Review of September

Wow, I actually made it to the end of the Blog Everyday in September challenge. I’m so proud of myself, and if I’m honest I didn’t think I was going to be able to do it, which makes me really pleased that I stuck with it.

I learnt that I can do things like this if I’m focused, but that I do need to put lots of planning in. The process also helped me to think about what sort of posts I want to put on this blog.

I’d like to thank Steph at Seeing Spots for the inspiration. I’m really glad I found her blog and have really enjoyed reading her posts, although after reading about the range of planner stickers available on Etsy I think I’m going to have an expensive weekend ahead of me!

What Katie baked next

I’ve been working hard to keep up with the Blog Everyday in September challenge and I’ve been thinking about what I will do to keep the momentum going in the next few weeks.

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I thought I’d pick a few recipes that I want to tackle and make myself a baking ‘to-do’ list to try and keep me focused:

1. I have some wholemeal flour in the cupboard that needs using up, so I’m going to make this Treacle Bread by Sam Stearn. I’ve used this recipe before and it’s really easy and produces great results.
2. I feel like making a Christmas cake this year, which is something I only do sporadically. I also want to make some of these Gingerbread man christmas tree decorations.
3. I posted last week about our trip to Glasgow and baking shortbread to celebrate. I have since come across another Scottish biscuit that I need to try – Empire Biscuits.
4. I’ve been craving poached peaches so I think it’s time to make some of these. I’ll blog my recipe and I’ll also attempt to take a decent picture for once, as poached peaches are so beautiful they deserve a stunning image.
5. Japanese Cotton Cheesecake – I have a recipe in ‘John Whaites Bakes’ that I’m going to use to try this out.

Favourite quote

I’m struggling with this challenge for Blog Everyday in September, simply because I have loads of quotes that I love. When I was a teenager I had a notebook where I wrote quotes down. Nowadays I find myself adding illustrated quotes to my Pinterest board and I add favourite quotes from books I have read to my Goodreads account.

I’ve selected a literary quote for today, from a book I really enjoyed:

“Do nothing, and nothing happens. Life is about decisions. You either make them or they’re made for you, but you can’t avoid them.”
― Mhairi McFarlane, You Had Me At Hello

Night in – Butternut squash muffins

I’m still posting for the Blog Everyday in September challenge, but it’s been tough to keep up this weekend. The post for day 23 (Friday) was meant to be about staying in watching TV in your PJs and I’d planned to write about snacks to nibble on while catching up on your viewing. Instead I ended up at a fantastic cocktail making event and didn’t get into my pyjamas until well after midnight – oops!

So after a hectic weekend, I’m having a quiet Sunday night relaxing and my snack of choice was these Butternut Squash muffins.

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The recipe I started with was from the Lakeland magazine, but I didn’t add the crumble topping and I substituted some of the ingredients.

Butternut Squash muffins (makes 10 – 12)

100g wholemeal self-raising flour
100g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground mixed spice
1 small orange, juice and zest
2 eggs
125ml vegetable oil
100g Demerara sugar
200g butternut squash, finely grated

1. Preheat oven to 180°C and prepare a muffin tin by popping muffin cases into the holes.

2. Grate the butternut squash and put it to one side.

3. Mix all the other ingredients together in a mixing bowl. It’s best not to overmix muffin mixes so just mix it firmly and thoroughly. Gently stir in the grated butternut squash.

4. Divide between the 12 muffin cases, filling them 2/3rds full.

5. Bake for 25 minutes.

 

Mexican seasoning mix

I’ve been for a sparkling afternoon tea today and I’m so full up that I haven’t wanted anything else to eat, so my plans to blog my evening meal have gone out of the window! Today’s challenge for Blog Everyday in September was to share your camera equipment. Unfortunately, as anyone who sees my blog will find easy to spot, most pictures are hurriedly taken with my phone or tablet. The photography on my blog is definitely something I need to work on!

For today’s post, I am therefore going to share something I’ve just started making; my own Mexican spice mix, meant to replicate the fajita seasoning mixes that I used to buy in packets. Purchasing it is no longer an option for us as they contain ingredients that my husband is allergic to. Making my own means I can control what goes in, and it’s also nice to use up spices already in my cupboard.

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Mexican seasoning mix

2 tbsp chilli powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp dried oregano
1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp chilli flakes
2 tsp ground cumin
A pinch of salt and pepper

Mix all the spices together well to combine and store in a jar.