Sunday, 24 November 2013

A few recent pictures..

Fire work night..
These two are so cute 
Violet pretty much drops anywhere!
Anyway to keep them quiet! 
Sharing daddies dinner! 

Fun in the park with my little sis 
Violets milk mustache!! 
These gorgeous two pickles 

She's a mini me dunking he biscuit in her milk.. 

Helping daddy load the AGA

Sticker chart mummy lol

And my two wet babies after a Sunday bath 

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Monday, 18 November 2013

Chocolate (Carnation) Caramel Muffins

I had a can of Carnation Caramel just sat in the cupboard and really just wanted to use it up!
So i made so yummy not so healthy muffins! these are super moist and actually taste better a day old!

You will need 250g Self raising flour


100g soft brown sugar


60g of Cocoa powder


add in a tsp of baking powder


Add in 2 eggs & 150ml Milk


 And finally 4tbsp of veg oil ( i used coconut oil)


Mix then add the whole can of caramel!


Yummm...


 Spoon into muffin moulds / paper cake liners or i use silicon cake moulds ( non stick) the batch made 12.


Pop in the a preheated 190c oven for 20mins.. 


These are so light, fluffy & sticky! i definitely preferred them the next day though..


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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Carrot & Coriander Soup Recipe!

I really fancied Carrot & Coriander soup after having it at a friends house the other week!
I had loads of left over carrots to use up so it was perfect timing!

First off you need to soften 1 large onion in a large saucepan with abit of Olive oil


Pop on the kettle and pull out a vegetable stock cube 


Chop up 1 large & peeled potato add that to your saucepan i also cut and peeled 4/5 large carrots


Pour over 1.2litre of stock


Add in your coriander to taste, ive added in fresh, dried works well also! yo can add extra coriander at the end if its not quite strong enough!
Pop the lid on a bring to a boil then simmer until all veggies are soft.


Once ready leave to slightly cool, then blitz up with a hand blitzer like mine or a normal food processor will do the job! 


Once lump free its done! i added pepper to taste as well as extra coriander!
 Its also freezable if you decide to make a big batch!




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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Home-made Veggie spaghetti sauce

I had to do another batch of my homemade spaghetti sauce the other day so thought id blog it with easy how to pictures! saves going back to a video to load everytime to make it!
It so simple and makes around 6/7 batches..
Heres what you will need..

I usually use 6 cans of chopped tomatoes but only had 4...
you can use pretty much any vegetables you want,
I have chosen to use 2 sweet potatoes, 2 courgettes, spinach, 1 large onion and different herbs, dried & fresh..

 First thing you want to do is chop your veggies and place in a roasting tin, drizzle over some oil, i use 
Avocado oil, pop in a preheated oven at 180c for 30+ mins or until soft/cooked


I put half the veggies in my blender.. blitz then add a good handful of spinach..



pour your tomatoes into large saucepans, ive used 2 tins in each.. 


Im adding my first batch of blitz up veggies to one saucepan. and repeat that step with the remanding veggies/spinach.



Add your seasonings.. i add about 2/3tbs garlic, 1/2 tsp parsley,basil,thyme & tarragon as well as some fresh rosemary.


 Once everything is in the pan, turn up the heat till it comes to a boil.


 I measure my portions out using a cup measurement.. using 1 1/2cups per batch.


I also use these IKEA bags


Managed to make 7 batches of sauce from 4 tins! this sauce can be used for absolutely anything!
Spaghetti Bolognese
pasta sauce
lasagne
soups
stews
casseroles

Dont forget to label them with dates so you know how long you've had them.. they should last in the freezer 6 months to a year.. they never last that long in this house though!



























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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Simple how to : Chocolate Lollies!

This was my first ever attempt at making chocolate lollies and there definitely not perfect but i really enjoyed making them and loved the end result!

What you will need: piping bag & nozzles, candy melts lolly pop sticks and lolly moulds (candy melts & moulds are from hobby craft)


First thing you want to do is fill your piping bag with your first colour of candy melts and melt in the microwave for 20/30sec.. ( be careful not to melt the bag!)


Once melted snip the bottom off..


Start pipping the middler of your flower or whatever your pipping first! then leave to cool ( this take mins!)



 Once all cool repeat the first step with a different pipping bag and pipe the top layer.


then add in your lolly stick, i like to twist it round in the chocolate then hold it securely while you pipe over the top.


Pop in the fridge.. candy melts harden really quickly unlike ordinary chocolate, takes about 15mins to harden!



And there done!


Like is said this was first attempt & they are not perfect but still look great! the kids loved them!


How i made the green grass rice!
Measure out as much rice as you need in each glass.. i used super cheap rice that i wouldn't usually eat. 


You need some food dye ( i use the wilton food gels, these are super pigmented and more 'natural' based so dont stain hands etc) 
you will also need a ziplock bag..

add your rice 1tiny amount of food colouring and 1-2tsp of water to your bag, seal and give it a good shake..


Spread out onto a tray and pop in a preheated oven at 180 for 10mins until dry.



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