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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

London 2012...


London 2012...

Today I'm sharing some picture I took when we was in London Last Sunday a few days before the Olympic games started ....

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Monday, 30 July 2012

Bread Making : Creative Mondays Blog hop...


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?

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Sunday, 29 July 2012

What I wore: Days out...


Been a busy week this week with the children off school and the sun has been shining so we could get out loads.This week have been on lots of days out...
Dress-George at Asda
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London 2012 : Weekly Top Shot...


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Saturday, 28 July 2012

27/07 Link Up Your Favourite Posts Of The Week : Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop...


Welcome to the weekend hop where you can link up your favourite post of the week. Simply link up to 3 different post or just your main blog.

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Friday, 27 July 2012

Butlins 2009 : Flashback Friday...


As the summer holidays have started and the weather has been great it has us thinking where to take the children on holiday.Looking back through old holiday pictures today I'm sharing some from Butlins ,Minehead back in 2009.

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Thursday, 26 July 2012

French Wines with Style...


A few weeks ago I was asked if I would like to take part in a blogging wine challenge of  which 20 bloggers will be chosen to take part to pick the perfect summer recipes and pair them with Summer French wines.

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Little Party Chocolate Pots...


Little Party Chocolate Pots...


Funny Party Chocolate Pots to try out!!

Serves 6
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General Tso’s Southern Fried RC Cola Chicken...


Today I'm sharing 2011 MasterChef winner Tim Anderson recipe for General Tso’s Southern Fried RC Cola Chicken ...

Serves 4
Preparation: 8 hours 15 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes

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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

An Apple A Day : Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...


An Apple A Day : Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...



Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts where you can link up your Wordless / not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...
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Monday, 23 July 2012

What I wore To London :Creative Mondays Blog hop...


What I wore To London :Creative Mondays Blog hop...

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

Dress- Jane Norman
Neckalce -Totally Cherished
Shoes-Clarks
Glasses-Primark
Today has been the best day we've had for a long time and we took the little two and had a fab day out day in London so today I'm linking up my outfit post...
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Sunday, 22 July 2012

Eating Beetroot May Improve Running Speed :Beetroot Juice Recipes...


Eating Beetroot May Improve Running Speed!!

As I running I am going straight out to buy some beetroot!!

In the news recently there is more and more stories that beetroot may be good for runners and as I'm now training up for a marathon what better time to share and try some recipes for runners.

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Up On The Roof...


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Saturday, 21 July 2012

20/07 Link Up Your Favourite Posts Of The Week : Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop...


Hellooooooo!!!!

Friday, party time!!

Welcome to the weekend hop where you can link up to five of your favourite post of the week.

Simply link up to 3 different post or just your main blog.

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Friday, 20 July 2012

Summer Almond Cake with Lavender Icing ...


Summer Almond Cake with Lavender Icing how yummy!? ...

Summer Almond Cake with Lavender Icing : By Alan Palmer

Serves 10

320 calories / 19.8g fat per portion

Alan says: ‘This recipe sums up summer – fresh, light and bursting with colour and flavour’



Ingredients

For the cake:
  • 110g (4oz) Kerrygold butter, softened
  • 110g (4oz) golden caster sugar
  • 3 free range eggs
  • 75g (3oz) self raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 45g (1½ oz) ground almonds
  • 110g (4oz) blueberries
  • 110g (4oz) raspberries

For the icing:
  • 75g (3oz) Kerrygold butter, cubed and softened
  • 150g (5oz) icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp single cream
  • 1 tsp fresh lavender
  • lavender sprigs, to decorate


Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan oven 160°C/Gas Mark 4. 
  2. Line a 20cm (8 inch) round cake tin with baking paper.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  4. Gradually add the eggs, beating well between each addition.
  5. Sift together the flour and baking powder, then fold into the mixture with the ground almonds.
  6. Gently fold in the blueberries and raspberries.
  7. Spoon into the prepared tin, level the surface and bake for 40-45 minutes. 
  8. Cool for 20 minutes, then remove from the tin and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. When cool, prepare the icing.
  10. Beat the butter and icing sugar together until combined, then whisk vigorously until pale and fluffy.
  11. Add the cream and half the lavender.
  12. Spread over the surface of the cake and decorate with the remaining lavender.

Cook’s tip:
  • Check online for suppliers of culinary lavender.
  • If you can’t find any, try using a little finely grated lemon or orange zest in the icing instead.
About this post -

Recipe and photo credit by Alan Palmer’s recipe has been taken from the Kerrygold Community Recip-e-book, available for free download now!

Visit Kerrygold UK for more delicious recipes and to download your free copy.

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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Banana And Chocolate Loaf...


Banana And Chocolate Loaf...

Banana and Chocolate Loaf  : By Rachel Norris

Serves 10
372 calories / 19.5g fat per portion

Rachel says: ‘This is a firm favourite in our house as it’s so moist and full of flavour. It’s great to eat a couple of days after baking and is a really good pick me up.’

Ingredients:
  • Kerrygold butter, for greasing
  • 225g (8oz) plain flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 3 tbsp soured cream, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g (5oz) Kerrygold butter, softened
  • 110g (4oz) soft light brown sugar
  • 50g (2oz) caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 75g (3oz) dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp clear honey

Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 160c, 325f, Gas Mark 3
  2. Butter the insides and line with buttered baking parchment of a 2lb Loaf tin ( 23cm x 9cm - 8cm deep )
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, ground cinnamon together, then set aside.
  4. Mash 3 of the bananas in a bowl and mix in the soured cream and vanilla extract.
  5. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the Kerrygold butter and both of the sugars, until light and fluffy. 
  6. Gradually add the beaten eggs, beating well between each addition. 
  7. Add the flour in 2 or 3 batches with the mixer on a slow speed, mixing well until throughly combined.
  8. Fold in the banana and soured cream mixture. 
  9. Stir through the chocolate chips and spoon the batter into the tin and spread level.
  10. Peel and slice the last banana and toss in the lemon juice, scatter over the top of the cake. 
  11. Bake on the middle shelf for about 45-50 mins, or untila skewer comes out clean.
  12. Cool the cake in the tin for 10 mins and then brush the top with the runny honey. 
  13. Leave for another 20 mins, then carefully lift out and set on wire rack to cool completely.

Cook’s tip:
  • If you like, serve the sliced cake spread with a little extra Kerrygold butter.
Photo and recipe credits-

 Rachel Norris’ recipe has been taken from the Kerrygold Community Recip-e-book, available for free download now! Visit Kerrygold UK for more delicious recipes and to download your free copy.

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The Rails And The bicycle...


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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Making The Most Of The Sunshine : Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...


Making The Most Of The Sunshine : Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...


Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts where you can link up your Wordless / not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...
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Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Gothic Glam Collection From Matalan AW12....


With all this rain we've been having here in the UK I have already started looking for winter boot and coats.When the Autumn/Winter look book from Matalan came though my door the other day I really enjoyed looking at the new range that will be hitting the shops soon and though I would share them with you.

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Monday, 16 July 2012

Vintage Style Potpourri Jar : Creative Monday Blog Hop...


Vintage Style Potpourri Jar : Creative Monday Blog Hop...


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?
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Saturday, 14 July 2012

Blackberry And Hazelnut Brownies...


Fancy making these Blackberry And Hazelnut Brownies?

Blackberry and Hazelnut Brownies By Laura Blake.

Makes 8
346 calories / 21g fat per portion

Laura says: ‘Try this naughty and decadent way to make the most of these gorgeous berries - rather than popping them into pies or crumbles.’

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Friday, 13 July 2012

13/7 Link Up Your Favourite Posts Of The Week : Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop...


Hi lovelies!!

Welcome to the weekend hop.

A fun place to stop by every Friday where you can link up your favourite post of the week.

Simply link up to 3 different post or just your main blog if you don't have anything new to share.

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Thursday, 12 July 2012

Poppies And Ladybirds...


Poppies And Ladybirds...

How adorable!?


Some poppies I captured on my phone...
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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

How does Your Garden Grow? : Wordless Wednesday Linky...


Happy Wordless Wednesday!!

Welcome to our Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

Hosted by Claire of Clairejustineoxox blog:  Clairejustineoxox and the lovely Judy from: Judyh-jsThoughts.

A Fun mid week blog hop where you can link up your Wordless or not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week.
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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Totally Cherished Handmade Jewellery Review....


I was over the moon to be asked by Michelle at Totally Cherished if I would like to review a piece of handmade sterling silver jewellery from her on-line boutique.

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Monday, 9 July 2012

Strawberry And Toffee Smoothie : Creative Mondays Linky....


Strawberry And Toffee Smoothie : Creative Mondays Linky....

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?

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Sunday, 8 July 2012

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Roses Are Red...


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good natured Strawberries Review...


Last week we were asked by good natured fruit if we would like to try some of their strawberries.

Yum yum!!

We are big fruits fans in our house, we usually go for apples oranges and bananas or whatever fruit that is on offer at the time. Strawberries are always classed as a special treat in our house, as a punnet will only last a few seconds with 6 pairs of hands diving in.

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Friday, 6 July 2012

6/7 Link Up Your Favourite Posts This Week : Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop..


Welcome to the weekend hop where you can link up your favourite post of the week.

Simply link up to 3 different post or just your main blog.


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Thursday, 5 July 2012

What I wore To London and A Visit To The Natural History Musuem...


Been a busy week this week with the Olympic Torch Relay coming though our town the kids doing the Fun Run and a trip to London to go see the Natural History Musuem .But one thing remained the same on all these days grey Sky's and rain.What's this horrible weather all about I read somewhere its the wettest July on record and I so want to wear my summer clothes...

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Monday, 2 July 2012

Olympic Torch And The Mansfield Fun Run 2012 : Creative Mondays Blog Hop..


Guess who got to hold the Olympic torch yesterday?


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?

Wow it's been a busy busy week with the Olympic torch coming through our town on Thursday and yesterday we were even lucky enough to get a hold of the torch at the Mansfield fun run.


3 out of 4 of my kids ran the fun run my oldest just ran a bit with his little sister to help her around as he won it 2 years ago.My 15 year old won it  so I can't wait till Wednesday to see if he got his picture in the local papers.

This week I'm sharing some pictures of the Mansfield fun run..
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Sunday, 1 July 2012

Olympic Torch Relay in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire......


Di-spite the typical British weather we had a great turn out to see the Olympic Torch Relay in Mansfield.

A hour before we left to get a good spot to watch the relay we had a thunder, lightning and a torrential downpour.

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The Steps To Nowhere...




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