Sorry for my inactivity of the last little bit, as you know back to school is a crazy time for me, as is the time around my birthday.
I wont try to remember what I have been doing up to now I will just write about my most recent baking adventure ( i may do a post about my birthday cake at some stage too though 🙂 ).
I had the AGM for my Girl Guide district on Friday night, where we had to present a report for our units and then we had supper. The meeting started at 7 so it was always going to be a stretch for me to get there before it started as I finish work at 6 and it is almost an hour drive from point A to Point B.
I managed an early mark at work (yay for all the kids going home early), and even had time to stop for a diet coke on the way.
I had decided to make these Pizza Muffins mainly because I knew that I could have a couple of them and it might suffice as my dinner, along with the other food that would be on offer.
They ended up being a hit and were the 1st plate of food to be finished. The muffins were extremely easy and I’m sure we have made them at vacation care before, and if we haven’t we will be!! They were delicious, I might only put one tbs of sugar into the miffins instead of the 2 it says. I found them just a little sweet for a savoury muffin.
My photo stream is still being a pain so I don’t have the photos handy.
Now for those of you not up with Girl Guide/Girl Scout lingo Thinking Day is Feb 22 and is a day to celebrate World Thinking Day (WTD). WTD is an opportunity to celebrate international friendship, learn about and take action on important issues, and fundraise in support of the World Thinking Day Fund (from the WAGGGS website).
Cruising around on Pinterest one day I came across the Postcard Exchange. Now I had just started back with my old unit and was excited to be able to find fun stuff to do with a group of 14-18 yr old girls. I thought this would be an awesome idea so I shared it with the other leader and the girls and the idea was received very well.
We have written to units in variety of countries and have started receiving some postcards back. I also ordered us some patches for the girls who participated. Here are a couple of cards that I have gotten back, and the patches that I ordered. They are super cute and I can’t wait to hand them out.
Patches and Postcard from DC
I hate wasting great seasonal fruit.
So to use up some beautiful summer Blueberries, I found this easy blueberry muffin recipe.
Now I made a couple of small changes to the recipe, I didn’t use the blueberry jam, or the lemon sugar. I did this only because I wanted to simple not too sweet muffing that was nice to eat. The other small change I made was the butter milk portion of the ingredients. We didn’t have butter milk and I didn’t want to go to the grocery store, so I kinda made my own. To make the buttermilk I mixed greek yoghurt and milk together to make a buttermilk like consistency. It worked a treat as the consistency of the muffin mixture was fine.
I only just managed 12 muffins, but I think that is because I struggle putting the right amount of mixture in the cases to start with, and I also struggle not to eat it before it goes in the oven. 🙂
They had a great texture when they were done, and came out of the cases easier than any muffin I have had in a long time. I put this down to the oil in the mixture. I think I will be making these muffins again especially interchanging different fruits. Maybe even peach and raspberry. Now that would be interesting.
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Last weekend I celebrated my first full on American Thanksgiving.
Last year you might remember that I made Sweet Potato casserole as a small homage to the celebration. Well this year, a girlfriend of mine has moved from the states and she decided it would be fun to have an all out American feast.
Now even though I haven’t ever had the privilege of celebrating in the States, I know what a big deal it is to celebrate it and be with your family on that day.
For our Thanksgiving feast I nominated to bring the Sweet Potato and the Cranberry sauce. Now yes, I did ask if I could do my Sweet Potato Casserole that I made last year, but my friend Cait thought the marshmallows on top might have been a bit of overkill, so I found a different recipe that I really liked, but I wanted a topping that wasn’t so sweet on it. So I made the topping off this recipe here. As I was making the topping I was getting a bit flustered as the time of the party starting was getting closer and I was nowhere near ready, and I kinda forgot to put the flour in, then when I got there I realised that I missed out putting out the oats in it too. This happened to be a blessing in disguise as one of the guests was coeliac and was able to eat the dish! YAY! (and she loved it which was a bonus).
The Cranberry sauce didn’t get used a lot, but I had some and it was amazing! It was so much better than I thought It was going to be, especially considering it was supposed to have fresh cranberries in it and we only get dried out here. The final product was a little thicker than I anticipated, but I liked it thick and chunky. My mum tasted the final product and is adamant it will be on our table come Christmas day.
I didn’t get a photo of the Sweet Potato Casserole before it got demolished, but I did manage to get one of the Cranberry Sauce, its a bit dodgy, but its better than nothing!
Now that Thanksgiving is over, its onto Christmas preparations at work with the kiddies, I can’t wait!
So as you may have realised I haven’t posted for a little bit (again) this time my excuse is Vacation Care. I know I work all year round, but Vacation care is the busiest time of year.
So there have been a few projects that have been started and finished in the time since I last posted. Since then there has been all of vacation care, 4th of July and endless shopping trips to do with organisation!
Lets start at Vacation Care. We did art and craft that was inspired by Pinterest, as well as a games day. All of the games were found on pinterest, the kids loved them and played them well after the specific day they were planned for. The most popular of the winter themed art that we did was where you place masking tape down, paint over it and them pull the masking tape back. I found my instructions over at Meet the Dubiens. They are super cute and easy for the kids to do! On games day we played a game that I found on One More Moore, in the party games post. I just used some containers that I found around work, made up some score graphics, laminated them and used blu-tack and a bulldog clip to hold them in place. I have no idea where my photos have gone, but I feel the deleting fairy got to my camera. Last but not least the say we went to see Monsters University, i made sure I had a whole bunch of crafts that went with the movie. I found these pennants for Monsters University over at Spoonful, they have heaps of amazing stuff for disney themes and their baking ideas are amazing! Everyone should check them out.
Here is a photo of the masking tape pictures
Winter Masking Tape Pictures
I am super tired and I have an injured foot from hockey which is killing me atm. I will post some of my July 4th celebrations a bit later tonight.
I was so excited about finishing my “You’re a Lifesaver” printables that I decided to make some more. With the 4th of July approaching rapidly I thought it would be fun to design some cupcake toppers with a Red, White and Blue theme.
Now I know some of you are thinking…but you’re not in America, why are you thinking about celebrating the 4th of July. Well the reason that I celebrate is that I lived in upstate New York for a few months a few years ago…July 4th was my favourite day during that time. Wearing Red, White and Blue all day, eating Red, White and Blue food. The celebrations, the fireworks and passion of people that day is something that I will never forget. To commemorate that period of my life I like to celebrate every year. Nothing huge, just some cupcakes, some snacks or a meal and wear a little Red, White and Blue.
This year I have decided to make some cupcakes, and I will most likely make a meal too…I’m just not sure what yet. Maybe some Ribs. Anyway thats kind of off topic. But I used the same idea for these as I did with my other tags. It’s super easy when you know how! I am also in the process of making some pantry labels for the food containers at work. When they are ready I will post them too.
Now back to my 4th of July Cupcake toppers. I think they are super cute and I can’t wait to assemble and use them. I just have to buy a 2 inch hole punch and some sticks and I’m away!
This is what they look like, but I am trying to no avail to upload the document. I think I might have to have a think about a document sharing service.
I’ll get back to you on that 🙂
I figured out it will be easier to upload it to scribd, as I already have an account. If you click on the image of the toppers it will take you to download it. Sorry I know this is a pain but I want to share them with you and at the moment its the only way I can figure out how. 🙂
The digital paper used for these toppers is from Ashley Hughes at The School Supply Addict and is the Patriotic range, available on Teachers Pay Teachers, the stars are also by Ashley Hughes at The School Supply Addict and the Fonts are from Creative Clips by Krista Wallden.