Wholemeal Banana Berry Muffins

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… We have been quite fed up with the heat of summer. (Autumn, did you hear that? We are so ready for you!)

Katie has been on a mission to find the perfect healthy banana muffin recipe.

Reuben has been listening to lots of The Bee Gees and The Kinks.

We have both fallen completely in love with Katie’s mum’s new kitten, Pippa. (Really, how could you not love that face?!)

We’ve been perplexed by the mutant sunflowers that have popped up in the garden.

We have been eating chia seeds in everything.

Katie’s finished reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and Reuben has started it.

We’ve been hoping, quite desperately, for rain.

We have decided to move into our house sooner rather than later. This weekend in fact! We’re not anywhere near finished renovating (we haven’t even finished stripping paint yet), but we both feel like we need to be there now. We just want to start making our old house a home. Once we’re in we’re going to take our time with the renovations and focus on fixing up one room at a time.

What’s been happening in your world lately?

Katie and Reuben x

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We are a twenty-something couple persuing a simple, mindful, beautiful life. We like crafty thing making, yummy thing baking and picture taking.


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32 Responses to “Lately…”

  1. Cookie February 19, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    oooooooooh, I am so excited for you…enjoy your new abode 🙂

  2. Rita@thissortaoldlife February 20, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    I think the best way to know how you want to renovate a space is to live in it. And to take your time. We’ve been in our house for 1.5 years, and I think our list of projects today is longer than the list we had when we first moved in. 🙂 But we love our home. House renovation is something that’s become part of the fabric of our life. We go slow. We go fairly randomly. We learn lots. Hope you find the same kind of joy we have.

    • Katie
      Katie February 20, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

      I think that’s a really good approach Rita! We’re realising now we were being a bit overambitious to think we’d get the floors done, all the paint stripped and everything repainted within just a couple of months. So we are settling for moving in with just the floors done. We really can’t wait to be in there! x

  3. Librarygirl February 20, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    animal vegetable miracle is one of my favourite books.
    Just posted a great recipe from it on my blog yesterday.
    Good luck moving…. Exciting!

    • Katie
      Katie February 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

      Isn’t it wonderful?! Life changing really 🙂

  4. Teresa February 20, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    I am so ready for Autumn! I always forget how horribly hot February can be.

    Moving into your house is exciting! Bet you can’t wait. 🙂

  5. Shannon February 20, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    Good Luck on the move in! At least the weather is nice for a move in :0) No rain or snow to deal with! Hugs!

  6. Miss Piggy February 20, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Has Katie found the perfect, healthy low-fat banana muffin recipe yet? I’d love to get my hands on such a thing.

    The kitten is VERY cute!

    • Katie
      Katie February 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

      I’ve been concerntrating on low-sugar more so than low-fat, as we don’t consume a huge amount of fat but sugar is a major weakness for me. I haven’t found the perfect recipe yet but I’m working on it! When I figure it out I’ll post it 🙂

  7. Jane @ Shady Baker February 20, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Lovely, happy moving…enjoy your new home x

  8. Alicia February 20, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Oh I’m so ready for autumn! February just drags on for me, more so this year because of the lack of rain and trying to keep our vegies and fruit trees alive. I’m killing my back by bucketing out the kids bath water! Can’t wait to put on cardigans and start baking hot cross buns. Love the kitten, and enjoy your move, it really helps solidify what you want to do to make your home.

    • Katie
      Katie February 20, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

      I hear ya! It is horribly dry here too – all the farms are looking positively barren. Oh and YES to cardigans! I spend 90% of summer dreaming for the day I can pull out my cardigans. Haha! x

  9. Cassandra February 20, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Oooh excited to see you moving in! You’ll get so much for of a feel for the place actually living in it as you tackle the challenge room by room! My week has been a mix of extreme highs and nasty messy days, I’m hoping for a calmer end to it, that’s for sure!

    • Katie
      Katie February 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

      Sorry to hear you’ve had some horrible messy days Cassandra. Sending nice, calm thoughts your way! x

  10. Becky February 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    Oh my gosh! Cute kitty!

  11. Margaret February 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    Oh my goodness…. there is nothing quite like moving into your own place, all the ideas, dreams and possibilities for what is to come, making it a home.

    I agree with Rita, it doesn’t hurt to take it slow and see what a year holds with the light, heat and cold and ventilation breezes etc in various parts of the house.

    .My BIG beautiful main bedroom with ornate cornices and a huge ornate plaster ceiling insert is on the south west corner of the house and is freezing in the winter mornings and baking hot in the summer afternoons, and the cross ventilation is not good….. so I don’t sleep there. I can’t plant a shade tree nearby as that is where the electricity cable is joined to the house.

    It is fun to have a little opening ceremony……”Lords and Ladies, thank you for your attendance at this Gala opening , we wish K & R happiness in this wonderful new home …. god bless all who sail in her” Ribbon across entrance is then cut and a toast is drunk by all present….don’t forget a photo.

    We did this for a friends move 2 weeks ago, there were 4 of us old bags in our grotty gardening clothes(and her highly amused daughter), as we had been full on moving stuff for 2 days…. just a bit of sillyness to relieve the stress of emptying a huge house and cleaning it ready for hand over at settlement day.


    • Katie
      Katie February 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

      Oh, your little opening ceremony sounds lovely. What a cute idea! x

  12. Sarah @ Chantille Fleur February 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    How exciting! Hope your moving goes well 🙂

    Pippa is adorable! I thought she might have been yours at first 😉

    Sarah x

  13. Samantha February 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    I know what you mean about the rain! We went North yesterday and the hills are brown from the heat…and my chillis need the rain like nobody’s business.

  14. Lou (The Honesty Path) February 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    March is my favourite month of the year, would love every month to be like March! And my tip on the banana muffins – make the recipe you love but make them into mini muffins 🙂
    Hope to see more Pippa pics 🙂
    Cheers – Lou @The Honesty Path

  15. Kelly February 20, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    HOW EXCITING is that!! i know they say living through renos is one of he most stressful things you can do, but surely when its YOUR house it will be rewarding regardless? 🙂
    have fun, we’ll be doing the move soon 🙁 with a lot more stuff that you guys im sure!

    • Katie
      Katie February 21, 2013 at 10:40 am #

      I think living through major renos, with consctruction and stuff going on, would be awful, but since we’re not dong anything as disruptive as that (mostly just painting and cosmetic stuff) we should be ok. And if we just contain the chaos to one room at a time we can just shut the door and ignore it if/when it gets a bit much 😉

  16. Fi February 21, 2013 at 12:20 am #

    Oh Pippa is gorgeous and those banana muffins look delicious, once you’ve found the perfect recipe please do share it with us as I can almost taste them! How exciting about your new house, it must be so lovely to know that you’re almost living in it! x

  17. Harri February 21, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    I’m new to your blog, it’s lovely. Looking forward to your next post! xxx

  18. The Life of Clare February 21, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    What an exciting adventure for you guys! I can’t wait for the day we are moving into our own place. We’ve been fencing in our chickens (they were getting a little adventurous, and planting winter crops like crazy.

  19. Kathy February 21, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Definately a great idea to move in…your first home is so exciting even if when you move in it is not perfect. Doing the floors when nothing was in there was totally necessarily however walls can be painted room by room when you live there. Very excited for you to be living in your very first home. I remember my first home 23 years ago…horrible wallpaper, daggy kitchen, foul carpet and bathroom but it was mine (well mine and the bank’s) but it had my name on it and I could decorate it anyway I liked. It’s a wonderful exciting time and I know how excited you would be and having to leave it each day to live somewhere else is hard. Good luck with the moving. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  20. Amber February 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    Oh good luck with the move, how exciting!

  21. paula February 21, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    its been ages since i’ve found a new blog i’m excited about !!! i can’t wait to read back through your old posts 🙂 you have a new fan

  22. Cassie February 22, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    I love visiting your blog – your photos and words calm my chaos!
    With the muffins – I don’t know if you’re trying to reduce the refined sugar or just sugar in its many forms, but I bake A LOT with no added sugar apple sauce (or puréed apple baby food), it always adds sweetness & moisture. I also like to mix up muffin recipes for my kids especially and instead of 2 cups of flour I would take out 1/2 cup and add in 1/2 cup LSA or almond meal. I also add chia seeds a lot! Happy baking 🙂

  23. Ginny February 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Exciting. Why not indeed. Get stuck in. Cute little kitten, watch the dot on her nose though, my cat had the same and it was cancerous ;(

  24. Shell @ Kitty & Buck February 23, 2013 at 12:04 am #

    I don’t want to ignore all the meaningful words and beautiful images, but I can’t help it. That KITTEN! I melt.

  25. Sophie Isobel February 26, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    How exciting about the move! I bet you can’t wait to be settled in! And check out those sunflowers. I wish mine would grow that fast! PS. Oh my Pippa is adorable and reminds me of my childhood cat.
    Sophie x

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