Monthly Archives: May 2015

Baking, gardening and a pink explosion #littleloves

Oh half term, how we love thee. It’s been a week of relaxing, knitting, reading, visiting family, seeing friends and eating cake. Bring on the nextย half term at school! So, what have I been loving this week?

Read

My ‘Knitting for Dummies’ book to try and help me join up the pieces for my jumper (a baby one)…it worked to a certain extent, but one arm is not matching up perfectly, so we’ll see how it goes when I attach all the seams…!

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Watched

Not much TV, which has been very lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

Heard

My hubby mowing the lawn at his parents’ holiday cottage. We went to see his brother who was staying there with his wife and friends and we did a bit of gardening to help out. I saw we, I sat and cuddled a baby and watched ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wore

Loving a jumper that I’ve borrowed from my little sister, no photo sadly, but H&M did good.

Made

More buns! A healthy(ish) recipe, from the Hairy Dieters, it has no butter in it and limited amounts of sugar. They are pretty yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

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And lastly…

We found a gorgeous bush full of the pinkest flowers I’ve ever seen at the Botanical Gardens, I just have to share the photo…

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Talk about an explosion of pink!

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Skinny Lemon and Blueberry Cupcakes

Mmm cake. I love cake. Well, sugar in general, but cake especially. However, I’m no longer able to just eat whatever I like and get away with it, so slightly more healthy alternatives need to be found.

Enter the Hairy Dieters cookbook, How to Love Food and Lose Weight. There are some great recipes in there, some of which I’ve had my eye on for a while, so when I needed some cakes to take to various family members that we’d be visiting, I decided to finally try out this little number.

20150526_104812Really easy recipe, nothing too out of the ordinary in there.

Ingredients

200g self-raising flour ย – ย 1tsp bicarbonate of soda ย – ย 75g golden caster sugar (I used normal) ย – ย 100g blueberries ย – ย grated zest of 1 lemon ย – ย 2 large eggs ย – ย 150ml low fat natural yoghurt ย – ย 2 tbsp semi-skimmed milk ย – ย 50ml sunflower oil ย – ย 100g icing sugar ย – ย 4-4 1/2 tsp lemon juice

First things first, preheat the oven to 160 C (fan oven, 200 C for normal) and put some muffin cases in a muffin tray.

Sift the flour and bicarb of soda into a large bowl and stir in the sugar, blueberries and lemon zest.

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Once mixed, make a well in the centre. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl til smooth, then beat in the yoghurt, milk and oil til they’re well combined.

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Pour this into the well and stir into the flour mixture with a large metal spoon until it’s just mixed in.

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It’s a weird ass dough, and I think you have to not mix too much…the next step says, ‘Working quickly, divide the batter between the paper cases’, so I think there’s some sort of hidden food science that means leaving it too long will cause a disaster…maybe. Once you’ve filled the cases, pop them in the oven.

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Bake for 16-18 mins, or until well risen and golden brown. Take ’em out and put on a wire rack to cool.

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If you want to ice them, let them cool then make the icing. I misread the recipe and put in 4 tbsp of lemon juice, so I used significantly more icing sugar…not complaining though, I got to snack on a bit afterwards ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sift the icing sugar into a bowl then mix in the lemon juice. Make sure it’s smooth and not too runny.

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Using a spoon, ice the buns (once they’re properly cool). They’ll drip lots, but the look fab.

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20150526_104801Let the icing set, then try not to eat them all at once!

Maths songs, muffins and a minibreak #littleloves

Woohoo for alliteration in the title…I did one a while back and haven’t managed to make it fit since, but it rolled off the keyboard (?) this time ๐Ÿ™‚ Feels like a while since I’ve done a #littleloves post, I was ill last week so didn’t join in…no excuse as I stayed off work on Friday, but hey ho. Back again this week, what little things have I been loving?

Read

Pretty much nothing…which is really bad! I’ve read a couple of chapters of a Helen Forrester book, which is about a girl living in poverty in Liverpool. I’m enjoying it, think I need to start pushing the boat out a bit with my reading though. If anyone has any recommendations, please share ๐Ÿ™‚

Watched

I feel like there’s something really great to report here and I can’t remember it…ooh we watched Born Naughty the other week, which was really interesting. Unbelievable what some of the parents have had to liveย through before getting their child (and themselves) the support they need.ย 81f0c21e-d33b-459e-b181-1c9b3d1f82f5

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Wore

A lovely new Fatface top ๐Ÿ™‚ I visited the store whilst the sale was on a week or so ago and found myself a beauty for just ยฃ10 – bargain! It’s got this gorgeous lace bit on the shoulders/back which I love.

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Heard

Lots of number songs at work, we’re all about doubling this week. I’ve tried to find them on YouTube but no luck…there’s Mr Double Trouble, using our fingers to double numbers…all with very catchy tunes which we all end up singing ALL DAY LONG.

Made

Muffins ๐Ÿ™‚ healthy ones too, with yoghurt, oats and blueberries. Only a bit of sugar and butter ๐Ÿ˜‰

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And lastly…

We spent a lovely weekend in Cambridge visiting my sister, it was really nice to get away for a day or so.

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I’m linking up with but why mummy why?, sharing the love of little things ๐Ÿ™‚

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