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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Clover Seedburst Hot Cross Muffins...


Makes 9

Preparation time: 45 minutes - 1 hour rising time

Cooking time: 18 minutes

Ingredients

For the muffins

  • 500g strong plain bread flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 75g light muscovado sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 50g Clover Seedburst
  • 7g easy blend dried yeast
  • 150g vine fruit mix
  • 50g glacĂ© cherries, halved
  • 250ml milk
  • 2 eggs

For the crosses

  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

For the finishing touch

  • 3 tablespoons golden syrup
  • Extra Clover Seedburst, for spreading


Method

  • Line nine holes of a 12-hole muffin tin with large muffin paper cases or 14cm squares of baking paper to overhang the tin.
  • Place the flour, salt, sugar and spices in a large bowl and mix together.
  • Add the Clover Seedburst and rub in using your fingertips.
  • Stir in the yeast, fruit mix and cherries.
  • Warm the milk until just luke warm, then beat in the eggs.
  • Stir into the flour mixture, to form a soft dough.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, knead lightly and divide into 9 equal sized pieces.
  • Shape each into a round ball and drop into the cases.
  • Cover the tin loosely with lightly oiled cling film and leave in a warm place, for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 200˚C, Gas Mark 6.
  • For the crosses blend the flour in a small bowl with the water to make a smooth paste.
  • Spoon into a small piping bag and snip off the end.
  • Pipe a cross on the top of each bun
  • Bake for 15- 18 minutes until risen and nicely browned and transfer to a cooling rack.
  • Warm the golden syrup in a small pan and generously brush the top of each bun.
  • Serve warm or cold spread with Clover Seedburst.
  • The buns are best eaten the day they are made.




Recipe and photo credit by Clover Seedburst



Wednesday, 27 February 2013

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...



 

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

adidas Boosts, London Marathon Training, Run Streak And British Heart Foundation...

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I along with my husband and one of my sons who are also runners have been following the lead up to the launch of the new adidas boost trainer. It was only last week my husband brought home a Metro paper with the boost on the back page and said to me this is what you need for your London Marathon race.

A few day ago my son who is a big fan of all things running told me that adidas was giving away 15 pairs of the new trainer away and they have not even hit the shops yet. Being a runner I excitedly tweeted why I should win a pair of the trainers.
 
@adidasUK I need #boost to help me get through my first London Marathon. #allin

Just getting the children ready for the cinema I had received a tweet saying I had won a pair. Jumping for joy, I was really looking forward to them being delivered...








They are so light and comfortable I can't wait to wear them for my marathon!!

Monday, 25 February 2013

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Orange, Avocado and Pineapple Juice Smoothie ...

I love anything with avocados in it at the minute and smoothies are so much fun to make...

Serves 1
 

Ingredients

2 Small avocados

1 Orange

150 ml Pineapple Juice from concentrated

Handful or 2 of crushed ice

Method

Slice the avocado in half ,twist and take the stone out and slice.

Peel the orange ,slice and take any pips out.

Place all ingredients into a smoothie maker and set speed to 30 seconds on mix then 30 seconds on smooth.

Serve straight away.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Share Your Style Saturday : Guest Post: Style Sud-Est And Blog Hop...

This week on share your style Saturday I am very happy to share my very first fashion guest blogger post,  Ariane from Style Sud -Est...

Name : Ariane L

Website : http://stylesud-est.blogspot.co.uk/

Describe your style : Funky Elegance

Favorite must have item : Colorful tights

Favorite fashion quote : ‘’Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live. ‘’

Gianni Versace

About me : French Fashion Rebel living in Montreal, Canada - Being trendy, edgy and funky has nothing to do with age- It’s all about being creative, thinking outside the box, experimenting with colors, styles, proportions, attitude and knowing what works for you – I believe that 50 and plus magazines and some stylish gurus are just too conservative and they try to convince us Ladies over 50 that we should adhere to a dress code which in my opinion make us invisible thus making us believe that we don’t belong on the fashion runway anymore -

I refuse to be invisible and being lost in the sea of neutrals- I belong on the fashion runway – I wear what makes me happy and don’t care what people think-






I love Ariane style and hope you do too :) don't forget to stop by her blog ( clickable link at top )

Thanks for being my guest today Ariane...

If you want to share your style Saturday simply join the hop and if you want to be my guest post read my  Share- Your Style Saturdays Page ...

Peachy Yogurt Milkshake...



This is a smoothie I made when we had some bad snow and did not have fresh fruit around the house so looking for bits in the cupboard to make my milkshake.

I made this peachy yogurt milkshake which tastes sweat, sour and very moreish all rolled into one!!

Ingredients


100g Drained peach slices from a tin ( fresh would be best)

100g Natural yogurt

100g Chocolate ice cream

Handful ice cubes

Tables spoon chocolate sprinkles to taste

Method

Place all the ingredients into a blender and mix for 30 seconds

Serve straight away




Friday, 22 February 2013

22/02 Link Up Your Favourite Posts This Week : Welcome To The Weekend Hop ...

 
Thanks for stopping by and linking up to the weekend blog hop, we are happy you are here and hope you have fun hopping around and finding new blogs to read, follow and comment on.

The blog hop is hosted me clairejustineoxox in number 1 and my co host is Nekky from Reflexions in number 2 spot.

Would be great if you would follow us in GFC if possible and we will follow back ( don't forget to let us know your a new follower :))

Would be great if you link up to 3 of your favourite posts this week or just your main blog
 
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Thursday, 21 February 2013

What I Wore...



Outfit-
Jumper - Primark
Dress - Matalan
Necklace - One from my old shop
Tights - Primark
Boot - Car boot sale




Busy week with the children off school and trying to get my marathon training done. I wore this outfit on Sunday for a lazy afternoon after doing my 16 miles run. I wanted to wear something nice and comfy.

Yesterday we went to the cinema to watch Wreak It Ralph , great film. I use to love all the retro games, have you been to see it at the cinema? 


Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Strawberries and Kiwi Smoothies : Runstreak Day 50...


Serves 1

Ingredients

100 g washed and chopped strawberries

1 peel and sliced kiwi

1 x 100g pot of multi fruit yogurt drink

100ml skimmed milk

Strawberry for decoration

Method

Place all ingredients into a smoothie maker and mix for 30 second

Smooth for 30 seconds

Sere straight away




Had all kinds of weather this week from snow to sunshine but manage to keep running thoughout it all. Started going back to running club last week to add some speed work into my training...

Malawian-style Peanut & Banana Cake...


Fairtrade Fortnight (February 25 - March 10)
  

Ingredients 

  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 ½ tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 170g Fairtrade soft brown sugar
  • 85g butter
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 4 Fairtrade bananas
  • 60g Fairtrade peanut

Preparation Method
  • Pre heat the oven to 170C.
  • Cream butter and sugar together.
  • Add the beaten eggs slowly.
  • Coarsely chop the peanuts and roast them in the oven for a few minutes until they are a darker shade.
  • (be careful they can burn easily).
  • Add the mashed bananas and nuts to the mixture.
  • Fold in all the dry ingredients.
  • Spoon into a large loaf tin.
  • Bake for 50 minutes.


Recipe and photo credit by Fairtrade


Monday, 18 February 2013

Click & Collect With Matalan...


Last week I received an email from Matalan telling me they had recently launched a click and collect service where you can buy your shopping online and collect in store. I was also asked if I would like to try the service out and let them know my thoughts.

 If you follow my blog you will know I regularly shop at Matalan. It is one of the only shops around where my younger children, teenage sons and husband can all find something they like. If I happen to slip a few items into the basket then so be it! We find the prices to be reasonable, garment quality excellent and they always have a wide selection of clothes available.

Off I went to browse the Matalan website and after about an hour of changing my mind on what I was going to buy I placed my order and proceeded to the Matalan Click & Collect page, which was surprisingly easy to order from. Not having to ask my husband to help me is a good sign. It must mean the website is very easy to navigate-

Step one - simply place your items into the basket then head to checkout.

Step two - select UK standard delivery option at the check out, which is free for the click and collect service

Step three - register or log in then select the collect from store option

When you order it generates an email giving you confirmation details, store information etc. You then print this off and along with card that paid for the goods use this to collect in store. I received updated emails during the packaging dispatch phase. Overall a hassle free system.


I ordered on Thursday and as estimated the 3 day delivery was spot on. I received a text on Monday saying my order was ready to collect. My local Matalan is a few bus journeys away so as my husband was working late I went to pick the parcel up on Saturday. The staff were very friendly and did not mind that I had not picked it up earlier. I went to the customer service desk where they sent a member of staff to fetch my parcel from the stockroom.


 I really like the idea of this service. It combines the best of the online world with the freedom to collect when it suits you. Quite often we order online only to miss the delivery. Conversely you often go into a store and find what you have seen online is not in stock or is a different price. This method then, gives you the best of both worlds.



About this post- I was given some credit as a gift to spend on the click and collect service with Matalan. I paid the extra amount as I went over budget... All thoughts in this post are of my own opinion ...

Banana S'Mores : 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.

Been a busy weekend and will be back with features next week :)

Feel free to share the blog hop... Button at the side and blog code at the bottom...



Ingredients

100g (4oz) Margarine

75g (3oz) Soft dark brown sugar

1 Large banana

175g (6oz) Self raising flour

2 x Tablespoons Golden syrup

2 x Tablespoons milk

75g (  3oz ) Large marshmallow's

75g (3oz) Terry's chocolate orange segments

Method

Pre heat oven to 180c, 350f or gas mark 4

Grease a medium rectangle oven tray

In a large bowl mix together the margarine and sugar with an electric whisk until soft and creamy

Chop the banana up and place into the bowl, mix again

Place the flour, golden syrup and milk into the bowl and whisk until all creamed together nicely

Spoon into the oven dish, level out with the back of the spoon

Chop the chocolate and marshmallows in half and arrange on to of the mixture

Cook for around 25 minutes until golden brown

 

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Share Your Style Saturday Blog Hop...

“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.”

Ralph Lauren

 
Welcome to my first share your style Saturday blog hop, every week on Saturdays come link up your fashion posts and share your style with us. I will be featuring different fashion bloggers each week to share everyones style.
 
I have next weeks guest blogger if you want to be another weeks featured guest blogger visit my  and Share- Your Style Saturdays Page email me asap so I can list your over the next few weeks...
 






 
Outfit
 
Jumper - Warehouse (old)
Tunic - Primark
Belt - Primark
Tights - Belt
Boots - Second hand via car boot
 
 

Friday, 15 February 2013

15/02 Link Up Your Favourite Posts This Week : Welcome To The Weekend Hop ...

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

clairejustineoxox

Jusy changed my domain name so I've made some fresh new buttons...
 
 Thanks for stopping by and linking up to the weekend blog hop, we are happy you are here and hope you have fun hopping around and finding new blogs to read, follow and comment on.

The blog hop is hosted me clairejustineoxox in number 1 and my co host is Nekky from Reflexions in number 2 spot.

Would be great if you would follow us in GFC if possible and we will follow back ( don't forget to let us know your a new follower :))

Would be great if you link up to 3 of your favourite posts this week or just your main blog 
 
Wamt to share and co host the weekend hop?
 
Simply grab the weekend badge and the code for the hop below and join in the fun. Let me know your helping out so I can stop by and thank you, also leave your twitter name so I can tweet to all my followers that your co hosting :)
 

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