Thursday, 10 December 2015

4-ingredient Peanut Butter Raisin Cookies

4-ingredient Peanut Butter Raisin Cookies | The Road to Less Cake

This is my first recipe post in months. In fact, this is my first time blogging in our new flat.

4-ingredient Peanut Butter Raisin Cookies | The Road to Less Cake

We moved house a couple of weeks ago. We'd got settled in our first place together but recently we'd started to outgrow it, the kitchen was too small (it was always too small), we were running out of storage space and after we adopted George and Milo we realised we needed a bigger place.

So we did a little bit of house hunting and James found a great place with a big kitchen (it's like twice the size of the one in our first place! Eeee!), the spare room is bigger and we have a little outdoor space, which we're hoping to be able to BBQ on in the summer :D

4-ingredient Peanut Butter Raisin Cookies | The Road to Less Cake

Our new place is also a lot warmer. Although right now I don't need the heating on as I have a kitten-shaped hot water bottle snuggled in my dressing gown, not on my dressing gown, but in my dressing gown as I write this. I've edited most of these photos with a cuddly George on my lap. And he just booped me on the nose with his paw. Too cute.

The boys are also loving our new home. There's more space for them to run around chasing each other. The thought the boxes we great fun. Trying to pack boxes with two cats was hilarious. They nearly got boxed up a few times.

They love sitting on the bathroom windowsill and sleeping in the sun in our new house.

I can't believe how much they've grown already. I'm so looking forward to Christmas with the cats. I can't wait to see what they make of wrapping paper and ribbon on Christmas morning. My last cat, Taz, used to dive bomb into the middle of the pile of unwrapped paper and then run off with pieces of it behind the sofa to attack and chew.

4-ingredient Peanut Butter Raisin Cookies | The Road to Less Cake

So, these cookies.

I had a craving for peanut butter cookies and I hadn't baked in a while, so I whipped up a batch. Super easy. Super quick. And only using 4 ingredients. As it is the holiday season it's the perfect time to bake cookies. Everyone loves cookies at Christmas. Am I right?

4-ingredient Peanut Butter Raisin Cookies | The Road to Less Cake

They're so good. Chewy with a good crunchy top.

I know I've said it before, and I'll say it again, simple is often best. And in my mind you can't go wrong when there's peanut butter involved.

James says they're the best cookies I've ever made :D

4-ingredient Peanut Butter Raisin Cookies | The Road to Less Cake

These cookies are perfect to share with your family over the holidays...if they make it...they're moreish.

You could swap the raisins for chocolate chips or maybe even dried cranberries as it is coming up to Christmas.

Or leave the fruit out and go full PB!

4-ingredient Peanut Butter Raisin Cookies | The Road to Less Cake

4-ingredient peanut butter raisin cookies

by Nikki Mitchell
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Ingredients (12 cookies)
  • 1 cup (250g) smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup (120g) oat flour
  • 1/2 cup (150g) raisins
  • 1/3 cup (180ml) maple syrup + 2 tablespoons
  • Preheat your oven to 180c/350F
  • Heat the maple syrup and peanut butter in a pan on a low to medium heat.
  • Add the flour into a large mixing bowl.
  • Once the peanut butter and maple syrup is melted, take the pan off the heat and pour it into the flour and stir it in. This is where you may want to add the other 2 tablespoons of maple syrup to help the cookie come together.
  • Stir in the raisins.
  • Line a baking tray/cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Separate the cookie dough into 12 balls and place them on the baking tray. I recommend using slightly wet hands to stop the dough sticking to your hands.
  • Using a fork, press down the cookies.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Leave the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes on the baking tray before transferring them to a wire rack to let them cool completely.
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4-ingredient Peanut Butter Raisin Cookies | The Road to Less Cake
4-ingredient Peanut Butter Raisin Cookies | The Road to Less Cake

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Introducing George and Milo

I'd like to introduce you to two very special little guys, the newest members of our family, two gorgeous furballs, our kittens George and Milo.

James and I have always said that one day we would like to welcome a pet into our home. Since we moved in together two years ago the topic of having a furry family member has come up a fair few times, usually starting with me asking, 'Can we get a....'

I'd been visiting a friend who has a five-month-old kitten and after I went home I found myself looking at cats online. I found out through work that one of our local Cats Protection shelters had lots of kittens and young cats up for adoption.

I told James and after a bit of umming and ahhing from him (it didn't take much persuasion) he said we should go see the kittens. But that didn't mean we were getting one. We were just looking. *Serious face!*

That only meant one thing to me...kitten, kitten, kitten, we're getting a kitten, yay we're getting a kitten, I love kittens, we're getting a kitten!

So we went to the shelter that weekend to look at kittens (eeeek!). Before we went into look at the tiny cats, James turned to me and said that if we were adopting a kitten we were only adopting one.

As I was still talking to one of the volunteers from the Cats Protection, James had wandered into where the cats were. He sat on the floor as five kittens surrounded him. He just looked up at me with a big smile. We were definitely going home with more than one cat.

I joined James with the cute, fluffy, adorable kittens. We stroked them. Cuddled them. Played with them. We could have stayed there for hours. James turned to me and said, 'Well, we could get two, so they don't get lonely.'

You don't need to tell me twice that I can have more furry friends! So we adopted two brothers, a brown tabby and a grey and white tabby.

Then we had to choose names.

We spoke about names all the way home but couldn't agree. James wanted to stick with their original names of Thor and Odin, but there was no way I was shouting that out of the door for them to come back in. We haven't decided whether they are going to be house cats or not yet. They don't seem bothered by going outside, but at the moment they're too young to go outdoors.

After lots of vetos on names we settled on George and Milo.

George is a brown tabby and is the smaller one of the two.

Milo is white with grey tabby patches and is the more mischievous of the two.

Adopting these two little guys is the best decision we ever made (apart from moving in together and deciding to get married - just over 6 months to go!)

We always knew we wanted to adopt and give one of the many animals who find themselves in a shelter a forever home. It's something we've both been passionate about.

It was hard just to take these two kittens home with us. There were lots of cats needing homes at the Cats Protection. If you're thinking of welcoming a pet into your life I'd look into your local animal shelters, they're are lots of lovely furry friends needing new loving families.

After we'd agreed to adopt our tiny furballs the hardest part was we had to wait a few weeks before we could take them home until they were 8 weeks old.

George and Milo been part of the family now for a month now.

They settled in really well. We only had one small issue on the first night with Milo trying to sleep under the sofa but once we realised he likes to sleep cosied up under a covering of some sorts he's not tried to sleep under there again.

They've become part of the family. I couldn't imagine life without them now.

It's lovely coming home and having two little happy faces greet you.

In the month that they have been part of our family their personalities have already come out. Milo is the more playful of the two. He's the one that likes to try and climb up my curtains. George is the more attentive one. If he's not playing, sleeping or eating then he wants cuddles all the time. Milo does like cuddles but it is usually only when he is really tired. To get to sleep on your knee he likes tickles and if you stop he looks up at you to say, 'Why did the tickles stop?'

Every day about 10 o' clock at night is silly time. This is when they run around the whole house after one another. But then George has his own bonkers time. This is silly time taken up a notch. It doesn't happen every night, but when it does he runs around and attacks anything, often thin air or his own tail.

Today is is their three month old birthday and my boys are getting bigger. I don't want them to get any bigger. I want them to stay little forever.

What we've learnt about the George and Milo:

They're playful.

They love to sleep. Zzzzzzzz...

George sleeps curled up in a ball.

While Milo sleeps stretched out.

George likes to snuggle.

Milo likes to know where you are at all times. If you're in the room he's quite happy playing but as soon as you leave the room he wants to know where you're going. I moved from one room to another to take a photo of George sleeping and Milo followed and curled up on my knee and feel asleep.

They like watching the world outside. Especially when it is raining.

They're just the cutest. They've brought so much love and our joy to our lives. We're so happy they're part of the family.

We were told they were domestic short hair cats but we don't think they are. They're too fluffy to be domestic short hairs, especially Milo, he is very fuzzy.

I've been resisting the urge to share lots of pictures of my kitty cats all over the Internet, so I've created an Instagram page for George and Milo where I can share their adventures.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Life Lately

Hello, lovely Internet friends.

I know I've taken a super long blog hiatus and haven't posted anything since the end of June, but I wanted to check in and say hi. Hi.

I thought we'd sit down today and a have a chat over a cup of tea, or coffee if you'd prefer. You might want to make a hot drink, this could be a long post.

This wasn't a planned hiatus. I didn't need an Internet detox or anything. In fact, I had lots of posts planned and pretty much ready to go.

The first week of July I was visiting family as it was my parents' birthdays, I'd posted a few days before (my last post) and had some posts all line up for that week, I'd take the photos, I just needed to come up with the words.

While I was visiting my folks, my Auntie became very ill and was taken into hospital. She sadly passed away four days later. This was a big shock to my family. It still is. It was very sudden and unexpected. She had been ill for a few weeks but it was a suspected stomach bug. Sadly, it was worse than we all realised. She slipped away with my family and I beside her. Saying goodbye in those last few moments was probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Not a day goes by that I don't think about her or miss her. I've got tears in my eyes while I write this.

I wanted to blog but my head wasn't in the right place. I've tried many times to sit down and write this post over the last few months, but I wasn't strong enough to say these things out loud, let alone type them all out. I needed some time. Longer than I thought. But losing my Auntie rocked my family. I can't imagine Christmas without her and it going to be so hard getting married next summer without her. I miss her dearly.

Shortly after my Aunt passed away, I came down with a throat and chest infection. It floored me and took a month to get rid of it. I was coughing all the time, couldn't sleep, couldn't talk for coughing and was physically and mentally drained and weakened. It took me a few weeks to get over it and built my strength back up.

Sadly, a few weeks ago James' granddad also passed away and it didn't feel like the right time to get back into blogging.

If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that recently we welcome two furry friends into our life. We adopted two kittens from the Cats Protection. We brought two brothers, Milo, a grey and white tabby, and George, a brown tabby, home with us. And it is the best decision we made. They've brought so much joy and love into our lives.

A lot of my time has been spent playing with them and getting kitten cuddles (the best thing ever!) As I write this post I have a kitten snuggled up my chest, purring. The other is sat on the chair beside me. I'll be sharing a little bit more about them with lots of photos soon.

I'm happy to be back in my little corner of the World Wide Web.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

6 Recipes I Remake

At the weekend, I made spaghetti bolognese for dinner and then yesterday morning I whipped up a jar of my latest green smoothie recipe for breakfast, and it got me thinking that I should share with you recipes that I've posted that I actually make on a regular basis.

Don't get me wrong, I love creating new recipes for you guys, and I have a delicious cake recipe I'm hoping to share later this week, but some recipes are worth making time and time again.

So here are six recipe that I like to remake. 

Slow Cooker Turkey Spaghetti Bolognese | The Road to Less Cake

On a weekend I often whip up a batch of this rich spaghetti bolognese. It is great to pop a couple of portions in the freezer to take out and defrost for busy days,

Sweet Potato and Bacon Frittata | The Road to Less Cake

This is actually on the menu for tonight. 

Moroccan Quinoa Stuffed Peppers | The Road to Less Cake

I make these stuffed peppers at least once a month. They're my favourite weeknight veggie meal. 

4-Ingredient Sticky Chicken Thighs | The Road to Less Cake

These chicken thighs are a winner with everyone. I've made them for friends, family and guests for dinner. My Mum has even made them for her and my Dad. 

5. Curried Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup

Curried Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup | The Road to Less Cake

This is my current go-to soup recipe. It's so easy to make but is silky, creamy and flavourful.

Creamy Tropical Green Smoothie | The Road to Less Cake

This is my favourite green smoothie right now. It is filling, fresh and tastes like Summer!

What recipes do you like to remake?
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