Morning! Or is that afternoon? Yep, it is, oh boy time is flying past fast today. I like Monday's though, it's a good day to have a think about the week ahead and do some planning to make life easier. One of the things I give some thought to is feeding my hungry brood so I'm trying to stick to a weekly meal plan. And then there are school lunches & after school snacks..
On Monday's two of my girls head to Ballarat for dance classes so I try to bake something for them to take. At home two other kids need after school fuel, one stays home and the other is off to callisthenics tonight so they will be hungry too! An old fave is muffins. I use the Every Day in the Kitchen recipe (one of my most used cook books) and tweak it.
I'm sure you have a good muffin recipe too but for those who don't this one is fool proof and really simple.
150g (5oz) self-raising flour
pinch of salt
100g (3/12 oz) caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
125ml (4 fl oz) milk
3 tbsp melted butter
(I double this recipe and make two separate batches)
Preheat oven to 180C (350 F)
Mix flour, salt & sugar together. Add vanilla, milk, butter and egg(s), and beat until smooth. At this point I divide the mixture in two. Today one batch will be banana & chocolate so I added one banana, mashed, and a handful of choc chips. The other muffins will be raspberry & white chocolate so to the other bowl I added a good handful of frozen raspberries and a smaller handful of white choc chips.
Yum! I bake the muffins in patty pan cases, in a muffin tray, easier for the kids to eat on the run & not so much washing up. Yay!
You can virtually put anything you like in muffins...apple & cinnamon, blueberries, pear, walnut, sultana's..whatever you feel like. Do you have a favourite snack recipe? I am going to try and post one every week, I'd love to hear about yours too.
So what else is happening? We have a broody duck! Can you see her in her little house?
There she is, all nestled up, sitting on a big pile of eggs,
and not the least bit interested in anything else. She does get off her nest in the morning for a little stretch of her pretty orange legs, and a drink & nibble, but other than that it's all about the eggs. This leaves our resident nutbag, Freddie, at a bit of a lose end. So guess who has been hanging out on the deck? Yep, you guessed it. Part duck, part dog, part sociopath.
Yesterday was a beautiful day, the light at this time of the year is magical and I love the change in seasons. Although it's sad when summer fades, today being the last day, I do enjoy the peace & beauty of autumn. Lets not even think about winter though..now that's a scary thought!
Today there is much excitement as Rosie is trying out calisthenics this afternoon. She has been cartwheeling her way through every day lately and can't wait to learn more! None of our other girls has tried calisthenics before so I"m not sure what to expect. I guess we'll find out at 4.30!
You may have noticed a lack of creativity in my blog lately. I haven't been sewing much and haven't felt the need, maybe the drama's of life lately have taken up all my head space. Anyway, I"m kind of excited because I have finally found a new project. I'm going to try to make Rosie a doona cover using thrifted & vintage linen. I have a big pile to choose from and as I love my own mismatched bedcover so much I'm going to try for something similar. I'll let you know how I go!
Wow, it's almost time for school pick up...better fly out the door! Before I do though I want to thank you so much for all your good wishes & concern for my mum. It was really lovely to read all your heartfelt comments and to know that there is so much love & kindness out there. I feel alot better today,I think it's been a matter of processing what might have been and just giving ourselves time. I still can't believe it, what a terrible and sad thing to happen. To think that Mum was touring beautiful Christchurch just before the quake..unbelievable. We are so lucky.
Take care lovely friends, hope you are having a happy Monday, see you soon xo