Kit Kat Milkshake And #Runstreak Day 7 ...

Yesterday I mention I was going to make a sweet smoothie with a Kit Kat inside.

We still have a few which we brought over Christmas and I've had my eye on one all week before they disappear.  I made this tasty milkshake, it was just what I needed after a long 12 miles run in the morning...


  • 1 four fingered Kit Kat
  • 50g ( 1 big scoop ) chocolate ice cream
  • 50g ( 1 big scoop ) vanilla ice cream
  • 100ml Semi skimmed milk
  • 1 large banana
  • Handful of ice cubes


  • Break the kit Kat up into small pieces and place in the smoothie maker with the chocolate and vanilla ice cream, milk, chopped banana and ice cubes into a smoothies maker.
  • Mix for 30 seconds
  • Smoothie for 30 seconds
  • Serve straight away

Today running- I ran just over 5 and  half miles, felt ok and surprisingly not tired with my 41 miles ran last week....

Days ran this year 7/7 #runstreak

Miles ran this month 46

Workouts 7
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Creative Mondays Blog Hop ...

Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judy-H-JS Thought where you can link up all your creative post each week. Starting from this week I will be linking my posts up on the hop and featuring my favourite posts from the week before as you all do amazing work.

Here is my favourite posts from last week...

Baking Blissful
Laurels Quill
Hot Chocolate on a Stick - Turtles and Tails blog
Turtles And Tails
Winnish Net
Once Upon A Firefly
The Kurtz Corner

The Crafty Blogstalker

New years eve Kids
Baby Budgeting
Frugal In Florida

1.) Link up your Crafty,Recipe,Diy,Fashion,Creativewriting,Photo,Family,Tutorials,Favourite,
Helpful,Make-up,Outfit or anything creative post's below...

2.) Link as many posts up as you like....

3.) Please visit a few posts and leave comments....

4.) Would be great if you could grab the Creative Monday button or a text link and place it somewhere on your blog to help spread the word...

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Blueberries,Banana And Granola Breakfast Smoothie : Janathon day 6...

Today is long run day, having to do 12 miles on my own was itself a challenge. I nearly didn't do it, none of my friends were running today, so I was going to do 6 miles this morning and 6 later. Hmm like with a dinner to cook and find time before getting the 2 youngest children bathed and to bed early for the first day back to school tomorrow, no I knew that plan wouldn't work!! I left the house whilst it was still dark and very quiet and off I plodded without a plan. Seen the sunrise it was so bright and one point though I need my sunglasses and then the fog fall again. It felt like hours!! it was hours, 2hour 20 minutes ... My legs never warmed up but then again they didn't hit a brick wall either,was slow but I did it :)

Very pleased with today's run, all done dusted no more miles to run today. For breakfast I had some pancakes and a homemade blueberry smoothie. I also have a kitkat smoothie planned for later, having earned approximately 1300 extra calories on today's run, think I will make that one after lunch!!

Blueberries,Banana And Granola Breakfast Smoothie...

Serves 1

  • 50g Blueberries
  • 1 medium banana
  • 50g Low fat natural yogurt
  • 50g Deluxe fruit and nut granola
  • 100ml Skimmed milk
  • Handful of ice
  • Chop the banana and place all ingredients into a smoothie maker.
  • Place setting to mix for 30 seconds.
  • Smooth for 30 seconds.
  • Serve straight away

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Janathon days ran 6/6

Miles ran this month 40

Workouts 6
Now only 14 miles to add on before I do London Marathon!!!!
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Buttermilk Cheese Scones ...

Makes 16


  • 325g Self raising flour, sieved
  • Half a teaspoon salt
  • 50g Stork baking liquid
  • 284ml Pot of buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon mixed herbs
  • 100g Grated cheese ( save some to sprinkle on top of scones)
  • Paprika to dust tops

You will need

  • 20x20 cm Square tray


  • Pre heat fan oven to 200c / none fan 220c.
  • Grease a 20x20cm square tray.
  • In a food processor mix self raising flour, salt, and baking liquid until mix together and looks like fine breadcrumbs.
  • Add the buttermilk and mix until all mixed together well.
  • Stir in the herbs and grated cheese save some cheese to sprinkle on the top.
  • Place the mixture onto a floured surface, knead the dough ( if to sticky add more flour ).
  • When the dough is smooth, roll out and with a round cutter make 16 circles.
  • Each circle roll with your hand to make little dough balls
  • Place on the pre greased tray in rows of 4.
  • Sprinkle remanding cheese on and a light dusting of paprika
  • Bake in the pre heated oven for around 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Tips :

  • I forgot to save a lot of cheese for the tops, save more for the tops like half the amount as the cheese topped ones go first!!
  • Serve hot or cold.
  • Great with warm meat pastas such as spaghetti

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Janathon day 5...

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Nearly 7 miles I ran this morning. Not got the "I love running" feeling back yet after a few lazy week of not much running before Christmas. 5th of January and still not got into a healthier diet either. Lot of chocolate, treats and alcohol from Christmas to be finished off yet too. Oh well it Saturday and treat day today so chips for dinner and time to finish off some of the Christmas food and drink me thinks.... Planning to be healthier tomorrow or sometime very soon!!!

Janathon days ran 5/5

Miles ran this month 28

Workouts 5
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What I Wore : Out To Lunch ...

Yesterday me and my husband got to go out for lunch to at Peachy Keens in Nottingham. Its the first time we had visited this restaurant before and we loved it. All you can eat at lunch for under £7-00 and my favourite part was - all you can eat cake...

I wore my Asda dress I got from the charity shop last week,brand new, never wore and still tagged up. This bargain dress only cost £4.00 but it was a size to big. I brought it knowing that it would still fit ok with a chunky belt, arr no need for the belt going to an all you can eat buffet though..

     Dress- Adsa via charity shop
Cardigan - Primark sale
Tights - Primark
Shoes - Tesco sale

After -A very full me!!

Didn't feel like a go on the great looking swings in the market Square, before and defiantly not after a huge meal..

And here's my yummy food I had ( if you missed it yesterday ) .We only went because I seen the rather large chocolate fountain flowing in the window yesterday,typical it had run out of chocolate when we visited. Luckily there was some left in the bottom to scoop out . would have love to seen it working though...

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Janathon day 4 : Diet!! What Diet!! ...

Today I had a lovely run with friends, we ran just under 7 miles. Hard work running long miles, after not much running for a few weeks then 11 on Sunday and 9 Wednesday. Still aching from yesterdays run and it was only 3 miles. Was pleased with run at an average pace of 9.25 per mile plus today I had an incentive to work for...

My husband was taking me out for lunch,trouble is I don't think the 7 pieces of cake, ice cream and chocolate fountain will do me to much good ( only small ones though ) Oh and red wine!! No need for dinner today...

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Janathon days ran 4/4

Miles ran this month 21

Workouts 4
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04/01 Link Up Your Favourite Posts This Week : Welcome To The Weekend Hop ...

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

Would be great if you could .....

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.

Would be lovely if you would leave a comment and I will pop over and leave you a comment back. If you are a new follower please leave a message to say your new so we can follow you back too. Hope you all have fun hoping around...

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Raspberry Smoothie : Janathon day 3...

Managed to get my planned smoothie yesterday...

Still eating far to many sweet thing at the minute though...

 Made some Beetroot Muffins as part of a challenge and they tasted great so had to have 2 ...

Serves 1-2

  • 200g Raspberries, defrosted or fresh
  • 150 ml Natural yogurt
  • 100 ml semi skimmed milk
  • Banana chopped
  • 1 Tsp Honey
  • Half a cup of ice
  • Place the raspberries, yogurt, milk banana, honey and ice into a smoothie maker
  • Mix for 30 seconds, then smooth for 30 seconds
  • Serve straight away
Tips : May want to sieve the little seed out because it can get a little bitty

Today I felt tired from my 9 miles yesterday so after waiting till late afternoon I decided not to put my run off any longer. Just over 3 miles run and felt tired.Off now to bed because I feel so sleepy...


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Janathon days ran 3/3

Miles ran this month 15

Workouts 3

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Britain loves Beetroot : Beetroot And Raspberries Chocolate Muffins ...

A couple of months ago I was contacted by the lovely people at Baxters, informing me that they are launching a Britain loves Beetroot campaign. They were looking for bloggers to take part in a making their own beetroot recipe as part of a fun challenge.  We love beetroot in our house, (only yesterday my son had it with his fish and chips) so I was looking forward to taking part.

 This is the hamper we kindly got sent- 4 different jars of beetroot, a cooking apron and this beautiful picnic hamper. It arrived Christmas eve, great timing then to go with lots of party food. The first thing we tried was some Rosy Roast Beetroot Roots , a recipe I posted for Baxters a while ago. Not having got around to trying it myself I was looking forward to making these. As it was for Christmas day dinner and we were already having mash and roasted potatoes, I decided to change the recipe slightly to 300g of parsnips in place of the potatoes.

Apart from lots of little snacks over the Christmas holidays using the beetroot, I was thinking is there a sweet recipe I could try? How could I incorporate beetroot into cake? There must be a way!! 

 Here then is my recipe I made up for the beetroot challenge.  My daughter who is not yet a beetroot fan could not wait to try them, and she loved them too...

  • 75g Beetroot in sweet malt vinegar, drained and grated
  • 75g Thawed raspberries drained and cut up
  • 125g Self raising flour (sieved)
  • 125g Golden Caster sugar
  • 125g Stork baking liquid
  • 2 Eggs
  • 25g Coco powder
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 100g Cream cheese
  • 70g Icing sugar
  • 1 Tbsp of raspberries juice ( from the thawed raspberries)
  • 12 Thawed raspberries
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Sprinkle of icing sugar for dusting tops
  • Preheat the oven to 180˚C/Gas Mark 4.
  • Place 12 muffin bun cases in a 12 holed muffin tray.
  • Place the baking liquid and golden caster sugar in a bowl and mix together with an electric whisk.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time with a little of the flour.
  • Mix in the remaining flour and coco powder.
  • Using a wooden spoon mix in the beetroot, Raspberries and vanilla essence.
  • Spoon the mixture evenly between the muffin cases.
  • Cook in the middle of a preheated oven for around 25 minutes.
  • Once cooked place on a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
Making the icing
  • Place the cream cheese in a bowl with raspberries juice and with a fork mix together.
  • Sieve the icing sugar into the bowl and mix again ( place in fridge for 30 minutes) to cool as it may get a little runny.
  • Place a spoonful on top of each bun.
  • Place a raspberry in the middle few chocolate sprinkles and little bit of icing sugar.

I was so pleased with how my beetroot and raspberries chocolate muffins turned out...

About this post- I was kindly asked to take part in this beetroot challenge and was not paid for this post. All thoughts are my own honest opinion...

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Janathon day 2 ...

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Think I will change my name from yesterdays post (sugar monster) to honey monster because after my run this morning my son wanted some sugar puff and before I knew it I was eating a big bowl full. Healthy smoothie planned for today is still waiting to be made.
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Was pleased with my run,luckily my friends were going this morning so I knew I was guaranteed 6 miles of running at a good pace. We did 7 together then they told me I was to do 2 more miles on my own as I need a longer run in the week for my marathon training. So off I went and did 9 in total so was very happy especially as my legs went at 7.  
Janathon runs 2/2
Miles ran this month 12
Workouts 2

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Oven Cooked Cherry And Apple Porridge ...

Trying to be more healthier, this breakfast I made quickly and when I came in from a run. I placed all the ingredients in the oven proof dish and popped it in the oven. By the time I was showered and dressed it was almost ready  and no need to add any sweet topping...

Serves 1

  •  Sunflower oil ( low fat) spray for greasing oven bowl
  • 100g Porridge oats
  • 50g ( 1 small) eating apple peeled and core taken out,chopped into small chunks
  • 50g Glazed cherries cut into halves
  • 3/4 Pint (400ml) of semi skimmed milk or a touch more if you like it milky
  • Half a tsp of ground cinnamon
  • Splash of milk

  • Pre heat ( fan ) oven to 180c
  • Spray a medium bowl with oil spray
  • Place the oats, halved cherries and chop apple into the bowl
  • Mix in the milk
  • Sprinkle with the cinnamon
  • Cook in a pre heated oven for around 35 minutes
  • Leave to cool 5 minutes
  • Serve with a splash of cold milk ....

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Can You Think Of A Caption? : 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...

I always add lots of snaps of my little 2 children on my blog but never the oldest two. So today I'm sharing a picture of my 16 year old...

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New Years Resolutions For 2013 And Janathon day 1...

Only managed one short run today, had another lay in, no London Marathon plan yet, and a New Years dinner with wine and cake to plan... Oh well I have plenty of time to exercise once the children go back to school ,,,right!!

Today I manage 3 miles,don't you just hate it when your Garmin runs out of charge at a mile? so I decided to do my 3 mile loop and run later,this never happen as I had been good all day eating Smoothie for breakfast, soup for lunch but then all I could think about was a nice big dinner and a cake !!

My New Years Resolutions For 2013...

1.) More running...

I didn't do to bad in 2012, I ran 1278 miles but it was a lot lower than 2011 which I ran 1439 miles  and  lower than 2010 as I ran 1377 miles so this years target is- 1800

2.) Run my first marathon...

I have manage to get a place with my running club for the Virgin London Marathon 2013 in April so the next few months all I will be doing is running.

3.) Run everyday throughout January...

I have signed up for Janathon to run ( or do some form of exercise) everyday,blog every day and tweet everyday anyone else doing Jananthon?

4.) Lose some weigh...

I say this every year but this time I mean it!! to get around London quicker I need to be lighter right?  with the excess food over the last month I really would like to lose some weight and although I am pleased that I only put a few pounds on ,it's got to go!!

5.) Drink less alcohol...

With Christmas its easy to buy more alcohol, drink it and buy some more. So my plan is to only have a glass or 2 once a week.

6.) Eat less cake...

I am a sugar monster the more cakes or treats we have in the more I eat. So planning to bake a special treat for Sundays,,, long run day.

7.) Eat more fruit and vegetables...

More Juicing,more smoothies and more oven cooked vegetables

8.) More gym...

I paying for it so I must start using it.

9.) Less Internet...

One minute leads to one hour this one might be hard though

10.)More dancing and exercise dvds...
More fun with dance games with my daughter and use some of the exercise dvds I keep collecting

That's enough of me...whats your New Year Plan?
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Prune And Banana Breakfast Smoothie ...

Started off the new year with a nice,tasty and sweet breakfast smoothies.

This is one of many ideas I have floating around my head, trying to get away from chocolate and cakes and eating more fruit.

What better way of still having something sweet and more healthier for you than chocolate?

A nice tasty smoothie...

Serves 1


  • 150ml Semi Skimmed milk
  • 1 Large or 2 small ripe bananas chopped
  • 8 Ready to eat dried prunes halved and stones taken out
  • 4 Heaped tbsp of muesli
  • Handful of ice


  • Place the milk, chopped banana, halved prunes, muesli and ice into a smoothie maker.
  • Place the settings to mix for 30 second.
  • Then smooth for 30 seconds.
  • Pour and serve straight away.

Tips : Will go thicker due to muesli best to use a straw if goes a little thicker at bottom add a splash of water or milk and stir...

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