I thought it was about time that I got back to some frugal posts - Here is a Beef Hot Pot which I made for dinner on Monday night in the slow cooker. I find the slow cooker is great for those busy days when you are going to get home late and just need to have something quick and easy for the family.
You will need some cubed beef (approximately 750g), 1 Tablespoon of Chicken Stock Powder (I use Massell's Salt Reduced), Sprinkle of Garlic Flakes, Sprinkle of Onion Flakes, Can of Tomato Soup, Can of Minestrone Soup & Cornflour to thicken (Think it is called Corn Starch in the US).
Place all ingredients (except the cornflour) into the slow cooker and add around 3 - 4 Minestrone Cans of Water. Stir and set on low for around 8 - 9 hours with the lid on the slow cooker.
Just before serving thicken with a little cornflour and water to the desired consistency and serve over mashed potatoes - DELICIOUS !! We always have left overs and Mr MC takes it to work the next day and has on toast.
Do you remember when we made these fragrant bottles for around the home back HERE
Now is the time to top them up and make your home smell bright and fresh for little cost.
Bubzrugz has just posted a fantastic re-cycling tip for those of you that sew - Pop over HERE
to take a look at her doggy bed.
Another quick little tip is a storage idea for food items that always seem to get wasted once they are opened. I am the only one who eats flavoured rice cakes in my house and I have been guilty of opening the packet and then forgetting about them only to find that they are stale within a week or so.
So now when I open up the packet I immediately package them up into zip lock bags in portion sizes. It is easy then to just pop a pack in my bag on the way to work or grab them for a quick snack.
And now to show you that I have been adding to my Christmas Gift Giving Stash I have made lots more scissor fobs.
I have never really been a beader but bought these lovely enamel charms at the craft fair and decided to give it a go as they would be great to add to my crafty friends christmas parcels. I have made 12 in total. This weekend I hope to make something for Judith's
Enjoy the rest of the week.