Elegant’s Honey and peanut bar recipe

Breeze’s Tip: Always have an adult watch you or to help with the washing up.


Time to put together:  15-20 minutes

Cooking ; 30 minutes

Serves approx 16 people or two ogres.


125 g butter

150g soft brown sugar

125 crunchy peanut butter (no sugar)

75g honey

Zest of one orange

200g porridge oats

150 g dried fruit: aisins, sultanas, apricots, prunes or dates

150g mixed seeds: pumpkin, sunflower, linseed or poppy


  1.  Grease and line a baking tin, about 20cm square. Put the butter, sugar, peanut butter, honey and grated citrus zests in a deep saucepan over a very low heat. Leave until melted, stirring from time to time.
  2.  Stir the oats, dried fruit and three-quarters of the seeds into the melted butter mixture until thoroughly combined. Spread the mixture out evenly in the baking tin, smoothing the top as you go.
  3.  Scatter the remaining seeds over the surface and trickle with a little more honey. Place in an oven preheated to 160°C/Gas Mark 3 and bake for about 30 minutes, until golden in the centre and golden brown at the edges.
  4.  Leave to cool completely in the tin (be patient – it cuts much better when cold), then turn out and cut into squares with a sharp knife. These bars will keep for 5-7 days in an airtight tin.


Breeze’s new project.

Having two friends who love cooking is having a big effect on me. I have decided to start work on my own Cookbook. It will be called Mudpile Treats. So far my recipes include:

Chocolate scented Christmas Cake.

Hot Cross Muffins

Halloween Pie,

Clever titles don’t you agree now I have to practice making them.

Though the Hot Cross Muffins did turn out a treat, take a peep,


Mudpile Wood; Owners and their pets

Humans are not the only beings to have pets.  Here is a list of some of our pets.


Mudpile Wood;

Owner                                                 Pet                                  Name of Pet

Tulip                                                 Goldfish                              Bosco

Breeze                                              Frog                                      Spike

Hamish                                            Skunk                                   Smelly

Mrs. Groundsel                            Parrot                                   1921

Elegant Witch                                Cat                                       Maisie

Lovisma                                          Hedgehog                           Cuddles


How unusual is your pet? And what is his /her name?

An Ogre’s Guide to Holidaying in Mudpile Wood

According to a certain Dog  bob   you need to take precautions before taking a holiday in Mudpile Wood. I disagree.   But to make the most of your trip you should be prepared.

1.         For plenty of mud fun. As the name of the wood suggests we like wallowing in it. You can be certain you won’t get sun burnt but you will leave with amazing skin.

2.         There will be many parties. The late nights are followed by long sleepy mornings broken with a long lazy breakfast on left overs and finally a snoozy afternoon.

3.         Visitors are not allowed to work. Most occupants of the wood don’t like working so why should we ask you to do it?

4.        I do agree with Mr. Bob about:

a)     Warm hats and gloves, (finger-less gloves are best in case you are trapped in a warlock’s tavern, you may have to pick a slippy, disgusting lock to escape.)

b)     Wellington Boots (but not red, as witches despise red boots, they tend to set them on fire.

c)       Chocolate smelling deodorant. Everyone in Mudpile hates eating chocolate but they adore the smell.

d)      A clever friend who can solve puzzles in case Murphy the Leprechaun catches you, he will only release you when you solve his puzzle.Bring loads of books. Ogres have an insatiable appetite. First they  read the book then they eat it.

5.    I love books. They give me ideas, as I eat them. ( I learnt this lesson from a friend of mine called Hungry Henry. I will tell you about him another time.)