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I DON'T need an excuse to get baking, and it’s a great activity to do with the kids.

So this week I bring lemon muffins - a delicious treat to enjoy with a cuppa or even pack up in a picnic.

2Lemon muffins are perfect snacks for a picnic in the sunshine Lemon muffins

Makes: 12
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 13-15 minutes


  • 150g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 150g margarine or butter
  • 2 lemons, zest of
  • For the icing
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • Sprinkles
2Suzanne Mulholland's recipes are so easy to followCredit: Ryan Ball


  • Preheat your oven to 200C/180C fan/gas mark 6, and line a 12-muffin tin with cases.
  • Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Using an electric whisk or wooden spoon, mix it together until you get a smooth batter.
  • Using tablespoons, transfer the batter into each case so they are ¾ full.
  • Pop the tray in the oven for 13-15 minutes until golden.
  • Leave to cool before icing. If freezing, do not ice the muffins before you freeze.
  • To make the icing, add the icing sugar into a mixing bowl along with the lemon juice. If the mix is too watery you can add more icing sugar, or if the icing is too thick add a tiny bit of water at a time until you’ve just a nice thick glossy icing.
  • Once the muffins are cool, spoon the icing on and top with your favourite sprinkles!

Ready to freeze: If freezing, do not ice the muffins as it will go soggy. Freeze all the muffins in a reusable freezer bag and ice when you want them.

Ready to eat: Remove the muffins from the freezer and leave to defrost for around 45 minutes. Once fully defrosted, make up your icing and spoon on the top.

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I’m a mum of 10 after adopting 6 kids – ice cream costs £46 & I won’t let them do laundry, they didn’t ask for this

RAISING kids certainly isn't easy, but parenting has no limits for this mum-of-10 who adopted six kids - as well as having four biological babies of her own.

But despite the chaos of having so many kids under one roof, Alicia and Josh Dougherty, from Pittsford, New York, refuse to let them help with chores.

15Alicia and Josh Dougherty have ten kids - four biological and six adoptedCredit: @doughertydozen

Sitting on the living room floor and surrounded by a mountain of clothes, the super mum shared a clip on TikTok and explained why she and her husband bear the brunt of the chores alone.

Alicia said: "They didn't ask to be a part of a large family so they shouldn't have to do extra chores just because they are."

The super mum added that six of her kids were adopted from foster care which means they "already missed out on a childhood due to their traumatic past."

Instead, she wants them to just "have fun and be kids" - and besides, "acts of service is my life language," she explained, so doing things for others is what she likes to do.

15Super mum Alicia shares a glimpse of their busy family life onlineCredit: @doughertydozen 15The mum of ten refuses to let the kids help with laundry, and does it all herself insteadCredit: @doughertydozen

In a 2018 interview with People, Alicia and Josh explained that all six of their adopted kids have behavioural issues and suffer from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) - making family life a little more challenging.

Although they weren't aware of this when adopting their first son Alex - who was four at the time, the parents threw themselves into helping him - and went on to help other kids with "difficult behavours."

"We became known as the parents who could handle the difficult behaviours," Alicia said, and now, the power duo share insight into their hectic family life in TikTok and Instagram.

15Each child's daily activities are written on a white board in the kitchen, which has their entire day broken down into time slotsCredit: @doughertydozen

Although the kids aren't expected to do chores, they do have some responsibilities, Alicia explained.

To help manage the hectic family schedule, each child's daily activities are written on a white board in the kitchen, which has their entire day broken down into time slots.

The boys play football in a team with their dad as the coach, while some of the older kids take music lessons.

15Dinner time for the family-of-12 looks a little something like thisCredit: Tiktok / @doughertydozen

In summer, all of the kids swim daily for hours “to burn off excess energy, and because water is a calming, therapeutic source.”

With 10 kids aged between two and 15, arguments between siblings are plentiful, so the parents have fitted every room of their six-bed home with cameras.

Not only is this useful for the parents to keep an eye on everyone, but Alicia and Josh use the footage to keep the kids accountable when they do something wrong.

15The family go through 60 meatballs and three pounds of pasta for one mealCredit: Tiktok / @doughertydozen 15A pasta and meatballs dish also required four jars of sauce to feed the lotCredit: Tiktok / @doughertydozen 15The mum makes dinner for the kids each night before they sit down for some quality timeCredit: Tiktok / @doughertydozen

What's more, some of the kids are prone to compulsive behaviors such as eating until they're sick, so the parents are forced to lock the kitchen food cabinets as well as the fridge.

And that's a lot of food the parents have to hide as Alicia regularly shares exactly what a grocery haul for a family-of-12 looks like.

From huge cartons of chips and condiments in bulk, a typical shop often involves multiple trolleys full and comes to roughly $600 (£424) - but it varies week to week.

15The kids are all aged between three and 15Credit: @doughertydozen

And with each child favouring different snacks, Alicia is forced to stock up on a wide range of treats - and she isn't shy about the amounts either.

What's more, Alicia revealed that she has to visit the supermarket almost every day to stock up on items she forgot or that they just ran out of.

The busy mum also shared what Sunday dinner looks like in their household and the eye-watering amount that's required.

15Ice-cream for the family costs $65 (£46) for the family of 12Credit: @doughertydozen 15Alicia shared the massive ice-cream order and it's certainly not cheapCredit: @doughertydozen 15The busy parents love being parents to so many kidsCredit: Tiktok / @doughertydozen

Detailing what's involved in a pasta and meatballs dish, the mum-of-ten explained that they typically go through three pounds of pasta, sixty meatballs, four jars of pasta sauce, 16 pieces of garlic bread and a whole bag of frozen corn - for just one meal.

Understandably, Alicia revealed that "once upon a time" she would have made the pasta sauce and meatballs herself, but life got that much busier with ten kids and she just doesn't have the time.

After dinner each night, the family spend some quality time together and they each share the best part of their day.

15The bumper brood live in New York, USACredit: @doughertydozen

While many parents like to treat their kids to ice-cream every now and then, the cost of this family's trip is enough to put you off for good.

Alicia revealed that a single scoop of ice-cream each will cost a huge $65 (£46) for the family-of-12 as she shared the mega order on TikTok.

Typically, it would consist of eight vanilla with sprinkles and four hot fudge sundaes - with ten very happy, smiling faces.

15Each shopping trip usually consists of multiple trolleysCredit: Instagram/@doughertydozen 15Alicia will shop almost every day as they are always running out of thingsCredit: Instagram/@doughertydozen

Alicia continues to spread awareness about adoption and foster care, and after multiple miscarriages of her own, insists that parenting is a blessing and is not a chore.

She told People: "When times are tough we refer to our family motto: ‘Doughertys Don’t Quit.’”

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