2 Cups SR Flour
1/4 Cup Coco Powder
1/2 Cup Caster Sugar
1/2 Cup Milk
2 Ripe Bananas
1/2 Cup Dark Choc Bits
1/2 Cup White Choc Bits
Sift the flour into a bowl, then mix the caster sugar and coco powder in.
Melt the butter, then add the milk and the eggs and mix together before mixing with the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl mash the bananas, then add this to the cake mixture also. Mix lightly.
Finally add the choc bits and mix, then add to cupcake cases and cook in moderate oven (160-180C) the lower of the two if fan forced.
We're enjoying a bit of a break from our regular routine due to school holidays. I needed a break. Slow mornings are such a blessing.
Earlier this year my daughter kept chanting that I was a 'no mum'. She's moved on from this, but more recently she has in many different ways been begging for my attention. I realised all she wants is for me to stop. Stop this hectic life and acknowledge and love her in this moment.
So today I decided this is what I needed to do.
The weather has been very ordinary and yesterday and today have been home days. I took the kids to the supermarket yesterday and let them hire a movie each. Lulu asked me to watch it with her, but I didn't have time yesterday, I had to go to work, so this morning, we got up, had breakfast, and plonked ourselves on the couch all snuggled, all four of us, and watched the movie.
Then after lunch we baked.
We made Triple Choc Banana Cupcakes. Always a favourite in our home. I made sure I put the baby to bed before we began. Then we got stuck into it. Lulu decided she wanted pink cupcakes, so we made up the recipe (excluding the coco powder), and divided the mixture in half. Then Tom added his coco powder and Lulu added her pink food dye.
Then each child filled their own cupcake cases reading for cooking.
They took it in turns of mixing, below Tom is adding the wet ingredients.
Of course when it comes to the Choc bits, it's a case of some for the recipe, a little pile for Lulu and a little pile for Tom, below Tom is shooting down a couple, just to keep him going!
It's funny how they opt to have different colours and then consider them theirs, like you need to ask permission to try one of their ones.
Zander, shoved the first one in as quickly as possible for fear he might run out of time for a second. Trust me, his mouth is full!
Today was a good day. A simple day, a reminder that life doesn't need to be over complicated. Sure I work, we have stuff that just has to be done, but I need to ensure that I balance it, and not get too hooked up on the crap that can wait till later, because my kids are not always going to be this little, next year Lulu will be off to school and then all I will have is weekends and school holidays.
Life is simple if you let it be, it's just sometimes I forget.