muthas bearing gifts

muthas bearing gifts

 

i got some gorgeous homemade gifts this christmas from some lovely clever people including beautiful bunting, an awesome apron, goody boxes and bags of home baked deliciousness like german apple cake and festive biscuits, charming chutneys, jolly jams and punchy pickles.  the food was scrummy and meant i could keep eating without any effort, which is a double whammy i’m sure you’ll agree.  but by the first week of january it was birthday season again (yep, it goes on for a full 52 weeks without any let up!) which meant i had to get busy. and so i turned to my new crafty books for some inspiration.  my friend jayne bought me ‘the big-ass book of crafts’ by mark montano.  this is my version of the urban corsage from that book. (it’s a great book) i hand stitched this for ceri’s birthday from pieces of my old trousers and flared cords, scraps of felted jumper and some hand-me-down buttons.  i took quite a shine to it while modelling for this photo – it’s quite hard to capture your own arm?! –  and i’m going to make one for myself as soon as i get the chance.

muthas bearing gifts

 

then it was scout’s turn.  for her third birthday she chose a chocolate cake covered with marshmallows inspired by one my friend rachel made for her daughter chloe a couple of years ago (keep up!) rachel makes amazing cakes and we were looking at some photos about six months ago when scout announced ‘that’s the cake i want’.   i baked a sandwich cake but kept the two halves separate and decorated both.  two cakes (two parties) for the price of one!

muthas bearing gifts

another great gift i received from nat was ‘muffin bible’ (who needs any other sort?), published by penguin.  i was flicking through it last week and realised i had all the ingredients for these easy honey and date muffins.  they came out a treat.  rose well.  tasted yummy.  light and sweet with chewy bits of date.  the kids have been enjoying them for breakfast all week, they’re healthy and they freeze well too.

muthas bearing gifts

i’m looking forward to trying the carrot and ginger next but here’s the recipe for these babies…until next time…
75g butter
1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 cups chopped dates
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
heat butter and honey only long enough to melt butter.  stir in chopped dates.
beat eggs with milk. sift flour and baking powder.
make a well in centre of flour and add honey and egg mixtures.  mix until dry ingredients are just moistened.
three-quarters fill greased muffin pans and bake at 200°c for 15-20 minutes or until cooked.

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