Author: kimberleyjanepryor

Kimberley Jane Pryor (1962- ) is an Australian author of nonfiction children's books. She mostly writes about animals because she is fascinated by animal behaviour. When she is not writing, she is out taking photos of birds. On holidays, she loves scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of New England, Kimberley worked for ten years as a cell biologist. During that time she completed a Master of Science degree at the University of New South Wales and was the first author of two scientific papers. She also completed courses in Scientific Photography and Electron Microscopy at TAFE NSW. Kimberley has worked as an author for ten years and has had 64 nonfiction children's books published. Three of these books or series have been nominated for awards. The Discovering Dinosaurs series was a Shortlisted Entry in the Primary School - Best Student Learning Print or Blended Resource - Arts/Science/Humanities category for The Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2011. Tricky Behaviour (from the Animal attack and defence series) was a Finalist for the 2011 Animal Behavior Society's Outstanding Children's Book Award. The Macmillan Encyclopedia of Australian Plants and Animals was a Shortlisted Entry in the Primary School - Library Book Series category for The Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing 2006. Kimberley has also completed a Certificate III in Library/Information Services with Distinction and a Diploma in Library/Information Services with Distinction at TAFE NSW. While doing these courses, she received the Top Student - First Year Award, Top Student of the Year Award and the Information Technology Award 2009.

Raspberry and white chocolate muffins

Serves 12

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Ingredients

2 cups self-raising flour

3/4 cup caster sugar

1 large egg

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup milk

125 g raspberries

100 g white chocolate baking chips

Method

Preheat the oven to 190oC.

In a large bowl, put flour and sugar

In a small bowl, crack egg and beat lightly

Add egg, vegetable oil and milk to flour mixture, stir gently

Add raspberries and white chocolate baking chips to flour mixture

Stir by hand only  enough to just mix

Put large paper muffin cups in a 12-hole muffin pan

Spoon mixture into muffin cups. Make muffins equal in size.

Bake for 20 minutes at 190oC

Push a wooden skewer into the middle of the largest muffin to check that it is cooked.

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Applesauce muffins

Serves 12

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Ingredients

125 g butter

2 cups plain flour

3/4 cup caster sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1 cup applesauce

1 apple

Method

Preheat the oven to 190oC.

Put butter in a small container floating in boiling water to melt

In a large bowl, put flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon sugar and salt

In a small bowl, crack egg and beat lightly

Add egg, melted butter and applesauce to flour mixture

Peel apple, dice finely and add into mixture

Stir by hand only  enough to just mix

Put large paper muffin cups in a 12-hole muffin pan

Spoon mixture into muffin cups. Make muffins equal in size.

Bake for 20 minutes at 190oC

Push a wooden skewer into the middle of the largest muffin to check that it is cooked.

Apple and cinnamon muffins

Serves 12

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Ingredients

60 g butter

2 cups (280 g) plain flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

5/8 cup (125 g) caster sugar

1 cup low fat or skim milk

2 whole (125 g) apples

Method

Preheat the oven to 200oC.

Put butter in a small container floating in boiling water to melt

In a medium bowl, put flour, baking powder and salt

In a large bowl, put caster sugar

Add melted butter to caster sugar (cream together)

Stir the flour mixture into the sugar mixture, alternating with the milk.

Peel apple, dice into small pieces

Stir apple into mixture

Stir by hand only enough to just mix

Put large paper muffin cups in a 12-hole muffin pan

Spoon mixture into muffin cups. Make muffins equal in size.

Bake for 20 minutes at 200oC

Push a wooden skewer into the middle of the largest muffin to check that it is cooked.

Banana muffins

Serves 12

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Ingredients

1cup butter

3 large bananas

1cup white sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 1cups wholemeal flour

Method

Preheat the oven to 180oC.

Put butter in a small container floating in boiling water to melt

Peel bananas, mash in a large bowl

Add sugar to bananas, stir in

Crack the egg into a small bowl, lightly beat, add to bananas and sugar, stir in

Add melted butter to mixture, stir in

Add baking soda, baking powder and flour to mixture, stir in

Stir by hand only  enough to just mix

Put large paper muffin cups in a 12-hole muffin pan

Spoon mixture into muffin cups. Make muffins equal in size.

Bake for 20 minutes at 180oC

Push a wooden skewer into the middle of the largest muffin to check that it is cooked

Drying Clothes in a Dryer

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Before

  • Check the labels on the clothes.

Don’t put clothes that say ‘Do not tumble dry’ in a dryer. Don’t put stretchy fabrics (lycra exercise clothes, swimmers) or lingerie in a dryer.

  • Check if clothes are made of natural fibres.

Natural fibres – cotton, linen, wool and silk – will shrink when heated in a dryer, in hot water or by the sun.

  • Sort the clothes.

Put similar weight clothes in the same load so each item takes about the same time to dry eg don’t mix light boxer shorts with heavy jackets.

Using the dryer

  • Pull out the lint filter (usually in the doorway of the dryer) and remove lint before every load.

Lint can catch fire.

  • Fill the dryer ½ – ¾ full, loosely packed.

If there are too few or too many clothes, they won’t tumble properly or dry quickly.

  • Choose the right setting for the type of fabric.

Different fabrics require different settings. Use high heat for towels and clothes that are a bit too big (in case they shrink), medium heat for synthetic materials such as polyester and low heat for delicate clothes such as undies.

  • Use the minimum amount of heat necessary to dry the clothes

Some dryers have hot, warm and airing (no heat) settings.

  • Use the minimum amount of time necessary to dry the clothes

Some dryers sense when the load is dry and turn themselves off. For other dryers, you select the time. Try 30 mins, open the dryer door and check whether the clothes are dry. If they are still damp, turn on again.

  • Check if there is an anti-wrinkle setting

If there is, turn it on to reduce wrinkles/creases in the clothes.

  • Take the clothes out as soon as the load is finished and lay them flat on top of each other or fold them immediately

If they are left in the dryer, they will get very wrinkly.

Ham and pesto pasta

Serves 6

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Ingredients

1 packet (500g) pasta

2 tbsp olive oil

200 g ham pieces (from shoulder ham or similar)

110 g bag of slivered almonds and pine nuts

Pesto

Parmesan cheese

Sprig of fresh basil

Method

Put hot water in a large pot, add a pinch of salt, bring to the boil

Add pasta to pot and cook for time stated on packet

Add olive oil to a medium non-stick pan, coat surface, heat pan to low heat

Add ham pieces to pan, cook gently

Add olive oil to a small non-stick pan, coat surface, heat pan to low heat

Add slivered almonds and pine nuts to pan, cook gently

Drain pasta in a colander

Put 2 tbsp pesto is a large bowl, swirl to spread

Add 1/2 the drained pasta to bowl, stir to mix with pesto

Add the rest of the drained pasta to bowl, put 1-2 tbsp pesto on top, stir to mix

Add ham and slivered almonds and pine nuts, stir gently to mix

Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top, add a sprig of fresh basil