Saturday, 31 December 2011

Fruity Cocktail Trifles....

Me and my husband love trifles and I would say 

These are the best I've made so far!!

So yummy...

Makes 4


  • 1 pack strawberry Jelly ( that make 1 pint of jelly)
  • 8 Trifle sponge fingers
  • 4 Clementine juiced
  • 411g Tin of Fruit Cocktail
  • 1 Pint of home made custard (made up)
  • 4 Clementines pealed and separated
  • 250 ml Double cream
  • 4 Chocolates chunks


  • Make up jelly by putting broken jelly pieces into a jug and adding half a pint of boiling water, stir until all jelly has melted.
  • Squeeze 4 clementines, sieve the juice and stir into the jelly, make up to 1 pint of liquid with water leave for a while to cool.
  • Place the fruit cocktail into a sieve and drain all juice from the fruit (if not the jelly will not set properly) pick out 4 cherries and set aside for the top.
  • Break a trifle sponge for each into 4 and place at the bottom of the tall glass, divide the fruit cocktail into all 4 glasses then repeat with the 2nd trifle sponge.
  • Now the jelly should have cooled tip over the fruit and sponges evenly into 4 glasses.
  • Place in a refrigerator until completely set.
  • Make up 1 pint of custard according to custard packet and set aside to cool and set.
  • Once everything is completely set add the custard to the 4 glasses.
  • Peel the clementines removing any pips and place one on top of each trifle around the outside of the custard.

  • Place the cream in a bowl and whisk until thick and creamy.
  • Spoon onto the clementines.
  • Grate the chocolates with a fine nutmeg grater and sprinkle onto each placing the saved cherries in the middle.

  • Yummmmmmmyyyyy!!!!!!!!!

Linking this post to- Creative Mondays

Hello and welcome to the weekend blog hop a time to find new blogs and new follower ...

Here are the rules....
Please only family friendly blogs only!!!

1.) Follow me clairejustineoxox in number 1 spot on Google friends connect.

2.) Follow Nekky from Reflexions in number 2 spot my co-host on Google friends connect.

3.) Visit and read some great blogs and follow ones you like.

If you are a new follower please leave a comment so we can follow you back....
Wishing everyone a Happy New year...

Friday, 30 December 2011

Fitness Fridays : New Year Plans...

This months fitness plans didn't really happen.Been a busy month getting everything ready for Christmas,buying Christmas food and drink early and eating and drinking them,then having to buy again!...

Had a 10k race in December didn't do the time I wanted (sub 50 minutes) but did 53minutes 20 seconds and it was a Personal Best so not all bad...

Just been for a run only second one in a week and felt really heavy,slow and feeling sorry for myself but determine to get fit in 2012...

Plans for 2012...

1.) Running back on track-the hardest thing is getting dressed and out the door once I'm out there everything is good.

2.) Speed work-Speed work is hard and means you have to push yourself which I 'm not a fan of but need to start doing more.

3.) Running more often- Back up to 5-6 days a week as it seems the long I leave between runs the hard it is to run again..

4.) Core strength- I need to beable to pick my legs up!! which makes it hard for me in races...

5.) Races-Do more races I didn't really plan many this year.

6.) Do #Janathon- Run every day though-out January to get my running back on track.

7.) Stress free run-nothing worse than having lots of jobs or things I need to do before a run as I always end up stressing myself out thinking I should be doing them and not enjoying my run.

8.) Sub 45 minutes 10k- I know if I work hard enough this year I can do it.

9.) Long runs at the weekend- not done many long runs this tear at all.The longest run I did do was a few months ago when me and a friend decide to go for a 6 miles run and got lost,we ended up doing 12 miles...

10.) Under 1hr 50mins Half Marathon- Not many long runs this year so I never got around to doing a Half marathon so hopefully if i get my mileage back up I will do a half marathon.

11.) Eat more healthy food instead of refuling on lots of cakes and sugary treats.

12.) Lose a stone in weight to make me run faster.

Hoping to get back on track and be the fittest I have ever been in 2012....

Linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday...

Fitness Friday

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Creative Thursday....

This is the last ever Creative Thursday posted today and we will re-posted next Thursday lasting for 10 day though out the Christmas Holidays.

We love this hop so much we have decide to change it to Creative Mondays.Starting from Monday 2nd January 2012 each Monday the hop will be started and the linky will be open until Sunday night so you have all week to pop back and link up with us.

Hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judy-H-JS Thoughts this is a hop to share fun thing's you have been doing and you can link as many posts as you like as long as it something creative.All welcome wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and we hope you will join us in the New Year....

This week I've been making Christmas Cupcakes....


  • 115g Butter at room Temperature
  • 115g Caster sugar
  • 115g Self raising flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • Few drops green food colouring
  • Few drops orange extracts

For icing

  • 200g Soft cheese spread
  • 300g Icing sugar
  • Half a teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 Tablespoon of milk
  • Few drops of green food colouring
  • Christmas sprinkles


  •  Pre-heat oven to 180c.
  • Place 12 muffin cases in a muffin backing tray.
  • Put the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add  a little flour then one egg at a time will a little flour added to each then mix the remaining flour in.
  • Add the milk food colouring and orange extracts.
  • Place the mixture into the muffin cases and cook for around 20  minutes until well risen.
  • Leave to cool completely.
  • Beat the cheese spread and the icing sugar together until all mixed in.
  • Add the milk, food colouring and orange extract and mix well.
  • Place in a icing bag and swirl around the buns.
  • Add sprinkles and place in refrigerator to set....

Creamy Chickpea And Coriander Soup....

Serves 4

293cals per portion

6.5g fat per portion of which 0.5g fat

Preparation time : 10 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes


  • Better than Butter FryLight
  • 1 Large Spanish onion, chopped
  • 3 Cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 x 400g Cans chickpeas, drained
  • 50g Long grain rice
  • ½ tsp Turmeric
  • Good pinch cayenne pepper
  • Grated rind and juice 1 lemon
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 150g carton 0% fat Greek yoghurt
  • Small handful chopped coriander

  • Warm a large saucepan, spray 12 times with FryLight, add the onion and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes to soften.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring.
  • Reserve a quarter of the chickpeas, add the rest to the pan with the rice, turmeric, cayenne, lemon zest and juice and the stock.
  • Bring to simmer then cover and cook for 25 minutes.
  • In two batches blend the soup with the yogurt until smooth, if wished the soup can be passed through a sieve if a smoother soup is preferred.
  • Return to the saucepan to re-heat gently.
  • Heat a small frying pan, spray 10 times with FryLight then add the reserved chickpeas and cook for 4-5 minutes until heated through and beginning to take on colour.
  • Stir the chopped coriander into the soup and serve with the re-heated chickpeas as a garnish.

Recipe and photo credit by- FryLight

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Bulgur Wheat Stuffed Tomatoes....

A delicious tasting vegetarian dish, that only needs a fresh salad as an accompaniment.

Tomatoes are packed with vitamins and antioxidants and by using the juices and pulp in the recipe, none of these are going to waste.

Serves 4

Preparation time : 30 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

166 kcals
6g protein
3.5g fat
1.6g sat’d fat
27g carbs
3g fibre


  • 4 Large beefsteak tomatoes
  • Vegetable stock
  • 100g Bulgur wheat
  • 1 Medium courgette, approx 150g, trimmed
  • 125g Closed cup mushrooms, trimmed
  • FryLight® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 Spring onions trimmed
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 50g Light soft cheese with garlic and herbs


  • Slice off the rounded end from each tomato and reserve. 
  • Using a serrated grapefruit knife and a teaspoon, scoop out the inside of the tomatoes into a sieve set over a bowl and leave the shells intact. 
  • Place the tomatoes cut side down, on a double thickness of kitchen paper to drain.
  • Press the tomato pulp through the sieve, transfer to a jug and make up to 300ml with vegetable stock.
  • Pour this into a saucepan and bring to simmer, stir in the bulgur wheat, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to stand for 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile...
  • Chop the courgette and mushrooms into small dice and chop the spring onions. 
  • Heat a medium frying pan and spray 10 times with FryLight®, add the courgettes and mushrooms and cook for 4-5 minutes until softened. 
  • Stir in the chopped spring onions and garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring.
  • Heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.
  • Fold the vegetables into the bulgar wheat with the soft cheese, spoon into the tomato shells, packing the mixture down and filling to the top. 
  • Replace the lids and spray each tomato 4 times with FryLight®
  • Transfer to a baking dish, and bake for 20 minutes, serve with a crisp green salad.

Recipe and photo credit by -  FryLight

Wordless Wednesday : Diet Starts Tomorrow ???.....

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Welcome To Wednesdays Last Blog Hop And New Changes For 2012....

Creative Thursday is Changing to Creative Mondays but open all week...

Music Monday has stopped (sorry)

No general blog hop Wednesday...

but Wordless Wednesday Photo hop is still going and open 6 days...

And Welcome To The Weekend Hop remains the same from Friday till Sunday...

This way there is plenty of time to join in 3 different hops....

Monday, 26 December 2011

Music Monday : Whats Your Favourite Song Of 2011?

This is the last Music Monday,new changes to all my blog hops Here

Lots of great songs this year but I think I will go with Adele:Someone like you...

Want to join in? simply do a post with a you tube video of your favourite song of 2011 and join the hop.Or you can add any songs post fun/favourite/happy/special/great/sad/horrible of your choice.Just post your blog post with a song from you tube and why you've picked this song then join the blog hop.Please hop around and see what songs others have picked. This is a no rules hop but please be family friendly.This hop will be open for 10 day and re-posted on Boxing day so plenty of time to think which ones your favourite ....

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Welcome To The Weekend Christmas Hop...

Hello and welcome to the weekend blog hop a time to find new blogs and new follower ...

Here are the rules....
Please only family friendly blogs only!!!

1.) Follow me clairejustineoxox in number 1 spot on Google friends connect.

2.) Follow Nekky from Reflexions in number 2 spot my co-host on Google friends connect.

3.) Visit and read some great blogs and follow ones you like.

If you are a new follower please leave a comment so we can follow you back....

Merry Christmas And A Happy Newyear :) :) :)

Friday, 23 December 2011

Next’s New Shoe And Fitness Collection In Collaboration with Davina McCall..

3 of my favourite hobbies are running buying shoes and eating cakes.Come the new year one of these will have to go.Reluctantly its going to have to be cake, which will hopefully make way for my new fitness regime.
Having just completed a 10km run, in 53 minutes I am on a mission to get super fit next year.I have already planned which gym I'm joining and I will get that sub 50 minutes 10km.

If only I had Davinas Abs...

To celebrate the launch of the Davina McCall range, Next are running an exclusive blogger campaign in the New Year. They are looking for bloggers who want to get fit, especially after the excesses of the festive season or who simply want to road-test the new F.I.T technology in the gorgeous pumps and trainers. Our chosen bloggers will receive free products from the Davina range, some personal fitness guidance and the chance to put their questions to the lovely lady herself! In return, all they ask is that we update our blog (and the network!) with our thoughts, fitness style and progress during the month!

Well I would be more than happy to go along with this I already do my Fitness Friday posts (when I'm feeling fit) Outfit Post when I have some lovely to wear and maybe if I lost weight we could be sisters?

Some of the thing's I'm loving from the new range....

I so need to review these lovely polka dot shoes because they are so yummy....

Great for going to the gym in...


cool for Zumba...




About the collection

The Davina for Next collection provides the ultimate workout and post-workout clothing along with a range of innovative everyday shoes featuring F.I.T technology to reduce load-bearing stress on joints and provide additional support.....

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Chilean Wisdom And Blue Rose Cocktails....

Blue Rose Cocktail

                              How to make the Blue Rose Cocktail on Youtube...


  • 50ml gin
  • 12 Chilean blueberries
  • 1 inch carrot freshly grated
  • 20ml lemon
  • 15ml rose scented sugar syrup (2:1 sugar syrup with 5ml rose water/ litre & 5ml Ardbeg / litre)
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Dash sparkling water
  • Ice


  • Shake all ingredients.
  • Double strain into a coupette (strainer).
  • Top up with sparkling water.

Chilean Wisdom
                             How to make the Chilean Wisdom on Youtube...

Chilean Wisdom


  • 12-15 Chilean blueberries
  • 10ml Crème de Cacao
  • 50ml Gin,
  • 15ml Sugar syrup
  • 20ml Lemon juice
  • pinch fennel seeds
  • 2 grinds black pepper
  • Dash of egg white
  • Ice

  • Muddle blueberries and fennel seeds in bottom of shaker.
  • Add other ingredients, shake hard.
  • Add ice, shake hard.
  • Double strain into a martini glass.
  • Garnish with 3 Chilean blueberries on a cocktail stick.

Recipe and photo credit by- Seasonal Berries

Ultimate Mince Pies with a Twist...


  • 200g self raising flour
  • 100g cornflour
  • Pinch salt
  • 100g icing sugar
  • Grated rind of 1 small orange
  • 200g butter
  • Iced water
  • Jar good quality mincemeat
  • Tub cream cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 200c.
  • Mix the flour, cornflour, salt, icing sugar, orange rind and butter into a fine breadcrumb.
  • Add a little iced water to make a dough. 
  • Chill for an hour.
  • Roll out the dough and cut 12 circles then line a 12 hole ProCook Non-stick Bun Sheet. 
  • Fill each with 2-3 tsp mincemeat and 1 tsp of the cream cheese.
  • Cut 12 more circles for lids and top the pie bottoms. 
  • Pierce the lid then bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

Recipe and photo credit by- Procook

Wordless Wednesday Linky : A Trip To See Santa.....


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