04 January 2012

Happy New Year!
We started the new year off with walks amid orange trees, gingerbread muffins(recipe below) then
some Tom Waits as the rains then fell. I made some long overdue clothing for the smalls' smalls; that being a coat and wool trousers for Foxy (debatable if it is a grey fox or a rat), little felt coat for little D's frog and a new dress and little coat for Magpie's sock monkey. 
Now time for some tea and that Songlines magazine I found in my stocking! 
(ahh yes made some new stockings this year!) 
see below

Gingerbread Muffins
2 1/2 cups flour
 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 cup molasses (mixed with 1 cup boiling water- let sit for half an hour)

Directions: Cream the vegetable shortening with the sugar then add the egg, separately mix all the dry ingredients and add alternatively with the molasses and water mixture.
Makes 18 (very moist) dark muffins, bake at180/350 for 15-18 min


  1. Can't wait to try the gingerbread muffins! THanks!

  2. Happy 2012! The sock monkey is my favorite and the clothes are sweet...


  3. Happy New Year. May 2012 bring you much love, laughter and happiness!

    Am loving the clothes...and the stockings...and the muffins :-)

    C x

  4. Good way to start the new year - sweet and spicy - oranges and ginger, oh and a dash of artsy melancholy with Mr. Waits! Sounds so wonderful to me... xo

  5. Happy 2012! and with the sweet taste of muffins what can be better?! Thank you!

  6. Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate the start of a new year. I love all of the new stockings. Thanks for the gingerbread muffin recipe, too. Hope 2012 brings all of you much joy and peace as you prepare to welcome the newest addition. Hoping we can make it back to Malta soon.

  7. I love the new stockings! And fantastic wee one clothes. Happy 2012 to you, my friend.

  8. A little something for you on my blog. Kisses!

  9. Keep the posts about Malta coming! I miss the land of my heritage!

    Recently discovered your blog from Melbourne, Australia.

    Happy New Year!

    M x

  10. Everything always so beautiful, so deliciously sun baked, here on your blog... Happy New Year lovely one!


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