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Welcome spring with a flower brooch!

Spring is coming! and what a better way to welcome it than by making a super cute flower brooch, this is all you need:

Ingredients

All you need

  • Thick felt for the back
  • Thin felt for the petals
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Button
  • Brooch back (or a safety pin)

Preparation

  1. Take the piece of thick felt and cut a circle shape the size that you want your brooch to be.
  2. Thick felt circle

  3. Take the piece of thin felt and cut plenty of little circles for the petals (I used the bottom of the thread as a guide), for this brooch I cut 24 circles.
  4. Thin felt circles

  5. Take one of the small circles and fold it in half, then stitch it to the edge of the big felt circle. One stitch would be enough.
  6. Stich circle

  7. Take another circle and repeat the same, overlaying it slightly, and keep going all the way round the big circle.
  8. Felt circlesFirst row

  9. Start the inner row, try to cover the stitches of the outside row with these circles.
  10. Inner rowInner row ready

  11. Finish the rest of the rows and add a button to the center.
  12. Last rowButton

  13. Now you can sew the brooch back or add a square of felt to put a safety pin (or a hair pin). Your new brooch is ready!
  14. Safety pinBrooch ready

The muffin monster

The muffin monster is back in our kitchen with a delicious and yet (quite) healthy new muffin recipe. This time is all about chocolate! yey!

Muffins

Ingredients

Serves 12

  • 1 cup ………………….. dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ………………. cocoa
  • 1  3/4 cups ………….. flour
  • 3/4 cup ………………. chocolate chips
  • 1 cup ………………….. milk
  • 1/2 cup ………………. pure olive oil
  • 2 large ……………….. eggs
  • 2 teaspoons ……….. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ……… salt
  • 2 teaspoons ……….. baking powder

Chocolate crumb topping

  • 1/2 cup ……………… dark brown sugarchocolate muffin topping
  • 2 tablespoons …….. flour
  • 2 tablespoons …….. cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons …….. pure olive oil
  • 1/4 cup ……………… chocolate chips

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 230° C. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners or coat with olive oil.
  2. In a bowl add sugar, eggs, milk, olive oil and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until well blended.
  3. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Blend by hand until moistened.
  4. Add 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips. Do not overmix.
  5. Evenly pour batter into prepared muffin tins. Evenly spoon a teaspoonful of crumb topping on to each muffin.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a knife inserted into center comes out clean. Cool at least 5 minutes.

Chocolate crumb topping preparation

  1. In a small bowl add sugar, flour, cocoa and olive oil Blend with a fork until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  2. Mix in remaining chocolate chips.

At this point you may be wondering where is the healthy part of a chocolate muffin, let me tell you, our happy monster only uses olive oil in his recipes which means no butter, shortening nor margarine.

Unlike butter or margarine, olive oil is high in mono-saturated fat (that’s the good fat!). Medical studies have proven that olive oil lowers bad cholesterol, reduces blood pressure and decreases the risk of cancer and many other diseases.

Enjoy your baking and remember…life is short, eat dessert first!

This recipe is from the book Olive Oil Desserts by Micki Sannar