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Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Its starting to feel a lot like Christmas

Despite not feeling 100% over the last 2 weeks I agreed to meet up with some friends. There was a small window of opportunity as Jane was only visiting Essex  for 3 days prior to returning to Newcastle. Amazingly all 5 of us could make it the date suggested. 

Our Christmas get together always involves a meal, were we swap our token presents and have a good old chin wag. I made each person a Christmas card a while back using brown card and a brown  envelope . When it came to wrapping their presents I decided to go with brown paper to match. In fact that's what I'm going to use each year from now on, I'm even going to try string instead of sellotape in future.  My new years resolutions are:  reduce  plastic,  recycle more and reduce our meat intake. However I  have a couple of rolls of wrapping paper to use up first.  

Simple brown paper is a better alternative  to the highly shiny or foiled type of wrapping paper that can't be recycled. Each present was  dressed with a piece of wired mock berry foliage.
I bought the foliage last year in a shop called Tiger that has lots of unusual bits. I was originally going to use it on Christmas cards but never got round to it. I loved the effect and told my girlfriends to reuse it by twisting it into circles to make mini wreaths that could go on their trees. 

Tesco have started their cheap Christmas veg deal. Parsnips, carrots, potatoes, cauliflower and sprouts all 29p per pack. Absolutely great value. I've already blanched and frozen one lot. I got a huge beautiful white cauliflower my absolute favourite vegetable and made half into cauliflower cheese and the other was served with chicken casserole. I'm going to research some recipes for root veg and take advantage of the deal. Do you have any? 

I'm trying Aldi tomorrow as their veg is 19p and they have swede and red cabbage in their offer. I feeling a little better but still have some off days. Early night me thinks. Bye for now Tx



14 comments:

  1. Love the foliage on the parcels. It really sets them off.

    God bless.

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  2. The presents look lovely, great idea, I am going shopping tomorrow, so will check to see if Asda have started the cheap veg. x

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    1. Between Tesco and Lidl, I've got nearly all the veg I love covered. I'll have a look in Asda next week.

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    1. Thanks Sue, I was pleased the way they turned out. I'm definitely going to try string and other natural bits next year.

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  4. The gifts look beautiful. I was going to do something similar myself this year but I still had some wrapping paper which needed to be used up. X

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  5. I still have some other paper left too. I'll buy a wider toll of brown paper to add to my collection and coloured string for birthdays.

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  6. I'm glad you're feeling a bit better. Your parcels look lovely, very festive and very environmentally friendly too.

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  7. I really like your wrapping idea. I actually think it looks much prettier than traditional wrapping paper! Glad you're feeling a little better now. I suppose it could have been worse - it could have been over Christmas. All the same I wish you a good one. Anna

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    1. All the best for Christmas and 2020. I'm getting there health wise. Scans are good but they haven't really got to the bottom of the problem.

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  8. If anybody lives near a Lidl, their veg is on offer at 15p. Asda seems to be the only shop around where I live with broccoli. I've been to Lidl and Asda for us and for the family. My daughter lives near an Aldi and a Tesco (only one we found with cauliflower - yum) so she has got veg for the family from them. Sharing! Glad you are feeling better : ). Happy Christmas!

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