Claire Justine

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Butterscotch Apple Pie..

How yummy? Butterscotch Apple Pie.

Serves 6

Time 50 minutes

Per portion: 467 Kcal

27g fat (13g saturated)


Monday, 26 September 2016

Creative Mondays: This Weeks Features Are Back..

Hello and Happy Monday! Hope you have had a fun filled weekend?

Starting from this week I am bringing back Creative Mondays features and sharing some of the great posts that linked up from the week before:

First up we have the lovely Alicia who did and amazing Fashion Is For Every Body  fashion show. It looked amazing. I would have love to have been here. A must read!!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Squash And Black Bean Chilli...

Squash and black bean chilli.

serves 4

Either stuff a whole squash with the chilli, or dice and roast the squash and add it to the chilli. The latter opens up a whole variety of serving suggestions: eat it with rice or in a baked potato; top it with a dollop of soured cream, some spicy tomato salsa or some guacamole; stuff it in a taco with some grated cheese; or spread it over a tortilla. If you are stuffing the squash you will need to use one that is a suitable size and will hold its shape when cooked, such as onion squash.


Friendly Competition : My Sunday Photo...

For My Sunday Photo this week I am sharing a photo of me and my daughter enjoying a  run together at the park.

In the week we train together and love the training.

Saturday was a different story.

Yesterday we both ran Park Run for the first time in ages.

I won my daughter by a matter of seconds. 37 seconds to be precise!!

My daughter thoughts " I should have let her win. Daddy who took her around did"

My thoughts  "A bit of friendly competition is good. Something for you to work for. The feeling you get when you win some one who was faster than you is great! It gives you a goal to work for!"

We are both training hard now, lol!

Over to you, hit me with your thoughts :)

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Queens Park : Country Kids Post..

We love to visit Queens Park in Chesterfield whenever we are passing through. 

This photo makes me Lol as I am sure one of my family members are waving to the train as it passes by!?

Friday, 23 September 2016

Life Lately : Weekend Blog hop...

Happy Friday,,

Welcome to this weeks Weekend Blog Hop.

Today I'm share a few of my latest Instagram snap:

New hair cut after the school holiday...

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Blackberry and Roasted Apple Juice...

Fancy making some blackberry and roasted apple juice drinks?

Serves 2


Strive Footwear New AW Collection : Review...

A few weeks ago Strive Footwear got in touch with me to see if I would like to review a pair of shoes from their new Autumn/Winter collection. 

I have been a big fan of this brand ever since I reviewed a pair of their health and wellness sandals back in May. I must have worn my tee toe post sandals, almost every day since. The sandals are so comfy and I can walk for miles in them, with no pain or rubbing from. They have been my go to pair of sandals all Summer.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Plum And Ginger Duff...

Plum and ginger duff. This is of course a traditional Christmas recipe; a steamed pudding in the style of a Christmas pudding. If you have never made a steamed pudding before, it might seem a bit intimidating but it’s really not difficult to make. You will need string, a 1.5 litre (2½ pint) pudding bowl, greaseproof paper and foil.

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 3 hours

Serves: 6-8


Still Feels Like Summer : The Wednesday Blog Hop..

Apparently we are set for a mini heatwave today!? 

The weather has been lovely throughout September. 

The sun has been shining and the bee's are still bussing around.

Today I am sharing some pictures from Sunday, it was a beautiful day.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Up-cycled : Onesie Into A Dressing Gown...

As the early mornings are started to get cooler it had me thinking of going into town to buy a new dressing gown. Mollie the Collie, ripped both mine last year when she was a pup by jumping up me first thing in a morning so I need to invest in a new one.

I was moving somethings around in the garage when I found my sons Onesie that he did not want anymore. I looked at it for a while, thinking of what to do with it? Cut it up to make a teddy for my daughter? Make a blanket for Mollie? No, nothing exciting sprang to mind so I chucked it on the charity or tip pile and left it.

The next morning I was having my extra five minutes snooze as I did not want to get got of bed early as it felt a little chilly. I diffed off into a little sleep Zzz.. I started dreaming I was up-cycling my son's Onesie into a dressing gown to keep me warm!! I woke up in a hurry and thought, what a great idea! It would also save me money having to buy a dressing gown. Bonus!!

Monday, 19 September 2016

Creative Mondays Blog Party..

Happy Monday everyone.

Hope you have had a lovely weekend?

Welcome to this weeks Creative Mondays blog hop party!  

Busy, busy here with my children off school, husband off work and my 2nd eldest son home poorly with tonsillitis.

On Saturday I ran my first Parkrun in months. It may only be 5 km but my legs were hurting all day Sunday.

Have you been creative this week?

Want to join us at the party?

I have a few fun ideas you could try this week!?

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Gluten Free Rainbow Cake...

Fancy making this Gluten Free Rainbow Cake?

(Dairy + Gluten Free) Guest post from Delicious Alchemy.

What better way to celebrate than with a rainbow?

Grab yourselves a couple of bags of our Vanilla Sponge mix, and bake yourself a gluten free Rainbow Cake – perfect for any occasion!

Serves: 24 slices Prep Time: 20 mins plus 30 mins for decorating

Cooking Time: 1 hour


Straight To The Roots! : My Sunday Photo...

How cool is this trees?

We spotted these trees with all their roots on show when walking up the hill at Bakewell.

They looked a bit cool and spooky all rolled into one!!

Ginger Cookies...

Fancy making some cookies?

Introducing Canderel Sugarly Ginger Cookies!

Light and spiced with warming ginger and a hint of citrus!

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Summer 2016...

The Summer holidays came and went so quickly. 

We had a jam packed school holiday with a different adventure almost everyday. 

One of our highlights of the Summer was visiting family and heading to the beach. 

Today I am sharing some beach photos, that I never ended up having time to share. 

We wont get to see the sea now until next year again now.


Friday, 16 September 2016

Gluten Free Raspberry, Almond & Oat Streusel Tray Bake And Gluten Free Raspberry Trifle Pots...

How yummy does this Gluten Free Raspberry, Almond & Oat Streusel Tray Bake look?

(Dairy + Gluten Free)

The perfect mix of almond and raspberry; this delicious crumbly sweet snack is ideal for lunchboxes.

Serves: 12 serving

Prep Time: 25 mins
Cooking Time: 35-40 mins


Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop..

It's Friday and it means one thing; Welcome to this weeks blog party!!

How has your week been?

Good I hope?

The weather has been amazing here this week, just like being abroad!

I wonder how long it will last though!?

Do you want to join in with us this Friday?

For some blog hopping fun? 

Grab a drink and enjoy finding new blogs to read read.

Here is a few friendly rules for The Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop :

Thursday, 15 September 2016

South African Plum And Ricotta Filo Pie...

South African plum and ricotta filo pie: This is a very typical African dish, usually savoury but here made with South African plums to make a stunning dish for a dinner party dessert. You will need a 20cm spring-form cake tin with the bottom removed, and a flat baking tray.

Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus cooling

Cooking time: 55 minutes

Serves 6-8

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Mollie On Watch-out!? : Wednesday Blog Hop...

I love this picture of Mollie studying the birds on the water.

First she sits quietly and watches them.

Then she barks loudly to hope I let her off the lead to chase them!!

Want to link up with us today?

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Nectarine Tarte Tatin...

Nectarine Tarte Tatin

Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus cooling

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Serves: 6-8

This upside down tart is commonly made with apples but other fruits also work well - such as pears, plums, nectarines or peaches. It’s very easy to make, but you need to have the courage to let the nectarines caramelise, so let them cook slowly for enough time so that their juices blend with the butter and sugar. You will also need a bit of courage to flip the tart over. You will need a 20cm (8 inch) frying pan that has an ovenproof handle.


Monday, 12 September 2016

Creative Mondays Blog Hop...

Happy Monday!!

Ready for a blog hop?

On the last day of the school holidays, we treated our youngest two children to a nice all you can eat lunch. Our favourite place in Nottingham is Cosmo.

I wore my H & M dress and flat shoes for lots of walking.

Churros With Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt...

Churros with Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt.

How yummy!?

Serves: 4-6

Preparation time: 35 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes


Sunday, 11 September 2016

Go Me!! My Sunday photo...

I have already started my kitchen makeover plans.

So far so good.

I have successfully cut up my worktops to make a kitchen island!!

Go Me!!

Today I was going to share a back to school photo but after 6 weeks off school how do you get your kids to smile at the thoughts of work again? Lol!

Oh go on then!

Macadamia & Raspberry Goldies...

Macadamia and Raspberry Goldies. Perfect for snacks or lunch box treats!

These soft squidgy bars are the golden equivalent of brownies.


Saturday, 10 September 2016

Mollie : Shadow Shot Sunday..

Love this picture of Mollie...

Taking a little break...

Waiting for her fribee to be thrown...


Chicken Shashlik Salad...

Chicken Shashlik Salad.

Whether you’re barbecuing or grilling, this Greek inspired dish is a real crowd pleaser. Tasty succulent chicken pieces with fresh butterhead lettuce, ripe tomatoes and avocado, this dish will transport you to the Mediterranean.

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes


Friday, 9 September 2016

Friday Flowers : Weekend blog hop...

Happy Friday and welcome to the weekend blog hop.

How has you week been? 

Mine has flown by. The children went back to school on Tuesday and I have been non stop. Cleaning and moving things around. Basically making more of a mess!! 

I am worn out with it!

Today I am sharing some pretty flowers from one of our walks to the park over the holiday. What a lovely colour!?

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Divine Chocolate Choux Buns...

Divine Chocolate Choux Buns. This is a show stopping recipe from Kooky Bakes, one of London’s favourite bakeries serving up American inspired treats at street food markets across the capital. Perfect for an elegant afternoon tea or celebratory event to wow your guests!

Photo credit: Hilary Moore

Makes approximately 9 Choux Buns

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Reflecions : The Wednesday Blog Hop..

One morning in the school holiday, me my youngest son and daughter got up really early to catch the train to Skegness. 

It was so early when we arrived, the sun had not even came out.

It was lovely walking around before it got to busy!

Sharing some fun reflections from out morning..


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Country Kitchen Makeover Plans..

Over the years; when I decorate a room in the house I like to complete it as fast as I can. I hate decorating and all the mess that goes with it. I like to get the whole room finished asap!!

The end result is usual looks nice, very clean, acceptable, modern and OK I suppose!!Never the WOW factor or I love it!!

I have always wanted a nice country cottage and mostly a country cottage kitchen. Can you archive this look in a modern house!?

I love the mixture of old and new.

Shabby and chic.

Modern and vintage.

Modern with a vintage twist!!

I love the thought of my kitchen being full of things on a Welsh dresser. 

Baking things on shelves being in reach instead of having to get on my hands and knees to eventually find something right at the back of my cupboard.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Skinny Tiramisu...

Introducing Canderel Sugarly Festive Skinny Tiramisu.

Why miss out on this Italian treat!

Serves 4 | Prep 20 mins | Cook 30 mins


What I Wore: Creative Mondays Blog Hop...

Happy Creative Monday.

It is my children's last day off school today; after the school holidays.

 We are going to make the most of it!!

My daughter is off to big school, how and when did the years go by so quickly!?

She is OK with going but I am a bag of nerves!! I hope she enjoys it.

Life is better in the garden?

Ha, not mine. I still never got to planting any flowers after all of mine failing to grow last year.

Plans for September to get the garden dug ready for next year..


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Rose : My Sunday Photo..

Happy Sunday.

Today's My Sunday Photo is of a beautiful rose.

We have had a beautiful Summer. Days out here and there. One thing I am always taking pictures off whenever I see them are roses.

They are so beautiful. I especially love to see ones with different colours on them, so pretty.


Pecan and Banana Crumpets...

Fancy trying something different?

How about : Pecan and Banana Crumpets.

These are : (Dairy Free, Vegan).

Simply spread, slice and serve for a deliciously nutty treat.

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Day's Out : Skegness...

How quickly has the six weeks holiday gone by? Back to school for mine next week.

We have been out and about all over the country. 

One day me and my daughter went out for a girls only day out. Just me and her. It was lovely. 

We was wondering where to go and my daughter picked the beach!! The nearest beach to us is in Skegness, a 3 hour train ride away. My mum and dad have a caravan there so it was a good reason to go and visit them.

We texted grandma and grandad to say we was on the train and coming to visit them. A good job or they would have been out for the day. ( like they were the time after this visit when my son came with us!).

Friday, 2 September 2016

Plum Crumble...

My sons girlfriend brought me and lovely parcel of home grown plums last week.

How lovely :)

I wondering what to make with them.

First I thought of plum jam but them I remembered how much my husband love crumble.

We all love crumble and custard!!


Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop...

Happy Friday!

Welcome to this weeks weekend blog hop.

Have you got some posts to share with us this week?

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Pecan Nut Butter Freakshake...

I am a bit of a Freakshake freak!!

Did you see this Divine and Molly Bakes Freakshake I posted on my food blog last week?

Today I have a healthier on for you : Pecan Nut Butter Freakshake.

(Gluten and Dairy Free, Vegan)

Get your freak on with this indulgent treat.

Serves: 2

Takes: 15 minutes (+ soaking time for the chia seeds)

What I Wore : 20th Wedding Anniversary...

Happy Thursday lovelies...

How is your week going? 

It has been a mad busy week here, shopping for back to school things. Just my daughters school shoes and bag left to buy, then we are finished!

On Tuesday evening me and my husband went out for a meal to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary. It was a beautiful evening. The sun was shining brightly, we could not have timed it better for a nice walk out.  Just the two of us was so lovely. A rare date night out. I also got to wear my lovely new dress that I had been sent to review.

Change your mind about something?

Last week House Of Fraser got in touch with me to see if I wanted to review one of 3 pretty dresses. This was the only one in a size 10, so I choose this one.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Rhubarb & Rose Friands...

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is coming up in September and today I am sharing this Rhubarb & Rose Friands recipe with you.

Preparation time 15 minutes
Cooking time 35 minutes

Serves 12

Friand tray tin (8cm each)


Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Life Lately : The Wednesday Blog Hop..

All the colours of the fairground.

Would you go on this ride?

I know I wouldn't! lol.

20 Year Anniversary...

Today is me and the Mr's 20th Wedding Anniversary today.

20 year; being married!! 

How time flies.

It only feels like yesterday a few years ago. I was getting my words all jumbled up. Nothing new there then!

When I nearly said I would take this man to be my unlawful husband! Before I quickly change it.

I'm not sure who deserves the medal more. Ha!!

Me or him!!

I'm saying me ;)

And I'm sure hubby would say him!

Monday, 29 August 2016

Monty Bojangles Pistachio Marooned Chocolate Tart...

Monty Bojangles Pistachio Marooned Chocolate Tart:

Created by Mark Sargeant.

Truffle experts Monty Bojangles have partnered with Michelin Starred Chef Mark Sargeant to create a range of delicious puddings, snacks and naughty treats.

Marks Top Tip: “The Monty Bojangles Pistachio Marooned Chocolate Tart is the perfect pudding for any dinner party. I would suggest serving up slices accompanied with crushed pistachios and truffles with a side of whipped cream.”

Serves 10

Difficulty (1-5): 1

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes

What I Wore : Out With My Boys : Creative Mondays...

Happy Bank Holiday Creative Mondays Linky Party!

Ready too Partyyyy!?

How is your long weekend going?

Earlier this week; I got to go out for a rare night out to the pub. We just stayed local and I went out with my eldest two boys, one of my sons girlfriend and some friends.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Monty Bojangles Choccy Scoffy Brownies..

Monty Bojangles Choccy Scoffy Brownies. How yummy!!

Created by Mark Sargeant.
Truffle experts Monty Bojangles have partnered with Michelin Starred Chef Mark Sargeant to create a range of delicious puddings, snacks and naughty treats.

Marks Top Tip: “These brownies become chewier when they are older so leave for two days and serve with caramel sauce for a really indulgent treat.”

Serves 12-16

Difficulty (1-5): 2
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cooking Time: 25-35 mins

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Mollie And The Shadows : Shadow Shot Sunday...

Sharing some photos of Mollie testing out the apples at my mum and dads house last week.

Loving the shadows from the trees...
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