Chocolate muffins

Hi, today my sister and I made some chocolate chip muffins, from one of our mums recipe books. It makes twelve muffins, and are really nice. They have the perfect amount of chocolateiness  in them, and are really easy to make if you are a newcomer to cooking and you want something sweet and easy to make… If you want to try making them, the instructions are below:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 175g of plain flour     
  • 40g of cocoa powder
  • 110g of caster sugar    
  • 2tsp of baking powder
  • 55g of chocolate chips                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Liquid Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg    
  • 250ml of milk
  • 120ml sunflower oil
  • half a teaspoon vanilla essence                                                                                                                                                                              

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees/gas mark 6
  2. Put muffin cases into a three by four muffin tray 
  3. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl
  4. Mix the liquid ingredients together in a separate jug, and then add to the bowl of dry ingredients
  5. Mix the mixture well, then spoon into the paper muffin cases
  6. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes, then take out and leave to cool on a cooling rack…
  7. Eat!

Here is a photo of the end result…

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It is a simple recipe that has a great end result and so my family and I would really recommend you trying it out, even if cooking is not your favourite hobby!

I hope you try it out sometime,

SparrowHorse x

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Wire stars

Recently my mum has been thinking about Christmas decorations… Last year it was woollen pompoms, and she was wondering what to do this year. She found on Pinterest a photo of a wire star, and decided she would adapt her own like it. This is what she came up with:

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I think that the purple one is my favourite, and I also think that it is a really good idea. We are going to string them across the lounge with grey string, hanging them from grey velvet ribbon. We are going to intersperse them with copper bells,  mixing up the copper coloured, purple and silver. 

Here are the instructions I have made up:

1. Hammer 5 nails into a piece of wood in a five point star shape, slightly angling the nails so that that they lean in a bit; hopefully you end up with something like this;          

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2. Wrap the wire round the nails, (we used 0.5mm thin florists wire,) missing out one nail each time, you will see it will begin to create a  five point star shape.

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3. Go round until the wire until 6 or 8 layers deep, pushing the wire down as you go along; this uses up about 2 metres. 

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4. Cut off the wire leaving yourself a 50cm tail to secure the star. 

5. Tuck the tail under two of the points and wrap it round twice; then tuck the tail under two different points and carry on until you get a mini star in the middle of the big one.

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6. Take the star of the block, and tuck the tail of wire into it to secure it.

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Hope you can get round to doing it,

SparrowHorse x