Apple, Carrot and Coconut Breakfast Muffins

Breakfast in our house is generally boring, unhealthy chocolate cereal. This is obviously no good! I needed to find something different and that I could make in advance. So I came across a recipe on Pinterest for some muffins that looked good 🙂
Now the recipe was in American cups, but it looked like the kind of recipe that would be ok to just use like for like in UK cups, it worked like a dream. So this recipe will work with either cup size.
The end result look like this 🙂

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I adjusted the original recipe ever so slightly, here it is.

Ingredients

1 1/3 cup Self Raising Flour
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
2 Apples, peeled, cored and grated
2 large Carrots, peeled and grated
2/3 cup Desiccated Coconut
1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla

Pre heat the oven to 180C
In a bowl sieve in the flour and cinnamon. Add the apples, carrots and coconut.
In another bowl mix together the sugars, oil, eggs and vanilla.
Pour the wet mix into the dry mix and stir until it is just combined (don’t over mix here as you will end up with rocks not muffins!!)
Divide the mix into 12 cupcake/muffin liners.
Pop into the oven and bake for 20-25 mins.
Leave them to cool and enjoy.

Store in an air tight container and eat within about a week (I have just had the last one we made a week ago and it was still good).
I have also tested them in the freezer and they freeze and defrost really well.

We ate them with fruit and yogurt for breakfast. The kids thought they were pretty good and me and Cliff loved them!

The original recipe came from here

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Homemade Fruit Roll Ups

I am trying different ways to get more fruit and veg into the family. So what better way than a fun fruit roll up? Sadly the ones you can get in the shops are full of junk and not much fruit.
The ones I have made have nothing other than fruit in them at all! Here is the finished result 🙂

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To make these you will need…

500g (roughly) of fruit (I used cherries)
A pan
A baking sheet
Grease proof paper
Oil

Pop your fruit in the pan and heat gently to soften the fruit. Now depending on your fruit you might be able to just mash it into a purée here. If not you can use a stick blender to blitz it. (I did)

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If your fruit has seeds in you might want to run the mix through a sieve, but that is up to you.
Now line your baking sheet with the grease proof paper and brush on a tiny, tiny amount of oil to stop the mix sticking. Pour on the fruit mix. It’s such a gorgeous colour.

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Place this in the oven set to 60C. Leave the door open a tiny bit to let the moisture leave. You now need to leave it to dry out a bit for around 5 hours! This depends on your fruit really, I took mine out when the mix stopped sticking to my finger when I gently touched it.
Once cooled cut the sheet of fruit into long strips, keeping the paper on. I used scissors to do it and got 8 strips.

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Now roll them up 🙂 And they are ready to go! Keep them in the fridge or freezer.

A simple recipe…just time consuming. But super tasty. I will be experimenting with flavours now to see what combos go well together. Happy rolling!

Happy New Year :)

Happy New Year…it is now 2014!!!
Time sure does fly, 2013 shot by. It has been a busy, happy and difficult year. We finally became debt free which was our biggest success. I am so proud of us for this. We have been in debt for the past 10 years and was very difficult to deal with…but we did 🙂
I discovered my total love for sewing, it makes me happy and calm which is amazing. 🙂
Amber started school and is thriving there. Eboni is still doing amazingly well at school (apart from a small hiccup with her handwriting laziness!!) and she passed her primary ballet exam with distinction and was the top of her class (proud mummy).
Eli has come on in leaps and bounds, his talking is fantastic now and he is such a funny little man.
Cliff has had a bad end to the year, we were having a fun afternoon at the park and he fell and damaged his leg. Has been laid up for the past few days 😦
We have sooooo much planned for this year. Our main aim is to start saving for a deposit to be able to buy our own house. Renting is such a massive pain (especially when your landlord is useless and impossible to get hold of!)
We have pretty much zero organisation in the house so that is being tackled in a huge way. Storage is my main grip! And things do t have their own place to go…so they don’t get put away.
The kids are on the whole well behaved but at times can be completely uncooperative so will be working with them to overcome most of it. They will also get more responsibility in the house, like simple jobs and to have more respect for their and everyone else’s belongings. And we will be making more time for them, one in one especially.
I have a list as long as my leg of sewing projects that I want to do, I really want to start making clothes 🙂 I have made the odd skirt but I want to do so much more!
Both Cliff and I are looking at returning to education. Cliff is looking at doing an IT degree with the Open University. I am not sure what to do! I really am leaning towards Homeopathy but I need to be completely sure.
Our diet over the years has become lazy and pretty rubbish. Cliff is a tad overweight which concerns us all. So we will be making huge changes to how and what we eat. I am going to go back to cooking from scratch, I really don’t like not knowing what is in our food. I will get the kids more involved in the cooking too.
And finally I will be looking for a part time job! This scares the heck out of me, I haven’t worked since December 2006!!!
I hope you have a wonderful year 🙂

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Home Organisation – Earrings

I don’t have a huge selection of earrings as I only wear them occasionally, but they are always just tossed in my jewellery box. I am in the process of decluttering and organising the whole house! So I started small.
I had a piece of black plastic with holes in it that had come in a food packet. It was just the perfect size to put my earrings on. I have quite simply tied a piece of ribbon to the top of it to hang it up with. Ta-da!! Tidy earrings 🙂

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Advent – Round up

Ok, in the last days in the run up to Christmas things got a bit hectic! Meaning my posting got waylaid. So here is the finished up advent calendar 🙂

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The calendar ended up with 3 cows, 4 sheep, a donkey, 3 kings, 3 shepherds, 2 angels, Mary and Joseph, a star, 3 presents, a manger and baby Jesus.

I am so pleased with how it turned out and the kids enjoyed opening it up every day. I can’t wait to get it out next year 🙂

I hope you had a good christmas.

The Elf on the Shelf – Days 20-24

Once again we have been super busy so here is a round up of the last few days with Edwin.

Day 20

Edwin was climbing up our notice board using the magnetic clips to get up!

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Day 21

We found him sitting on a shelf today! Eboni thought this was great 🙂

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Day 22

On this day Edwin had been feeling peckish in the night and was in the Pringles tube!

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Day 23

On Edwin’s next to last day with us, we found him playing cards with the little Furbies on the table! They were playing 21 and everyone had bust apart from one Furby 🙂

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Day 24 – The last day 😦

So this was Edwin’s last day with us. We found a paper covered box on our kitchen table with a note on the top that said to ‘Please Open Together’

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So we all opened the box and inside was new pj’s for all of us, the DVD Elf and a jar with cookie mix in it. There was a letter in there with Edwin too. We thought this was a lovely way for Edwin to say goodbye 🙂

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Edwin says he will be back next year and we are looking forward to it already 😉

Merry Christmas

The Elf On The Shelf – Days 15 – 19

Wow we have had a busy little elf!

On day 15 Edwin was found on the window ledge with 4 letters in his hands. The first was addressed to all three children and the letter inside was explains that the other envelopes had blank writing paper in it for the children to do their list on for Santa. The letter was lovely and talked a bit about Edwins time with us.

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That evening we sat and wrote letters for Santa and we asked Edwin to take them back to Santa, which he did.

On the 16th Edwin had obviously been playing with one of the Christmas decorations! We have a springy reindeer soft toy and Edwin was discovered stuck within the spring!

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The 17th was one of Edwin’s more random days! He was hanging on my underwear dryer, pegged at all four limbs!

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The 18th the girls thought he hadn’t come back 😦 It wasn’t until Cliff made a drink and went in the fridge that he was discovered! He was sitting in one of the door pockets and had turned some milk green!!

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The 19th found Edwin greeting our newest christmas decoration, the Nutcracker! He was in a bowl filled with Hama beads next to the Nutcracker and had been putting the beads on him!

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