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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Triple Chocolate Orange Cake...



Triple Chocolate Orange Cake...

By Bill King

Serves 10

391 calories / 31.5g fat per portion

Maria says: ‘This simple-to-make cake is rich and tasty – a family favourite with a touch of class!’


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Scared Of Heights?


Scared Of Heights?

I know I am!!


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Saturday, 29 September 2012

Chocolate Dipped Orange Biscuits...


Chocolate  Dipped Orange Biscuits...

By Rachel Allen

Makes 15–20 biscuits

92 calories/ 5.2g fat per portion

Rachel’s quote: ‘These shortbread biscuits are incredibly easy to make and you can cut them in to whatever shapes you’d like.

I’ve taken the small extra step of dipping them in melted chocolate, they look lovely when set and the chocolate of course goes really well with the orange zest.

Recipes with so few ingredients demand the very best quality produce and that’s why I use Kerrygold butter.’


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28/09 Link Up Your Favourite Posts This Week : Welcome To The Weekend Hop...


28/09 Link Up Your Favourite Posts This Week : Welcome To The Weekend 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, 28 September 2012

Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying # Week 3 ...

"For me its Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying "

Goals-

A under 2 hour half marathon
A under 50 minutes 10k
This week not only did we get the marathon numbers through the post that we have decied not to do also our letter from the people at London Marathon came through to tell me if I had a place...

And....

 We entered and didn't get in :):):)

I know I should be sad but it was a huge relief as training up for a marathon was so much like hard work and having a large family I didn't have hours free at the weekend to run.This is why I pulled out of the Chester Marathon which is a week on Sunday.

Onwards and upwards now and new goals to set and Pb to make!!.

 I have decided to run Worksop half marathon in 4 weeks time so with the marathon training I did manage to do hopefully I should be ok.

In other news we have a park run starting near us this week..whoo this should be fun a free time 5k race every Saturday...


This weeks exercise was-
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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Halloween Jellies...


Halloween Jellies...

How cool!!

These easy jellies are great fun to make and kids love to decorate them – the spookier the better!

Ready in: 4 - 6 hours or overnight


Serves: 4
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Halloween Eyeballs...


Halloween Eyeballs...

Scary!!!

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Cathedral City Mature Butternut Squash and Chilli Cupcake...


Cathedral City Mature Butternut Squash and Chilli Cupcake...
Celebrity MasterChef winner Liz McClarnon has a savoury tooth, always declines dessert and chooses cheese over chocolate any day.


That’s why she’s teamed up with Cathedral City, the nation’s favourite for British Cheese Week (22nd to 30th September 2012) to create a revolutionary take on one of the nation’s most popular treats – the cupcake, using Cathedral City cheddar and other savoury ingredients.

Makes: 20 cupcakes

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

For the cupcakes:
  • 2 eggs
  • 175ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 250g mashed, roasted butternut squash
  • 125g Cathedral City Mature, grated
  • 3 chopped spring onions
  • 80g uncooked rolled oats
  • 125g whole wheat flour
  • 125g plain flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup


For the topping:
  • Chopped spring onions (the darker green part)
  • 50g crème fraiche
  • 50g soft cream cheese
  • Chilli flakes


Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C and line a cupcake tray with 12 paper cases.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the squash, milk and eggs.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder and salt, making sure they are evenly rubbed through. 
  4. To this bowl, add the spring onions, Cathedral City Mature, oats and syrup and mix until evenly distributed. 
  5. Pour in the egg mixture and mix until it is just about combined.
  6. Fill the cupcake cases about 3/4 full with the mixture and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until they are a golden brown. 
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before adding the topping.

To make the topping:
  1. Mix the crème fraiche and the soft cheese together until smooth. 
  2. Pop this in the fridge for about 10 minutes to get it to a good piping consistency. 
  3. Using a piping bag with a star tip, pipe small 50p sized tops onto the cupcakes.
  4. Dress this with a couple of sprigs of chopped spring onion and a smattering of chilli flakes. 
  5. These will keep in an airtight tin for 24 hours.
Recipe and photo credit by- Cathedral City



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Green : Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...


Shhh...

Welcome to our Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

Hosted by Claire; Clairejustineoxox and Judy;  Judyh-jsThoughts.

A photo blog hop where you can link up your Wordless or not so Wordless; Wednesday photo posts each week...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Halloween Accessories From Accessoryo Review...


Every year for as far back as I can remember me and the children have fun scaring each other at Halloween.

My oldest 2 now aged 18 and 15 have now grow out of it I notice they still enjoy the party food after we've been out though!!

My youngest 2 still enjoy the whole experience.

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California Prunes Smoothie And Salad...


California Prune and Mango Smoothie

Serves 6

Preparation time 10 mins

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Monday, 24 September 2012

What I Wore : Creative Mondays Blog Hop...


Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays!!

Hosted by Claire; Clairejustineoxox and  Judy from Judyh-jsThoughts. 

A Fun blog hop where you can link up all your creative post each week.... 

What have you all been up to this week?

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Going Out...Out Out...


When I was taking to my friend this week she said to me in a conversation "when I go out 'out out' and I've not got it out my head all week!!

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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Lovers Night In Wine Inspired Recipes...


Lovers Night In Wine Inspired Recipes...


Recipe and photo credit by - Sophie Michell and Blue Nun
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21/09 Link Up Your Favourite Posts This Week : Welcome To The Weekend Hop...


Welcome to the weekend blog hop party!!

A fun linky where you can link up your favourite posts of the week.

Simply link up to between three to five different posts each week or just your main blog.


 
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Friday, 21 September 2012

Jackie Brazil Hot Indiana Jones Necklace Review...


At the minute I am loving the colour hot pink.

Just lately I have started changing all my accessories,scarfs and shoes!! 

Also my nails and my trademark red lipsticks has been set aside (for the moment) and bright pinks are strongly becoming my favourite shades .

This colour is just so cheerful and always brightens up a dull,windy or rainy day...


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Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying # Week 2....


For me it's Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying "
Goals -A under 2 hour half marathon 

A under 50 minutes 10k

And if I do get in London-just to be able to run a marathon!!

Was very pleased with last weeks training I put my training on Dailymile and last weeks I had ran 38 miles as well as a few exercise classes.
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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Podium Power Porridge, Superfast Superfood Salad, an Isotonic Sports Smoothie and Raspberry Recovery Bars....


Podium Power Porridge, Superfast Superfood Salad, an Isotonic Sports Smoothie and Raspberry Recovery Bars....

Matt Lovell, elite performance nutritionist to Olympic athletes, premiership footballers and international rugby players, has teamed up with Seasonal Berries to create a series of Berry Power recipes and nutritional tips to support their partnership with the BUPA Great Run races.


He has developed four recipe ideas using strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries to support your training regime: Podium Power Porridge, Superfast Superfood Salad, an Isotonic Sports Smoothie and Raspberry Recovery Bars.
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Italian Childhood Memories...


Italian Childhood Memories...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Abbey Road ? : Wordless Wednesday Linky...


Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Me, Claire: Clairejustineoxox and Judy from : Judyh-jsThoughts.

A fun photo blog hop where you can link up your Wordless or not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...


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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Meals In Minutes...


Fancy making some meals in minutes?


Harrisa couscous with golden chicken supremes and roast beetroot...
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Monday, 17 September 2012

Secret Ingredient Challenge With Heinz Tomato Ketchup : Creative Mondays Blog Hop...


Secret Ingredient Challenge With Heinz Tomato Ketchup :

Creative Mondays Blog Hop...

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Sunday, 16 September 2012

Windy Days...


My husbands snapped these pictures a few weeks ago when we was on holiday to Blackpool.

It was a really windy day,my hair was a mess I had no make up on and it was hard to pose but I love these pictures and thought I would share...

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All 4 Children Together...


All 4 Children Together...


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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Running In Heels...


On Friday I arranged to meet my husband from work to go out for a meal. 

As I was running late to catch the bus to the train station I had to run the half mile to the bus stop in heels. 

Boy did I get some strange looks if anyone who might have seen me asks what I was up to I am going to say I was training up for the high heel race!!

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Tenderstem®, Beetroot & Toasted Seed Salad with Lemon Dressing ...


Tenderstem®, Beetroot & Toasted Seed Salad with Lemon Dressing ...

Serves 4

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

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Outside Gym Anyone?...


I love how lots of the council parks are encouraging everyone to get fit with these free outdoor gyms.

There is no better feeling that getting outside and having fun in the fresh air.

This one is at Sutton Lawns which we got to visit twice in the summer holidays...

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14/09 Link Up Your Favourite Posts This Week : Welcome To The Weekend 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.

Happy Hopping!!


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Friday, 14 September 2012

Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying # Week 1....


After the kids being off for six weeks my training has started to get better it's so much like hard work trying to get fit with 4 kids off school.

We booked a marathon but didn't get chance over the holiday to get the miles in so now my goals have changed again I am now training for this year -

For me its Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying "
Goals:
  1. A under 2 hour half marathon 
  2. A under 50 minutes 10k 
  3. And if I do get in London-just to be able to run a marathon!!

This week I have had time to start back with my training-

Friday- 3 miles run on the treadmill + half mile swim
         
Saturday - 9 miles run

Sunday - 3 and half miles run

Monday - 7 mile run + 3 miles treamill run in afternoon

Tuesday - 5 miles reps + warm up/cool down

Wednesday -
1 hour weight class + 6 miles run

Thursday - 5 miles warm up,reps and cool down

Loving having time to exercise.

How about you!? Have you found any spare time to exercise this week?


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Tesco Family Perks Package...


On Saturday we had a wonderful surprise parcel from the lovely people at Tesco Mobile.

As a busy mum with teenage kids they wanted to send me a gift along with some information about new "Family Perk package".This is a new initiative intended to make life easier for families.


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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Party Shoes And Boots Matalan Autumn/Winter 2012

Today I'm sharing some of Matalan shoes and boots from their Autumn/Winter 2012 look book collection.

I'm loving the red,black and silver at this time of year it gets me thinking of Christmas and the party season that's coming up.What better time to plan what shoes you want to buy especially new sparkly ones  ....


jewelled stiletto £20-00



chelsea boots £16-00


bow shoes £18-00


buckle wedges £22-00


biker boots £20-00


sequin boots £22-00


wedges £20-00


studded slipper shoe £10-00

  

court shoe £16-00


glitter brogue £14-00


platform mules £18-00


bababa heel shoe £18-00

Any shoes you loving from the Autumn/Winter 2012 range?

for more details check out Matalan

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