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Top tips on reducing household waste and making things run just that little bit more smoothly.

Help Us With Our Veg Box Challenge!

So my daughter has just turned eight, and for the fourth time in my motherhood career, I decided I was going to give the organic veg box thing a try! I have failed on three previous occasions to achieve the catalogue organic veg box image of producing veggie delights for all the family, and in fact often couldn’t make a dent in the abundance that have arrived on a weekly basis at our front door, beautiful as they were. The pressure of having to create palatable offerings from ingredients I wasn’t used to cooking with proved more stress than I needed on top of everything else..especially as I literally hate throwing so much as a squishy tomato out! But I am at home now, full time, so I I thought I would give it a go..again!

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A Resourceful Shepherds Pie | Waste Not Want Not

There can be little doubt that a Shepherds Pie is a family favourite guaranteed to result in clear plates! It is literally the only dish I have cooked over the years that all of my daughter’s friends have scoffed without a blink of an eye! Even the ones that have highly tuned microscopic onion detectors tuck in! It is so worth the effort to get clean plates and full tums, and of course no wasted portions for a change!

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Combat Rising Energy Bills | Make the Switch or Alternatively Use Less Energy

Autumn is turning, winter is on the horizon! We are all putting off turning our heating on until we absolutely have to! And if you are an energy customer of the ‘big six’ you will no doubt have had a letter over the course of the last year giving you details of a forthcoming increase in their prices! It’s not much to look forward to is it!

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Snack Attack | Re-Usable Snack Packs Test Driven

It’s summer holiday time! Hurrah! Fun for all the family and lots of days out with the kids! There is much to think about… where to go, what to take to avoid burning through too much cash, and how to keep everyone in happy mood all day long.

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Easy Peasy, A Bit of Lemon Squeeze | Fresh Blackcurrant Cordial

Got some soft fruits left from your harvest? Eaten loads already and just want an alternative to jam for the leftovers? Here is how I made some easy and speedy cordial with leftover blackcurrants.

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Back to School the Resourceful Way | The Waste Not Want Not Guide

Whether you are looking forward to it or not, the time has come to think about getting those kids back to school! And it can be anything but straight forward given that our children simply don’t grow in a uniform manner – nature has not contrived to have them conveniently grow out of 6-7 year old school uniform in July of one year, ready to start the new school year in size 7-8!

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Citrus Fruit!

We thought you might like to know how to get the very most out of your citrus fruits as the long and hopefully hot summer approaches. Whether you are brewing up some traditional and refreshing lemonade or preparing a zesty pud, here is what we have found!

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A Winter Berry Gin-novation!

I’m going to say it, Christmas is just around the corner! Having lived overseas for many years, I am used to getting Christmas prep done and dusted before the last post home. So what is better than a little homemade tipple for the festive season – a lovely drop of what I like to call ‘Foragers Gin’?

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