Wholemeal Spiced Cherry & Wheatgerm Muffins

In a muffin mood today.. So I thought I would concoct some using some frozen cherries I had remaining and they turned out well! I wanted to pack in some extra fibre, so added wheatgerm too. Once again, I did not do ‘real’ measuring, just used my large Cath Kidson mug and hoped for the best!

I had a little assistance today from my two year old boy too & he did a great job mixing and tipping and sprinkling!

Ingredients

Dry
1 & 1/2 mugs wholemeal self raising flour
1/2 mug wheatgerm
1/2 mug light brown muscovado sugar
1 tsp mixed spice
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Wet
1 mug milk (I used semi-skimmed)
1/4 mug rapeseed oil (or equivalent)
1 large egg
1/2 tsp almond essence

Other
3/4 defrosted frozen dark cherries

Topping
Mix a small handful of porridge oats, golden demerara sugar and cinnamon together.

Method

Preheat oven to 180° fan. Prepare muffin tin with paper cases.

Sieve dry ingredients together in large mixing bowl. Mix.

Whisk wet ingredients in another bowl.

Gently add wet ingredients to dry in the large mixing bowl and combine until all mixed. If it’s a little stodgy, add a drop more milk.

Add cherries and stir in.

Spoon mixture into cases 3/4 way up case.

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Sprinkle some of the topping on each muffin (or get a small helper to do this!)

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Whack in oven for around 20 minutes until deliciously risen and golden.  Try gently sticking a wooden cocktail stick in the centre of a muffin and if comes out clean, it’s done!

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Leave to cool on wire rack for a few minutes before trying one with a large cuppa tea!

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They were obviously a hit with my children as I came back to the kitchen and someone had eaten ALL the muffins! Hmm.

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It’s not even 1pm yet…

1) Walking – Today we went for an impromptu walk in the fields and newly planted forest by our house. It was wonderfully breezy, and warm. We will do this more often, next time taking the baby slings, and perhaps a picnic! We had a lovely time, and it is so lovely knowing this is literally on our doorstep! A perfect place to walk, run, or even cycle perhaps.ImageImageOur tyre swing at the top of the hill!

Image The older boys resting in the sun and looking at the shapes of the clouds.

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The fishing lake.

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2) Making decisions – Today I made a decision, one that I won’t share just yet, but I feel happier and better for it already.

3) Talking – Having someone who I can talk to about worries or concerns, and knowing that they understand, it’s a nice feeling.

4) Strawberries – A simple plate of fresh strawberries made me feel better this morning.

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5) It’s only 12.43pm – The lovely feeling when you still have plenty of day left! I thought it was later, so it’s a pleasant surprise knowing that I have posted five positive things for today already and still have potential to think of more!

Crayon melting art (or how to stop poorly toddler meltdowns!)

It was meltdown central in our house this afternoon…so in a bid to help calm the situation I decided to get canvasses out that I found in our decluttering process & try out a crafty idea I had seen on Pinterest.

It was very messy, but lots of fun. Next time I think we need to find a better method of holding & melting the crayons but nevertheless we enjoyed our crafty time. We only had three canvasses the big boys (10 & 8) did one together, I helped the little ones (23m & 4 tomorrow!) with one each…

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Ready to create!

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Melting

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Blasting with the hairdryer!

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Drawing on the back too!

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He was very pleased with his creation!

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Cookies & crafting!

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The big boys art on their wall!

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Rocco’s painting (aged 23m)

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Albie’s art (aged 4 tomorrow!)

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Close up of Albie’s masterpiece!