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Ok. I need somewhere to keep track of my shopping. I know this is very boring, so please feel free to leave, I won't be offended :) We need to seriously pull the reins in financially, but I don't have the time (60hr week, courses, family demands) to go to the market or Aldi/Lidl. So we have paid for a delivery deal with Tesco ( I know, booooo!) and I am trying their Everyday Value Range this week. I need to keep a note of what is palatable and what isn't so I remember to buy/not but it again. So here is this week's shopping list....

Fresh Fruit
Pears Min 5 x2
Eat Me Bananas Min 5
Everyday Value Lemons Min 3
Everyday Value Grapes 500G

Fresh Vegetables
Everyday Value Small Potatoes 1Kg
Everyday Value Cauliflower x2
Everyday Value Parsnips 750G
Everyday Value Closed Cup Mushrooms 350G

Salads & Dips
Everyday Value Peppers 900G

Everyday Value Fromage Frais 6X55g
Everyday Value Strawberry Yogurt Drink 8X100g

Fresh Meat
Everyday Value Beef Roasting Joint
Everyday Value Large Stewing Beef

Fresh Poultry
British Turkey Diced Thigh 500G

Fresh Pizza, Pasta & Garlic Bread
Everyday Value Spinach& Ricotta Tortelloni 400G

Crumpets, Muffins & Pancakes
Everyday Value Crumpets 6Pk

Tea Cakes, Fruit Loaves & Scones
Everyday Value 10 Sultana Scone

Cooking Sauces & Meal Kits
Everyday Value Naans 2 Pack x2
Everyday Value Sweet & Sour Sauce 440G x10

Condiments & Table Sauces
Everyday Value Apple Sauce 280G

Everyday Value Dried Mixed Fruit 500G
Everyday Value Plain Flour 1.5Kg

Everyday Value Biscuit Barrell 900G
Everyday Value Digestive Biscuits 400G
Everyday Value Stbread Fingers 125G

Crisps, Snacks & Nuts
Everyday Value Potato Rings Snacks 8 Pack
Everyday Value Prunes 250G

Everyday Value Milk Chocolate 100G x3
Everyday Value Assorted Chocolates & Toffees 750G

Everyday Value Ready To Serve Custard 385G x2

Frozen Meat & Poultry
Everyday Value Chicken Goujons & Pops 450G
Everyday Value Mince 950G

Chilled Fruit Juice & Smoothies
Everyday Value Apple Juice 1 Litre

Everyday Value Cistern Block Twin Pack

Toilet Roll, Kitchen Rolls & Tissues
Kleenex Plus Balsam Tissues 3Ply Regular Twinpack

Household Sundries
Everyday Value Pedal Bin Liners 100 Pack

I bought sweet & sour sauce and tissues in bulk because they were on offer. I won't be buying the chicken goujons again, as the meat content is only 50%, the other 50% is wheat & pea starch. Toffees are for a road trip at the weekend. All of this came to £42.79 as I had a £15 off voucher, but it did include £10 spent on tissues (a work expense) and £2.60 on sweet & sour sauce that I won't be spending weekly. I'll have to top up with milk, bread and fresh fruit, but I feel it's a good start. Menu planning next ......

Church dreams

I had a dream this morning that I was walking around my neighbourhood, and I came across a church that I had never seen before. I went in with my family, and were made welcome and stayed for the whole service. It was a GREAT service! I read a pamphlet from the back of the church and spoke to members of the congregation, they were talking my language. I love the church I attend, yet often wish it was in my own neighbourhood. I used to go to the local church, but it just didn't meet my needs for community the way that my current church does. I have just found out that the new vicar at my church will also be the vicar of my local church. I am so excited by this development.

The Simple Woman's Daybook 8/4/2013

The Simple Woman's Daybook


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Outside my window...the weather is cold & windy.
I am thinking... how lovely & quiet my house is.
I am thankful for... silence.
From the learning rooms... updating Learning Journals.
From the kitchen... toast & jam for breakfast.
I am wearing... a vintage Laura Ashley pinafore.
I am creating... a blanket for Emma, it is almost single bed size.
I am going... nowhere today.
I am reading... Acts.
I am hoping... that the Alpha course I am co-ordinating comes together.
I am hearing... nothing :)
Around the house... lots of plans, dbl glazing this summer!
One of my favorite things... chocolate, nibbling on an Easter bunny.
A few plans for the rest of the week: helping a friend decorate her kitchen tomorrow, and having lunch with a new friend on Wednesday.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

This is the angel I made for our tree this Christmas.

Writer's Block: Forget me not

What is your earliest vivid memory? Why do you think this memory stands out so much in your mind?

Being given a basket of small chocolate eggs at Easter by my Great Grandmother. She died before my brother was born, so I was roughly two years and three months. I remember where she was sat in my Nanny's house, and that she was very small, and that she loved me, she smiled at me and squeezed my hand. I really don't know why it is so vivid, it's my only memory of her, and I am glad I have it.

Oh, there is another one too. It is of looking at my hand right infront of my face. I was very warm and my ears and nose were full, and everything was rather swishy for want of a better word. Everything moved slowly, and sounds were blurred. Sometimes when I am asleep I dream that memory, it's lovely. I swear it was a before birth experience, but I suppose there is no way of knowing.

Born Yesterday - Philip Larkin

This was one of the gems read on Radio 4's With Great Pleasure today, I love it, with a heart fit to burst.

Born Yesterday - Philip Larkin

Tightly-folded bud,
I have wished you something
None of the others would:
Not the usual stuff
About being beautiful,
Or running off a spring
Of innocence and love -
They will all wish you that,
And should it prove possible,
Well, you’re a lucky girl.

But if it shouldn’t, then
May you be ordinary;
Have, like other women,
An average of talents:
Not ugly, not good-looking,
Nothing uncustomary
To pull you off your balance,
That, unworkable itself,
Stops all the rest from working.
In fact, may you be dull -
If that is what a skilled,
Vigilant, flexible,
Unemphasised, enthralled
Catching of happiness is called.

Last Post By Carol Ann Duffy

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,

He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If poetry could tell it backwards, true, begin

that moment shrapnel scythed you to the stinking mud...

but you get up, amazed, watch bled bad blood

run upwards from the slime into its wounds;

see lines and lines of British boys rewind

back to their trenches, kiss the photographs from home -

mothers, sweethearts, sisters, younger brothers

not entering the story now to die and die and die.

Dulce - No - Decorum - No - Pro patria mori.

You walk away.

You walk away; drop your gun (fixed bayonet)

like all your mates do too -

Harry, Tommy, Wilfred, Edward, Bert -

and light a cigarette.

There's coffee in the square,

warm French bread

and all those thousands dead

are shaking dried mud from their hair

and queueing up for home. Freshly alive,

a lad plays Tipperary to the crowd, released

from History; the glistening, healthy horses fit for heroes, kings.

You lean against a wall,

your several million lives still possible

and crammed with love, work, children, talent, English beer, good food.

You see the poet tuck away his pocket-book and smile.

If poetry could truly tell it backwards,

then it would.

(You can hear it here )

Friends Cut

I have had an Autumn-Spring-Clean of my FL. No offense to anyone I have cut, I am spending far too much time on the computer, and something had to give, and LJ was it! Have a good life everyone, dance like there is nobody watching :)