I’ve been digging up some old recipes I enjoyed during childhood. This one was a family favourite and by happy coincidence is high in fibre, low in fat, and has no added sugar. It makes a great breakfast on the run or afternoon snack. You can adapt the recipe to include nuts, fruits, spices, sugar, anything you like really. This is my favourite version, recipe below. Be warned, these are not light fluffy cakes, because of all the fruit and bran they are quite dense.
Pick a mug of any size you like, I used a medium sized one and it would make about 12 muffins or one decent sized loaf.
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius
Lightly grease a loaf tin or line a muffin tin with pretty liners.
1 mug all bran
1 mug self raising flour
1 mug dried fruit
1 mug milk
1 tsp ground ginger.
1- Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. Allow to sit for 30 minutes until the bran soften.
2- Place mix into loaf tin or muffin cases and bake for 1-1.5 hours for a loaf and 30mins-1 hour for the muffins, depending on the size. You can tell the cakes are cooked when a skewer comes away clean.
3- Allow to cool and then munch!
This week I’ve been thinking a lot about growing things. As I live in a small flat I have no garden and so have been planning ways to grow things with minimal space used. Here’s some of my favourite ideas!
So there we have it. With some glass jars and some upcycled tins I’m sure I can make my windowsills a haven for tiny plants.
This week my Pinterest picks are all around the theme of winter warmers. It’s been chilly here in the UK and with a winter chill comes the desire to get cosy and warm inside. Here are some of my favourite ways to do this.
Firstly, food…what better way to warm up than with a bowl of something comforting (yes, comfort food should almost always come in bowl form).
Next, what better way to enjoy this lovely food? Of course, wrapped up in something warm and cosy!
Who wouldn’t love to be sitting here right now?
Banish those winter blues with some bright colours like these!
People, Christmas is on Tuesday!! Why did nobody warn me? How on earth did it sneak up on me so quickly? Oh wait I know, it’s because despite my earlier declarations of getting an early start I actually only started one thing and then completely ignored the jingle bells until December. Now, I know many of you will be aware of this already but that is far too late to begin making Christmas presents for your friends and family! My grand handmade Christmas presents plan had to be rapidly downscaled. Instead of making handmade cards I bought some charity ones to give to friends and family and focussed solely on ensuring that everyone gets at least one handmade thing in their gift. For my Mum & her partner it was this crochet throw blanket,
For my sister it was a very cute hat and mitten set (which I forgot to photograph before wrapping-raging!) and I’ll be forwarding her bike pannier bags once I actually finish them in the New Year. For my Dad and his wife, and all the inlaws I am making up Christmas hampers with lots of goodies in them including Cranberry Curd, Lemon Curd, Scottish Tablet, Peppermint Creams, Turkish Delight, Treacle Toffee, Honeycomb and Chocolate Truffles. These hampers ensure that my kitchen becomes a sweet smelling wee factory for a few days but they are always so well received I can’t not give them as gifts. This is the last of my Christmas making and I am happy to see that wee light at the end of the tunnel!
Now, I’ve made a promise to myself that I will be better next year and that I’ll start making Christmas presents in October but we all know what happens to the best laid schemes!
What did you guys do for your handmade Christmas gifts? I’m sure you were all much more organised than I was!
I missed last week so I’m back with some of my favourite Pinterest Picks for this week. This weeks theme is all around bicycles. I love to ride my bike and I’ve really missed it this past week as the weather has been just to icy for me to get out and about. I’m also working on a design for pannier bags and I should be able to show you the final product in a week or so!
Anyway, on to this weeks picks
So, for Take a Look Tuesday this week I decided to have a wee pre Christmas sale and for one week only, everything in my shop on Etsy will have 15% discount with code TALKT15. Don’t forget that as all of my items have free UK & Ireland postage this means there are some real bargains to be had!
I’ve also got some lovely items left over from the market at the weekend to add tonight.
This week my head has been filled with thoughts of moving house so this week we have an interiors special for Pinterest Picks
So today was the big day! I made the early morning trip from Glasgow to Edinburgh in torrential rain, to get to The Voodoo Rooms and get my stall set up. I was nervous and excited for my first market! I was all set up and waiting for the crowds to arrive, and waited a little more. Unfortunately, my first market was lacking in footfall which was a shame as there were some lovely stalls.
It wasn’t a waste for me to attend as I now have a good idea of what to expect at a market and how to prepare. Roll on the next attempt!
Anyway, here are some pictures of my stall.
Here are some things I’ve been falling in love with on Pinterest this week, oh to be a millionaire!
First up, who doesn’t love Orla Kiely? I am no exception to this and I am so in love with her prints, designs and clothes. This week I began a fairly strong love affair with this sweet jumper. I love the colours and style, just not the price tag.
Next I have to share another Beatles print. I love the iconic image and great use of colour in this.
Finally another thing to add to the never ending “To Make” list
Some Pinteresting beauties for this week, all with a Mid-century Scandinavian feel.