Sunday, 24 July 2011

Car Boot Sale Bargains

Hello my lovely readers. Today has been simply wonderful as we hit not one but two car boot sales this morning. First the lovely Southsea Sea Front car boot and second the Allington Lane car boot sale.
Cath Kidston Kids Pencil Wallet 20p, 2 VTECH interactive books 50p each, Salt and Pepper set Free, Crabtree and Everlyn shampoo and conditioner 20p, Duck Plate Free, 2 Duck books 10p each.

The duck plate and salt/pepper set came from the same stall which had a "free please take me" box. DD is obsessed with all things duck so her very own duck plate is a fantastic find. The toiletries will be perfect for my weekend away next week, and as for the Cath Kidston case! WOW!

Shiny dress 25p (For DD), Brown top 20p, Blue top 20p, TY beany duck £1

Crochet granny square blanket 20p, Hungry Caterpillar set £1, Blut Dress with shorts 25p

I know I can make them but for 20p I couldn't pass up this colorful blanket for pennys. And to think someone spent so much time making it!!!! I have been looking for a hungry Caterpillar book for a few months now so I was super please to find this cardboard edition with a cute Caterpillar toy. DD is currently fast asleep hugging him so I couldn't add him into the picture lol.
Wooly Cardigan 30p, Christmas dressing gown 50p, Wicket tea set £1.50

The tea set and the dressing gown have already been squirreled away for xmas presents for DD. I've never seen a wicket tea set before and is wonderful a light for DD to play with without risk of damage. Before we hid the set she was sipping tea from the little teacups, and pouring the tea.

What bargains did you find today?
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Friday, 22 July 2011

Disasters into delights

There has been a huge disaster in our home!!! Yesterday we treated ourselves to a bar of chocolate from the pound shop thinking it would be a treat. But when we got home we found out it was actual a bar of that horrible chocolate candy stuff that has no right to class itself as chocolate. You know that horrible brown stuff they put in advent calenders? One huge bar of it was now living in my kitchen!

However all is not lost! For after a little research and a some clever thinking I have skillfully created a nummy treat from this disaster. Enter a recipe for Chocolate Triffin. Even better is a non cook recipe perfect to entertain the kiddies on a horrible wet day.

1 bar of chocolate
Several broken up biscuits
Handful of marshmallows
Handful of dried fruit/raisins
4 tea spoons of cocoa powder
4oz of Margarine/Butter/Spread
2 Desert spoons of Honey/Golden syrup
2 Desert spoons of Sugar


Melt the sugar, cocoa, butter and honey together using a few short blasts in the microwave. Once your mixture is smooth and delicious smelling, resist dipping in your fingers and instead add the broken biscuits, marshmallows, raisins and anything else you have to hand into the mix. (I recommend chopped glace cherrys and coconut)
Once everything is nicely covered pop the mixture into a buttered dish and push down firmly to fill as many of those tiny gaps as you can. Leave to one side far away from inquisitive toddlers.
Melt the chocolate using the microwave again and stir until smooth and tempting to drink.
Pour the chocolate over the first mix and spread evenly. Leave to cool a little and then pop into the fridge to finish hardening.

Once is nicely set, hack it into pieces and eat as fast as humanly possibly.

Crisis averted
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Saturday, 16 July 2011

Rain Rain Go Away

Today is a complete wash out here at The Frugal Handmade Home. We were supposed to be going to a water festival but it has been , somewhat ironically, rained off. Next we decided on a mooch around the local charity shops only to find OH has accidentally taken both sets of keys to work with him and we can't go out.
Ho Hum.
So we've made a nummy frugal lunch of dippy eggs and some sneaky chocolate biscuits. That should keep us quite entertained for a while.
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