Banana Berry Muffins

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Who doesn’t love a good muffin? Yesterday I was in the mood for baking and felt like making blueberry muffins. The thing was that because I’ve just moved into my own little flat my little pantry doesn’t stock normal flour or sugar and I don’t really want to have these ingredients either. That’s when I turned to the Food Matters TV site and stumbled upon these super easy Raspberry, Coconut, Banana Muffins. OMG I think my whole baking philosophy has been changed because of these muffins. There’s no processed sugar, flour/gluten, milk/dairy or nasties and they are totally up for interpretation and experiment, and did I mention they were easy? The best part was that apart from the eggs I had all the ingredients already.

First step is setting the mood. My favourite way to bake is by creating a little kitchen dance party, so get the tunes playing and your grove on. Check out my favourite Spotify playlist at the moment here, then get baking.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup nut butter (I used Almond and Chia Seed Butter)
  • 1 cup berries (I used blueberries but you can use raspberries too)
  • OPTIONAL: I added a nice shake of cinnamon and a few drops of Vanilla Extract, just because
  • TO SERVE: Vanilla yogurt or Coconut yogurt and fresh berries

METHOD:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C
  2. Mash the bananas in a bowl
  3. Add in all other ingredients (leaving berries) and mix well
  4. Fold in your berries (if you’re using frozen berries it’s best to let them defrost first)
  5. Line a muffin tray (the recipe says it makes 6 but I made 11 small muffins) and spoon in mixture
  6. Bake in oven for 35 mins or until nice and golden
  7. Allow to cool slightly and serve

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These smell and taste amazing, especially when still warm and great for sharing. The special ingredient of course is love, when I’m really feeling it I love pulling out my recipe book and having a good kitchen session. I want to try these muffins with other berries and maybe some cacao chips.

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A LITTLE DIY PROJECT:

Recipe

Why not make your own recipe book, as in a handwritten paper one. I found a cute notebook with dividers that I have been writing all my favourite and new found recipes into. Make sure you use colourful pens. At the bottom of each recipe I’ve been adding a little note, like when they were made for the first time, what the recipe means to me, who it’s from, it’s lovely to look back on. One of my most turned to pages is for my homemade muesli which I also made yesterday.


Let me know down below if you try these super yummy muffins.

Little Home DIYs ~ Herb Garden

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Welcome to the first part of my series on happy little DIYs for your home.
I am by no means a garden expert nor do I have a green thumb as this is my second attempt at a herb garden. I may have slightly neglected my first garden and all but one plant died. However I am trying again and hoping for a bit better luck this time around, I find that watering your plants regularly is a big help.
There is something grounding and special about tending to a garden, watching it grow and flourish and connecting with something living. The simple act of watering and caring for your little garden also allows you to bring a little moment of mindfulness to your day. Herb gardens are even better because they are sensual and you can use the herbs in your kitchen.

“We may think we are nurturing our garden,
but of course it’s our garden that
is really nurturing us.” ~ Jenny Uglow

To make your own herb garden you will need:
  • Terracotta Pots
  • Matching Saucers
  • Pot sealant
  • Potting mix
  • Plants
  • Watering can
  • Shovel
  • Blackboard paint
  • Paint brush
  • Masking tape
  • Chalk

How to: 

  1. Spray your pots with sealant
  2. Tape around your pots, just under the top rim for a neat line
  3. Paint the rim with chalkboard paint and let dry, may need a few coats
  4. Get your hands dirty and plant your herbs
  5. Water regularly
  6. Pick and use your herbs

It’s really quite simple and you can be as creative as you want.

The herbs I have growing in my garden are:
  • Parsley: which I will be adding so summer salads
  • Oregano: to add a little Italian twist to pizzas
  • Mint: I have a few summer desserts, salads and drinks to try with my mint
  • Coriander: in the act of trying something new I never really liked coriander (well I thought I didn’t) but I’ve found that I quite like Asian, Thai and Mexican dishes with a a bit of coriander added for flavor
  • Chives: a nice basic herb to add to any dish but I think I’ll be using it to season homemade chips and bread

So why not get outside and take some time to make a happy little herb garden of your own.

How To: Happy Little Wall Art

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One of my favourite kind of days is one where I have no plans, when the weather is bright and sunny with a little crispness to the air, where you can pull out all your paints, papers, scissors and crafty things, sit cross legged on the floor (my favourite place to create), have good tunes playing in the background and you can get lost in your own creativeness. These kind of days are so beautiful and simple leaving you happy afterwards. So today I thought I’d share with you my recipe for a crafty day and how to make a Happy Little Wall Art.

Happy Little Wall Art Making

Gather your supplies

– A blank canvas
– Paints, brushes and pallets
– Washi tape, tissue paper, newspaper, wrapping paper paint swatches (anything you want really)

The location

– Ideally cross legged on the floor (getting in touch with your inner child creative), maybe outside or somewhere in the sun

The extra necessities

– Music that you can sing along too (my favourites for crafting )
– Plenty of water and a little snack
– The daggiest, comfiest clothes you have
– Candles

How to

-Begin by squeezing a small amount of paint into a pallet….. kidding, do whatever your creative soul desires, let loose and get creative, finger paint, rip, tear, cut, splash on the paint, do a little dance, eat a load of chocolate, just be in the moment BUT make something inspiring. I like to add a little quote or a reminder just to make it all the more special.
– Hang it up, step back and admire your work and feel that creative energy running through your body. My happy little paintings are hanging where I can see them first thing when I wake up in the morning

So how about it? Feel like you could go for one of these creative sessions? Well don’t just think about it, get to it. Drop everything now and get your paints out, if you don’t have paints go buy some. Trust me, it’s good fun.

Love Caitlin xx

Make Today : Inspiration Board

 

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Inspiration boards. I’m looking at mine right now, hanging behind be my laptop, radiating with inspiration, creativeness, big dreams and bringing a big smile to my face. I remember making my first vision board at school as part of an inspiring girls program, we all sat around with glue sticks and old magazines cutting out pictures and dreaming away, thinking about our dream lives. My little A4 vision board sat on my desk for years with the cute picture of the Labrador puppy staring out at me (I think I’ve changed my mind about a puppy) but never the less vision board magic had struck me. Then came about the movie ‘The Secret’ which talks a lot about vision boards and using them to manifest your dreams, what you think about you bring about.

Over the years my vision boards and thoughts around them have evolved and changed but I still believe in their magic. I like to think of my vision board as more of an inspiration and dream board, a beautiful friendly reminder hanging where I can see it each day. These days my board is covered with pictures and quotes that make me smile or pull on my heart strings. I have a lot of little loving reminders -“Find Joy in every day”, and quotes and images of things I want to invite more of into my life, a declaration to the universe, like adventures, nourishing food, yoga. Most importantly my board is unique and special to me.

Make An Inspiration Board:
I got crafty a few years ago and made a ‘French Memo’ style inspiration board for myself, I love the combination of cute fabrics, buttons and ribbons. It’s super easy to make, just takes a little bit of time and the options are endless.

How To:

Supplies

1. Gather Your Supplies:

  • Canvas of desired size – I like to use deep ones and the bigger the better
  • Fabric – large enough to cover canvas and wrap around the edges
  • Ribbon – go for a couple of metres
  • Buttons – one for each spot where the ribbon crosses
  • Wadding
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors
  • Thread

2. Cut a piece of wadding large enough to cover your canvas allowing it to wrap around the edges to the back. Using a staple gun secure the edges to the back while pulling the wadding taught.

3. Repeat step 2 with your fabric.

Covering

4. Decide where you want your ribbon, I like a criss cross look, staple one end of the ribbon to the back, pull tight to the other side and staple and repeat.

Ribbon

5. Sew a button at each place your ribbon crosses. Make sure you sew through all layers and tie a tight knot on the back.

Button

6. Start dreaming. Gather pictures from the internet, magazines or draw your own. Arrange them on your board. I like to use little pins, pegs and blue tak to make sure they won’t move. Hang your board and admire, dream and enjoy.

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Other Ideas:

Inspiration board magic doesn’t just have to be in the shape of an actual board, why not make a pinterest board (you can make secret ones), photo collage using Google Picasa or PicMonkey , or even just blue tak pictures on your walls.

Your options are limitless, so why not get a little crafty, get clear on your dreams and desires and make something special.