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Summer berry cupcakes

We've got #raspberry's and #freshmint growing in our garden so thought I'd best make use of them and add them to some #summerberrycakes cakes. Here's the recipe. Ingredients 200g Self Raising Flour 200g Caster Sugar 200g Margarine 4 lrg Eggs 2 tsp Vanilla Essence Topping 110g Margarine or butter 450g Icing Sugar sifted 2 tbsp milk 50g Raspberries 50g Blueberries Mint leaves to garnish Method Preheat oven at 170 degrees fan or 190. Combine the flour, sugar, margarine, eggs and vanilla essence and mix until smooth. Divide mixture into bun or muffin cases, whatever you have in the cupboard. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. For the icing combine margarine, icing sugar and milk and

Currant Squares

Ingredients Pastry 300g Plain Flour 150g Salted Butter, cold 75g Ice Cold Water Filling 500g Currants 120g Salted Butter 240g Brown Sugar 2 tsp Mixed Spice Caster Sugar for topping Method Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs then slowly add water until it forms a dough. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for at least 15 minutes. Pre-heat oven at 160 degrees fan/180 degrees. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Make the filling by heating butter, sugar and spice in a pan over medium heat until melted. Add currants and mix thoroughly. Divide the pastry into 2 and roll out evenly to cover your baking tray. Place on the baking sheet then as the currant mixture and evenly sprea

Kale Quiche

Ingredients Shortcrust Pastry 500g Plain Flour I used 1/2 Spelt White and 1/2 Wholemeal #shiptonmill 125g butter 125g lard or margarine if not lard 6 tbsp Water Ground Black Pepper Dry Veggie Stock cube Filling 8 eggs 200ml milk 250g Grated Cheese Mixed Herbs Salt & Pepper Paprika Chopped Kale (about 2 large handfuls) Method Pre-heat oven at 180 degrees C For the pastry add butter and lard to the flour and rub into until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the pepper and stock and slowly add in the water until it forms a dough. I prefer to use my electric mixer as there's less mess. Roll out to about 5mm thick and place in greased quiche dish. Mine is a large dish so if you have small dishes it wi

What is that pain I'm having?

Back in September 2006 I had my #gallbladder removed. It all started when I was pregnant with my youngest son. I was about 8 months pregnant and I had awful indigestion, the type where it is so uncomfortable you can't keep still. Something felt wrong so my husband rushed me to the emergency doctor. On the way there I had to tell my husband to stop the car as I had to vomit. We got to the docs and by this time I did feel better after a good old belch. The doc said it was common for pregnant women to have indigestion and heartburn when pregnant and gave me a high strength bottle of Gaviscon. So with that in mind I didn't think anything of it. A week after I gave birth to my son I had similar s

Iced Lemon Buns

Ingredients 225g Soft Margarine 225g Caster Sugar 275g SF Flour 2 tsp Baking Powder 4 eggs 4 tbsp milk Grated rind of 2 lemons Topping 225g Icing Sugar 3 tbsp Lemon Juice Sprinkles (optional) Method Pre-heat oven 180°. Mix all the ingredients together in your mixer until smooth and spoon into buns cases. Should make between 18 and 24 buns. Place in oven and bake for 20 mins. Leave to cool. Sieve the icing sugar and add lemon juice and mix until smooth. Place on top of buns and add sprinkles as you go along.

Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E Oil is a natural anti-oxidant and Vitamin E itself should be part of a balanced, healthy diet. As the oil is an anti-oxidant it is great at preventing damage to the skin and is also a great moisturiser. It has been said to help with anti ageing and is an ingredient in many anti ageing products. It is also good for reducing minor scars such as acne and reducing stretch marks.

Lavender Oil

An essential oil in our house. It's always handy to have. We use it for allsorts like cuts, sunburn, ezcema etc. Lavender is the most versatile, with a spread of properties ranging from analgesic, via antidepressant, antiseptic, bactericidal and decongestant, to  insect repellent, and sedative.   Lavender is best know as calming, soothing and above all balancing. This essential oil, like most others, is usually used mixed with a base or carrier oil like sweet almond, grapeseed, jojoba, avocado and others, unless it is for your bath, when you can simply add a few drops in your bath water. Use this oil for a pleasant fragrance or aromatherapy with an oil burner or vaporiser. In aromatherapy, i

My Favourite Flower

Sweet William Sweet William (Dianthus) has to be my favourite flower. They are little cluster of flowers in one and look so pretty. This one is from my back garden. It’s technically a short-lived perennial, but is usually grown as a biennial, with seeds sown in summer for flowering plants the following year. Dianthus Sweet’ makes a fantastic cut flower, its strong stems and large flower heads lasting for several weeks in water. ‘Sweet’ is an extremely fragrant sweet William cultivar. Clusters of sweetly scented flowers in shades of red, white and purple are borne on sturdy stems from June to September. For best results deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. The Rose Growing on our front ga

New book gifts

I got 2 new books from my husband on Monday. Buried by Lynda La Plante and A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs. Can't wait to start these as soon as I've finished my Jack Reacher book. Anybody read these already? Are they good?

How to stop washing your hair everyday!

Washing you hair everyday can do more harm than good. I used to wash my hair every other day but having long hair was such a phaff and time consuming so I thought I'd go longer between washes. Here is a step by step guide on what I did. Step 1: Best time to start is when you've just had your roots done at the hairdressers (that's if you colour your hair) so when it does go greasy it doesn't look so bad. Step 2: Do it gradually. So if you wash it every day, wash it every other day, then every 2 days and so on until every 4 or 5 days or even once a week if you can last that long! Step 3: When you've washed it add a little mouse to the roots as this will give your hair body and not flat as the

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