Thrifty Christmas prep in August on Penny Golightly Festive season 2017

Christmas prep in August

By popular request, here’s the first of a series of articles to help spread the cost of Christmas. Yes, it’s only August, but that’s plenty of time to prepare something really special, all without breaking the bank… Before we get started with any preparations, let’s all take a moment to think about our ideal festive […]

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Empty The Freezer Challenge 2017 Week 3 EmptyTheFC Penny Golightly

Empty the Freezer Challenge 2017: Week 3

We’ve been using up as much of our old frozen food as we can this week, and making more of an effort with the Empty the Freezer Challenge. It’s business as usual back at the homestead so meal planning has been much easier. The list of items I earmarked for the challenge has now started […]

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Whats happening on the blog this month August Penny Golightly

Welcome to August on the blog!

It’s high summer and I don’t want to speak too soon but it looks like the sunshine is back. Kinda. So I’ve been chatting to a few of you on social media and via email, and asking about the things you’d like to see more of on here, and it’s been really inspiring. In particular, […]

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What to sow and do in an August kitchen garden

August brings us rich pickings, plenty of maintenance and some opportunities to prepare for the next growing season in the kitchen garden or on the allotment. Whether you’re growing your own food right now or you’re thinking about starting next year, read on. Seeds to sow in August It’s high summer and most edible gardens […]

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British seasonal food in August in season ingredients foods UK

British seasonal food in August

There’s a huge wealth of British seasonal food available in August. The warmer weather brings us a whole new crop of heat loving fruits and vegetables, and game season officially begins. Here’s what’s good at the market and on the allotment this month. Fruit in season in August Apples (first), apricots, blackberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, cherries, […]

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