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Yay, finally we have started producing crops!

At last, after all that hard work getting moved and creating a garden, we have our first crops!

Below is the first of the Little Gem Lettuce, and very tasty they are too, I am simply picking leaves as I need them to keep the plants growing continuously, and it appears to be working well!

And here is the first of the indoor crops…..after two years and a very careful house move, voila!

Our very own pepper plant WITH FRUIT!


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Wow, I Am So Proud Of The Mibs Family Right Now! Just Look Wot We Done!

I am sat here, just past midnight, totally exhausted and in agony but……..

 I am SOO proud of us today…


 BabyMibs and myself have achieved so much in such a short time..


 It’s been a long hard road at times…


  Hard to see a way forward at times…


 With all that rubbish in the way!



Then salvation arrived…..thanks to a local farmer giving us some of his feed pallets


 And took some shifting across the field!


 A bit of cutting down to size later ( ok hacking like crazy with a somewhat rusty old saw!)


DON’T let your 5 year old try this at home folks, mine was especially trained for the pose!

Our very own Grand Design!

A little somewhere to store and recycle ALL THAT BLIDDY GRASS!

( at a fraction of the £100+ the posh gardening magazines charge for similar wooden ones!)

Ours cost us a mere six free pallets, a bag of nails, a possibly fractured if not broken thumb, much cursing, several blistered and splintered fingers, and a strange inability to walk upright once done!

And the best of it?

BabyMibs actually turned to me at the end and said “you made that better than Daddy would have!”

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS lol, it’s the little things in life that please the most, and considering I was in quite a bit of pain BEFORE we started this, and since finishing I can barely move, well, how chuffed am I?



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My First Bargain Buy In 2012

You just can’t beat getting some cheap nuts to chew on!

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Cooking with Kids – the Fussy Eater

Now this is a post from a new discovery of mine, one of the nicest funniest foodie/family bloggers you could ever hope to meet, and yes, sadly for us females he is happily married!

Aren’t they all!

 Anyhow, do pop along and have a nosey, he really does write well, his posts are both amusing and informative

Cooking with Kids – the Fussy Eater.

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MibsBlog Meanstreet Meals – Easy Cheesey Smiley Toast

Cheesy Smiley Toast
Even if you are skint or simply on a tight budget, there is no need to eat plain boring-looking food!
Here’s a very simple way to make yourself and your guests smile!
per person
2 slices of bread
enough thinly sliced cheese to cover
some sauce to make the smile
Toast your bread, add the cheese slices to cover, ( in the photo I added a couple of tomato slices to one piece of toast)
Place under the grill or pop in the microwave untill the cheese is melted to your taste.
Serve with a smile!
Cooking Time – 5 to 10 minutes
Cost – approx 30p per person


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MibsBlog Meanstreet Meals – Pizza Toast

Pizza Toast
For those “too long till payday” nights when you really fancy a pizza!
per person
2 slices of bread
some tomato puree (ketchup will do in a pinch)
a few pieces of chopped or “ringed” raw onion
2 slices of tomato
Enough thinly sliced cheese to cover each slice of bread
a sprinkle of black pepper if desired
Toast the two slices of bread
Using a knife, smear the tomato puree or ketchup evenly over the bread, add some onion pieces, two slices of tomato and cover with the cheese slices.
Either pop back under the grill untill the cheese has melted to your preference, or pop into a microwave for a short time, again untill the cheese has melted to your preference.
Add some black pepper if desired, and enjoy!
Do remember that hot cheese can burn your mouth though, unlike me who got a blister recently due to my impatience!
Cooking Time – No longer than 10 minutes in total
Cost – approx 42p per person  
You can play around with the toppings as much as you like, I have made this with sliced cold sausage, cooked bacon pieces, leftover chicken, tuna, pretty much any pizza topping will work, and if you have uncut “doorstep” bread, that works even better!

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I love freebies and so should you!

Do take a moment to pop across to this great blog…lots of useful tips and money-saving ideas, funny stories AND a wonderful competition running at the moment!

I love freebies and so should you!.

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