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When I woke up this morning I was greeted with snow. It was such a lovely site. It snowed for another few hours during the day, but the roads were pretty clear and my daughters came home safe from school.
Yesterday, before the snow, I looked out of my back room window at the table wreath, that I made a few days before Christmas. I put it outside on our garden table, a couple of days after Christmas day. I thought I’d show it to you, as I’m amazed as it still looks good. I thought it would only last a few days. I think it’s something nice to look at when I stare out the window.
You can see how I made the Table Wreath here.
Yesterday we had a lovely cheap Sunday lunch. I managed to get a pork belly joint, reduced to £3.75 from £5.71. It did taste nice though there wasn’t much on it, so we didn’t have any left for pies or curries, but it did make a change. As it was Sunday, I served it with yorkshire puddings and a selection of allotment vegetables: Roasted potatoes, parsnips, butternut squash and shallots and boiled brussels, peas, swede and carrots. It was a cheap, but very tasty Sunday lunch.
At the weekend I did my usual round of ‘Batch baking’.
I started by making bread rolls ready for the week ahead, which I cut in half and froze. I made 20 rolls in total. I love homemade bread as it tastes so good and it’s free of e-numbers, chemicals and preservatives.
I then made fruit scones for my youngest daughter to have as a snack at school, each day at break time. I also cut these in half, but this time I buttered them before freezing them. It’s so easy to pop a frozen scone into my daughter’s lunchbox in the morning and it’s defrosted by break time. You can find my recipe here.
My youngest daughter loves chocolate cake with a filling of jam, so I thought I’d make one as a treat. It’s not perfect, but that’s the beauty of homemade cakes, they are always different each time you make them.
I also made some naan bread to freeze, ready to reheat when we have our next curry. I find it’s cheaper to make naan bread, rather than buy it and it tastes just as good. You can find the recipe for my naan bread here.
Finally, I made some ‘Breakfast muffins’. My eldest daughter is not good at traveling and if she eats breakfast before she goes on the school bus, it makes her feel travel sick. Therefore I like her to have something to take to school and have when she arrives. She is quite fussy about what she takes, so I came up with a ‘Breakfast Muffin’ which she seems to enjoy and it’s a lot cheaper than the cereal bars you can buy.
Here’s how I made them:
My Recipe For Breakfast Muffins:
4 Weetabix’s crushed
100 grams margarine or butter
100 grams soft brown sugar
3 ripe bananas mashed
60 ml milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs beaten
300 grams self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
200 grams mixed fruit
Preheat your oven Gas 5 / 375F / 190C.
Cream the margarine and sugar.
Stir in bananas, milk, vanilla extract, and eggs and combine them well.
Sieve the flour and baking powder into the mixture and mix gently.
Finally add the mixed fruit and Weetabix and fold in gently.
Half fill muffin cases with the mixture.
Bake for approximately 25 minutes.
These can be eaten on their own or served with a spoonful of natural yoghurt.
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