Thursday, 9 August 2007

Muffins, apple sauce and pussy cats!

At home again today just catching up on the washing and cleaning, so not very interesting sorry. I must try and get some new items made today. (make note to myself)
As promised here is the recipe for Banana Muffins / Cupcakes. Thankyou to all of you that have left lovely comments and requested this recipe.

For muffins/cupcakes:
225g (8oz) Unsalted Butter, softened
225g (8oz) Caster Sugar
225g (8oz) Self-rising Flour
4 Eggs
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
225g (8oz) Ripe Mashed Bananas

For the frosting:
1oz Unsalted Butter, softened a little
4oz Icing Sugar, sieved
1 tsp Vanilla Ess
1-2 tsp Lemon Juice Mix all together until thick enough to spread onto of the cakes. Add a sugar flower of slice of banana to decorate.


Preheat oven 175C (350F) Gas mark 4. Place 12 muffins cases or 18 cupcake cases in tins. Then combine the butter, sugar, flour, eggs and nutmeg in a large bowl until smooth then add the mashed banana combine well. Spoon the mix into the cases and bake for 20/25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a rack. Once cold decorate with the icing and serve. I hope you all enjoy them as much as we do.



Last night I cooked pork chops, mash and veg. And I rustled up some homemade apple sauce to go with it. I made enough for half a jar full, although you wouldn't think I had. My lot loved it and ate loads. Daisy was eating it before it had even cooled down.
Have ago at this one, it's very easy.
For half a jar this size:
2/3 large cooking Apples, peeled and cubed
1/2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
Mix together in a pan until soft enough to mash with a fork (leave some lumps in for a little texture)
Leave to cool and serve. Store in a air tight jar for 4 weeks.
There you go enjoy everyone x


I wanted to share a couple more photos with you. Here's Megan and Thomas, they're so lovely and both have very different ways. Thomas is a real softly and as you've seen will let you dress him and lay on his back while waters poured over him to cool him down in the hot weather. And he licks anything and everything, including us. First thing in the morning, if he thinks your taking to long to get his breakfast, he'll just follow you round and lick you feet and legs. It's very funny when I hear Ben yelling Argh! get off Tom lol I know what he's up too hehe

And Megan, well she likes to bring you presents of the furry kind. We normally wake to a mouse or 3 on the patio. Just last week she brought a mouse in and dropped it next to her food bowl. She then sat next to it, looked up at us, as though to say, "I'll have that for dinner please!"

Cats! who'd have them? lol

This posh puss is my Mum and Dad's cat Zag, she's a real little madam and has my Dad wrapped around her paw. He gets up at what ever time of night, she fancies going out. They don't have a cat flap.
There she is all wrapped in a warm towel, just after she's been dried off. She was soaking wet from the rain. Pampered puss. That's my Mum. Say hello! And I'll be seeing you soon. x


Not sure what we're up to tomorrow apart from a trip to the hairdressers for my oldest, so I'll get her to show off her new hair style. And maybe I'll have made some new stock to show you all. Have a good evening.

Catherine x

4 comments:

kat-out-of-the-bag said...

Thankyou for the recipe ,I will give it a try on Saturday,that's my baking day,love the photos of you cats too.
Kat =^..^=

kat-out-of-the-bag said...

Have a great weekend Catherine,I meant to say that the chickens were Gisela Graham from e bay and the fabric is actually some folded tea towels that came from Asdas new vntage kitchen range !!!!!!!
Kat x

Ragged Roses said...

Gorgeous cats!!! Thanks so much for the recipe - we'll have a go at that over the next few days! Isn't it lovely when the cats leave you little furry pressies - yeuch! Have a great weekend
Kim x

Vintage Amethyst said...

Ooooohhh thanks for posting that recipe I will have to give it a go.
Alison x