Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Planning & cooking

For want of a post title I've popped that one up there just in case I forget to add one!

We had a nice morning in the garden on Sunday. Just a little tidy & Mike cut the Raspberry canes down for me.

It's got me planning for the growing season. I'm not growing much from seed this year thanks to my lovely Christmas present from Mike. I've been perusing the Sarah Raven catalogue avidly & after totalling up orders of £300+ I promptly turned off my laptop & gave myself a good talking to! I will order a Chrysanthemum selection that I rather liked & up to 5 packets of seeds, a far more sensible spend me thinks! Is it it just me who gets carried away I wonder?

Anyway I'm being let loose on the garden centre at the weekend. Quite possible attached to a short piece of rope which would then be attached to Mike. I am allowed to fill a small pot of mixed seed potatoes & maybe a cup of tea.  I hope they are doing that again this year & then  we will go searching for the peacock that lives there. Harry still loves doing that even at 13!
Random garden shot, in reality it is a little bleak out there!
We normally have a roast at the weekend & I tend to buy a big enough joint of whatever for a couple more meals too! Except Mike thinks it is fair game in the afternoon to pick at the leftovers, he would probably pick it up and gnaw at it in the style of a caveman if he knew I wasn't watching him closely.
He is in for a shock tonight as I have Boston baked beans in the slow cooker & ham & chicken pasta sauce on the stove.  Ha, enjoy your day xx

29 comments:

  1. I'm glad you managed to get out in the garden at the weekend, it was blowing a gale here, it's only just stopped today, so there was no gardening for me. We never usually have a roast on a weekend, I think it's because I worked every Sunday for fourteen years and now that I don't, I like to make the most of the weekend instead of standing in the kitchen cooking. We usually have our roast dinner on a Monday instead, but saying that, we did have it on Sunday this week as I asked my mum and dad over to join us.

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  2. Its that time of year when wishful thinking takes over and we are planning for the better weather and a beautiful garden. I could spend pounds on plants but we are using up all the packets of seeds we got free with the gardening magazine this year. We have a roast every week but not always on a Sunday.

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  3. I would love to make my own baked beans, but I am scared that I will like them too much to go back to the tinned ones afterwards! I imagine that your dinner will be especially scrummy tonight! Hope you have fun on your shopping trips - real and imaginary! xx

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  4. Garden centres are expensive aren't they...but such lovely places! I always get carried away and last year I spent many weekends enjoying them. We're rather spoiled with them in Dorset, much to my delight! X

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  5. I did the same as you last year with Miss. Raven's temptations. But I have to say I did order a mixed white and mixed purple large pot selection, for my two big patio pots. They were sublime and flowered from early Summer right through to November.

    Jean
    x

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  6. I'm planning what I'm growing this year at the moment, all very new to me, not sure what I'm doing but looking forward to it. Will look forward to seeing what you grow. Had some home made baked beans in a cafe yesterday, delicious!

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  7. I do the same with meat; we always have at least one more meal from it, even if it's only a soup. I would also look for the peacock every time I went there and I'm a lot older than 13! :)

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  8. Can't wait to go garden centre shopping again :o) Dinner sounds lovely xx

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  9. I love Boston Baked Beans but have not made them for years, perhaps I should start again , they freeze well so I could make a pot full. I dare not look at garden catalogues, I have so many seeds but may treat the garden to another tree.

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  10. Choosing a whole load of seeds and going overboard with more seeds than I could possibly ever fit in the garden let alone in just one season? *moi*? What makes you think I could possibly have ever done that? (Blushes and slowly slinks away.....)

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  11. Hubby hates garden centres, but hates it if I go on my own, I love Sutton seeds, but often get carried away. I'm the same in craft shops and M&S.

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  12. Yes, I can definitely identify with getting carried away and putting far too many things in the basket, then having to go back and weed things out. Especially with Sarah Raven's lovely things! It's nice to plan ahead, though - have fun at the garden centre!
    Cathy x

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  13. Its much too cold for me to go out in the garden just now and the gale force winds have blown the fence over its half up and half down so my garden is a right mess at the moment. I love going to the garden center though and it is tempting to spend more than you should. :) xx

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  14. It's oh so easy to get carried away by the Sarah Raven catalogue isn't it. Everything's so pretty! Enjoy your trip to the garden centre. CJ xx

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  15. SO glad you were able to hit up the garden center! What a treat! I can't wait to see your garden grow this season!! Nicole xoxo

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  16. Have you seen the photo of part of our seed order on my blog?

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  17. My husband always helps himself to a roast joint - carving off great big lumps and eating them. Even when he knows he'll get caught on!

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  18. We've not been able to get out in the garden yet this year. The weather has not been very kind so far. The winds were so bad at the weekend I did wonder if we were still in the Fens when I woke up each morning. Not had a roast since Christmas sounds lovely. May have to have one this weekend.

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  19. Great blog post title and nothing wrong with a bit of planning and cooking (I think I need to plan my cooking). We popped to the garden centre the other day to buy a couple of large pieces of stone and nothing else but came back with three penguins. (Not real ones, I should point out!)

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  20. Sarah Raven must love having customers like you! I like the idea of a tether-rope to keep you out of mischief. That man of yours must be a saint...

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  21. I've been waiting for your next growing season this year. Sucj interesting thing...

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  22. There's SO much that I want to grow every year that I have to put off looking at any seed catalogues. I usually find that what I want is spread over several suppliers and then the postage becomes prohibitive. This year I'm after flowers …. :) xx

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  23. You have reminded me to visit my local garden centre this weekend. I have a rather splurge friendly gift card to use there and now I can't wait.
    X x

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  24. Gardening season is opening now and we are all excited about it!Good luck with your projects and thanks for the visit, so kind!
    Olympia

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  25. Gardening is so much fun and I'm looking forward to spring for that! The beans sound so good. Have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

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  26. I rather like the sound of the meal you're preparing! I'm sure it was delicious.

    Karen

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  27. Your garden planning sounds fun...it is so easy to spend more than you meant to when choosing plants! I love garden centres and garden catalogues......lots of planning and dreaming until planting time comes round again.
    Wishing you a happy week.
    Helen xox

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  28. You meal sounds very delicious! As for gardening, we have a rather odd and overgrown assortment of plants, trees and shrubs at our new home... it is going to be a bit of a challenge to figure out what to do with it all. Your enthusiasm for gardening is an inspiration. =) blessings ~ tanna

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  29. Isn't it the best fun to pretend shop? I just love getting catalogs or even online and making either a list or filling my online shopping cart with my garden dreams and then of course laughing at the final bill before I delete it all! Thanks for sharing this post and making me smile! We all need to smile and laugh at least once a day, don't you think?!
    Hugs from a new follower,
    Beth P
    The Whimsical Dowager

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