Popcorn Toffee Apples...

For a devilishly delicious take on the traditional Halloween treat

Makes: 8-10

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

What you need

  • 8-10 small Cox’s apples, stalks twisted off
  • 1 x 100g (4oz) bag microwave sweet popcorn
  • 225g (8oz) Lyle’s Trick Or Treacle
  • 450g (1lb) Tate & Lyle’s demerara sugar
  • 110g (4oz) unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp red or white wine vinegar
  • You will also need 8-10 wooden ice-lolly or cake pop sticks and 2 baking trays lined with parchment paper. 


  • Put the apples in a large bowl, pour over boiling water to cover and then quickly pour it off. 
  • This will remove any wax coating from the apples and will help the toffee to stick. 
  • Polish dry.
  • Push the sticks halfway into the core of the apples at the stalk end. 
  • Microwave the popcorn, according to the pack instructions, and have it ready in a bowl.
  • Next, combine the treacle, sugar, butter and vinegar in a large heavy-based pan and stir constantly over a low heat with a wooden spoon for about 15 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Bring to the boil without stirring, otherwise the sugar may crystallise, until the mixture reaches 149°-154°C, 300°-310°F or the hard-crack stage. 
  • If you don't have a thermometer you can check that the toffee is ready by dropping a teaspoon of the mixture into a bowl of cold water. 
  • It should harden instantly and, when removed, be brittle and easy to break. 
  • If you can still squash the toffee, continue to boil it.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and tilting it, quickly and carefully dip the apples one at a time in the toffee, twirling them as you do, to completely cover. 
  • Let any excess drip away before quickly scattering with popcorn whilst the toffee is still hot and place on a baking tray to harden. 
  • This is easier to do with help, with one person dipping and the other scattering with popcorn. 
  • If you find the toffee becomes too thick because the temperature has dropped, just heat it up again.
  • Once set, store the toffee apples in an airtight container in a dry place, not the fridge, and eat within 24 hours or the toffee will soften and start to liquefy.
  • If you have any spare toffee and popcorn after making the toffee apples, just stir them together in a bowl, quickly spoon into clusters on some parchment paper and leave to harden.

Recipe and photo credits by Lorna Wing for Lyles

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Autumn Leaves...


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Cuffs of Love Friendship Bracelet Review...

Yesterday just as I was going out for a run the postman delivered me this very sweet Cuffs Of Love Cord Purple Bracelet that Find me a gift  had sent me to review .
image soure - Find me a gift

This is a i.d x-change friendship bracelet with 14 carat white gold plated handcuffs as a closure. It comes in a choice of Medium, Small and X Small to fit adults or children where the clasps get larger throughout  the size range (e.g. small handcuff on the Extra Small bracelet, larger ones on the Medium) Mine came with a purple Cord that can be extended or tightened to fit your wrist. It was delivered in a brown padded envelope and inside was this neat little packaging.

image soure - Find me a gift

What find me a gift say about the bracelets

The i.d x-change Cuffs of Love Bracelets at Find Me a Gift are THE friendship jewellery fashion in America and symbolise being 'locked by love'. Featuring a funky 14 carat white gold plated handcuff closure and designed by Igal Dahan, each of these string bracelets are easily adjustable and can be worn by men women or children! Why not check out our other colour ranges too?

 Colours available-

image soure - Find me a gift

  • Turquoise
  • Pink
  • Purple
  • Grey
  • Beige
  • Black

 Sizes available are-

  • Small measures approx 15.5 cm to 24.5 cm in length
  • Extra Small measures approx 13.5 cm to 23 cm in length
  • Medium measures approx 16.5 cm x 25.5 in length

Priced at -

  • Extra small-£24-99
  •        Small - £26-99
  •    Medium - £29-99

What I think of the bracelet-

This is a very sweet bracelet the 'locked by love' theme sounds very romantic.. I love the purple one that I have been sent and this is the sort of bracelet I would wear all day long. I have heard that they’ve been a big hit with celebrities; stars like Terri Hatcher, the Kardashians and Paris Hilton have been spotted wearing this style too.

About this review-I got sent a purple Cuffs Of Love Friendship Bracelet to review and was not paid for this post,all thoughts on the bracelet are my own honest opinion.

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WIitche's Ribs With Vampire Toast....

Enjoy a scary savoury treat at your Halloween party

Sticky, glossy and very tender, these witches’ ribs make a perfect Halloween treat to nibble on after trick or treating.

Serves: 4

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

For the ribs

  • 55ml soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • ½ tbsp sesame oil
  • 50g (2oz) Lyle’s Trick Or Treacle
  • 1½ rounded tbsp Tate & Lyle’s golden caster sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled & crushed
  • 2 x 500g pork loin rack of ribs

You will also need a large deep roasting tin lined with foil and some Halloween cutters.

For the toasts

  • 4 slices white sliced bread
  • Vegetable oil,for frying
  • Salt


  • Combine the soy, hoisin and chilli sauces with the oil, treacle, sugar and garlic in a shallow non-metallic tray.
  • Add the pork ribs and turn them in the marinade to coat.
  • Set aside for at least 1 hour, or overnight, covered in the fridge.
  • Turn occasionally.
  • Preheat the oven to 170°C/150°C Fan, 300°F, Gas Mark 3.
  • Half-fill the roasting tin with cold water and place it on the bottom of the oven.
  • Arrange the ribs directly on the middle shelf of the oven, sitting above the pan of water.
  • Transfer the remainder of the marinade into a small bowl.
  • Roast the ribs for 1 hour, generously brushing the ribs every 15 minutes with the marinade.
  • After 30 minutes turn the ribs over and continue basting as before.
  • Watch carefully during the last 10 minutes to make sure they don’t caramelise too much.
  • Whilst the ribs are cooking, stamp out shapes using the Halloween cutters.
  • Heat a little oil in a frying pan over a moderate heat then add the bread and quickly fry for 3-4 minutes or until crisp and golden.
  • Remove to a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain and sprinkle with salt.
  • Remove the ribs from the oven to a chopping board, slice and serve with the toasts.

Recipe and photo credits by Lorna Wing for Lyles

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05/10 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.

Would be great if you would......

1.) Follow me clairejustineoxox in number 1 spot on Google friends connect.

2.) Follow Nekky from Reflexions in number 2 spot my co-host on Google friends connect.

3.) Link up to 3 of your favourite posts this week or just your main blog and please try to visit other great blogs and follow ones you like.

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Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying Week # 4

"For me its Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying "
Last week as been such hard work think I have wore myself out a little or got run down with a cold. I did manage to get 2 good rep sessions at the running club and my first race for a long time on Saturday the first ever Parkrun with open here. Although they don't encourage it as being a race I was pleased with my time @ 7.54 average pace per mile, here is my 5K summery-

Results for event #1. Your time was 24:34.

You finished in 34th place

Were the 6th lady out of a field of 61 park runners

 You came 2nd in your age category VW35-39

So I was pleased with this time,off to do it all again tomorrow...

 This weeks exercise was-

Friday- Day off

Saturday - 3.11 miles race at 7.54 pace

3 miles cool down at 11.51 pace

Sunday - 3 miles run

Monday - Day off from running

Tuesday - 2 miles warm up /cool down

                 5.5 miles reps at running club

Wednesday - Day off

Thursday - 1 hour body combat
                   3 miles warm up/cool down
                   3 miles reps at running club

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Back To The 80's...

  •  Jumper dress - Primark
  •              Belt - Primark
  •     Leggings -  Primark
  •        T-shirt -  Primark
  •          Boots - Barratts

 At first when I saw this seasons 80's style jumpers I thought "oh not again!!" Been there done that... Now after buying 3 items of knitwear in this style, a jumper dress,cardigan and shorter Jumper I am quite loving this look. I have even been around the charity shops over the last few day's looking for some original Jumper.No such look there I did manage to find and amazing polka dot KOOKAI dress, 2  jacket with the shoulder pads in and an amazing shirt which I'm sure will be featured very soon...

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St Pancras Train Station : 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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Wilkinson Halloween Product Review...

A few days ago I mentioned how much my children love to dress up and have a scary Halloween party every year. They love to find a spooky costume,decorate the house with spiders,skeletons and hide in dark places to scare each other. They also enjoy making lots of fun party food and cakes which for me is the best part...

Every year we always go hunting around the shops looking for new and exciting ideas for our party. We can spend weeks planning what decorations we will be using and which food we can make and buy. This year thanks to the very kind people over at Wilkinson's we have most of our baking essentials and decorations sorted as we have been sent some samples of their fabulously cool Halloween products to test out...

Pumpkin carving set £1-00

Spider cup cake holder £1-00

Fake scars £1-00

Bunting £3-00

Cookie cutters £1-00

 Silicone cake moulds £4-00

Cupcake stand £3-00

About Wilkinsons Halloween collection in their own words

Wilkinson have a great range of Halloween products starting from 10p and with three quarters of the range under £5-00.The collection includes quality baking essentials,decorative items such as pumpkin party ware and scary scull accessories,as well as eerie costumes,ensuring there's something for the whole family.Wilkinsons even have its own set of Halloween characters ,the McEerie family ,who love nothing more than making people jump...

What we think of the products

They have a great range of stock (292 items on-line) for Halloween from something little such as fangs for 10p, right through to fancy dress costumes at £38-00. I think all the products they sent us are such good fun and great value for money. The pumpkin carving set is such a cool idea and a great buy for £1-00. It will save me trying to cut our pumpkin out this year with a bread knife that I usually do ( no wonder it takes me hours!!). How neat is the cake stand? I can't wait to fill this with yummy buns. My children are super excited with the things we got sent, and can't wait to go in store to check out the rest of the range. Hopefully this weekend we will go to see what else we can pick up for our fun party!

How cool are these? Good job we got to try early as I forgot to take them off the tray when they were still warm!! A few did break up silly me. They still taste yummy especially dipped in chocolate. We still have plenty of time to make more :)

The Halloween range is available to buy on line at Wilkinsonplus and in store now.Other key ranges available at Wilkinsons include home wares and furnishings, garden & outdoor, DIY & decorating, baby & nursery, health & beauty, toys and food.

About this post-

I got sent the items above for the purpose of this review all thoughts are my own honest opinion and I was not paid for this post.

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Old Jeans New Skirt : 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 I've been trying to get creative with old jeans.Having a clear out old it seems a shame to let them go especially as I don't have any jean skirts at the minute...

 Not bad for my first attempt,my mum will be laughing as she has made me loads of different jean skirts over the year.....
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