Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Vegetarian Recipe

As a new vegetarian, I am trying to find a few staple recipes that are cheap and i can do quickly and easily.  It goes without saying that they need to taste good too. 
Today i made carrot, cumin and feta fritters with a yoghurt and coriander dressing.  Here is the recipe

Grate 250grams of carrot

Chop an onion and add to bowl

Crumble in 100grams of feta cheese.

In another bowl mix 8 tblsps of self- raising flour with 2 tblsps cumin

Add 2 beaten eggs and 4 tblsps water and whisk till a smooth batter.

Add in the carrot mix with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.

Doesn't look too appetising like this!

Next make the dressing by combining 8 tblsps greek yoghurt with 2 tblsps chopped fresh coriander.
I had a wholemeal pitta bread and made up a simple salad

Put a couple tbsps of oil in a frying pan and put in a large blob of carrot mixture.  Flatten slightly with a spoon and fry both sides for 2-3 mins.

This quantity made 4 large fritters but could make 8 smaller ones as a starter.
It was delicious and I will definately be making them again.

Terri X


After decorating the stairs earlier this month, I just wanted to show you the floorboards in the hallway which are now painted this lovely deep red and we got it finished just before the family arrived.

It stood the test of four children and five adults very well and was so quick to clean, just a quick sweep now and then to clear up sand from our trips to the beach and dirt from the piles of footwear. So, the only thing i have left to do now is to make a little curtain for the landing window.  I have been collecting pretty floral hankerchiefs from my various charity shop visits over the last few months and I think I will make it with these.   I will show you when its done.

On a trip out to one of my favourite places, Cromarty on the Black Isle, I came across this lovely placemat and just had to have it!  I love hares but it wasn't cheap at £10.  Lucky for me though my Son had given me some money to spend in case we went to a cafe as that was expensive as there were so many of us. I decided we didn't need more cake but i really needed...yes really! ..this mat.  It now sits on my side table next to my armchair :-)

Terri X

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hidden Beauty

This old wooden pier doesn't look very attractive does it

I'm sure its not used anymore and fenced off for safety reasons

Its a bit of an eyesore on such a lovely stretch of beach

But i started to look closer


Look at the colours on the wood.  They hint at how it used to look

I think it still has a beauty about it after all don't you?

Terri X

Monday, August 22, 2016

Enjoying the Summer Break

I haven't posted for a few weeks as we have been enjoying our time having the Grandchildren up on their annual visit.

The weather hasn't always been good, indeed sometimes it was quite wild, wet and windy but that didn't stop us having fun :-)

We discovered pretty new places and new beaches

We searched for and found fossils much to the childrens delight

Look at this photo, a bee flew past just at the right moment!

I was happy as always just to have my toes in the sea

And to watch and listen to the waves .  I always feel soothed by the sea.
It wasn't all beaches, there were parks and woodland walks

Obstacles to tackle

A willow weaving morning making fish
OH hung them from the hallway ceiling.  We have a puffa fish, a shark and a colourful fish of some kind!

A trip to the cinema

This movie was enjoyed by young and old.

I put my swimsuit on for the first time for years regardless of being overweight as I was determined to join in and enjoy myself with them and we went swimming every time "happy hour" was on.  Entrance was 50p at these times and as it was a 50 mile round trip, it covered the cost of the diesel going there.  

I took the eldest two to my art class and they sat for 2 hours drawing and colouring and both found it relaxing.  They spent their spending money on more art materials, books and a cricket set besides sweet treats.  The younger aged 6 brought a water gun and much fun was had getting each other soaked!

Simple games like playing marbles.  Noticed the toy car amongst them this morning!

There has been lots of cooking as there were 9 of us and I menu planned in advance and it worked very well but we also had lots of cafe visits which cost a fortune but all regarded as part of the holidays on our visits out and about.

The time zoomed by so fast and now they have all gone. The house is so quiet.  I felt so low this weekend but kept myself busy stripping beds and as the weather was fine, got all the washing done and dried on the line.  The toys are cleared away and everywhere has been cleaned up.  I spent time doing a freezer inventory

as we need to focus on rebuiding our savings up again and I spent time
 sorting through the photos we took. 
 Yesterday OH and I decided to go swimming again and take a sandwich and drink with us to have a picnic lunch down by the sea.  Again I felt the waves soothing the ache I feel inside now they've gone.

Terri X