Friday, 21 April 2017

Home Comforts

Day 2 of living without

The weather is starting to become more and more chilly. Which means it's that time of year for sniffles and snuffles. So we all turned up at our local medical centre for our flu shots, we received a free cap and water bottle. 

Meanwhile I've finally managed to sort out my bedroom, clear away the clutter and organise things I want to keep to see if I can find some way of making something useful out of them. There are some old clothes I'm going to cut up and make up into rag rugs for the ugly fabric.  I'll cut the nice fabric up into charm squares for other projects. 

(Origanum vulgar)

A simple and frugal home remedy when you’re suffering from cold or flu is to steep oregano in a pot of water and inhale the vapours, which are antibacterial, antiviral and decongesting. This immunity-enchancing herb also settles digestion and prevents bloating. Of course always see your doctor first.

Dinner today was a cheap meal of pasta in a bowl using items from the pantry.  Carbonara sauce is cheap to buy and easier to make as well.

Carbonara sauce:

Step 1: Heat a large frypan over high heat. Add oil, butter, onion, bacon, and mushrooms. Cook stir for 5 minutes until bacon is crips and mushroom is tender.
Step 2: Add pure cream. Bring to boil and simmer for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir the sauce through cooked pasta and add grated cheese over top. Season with salt and pepper.

 “I have done quite a lot of canning of what is left of the fruit and vegetables, and for the winter I think I shall make a quilt to keep from getting lonesome, for some of the women around here are real interested in quilting again.”

- Minnesota woman writing to her friend in 1931.

(From American Quilts: Cloth and comfort. Roderick Kiracofe.)

This is a no spend day.

I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.


  1. You are doing well with your no spend days, Shiralee. Yes it is certainly chilly lately.

    1. Nanna Chel,
      It's definitely time to get the blankets out. It's an interesting challenge that is for sure.