A Weekend Of Not Buying It

So inspired by Katy’s post last Monday, I wanted to do my own picture-book version today.

What does a weekend of non-consuming look like Simply Being Mum style?

Going for a morning walk and bike ride;

Warming up in the Kitchen recycling boxes into toy containers;

Finishing off a handmade Birthday card;

Making homemade pizza for tea;

Taking advantage of an offer of babysitting to attend a masquerade ball, at which my gift to the Birthday girl makes an appearance;

My daughter proudly wearing her hand-knitted poppy hat for the local Remembrance parade;

Returning home to a home-cooked Sunday roast. Whipping up a pudding in my new Bundt tin because I really fancied something nice with custard.

Making a start on the homemade Christmas puddings after lunch;

Continuing with the hand-knitted Christmas gifts;

How did your weekend go?

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  • anexactinglife November 12, 2012, 4:38 pm

    Wow, now that’s what I call a weekend!

  • anexactinglife November 12, 2012, 4:38 pm

    Wow, now that’s what I call a weekend!

  • sarah@everydaylifeonashoestring November 12, 2012, 4:56 pm

    That looks a productive weekend! Simply Being Mum’s Slow Cooked Christmas Chutney featured heavily at mine yesterday…a little bit of troubleshooting was required but it turned out OK (I hope – haven’t tasted it yet!) in the end.

    • simplybeingmum November 13, 2012, 2:03 pm

      I hope the troubleshooting wasn’t anything to do with my instructions? (oh dear…was it?) I’ve tasted my batch. As there was a little over, instead of leaving to mature I’ve eaten it already. Even if I do say so myself, it was mighty fine 😉

      • sarah@everydaylifeonashoestring November 14, 2012, 11:04 pm

        There was too much liquid, which I think was a combination of relying on the 9 yr old to shout out the recipe amounts from the computer, and using the wrong kind of sugar! So definitely not your instructions! 🙂 I just ladled off the surplus liquid, gave it a vigorous boil in a pan, added a bit more sugar, and it’s set beautifully now and my little bit of leftovers tasted mighty fine too so all’s well that ends well!

        • simplybeingmum November 15, 2012, 7:26 am

          Phew! But I did wonder about the amount of vinegar I suggested. It’s the same amount that you’d use if simmering on the hob. My ‘Big Ben’ slow cooker is quite fierce and does ‘reduce’ liquids a little over the cooking time. Maybe if you do again just put in 400ml instead of 568ml. That may help.

  • sarah@everydaylifeonashoestring November 12, 2012, 4:56 pm

    That looks a productive weekend! Simply Being Mum’s Slow Cooked Christmas Chutney featured heavily at mine yesterday…a little bit of troubleshooting was required but it turned out OK (I hope – haven’t tasted it yet!) in the end.

    • simplybeingmum November 13, 2012, 2:03 pm

      I hope the troubleshooting wasn’t anything to do with my instructions? (oh dear…was it?) I’ve tasted my batch. As there was a little over, instead of leaving to mature I’ve eaten it already. Even if I do say so myself, it was mighty fine 😉

      • sarah@everydaylifeonashoestring November 14, 2012, 11:04 pm

        There was too much liquid, which I think was a combination of relying on the 9 yr old to shout out the recipe amounts from the computer, and using the wrong kind of sugar! So definitely not your instructions! 🙂 I just ladled off the surplus liquid, gave it a vigorous boil in a pan, added a bit more sugar, and it’s set beautifully now and my little bit of leftovers tasted mighty fine too so all’s well that ends well!

        • simplybeingmum November 15, 2012, 7:26 am

          Phew! But I did wonder about the amount of vinegar I suggested. It’s the same amount that you’d use if simmering on the hob. My ‘Big Ben’ slow cooker is quite fierce and does ‘reduce’ liquids a little over the cooking time. Maybe if you do again just put in 400ml instead of 568ml. That may help.

  • Carla November 12, 2012, 9:23 pm

    Your cake is just gorgeous!!! wow! I have zero baking talent so seeing something like that just amazes me! 🙂

    • simplybeingmum November 13, 2012, 2:04 pm

      Ah but Carla we all have our individual talents, and your fabulous sewing skills amaze me! I’d love to be able to make what you do with fabric. And the patterns of the fabric you choose are just gorgeous!

  • Carla November 12, 2012, 9:23 pm

    Your cake is just gorgeous!!! wow! I have zero baking talent so seeing something like that just amazes me! 🙂

    • simplybeingmum November 13, 2012, 2:04 pm

      Ah but Carla we all have our individual talents, and your fabulous sewing skills amaze me! I’d love to be able to make what you do with fabric. And the patterns of the fabric you choose are just gorgeous!

  • ruth November 12, 2012, 9:27 pm

    What a lovely creative weekend!

    • simplybeingmum November 13, 2012, 2:08 pm

      Thank you Ruth. I’ve just popped across to yours and wow! Oh my! What a great idea. My daughter has started keeping a journal. She’s been writing things down. But she is good at art and drawing and really enjoys it. We’re going to be taking a look at your journal together, I think this would be a fab way to continue…

  • ruth November 12, 2012, 9:27 pm

    What a lovely creative weekend!

    • simplybeingmum November 13, 2012, 2:08 pm

      Thank you Ruth. I’ve just popped across to yours and wow! Oh my! What a great idea. My daughter has started keeping a journal. She’s been writing things down. But she is good at art and drawing and really enjoys it. We’re going to be taking a look at your journal together, I think this would be a fab way to continue…

  • Clare November 12, 2012, 11:43 pm

    Sounds like a brilliant weekend! We had morning tea with one set of grandparents, visited the other (where I caught my Mum’s cold! Boo! SOOOO over being sick!!!), visited my new baby niece Ava (she’s a week old and so cute!), listened to Coldplay soundcheck from my sisters deck (they live right near the stadium where they were playing Saturday night – I did feel a little wistful and question my decision to save $$ instead of going…) did some gardening, rearranged the lounge furniture (one of my hobbies…), baked star-shaped biscuits and iced them, went to an indoor playland with Alex (which did cost money) to meet up with one of his friends, and finished watching Man on Wire (doco about the French guy who set up a high-wire between the world trade centre towers in 1974) which we rented free from the library 🙂 Quite productive when I look back on it!

    • simplybeingmum November 13, 2012, 2:11 pm

      Sounds perfect Clare and very productive! can totally understand the slight regret at the lack of concert tickets – but you got to hear the sound check. Did you catch the closing ceremony of the paralympics? It was basically a Coldplay concert. I thought it was excellent – there’s a clip on my FB page when Rhianna comes out on a ship. Anyhow….
      ps hope the cold makes tracks soon!

      • Clare November 13, 2012, 8:50 pm

        Ooh! I haven’t seen the bit with Rhianna on the ship. The NZ TV coverage of the Paralympics was appalling! We hardly got to see any! must go and seek that out 🙂

  • Clare November 12, 2012, 11:43 pm

    Sounds like a brilliant weekend! We had morning tea with one set of grandparents, visited the other (where I caught my Mum’s cold! Boo! SOOOO over being sick!!!), visited my new baby niece Ava (she’s a week old and so cute!), listened to Coldplay soundcheck from my sisters deck (they live right near the stadium where they were playing Saturday night – I did feel a little wistful and question my decision to save $$ instead of going…) did some gardening, rearranged the lounge furniture (one of my hobbies…), baked star-shaped biscuits and iced them, went to an indoor playland with Alex (which did cost money) to meet up with one of his friends, and finished watching Man on Wire (doco about the French guy who set up a high-wire between the world trade centre towers in 1974) which we rented free from the library 🙂 Quite productive when I look back on it!

    • simplybeingmum November 13, 2012, 2:11 pm

      Sounds perfect Clare and very productive! can totally understand the slight regret at the lack of concert tickets – but you got to hear the sound check. Did you catch the closing ceremony of the paralympics? It was basically a Coldplay concert. I thought it was excellent – there’s a clip on my FB page when Rhianna comes out on a ship. Anyhow….
      ps hope the cold makes tracks soon!

      • Clare November 13, 2012, 8:50 pm

        Ooh! I haven’t seen the bit with Rhianna on the ship. The NZ TV coverage of the Paralympics was appalling! We hardly got to see any! must go and seek that out 🙂

  • Live and Learn-Toss and Turn November 13, 2012, 3:10 am

    Love the hand knit poppy hat. Was it made especially for Remembrance Day?

    • simplybeingmum November 13, 2012, 2:13 pm

      Yes it was. Tuesday last week I had one of my eureka moments when I suddenly decided to knit Leah a red hat for the parade. Then got the wrong red wool etc… etc… anyhow to cut a long story short by 6pm Saturday evening it wasn’t finished and we were headed out so my lovely sister finished it off. She then took home the remaining wool to knit a matching neck warmer. Hurrah for sisters!

  • Live and Learn-Toss and Turn November 13, 2012, 3:10 am

    Love the hand knit poppy hat. Was it made especially for Remembrance Day?

    • simplybeingmum November 13, 2012, 2:13 pm

      Yes it was. Tuesday last week I had one of my eureka moments when I suddenly decided to knit Leah a red hat for the parade. Then got the wrong red wool etc… etc… anyhow to cut a long story short by 6pm Saturday evening it wasn’t finished and we were headed out so my lovely sister finished it off. She then took home the remaining wool to knit a matching neck warmer. Hurrah for sisters!

  • Jo H. November 13, 2012, 3:14 am

    You are so creative, Jo! That cake is breathtaking. Love the poppy hat!

    I had my craft sale on Saturday, and recovery on Sunday 🙂 What will you be making for your sale?

    • simplybeingmum November 13, 2012, 2:14 pm

      Thanks Jo! I’m making cards and frames etc… more than anything I want to get some feedback on my designs. Nothing formal just a local village hall thing. What did you sell, and how did it go?

      • Jo H. November 16, 2012, 3:48 am

        I sold oatcakes, draft blockers, Christmas tree ornaments, fabric bows, and bouquets of button flowers (see this example: http://kiddley.com/2006/05/31/a-button-bouquet/). Could have sold more oatcakes, did okay on the rest and have learned some things for next year 🙂 Let us know how your cards and frames are received – I love them – they are fresh and attractive – I hope you do well!

        • simplybeingmum November 16, 2012, 10:53 am

          Jo – I love those button bouquets! Just yesterday my Sister and I were discussing our love of buttons! That’s how I’m approaching Sunday – a learning experience…

  • Jo H. November 13, 2012, 3:14 am

    You are so creative, Jo! That cake is breathtaking. Love the poppy hat!

    I had my craft sale on Saturday, and recovery on Sunday 🙂 What will you be making for your sale?

    • simplybeingmum November 13, 2012, 2:14 pm

      Thanks Jo! I’m making cards and frames etc… more than anything I want to get some feedback on my designs. Nothing formal just a local village hall thing. What did you sell, and how did it go?

      • Jo H. November 16, 2012, 3:48 am

        I sold oatcakes, draft blockers, Christmas tree ornaments, fabric bows, and bouquets of button flowers (see this example: http://kiddley.com/2006/05/31/a-button-bouquet/). Could have sold more oatcakes, did okay on the rest and have learned some things for next year 🙂 Let us know how your cards and frames are received – I love them – they are fresh and attractive – I hope you do well!

        • simplybeingmum November 16, 2012, 10:53 am

          Jo – I love those button bouquets! Just yesterday my Sister and I were discussing our love of buttons! That’s how I’m approaching Sunday – a learning experience…

  • Economies of Kale November 13, 2012, 1:06 pm

    Sounds like you had a great weekend, and I agree with everyone else, that cake is amazing 🙂 My weekend involved a lot of time at home, cooking and baking and cleaning up, since my boyfriend had the car. It was nice to have a quiet weekend for once!

    • simplybeingmum November 13, 2012, 2:15 pm

      Thank you! A nice quiet weekend is always a blessing, just pottering around the house. Sounds lovely!

  • Economies of Kale November 13, 2012, 1:06 pm

    Sounds like you had a great weekend, and I agree with everyone else, that cake is amazing 🙂 My weekend involved a lot of time at home, cooking and baking and cleaning up, since my boyfriend had the car. It was nice to have a quiet weekend for once!

    • simplybeingmum November 13, 2012, 2:15 pm

      Thank you! A nice quiet weekend is always a blessing, just pottering around the house. Sounds lovely!

  • shelleyshell November 14, 2012, 2:24 am

    I so enjoy your posts and photos, I get so inspired by them. I had a busy weekend too! I sewed a fleece neck bandana for my son (It’s already -20 with wind chill here), hemmed my pants, made about 30 cloth gift bags for Christmas gifts to go in, cooked up dried beans, baked a large pumpkin and made soup and processed the rest in the freezer for more recipes, made berry crisp, cinnamon buns, french bread and other tasty meals. I shared muffins with the neighbourhood kids and did stretches on the floor while I watched tv. It’s a wonderful life.

    • simplybeingmum November 14, 2012, 9:50 am

      Hi Shelley…great to hear you’re enjoying the blog – thanks! Wow -20 – that’s cold. I’ve already got thermals on under my jeans and it’s +10 today!. A fleece neck warmer…now there’s an idea 😉
      30 gift bags is good going in one day – impressive. Your weekend sounds fabulous!

  • shelleyshell November 14, 2012, 2:24 am

    I so enjoy your posts and photos, I get so inspired by them. I had a busy weekend too! I sewed a fleece neck bandana for my son (It’s already -20 with wind chill here), hemmed my pants, made about 30 cloth gift bags for Christmas gifts to go in, cooked up dried beans, baked a large pumpkin and made soup and processed the rest in the freezer for more recipes, made berry crisp, cinnamon buns, french bread and other tasty meals. I shared muffins with the neighbourhood kids and did stretches on the floor while I watched tv. It’s a wonderful life.

    • simplybeingmum November 14, 2012, 9:50 am

      Hi Shelley…great to hear you’re enjoying the blog – thanks! Wow -20 – that’s cold. I’ve already got thermals on under my jeans and it’s +10 today!. A fleece neck warmer…now there’s an idea 😉
      30 gift bags is good going in one day – impressive. Your weekend sounds fabulous!

  • recreatedonna November 15, 2012, 5:04 pm

    What an inspiring photo journal of a beautiful weekend. I recently found your blog and love it! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting also.

  • recreatedonna November 15, 2012, 5:04 pm

    What an inspiring photo journal of a beautiful weekend. I recently found your blog and love it! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting also.

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