Thursday 29 January 2015

2015 To-do Lists!

Happy New Year everyone! (Belated we know!) We realise you've probably seen a million Facebook status' and tweets along the lines of 'new year new me!' resolutions but instead of one overriding resolution, we've set ourselves a list of 15-20 things to complete in the new year. We've been doing this for a number of years now and 2015 is no exception! This year we've decided to share our lists publicly (slightly to help motivate us to get things done) and will be posting our progress throughout the year when we complete these tasks we've set ourselves! Some are just fun things to do, some are to help us get our shit together and others are just to improve our lives a little. Alongside our 2015 goals are some photos of our favourite moments from 2014!

Lizzie's List:
1. Move out
2. Go see a play
3. Go to Paris
4. Go to Liverpool or Cornwall
5. Visit somewhere on my own for the day
6. Drink more water
7. Raise money for charity
8. Get fitter and healthier
9. Buy myself something extravagant
10. Run 5km
11. Go to a comedy gig
12. Get a skincare routine
13. Eat red velvet cake
14. Say yes more
15. Write more
(as you may notice i've already completed one of these already, no regrets!)    

Sophie's List:

1. Move out
2. Visit Ireland
3. Invest in a decent moisturiser
4. Get a new job
5. Try street food in Thailand
6. Work with Elephants
7. See the new Star Wars
8. Read Les Miserables
9. Create a travel scrapbook/journal and stick to it
10. Learn something new
11. Try yoga
12. Bake a successful lemon meringue pie
13. See Angkor Wat
14. Go to a comedy gig
15. Get a macbook

What are your resolutions this year? 

Friday 23 January 2015

Recipe: Carrot Cake Muffins

For the muffins
175g light brown muscovado sugar
200g self-raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
200g carrots (roughly 3 medium carrots - you don't need to be too precise!)
2 eggs
150ml sunflower oil (or vegetable oil)
3tsp mixed spice
a lemon

For the frosting:
300g icing sugar
125g cream cheese
50g butter

You can buy jars of mixed spice, but if  you don't have any then it's easy enough to make yourself by just combining a teaspoon of each of the following spices;

Cloves - just a couple

And just grind it all together.

Now, on to the muffins! To start, preheat your oven to 180C.
Measure out your sugar and flour into a mixing bowl.
Add the zest of one lemon.

In a separate jug measure out your oil, add both eggs, and whisk together.

Grate the carrots and add them to the mixing bowl and, while gradually pouring in your oil/egg mix, start beating everything together.

Spoon your mixture into muffin cases - you want them to be roughly 3/4 full. 
We found our mixture made about 20 muffins, but it may vary depending on how big your cases are!
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

While the muffins are cooling you can make the cream cheese frosting.
To do this simply beat the icing sugar, butter, and cream cheese together until smooth.
If you sift the icing sugar first then it makes it much easier to get the desired consistency.

Once your muffins are cool then go ahead and frost. We had fun using piping bags to decorate, however you can always swirl on the frosting with a knife to get the "Hummingbird Bakery" look. Remember not to add the frosting until the muffins are completely cool or else it will melt!

Once your cupcakes are frosted feel free to add any extra decorations, and enjoy!