Blog Your Heart Out

I’ve been tagged by BooRooandTiggerToo to take on the Blog Your Heart Out meme, which I’ve seen on many blogs and always enjoyed reading.

So what is the Blog Your Heart Out meme all about? It involves me answering five questions about blogging and then tagging a couple of bloggers to pass on the meme and keep the blog love going. Think of it as a modern day chain letter, just nicer!

So here goes:

Who/What encouraged you to start blogging?
When I was on maternity leave with Elliot I read a lot of blogs and opened up a world of fellow mummies wanting to capture memories for their kids as they grow up. I am worried that I am going to forget these days so I want to capture as much as possible on here, even if it’s just for my own enjoyment in future years!

How did you choose what to blog about?
Well, when I started blogging my whole world revolved around one small but quite demanding little person and I therefore wrote mainly about motherhood. We now have two of them. They are the main subjects of the blog, but I also enjoy posting recipes and comments on parenting issues. I’m sure the subject matter will vary as my children grow up.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
That would be telling! To be honest I’m pretty boring so there’s very little that people don’t know about me. I used to do Irish dancing when I was little and was in Oxford’s version of Riverdance (not quite as exciting as it sounds, but very fun nonetheless!)

What three words describe your style?
Hmm, I hate these types of questions. I’d say my blogging style is sporadic, I’d like to think that I’m quite organised (just don’t look in any of our cupboards!) and currently my husband would probably describe me as sleepy (we have a 4 month old, ok?!)

What do you love to do when you are not blogging?
Looking after our two boys takes up much of my time. I’m currently on maternity leave and will be returning to work later this year (my logistic skills will be tested then so I’d rather not think about it just yet!) I love creating things – recent projects have included a dress for my niece, a half finished amigarumi ‘Duck’ (from ‘Sarah & Duck’) and a cardigan for Alexander. I love to try my hand at anything from jewellery making to crochet and an hour spent in a craft shop is never boring for me!

So that’s a bit more about me, and now it’s my turn to pass the baton on to some really lovely bloggers:

Rambling Through Parenthood
This Mummy Loves
Tattooed Lady With A Baby
Little Jampot Life
Simply Sophie
Mummy M’s Memories
Poole Mamma
Beetroot Brownie
Menai
Emily and Indiana

Go for it ladies!

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No Junk Apple, cinnamon and raisin muffins

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Picnic time is here again, and in an effort to limit the amount of sugar and hidden nasties in Elliot’s diet, I came across Organix’s recent No Junk campaign (you can read more about that here)

Organix had a fab recipe for these really simple muffins, which Elliot and I made yesterday to take along to a picnic. They contain no sugar, just maple syrup and the naturally occurring sugar in the fruit. To be honest they tasted a little bland to an adult’s palate but the kids absolutely loved them (and knowing they weren’t as bad as a shop bought cake made the mummies and daddies happy too!)

You can substitute the raisins and apples for other fruit and spices if you like.

The mix made 12 muffins.

Ingredients
3 eggs
3 tbsps maple syrup
2 tsps cinnamon
120mls olive oil
2 apples
150g self-raising flour
Raisins (couple of handfuls, to taste)

Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-assisted), gas mark 6.

Next, whisk the eggs with the maple syrup, cinnamon and olive oil. Grate the apples and stir into the egg mixture. Then add the flour and mix.

I then added a couple of handfuls of raisins before dividing the mixture into greaseproof muffin tins, and bake for approximately 20 minutes, until golden and cooked in the centre.

Enjoy!