We are a hard working, family of eight. Swimming in the sea when we aren't busy on our small holding. Daddy dragon has to work away a lot, so this blog is to let him keep up with our adventures at home.
She knit a tie to wear, and made one for both her brothers.
Hatchling no4 told me, 'Busy working hard for my monies, no picture!'
Hatchling no1 sat down with my bank statement that came through the post.
How is that for being honest with my hatchlings eh?
Anyways, she has laid out our budget for November.
Seems she has come to approve of my Stoptober approach.
She wants us to press on through November, and see if we can make it until our trip to the mainland.
She has list you see...
A list of items only available on the mainland,
and she wants to be certain
that there are funds available when the time comes.
She has even written in a weekly allowance just for me.
Generous hatchling that she is.
I do not mind though, because it is tough to go from a fully functioning household,
to a home of your own.
Suddenly, faced with so many choices and budgeting seems awfully vague.
Until your bank balance looks red and angry.
(Before daddy dragon faints, a rather revised version of this hatchling's budget will be put into effect,.... with a significant departure from the original 'shoe shopping' allowance she had stipulated.)
Thus I am keen to involve these hatchlings in seeing what comes in and out of our bank account, so they can understand it is not magic. It is rock solidly painful if we become careless.
Not that we have anything to complain about, but we don't have room for large blunders, or simply denying the truth, that money is a limited resource.
One that needs balancing, and careful tending.
Stoptober has been good for us.
We have really given reducing, reusing, and recycling a fair try.
Unlike how I thought we'd feel, we actually feel energised and ready to try even harder.
Quite fun really.
I suppose that says it all, it is fun because it is a choice, and I am very very thankful, I have the choice.
Our stoptober results have seen us make our target of spending £9.98, £8.87, £10.04, and this week £9.56. (The goal was £10 a week)
We managed to make £91.24 by putting stuff we don't need on ebay. I'd love to say we did well, but we shifted 84 items. Sigh, a little less than my hope for £120.00 but still, there is a little more room, and a few more pennies in the kitty.
Look at that face! Is it any wonder he gets all the treats?
Down by the bay,
where the peedie 'neeps grow...
(I seriously heard someone sing that this week. I laughed so hard. Perhaps, I ought to get out more.)
And these, my very first attempt at making slippers.
This week we have been making all sorts of hand made gifts for December, and so I'll do a series of posts on these, so that if you feel so inclined you could do a few quick and frugal gifts for your loved ones.
I know, particularly in this part of the world, pumpkin is looked upon as dubious.
But really just try it....
To get your love of pumpkin started, try this pumpkin cake.
Yes, I did have help icing this cake. Why do you ask?
425g of cooked and cooled pumpkin
200g of butter salted
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp bicarb of soda
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp each of nutmeg, ginger, and salt
Zest of a citrus fruit and 1 tsp of its juice (Orange is meant to be used, but we used grapefruit this time, as it is what we had, and it was lovely.)
300g brown sugar
300g self raising flour
1 cup raisins/ sultans
(What is the difference? Apparently a random google search tells me sultanas are made from seedless white grapes and are some how more plump, juicy, sweet, and generally special. Where raisins are just regular joe sort of grapes...Huh? Classist dried fruit...)
1. Mix the first 3 ingredients until creamy, and then beat in the rest.
2. This is a whopping great big recipe so you may want to split it into two pans, either make a layer cake, or give one to friend.
3. Place in pre heated 180/350 oven for about 40 minutes' ish... check for done'ness and all that jazz.
4. Top with cream cheese icing... so yummy, refuse to share spoon licking with hatchlings....
Just in case you you need it here is cream cheese frosting: