Cheap Christmas Gifts

Cheap Christmas Gifts

So it is 49 days until Christmas !!!

Is that good or bad news for you? I think it is not too bad, and still seems like long enough. However I am well aware that before I know it it will be Christmas Eve and all of the presents will be under the tree or in stockings, and all that it left is to wait until the following day to hope that the recipients of my gifts will be pleased with them.

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Meatball Kebabs

Meatball Kebabs

To me, Bank holiday weekends are always about family time and in the warmer months picnics and BBQ’s provide us with our food when we get together with our families and friends. Last month my OH bought us a BBQ – the first one we have ever owned – and it has meant that for the first time ever we are able to host a family BBQ on a Bank Hoilday weekend.

Along with the usual food that gets cooked on a BBQ like sausages, burgers and chicken which is served with salad, dips and bread, I wanted to devise a BBQ recipe which I could call my own and which would be something maybe a little bit different too.  I have often made homemade kebabs before on skewers using chicken and peppers or haloumi cheese and vegetables, but whilst browsing the meat counter at my local Morrisons last week, I saw their family pack of meatballs priced at £4 for 25  (or a little less when you buy them as part of their 3 packs of meat for £10 offer) and I had a light bulb moment!

Here is a recipe for Meatball Kebbas which are not only easy to make and appealing to kids (meatballs in pasta are popular in my house), but also work out good value for money and, of course, taste good too!

Meatball Kebabs

Based on 3 meatballs per person this recipe makes 8 kebabs

  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 onions
  • 1 packet of haloumi cheese
  • 24 British beef meatballs
  • 8 skewers
  • 8 garlic dough balls

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Chop the vegetables and cheese into bite sized chunks

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Then simply make your kebabs alternatating the meatballs, vegetables, cheese and garlic dough balls on the stick

Keep covered and chilled until needed

Simply cook on your BBQ for about 15 minutes (for as long as the meatballs say they take to cook)

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As you can see they did not hang around long!!

Obviously you could put 2 meatballs on each kebab and add some cherry tomatoes and/or mushrooms which would enable you to make 12 kebabs in total. These kebabs are such good value as the breakdown in costs show

Garlic dough balls – £1 meatballs – £3.33 (if bought as part of the 3 for £10 deal, otherwise £4) pack of 3 peppers – 99p Haloumi – £2.35 2 onions – 16p

*Total per serving – 97p*

I also made a yummy cake and cooked some gammon as part of my Morrisons shop and I will blog these recipes soon.

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I actually use to shop at Morrisons when I lived closer to it, but as I now live in another town I shop at the supermarkets more local to me. When I visited it last week to carry out my shop. I have to be honest that the store blew me away a bit because it had changed so much in the couple of years it has been since I last shopped there. The store has under gone rennovations and been extended, and this was obvious as soon as I walked in as it made a pleasant change to see wide aisles! The produce was very eye catching and looked so fresh – I mean some of the herbs and veg has dry ice blown onto it!.

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The prices and quality were really very good, and I was genuinely impressed.

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I actually admitted to my OH that even though it will cost me more in petrol to shop at Morrisons, I am seriously termpted going forward to do a monthly shop there because of the prices and quality.

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I was asked to shop at Morrisons, and given financial compensation to allow me to buy some groceries,  as part of a Britmums and Morrisons initative to promote the new in store prices where as of last Thursday (1st May, 2014), a thousand favourite family items have had their prices permanently slashed. You can find out more about them at www.Morrisons.com/pricecuts The comments about Morrisons are honest and my own as is the recipe featured.

Which Watch?

Which Watch?

I can still remember being given my first ever watch – it was back in the 1980’s when I was probably about 8 or 9 and it was a Casio with a black leather strap and in fact I *think* I still have it in its box up in the loft somewhere! I loved wearing my watch on my wrist to school and thought I was really grown up!! Of course by the time I reached my teens that watch was a bit ‘old hat’ and I wanted a more funky and fashionable watch to wear , so the next one I had was a Swatch one and I think I had two actually as it was good to swap them about depending on my mood. Or maybe it was one which had interchangeable straps. You must excuse my lack of memory – it was a few years ago now!! The last watch I owned was given to me by an ex boyfriend a beautiful Storm watch with a red clock face and silver straps – I really liked that one it was really tasetful and went with everything I wore . In fact the watch lasted longer than the boyfriend did!

I do not wear a watch now – in fact I would say that the last time I wore one (the above mentioned Storm watch) was before I bought my cafe back in 2004 – 10 years ago! Goodness that is a long time to not have a watch!! I think the problem is that while I worked in the cafe I did not wear one due to all the cooking and washing up I did, and then I fell pregnant and became a SAHM and timings go out of the window then and if I need to know the time I can look at the clock on my oven, on the wall of my lounge or my mobile phone.

Nowadays, I think I would now actually like to have a watch again because not only would it save me having to dig my mobile out of my bag everytime I need to know the time when I am out and about, but I think a watch can add a touch of glamour and look attractive – and I need all the help I can get on that one *ahem*!! I have no idea what brand or style  would suit me or my wrist as I have been out of the watch wearing loop for so long now. However, luckily for me I stumbled across The Watch Hut a brilliant on line store which features a huuuuge array of watches for ladies and gentlemen. I actually did not realise how many watch brands there were – did you?  I have spent ages browsing their site to see what type of watch I might like to own and I think I have narrowed it down to something like this one, from Storm

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What do you think?

 

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