Lemon Cupcakes & Muriwai Community Planting Day
The weather put on the perfect morning for our community planting in Muriwai this Sunday. Our local Muriwai Environmental Action Group (MEAG) together with our Auckland Council Ranger had organised a voluntary working bee day to replant the dunes behind the beach which would help restore the natural ecological environment of the area. I have no idea how many trees we planted that morning, easily 600 with the 36 volunteers that turned out to help. It was great to see the children helping and enjoying themselves too. Our good friend’s children made themselves very useful dropping the fertiliser pellets into each hole dug as well as fetching the saplings to be planted, they are also very photogenic with pic below. Even a pic of me all rugged up in the red padded jacket planting some trees, I’m a bit of a wimp when the temperatures drop. After several hours of planting it was onto the Ranger Station to revive ourselves with a sausage sizzle BBQ and an informative talk on our regional park, environment, gannet colony and what we can do help support native flora and fauna in this area.
The lemon cupcakes were a special treat for the littleuns in the photograph who came to dinner the evening before the planting. It was a delight to see their faces light up when they saw them after dinner. It’s always fun to bake for children they are so appreciative of pretty, sweet and tasty things.
I have used my basic cupcake mix and added lemon zest to the sponge mix and butter icing.