Coconut muffins.

coconut muffins :: keep it simple

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


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 180Β°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!

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 πŸ˜€ 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 sheΒ is 30!”

    Was taking photos of Xander and me too πŸ˜€

  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!

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 I had some cream that had just gone out of date and needed using up and some strawberries that needed using, I thought white chocolate would work well, which it did!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!


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 4/180Β°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!

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


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!


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


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)!

Strawberry, raspberry and vanilla muffins.

I was stewing some strawberries as they were starting to go funny and Violet likes stewed fruit with yogurt. I threw in some frozen raspberries too and thought I’d try making muffins with it! Worked quite well!

Strawberry, raspberry and vanilla muffins :: keep it simple


225g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
100g caster sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
125ml milk
60ml vegetable oil
125ml stewed strawberries and raspberries

(To stew the berries, quarter the strawberries, rinse, put in a pan over a medium heat with a handful of raspberries. After about 5 minutes the berries will start to release their juice, simmer for 5-10 more until they start to go mushy, leave to cool)

Preheat oven to 180Β°C/gas 4. Line a muffin tin with paper cases. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and gently mix with a spatula, scraping from the sides as you go, until just combined. Divide between cases, sprinkle with granulated sugar, and bake for 20-30 minutes until well risen and golden brown on top. Cool on a wire rack.

I bet these would be even better with a dollop of (clotted?) cream! Naughty!

Real strawberry icing iced cupcakes!

Strawberry icing iced cupcakes :: keep it simple
For the cake I use this recipe:

125g butter, softened (but not melted)
1 tsp vanilla essence
165g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
2 eggs
125ml (1/2 cup) milk

Preheat oven to moderate and line muffin tin with cases. Beat butter, vanilla and sugar in mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour and milk, in two batches. Divide mixture into cases (I got 16 cupcakes out of it, could do 12 and have them more muffin sized) Bake for 20-30 minutes, until skewer comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack.

The icing recipe is here! Thank you Jodi for passing it on! πŸ˜€

Strawberry icing iced cupcakes :: keep it simple

If the icing has strawberries in it can I pass it off as healthy?!

Today’s five things..

1. Xander’s reading. Xander’s teacher told me this morning that Xander’s reading age had improved a huge amount since January! Well done Xander!

2. Lovely morning.. Having tea, cakes, chats and giggles with two friends! I made some cakes with real strawberry icing to take, they were lovely! (Thanks for recipe Jodi!) Will share link tomorrow!


3. Smear. I was at doctors for an appointment and realised I’d not booked smear test yet so did so while I was there.

4. Feet. Since using Averno my heels have been so smooth!! If you have dry feet you must try it!!

5. Texts. Had some lovely messages from a friend last night πŸ™‚

Give the gift of cake!


  1. Baking! Had Millie off school today with earache. She wanted to bake some scones so after checking we had the ingredients and getting Violet off for a nap, thats what we did! I made some gluten free blueberry muffins too!



  2. Favours. I called my Mum and Dad this morning to ask them to grab me a couple of bits of shopping when they went for their weekly trip to Tamworth, I mentioned Millie wanted to see them so Mum invited us for lunch. Hence the gluten free muffins – they were for my Dad who has is a Coeliac! We took round some scones too and one of the Nutella muffins for my Mum! Thank you!
  3. Lovely comment! When I was in Morrisons the other day, I heard a voice calling my name, it was the lady behind the news counter who I went to school with, asking me to come over. She just wanted to tell me that she loved reading my blog and found it really interesting! Well thank you, if you’re reading, that comment really made my day πŸ™‚ I forgot to put it in my blog that day so I’m putting it in todays instead!
  4. Millie & Xander. They’ve been really nice to each other today! Took turns on my folks’ laptop, played with the lego together this evening, and were reading each other stories in bed!DSC_6746
  5. Tomorrow. Looking forward to tomorrow!Am seeing a fried who buggered off to France last year! She’s over for a few days so she’s coming over for copious amounts of tea and most likely some cake! πŸ™‚