The battle of the lunchbox
I nearly forgot one. I picked up this old wall sconce for $25. I loved it even more when I got it home. Don't dare say it's shabby chic. I detest shabby chic. Well no, I love it, but I probably shouldn't - like sitcoms.
I'm doing a bit of 'jazzing up' today. I've got some rearranging to do, and I've got lots of things to hang on the walls.
The battle of the lunchbox is a constant in our house. I spend half an hour packing lunches in the morning and ten seconds every afternoon tipping it all in the bin.
However, I think I may have stumbled on a bit of gold. We made this muesli slice yesterday which is full of seeds, nuts and dry fruit, and there was quite a bit of high pitched chirping this morning when we tried it - always a good sign.
It's probably got too much butter in it, but rather butter than some weird, cheaper fat substitute.
No-bake muesli slice
1 1/2 cups rolled ats
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar.
Grease a tray and line it with baking paper.
Mix all the dry ingredients together. In a pan melt the butter with the honey and sugar and let it boil. Turn it down to simmer, without stirring for 8-10 minutes and pour into the dry mix. Stir and press into the tray and pop it in the fridge.
Yesterday I was in my local Woolies when a girl approached me and asked me how much I spent there each week. I would say we spend about $10,000-$12,000 there every year. That's $200-$250 a week. That's a lot, maybe not compared to what some families spend, but it's still a lot.
To cut a long one short, she was offering me a Mastercard which would give me 5% off at Woolies for a year and blah, blah, blah.
'Are you trying to give me a credit card?' I asked her.
'Yes', she said.
I told her I wasn't interested, and a few other things about it being morally corrupt.....don't you get enough money out of people as it is.......you're preying on the financially 'challenged' (those who don't understand what a credit card is).....this should be illegal.....etc....etc.
While I was picking out the fruit and nuts for my muesli slice, I heard all about some poor victim's financial status, how much he earnt, his investments and so on. It was so uncomfortable that I had to go back later for everything. It was completely inappropriate to say the least.
What does everyone else think of giving credit cards as prizes? I notice some fast food company is up to it too, only their credit cards are most likely going to younger adults who are probably even less capable of grasping how a credit card works. A credit card allows you to buy something you do not have the cash to buy, and it all has to be paid back sooner or later, with interest.
Cash is king as they say. It's always good to carry some.
Anyway the whole experience has inspired me to forgo the supermarket all together and hunt and gather in other pastures. I've tried this experiment before, I won't lie to you, it's bloody hard work going to the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker, but it's in everyone's best interests.
Here we go again. How do I get this damn bee out of my bonnet?