Monday, June 29

Simple Chocolate Cupcakes

It's been ages since I've shared a recipe with all of you, gee I need to get back into the swing of blogging..
With the holidays upon us and my girls at home, they always seem to be hungry or wanting something to eat.  Most of the time we are healthy eaters but I always figure a treat doesn't hurt and it's homemade so it's not as bad as the bought type.  So today I made them some chocolate cupcakes. This recipe is always a favourite with my girls so I thought you might like to give too.

3/4 cup plain flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
80g butter
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius. Prepare 12 hole muffin pan with papers.
2. Sift all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
3. Make a small well in the middle of the bowl and then add the remaining ingredients.
4. Beat on low speed with electric mixer until just combined.
5. Scrape down sides of bowl and beat on medium speed for a further two minutes.
6. Place tablespoons of the mixture into 12 hole muffin tray until holes are half full.  
7. Place tray into oven for 15-18 minutes for 12 hole muffin pan.
8. Stand for 5 minutes and then turn out onto wire rack to cool.
9. Iced or leave plain if preferred.

I use a simple icing for my cupcakes of 1 cup of icing sugar, a couple of teaspoons of butter, a teaspoon of vanilla essence, a bit of boiling water and a splash of milk to make it a spreadable consistency. Enjoy. 

Saturday, June 20

Around the garden

 I don't know why I haven't found the groove I once had for creating and gardening, that passion and drive to get outside and do and make.  I'm not sure whether I lost it slowly from when I found out my Dad was sick and then learning to live without a parent.  Maybe it's because I have lost myself in the web and my desire to see what everyone else is doing.  I do know that I love to take photos and create that way each day, trying to perfect my craft.  I think it may be all of those things and a lack of sleep.  Lately I haven't slept quite like I would like so I am trying to get off the computer at least half an hour before bed, having a nice cup of sleep tea and doing some reading but still I wake through the night.  I spoke to a pharmacist today and she spoke about whether I may lack melatonin and that cherry juice is good to help with that.  So I bought some cherry juice too.  
As you can see my gardening efforts are a little small and I need to weed as well but there has been a least some effort made, and as I always tell my girls a little is better than none. 
 Do you have any helpful hints to treat insomnia?  I would love to hear.

Thursday, June 18

Another Foggy Morning

 We woke to another morning of fog today.  Although I haven't committed to an official 365 project again this year, I have been making a conscious effort to pick up my camera every single day. I decided this morning I would pick up my camera and I thought about where I could go to capture the fog in it's beauty. Last time I went down by the river, today I tried a lookout.  The fog lingered for quite sometime this morning, much longer than I had thought it would.  It was so thick I could feel my eyes going blurry trying to focus.  So while I was waiting I took photos of what I could see around me, exploring my surroundings from different angles.  It's amazing how beautiful water can be, it's droplets forming on the wire, on webs in trees and the reflections found in the puddles. I loved taking in all of the finer details around me and my concerns about exploring on my own just disappeared.
Do you often go exploring on your own or do you prefer to do it with other?

Tuesday, June 9

Time at my Mum's

The long weekend was a busy one for us.  There was a teenage social life to deal with on Saturday, family time on Sunday with my hubby's family and time spent on Monday with my Mum and Nan.  Today I was weary but there was no rest, shopping, baking and a lunch with my little miss at school to go to, after school pick up and then back again for my big girl.  It's nice to be busy, I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to be able to stay home and take care of my family. I'm sure though life is busier now as my girls are getting older, keeping up with them and their school and social life. Life is good, I love my family and my friends.
How are you going? I hope you are all going well.