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Friday, 24 April 2015

What's on the dukebox, Jo?

This week I returned to my ol' studio and cor it doesn't half feel good to be back! And the dukebox is happy too as it's been packed to the rafters with music of all shapes and sizes and as a result my creative zest is in full swing, yeah! One artist who's been helping with that is Ezra Furman. His music makes me want to sing along at top volume and dance my heart out! These two tracks have been played repeatedly, We Should Fight, My Zero and Restless Year. Give 'em a listen and get the weekend started!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Thrifty tips: Boiling the kettle

As you can imagine tea gets drunk ALOT at Adventures & Tea Parties HQ! So, this week's thrifty tip is tea related. It's a very simple and quick tip.

When you make a cuppa, don't boil the whole kettle, boil just enough for your cup. It's a total waste of energy boiling a whole kettle for one cuppa - unless you're having a tea party, in which case a whole kettle makes sense. Boiling just enough for however many cups you need is also great for those on a water meter.

If there are quite a few of you, make a pot of tea. You don't need as many teabags that way, so that helps on saving the pennies and ooh tea tastes great out of the pot!

I hope you like this week's thrifty tip! Catch up on last week's here and stay tuned for more!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Simple Stylish Knitting: Alfresco spring knitting

Yay, spring is well and truly here! Head over to Simple Stylish Knitting for my latest blog post on alfrescro spring knitting and follow on Twitter too, with the hashtag #simplestylishknitting

Happy knitting folks!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

What's on the dukebox, Jo?

This week's 'What's on the dukebox, Jo?' is coming a day early as I'll be sans internet on Friday, so get your Thursday dancing shoes on!

This week I'm all about Ezra Furman's 'Restless Year' and also a bit of Shocking Blue's 'Send me a postcard', which totally reminds me of Jefferson Airplane. 

Both tunes have been giving me that creative kick, yeah!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Thrifty tips: grow your own salad

We all want to have more adventures in life, right? But going on adventures can have quite an impact on the monthly bank statement. The times I've said no in order to watch the pennies and have ended up missing out on a great day/night/weekend is all to familiar and always ends in regret. 

Well, with spring here and summer around the corner, I want to be able to say yes more and not miss out. The only way I can do this is by being clever with my pennies. So, I've decided to start a new blog series on ways to be thrifty, so that those adventures (and tea parties!) can happen! And my first thrifty tip is about growing your own salad leaves. 

How often have you found that the bag of salad (usually squirrelled away at the back of the fridge) has gone limp and soggy? Urgh! In the bin it goes, with a note to self to remember it next time. 
It not only impacts the environment but it's also a complete waste of money. Just think how much money you've literally thrown in the bin each week! BUT, there is a way around this!

By growing your own salad leaves, you can pick what you need, when you need it and oooh, it tastes a hell of lot better! Sooo fresh and delicious!

It's super easy to do too and you do not need an allotment to do so. 

- Simply pop some seeds in a pot of compost, water and place in a sunny spot/back yard/windowsill. If you're limited on storage space, you can buy mini bags of compost from garden centres and at this time of year, supermarkets too.

- Give your plant/s a regular feed with either a tomato food or an all-purpose food. Again these don't take up space and can live under the kitchen sink, with you mini watering can. If you're unsure how often to feed your plants, just check the seed packet instructions.

- Pick your salad regularly to encourage new growth and a regular supply

Two of my favourites salads to grow are rocket and mustard salad leaves. They are not only super tasty but they are very sturdy plants and will grow pretty much all year round.

I hope my first thrifty tip has inspired you to give it a go...and save those pennies...and give your taste buds a welcome change!

Happy growing, folks!

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