Tuesday 18 June 2013

Easy layercake quilt

I had big plans when I was expecting of making a lovely baby cot quilt for B2. I had the sweetest collection of circus themed fabric lined up to make it with, it was quite boyish which was fine because despite having another surprise I was convinced beyond all doubt B2 was a boy....

Entering a week late we got to meet our little "boy" Alice so I couldn't have been more wrong!

Fast forward to a few weeks ago and I was suddenly inspired to put something together for her. Given that I'm running around with a two year old and a newborn these days, taking a trip to the local fabric shop is something out of a nightmare so my best bet was online!

I'm by no means a quilter I just dont have the skills or patience for creating those beautiful works of art but I like the idea of it.

This little baby quilt was very quick and simple to make. By using a layercake I saved myself a lot of time selecting and cutting fabrics which is something I don't have a lot of patience for!

modern quilt

Cute easy quilt

I really like the look of a modern quilt without binding so I followed this tutorial by Red pepper quilts...

layercake quilt

Be warned though using this method to finish your quilt is NOT quicker or easier, I just felt that the modern fabric worked better minus the binding. If you wanted to use binding on yours I love this tutorial it's the one I always refer to when I do use binding from Sew inspired. Honestly after following this tutorial, I felt really silly about being so scared of binding!

Little Alice has given it the official thumbs up!

colourful quilt


Monday 3 June 2013

Basic muffin recipe

Chilly Sunday's are a day for baking don't you think?

Even better when you have a highly skilled taste tester to assist

easy muffin recipe

I love using this recipe as a base to make pretty much any flavor that takes my fancy. It lends itself well to both sweet and savory muffins and is so quick and easy to make. I always find them light fluffy and moist so they won't fail to disappoint.

Recipe for 12 plain muffins

220g sifted self raising flour
1/2 cup caster sugar **** to make savory muffins omit the sugar
3/4 cup full cream milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg lightly beaten

Pre heat oven to 160degC and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper pattypans
Add all dry ingredients into a bowl and make a well in the centre

Combine all wet ingredients in a jug and pour into the well

Mix carefully until just combined and then transfer into your muffin tin.

Bake for 20-30 mins until cooked.

This variation is for double choc raspberry muffins

chocolate and raspberry muffins

20g dark cocoa
1/2 cup milk chocolate chunks
1/2 cup raspberries
1tsp vanilla extract
Extra 1tsp oil
Extra 1tsp milk

Pretty damn delicious with a hot coffee for afternoon tea

And this variation for cheese and bacon muffins

4 rashers of cooked chopped bacon
2 TBS whole grain mustard
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 Tbs chopped parsley
Cracked pepper
1/4 cup cheddar cheese for sprinkling on the top
Optional 1Tbs of milk to brush the muffin tops

I like to think this version is the healthy option but who am I kidding? These muffins work well with wholemeal flour, corn, grated zucchini, sundried tomatoes and fetta cheese if you want something a little healthier.

The possibilities are endless!

If you have any great ideas for muffin flavour combos I would love to hear about them!

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