Tuesday, 31 July 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 ....


 















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?
This week has been busy,busy,busy with the children off school but I was very pleased with this bread maker we picked up in the Tesco sale this week an amazing bargain for £20-00...


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...

Here is a few of my outfits...

We went to Skegness a few times...

Dress-George at Asda
 

What I wore to Derby...
Top-Primark sale
And London...
Dress-Jane Norman
Sunglasses-Primark
Sandals- Clark's







Looks like butter wouldn't melt eh? !!

Linking up with-

What what I'm wearing

Creative Mondays

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Rae Gun Wear

The Pleated Poppy

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.


clairejustineoxox
 

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.

Linking up with Camille from crazy Mama for Flashback Friday...













 

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.

From this challenge One of the bloggers will be chosen as the overall winner who will get the opportunity to learn more about the styles of French wines by attending a full-day tasting.A great treat for anyone who loves wine.

Most weekends we like a few glasses of wine. Sometimes being led by price rather than what we are eating.The problem with this is you enjoy the food you have and wine, but as two different experiences rather than as one whole. The chance to better understand wine and match up a wine to a food was therefore a rare treat.


We got sent a gift hamper including two International Wine Challenge award-winning French wines, as well as a couple of ingredients perfect for summer barbecues...


The first bottle we got to try was - Cave de Turckheim,Riesling Vieilles Vignes 2008.

This is a dry white wine made with riesling grapes and is enjoyed with fish,shellfish and hotpots.

  Origin Alsace,France

Abv 12.5%

Price £10-00 per bottle

Retailers All about wine,Slurp



We decided to enjoy this with a Sunday late afternoon tea of tuna and cheese melts,cheese,pork pies and french mustard.We love to have wine with nibbles as a family of 6 with 4 children we like to get them all sorted and the little 2 ready for bed before we begin which is not always early.The wine went great together with the food.


For me the perfect food for this wine would be Paella this wine would really bring out the flavours of the seafood in this dish but this is not a dinner I have mastered the art making myself ...yet!! ...


Next up was the Cellier des Dauphins,Cotes du Rhone villages 2011

This is a medium red bodied wine that uses GrenachemSyrah grapes which is perfect partner for a hearty beef stew.

Origin Rhone,France

Abv 13.5 %

Priced £7-49 per bottle

Retailers Waitrose,Ocado.



For me red wine is perfect with any kind of pasta,spaghetti or pizza meals.We served ours with Italian styles meatball and sauce spaghetti and topped with mature cheese.What I will take from this, is not to rush into buying any wine, rather actually planning a meal around a wine so that you really make the wine and meal special.

Many years ago whilst on holiday in Corfu I first enjoyed wine having a bottle with my moussaka almost every night. I have tried to make this dish many times at home and have always failed miserably. Perhaps the moussaka has been good all along? and all I am missing is the wine that best bought out the flavour of this dish. If I leave out the holiday brochures the husband might take the hint. If not I may actually now read the labels of the wine and not the price tag......

We have really enjoyed being asked to be a part of this and what a amazing prize for the winner...

About this post...

I was sent this hamper free of charge to take part in this competition 20 blogs were asked to join and one of the blogs will be chosen as the overall winner who will get the opportunity to learn more about the styles of French wines by attending a full-day tasting Master Class led by award-winning international sommelier GĂ©rard Basset OBE at the Wine&Spirit Education Trust in London (16 August, 13 September, 4 October or 6 November).

The prize includes travel, overnight accommodation and dinner for two at the new 28°-50° Wine Workshop and Kitchen in Marylebone* (Ts and Cs apply as usual).

update- We did not win :(

Little Party Chocolate Pots...




Little Party Chocolate Pots

Serves 6

You will need

  • 125g dark chocolate (plus extra to garnish)
  • 120ml Graham’s organic double cream
  • 120ml Graham’s organic full fat milk
  • 1 whole medium free range egg
  • 6 x little espresso cups or ramekins

Method
  • Put the milk and cream into a large pan and place over a medium heat. 
  • You want it to very gently come to the boil. 
  • Meanwhile break up the chocolate into small pieces with a knife.
  • Put the chocolate into a liquidiser and once the milk has just come to the boil pour it over the chocolate. 
  • Put the lid on the liquidiser and whiz the chocolate and hot creamy milk together. 
  • The temperature of the milk melts the chocolate in about 30 seconds.
  • After 30 seconds crack the egg and add it to the liquidiser and whizz again for about 45 seconds this time.
  • Divide the mix between 6 little espresso cups and leave them in the fridge for a couple of hours to set.
  • You can make the night before if you like – but I wouldn’t make them any further ahead than that. 
  • Serve them on the saucers that match the cups.
  • Garnish with shaved chocolate shards.



Recipe and photo credits- Grahams The family Dairy




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