Easy Blueberry Muffins

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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.

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Black Bean Tortilla Pie

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I have a love of black beans, and eat them regularly when I am in the states.  But not being able to get the here always made me sad.

So when I found them at Fresh Sensation at Carindale I was over the moon!

With my second tin of Black Beans I made this Tortilla and Black Bean Pie courtesy of Martha Stewart.  I love mexican and to know that I can finally satisfy my craving for black beans is amazing.  This pie was great!  The yeasty undertone of the beer in the beans, the stretchy cheese with every bite and the sweetness of the corn make for an amazing dish.  I think it was even better cold the next day for lunch.  The flavours had time to meld together and become even more robust.  This is a great dish for lunch or dinner, any season of the year.  I can’t wait to make it again!

Tortilla and Black Bean Pie

Tortilla and Black Bean Pie

And the Pantone Colour of the Year is….

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Yesterday I saw on pinterest that the 2014 Pantone colour of the year had been released.

I love Pantone, especially their range of goodies that you can buy.  In Melbourne just over 12 months ago I bought a coffee mug in 7461, called Dark Blue, and for Christmas I got a phone cover in 17-5641, which  is Emerald.  I love them both!

This new colour is 18-3224, Radiant Orchid.  And might I say it is a stunning colour.

I pinned a few things during the last year that were Emerald and other shades similar so I figured it would be an idea to start a board to keep all my Pantone inspirations together.  This is where my board is, and I look forward to sharing its growing pins.  This is the first board that I have enabled the map on so please forgive me if it changes around a bit as I play with it.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2014

Pantone Colour of the Year 2014

Salted Caramel Dessert – New Years Dinner

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Last night I made a batch of Salted Caramel sauce to go with some Brown Sugar Blondies, which are a packet mix from Woolworths.  This is our dessert for our New Year’s Family Dinner.

I didn’t want to do 2 posts in one day so I saved it for today (as you are reading this I am most probably watching the Brisbane Heat play the Sydney Sixes at the Gabba for the KFC T20 comp).

I have had the packet mix for a little while and figured it would be a good opportunity to use it up and easy too as Mum has been doing some other food prep (we are having Quiche and Summer Pasta which is amazing!)  To jazz it up a little I thought that a salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice-cream would go amazingly!

Now I think I have written before about my very bad luck with Caramel bc it just never works.  Today was really no different.  It didn’t help that I didn’t read all of the method before I Corn Syrup on the stove and put the sugar in it.  This recipe comes from over at All Things Target.  I put all the ingredients in and eventually it turned out ok, which is all I can ask for.  Next time I will be sure to read and follow the directions to the tee and see how it turns out 🙂

New YEar Dessert with Salted Caramel Sauce

New Year Dessert with Salted Caramel Sauce

Happy 2014

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Happy New Year Everyone!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

HAPPY NEW YEAR

I hope yo had an amazing time at your parties and hanging out with friends and family.  I watched the fireworks on TV at home with a few beers and went to bed at 12:15.  Its a sad life I lead, but I had had an amazing lunch with my school friends earlier that day and didn’t really mind.  The fireworks on Sydney harbour were again amazing, and much better on the TV if you ask me.  The Mambo eye was the symbol on the bridge and the main art designer Reg Mombassa seemed quite drunk and out of it when he and the Sydney Mayor, Clover Moore (yes that is really her name) hit the button to start the fireworks at Midnight.

I finished off the year with a small pinterest project, Mac and Cheese.  I got my parents tickets to the Brisbane International Tennis and their tickets were for yesterday.  They were luck enough to be able to see Serena Williams play singles and Roger Federer play in the mens doubles straight after.  Go me!

I made myseld a small portion of this recipe of Mac and Cheese that links over to Kevin and Amanda’s Recipes.  It was a great recipe to make just a small portion.  I think next time I will put more cheese and milk in it but it worked a treat!

My Photo hasn’t come through yet so I will put it in when it has.

This is my tiny bowl of Mac and Cheese

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I hope you all have an amazing 2014 and continue to follow my journey though Pinterest.  My resolution for 2014 is the same as last year, be more decisive and to try to post most days on my blog.

New Book Study – Sophie Scott goes South

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I never intended to make this blog into a ‘teaching’ blog.

But seeing as I post all of the resources I make for Teachers pay Teachers on my ‘Teaching Ideas’ pinterest board I figured that I may as well post them on here too.

I’m not sure how many of you are teachers at all, but I thought I what the heck!

My newest creation is for a book that was nominated for  The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book Week Awards, Sophie Scott goes South.

It is a fantastic book about Sophie Scott and her adventures from Hobart to Antarctica.  Sophie Scott goes South is written by one of my favourite children’s authors Alison Lester.

I won’t give too much of the story away, but here is a link to Book Depository where you can pick up the book extremely cheap.  They have free worldwide shipping too which is great!

Click on the picture below to go to my TpT store to buy the unit.

Sophie Scott goes South - Literature Unit

Sophie Scott goes South – Literature Unit

And so this is Christmas – Part 2

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Today is Boxing Day (WOOHOOOOOOOO)…which is feel is the equivalent of Black Friday sales.  I have chosen to avoid them this year.

I have finally mustered enough energy to write the 2nd post of the 2 part holiday special.

Taking up where I left off, bought some Egg Nog last year, never having had it before and it turns out that I love it! So this year I bought some more, this time they had cinnamon flavour available too…now i didn’t like this as much as the regular Egg Nog, but all can be forgiven.  I have used these in a couple of recipes in the last couple of weeks.  First I made this Egg Nog Coffee Cake through a link to Mandy’s Recipe Box.  Now I did a couple of things different.  I used a tub of plain chobani 0% yoghurt instead of the sour cream, and i didn’t realise at the time I made it you are supposed to put it in the fridge for a while.  I wanted cake then and there so that didn’t happen….It still worked fine and was a hit with everyone!

Egg Nog Coffee Cake - pre baking

Egg Nog Coffee Cake – pre baking

We made these tiles a couple of days before we closed for the holidays.  Now the idea for these are all over pinterest.  I used Mod Podge to seal them then sprayed them with a can of acrylic to make sure they were fine to use with water as coasters.  The washi tape was on sale at Officeworks, I think I got it for about 70c -90c from a bin near the registers.  The red stars on the white background were much more popular than I anticipated!  Here is a couple of shots of the final products.

Here is a list with links to a few of the other recipes that I have used over the last few days

Maple Cinnamon Nuts

Bacon, Scallion and Caramelized Onion Dip

Martha Stewart – Classic French Toast

Ice-cream Christmas Cake

Pancetta and Sage Stuffing Muffins (we did ours in a loaf tin though)

Raspberry Frost Sodas

A couple of non consumable links are my present wrapping idea and my gift tags.  The gift tags that I used were just so cute.  They are from over at Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night. And there are so many more styles than the ones I used.  I also use washi tape and brown paper to wrap my presents.  I don’t have a link to the exact site where I got the idea from, here are 2 website that have similar ideas.  The first is Curbly and the wash tape idea is at number 2 and the second is this photo over at Flickr.

So between all these ideas and the gift tags this was the end product.

My gift wrapping for 2013

My gift wrapping for 2013

I’m not sure where we would have been without Pinterest this year.  It has certainly made this holiday season MUCH MUCH easier.

So from my family to yours, I hope you have had a very merry and blessed holiday season.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!