Six Months :)

West African style baked beans are still my #1 post :)

My blog was six months old yesterday 🙂 Thank you to all of my readers over the past six months and welcome to my new readers. It’s great to think that people all across the world are reading the words that I write in my living room every night. Looking back at some of these posts, I can see how far I have come, particularly with the photography. I cringe looking back at some of the early photos!

So in celebration of my six month anniversary, I would like to share with you the top ten posts over the past six months:

West African Style Baked Beans. This is a tasty recipe which uses peanut butter and curry powder as the sauce for baked kidney beans. It was also most popular post on my blog after three months, and it’s massive popularity is due to the fact that Frugal Babe reviewed it on her blog. So thanks for that, Frugal Babe 🙂

Making the Best of an Awful Situation. This was the post that I wrote after Mr Omnivore was assaulted and sustained a post-orbital floor blowout (meaning the bone between the eye and the sinus shattered). At that point it seemed like the worst was over, and we didn’t realise he would need one surgery, let alone three. I am touched by the messages of concern and support that this post received, and they definitely helped at that stressful time.

Frugal Redecorating. This is a tutorial for turning a sheet into a doorway curtain without making any holes in the wall (because we rent). Again, I suspect that the popularity of this post is due to Frugal Babe linking to it when she made a similar curtain on her blog.

Soap Nuts. Soap nuts are a completely natural washing detergent that you can use in your washing machine. Ins this post I talk about my experiences with them and how they work for us. This was a post from the beginning of my blog, so please excuse the horrible photos!

Homemade Body Butter. I use this body butter as a moisturiser all over my face and body, and have also used it as a sunburn remedy. It’s pretty simple to make, with only three ingredients (four if you include an essential oil), and a little bit goes a long way.

How to Make a Recipe More Budget-Friendly. This was a post I wrote where I took a recipe for soup, and adapted it to make it fit into my budget. This is something that I am constantly doing with new recipes, making them cheaper, vegetarian and now gluten free. I plan to do some more posts highlighting how to do this in 2013.

Food Waste Friday – Leftovers Fail. Most of you will know that I link up with The Frugal Girl every week and report my food waste for the previous week. This is one of my very first food waste posts and I’m not sure why it’s been so popular, maybe because a lot of people clicked over to have a look at this new blog.

Savings Accounts on a Small Budget. In this post I shared how I manage to save money for a house deposit, for emergencies and for fun on a PhD scholarship wage. I make sure to put money into these accounts as soon as I get paid and then live on the rest (sometimes creatively).

The No-Spend Challenge.This post is from a week where I decided not to go to the supermarket and live on what we had in the house. I was inspired to do this by the $21 Challenge, where families have only $21 to spend for the week. Eating up what we have in the house is something I need to continue working on in 2013, as the pantry, fridge and freezer are still full!

Homemade Sauerkraut. This was my first try at lacto-fermentation, and I was surprised by how simple it was to make. This sauerkraut is still a staple in my kitchen (I love it made with red cabbage and caraway seeds at the moment), and is very tasty and very good for you.

Now over to you, my dear readers, what kind of posts do you like reading? Recipes, posts about saving money or just my raving thoughts?

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  1. Congratulations on your six month anniversary. It is amazing that people from different continents are reading your blog. Keep up the good work. I like to read best about frugal practices, but I like looking at all of the interesting pictures of your food.

  2. I really like “meeting” people from all over the world, too. Congratulations on your blogiversary.

  3. Congrats on your first 6 months! Any raving thoughts are fine 🙂

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