Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Recipe - Blueberry Cinnamon Muffins

On Sunday as part of #sundaybakingsunday by I Give You the Verbs, I decided to try out a new recipe idea - blueberry and cinnamon muffins.

I adapted my favourite Strawberry muffin recipe and changed a few things around and added this and that, and I've come up with a great yummy muffin recipe.

Blueberry & Cinnamon Muffins

3 cups plain flour
1/2 cup castor sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 & 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon (or more if you like)
130g butter (melted and cooled slightly)
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 punnet of blueberries (washed)

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line your cupcake/muffin tin with paper liners.

In a large bowl sift together flour, sugars, baking powder and cinnamon.

In another bowl mix together butter, eggs and milk (I find beating each egg before adding it to the mixture helps incorporate the eggs better)

Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, folding through to just combined and then fold in the blueberries. At this point you can taste the mixture and more cinnamon if you like.

Spoon the batter in the cupcake/muffin tin (I filled them about 1/2 way) and bake for 20 mins or until golden brown and cooked through.

Eat and enjoy.

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Messages of Hope - What is Hope?

Today I want to share a poem I found at Poemhunter about Hope.

What Hope means

Hope is bright shining light which keeps darkness at the bay
Hope is gentle cold breeze on a hot summer day

Hope is to remain positive when going gets tough
Hope is seeking more when others think you had enough

What Hope means

Hope is dreaming of tommorow
Hope is simmering under sorrow

Hope is sparkles when tears in our eyes
Hope is a beautiful thing & beutiful things never dies

What Hope means

Hope is as light as a feather
Hope keeps all of us together

Hope is ubiquitous and free of cost
hope is the last thing ever lost.....

Have a good week everyone. 

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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Hope lessons from a 2 year old!

This weeks Messages of Hope #findingeverydayhope is bought you to by a 2 year old.

Back in February this year my gorgeous little niece taught me a very powerful lesson in hope.

It was February 13th and I'd just arrived back at my parents house after finding out I had miscarried at 9.5 weeks. My older brother and my mother were hugging me as I cried. Little did I know that my 2 year old niece was watching (I had forgotten she was there).

I went to cupboard later to get something to eat and was crouching down to look at the bottom shelf when my niece came over to me. Crouching down I was at her height, she looked me square in the eyes, brushed my hair to the side and said "Aunty Tine you ok?" Trying to smile I said "Yes little one, I'm ok" She then brushed my hair again away from my eyes and gave me a kiss on the cheek and a hug.

In that little moment she showed me how much she loves me and that there is hope in the future.

Thank you little one for that moment, I love you too.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

In Society No One Wins.

Society today is a fickle creature, always changing it's mind, never straight forward, it changes shape every day. One day it's your best friend and the next your mortal enemy. You could be the best thing ever today and a total loser tomorrow - society always has the final say. 
In society no one wins!!!!
You might be supporting the ice bucket challenge today raising funds for charity and then tomorrow you are condemned for wasting water. Today you could be wearing a mini-skirt and be told you are empowering women to wear what they want and then tomorrow you could be told you are degrading yourself by showing too much skin. 
You can never win!!!!
I was reading some articles the other day and one was entitled "15 Stars who refuse to take it off for the cameras"  - one of the quotes from the article was "these famous ladies don't have the courage to (or may they're too polite?)" but then on the flipside this article about Miley Cryus, she is being looked down on for going topless. So how does that work? How can you condemn someone for not going topless and then condemn them for going topless?
"Be proud of who you are" - but not too much or you're a stuck up bitch. "Speak your mind" - but not too much or you'll be too opinionated and told to shut up or asked if you are having your periods. "Celebrate your differences" - but only as long as no one else has a problem with it. "As a man you should be more gentle and caring" - but don't show too much emotion or you'll be considered a sissy. "Men should look after themselves more" - but be careful or your sexuality will be questioned. 
It's just madness that a society like this has been created and exists - but who created it??? who controls it???? 
It's a mystery - some say it's us but when we stand up against society it's others that try to stamp us out. 
I'm not saying society is totally evil or immoral or anything of the like, it does have it's place but it does need to be a bit more loving and accepting. 
So lets start showing society how to be loving and accepting, lets show society that it will not break us.  
"Cause the players are going to play, the haters are going to hate, heartbreakers are going to break, fakers are going to fake - but I'm just going to shake it off" Taylor Swift 

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

DIY - Paint Splattered Heart Canvas

Last week I shared a DIY for paint splattered notepaper - this week I wanted to continue the theme but with a twist.

I bought a little canvas at the local cheap store for $1 and cut out a heart shape from a piece of clear contact paper. I peeled off the backing paper of the heart and centred it in the middle of the canvas making sure it was fully stuck down. Then using different coloured poster paints I just splashed paint all over the canvas, as seen in the picture below.

Once the paint is dry using a toothpick carefully peel off the contact heart and you should have a beautiful little white heart in the middle. 

I love this - so quick and simple to make plus so much fun getting all messy with paint. 

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

DIY - Paint Splattered Penpal Stationery

After weeks of heavy on/off rain here in Sydney, Sunday's amazing warm sun was such a welcome change and it was inviting me to come outside and play. 
I've got a few penpals now and I'm loving this snailmail revival that's going on. It's refreshing to connect without technology and go back to pen and paper. 
I wanted to send my penpals something special and unique so I thought I would create my own stationery. 
All you need is some paint (I'm using poster paint), paintbrushes, writing paper and envelopes. Set yourself up somewhere you can be messy. I laid out towels and plastic bags on the grass in our backyard.

Pick the colours you would like to paint with, dip in a paint brush and getting flicking. It's as simple as that. You can even get more creative and use an old toothbrush which gives a whole different effect again. 

The end result is fantastic, something different and it's differently one of a kind each piece of notepaper. 

I even had some fun painting scenes onto envelopes. I'd love to know what the postman thinks when he see this. 

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