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Friday, 31 August 2012

31/08 Link Up Your Favourite Posts Of The Week : Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop...


31/08 Link Up Your Favourite Posts Of The Week : Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop...

A blog hop where you can link up your favourite post of the week.

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

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Thursday, 30 August 2012

White chocolate and cherry cheesecake...


White chocolate and cherry cheesecake...

All American favourite...

A great pudding to take to a barbecue party.

Make the day before as it improves with chilling.

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

What I'm Wearing : In The Blue...


Another outfit post from my holidays at Butlins a few weeks ago.Got my 9 year old to take me these pictures on my phone whilst everyone else was rushing around getting ready...
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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Tower Of London Day Out : Wordless Wednesday Linky...


Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Claire Justine and Judy H-JS Thoughts each Wednesday.

A linky party where you can link up your Wordless or not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...

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Flaming cherries jubilee...


Impress your friends...

Need a quick and easy dessert that will create a stir, then this easy cherry compote fits the bill, add a splash of Cointreau or brandy at the end, warm through then light with a long match, stand well back and wait for the applause.


Serves 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 13 minutes
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Monday, 27 August 2012

Cherry clafoutis...


French classic that’s ideal to serve after a Sunday lunch, made with a sweetened batter, not unlike Yorkshire pudding, it tastes great served with scoops of vanilla ice cream or a soft spoonful of crème fraiche.


Serves 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Standing time: 15-30 minutes
Cooking time: 35-40 minutes
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Cake Masterclass Red Hot World Buffet : Creative Mondays Blog Hop...


On Wednesday me and my daughter got to attended a masterclass at Red Hot World Buffet to celebrate the launch of their brand new range of artisan cakes to take home.

 It was lovely to meet their head pastry chef Darshan Choudhari and watch him make this amazing strawberry cheese cake.

The cheese cake was topped with yummy strawberries laired in fresh cream around the side and was sprinkles of chopped pistachio nut.
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Sunday, 26 August 2012

Back To School With Littlewoods...


The lovely people at Littlewoods (dot) com kindly asked us if we would like to try out some of their back to school uniform range.As large family with 4 children this is always a expensive time of year so I was very pleased to have been asked.

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Saturday, 25 August 2012

All The Fun On The Carousel....


This week I'm linking up our fun at the fairground with Coombe Mill for our outdoor adventures.

We don't do many fairground rides but one ride we all love is the carousel.

When we went to Butlins for a few days at the beginning of the holidays this was the ride we all had most fun on,even me!!
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Friday, 24 August 2012

24/08 Link Up Your Favourite Posts Of The Week : Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop...


24/08 Link Up Your Favourite Posts Of The Week :

Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop...

Friday's are when you can link up your favourite post of the week up with us, how cool!?.

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


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Mini cherry and lemon drizzle cakes...


Mini cherry and lemon drizzle cakes...

Quick and easy.

Who can resist this bite sized version of a favourite cake with a jewel like cherry in the centre.


Makes 18
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 10-12 minutes
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Thursday, 23 August 2012

What I Wore And Where I Wore It : Tower Of London...


On Wednesday we went to visit the Tower of  London and as lots of you loved my t-shirt here I thought I would have this as my outfit post today...


I love this t-shirt too and was so happy to pick it up in the Primark sale a few weeks ago for £3-00 in the sales and as I can't resist a bargain I also have a different design in red too !!


Me and my mini's :)


What I wore-
  • Top - Primark
  • Jeans - Abercrombie and Fitch
  • Shoes - Keds

Have you visited The Tower Of London?

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Superbreaks : Chester Zoo Review...


One of the lovely member of the Community Outreach Team for Superbreak.com kindly asked me if my family would like an opportunity to go to one of the great attractions from one of their fabulous day's out selection .

We are always looking for somewhere fun to take the kids especially when they are off school so we were very excited in picking a place to go.I got sent a list of some great places to visit  like Cadbury World, Chester Zoo, the London Eye, the London Dungeons and lots of other great days out.

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Day Out At The Tower Of London : 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, 20 August 2012

Creative Mondays Blog Hop: 60's Style Birthday Partyyyyyy...


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?


Yesterday I got creative trying to put together a 60's outfit for my friends themed birthday party.It  was hard work trying to find hairstyles,make up and clothes that would go right but I think I have a wardrobe full of prints that would have worked well..
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Sunday, 19 August 2012

George/ASDA's Back to School 'Little Designers' Challenge ...


The team from George at Asda asked me if I would like to take part in a Back to School 'Little Designers' Challenge.

I am always up for something different so said "count me in".

 A challenge that involves one of my children makes it all the better.



'CHOSEN BY MUMS; TESTED BY KIDS; GUARANTEED BY GEORGE’

The challenge is for my son who has to get creative in personalising his very own back pack they provided.

It sounded great as an added bonus one of the lucky mums will win £150 worth of ASDA vouchers (and the runner up as well as the blog with the most comments winning a £50 ASDA voucher)!!

Hint Hint!!


Also I got to choose around £20-00 worth of school necessities from George school uniform just for taking part in the challenge.

An additional £20 ASDA Voucher is sent to mum’s who aren’t lucky enough to scoop one of the top 3 prizes as a thank you for our efforts in participating,so this was a win win situation..

I was so pleased that I managed to buy the full school uniform for £20-50 as my son was in the bigger size for everything (being younger you would get the same things well under £20-00 such a bargain)!!

I got-
  • 2 school polo Shirts
  • 1 jumper
  • 1 pair of trousers 
  • and a pair of shoes all for £20-50...
Asda have a great range of back to school uniform at fantastic price and the great thing is you can buy on line or in store or both depending which you prefer.

The Olympics may be over for the minute, however in our house its like a mini Olympics everyday.

Although that's sometimes just navigating the kids bedrooms!!.

I have 4 children and they all love to sport. Sport is something we do most days and the kids love keeping both themselves and me fit.

With this in mind here is my sons design....

Drum roll please ...


I love my sons bag and he is very pleased with it too.He can't wait to take it to school with his PE kit in...

Obviously this post might only be available for so long as the International Olympic Committee do not like people using their Olympic rings in anything,so we shall await the lawyers letter.

My son is only 9 and he is not going to sell the bag or use it for commercial gain,it might inspire him to be an Olympian, so please do not be too hard on him Mr Rogge.!

About this post-we were lucky to be asked by Asda to take part in this great competition and was sent all the above school uniform and a creative pack for my son to make his bag.

I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion.

Update we did not win the best bag or most comments prize,we did however get sent a £20-00 Asda voucher to spend in-store which was lovely of them ...


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What I Wore And Where I Wore It : A Lazy Day In Butlins...


A few more outfit pictures taken last week in Butlins.

This was my outfit for the day and beach.


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Saturday, 18 August 2012

Fun With Added Rain At Chester Zoo....


This week thanks to Superbreak on Wednesday we got a chance to review Chester Zoo (review to follow shortly).

We have been trying lately to get the children to learn more about animals and not to be as scared of them anymore.

We don't have any pets so they do get a little worried when they see them especially if there large or move fast.We had a great day out even though we wasn't prepared at all for the weather!!

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Friday, 17 August 2012

17/08 Link Up Your Favourite Posts Of The Week : Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop...


17/08 Link Up Your Favourite Posts Of The Week : Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop...

A linky party where you can link up your favourite post of the week. Simply link up to 3 different post or just your main blog.



clairejustineoxox
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Instagram Week in Pictures : Holidays...


Been a busy few weeks with holidays and days out so this week I'm sharing some Instagram shots of what I've been snapping. My daughter waiting at the train station all ready to go to Butlins..
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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Blackberry jam...


Like Granny used to make.

There’s something very nostalgic and rewarding making your own jam.


Makes: 6 jars

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
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One Unworn Dress Made Into A Much Loved Skirt...


When we went on holiday last week I wanted to take something that was light to carry and could look different on 2 nights out.

Looking though my wardrobe I didn't really have any skirts to match these tops which I wanted to take then I found this dress (wish I took a picture before!) which I whizzed off into the garage and made it into a skirt.

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Pink Flowers And Blue Sky :Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...


Pink Flowers And Blue Sky :Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...


Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts; where you can link up your Wordless photo posts or even not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...
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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Blackberry And Apple Chutney...


Blackberry And Apple Chutney. This tasty chutney can be prepared well in advance, and is a perfect compliment to gammon, turkey and beef, as well as pork or game pies.

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Monday, 13 August 2012

What I Wore And Where I Wore It : First Night At Butlins...


What I Wore And Where I Wore It : First Night At Butlins...


This is what I wore on the first night of our holidays. I love this dress you can dress it up for night and wear it casual for day. Great new  vintage app on my phone, what do you think?
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Fun In Butlins : 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 we've been away and had some fun in Butlins so today I'm linking up some pictures. Yeah I've always wanted my own VW camper van...


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Sunday, 12 August 2012

What I Wore And Where I Wore It : lets Go To The Beach...


On Monday we all took off for a few days to Butlins in Skegness for holiday. We decide to go by train so we were up very earlier to catch a nice quite one.

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Little Donkey...




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Saturday, 11 August 2012

Reflections....


 
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Samsung Hope Relay : Warm Up And Win....


With all the excitement around the London 2012 Olympics Samsung Mobile UK have some really great prizes up for grabs in there latest Competition Warm up and win.

We were really excited to be asked  if we would like to take part I don't think a day goes by when the Clairejustineoxox household is not running or jumping around so this is a perfect competition for us lot to take part in.

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Friday, 10 August 2012

10/08 Link Up Your Favourite Posts Of The Week : Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop...


10/08 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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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

A View From A Bridge : Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...


Welcome to our fun photo blog hop: Wordless Wednesday.

Hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts where you can link up your Wordless / or even not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...


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Monday, 6 August 2012

What I Wore To Lincoln : 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?

Wow been another busy week again with the children off school and finding lots of new and
exciting places to visit is really taking it out of me and making me tired.I don't know how I'm going to manage to be fit for a marathon in 9 weeks time I just hope the energy comes from somewhere!!

This week we went to Lincoln I have only visited a few time once about 5 years ago when I did a race but I didn't really get chance to look around as I was focusing on the race and maybe i think we visited when I was little.

dress-Matalan
Shrug-Peacocks
Lincoln is such a beautiful place and when I get lots of spare time I will get around to posting pictures but until them I'm sharing my what I wore and where I wore it outfit post...
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Sunday, 5 August 2012

Black Forest Cupcakes....


Black Forest Cupcakes....

Extra special!!
Remember those towering chocolate layer cakes served in posh hotels back in the 70s, this simplified cup cake version is just as delicious but much easier.

Makes 12

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes


Cakes:
  • 100 g (4 oz) soft margarine
  • 100 g (4 oz) caster sugar
  • 85 g (3½ oz) self-raising flour
  • 15 g (½ oz) cocoa
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:
  • 300 g (11 oz) British cherries, stalks and stones removed, fruit halved
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1½ teaspoons cornflour
  • 100 g (4 oz) butter, at room temperature
  • 200 g (7 oz) icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon semi skimmed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons Kirsch, optional



Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4. 
  2. Separate 12 silver foil cake cases and arrange in the sections of a muffin tin.
  3. Add all the cake ingredients to a bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer until smooth. 
  4. Divide spoonfuls between the foil cake cases, smooth the tops level then bake for about 15 minutes until well risen and the tops spring back when pressed with a fingertip.
  5. Transfer the cakes in their cases to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  6. Meanwhile make the cherry topping by adding the cherries, sugar and 5 tablespoons of water to a saucepan, simmer gently for 5 minutes until the cherries begin to soften and the juices run. 
  7. Mix the cornflour with the remaining tablespoon of water then stir into the cherries, increase the heat and cook, stirring until the sauce has thickened. 
  8. Take off the heat and leave to cool.
  9. Beat the butter with half the icing sugar until smooth then gradually beat in the remaining sugar, milk and the vanilla, beating until very soft and smooth. 
  10. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle.

When ready to serve:
  • Skewer the top of the cakes and drizzle the kirsch over the top, if using. 
  • Pipe a ring of butter-cream around the edge of each cake then carefully spoon the cherry mixture into the centre and arrange on a serving plate.

Recipe and photo credits-  Seasonal Berries


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