happier etc. Bombarded by advertising every way you turn, it’s easy to fall into the consumerism trap, pinning hope on some shiny new item to make you feel more complete. Except it usually doesn’t. Chances are it ends up being a burden – having to clean it, tidy it away, maybe making you feel guilty when you see it on a shelf unused ,reminding you of wasting money or incomplete projects. Possibly even shoved into storage boxes not to be seen for years as the mounting piles of stuff in the attic/garage seems like too daunting a task to undertake. Continue reading →

Vegan Cheese & Onion Crisps

Easy frugal potato peeling snack

Easy frugal potato peeling snack

This is one of those times that I kick myself and think ” WHY have I never done this before?!” Frugal. Quick. So unbelievably moreish I’m not sure I should share in case you all shout at me for getting you addicted. But I’m going to share anyway, they’re too good not to!

Potato peeling crisps. Why. Why has it taken me 33 years to discover these? They make perfect sense. Making something tasty ( though not exactly healthy) out of scraps that would normally be composted. A quick snack that satisfies a craving for cheese and onion flavour crisps ( chips for my American friends) without buying processed expensive junk. Continue reading →

Coconut Lemon Scrub

Natural vegan homemade body scrub

Natural vegan homemade body scrub

I’m a huge fan of natural toiletries , especially frugal (vegan of course) homemade ones. See why here. But I also want them to be effective and special. This coconut oil lemon sugar scrub ticks all the boxes. It’s refreshing, luxurious, sloughs off dead skin yet moisturises beautifully leaving skin glowing and smelling heavenly. Though it does always leave me craving lemon squares. Continue reading →