Monday, 16 April 2012

Back to using it,

my library that is. This morning I thought I would go into the local town to the market and the library before I went to do my shop in Aldi. I have a passion for cookery books so had a good rummage among the shelves and chose these,

Hopefully find a few new ideas for daughter No3 to have for lunch. She hates lunches so I shall give her the book to look through and write down anything which grabs her : )

I also got this one to get more ideas for homemade Christmas gifts.

I also got this cookery book.

I have only read the introduction so far whilst eating my lunch but what an inspirational woman Sally Bee is. She had 3 heart attacks in one week at the age of 36. It was found that she had a rare heart condition and was not expected to live but she is still here and lives her life as healthy as she can to hopefully prolong her life. I hope to get a lot of inspiration from her recipes to better our health because I know I could do better than I am at the moment.

So I intend to get back into using my library on a regular basis. I tried to scan the books to take them out and the machine kept telling me I could not take the books and to go to the desk. It's been so long since I last went to the library  my card needed updating. We all really should use our libraries more  or we could end up loosing them.

We went last week when it was bank holiday Monday to the market in the local town and I got some good deals on fruit and veg so returned today to see what bargains I could get on the veg stall. I got 2 punnets of strawberries, 2 large punnets of seedless grapes, large cauliflower and 2lb of Jersey Royals all for £4.10 which I was really pleased with. I have found a market stall that sells embroidery threads, felt and ribbon at a fraction of the cost in the shops. So I shall be making a regular trip to that stall when in need of materials. There was a fab bakers stall with  breads and cakes but steered clear of that one. A big down fall of mine is bread and have been limiting myself on the amount I now consume .

Do you use your local market? What are your favourite market stalls?


MONDAY - Hot & Spicy pork steaks, Jersey royals, peas and sauteed mushrooms

TUESDAY - Roast chicken, Yorkshire puddings, veg  and mash

WEDNESDAY - Homemade fishcakes, wedges, peas and sweetcorn

THURSDAY - Leftover roast chicken cooked in some type of sauce & rice

FRIDAY - pork loin steaks, roast spuds, veg and gravy

SATURDAY - Chilli con carne and rice

SUNDAY - Homemade pizza, chips and homemade coleslaw


  1. Ooh! please can you review the Christmas Crafting book?
    I have claire youngs scandinavian crafts book and it is fabulous. Clear instructions, neat ideas. I made her baby bootees with great success.

    random question - what veg do you put in your coleslaw?

    blessings xx

  2. My local library is within walking distance from me so I do tend to pop in quite often. It's had a bit of a facelift recently so it's all posh again. I wish we had a local market. I sometimes buy from the local greengrocers but they're even more expensive than the supermarkets.

  3. My butcher's stall is on the indoor market. I've been using it for years and have never had a bad piece of meat from him. I used to use the cooked meat stall too but now I cook and slice my own meat. I occasionally use the veg stall. The last haberdashery stall in the market closed down recently and there are no haberdashery shops in the town centre. The only places for haberdashery supplies are Hobbycraft which is extortionate or Dunelm which is more reasonable. Both are out of town.

  4. Hi Angela. I will take the Christmas crafting book to work tonight and have a look through it and let you know what it's like.

    In my coleslaw I grate a large carrot and then add finely shredded white cabbage and some finly sliced onion. I mix in enought mayo to the consistency I like then grate in some fresh black pepper. You'll never buy shop bought again when you try your homemade coleslaw.