A quick sew bed

This evening I decided to transform Tinkerbell’s IKEA dolls bed which our miniature dachshund uses as one of her bed.  

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I took some foam that I already had and one of Tinkerbell’s blankets. 

I measured three pieces of foam for the sides and a large piece for the base.  I firstly pinned and sewed the three pieces in place.

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Then I pinned and sewed the base.

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The edges aren’t at all perfect but it was a quick project, at a later date I will hand sew the edges to create a neater finish. 

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The important thing was Tinkerbell was very happy with her new improved cosy bed. 

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Happy Thursday Friends! 

Chilli Fish

At the beginning of the week I decided to cook fish the best part about the meal it was very easy to make and deliciously tasty. 

Recipe: Chilli Fish

Ingredients
Onion
Chopped tomatoes
Sun dried tomato plus the oil
Tomato purée
White fish
Chilli con carne powder mix

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Add a chopped onion along with chopped sun dried tomatoes with the oil from the sun dried tomatoes into a pan. 

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Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, half of chilli con carne powder and a generous amount of tomato purée. 

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Finally add the fish and cook. 

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When the fish is properly cooked serve.  I served the fish with vegetable. 

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Deliciously easy…. My husband really enjoyed the fish which definitely means its a good thing! 

Happy Wednesday Friends! 

Conkers!

When I was a very little girl I remember standing bare footed in the kitchen pantry probably while my mum was cooking and a very large spider crawled over my foot, it was horrendous and I still have a great fear of spiders. 

In the late spring time we visited friends in the beautiful Sevenoaks in western Kent.  It was the first time that I had seen so many conkers strategically placed at every door and every window like mini goal posts.  I inquired about the conkers and found out that their purpose was to keep away the spiders. 

Apparently spiders don’t like the odour produced by the conkers. 

One of my good friends went conker picking as she had a bathroom spider issue and passed along a couple of the conkers. 

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I’ve sat them in a small dish by my bedroom window. 
My hope is that the conkers work and I do need to acquire more but one thing I can say is that they do look very autumnal. 

Happy Tuesday Friends!

It’s a Lidl thing

After dinner today we decided to go for a medium length walk to the supermarket Lidl with Tinkerbell. 

Lidl always reminds me of Austria as it’s shop is so very typical of shops there.  It also reminds me of my grandparents with this being one of my Grandad’s favourite shops.  

When we arrived I went into Lidl first and looked around while my husband and Tinkerbell waited outside and to my excitement I found fresh figs for 20p each and a small sign that said Autumn decorations two packets for £2.  I then walked back to the entrance leaving my shopping basket at the door and let my husband go in while I waited outside with Tinkerbell. 

On the walk back home we stopped and bought a unhealthy treat of pakora and samosa. 

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I’m hoping that the healthy porridge with raspberries and pumpkin seeds counteracts our unhealthy but tasty snack.  I thought the idea of enjoying pumpkin seeds in my porridge and was a fairly autumnal way to begin the day and sounds yummy. 

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The two for £2 autumn decorations I’m pleased with purchasing.  This year was the first year I decorated for Easter asked it was a truly lovely way to celebrate spring and more importantly the Christian festival. 

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My Easter decorations were a great success and therefore I decided that I would like to decorate for Autumn.  Unfortunately I haven’t got a great deal of Autumn decorations however with today’s find my collection is growing.  The owls are sweet and the leaves work nicely around my candle.

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A nice way to begin the week.

Happy Monday Friends! 

Its a Sunday thing

Tinkerbell our miniature dachshund is just so sweet some mornings she doesn’t want a morning cuddle other mornings she will enjoying having a snuggle and stay happily their for as long as possible.  This morning as I changed the bed linen I left Tinkerbell to sleep. 

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At Church this morning as I do most weeks I had cuddles with the sweetest little baby boy ever, he really is just too cute. 

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Today for lunch my husband made a deliciously tasty omelet and then for dinner I made a salmon and egg salad. 

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After lunch my husband and Tinkerbell enjoy reading time…

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…whilst I prepare tomorrows lunch bentos.

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This afternoon I got busy organizing some of the draws and shelves in my kitchen.  On of the draws had becomes completely cluttered with plastic food boxes and the cupboard needed to be reorganized once again.

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I also made use of a large food box to store my dainty tea cups in. 

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Once I’d restored order to my kitchen I say down with my little friend and a hot chocolate. 

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Happy Sunday Friends! 

A Little Yankee

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely day together.  We began our day with a little trip to the shopping centre where I bought a beautiful hat in the first shop we visited the had from Coast was actually in the sale £9 reduced from £55.  I have nowhere in particular to wear it as yet however it was far too pretty to not buy. 

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Let’s hope my husband gets invited to speak at a hat wearing Church soon so I can wear my new hat!

We enjoyed a very healthy yet delicious lunch my husband had a chicken salad and I opted for the house salad with yummy feta cheese…

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… followed by a visit to the newly opened Yankee Candle shop.

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From Yankee Candle referred to by a friend as the American candle shop I bought some Spiced Orange tea light candles which smell absolutely wonderful.  I thought that they had an autumnal smell to they helping me prepare my home for the autumn season.

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On the way back home from shopping we made a detour via Macro and bought a few items, I enjoyed my complementary hot chocolate on the way around.

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With the squid rings we bought my husband and I together made a healthy squid and salmon salad for our dinner.  My husband prepared the salad while I cooked the squid and salmon in a chilli butter sauce.

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Preceding dinner and then a Christmas film which arrived today I have made a decision this year to have outdoor light!  I already have some beautiful IKEA snowflake outdoor lights that I bought last year.  I’m hoping this year I will be able to purchase the same lights to create my outside tasteful display.

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All that excitement of outside lights has made me feel like a hot chocolate! 

Happy Saturday Friends! 

Its a mystery

A couple of weeks ago with the mystery shopping company I’m registered with I accepted a mystery shop at a supermarket travel money bureau and this afternoon was the afternoon I had agreed that I would visit and review.  I was at the travel money bureau for a matter of minutes which was excellent following the brief I had been given. 

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After completing my mystery shop I walked out of the supermarket and drove to another supermarket ASDA to do my weekly shop plus stock up on my pantry. 

On my return from completing my grocery shop I put away my fresh and frozen leaving my non perishable goods till after I had inputted my review into the mystery shopping questionnaire which probable took around 10 minutes.

From mystery shopping to pantry organization I stocked up on some tinned items with very generous shelf life’s. 

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Garden peas, Red Kidney Beans, chopped Tomatoes and Tuna Chunks.  Before putting these ruins away I reorganised my pantry and made a list of the items with the help of my husband that would be useful to stock up on add over the summer months eating habits tend to differ from that of autumn/winter months and therefore it’s useful to reorganise at this point in the year. 

Now I’m all shopped out thank goodness it’s Friday! 

Happy Friday Friends! 

 

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