Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Banana Buttermilk Muffins

I found my new favourite banana muffin recipe!
It was on a blog called Alida's Kitchen and I love it and so do the kids.
The main reason I made them was because I had buttermilk in my fridge, two ripe bananas and half a cup of chocolate chips. Clearly a sign that I had to bake muffins. I just had to do it. And I cannot wait to bake them again!

Here is a link tot the recipe and here is a copy:

1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 cup well-mashed ripe banana (I used 2 large bananas)
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided (I used plain chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 180 C.
Spray 12 standard muffin cups with cooking spray or line with paper liners and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda.
In a separate bowl (or in a liquid measuring cup), whisk together buttermilk, banana, oil, egg and vanilla.
Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture and fold until just blended. Add 1/4 cup chocolate chips, and fold until combined.
Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops with remaining chocolate chips.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes and then move muffins to a wire rack to cool completely. completely.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

August Break: : Love

The end of the summer holiday is upon us. I would be lying if I said that we had summer weather the last two weeks. In fact I have been pretty depressed by the lack of sun but today we braved the weather and headed to the beach. I love the beach.

It turned out to be a beautiful day.
A bit of sun shine, lots of wind and the kids having a great time.

Tomorrow it is back to the school run routine!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

August Break: Something New

I was in the garden this morning with my daughter who eagerly tried to harvest our carrots. Luckily I was able to prevent her from harvesting a strawberry, one of only two. I love the flowers from the strawberry plant and in my opinion they qualify as something new. 
A work in progress.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

August Break: Lines

I was going to search for interesting lines outside today but then I remembered that I have a very busy day ahead of me... so as I sat at my kitchen table, trying out my awesome new birthday present pens the lines just started forming themselves.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

August Break: Treasures

I have a lot of treasures... my husband sometimes calls me a hoarder but he does so endearingly. I took out a few of my precious things and my daughters jumped at the chance to dig into forbidden territory. Ultimately I have no greater treasure than my children and my family.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

August Break: Black & White

It has been a grey day.
Lots of rain.
So much so that I didn't leave the house.
The children required a lot of attention because they have cabin fever.
I'm feeling pretty low with this cold summer weather.
I wasn't planning on taking a photo today but decided to capture my antique milk jug before the light is gone for the day. 
Maybe tomorrow will be better.

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