The Book of Rubbish Ideas is Now Available in Digital Format!

We are delighted to inform you that the printed Book of Rubbish Ideas (which completely sold out) is now available in digital format.

Whether you have a Kindle, a Sony E-reader, a Barnes and Noble Nook or almost any other device, it is almost certain to support ePub or Mobipocket format.

The original cover price of the paperback was £6.99, but you can buy the digital version for just £4, then download and start reading straight away.

Go to MagicOxygen.co.uk/tbori  to make your savvy eco-purchase, then make a nice cup of tea and go find a comfy chair!

Oh, and before I go, I am hard at work right now writing the follow up to TBORI… so if you know of a company or person I should feature in my next best seller, please get in touch.

Rubbishly yours,

Tracey x

P.S. If you buy the book and love it, please help me to spread the word via your social media. If you write a review, let me know and I will link to it and send you a free copy of the next version!

Save Money, Reduce Rubbish: Workshops with Tracey

Tracey Smith teaching bread making workshops at Lyme Regis, Dorset
Tracey puts the eco-into easy bread making with fabulous frugal recipes

The Book of Rubbish Ideas positively celebrates reducing waste in your home and keeping more money in your pocket by being savvy with some of your shopping ideas.

Of course, cooking from fresh is a terrific way of combining both and I’ve been doing it for years.  I started making simple recipe loaves and rolls when the children were born.  I wanted to take more charge of what was going into the bellies of my babies and I soon realised, it was a very fulfilling process too.

But being a busy mother of three, I also realised I didn’t have much spare time to indulge either…who does!

So I started ‘tweaking’ the recipes and fiddling around with kneading methods too and I devised a way of reducing the time and effort needed to make it and a way to save pounds and pennies too by incorporating some of the usual kitchen leftovers in the recipes.

Don’t be alarmed, I’m not talking about chopped up chicken bones or anything, I mean stuff like the last few spoons from the pan that cooked up the breakfast porridge, or a grated carrot or courgette that has gone floppy and is past it’s best….these accessible ingredients added to a dough not only reduce the rubbish that might have ended up in the bin (or hopefully the compost), but they can significantly reduce the cost you’d have spent on the raw ingredients – it’s a win, win situation!

So, I’ve put together a few 2 1/2 hour workshops to teach some of my favourite frugal recipes and I run them at a delightful little shop in Lyme Regis, the doorway to the Jurassic Coast and an area of outstanding natural beauty.

There are lots of bed and breakfast places nearby and I’d be delighted to help you find one that suits your budget and expectations, so, if you’re keen on mastering the art of easy bread making and ensuring you never go hungry again, hop onto the courses page at Magic Oxygen and see if you can find a recipe to whet your appetite!

I look forward to welcoming you down here soon, oh and gift vouchers are available too if you’re looking for a unique eco-experience to give to someone you love,

Rubbishly yours,

Txx

Video: Tracey Smith & The Book of Rubbish Ideas

I shot a little film recently with a team from Sustainable Somerset, exploring the content of The Book of Rubbish Ideas and I thought you might like a sniff around my kitchen…

Please feel free to pinch, publish and pass on!

Rubbishly yours,

TSx

What on Earth’s an Earthship?

Building with the earth very much in mind
Building with the earth very much in mind

I love hearing from people who are doing amazing things to protect and care for our present and future environments for the generations yet to come.

I genuinely feel very excited to be one of many optimistic green activists, at a pivotal point in earth’s history; we are the generation that will make incredible positive changes.

Gillian Trott dropped me a line recently with information on her Earthships; do read on, I think you’ll find they could be right up your street… Continue reading “What on Earth’s an Earthship?”

I’ve Got Rubbish ‘Ways With Words’

Dartington Hall, Totnes
Dartington Hall, Totnes

Of all the Literary Festivals I’ve appeared at this year, Ways With Words at the beautiful Dartington Hall in Totnes is the one that has given me the biggest squidgy feeling in the pit of my stomach.

The annual festival takes place from July 10-19 at Dartington Hall in South Devon and my slot is carved into the schedule on Monday 13th at 2pm. 

“Few people who visit Dartington Hall are untouched by its magic,” explains Festival Director, Kay Dunbar. “The combination of the medieval courtyard, the majestic Great Hall and the extensive gardens and woodlands creates a captivating setting for a literature festival,” she adds.

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I’m Ready for the ‘Ultimate’ in Recycling

Consider joining The Wall of Life
Consider joining The Wall of Life

I’ve had my mortality pricked. 

A dear friend recently lost her father and his living wish was for his body left to medical science, but unfortunately, because all the necessary paperwork hadn’t been completed, it wasn’t able to happen.

Consequently, I’ve found myself in a somewhat pensive state, questioning life, the universe and everything, with particular reference to what ‘I’ would like to happen in the untimely event of my early demise…not that I’m planning on going anywhere, anytime soon; I’ve far too much work to do on Mother Earth.

But clearly, our most intimate wishes for post-mortal coil need to be communicated with the ones we love, all relevant authorities, they need to be witnessed, documented, signed,  sealed and delivered.

I started carrying an organ donor card many years ago.  It’s kicking around in my bag somewhere…I’m sure it is…at least I think it is.

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‘Your’ Fabulous Rubbish Flatbreads!

This post has been inspired by the lovely Emily C who made flatbreads for the first time recently.

So many of you write and share your Great-Breaden experiences (sorry, that was truly awful) and I thought it would be fun to let you all loose in my virtual bakery!

Please post your recipe derivations for my Fabulous Rubbish Flatbreads on here!

Tell your fellow readers what ingredients you threw in and what you stuffed them with, or did you just eat them ‘naked’?

Send your mouthwatering pictures to me at RubbishAuthor AT gmail DOT com and I’ll put them in the thread.

Looking forward to finding out what inspired you today.

Rubbishly yours,

TS x

Look ‘Inside’ The Book of Rubbish Ideas!

Read there, buy here!
Read it there, (buy it here)...!

Ooh!

I nipped on Amazon this morning (as you do) and The Book of Rubbish Ideas popped up (as it does) and there’s a new ‘sneaky peek inside the book’ thingie widget to play with…!

(How sad – so easily pleased…)

Anyway, I thought perhaps new readers to the blog might like to have a good sniff through some of my rubbish ideas.

Click here to read them and if you feel a burning urge to purchase, come back and do it direct with the publishers by clicking on the book icon on the right.

I believe they’re still offering the best deal at £4.54 or £3.50 for Sawday’s Travel Club members – RRP £6.99.

Thanks to you all for your continued support of my work and the book and feel free to Tweet it up!

Rubbishly yours,

TS x

Unleash Your Creativity (and cut down your rubbish!)

Learn 'rubbish reducing' skills for life!
Learn 'rubbish reducing' skills for life!

Good grief, it’s almost July and that means one thing…

The race is on for work-at-home parents up and down the country to crack their most important jobs out before the onset of the 6-week school holidays.

I’m not trying to make it sound like it’s a torturous event, on the contrary, it’s an honour and privilege to share the break with them (quite often something we only recognise after they no longer ‘need’ us) but I’m a firm believer in balance and there will be times when I rely on Spielberg and the electronic babysitter to give me a welcome rest.

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The World (on/at/and) My Feet…

"It's the world Jim, but not as we know it..."
"It's the world Jim, but not as we know it..."

It’s crafty Friday yet again.

A few creative mums and I usually get together once a week for a bit of cutting, sticking or Morsbagging and today we decided to draw pictures all over each other – henna pictures to be precise and what a giggle it was.

We used a couple of the henna book complete kits by Alieen Marron, (The Henna Body Art Kit and Tribal Tattoos) which contained a few transfers, a tracing pencil, some tracing paper and all the other malarkey.

I’ve been hankering after a tattoo of the earth on the sole of my feet for ages.  I wanted it there, not for anyone to see particularly, but as a symbol for what I’m trying to do; spreading the message about ways to be kinder to the environment by ‘lightening our footprint’.

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