Food on Friday: Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

You may have noticed, it’s been a few Friday’s since I’ve shared something from our kitchen. I’ve been wonderfully (and crazily) busy with lots of photo shoots. I can’t wait to share those with you…but now, it is time for a snack.

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Next week is American Thanksgiving and these muffins fit this holiday perfectly. They are so healthy, I would eat them for breakfast. Or they are perfect for snack.

PUMPKIN CRANBERRY MUFFINS

Paleo, very low sugar, gluten & wheat free, dairy free. Yummy and moist too. :)

makes 12

2/3 cup mashed pumpkin (or butternut squash)

1/4 cup grated carrot (I used the carrot remains from my morning juice)

1 banana

6 eggs

2 teaspoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons of chia gel (chia seeds soaked in water)

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup + 2 teaspoons coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen) (and perhaps extra for sprinkling on top)

Blend all the wet ingredients (except for the cranberries) together in your mixer. Whisk all the dry ingredients together to break up any lumps. Mix the wet and the dry ingredients together. Add the cranberries.  Spoon into a muffin tin lined muffin papers. Bake at 170 C / 350 F for 30-35 minutes.

Today was the November fayre at Phoebe’s school. I made these and took one in for her. Kids were everywhere eating chocolate Santas and licking huge colourful lollipops. Phoebe never glanced their way. In fact, I had to stop her from eating the paper casing!

If you try these, let me know what you think.

 

Christmas is Coming…

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Christmas is coming and Santa’s workshop is busy! Remember, I offer gift vouchers in any amount towards sessions or portrait products. Let me know and I’ll whisper for you into Santa’s ear… :)

Are you planning to give portrait gifts to your loved ones at Christmas? Please remember the following order deadlines:

4 December for any canvas and bloc orders.

13 December for any print orders.

I’ll be back with more festive updates. In the meantime….have a wonderful week!

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Autumn Leaf

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Visiting Windsor…

Surrey-Family-Portrait-PhotographerI just love living in Windsor. Even more, I love that we get lots of visitors who stop by on their way through Heathrow. This Autumn, we had three different out-of-town guest visits. So wonderful!

Our most special visit was with this beautiful couple…who I hadn’t seen for 25 years. (25 years!!) When I was growing up, their house was just down the hill from mine. We spent Christmas at each other’s houses. My brother, sister and I played with their kids. She taught me to love the piano…and still inspires me to play today. He charmed me with his stories…and still does.

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We started our day together with a walk on The Long Walk followed by…of course…a delicious lunch. I don’t think we stopped talking for a second. We found connections from the past…and new connections from the present. Sometimes the threads that join us grow and stretch through time in surprising ways.

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Time flew. Phoebe cried to say goodbye. We know we will see each other again…this time well before 25 years passes again!

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Food on Friday: Getting Sick. Staying Well.

Food on Friday…It’s been one of those days. You know…the kind where all sorts of things happen and it feels like the world is trying to tell you something? Trying to point you at something that you are just not seeing? Where, if only you could shift perspective, everything would appear to be something entirely different? That was my day today. :)

Speaking of shifting things…a friend called me this week to ask to do when she started to feel unwell. She was feeling sniffly but had a big weekend planned.

So here you go. The Top Ten Things I do if I start to feel under the weather…

1. Warm water with lemon. 1/2 a lemon in a large mug of warm water. This has become my morning ritual. I up the frequency when I start to get sick.

2. Fresh Ginger. Juice it. Or add it, sliced thinly, to the warm water with lemon (above). Or make a tea of just thinly sliced ginger. All sorts of health benefits: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72

3. Raw Garlic. Yep, this has to be raw, I’m afraid. And even worse, it needs to be crushed to release the allicin. But garlic is nature’s antibiotic. And whenever I’m in need, I mince a clove, cover it in manuka honey and swallow the whole thing down as quickly as possible. (Also good to ward off the vampires!)

4. Speaking of…Manuka Honey. Also a natural antibiotic, good quality Manuka honey is expensive, but worth it. Whenever I get sick, I like to add this to my tea or use with garlic as above.

5. Cayenne. Yet another natural antibiotic. Add this to the warm water and lemon, perhaps with a dash of honey. Or make a spicy meal.

6. Stop Dairy. Sadly, dairy causes congestion. Now that I don’t eat dairy regularly, I’m amazed at how congested I feel the morning after I have some. And so if your body is fight a cold and congestion, eating dairy will only make things worse.

7. Cut out sugar. All sugar. Not just the white powder, but fruit and especially fruit juices (i.e.. orange juice!) Sugar suppresses the immune system and makes it harder for your body to do what it must do to make you well.

8. Cut out the caffeine.  Same issue with caffeine and the immune system.

9. No alcohol. And yet the same issue again.  Alcohol also suppresses the immune system.

10. Eat lean. Lean protein, steamed vegetables. Some lemon juice drizzled on top. Homemade chicken soup. All these are great to eat and will support your body in getting better.

and…11. Sleeeepppp.….

Here’s to a healthy weekend!