Monday, 30 April 2012

Very Berry Pimms ...

Celebrate in style with seasonal berry version of Pimms...

Add two large handfuls of halved or sliced strawberries, depending on their size to a large jug with a large handful of fresh raspberries, a few sprigs of fresh mint and ¼ cucumber, sliced and cut into 4.

Add Pimms No1 and fizzy lemonade or tonic in proportions specified on the bottle of Pimms then top up with lots of ice cubes.

Jazz up summery drinks by adding small halved strawberries, raspberries and mint leaves or tiny viola or herb flowers to sections of an ice cube tray.

Top up with cold water, freeze until solid then press out of ice cube tray and serve in a small bowl or add straight to a glass of strawberryade, see below, bought elderflower cordial or a G & T.


Refreshingly simple and easy to make.

Makes 1 litre (13/4 pints)

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Chilling time: overnight 


  • 250 g (9 oz) strawberries, hulled
  • 3 lemons, scrubbed
  • 75 g (3 oz) caster sugar
  • 750 ml (11/4 pints) boiling water


  • Crush the strawberries roughly with a potato masher or handheld wand mixer in a bowl. 
  • Pare the rind thinly from half the lemons with a vegetable peeler making sure to leave as much white pith behind as possible or this will the make the strawberryade bitter. 
  • Halve and squeeze the juice from all the lemons then mix into the strawberries with the sugar.
  • Pour on the boiling water, stir well to mix then cover and leave to cool place. 
  • Transfer to the fridge overnight. 
  • Next day, strain if liked, and pour into a bottle, seal and chill in the fridge until needed. 
  • Use within 2 days. 
  • Serve undiluted with ice or mixed half and half with sparkling water for children.

Recipe and photo credits-  Seasonal Berries

Creative Mondays Blog Hop #week 18 : Mushroom Bolonese Hot Pot Style...

Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts where you can link up all your creative post each week.... what have you all been up to this week?

I have so many ideas and unfinished things I want to do but this weather has really been boring me and I can't seam to find the motivation to finish them,hopefully this week I will...

Do you have unfinished ideas?

Mushroom Bolonese Hot Pot Style

What you need

2 tbsp Olive oil

450g Mince beef

2 Red onions

450g Mushrooms

1 Tsp Basil

1 tin Tomatoes

Salt and pepper

1 tbsp of Soy sauce

300ml Beef OXO cube made up

1 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup


Fry the onions gently in a pan with the Olive oil when softened add the mince beef and until the mince has turned brown.

Add the mushrooms and gently fry until soft.

Using the pan lid drain all the fat away from the pan.

Add the Tomatoes ,Basil,Salt and pepper,Soy sauce tomato ketchup and beef stock.

Bring to boil and simmer

Transfer to a hot pot and cook between 3-8 hours

Serve with Jacket potatoes,butter and grated cheese....


Sunday, 29 April 2012

Summer Dresses From ....

With all this rain I can't wait to get April over and start looking forward to summer.

I'm loving the top 2 dresses and they all from my987wardrobe Priced at just £19.87 ....

Diet And Fitness....

"A 38 year old mum of 4 trying to get fit,lose weight and give up some of my favourite things pies,cakes,chocolate and wine to become the best runner I can possible be...if I blog about it maybe I won't eat it and trying to make each day count towards my goals....follow me on my journey and join me if you wish...For me its Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying "

This week has been the worst weeks training in a long time for me.On Saturday I fell of my bike and I wasn't even moving!!

Just setting of my son wobbled into me and I tipped over not able to get my foot out of the foot strap in time I crashed down onto my knee cutting it and leaving me in pain all week.The pain was also down the side of my leg too.

For some reason when I bent my leg it was ok but I couldn't straighten it out and it was very painful when I stood up leaving me thinking maybe I had chip or torn something.The good news is it today its better the bad news is will it ever stop raining????

This week I have only managed a 13 mile bike ride on my own a 4 mile bike ride with the kids and a 5 miles run....My diet has gone way out the window as for the scales I'm hiding them this week.No running,rain to bad to go out =lots of buns,biscuits and junk food !!

Today my 2 oldest son have gone out in the pouring rain and will be standing around in a wet cold field all day to race for our club if this is not all the motivation I need to get out there nothing is...

Not impressed with the weather...

Really not impressed with the weather....

Still raining....

Monday guess What? raining....

2 These wont let the weather get them down....

My plans for this week-

1.) Run every day to get back into running...

2.) Some core strength exercises...

3.) Healthier eating...

What are your plans this week?

Heron At London Zoo...

Linking up to....

Love All Blogs

Friday, 27 April 2012

Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop... 27/04/2012

Hello and welcome to the weekend blog hop a time to find new blogs and new follower's.Link up your blogs,Twitter,Facebook,Google + page Linky Followers or Pinterest page...
Here are the rules....

Raspberry Cream Cupcakes...

Makes 12

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

To decorate: 15 minutes


  • 100 g (4 oz) soft margarine
  • 100 g (4 oz) caster sugar
  • 125 g (41/2 oz) self-raising flour
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100 g (4 oz) raspberries, crumbled

To decorate

  • 150 g (5 oz) full fat cream cheese
  • 150 g (5 oz) icing sugar, sifted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Extra raspberries and edible glitter flakes
  • Cupcake wraps, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 180oC/fan 160oC/Gas Mark 4. 
  2. Separate 12 foil or paper cup cake cases and put into a bun or muffin tin.
  3. Add all the cake ingredients to a bowl except the raspberries and beat until smooth. 
  4. Fold in the crumbled raspberries then divide evenly between the paper cases. 
  5. Cook for about 15 minutes until golden brown and the tops spring back when pressed with a fingertip.
  6. Take out of the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  7. Add the cream cheese to a bowl and soften with a wooden spoon. 
  8. Gradually mix in the icing sugar then the vanilla until smooth. 
  9. Pipe over the top of the cakes then decorate with the raspberries and glitter flakes. 
  10. Add cupcake wraps if liked. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Guest post Credits-  Seasonal Berries

Sweet Potato Ripple Ice Cream...


  • 200ml milk
  • 200ml cream
  • 150g sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 150g sweet potato jam


  • Place the milk and cream in a heavy base pan and bring to the boil.
  • In a separate pan whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • When the milk and cream has boiled, pour over the eggs and mix well for a couple of minutes.
  • Leave to cool down before churning it in an ice cream machine.
  • When the ice cream is almost ready, add the sweet potato jam to obtain the ripple effect.
  • Remove from the machine and place in the freezer.

Want to make some Sweet Potato And Ginger Jam ?

Guest post Credits-  Love Sweet Potatoes

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Ladybird Ladybird Fly Away Ladybird Or Maybe Give Me A Lift Up The Hill?....

Sweet Potato Sorbet...


  • 200g Sweet potato juice
  • 150g sugar
  • 200ml water


  • To obtain the sweet potato juice, peel some sweet potatoes and put through a juicer.
  • Place the sugar in a heavy base pan with the water and bring to the boil.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the sweet potato juice
  • Leave to cool down before churning it in an ice cream machine.


  • For an “adult version” add a couple of shots of vodka before churning the sorbet.
  • Whilst you prepare the juice for the sorbet, do a little extra, add a couple of carrots and the juice of one orange for a thirst quenching drink.

Recipe and photo credits- Love Sweet Potatoes

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

7 Ways To Follow #Week 11.....

Hello and welcome to 7 Way's Wednesday Blog Hop where you can add the link you want to find new followers for.Add your blog or link and state how you want to be followed in your title e.g fun for all-twitter 7 ways your would like to be followed by Linky Tools,Google Friends Connect,Google +,Networked blogs,Facebook,Twitter or Pinterest ...

I'm sure there is more than 7 ways you would like people to follow you by now but link up to 7 different ways you would like to be followed then pop back and visit other blogs to see which ones you would like to follow and be followed by...

Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop : Wear A smile - One Size Fits All.....

Wear a smile - one size fits all. ~Author Unknown

The Photo Gallery: Week 99 Action....

Over at The Gallery this week the theme is Action for us to interpret the theme any way we like ....

For us we are a family who love to run me, my husband,my 2 oldest boys are all runners ....

My first race about 7 years ago

First fun run my son won about 2 years ago

Little 2 training up

Something we love to do as a family

We have to go out in the pouring rain

And spend hours in a park waiting to watch them racing
Another hobby we have been taking up is bike riding,although I find this more dangerous!!

I have been taking my little to out and on Saturday I fell of my bike whilst standing still smashing my knee cap on the floor 4,days later I still can't run with the pain....I so miss running...

Off to try again this morning ...


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