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How to get an extra hour in bed!

Halloween Pumpkin Muffins

How to get an extra hour in bed!

Don’t forget to put your clocks back an hour tonight folks, and enjoy an extra hour in bed!

Or, if you’re awake early and have an extra hour to fill why not make these scrumptious streusel muffins.

Recipe of the Week: Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

 


Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

  • Servings: makes 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 288 per portion
Fat 12g (7.1g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 150g (5oz)
  • Plain flour 300g (11oz)
  • Baking powder 2 tsp
  • Ground cinnamon 1 tsp
  • Caster sugar 110g (4oz)
  • Eggs 2 large, beaten
  • Milk 200ml (7fl oz)
  • Pumpkin 275g (10oz), peeled, deseeded and grated
  • Raisins 75g (3oz)
  • Self-raising flour 50g (2oz)
  • Demerara sugar 50g (2oz)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/170°fan/Gas 5 and place 12 muffin cases in a muffin tin. Melt 110g (4oz) butter.
  2. In a large mixing bowl sift plain flour, baking powder and cinnamon, then stir in caster sugar. Make a well in centre and pour in eggs, milk and melted butter. Stir until just combined, then fold in pumpkin and raisins. Spoon into muffin cases.
  3. In a separate bowl rub remaining butter into self-raising flour then stir in demerara sugar. Sprinkle over batter in cases then bake for 30-40 minutes until risen and golden.
  4. Leave in muffin tin for 5 minutes then cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or cold.


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THE must-do recipe for Halloween

Halloween Pumpkin Muffins

Halloween Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Halloween is looming and my quest to find inexpensive costumes and then the inevitable sweet rationing will soon begin.

Whilst I’m not a big fan of the whole event, I do have three children so I need to enter into the spirit.

I love face painting and in
our house anything goes;
it doesn’t need to be scary.

In fact last year one of my little ones randomly chose ‘blue otter’, which baffled the neighbours!

I do love pumpkin carving. Choosing a few random sized pumpkins and carving something wacky is great fun and you can’t beat the glow of candlelight for atmosphere. (Just be careful folks, those Halloween costumes can be VERY flammable.)

And what to do with the leftover pumpkin?

Dairy Diary has the perfect recipe – it tastes SO good and it easy enough to make with the children.

 

 


Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

  • Servings: makes 12
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 288 per portion
Fat 12g (7.1g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 150g (5oz)
  • Plain flour 300g (11oz)
  • Baking powder 2 tsp
  • Ground cinnamon 1 tsp
  • Caster sugar 110g (4oz)
  • Eggs 2 large, beaten
  • Milk 200ml (7fl oz)
  • Pumpkin 275g (10oz), peeled, deseeded and grated
  • Raisins 75g (3oz)
  • Self-raising flour 50g (2oz)
  • Demerara sugar 50g (2oz)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/170°fan/Gas 5 and place 12 muffin cases in a muffin tin. Melt 110g (4oz) butter.
  2. In a large mixing bowl sift plain flour, baking powder and cinnamon, then stir in caster sugar. Make a well in centre and pour in eggs, milk and melted butter. Stir until just combined, then fold in pumpkin and raisins. Spoon into muffin cases.
  3. In a separate bowl rub remaining butter into self-raising flour then stir in demerara sugar. Sprinkle over batter in cases then bake for 30-40 minutes until risen and golden.
  4. Leave in muffin tin for 5 minutes then cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or cold.


 

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Declutter your mind in five easy steps

Declutter your mind in 5 easy steps

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Declutter your mind in five easy steps

Plus gorgeous Raspberry & White Chocolate Muffins

 It’s been an unbelievably busy few weeks in the Dairy Diary office, with five products going to print last Thursday.

Combined with the minutia of daily
life with three children, this resulted
in a VERY cluttered mind.

Now the deadlines have passed and we can enjoy a long weekend, it is definitely time to address this. In our past-paced lives it’s so important for all of us to take a little time out and follow a few simple steps to de-stress and declutter our minds.

 

Here are Dairy Diary’s top tips on how to declutter your mind and feel more serene:

Get everything out of your head onto paper
Use your Dairy Diary to record events that you need to remember and tasks that you want to achieve.

But! Keep only one to-do list
Lists everywhere don’t help at all. Use the daily entries or notes pages in your Dairy Diary to consolidate everything that you need/want to do.

Walk for 20 minutes every day
If at all possible, find a 20 minute window in your diary every day to go out for a walk. Write it in your diary and you’re more likely to do it. This valuable solitude away from the stresses and strains will give you space to think and clear your mind of clutter.

Meet up with friends
It may be tricky to find a time when you’re all free, but do try to put a date in your diary to meet up with friends – even if you have to book it in weeks in advance. A chat and a good laugh works wonders and really helps to get everything out of your head.

Limit technology
With smartphones, tablets and a million and one things online we are constantly bombarded by information. Unless it’s essential for work, only check emails and social media once or twice a day – not every 2 minutes!

I’ll certainly be following these valuable tips, taking time to relax and getting my sanity back! Chill out and enjoy Bank Holiday Monday everyone.

 

And talking of relaxing……..I find one of the best ways to relax is to bake. Today, I’ll be baking these pretty and scrumptious muffins from the 2015 Dairy Diary.

 

Raspberry & White Chocolate Muffins

Raspberry and white chocolate muffinsTime 40 mins
Serves 10
Calories 331
Fat 14g of which 7.6g is saturated
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians

Plain flour 300g (11oz)
Baking powder 3 tsp
Bicarbonate of soda ½ tsp
Caster sugar 110g (4oz)
Butter 75g (3oz), melted
Eggs 3
Natural fat free yogurt 150g (5oz)
Vanilla essence 1 tsp
Raspberries 175g (6oz)
White chocolate 175g (6oz), diced

1 Preheat oven to 190°C/Gas 5. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with 10 muffin cases.

2 Mix flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and sugar together in a bowl.

3 Whisk butter, eggs, yogurt and vanilla together in a second bowl until just mixed then add to dry ingredients and combine. Add raspberries and 110g (4oz) chocolate, mix together and then spoon into muffin cases.

4 Bake for 15-20 minutes until well risen and golden. Leave to cool in tin for 10 minutes then cool on a wire rack. Melt remaining chocolate in a bowl over a pan of gently simmering water and drizzle over muffins. Leave for 5-10 minutes to set.

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Back to School with Scrumptious Lunchbox Muffins

Back to school with Scrumptious Lunchbox Muffins by Dairy Diary

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Back to School with Scrumptious Lunchbox Muffins

Those brand new shoes are shiny and there’s that familiar scent of new stationery with a perfectly organised pencil case nestling in a pristine (for one day only!) school bag.

It must be back to school time!

Make their first day back at school even more memorable with a scrummy homemade muffin.

With fresh blackberries it should pass muster with even the most vehement lunchbox police.

 

Lunchbox Blackberry Muffins - a Dairy Diary recipes

Lunchbox Blackberry Muffins

Makes 12–14
Time 30 mins
Calories 225 Fat 9g of which 5.5g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Self-raising flour 300g (11oz)
Baking powder 1 tsp
Bicarbonate of soda ½ tsp
Ground mixed spice ½ tsp, optional
Demerara sugar 200g (7oz)
Fresh blackberries 250g (9oz), very large ones halved
Full fat milk 300ml (½ pint)
Butter, 125g (4½oz), melted
Eggs 2 large, beaten

1 Preheat oven to 200°C/Gas 6 and line a 12 or 14 hole muffin tin with paper cases. Stir together dry ingredients and sugar in a bowl, then add blackberries and mix.

2 Whisk together milk, melted butter and eggs. Gently fold liquid into dry ingredients, taking care not to over-mix.

3 Divide batter between muffin cases and bake for 20-25 minutes or until well risen and golden. Serve warm or cold.

A Dairy Diary recipe.

 

 

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Family fun for the school holidays

Family fun for the school holidays

It’s National Family Week this week, which is very apt given that it’s the summer holidays and many of us will spend lots of time with our children.

As a mum of three under-fives, I now know what a rollercoaster ride it is being a parent! BC (before children), I imagined life to be a whirlwind of harmonious activities; from playing games to spotting wildlife to making crafts.

Yes, of course, you can do these things, but in reality you may have one child who just wants to play with his cars and another who wants to eat the paint!

So, here I have suggested some ideas for the summer holidays that you and your children MAY want to try. But if they don’t want to, stay chilled (if possible!) and enjoy watching them do their chosen activity instead (even if they have been pushing trains around a track for the past 4 weeks!)

Under 5s

  • Create a very simple treasure hunt at home with one word cards to follow, such as table, chair and toybox.
  • Food packets and tubes can be used for plenty of activities: your child can sort them into different shapes and sizes; the tubes and packaging can be used as building bricks, and painted in different colours.
  • Make a themed collage (by colour, season or transport, for example) with pictures cut from magazines. If the children are very young, cut the pictures out yourself and allow them to stick.
  • Make pasta necklaces by painting individual pasta shapes, such as penne. Allow to dry, thread on to string and tie.
  • Imprint rubbing can be intriguing for little ones. Place a piece of paper over a patterned object, such as a coin, leaf or shell, and then rub over the top with a crayon. Cut a potato in half and carve a simple pattern into the flesh. Make several of these for your child to cover in paint and print the shapes on a piece of paper.
  • Paint can be used in all sorts of ways. Cut a butterfly shape from a piece of paper. Ask your child to paint a pattern on one side then fold in half while still wet to see the pattern mirrored.
  • With paint, you can also create butterflies from two children’s hand prints with a blob of paint in the middle. Sponge painting is also great fun, or try drawing patterns with wax crayon and painting over the top.
  • Use the playdough recipe (below) to create models, make patterns and cut into shapes. Baking equipment is ideal for use with playdough.
  • Encourage an interest in food at an early age by making chocolate and rice crispy cakes together, or simple flapjacks with butter, oats and syrup.
  • Play some lively music and dance with your child. Get him/ her to mirror your movements, count or clap to the beat, or waltz with your child standing on your feet.
  • Let’s pretend – choose an animal and make the relevant noises and movements. Choose contrasting animals, such as a tiny mouse and huge elephant.
  • Ask your child to clap out the rhythm of his/her name and clap along, or clap to the beat of a song. Make a simple shaker by sealing dried rice or pasta in a tub to shake along to the music.
  • At the start of the day choose one letter from the alphabet and see how many things beginning with that letter your child can spot throughout the day. Paint a picture or create a picture collage of some of those things at the end of the day.
  • Go for a short walk and collect natural objects, such as pinecones, pebbles and feathers. With glue, paint and paper, make little creatures from your finds. You could also try a ‘colour walk’ and ask your child to point out all the yellow items he or she sees, for example.

5-12 year olds

  • Family fun for the school holidaysMake a calendar or clock. For a clock, decorate a paper plate then paint on numbers and secure cardboard hands with a paper fastener. To create a calendar, choose month-appropriate pictures from a magazine and stick them on to 12 sheets of card or paper. Print out dates from the computer or write them down. Hole-punch each sheet and secure together with string. Both these craft projects will encourage your child to learn about time, days and months.
  • Use food packets to play shop. Your child can use scales to weigh items, stickers for pricing and change to learn about money and counting. Or your child could make a money box, and learn how to save. Create a model village by painting windows, doors and flowers onto packets.
  • To make an impressive mosaic picture, draw a large, simple design (such as flowers) on a piece of paper, cut small squares from coloured paper or magazines and use one colour to fill each section of the design.
  • Fingerprint characters are fun. Simply make lots of fingerprint marks with paint on a sheet of paper and allow to dry. Then make faces, monsters, animals and bugs by adding features/hair/legs/arms/tails with a black pen.
  • Create finger puppets – ask your child to draw animal or people characters on a piece of paper. Cut them out and glue a loop of paper to the back.
  • For paper weaving, cut long thin strips from coloured paper or magazines. Then take a larger piece of paper and cut strips almost but not quite to the top so it’s fringed. Weave each complete paper strip horizontally under and over the fringed strips. Trim the sides and secure at the back with tape.
  • Encourage your child to get involved in all (safe) food preparation to foster his/her interest in food. Choose a simple recipe (try Hot chocella on p155 or Yogurt cake on p141) and follow it together.
  • Throw a dice and draw a funny animal. Each number represents a body part (write these down first), take it in turns to throw and draw part of the beast. See what bizarre creatures you can create together.
  • Using either your clothes or jumble-sale finds, play dressing up and role play. You could pretend to be pop stars, play their music and sing with a hairbrush ‘microphone’ while dressed up. Face paints or make-up are good for this activity, too.
  • Hold a treasure hunt throughout the house and garden. Make around ten simple clues, such as ‘Your next clue is very cold’ (the clue’s hidden in the fridge) and hide them in appropriate places. The treasure can be a small toy or a home-made cake. The fun is in the hunt, not the prize. You could also encourage your child to write clues for you to hunt.
  • Make a family photo album. When you go out, take photos of teddy, or a favourite soft toy, in various places. Then put the photos in an album with other family members for your child to keep. You could also create a family tree together.
  • Children often get bored while out walking. Make a countryside stroll more fun with a ‘spotter’s list’. Write a list of plants, birds and creatures with tick boxes and a small reward. For example, blackbird 2p, kingfisher 50p. Your child will then have something for his/her moneybox at the end of the walk.
  • Poetic artwork – go for a walk and jot down things you do, see, smell, touch and hear. For example, bees buzzing, the scent of lavender, warm sunshine, green grass, a thrush singing, steep hill. When you get home, encourage your child to write them all down in different coloured pens/crayons on a piece of paper.

 

How to make play doughHow to make Playdough

Plain flour 1 cup
Water 1 cup
Vegetable oil 1tbsp
Cream of tartar 2tsp
Salt ½ cup
Food colouring a few drops

1 Place all ingredients in a pan on a low heat.

2 Stir continuously until mixture thickens to a firm dough texture.

3 Store in an airtight container and keep away from pets.

 

 

Banana and Cinnamon muffins recipeBanana & Cinnamon Muffins

Any why not bake these delicious
muffins with your little cooks too?

This recipe can be found in our
fabulous new cookbook
Take a Box of Eggs.

 

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