Everyone loves apple pie, if you don’t then I will eat it as I love it, providing there’s no cinnamon in it!

What will make this pie taste even more delicious is to use your own, homegrown apples picked fresh from your own trees. I am beginning to slaver just thinking about that.



  • 400g plain flour
  • 200g butter or 100g butter and 100g lard
  • 4 tbsp. ice cold water


  • 1.5-2.0kg apples preferably Bramley. Peeled, de-cored and cut into slices

    Use whatever apples you have grown

  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp. water

Ingredients Shortcrust Pastry

  • 400g Plain flour
  • 100g Lard at room temperature
  • 100g Butter at room temperature
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 4tbsp. Ice cold water

Method Shortcrust Pastry

  1. Sieve the salt and flour into a mixing bowl.
  2. Cut the lard and butter into small manageable pieces and add to the flour in the bowl.
  3. With a round edged knife (butter knife is good for this) mix the ingredients together until they are fairly mixed together. Then with your fingertips lightly rub the ingredients together until they resemble breadcrumbs.
  4. Sprinkle 1tbsp. of cold water over the ingredients and rub in.
  5. Repeat until you have used the water then with the knife bring the ingredients together to make a dough. You want the dough that’s not to sticky or dry so you may have to add or reduce the water you use.
  6. Finally with your fingertips once more, bring the dough together to form a smooth dough. Add cold water if needed as you bring the dough together.
  7. Put the dough in a plastic bag or Clingfilm and leave to rest for 30 minutes in the fridge. This is important as it gives the dough time to get more elastic, making it easier to roll out.
  8. After 30 minutes roll out to the desired size on a floured surface.

Method Pie

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C or gas Mark 5.
  2. Put the apples and sugar into a large mixing bowl and mix together.
  3. Get a large pie tin or ovenproof plate and grease.
  4. Take the dough out of the fridge and cut in half. Roll one half out on a floured surface. You want the pastry to be slightly bigger than the tin or

    Rolling out the shortcrust pastry


  5. Gently put the pastry on the tin pressing down into all the nooks and crannies. Trim away the edges and brush the edge with milk.
  6. Take the apples and spread them all over the base leaving about 2cm’s free at the edge so you can seal the pie.
  7. Roll out the 2nd half of pastry. Again you want the pastry to be slightly bigger than the plate.
  8. Carefully put the pastry over a plate

    Place the lid over the apples and press it down at the edges making a seal. Trim away the edges then with your fingers finish it off by crimping the edges all way round sealing the apples in.

  9. Make 3 slits on top of the lid so steam can escape. Brush the finished pie with milk then put in the oven.

    With a knife, carefully remove any excess pastry

    Ready for the oven

  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the pastry is a golden colour. Remove and leave to cool before serving with ice cream, custard or cream.






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There is so much software out there today it starts to get confusing when you are searching for the right program. Office programs, computer care and protection, even cloud based programs designed to give you, the user the ability to access your documents no matter where in the world you are. If you are not computer savvy then this can lead to you going out and buying software that the shop assistant pushes your way. With the advent of the internet there came with it a whole new world of software, with much of it free to the customer who cares to download it. And this is the aim of this short article, to give you another option when you need software and in particular Office software. It’s not conclusive but gives one a taster of what’s out there for free.

Office Programs

Ever since Microsoft released their first Operating System, Windows 3 they have had a small and basic word program for you to use. Over the years the program has stood the test of time but been somewhat neglected, until the advent of Windows 7. A new interface and buttons for you to play with, WordPad is an excellent choice if you only write the occasional letter.

OpenOffice is a word program that rivals Microsoft’s own Office suite, only Open Office is free. It has the ability to open almost any document format including Microsoft’s own extensions. Looks similar to Microsoft’s interface and is easy to use. You can download it from the internet which won’t take long then save it to a CD for future use.

Did you know you can download Microsoft’s latest office software FREE? Well you can but only for 60 days. You can download the latest office application and try it free of charge for 60 days, then purchase it if you want to afterwards. It’s fully unlocked for you to try and is a great way in which to get Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and other applications. I will let you into a secret. After the 60 days is up uninstall it, reboot your computer then re-download it using another email address. You now have a fully working office program FREE to use for another 60 days.

There are lots of other Office programs out there online and these are just some of the popular ones. If you are in need of any kind of software, always look for a free program before you go out and buy a more expensive version. Free doesn’t always mean rubbish these days and it could save you a fortune.

If you can think of anymore Office suites that are free, why not let us know?

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If you are looking for software for your computer where do you look? The mall, local store or that little computer shop down the road? Did you know there’s another place you can look? A place that you will most probably use every day, is gaining in popularity worldwide and in particular when one wants software? I am talking about looking online and free software. Free computer software is fast becoming more readily available, is as good as or better than most major branded commercial software that will cost you a mint to purchase, and of course is free.

Well believe it or not there is tons of software out there in cyber space with a lot of it for free. Programs from anti-virus to Office, email clients to internet browsers, you will find it all online and free.

If you go to the local computer store and look at the shelves it seems that no matter what program you are looking for it’s on the shelves, but at a price. One can pay a fortune if you want the latest anti-virus program or that Office suite from major manufacturers, and coupled with heavy advertising most people will readily spend their hard earned cash on a piece of software without thinking twice.

Think Twice, Think Cheap

Now, if you did think twice and looked online you will find software that can be equally as good or even better for free. Don’t get me wrong, I am not talking about illegally downloading the latest software, instead the software is from smaller companies or even individuals who want to give people a chance to own good quality software that will do the job like a major branded piece of software.

But, I hear you say major branded commercial software is better than free right? Wrong. Just because it’s free it doesn’t mean that the software is rubbish, quite the opposite in many cases. Many programs that are free are kept up to date on a regular basis. You will find that most of this free software will be compatible with your computer, whereas some branded software won’t or may cause problems. Many free Office programs are also compatible with major branded Office software. They will allow you to open those documents you have saved in many different formats unlike some branded software which will only allow you to open their own formats.

So Much on Offer

So what is available online for free? Well the list and possibilities are endless, but some of the popular choices are photographic and computer fixes, backup and clean-up software, even games, screensavers and themes are available, all you have to do is search.

Talking of searching, looking for this free software couldn’t be easier. There are some very reliable websites that have been around for years which give you the chance of owning this type of software. Many smaller companies and independent programmers are now offering their software on their own websites and blogs. This in turn allows people who have tried the software to leave remarks and comments, meaning you can read if the software is good or reliable before downloading. All you have to do is search using your favourite search engine and browse the results at your own pace and time.

So next time you are in the market for software don’t go to the local mall until you have checked for free software online. You will be surprised at the choice available and will probably find what you are looking for. Sure you won’t always get a box or written help guides, instead you can read the guides or Wiki’s online and maybe print them out if needed. Not having guides, boxes and other paraphernalia saves on the garbage you throw away and that means less trees cut down. There are two other things that are certain. It will save you money and time as you no longer need to go to the mall.

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I am looking for a number of bloggers who are willing to write guest blog posts so I can post them on here. Most topics can be catered for but I would prefer the posts to be on frugal living, cooking and baking, technology, wildlife, gardening or writing.

I am sorry but I can’t pay you to write a guest post, but you can put link backs to your website or blog in the post. I will also include a link back in the Favourite Links section for more exposure for you.

I am also available to write guest blog posts for your blog or website, with a wide range of topics catered for. If you want me to write a blog post then all I ask in return is a link back to this blog and my business website, www.wayne-anthony.com.

If you are interested then please Contact Me.

Facebook have introduced a new feature in you’re Privacy Settings called Facial Recognition Feature. What that is is it looks for pictures with you in them then suggests to your friends they tag you in them. Now I don’t know about you but I don’t want ANY pictures of me being tagged by anyone, unless I say so!!

You can, if you want disable this feature.

1: Go to your Privacy Setting’s under Account on the top right of your Facebook page.










2: Next you will be shown the settings you have on Facebook. You need to click on the Customise Settings link underneath.

3: Now go down to the bit where it says Suggest Photos Of Me To Friends and click the box at the side. Click disable or whatever setting you want.


While you are there why not disable the Friends Can Check Me Into Places feature? Basically that will allow you or other people tag where you are. So if you are in a place you shouldn’t be then it’s best to disable it, I know I have!

And there you have it, now when people want to tag you they will have to do it manually. As for where you are, well if you should be working but sat in a bar it might be best to disable it!

My latest book Anthony’s Frugal Cookbook is now available to purchase. It covers everything one wants and needs when living frugal on a budget. Money saving tips on how to shop, what to do before and when shopping, and what to shop for are all included, along with budget planning pages which have meal planners and shopping lists one can print out and reuse again and again.

Included in my book Anthony’s Frugal Cookbook are 88 simple to understand, easy to make delicious recipes. Quick and easy dinner recipes like Chicken Dinner, Cheese and Onion Pie, Sausage Casserole and

Scottish Tart are included, plus delightful delicious treats like Milk Chocolate Tart, Apple Pie, Bakewell Tart and Chorley Cakes. If you want to bake some traditional cakes and buns I have included classics like The Easter Cake from Germany, Semla Buns from Sweden and of course our very own Simnel Cake.

Halloween or Bonfire night won’t be the same unless you make the drinks and foods in my book. I include such drinks as Bloody Entrails Smoothie. How about Corn Chips with Bloody Snot Dip? These and more are included for you to try out and serve on those special nights.

This 81 page recipe book is on sale now for the small price of £2. £2 for 88 recipes that are sure to get you back into the kitchen and cook proper meals instead of premade. Many pages of hints, tips and how to’s for you to try out which have been written to save you money and shop without the headache that usually goes with it. £2 that’s all, not much to part with is it? Plus you have the added bonus of saving money, cooking proper meals and keeping the family fed. You can’t buy that for £2 now can you?

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Everyone wants their own web presence nowadays with their own website. Whether it’s a blog to put the world to rights, show off their photographic skills or sell something, having your own website can get yourself out there on the World Wide Web.

No Bells and Whistles

You don’t need to purchase web space complete with all the bells and whistles if you only want to spread your word. A simple bit of kit which is free will suffice, and if you look around online you will find it everywhere. I am talking about blogging software which is free from companies like WordPress and Google. They each have their own services which are free to use provided you stay within their terms and conditions. You get access to an admin page where you can add all sorts of widgets and plugins from clocks and calendars, to visitor counts, your latest Tweets, even links to your Facebook page. There are themes galore for you to brighten up your work of art and also a chance for you to change some parts of the theme should you wish.

WordPress. So much FunctionalityThe logo of the blogging software WordPress.

WordPress originally started off life as blogging software but has quickly grown up in such a way that people are now downloading it and using it to use on their paid for websites and using it to sell themselves and their wares. It’s very flexible and easy to install with great security measures, and has probably overtaken PHP Nuke in the website software stakes.

Take the Strain

If you must have an all singing and dancing website then there are usually software

programs which take the strain of installing the sort of software you require like WordPress. One such program is called Fantastico. With it one can easily install software in just a few mouse clicks. It is really useful as it can seem like a minefield when you are confronted with a control panel that’s filled with all sorts of buttons from FTP Manager to Raw Access Logs. The only downside to software like this is you might not always install the latest most stable copy of the software. This is dangerous as hackers can gain access to your website and create havoc inside it, even locking you out, so if you do want to use this kind of software, make sure the software you are installing with it is the most recent version. Other choices a beginner might be presented with include site builders. They use their own software which includes everything one needs to start up a web presence including many different themes, buttons and widgets for you to play with. Just make sure you have a very strong password when using this type of software so

that it’s difficult for unscrupulous people to gain access.

A Web Presence to be Proud Of

If you are after a simple web presence then it really does pay to look at WordPress or Google’s BlogSpot. They are free and will suit most people’s needs, are fun and easy to use with the end result being a great bit of web space you can call your own. If you do want a bells and whistles website then there is software included that can install website software for you. It might not be the most stable or up to date so use with caution. But don’t let that spoil it for you and your little bit of the internet.



If you do want help with installing software like WordPress (or others) then do get in touch. I will have you up and running with you’re very own bit of the internet in no time at all.

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