Hello, thank you for visiting my blog! I no longer post here, so go along to my new online home Second Hand Susie, I will be very pleased to see you there!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

March Blogging at Second Hand Susie.

Hello again!

This blog is still getting thousands of hits, which is completely lovely!  But! I'm not writing here any more.  But! Don't worry, you can still find me, over on my shiny new blog, Second Hand Susie.

This month I've been making vegan pancakes, enjoying spring on my balcony and on a lovely springy walk, mended all my clothes, did some quick crochet and bought a wicker hippo from the charity shop. Every home should have a wicker hippo!

I really would love to see you over at my new blog. 

You can also follow me on Bloglovin, TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

February Blogging at Second Hand Susie.


This blog is still getting thousands of hits a month, which is lovely, but I don't actually write here any more. 

My new online home is Second Hand Susie.  Click on the link and it will take you, I would love to see you there.

I really would love to see you over at my new blog. 

You can also follow me on Bloglovin, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Going Low 'Poo...Weeks 1 and 2...

Just before Christmas I decided to go Low 'Poo.  

Here are some definitions for you in case you think I'm talking about something toilet-related!  No 'Poo means no shampoo, washing your hair using only natural substances, usually plain water, or bicarbonate of soda and vinegar.  Low 'Poo means using only shampoos that don't contain nasty-chemicals on your hair.  Google it if you want to know more, there's lots of info to read online.

You can read the rest of my hair-y adventure over on my new blog, Second Hand Susie.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

New Year, New Blog...

It feels like a good time to make a fresh start, so here I am with a new blog name and web address.  I haven't been happy with my blog's name for a while,   I have imported all posts and comments from The Last Biscuit to secondhandsusie.blogspot.co.uk and I will be slowly making moves to post there instead of here.

I would love it if my bloggy friends would follow me over there, using bloglovin' or the followers widget on the left of my new page.  I hope to see you there.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Charity Shop Treasure...Glass Birds, Plant Pots and Badger Mugs...

Here are some second hand treasures I have found recently...

Glass bird, 30p from the car boot sale.  Glass penguin 70p charity shop.

Retro plant pots, ceramic one £1, plastic one 25p, from the charity shop.  I think the plastic one is quite old, it says made in England on the bottom, whereas most modern plastic things come from China.

Pink and purple badger mug, 50p.  Stag espresso cup 20p.  Charity shop.

Cat mug, 20p.  Currently a nice home for my basil plant. Charity shop.

Have you found any treasures?

Friday, 10 January 2014

Library Love...Arabel's Raven, The Fiery Heart, Save with Jamie and Easy Crochet Country...

This month I've been reading...

Arabel's Raven - Joan Aiken
When I was little the BBC made this book into TV series, which I loved.  Arabel has a very naughty pet raven, called Mortimer, he has many socially unacceptable habits (such as eating the stairs) but sometimes, he saves the day.

The Fiery Heart - Richelle Mead
This is the fourth book in this series, which follows on from the Vampire Academy series, which has been made into a film.  Even though they're for teenagers and about vampires, they're not badly written or Twilight-ish at all, just lots of supernatural action and romance in a nice, easy read.

Save with Jamie - Jamie Oliver
There are a few veggie recipes in here, the first chapter is about 50 pages long and is called 'veg', so there's a few to choose from even though this book has lots of meaty recipes too.  I'm especially tempted by the giant rosti, yum!

Easy Crochet, Country - Nicki Trench
Nicki Trench is my favourite crochet pattern writer, so I had to check this out and it doesn't disappoint.  It's full of lovely, wearable patterns for hats, shawls, scarves, gloves as well as pretty things for your home.  I can see myself buying this book, and the rest of the series, it's so good!

Have you read anything excellent recently?  I currently have 19 books in my waiting to read pile - eek!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

What do Vegans Eat?

I get asked this question a lot, so here's a photo-record, quick snaps of the every-day vegan meals and treats I've eaten in the past week or so...

1. Sausage Curry stir fry - with rice noodles, red pepper, onion, spring onion, sweet corn and peas.
2.  Popcorn - made on the stove, with melted vegan margarine and salt.
3.  Pan roasted seeds - sunflower and pumpkin seeds dry roasted in a frying pan mixed with raw sesame seeds.
4.  Aldi Dark Chocolate Reindeer - £1 each, om nom nom.
5.  Sandwich - brown seeded bread with Granovita Original Organic Vegetable Pate, which I think is yummy and perfect for lunch box sandwiches.
6.  'Chicken' burger, potatoes and veg - I was really excited to try VBites vegan and soya free Southern Chicken style Burgers, but I didn't like it.  I had it with my favourite type of potatoes though, boiled potatoes with melted vegan margarine and chopped spring onions, broccoli and sweet corn too.
7.  Hartley's Lemon and Lime Jelly Pot - yummy, ready made jelly with no gelatine!
8.  Hmmm, this was a bit of a concoction, left over mushroom pilau rice from a takeaway, mixed in with stir fried onion, pepper, spring onion, garlic and peas, with steamed veg on the side.

So there we go!  

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Easy Green Actions...January 2014...

Here's this month's list of easy green and eco friendly actions...

Sign Friends of the Earth's online petition asking big businesses to reveal the true impact their products have on the earth and on the people making them.

Use Greenpeace's online checker to see if your (UK) home might be in a future fracking area, if it is you can enter your details into their online form, to legally refuse permission for this to happen.  Worryingly, my flat is in a possible fracking zone.

Sign WWF's online petition to protect Virunga, an African National Park at risk of being exploited for oil.

Join in with Veganuary, Viva's challenge to go vegan this January. They provide lots of support and yummy recipes online.  If that's all too much for you, then why not make your new years resolution to eat meat free once a week with Meat Free Monday.  You can find my ideas for meat free meals here.

If you have any ideas to be added to this months list, then let me know in the comments section and if I like it, I'll add it!  And feel free to share any of this info (or the whole post) wherever and with whoever you like - if you sign any of the petitions and use social media then please consider using the share on facebook or twitter options that pop up, it increases the reach of these actions and awareness of these issues even further.  
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