Coconut muffins.

coconut muffins :: keep it simple

Simple coconut muffins! Great for lunch boxes!
Millie and I made these today!

Ingredients:

150g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g sugar
50g desiccated coconut
125ml milk
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted (could use butter or sunflower or rice bran oil etc)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, beaten

Add the coconut to the milk and soak for an hour or so.

Preheat oven to 180°C/Gas 4 and line a muffin tin with 12 small paper cases or could make 6 large muffins.

Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add the sugar then the wet ingredients. Fold together, scraping the sides as you go, until combined.

Divide into cases and bake for 20-25 minutes until skewer comes out clean. These would be finished perfectly with some runny icing (icing sugar mixed with a small amount of water) but the cupboard was sadly lacking icing sugar!

It’s all in the name!

Feels like its been ages since I did a five things post, been busy crocheting! But not crocheting this evening as I’m so sleepy I’d probably fall asleep and take my eye out with the hook! So here’s a five things post to catch up a bit! This is my 100th post!!

  1. Sunshine! We’ve actually had some, warm (ish) sunshine! And it’s even Bank Holiday weekend! The rain is sure to show it’s face tomorrow in true traditional fashion but we shall be hitting the Bower nonetheless since the kids want to go and seemed to enjoy it last year! Back to today, it’s been a seeing family kinda day! Lots of playing outside with cousins, cake eating and tea drinking at my in-laws then to my folks for dinner and more playing outside with my brother and his family. We’ve come home with plants for the garden from my brother and Mum! Thanks!
  2. Earache be gone. Xander came out of school with earache on Friday which seemed a bit infected so I took him up to the minor injuries at local hospital last night and the nurse gave him antibiotics. I’m glad to say it seems much better today and isn’t causing him much pain although he’s still a bit deaf!
  3. Talking. Webby and I had a good chat last night about how I should stop worrying about my skin and what other people think about how it looks when its playing up. When its bad I withdraw a lot and try to hide it, especially when it’s on my face, I worry to much about people thinking I look awful!He talked some sense into me and so I’m trying to worry much less about it, as he pointed out, the fact I worry about that probably doesn’t help! He’s a gem ❤
  4. Haka! Webby learnt the Haka whilst on a course couple of weeks ago, and while he was on another course last week he was teaching it to some of the people he was on it with! So today he’s been teaching the kids and they loved it!! Millie has got all the moves but wants to learn the words too, Xander has got the face down to a T!
  5. Crochet. As I’ve mentioned I’ve picked up crocheting again! I decided to make a few bits to have in a ‘for sale‘ folder on my Facebook page! I’ve had orders for three pairs of booties and people enquiring about blankets and the VW print too 🙂 Considering opening an online shop, but need a name… the only one that’s popped into my head so far is ‘Yarn Over, Click’.. ‘yarn over’ being a crochet term and ‘click’ for the click of pressing button on a camera!
    9-12 months booties.
    newborn blue booties.
    newborn raspberry snuggle and booties set.

    rainbow snuggle.

Folksy Friday – all things woolly!

I’ve been crocheting again this week! Considering opening up on Folksy again.. So this weeks Folksy Friday is all things wool, crochet, knitting!

Newborn Baby Beanie Hat – Hand Knitted – Red, White & Blue Stripes by Blueberry Barn, £11.

 

Natural Yarn Bracelet Cuff by DysfunctionDesigns, £8.

 

knitting notebook by kate broughton, £5.

 

18mm WOODEN CROCHET HOOK! HANDMADE! by Stylewire Crochet, £4.

 

Stoneware pottery yarn bowl with little star hook by littlewrenpottery, £12.

 

‘I like to ride my bike’ Karrie bag by Nicknots, £19.

 

‘Ninja’ Crochet hook roll. by Nicknots

Last weeks Folksy Friday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, I am 30!

  1. Morning! Had a lovely morning – popped to town and had a chat with ladies in The Sewing Shop, and a lady I went to school with in the bead shop, didn’t know she worked there! Then went home and made more cakes – the ones I made the other day seemed to have been demolished (the cake fairies of course, I couldn’t possibly of eaten them all..)
  2. Afternoon tea. Was my turn to have the two friends I see weekly here, hence the cake making! They went down well 😀 Lovely afternoon was had!
  3. Twinkle twinkle. Violet has been opening and closing her hands when I sing twinkle twinkle, so cute! She does her little dancing jig too! Love her!
  4. Millie. She made my Dad and I laugh this afternoon. She found a grey hair on my head which she found highly amusing and went to tell my Dad who joked that it was them that were causing it! Millie said “Well she is 30!”


    Was taking photos of Xander and me too 😀

  5. Crochet. Almost finished the bit of crochet I was doing – a baby comforter/snuggle, though ran out of white! Thinking I might try selling!

Have seven!

Been a been slack in posting my five things recently! Apologies! Violet hasn’t been settling to well in the evening so been tricky for me to get chance to sit and type! HEre are a few positives for the last few days!

  1. Babysitting. I did a spot of baby sitting for Jodi on Saturday night! They had been to a wedding! It’s a long day for little ones so I sat with the two little boys so they could stay for the evenings celebrations! I took Violet with me who fell asleep and settled on the sofa to my left, then Albie came and fell asleep on the sofa to my right (after drawing a lovely picture of Sylvie and Violet!), I was wedged!
  2. ‘I love you Mummy’. I took Xander with me to Morrisons yesterday to get foody stuff, he fancied some Shreddies so they got popped in the trolley! As we got out of the car he randomly said ‘I love you Mummy!’ 🙂
  3. Assignment done! Webby had an assignment due in today but hadn’t had time to do any of it until this weekend so he got stuck in and managed to get it done over Saturday and Sunday! I proof read it last night and was impressed! He has so much knowledge! 🙂
  4. Great Aunt. My Great Aunt visited this weekend to meet Violet, there was a bit of a family gathering at my folks’ house on Saturday which was lovely!  We went back yesterday and I actually remembered my camera so managed to take some snaps! (I photographed my friend’s sister’s wedding earlier this year and left the house without my camera, had to go back and get it after dropping Violet off at my Mum and Dad’s!!)DSC_6908
  5. She’s back! Millie’s teacher has been away for a few months and they’ve had a supply teacher instead. Millie’s really missed her as she’s a really lovely lady and today she returned, Millie was so excited!
  6. Dubster. Violet aka Dubster (Her initials are VW – Volkswagen aka V-dubs – Dubster!) She had her 9 month development check on Friday, everything all ok, Health Visitor seemed quite taken with her! She’s coming on leaps and bounds so quickly, it’s amazing and scary and going far too fast! The last couple of nights she hasn’t wanted feeding to sleep, but has lay in bed next to me and just drifted off, I could just lie there and watch her!
  7. Crochet. Off to have a muffin and do some crochet! 😀

Strawberries and cream, white chocolate muffins!

Strawberries and cream, white chocolate muffins :: keep it simple

These are quite naughty but very nice!! I had some cream that had just gone out of date and needed using up and some strawberries that needed using, I thought white chocolate would work well, which it did! My Great Auntie was visiting this weekend so I took some to my Mum and Dad’s yesterday where she was staying. They were well received!

Ingredients:

250g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g sugar
6 tbsp oil
125ml cooled stewed strawberries (I used about 350g strawberries, quartered and simmered for about 20 minutes, lid off)
250ml double cream
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
100g white chocolate
50g white chocolate chunks
pinch salt

Preheat oven to gas 4/180°C and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases. Sieve the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Add the sugar. Place the 100g white chocolate, broken in chunks, into a pan with the oil (I used the pan I’d stewed strawberries in) and heat on a very low heat, stirring often, until chocolate has melted. Beat the eggs and vanilla into the cream with a fork. Then pour into the flour, along with the melted chocolate and oil. Use a spatula to fold together until combined, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl until combined. Divide between cases, filling them 3/4 full. Sprinkle some chocolate chunks on top then bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown on top and skewer comes out clean. I got 15 out of this mix so needed to do a second batch in oven as I only have one tray!

Strawberries and cream, white chocolate muffins :: keep it simple

I need to get some more plates for using for photographs!! Our every day plates aren’t very photogenic!

Folksy Friday – Garden Goodies!

Bee Hotel, Three tier, in Old English Green by Wudwerx, £39.95.

 

Malaysian Oak Planter Reclaimed by Arte Povera Crafts, £23

 

French Vintage Country Style Herb box by Vintage French 3R Design, £30

 

Bird feeder mug handthrown in stoneware–fully weatherproof by Caractacus Pots, £17.99

 

Swiss Bird House by Gift of Wood, £26.50

 

Three Tier Scandi Chic Herb Pot and Plant Garden Stand by Elizabeth Greenwich, £50

 

Garden Dibber in Oak by Works-in-Wood, £4

 

Last weeks Folksy Friday!

 

 

 

 

 

Choconut muffins and cream.

My husband came up with this combination, two of his favourite cakes rolled into one!

choconut muffins and cream :: keep it simple

Ingredients:

225g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
150g caster sugar
50g cocoa
6 tbsp coconut oil
250 ml coconut milk
50ml milk (I didn’t put any extra milk in and they’re fine but I think they could do with a bit more!)
50g desiccated coconut
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
100g dark chocolate
extra chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to gas 4 and line a muffin tin with paper cases. I got 16 out of this recipe so baked 12 first then 4 in a separate batch.

Sieve the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cocoa into a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar and desiccated coconut.

In a small pan, over a low heat, melt the coconut oil and the 100g chocolate, broken into pieces. Stir every so often until melted, it should look lovely and glossy! Take off heat. In a jug beat the eggs, add the coconut milk, milk and vanilla and mix with a fork until combined. Then, pour this into the pan and mix well.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix with a spatula, scraping the sides and bottom as you go until just combined. Try not to over mix. Divide into cases, they should be 3/4 full. Pop a few chocolate chunks on top of each one. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

I had some coconut milk left over so added some cocoa and icing sugar to make a chocolate and coconut cream to go with the muffins (or just eaten with a spoon!!) I only had a bit of icing sugar so you could probably add more if you wanted. I used:

150g coconut milk
25g cocoa
50g icing sugar

Just mix it all with a fork until smooth, keep it in the fridge and serve the muffins with a dollop!

choconut muffins and cream :: keep it simple

Midges in my eye!

Five things

1. Squirrels. We were sat eating breakfast this morning, the children and I, and Millie says “What is a squirrel?” I shrug my shoulders and she replies “Nuts!” She’d just made that up, funny!

2. New friends. Went for a cup of tea at a school Mum’s house this morning, I’ve known her a while but it’s the first time we’d had a meet up outside of school/toddler group! Another school mum friend came too, was reply nice!

3. Walking. Have walked a lot today as Webby took the car to work and it felt good! If I’d had the car I’d of jumped in it for this morning’s cups of tea, when actually it didn’t take that long to walk and it’s good exercise, especially wearing Violet!

4. Yet more baking! Baked a batch of chocolate and coconut muffins this afternoon as requested by my husband!! They’ve turned out very well I think! Shall blog them tomorrow!

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5. Evening run. Was dreading running today, just really wasn’t in the mood! Almost talked myself out of it with the walking I’d done but after tea I didn’t feel so against it so I did go! Kept getting midges in my eye though, slightly irritating, but I didn’t stop! Need to get back into the swing if it as been a bit slack recently, tut!

Blueberry, raspberry and almond muffins.

Blueberry, raspberry and almond muffins :: keep it simple

Well these went down quite well this morning! Here’s the recipe, I only used one teaspoon of baking powder and think they could probably do with a little more so would use 2 next time!

I stewed 125g blueberries and a handful of frozen raspberries for 10 minutes..

Blueberry, raspberry and almond muffins :: keep it simple

Blueberry, raspberry and almond muffins :: keep it simple

Ingredients:

150g plain flour
75g ground almonds
2 tsp baking powder
100g sugar
125ml blueberries/raspberries, stewed
125ml milk
60ml oil
2tsp vanilla extract/almond essence
2 med eggs, beaten

Preheat the oven to gas 4 and line a muffin tin with 12 paper cases.
Sieve the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl then add the almonds and sugar. Add the wet ingredients and mix with a spatula, stirring as you go, until just combined. Divide into cases, sprinkle with sugar, and bake for 20-30 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Blueberry, raspberry and almond muffins :: keep it simple

Blueberry, raspberry and almond muffins :: keep it simple

Blueberry, raspberry and almond muffins :: keep it simple

Lovely with a bit of clotted cream! As are the strawberry and raspberry muffins from the other day (left in the photo)!