My new herb in my old kettle...
I'm doing quite well with my plants, they are still alive and in this hot weather too so I went out and bought a new one. Me and Mum from the Brew popped along to the local garden centre and have a look at what was on offer.
I purchased a new kettle a while ago didn't I? Yes I did as I wrote a post about it, come on catch up!! I just couldn't throw my old kettle away so I thought I would put it to some use in the garden, with a plant in it. I thought a herby plant would be nice, something trailing that would look good flowing out of the kettle. Mum from the Brew said 'have you got some Thyme?' I said 'it's 11.15 Mum' ........I know, it's an oldie but a goody. I didn't have any Thyme actually so I went for it and as they were the bargain price of £2.50 I had two. Mum from the Brew bought three!! She has way too much Thyme on her hands.......ok I'll stop now.
So now my Lemon Thyme is sitting in my old kettle and smelling so fragrant, yes I've given it some water and I hope it will survive.....I'm feeling more optimistic. I seem to have this plant thing sorted now.
I also decided as I was turning into a great gardener I would have a go at growing some potatoes. I can't go wrong with them, I have grown some before and it was easy peasy. I bought some potato bags, a bag of compost, got some proper advice from an expert at the garden centre and they are now in the garden. Yes I've watered those too.....never looked forward to my Christmas dinner so much - home grown potatoes with fresh herbs....yummy!!
So an inexpensive What to Buy Wednesday this week.....that's what we like and fresh produce growing in my garden, might get my greenhouse cleaned out in time for winter ha ha.
Thank you for reading today, go on come back tomorrow for my Verse for Thursday, you know you want to. For now though take care and keep cool in this hot weather my little brewsters.
Have a Brew and Save the Planet...
Get one of these and you'll be in David Attenborough's good books forever and a day for instead of using any plastic you can pop this in your handbag or your pocket and fill it with your favourite brew. yes you could pop to your local Costa (other coffee outlets are available) and ask them to pop a flat white or a cappuccino in and away you go, feeling good that you may just be saving the planet..
This collapsible cup came from Ebay and only cost £5.59. It holds 350ml and is reusable, foldable and leak proof, you can also chuck it in your dishwasher too if you have one....I mean don't go throwing your cups in any random dishwasher, that wouldn't be good. It also comes in different fancy colours so you can match it with your outfit or colour co ordinate with the handbag of the day, for this price you could have all the colours and choose a different one every day.
I love it, it's purple (my favourite colour), it's handy and you can fill it with a hot or cold drink, it packs neatly away and it doesn't cost much so what more do you need? Well now I need a blooming brew so off I pop again. Blimey after a new big teapot yesterday and a fancy 'on the go' cup my bladder will be 'on the go'......permantley on the loo. You know where I am if you need me. Maybe I should re name myself 'Sue from the Loo'.
Hey talking about my name, just while I've got your attention.....I got recognised in my local public house last night. Yes someone actually said to me ' are you Sue from the Brew'? I was quite surprised as it was the last thing I thought someone would say so thank you if you are reading this, you made my evening......I am now a little bit famous, with a plastic foldaway cup.......the only way is UP!!!
Thank you for reading today. Join me again tomorrow for my Verse for Thursday but for now take care.
Handy Food Containers....
A Groupon offer this week, yes shock horror I haven't ordered from Amazon!! So you wondering why I have bought these handy foods containers. Well when I saw them my fellow brewsters I thought they would be really good for keeping my portion sizes to some sort of realistic and dieting size.
They are available in round ones in 450ml, 700ml and 900ml capacity but I went for the three compartment square ones. I figured for those busy days I could prepare a meal and pop some meat, vegetables in there. Here in this photo I had cooked a Chilli Con Carne in my slow cooker and ate one portion and saved the rest for another day, storing it in one of these containers. You can freeze them and use them in the microwave too. They are also dishwasher safe so a good all round useful container.
I ordered a pack of ten and so I can just keep reusing them as and when I need to. They are so good as I can prepare and store my own meals, Slimming World friendly instead of going out and buying processed ready meals so that feels great as I know what is in my home cooked meals. The square containers are available in one, two or three compartments so there is a wide range of choice.
I paid £6.98 for ten of these and to be honest two were damaged when I received delivery. I could of gone for replacements but for the price I paid I've just used those for another use and the other eight will be plenty to keep me going. They do also make good little paint palettes so if you have small children or anyone who loves painting then you can use them for that too, especially the lids.
If you would like any more information on this offer then you can find it on Groupon here www.groupon.co.uk/deals/ten-pack-food-containers
If you're like me I tend to go a bit mad with a cooked dinner and load far too much on my plate well these have really taught me to keep the size of my meals down so think of them as a nutritional educational resource.
If you've tried them let me know what you think or do you think they are a good idea?
Thanks for spending time reading this......and as I have scheduled this post for 7pm......what are you reading this for now? ENGLAND are playing in the Semi Final of the World Cup - go watch that and read this later.
Thanks for reading though whenever you have......come back tomorrow for my Verse for Thursday for now though take care, good luck to England Please, please stay safe, drink sensibly and please don't go out and damage any property or hit anyone......that is not what football is about......If football is 'Coming Home' then lets bring it home together in good faith.
Let's Cool Down.....
Have you ever got so warm after a work out that you desperately needed to cool down or are you struggling with this heatwave in the UK at the moment? Well this could be the thing for you.
These little magic towels are great for keeping you cool. You don't have to be working out although they are good for that, you could be a lady of a certain age (like me) having one of those dreaded hot flushes or you could be sweating in these high temperatures. All you have to do is wet the towel by just running under a cold water tap and then give it a nice big wring out. It can then be used in many ways such as placing around your neck or wrapping around your wrist to cool you down.
It really is amazing as it does stay really cold and if it starts to dry out just add water again and away you go, on the way to cool town. If you are taking part in some vigorous activity (eh steady!!!) you can use it to mop your sweaty brows and it will still absorb sweat like any conventional towel. It is a really handy size so you can tuck them away in your bag and travel around with it. Don't worry about your bag getting all soggy and wet, this towel just feels slightly damp so it won't be dripping from your best Radley handbag or if you are worried just keep it in the plastic bag it arrives in.
I bought a pack of three from, yep guess where? Amazon, but they are available in different shops too, I saw some available in a local garden centre so keep a look out. I will pop the link to Amazon at the end of this post if you should want to try them.
I've seen all sorts of uses for these towels even to keep a pet dog cool but I suppose you could also use them to control a persons temperature if they have a fever, the possibilities are endless meaning that this is a great buy and not at all a waste of money. Give them a go and see what you think. If you already use them, what do you think? I'm still getting over the fact they just stay really ice cold......doesn't take much for me to be amazed. I need to get out more.
Thank you for reading today, pop back tomorrow for my Verse for Thursday but until then take care......and
Keep Cool xx
What to Buy Wednesday
From May 2020 I will be writing a poem about something I may have purchased or would like to purchase.