Mars Bar Muffins

(makes 6)

You will need:

100g caster sugar
100ml olive oil (but you could use 100g unsalted butter)
2 eggs
100g self raising flour, sifted
2 std size mars bars cut into thick chunks (6 per bar)

Then you need to:

pre-heat your oven to 180oC / 160oC fan
beat the oil (or butter) with the sugar for a few minutes until pale and creamy
add the flour and eggs and mix well
divide the cake batter between the paper cases
then place 2 mars bar chunks into the top of each muffin and press down slightly so they are halfway in and half way out
cook in the oven for about 25 minutes or until cooked all the way through

The mars bar chunks will have bubbled up and look a bit like sticky molten lava over the top of the muffins, which is why I don’t think the muffins needed any further enhancement decorating wise!

I didn’t actually sample any of the muffins as I gave them away to a fellow blogger at a tweet up.
I can only assume that they tasted as good as they looked!!

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A Gruffalo Party

Here I share some fun and tasty party food ideas for a Gruffalo Party. Perfect for any Gruffalo fan, from Owl Ice Cream cakes to Scrambled Snake and more.

“It’s terribly kind of you owl, but no – I’m going to have tea with a gruffalo”

It was Burton’s 3rd birthday last Sunday (15th). I decided several months ago that I would use the Gruffalo and Gruffalo’s Child stories as themes for his party food. I thought I would share my party food ideas that I made for his Gruffalo Party.

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Meal Planning Monday #1

I have been reading with some interest for some time now the Meal Planning Monday posts, and while I do try to plan my weeks meals I have never bothered to write a post myself and link up.

Well, I am going to from now on…….hopefully at least!

Basically, for several reasons.

1). It makes ordering my on line grocery shopping much easier if I actually know what meals I plan to cook!

2). I need to budget more as our grocery bills each months are too high.

3). I want to lose some weight and again it I know what meals I am having I won’t slip up with my healthy earth plan!

4). By committing myself to posting my meal planner each Monday, I am hoping it will make me stick to it and keep it going.

Hmmmm we will see!

As a rule, Burton and Jenson tend to have their cooked meal at lunchtime which is often what OH and I had the night before or are going to have that night. Then the boys have a ‘tea’ at tea time which doesn’t involve cooking eg. Sandwiches, finger food

So here is my meal planner for this week. I may move the meals around a bit but essentially this is what I will aim to cook for the next seven days.

Monday
Lunch
Jacket Potato & Ham Salad (me)
Homemade Mini Savoury Muffins & Steamed Veg (J)
Pasta Salad (OH)
Burton at Ladybirds
Dinner:
Homemade Baked Gnocchi With A Rich Tomato, Bacon & Pepper Sauce
Tuesday
Lunch :
Leftover Gnocci & Sauce (B&J)
Tuna pasta salad (me)
OH out for the day
Dinner :
Barn Pie & Peas – same as cottage pie but uses pork mince instead
Wednesday
Lunch:
we go to Granma’s every Wednesday & today it’s my turn to cook lunch
Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Soup (me & Granma)
Barn Pie & Peas – will have made 2 small ones yesterday (B & J & Cousin Ben)
Dinner:
Leftover Barn Pie (OH)
Jacket Potato & Salad (me)
Thursday
Lunch :
Homemade Meatballs & Pasta (B & J & me)
Poached Eggs On Toast (OH)
Dinner:
Leftover Meatballs & Pasta (OH)
Tuna Jacket Potato & Salad (me)
Friday
Lunch :
Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon, Mash Potato, Carrots & Peas (B, J & Me)
(not made this before but will make a change from steak & ale which I 

                              always ways make! If it turns out well, I will post recipe)

Pesto Pasta (OH)
Dinner :
Leftover Beef Bourguignon, Mash Potato, Carrots & Peas (OH)
Beans On Toast (me)
Saturday
Lunch :
Not sure where we will be/what we will be doing, but I have homemade meals in the freezer for the
boys/all of us eg. Bolognese sauce for pasta
Dinner :
Homemade Chilli Con Carne & Rice OR Stuffed Jacket Potato & Salad
Sunday
It is Granma’s birthday and we will be doing something for that eg. BBQ or a buffet
Dinner:
not sure, it will depend what we eat for lunch!

And that is that!
**Please note: although it looks like we don’t eat many vegetables, we do but they are hidden in my meals as I have 3 fussy vegetable eaters!!
eg.Barn Pie will contain carrot, courgette, onion, baked beans and apple, with potato on top!
eg. the tomato sauce for the gnocchi contains grated carrot, peppers, spinach, courgette & onions & tomatoes!
I have to get their vegetables into them somehow!

I am linking this up to Mrs M’s Meal Planning Monday

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