Christmas tree – to plastic or not.

This weekend it was time for us to get a tree and decorate it. We decided a long time ago, that we´d get a plastic tree, if we could get a nice one – and if we promised each other, that we will use it for at least 20 years, we would feel okay about it. Both of us have ADHD and our experiences with real trees are, that we forget everything about them, so when we reach april, the livingroom is fully covered in the needles from the tree. We also have a cat and a dog, and bringing in a real tree would be…too exciting for them, and I was right. I´ve been fighting them off all the other years, but none of them seem to even recognise, that there´s a tree in the livingroom – and the good thing with the plastic tree is alto, that it´s possible to push it up against one corner, so it doesn´t take up too much space. There´s the environmental thing, but I´m not sure it´s as bad, if we use it for as long as possible and go to the recycling station and wort the different bits and pieces in the right materials. I hope we´re right. Either way we´re saving quite a bit of money on NOT buying a tree every year and start up the car to go get it etc. But let me know what you think (and maybe even know).

We bought a Spitsbergen tree – and ofcourse we did that on black friday alongside the last christmas-gifts. We got a decent discount of about 35%, so it was okay. I was pretty surprised how good quality it was and how lifelike it is, although it´s only the outer branches, that are really natural, but it´s a compromise, we were ready to accept.

It´s out first christmas with B´s kids, as they´ve been with their mother every year up til now, and B has celebrated christmas with her family even though the divorce was final almost 3 years ago when I met him. He didn´t think he could give them just as good a christmas as she could, and they were pretty young. This year, however, it felt wrong, for us to go to her family, when we´re kind of starting our own traditions and ways of doing things as a couple with three kids, so we´re having the kids, and we´re turning the christmas-preperations up a notch.

So… this sunday we decorated the christmas tree, and a really good thing about putting it in the corner is, that it is possible to decorate a tree with the same amount of lights as when I only had little trees standing on a small side table. I really enjoy it – and how it brings hygge in to our living room. I´ve decided, since we have a plastic tree, to compensate and not buy “gold lametta”, even though it has been one of my guilty pleasures for decades, when it came to christmas trees. I do need a it more sparkle to be satisfied, but…I will have to think about better solutions that can be used every year.

Yeah – I know. I should´ve cleaned the room, but I was excited.
Yes. This is a unicorn. S made it for me saturday when we went to Glow in Odense. I think it´s beautiful, just like the bits and pieces my son made for me when he was a kid.

Tomatosauce – and pizza -ish

I know – this might not be 100% frugal, but I really need to share this basic-recipe with you, because it is sooo good. The idea came along when I had some veggie-leftovers (more specific soft carrots and almost moldy onions) and “accidently” bought way to many canned tomatos, and B just looked at me with “wtf” written across his forehead. The tomatosause is basically this:

  • canned, chopped tomatoes
  • onions diced
  • carrots – shredded
  • any other vegetable that makes sense to eat – cut or shredded
  • herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano or anything YOU think tastes good

Usually you´d cook it in a big pot, but this one you need to reduce and I find it way easier to do that in a large frying pan, allowing as much steam as possible to leave the dish. If you want to, you can add left -over bacon-grease or bouillon/stock, but remember, that animal products will reduce the durability of the sauce (or any other dish).

In these two jars (500ml each), I had 5 cans (400g each), 10 small carrots, 3 onions and some sellery as well.

I poured into scolded glass and put the lid on immediately, and put it in the fridge. I didn´t know it would “pop” the lid, but I discovered that it did, when I couldn´t open one of them, when I needed it, which means it´s basically air tight.

For the pizzas I used my basic dough with rye, spelt and wheat + an egg or two ( I don´t remember to be honest). I roled out the dough really thin and put the oven om 250C and baked them for about 5-7 minutes, so it wouldn´t get soggy from the sauce. And then the fun began.

Toppings!

This was my topping, and it was amazing – especially due to the sauce and all the flavors I managed to add to it.

  • carrots
  • onions
  • potatos
  • jerusalem artichoke (according to google translate)
  • tomatosauce
  • chickpeas
  • grated cheese
  • diced chicken (200g for 4 pizzas – it was “last day of use” )