Christmas is a wonderful time of year. It’s a time when the world is coated in a charming layer of frost which we can admire from the comfort of our warm cosy homes. It’s a time when we draw the ones we love close to us and hold them a little bit tighter. It’s the time of year when we all get to regard the world with a sense of childlike wonder as we dive under the tree to unwrap our presents and sit around the table, unbuttoning our waistbands in anticipation. For many, though, it’s also a time of incredible anxiety. Last year, the average Christmas spend for a UK family was over £700. For those whose financial circumstances are less than ideal, the coming of the season can provoke feelings of dread, not excitement. View Post

Kitchens are often the centre of a household, with a front door often leading straight into them. Whether you take immense pride in your cooking skill or don’t really care about what you can throw together for a meal that evening, we all love a good kitchen appliance. Similarly, the practical side of them is incredible: spending time in the kitchen can get boring when you’re there for the millionth time that year, so there’s no harm in cutting down your domestic time. Here is a list of a five recommended kitchen appliances that you should invest in to save time and money in the long run.   View Post

Cheese & Bacon Pasta Bake

Ingredients

500g Pasta – any that you find that is cheap

600 mls of Milk

Lump of butter

4 tablespoons of flour

250g of cheese

Handful of blue cheese if you have any in the cupboard

Teaspoon of mixed herbs

Salt and Pepper for seasoning

4 pieces of bacon  – cooked and diced 

Cook the pasta whilst frying the bacon.

To make the sauce, melt the butter, then add the flour stirring all the while.

Add in the bacon and the majority of the cheese.

Mix again.

Add the pasta in a large baking dish and spread out evenly.

Sprinkle over the remaining cheese and blue cheese if using.

Bake at 180 for 20-30 minutes.

Eat whilst it is hot!

For other thrifty mouth water recipes, have a look at…

Missie Lizzies mouth watering salted caramel salt nut crunch and her cider apple fritters.

You have to try Aly’s leftover chocolate porridge cake and if you want more pasta, check out Cass’s Macaroni Cheese.

Food is probably one of the things I find easiest to economize on, I adore cooking which sadly doesn’t mean I am any good at it, but I adore it nonetheless.  I am a huge fan of my slow cooker and find it such an ease to pop something on in the morning and then wolf it down ten hours later after smelling it all day weaving through the home.

Slow cooking allows you to use basic ingredients to create a perfectly tasty meal, try this easy recipe for starters… View Post

I love Cheesecake, almost as much as it loves my hips!  Plus it is so easy to make, grab your digestives, some cream cheese, and bit of double cream and see what you can create.

Here is my attempt at an Easy No Bake Cheesecake.  I didn’t use a reciepe, I just threw in a few ingreiednts and tasted the outcome.

If the photos make you want to have a go yourself check out some of these recipes..

The Crazy Kitchen: No Bake Oreo Cheesecake

A Mummy Too: Honeycomb and white chocolate No Bake cheesecake

Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary: Easy No Bake Cheesecake

 

Easy No Bake Cheesecake

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