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Friday, October 09, 2015

A Jolly Good Cooking Day!

Hello Dear Reader,

I have so many things to say, I don't know where to start or where to stop!!

We have a lovely sunny morning here at the moment and I will be making the most of the weather with a little walk shortly.

When I woke today I wondered why I was so achy, then I remembered all the cooking I did yesterday. And entertaining too!  My mum and sister were visiting.

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I recently found Cathie's lovely blog:  Cath@Home, and discovered she was starting up a linky party for recipes and meal planning, which I thought was right up my street as I am often at a loss what to cook, which is why I am linking to Cathie's What's for Dinner - Wednesday today! (Running weekly from Wednesday to the following Tuesday.)

Cathie invites us to link to existing posts, but I felt the need to introduce you to this new idea hoping you might want to join in too!

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Yesterday was definitely a "Baking Day"!

In the morning I set up our breadmaking machine, filled it with the usual ingredients (which you will find listed on this post).

My breadmaker.


Then, while the breadmaker was whirring away, I decided I should use some of  the apples from our very own tree! I set about making Apple and Cranberry Muffins (but unfortunately this recipe only uses 1 apple).

The recipe says "makes 12 muffins" but I had to use a Yorkshire Pudding tin after filling the 12muffin cases, to cook the mixture that was left in the bowl - hence the large one in the middle of the picture!

Apple and Cranberry Muffins
Apple and Cranberry Muffins

The muffins aren't fancy, but they are "healthy" (if you don't count how much sugar is in them), and they taste wonderful (even if I say so myself!).

I am unable to give you the recipe for the muffins as it came from a cookbook I had purchased.  I therefore understand I would be breaking copyright law to pass the recipe on!

Suffice to say, the ingredients include oats, cranberries, soft brown sugar and wholemeal flour.

Today's bread.
Today's bread!


Then after prepping the cake mixture, and kneading the bread dough, I had to prepare dinner too!  More cooking! I am pleased to say that after eating, Darling Hubbie insisted on doing the clearing up, whilst my mum, sister and myself sat down in the comfy chairs for a nice natter.

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Thank you, Cathie, for running this new Linky Party. Why not take a look at Cathie's blog for some meal ideas.

Cathie's Linky Party is a good opportunity to show off your favourite recipes, or your menu for the week's meals, and be entered into her Monthly Giveaway Draw (see Cathie's post for details)

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I still have lots more to say, but not about cooking, so that will be in another post!

Hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,

Barbara xx


13 comments:

  1. Those muffins do look delicious Barbara, as does the bread! Have a lovely weekend.... hope the sun is still shining! Christine x

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    2. It's a bit misty here this morning, but the sun is trying to get through again today. Congrats to you winning Magpie's Mumblings' ribbon book, how lovely! Hope you are having a lovely weekend too! Barbara xx

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  2. Your muffins look so good, but it's the bread that has me drooling. I love bread - even though I know it's bad for my waistline!

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    1. Thanks Mary Anne, But not all bread is bad for you! It's what goes on it! No jam! 😉 Have a super weekend! xx

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  3. Barbara! you are my hero! We were feeling quite lonely over here at Cath@ Home and you came to the rescue....I love your post! And the muffins...I'll have the big one baked in the Yorkie pan, thank you very much!

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    1. Thanks Cath.

      I hope some others will join in, I think it's a great idea!

      Hope you have a super weekend. xx

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  4. Hi Barbara... if you email me your postal address, I will send you the pattern you won.
    Hugs xox gonestitchin@icloud.com

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  5. Thank you Cheryll, that's very kind of you, I will email you. xx

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  6. The muffins look yummy, Barbara. I completely lost my cooking mojo during the long hot summer but I'm relieved to see it's coming back :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you Amalia, I know what you mean, I don't like cooking in the summer either! xx

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  7. Love the look of those muffins, fancy one right now with the cuppa I have on the desk. Hate cooking so sorry can´t join the linky party.

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    1. Thank you, Sheryl.

      The muffins were very tasty. I don't particularly enjoy cooking - but I like the eating part of it! So I thought if I joined Cath's linky party I might get some tips that make my cooking a little less of a chore.

      We'll see! 😊

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