POM Strawberries and Cream...


  •  25ml POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
  • 37.5ml Vanilla Vodka
  •  12.5ml White Chocolate Liqueur
  • 3 large Strawberries
  •  25ml Milk


  • Rocks glass


  • Pomegranate arils and blueberries


  • Muddle your strawberries in a glass until reaching a puree like consistency.
  • Add the POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice, vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur and milk.
  • Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over a rocks glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish with a strawberry and pomegranate arils.

This cocktail is perfect…as a light dessert, at Wimbledon, for a get together with the girls!

About this post -

This is a guest post from- Pom Cocktails

No payment was received.

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New Frusion By Rocks Drinks (Review).

I am very happy to be sharing this review today brought to you by Rocks Drinks.

We have become big fans of Rock Drinks this year often buying their traditional range of Orange and Blackcurrant squash. Over the last few years we have been more aware of what goes into our food and drinks, with squash being a particular problem.

The countries leading brand of squash contains Sodium Citrate, Aspartame, Saccharin, Potassium Sorbate, and Sodium Metabisulphite. When you look up these ingredients on independent websites I am concerned what they may be doing to my children long term. So started investigating alternatives, this is when I discovered Rocks squash.  It is slightly more expensive than the leading brand, however my children's health is worth it.

When scanning the shelves in our local supermarket and examining the ingredients in all the squash available Rocks was the only one with non of the rubbish included. Their new range are actual juice drinks, whereas the ones we have had before are best diluted. So interesting to taste the difference.

What Rocks say about there new frusions drinks

Drink To A New Year And New You. Partying, drinking and over-eating at Christmas can take their toll on your body and make for a less than healthy start to a new year, but with new Frusion drinks at hand you can start your way back to peak health in no time.

New Frusions, by Rocks Drinks, are organic fruit and vegetable drinks that come in four delicious flavours
  • Blackcurrant & Beetroot.
  • Carrot & Orange.
  • Apple & Ginger.
  • Tomato & Cherry. 
All can be enjoyed as part of a healthy new eating and drinking regime to counterbalance the festive feast and re-boot your body for the New Year.

Rocks Drinks nutritionist, Ceri Morgan, says: 

  • “If your New Year’s resolution is to have more energy, be healthier or look better, then what you eat and drink is the best place to start.
  • “Particularly after Christmas you are likely to be feeling motivated to make the right start to the New Year. 
  •  By swopping your indulgent holiday eating habits for healthier food and drink you will immediately feel benefits that will spur you on to continue with a healthier lifestyle. 
  • Packed with fruit and vegetables, which have anti-inflammatory qualities and are easier on the digestive system, Frusion drinks can help the body regain its natural balance post-Christmas. 
  •  Each 245ml serving of a Frusion drink also counts as one of your five-a-day and has a wealth of health benefits.
Apple & Ginger Frusion. 
  • A deliciously refreshing blend of crisp apples and fresh ginger, with both ingredients recognised for their health properties. 
  • Ginger contains over 400 active ingredients and has long been used to aid digestion and to fight inflammation. 
  • So it can help rebalance your body after overindulgence and can support your immune system which can be under pressure in the winter months.
  • Apples contain malic and tartaric acid, which can boost your digestion and help remove impurities from the liver. 
  • They also contain pectin which helps remove toxins from the body.
Sweet carrots are combined with zesty oranges in new Carrot & Orange Frusion.
  •  Oranges contain Vitamin C which is a key anti-oxidant and these are really important to combat damage caused by free radicals from alcohol consumption.
  • Meanwhile carrots are good detoxifiers and also contain beta carotene which your body converts to the anti-oxidant Vitamin A.

The unique blend of Beetroot & Blackcurrant Frusion.
  • Offers an earthy sweetness of beetroot with the tart taste of fruity blackcurrants, and while beetroot is a good liver and intestinal cleanser it also helps you to detoxify the liver and the gallbladder which supports the digestion of fat.
  • Blackcurrants are a great source of plant chemicals called anthocyanins which are powerful anti-oxidants. 
  • Blackcurrants are in fact higher in anti-oxidants than blueberries. 
  • These can prevent damage to your cells which can cause premature ageing. 
  • They are also high in vitamin C which supports the immune system.

Gloriously ripe tomatoes are blended with cherries in new Tomato & Cherry Frusion. 
  • Tomatoes can reduce liver inflammation and help the body to resist infection while cherries help cleanse the body and remove toxins from the liver, kidneys and digestive system. 
  • Cherry juice is used to fight gout which can be caused by a high alcohol and protein diet.

What we think about the Rock new frusion range

I really like the Carrot and Orange one. On first taste you notice the orange, then a slight veggy kick of the Carrot. Nice and tangy, thicker than their dilute drinks with a more potent kick. The kids found it quite strong at first. We did dilute it slightly for them, they enjoyed it more. 

My hubby loved the Tomato and Cherry. Again the fruit you notice first then the thicker richer veg takes centre stage. Or is it two fruits in Tomatoes case? I'm never sure if it is a fruit or veg!! 

The daddy though is the Beetroot and Blackcurrant wow what can I say. Cheeky Blackcurrant flavour and a rich beetroot taste. I used to drink Beetroot juice from the jar!! during my 2nd pregnancy. This brought the memories flooding back.. Luckily in a good way!! This was the winner in our household. All family members give it a thumbs up.

We have yet to try the Ginger and Apple so not sure on this one, will update in the future when tasted.

Overall then an interesting new range, the kids will probably stick to the dilute Rocks, with the exception of the Beetroot drink. Myself and Hubby will definitely buy more from the range, anything that gives you some of your five a day both fruit and veg, without eating sprouts is OK with me!!

About the drinks

  • Frusion drinks come in 735ml bottles and are perfect to keep in the fridge so that you can grab a chilled glass in the morning or whenever you fancy a refreshing, juice drink.
  • The bottles are made from 80% recycled glass and Frusion drinks are free from added sugar, artificial sweeteners, colours and preservatives.
  • New organic Frusion drinks are available nationwide from Ocado and independent health food stores priced at £3.49 (RSP).
You can find them here-

Rocks Organic

Twitter Drink Rocks

About this post-

I got sent 4 bottles of Rocks for the purpose of this review . I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion.

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Every year at Christmas I treat myself to a bottle of Eggnog, it is one of my favourite drinks at this time of year. Today I'm sharing a guest post on how to make your own yummy glasses full. Created by Masterchef winner Mat Follas accredited to the happy egg co.

  • 6 happy eggs
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 600ml milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg
  • 150ml plain yogurt
You will need a cooking thermometer for this recipe.

  • Don’t be scared of raw eggs in eggnog; we gently cook them in this recipe.
  • Place 4 happy eggs, 2 happy egg yolks, caster sugar and milk in a saucepan. 
  • Heat slowly whilst stirring continuously; bring the temperature up to 72°C then remove the saucepan from the heat and keep stirring until it has cooled to around 60°C, this will take about 5 minutes.
  • Once it is below 60°C, pour the mixture through a sieve to capture any overcooked lumps. 
  • Add the vanilla extract and the nutmeg, stir and refrigerate the mixture. 
  • Once cool, add the plain yogurt and gently whisk together for a delicious and refreshing eggnog.
  • You can add other flavours in place of the vanilla and nutmeg and/or use double cream in place of the yogurt.
  • Adults might want to add some rum or bourbon too for a grown up drink.
Mat’s top tip: 
  • Use double cream instead of yogurt if you’re adding alcohol.

Recipe and photo credit by- Mat Follas and happy egg co

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Chocolate Shop Mulled Wine ...

  • 1 bottle of ‘Chocolate Shop’ wine
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 star anise
  • 8 cloves
  • 2 small oranges (eg. clementines or satsumas)
  • A sprig of rosemary


  • Pour the bottle of ‘Chocolate Shop’ into a saucepan with the sugar and spices and warm gently until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Chop the un-peeled oranges in half and add them to the pan with the sprig of rosemary.
  • Continue to warm gently over a low heat for 5 – 10 mins to allow all of the flavours to infuse.
  • Serve warm. 

Recipe and photo credit by Chocolate Shop wine

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Strawberry Gin...

 Great gift - Unlike sloe gin, this strawberry version only needs 3 days to stand for the flavours to develop.
Strain and decant into a pretty bottle or several smaller ones, then add a handmade label and ribbons for a personalised Christmas gift. Delicious served with ice and chilled tonic.

Makes 1 large bottle

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Standing time: 3 days

You will need
  • 450g (1 lb) strawberries
  • 150g (5oz) caster sugar
  • 700ml bottle gin
  1. Very roughly crush the strawberries with a fork or potato masher then spoon into a wide necked glass bottle or le parfait style storage jar. 
  2.  Add the sugar then the gin, seal and give a gentle shake to mix.
  3. Leave the jar at room temperature for 3 days, giving the container a gentle shake twice each day to make sure that the sugar dissolves.
  4. Strain the mixture then decant into a clean, dry serving bottle. 
  5.  Seal well with a screw topped lid, cork or clip top. 
  6. Decorate the bottle with a handwritten label tied on with ribbon or raffia. 
  7. Serve in glasses with ice and tonic or add a splash to chilled sparkling white wine with a halved strawberry for a quick cocktail.

About this post- guest post by Seasonal Berries

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Eating Beetroot May Improve Running Speed :Beetroot Juice Recipes...

Eating Beetroot May Improve Running Speed

In the news recently there is more and more stories that beetroot may be good for runners and as I'm now training up for a marathon what better time to share and try some recipes for runners.

Beetroot, pink lady & grapefruit juice

There’s no need to core or peel the apples – the juicer does it all for you!
Makes ~ 2 glasses
Preparation time: none

You’ll need
  • 1 pack of vacuum packed natural cooked beetroot
  • 2 Pink lady apples
  • 1 peeled grapefruit
What to do
  • Put through a juicer.
  • Pour in to glasses and serve.
Beetroot, pear & ginger juice

  • No need to peel or core the pear, as the juicer does all this for you.

Makes~ 2 glasses
Preparation time~ none

You’ll need
  • 1 pack of vacuum packed natural cooked beetroot
  • 4 pears
  • 2-3 cm grated fresh ginger
What to do
  • Put through a juicer.
  • Pour in to glasses and serve.
Guest Post Credits- Love Beetroot

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Strawberry And Toffee Smoothie : Creative Mondays Linky....

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 making lots of things with yummy Strawberries they are great on their own with ice cream and so yummy in smoothies too...

What you need
  • 12-14 Strawberries
  • 1  pot of 175g toffee yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 200 ml strawberry pouring yogurt
  • 200ml semi skimmed milk
  • Place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth serve straight away...

1.) Link up your Crafty,Recipe,Diy,Fashion,Creative writing,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 and place it somewhere on your blog...

5.) Would love for you to follow some way by GFC Google+ Twitter Email ? please leave a comment so we can follow back.

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Blackberry And Apple fizz...

Serves 1 (non-alcoholic)

You will need
  • 6 Blackberries,
  • 6-8 mint leaves,
  • 80ml pressed apple juice,
  • 10ml lime juice,
  • 12.5ml sugar syrup,
  • Dash elderflower cordial.
  • Shake, double strain over crushed ice in a sling glass. 
  • Garnish with a mint sprig.
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Recipe and photo credit by Seasonal Berries

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Valentines Recipes for Made with Love...

Rocker feller oysters with bacon

Matt's Recipe For Made With Love…..

  • 12 oysters – shucked. Loosen the oyster in one shell and discard the other.
  • Lay then on a baking tray lined with rock salt
  • 75g butter
  • 1 small onion – finely chopped
  • 150g fresh spinach – wilted and then chopped and drained of all water
  • 5 rashers of streaky dry cured bacon – chopped and fried until crispy
  • 25g grated parmesan cheese
  • 50gm natural breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  • Melt the butter in a frying pan and add the onion – cook gently for 5 minutes.
  • Add the spinach and mix well. Season with some salt and pepper.
  • Divide this mixture amongst the oysters.
  • Top with the crispy bacon.
  • Mix the parmesan, breadcrumbs and the parsley together and then sprinkle this over the top.
  • Heat your grill to high and place the oysters underneath – and cook until bubbling and golden brown
Chocolate mess (recipe by Lotte Duncan)

This has been named Chocolate mess, perhaps because it’s not the prettiest of puddings. What it is though, is a tribute to store cupboard ingredients and the ability to make grown men weep with joy when they eat it!

As it’s so quick to make, you don’t really need to assemble it in advance but it will keep quite happily for a couple of hours if you want to be organised and make it ahead of time.

Serves 8

  • 200g/7oz dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 200g/7oz milk chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1kg carton readymade (county next to Cornwall!) custard
  • 250g bag amoretti biscuits, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons dark rum, amaretto or Tia Maria (optional)
  • 570ml/1 pint double cream
  • 2 milk chocolate flakes, broken up
  • Place the dark and milk chocolate pieces in a heatproof bowl and melt it in the microwave or over a pan of simmering water.
  • Leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Warm the custard gently in a saucepan and stir in the melted chocolate and mix well.
  • Using individual serving bowls crumble a few amoretti biscuits in the bottom of each bowl.
  • Drizzle with a good dash alcohol.
  • Add a layer of chocolate custard over the top.
  • Add another layer of crushed biscuits (reserving a few for the top), more rum and then the rest of the custard.
  • Lightly whip the cream to the same consistency as the custard.
  • Using a large metal spoon, gently fold half the crushed chocolate flakes into the cream.
  • Spoon this over the custard.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining chocolate flakes and the remaining crushed amaretti biscuits.
Matt's Recipe For Made With Love

Hollywood’s Kiss and Tell Martini

  • 3 parts Champers
  • 2 parts vodka
  • 1 part Pom pomegranate juice
  • Squeeze of lime.

  • In a shaker mix ice, along with vodka, lime and Pom juice.
  • Shake vigorously so it froths.
  • Pour into martini glass.
  • Top with a little champagne and garnish with a pomegranate seeds
  • Can be poured into a flute if you like the look of it instead.

Recipe and photo credits- Food Network

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Belvoir Fruit Farms Cranberry Cupcakes And Raspberry Blush....

Belvoir Fruit Farms Cranberry Cupcakes.

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 20-25mins Makes 12

  • 150g/5oz plain flour
  • 100g/4oz caster sugar
  • 7.5ml/1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 100g/4oz soft butter
  • 75ml/5tbsp Belvoir Cranberry cordial
  • 2 large eggs
For the icing
  • 225g/8oz icing sugar
  • 75g/3oz soft butter
  • 30ml/2tbsp cranberry cordial
  • pink sprinkles to decorate
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/Fan 160oC/350oF/ Gas Mark 4. 
  • Line a 12 hole deep muffin tin with large paper cases and place the tin on a baking tray.
  • Sift the flour, sugar and baking powder together into a large bowl. 
  • Add the butter, cordial and egg, then use an electric whisk on slow to blend the mixture together. 
  • Once it has come together whisk on top speed for 1 minute.
  • Divide the mixture between the cases, filling each two thirds full. Bake for 20-25mins or until risen and firm to the touch. 
  • Cool in the tray for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the frosting
  •  Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl, add the butter and cranberry cordial and use the electric whisk on slow, to bring the ingredients together. 
  • Then increase the speed and whisk for 1 minute or until the mixture is fluffy.
  • Use a round bladed knife to spread, or piping bag fitted with a star shaped to pipe each cupcake with the icing and decorate with sprinkles or your choice of toppings.
Belvoir Fruit Farms Raspberry Blush

  • 50ml Hendricks Gin
  • 5 Raspberries
  • 3 Lime Wedges
  • 15ml Raspberry & Rose Cordial
  • 75ml Lychee Juice
  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake with plenty of ice, strain into a hiball glass over fresh cubed ice and garnish with a lychee and raspberry on a stick.

 Recipe and photo credits- Belvoir Fruit Farms

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Fruit Juice Cocktails....


  • 4 blackberries
  • 4 raspberries
  • 118 ml Welch’s 100% Grape Juice (we like Welch’s Purple Grape Juice)
  • 14 ml soda water
  • 1 berry skewer (1 blackberry, 1 raspberry and 1 blueberry), optional


  1. In a cocktail shaker, mix blackberries and raspberries. 
  2. Add Grape Juice, soda water and ice. 
  3. Shake well and strain into a glass. 
  4. Garnish with a berry skewer.

  • To make this into a slushie, combine all ingredients in a blender until blended and serve immediately in a chilled glass or refrigerate.


  • 1/3 kiwi
  • 89 ml Grape Juice (we like Welch’s Purple Grape Juice)
  • 14 ml lychee juice or 22 ml lychee purée
  • 1 kiwi wheel, optional


  1. In a cocktail shaker, mix kiwi, Grape Juice, lychee juice and ice. 
  2. Shake well; strain into a glass. 
  3. Garnish with a kiwi wheel.


  • 89 ml Welch’s 100% Grape Juice
  • 15 ml passion fruit juice
  • 44ml ginger beer, non-alcoholic
  • 1 fresh mint sprig, optional


  1. Mix the Grape Juice, passion fruit juice and ice in a cocktail shaker. 
  2. Shake well; strain into a glass. 
  3. Stir in ginger beer and garnish with a fresh mint sprig. 
  4. Alternatively, add 44 ml of vodka with the juices and follow the same preparation.

Guest Post Credits -Welchs Juice

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Warmed Eggnog Or A Hot Buttered Rum?....

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Fancy A Martini?

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Golden Glory Mulled Ale....

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Pink Fizz....

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 Perfect for the festive season- these wonderfully warming winter ‘hot-tails’ provide a great alternative to gluwein, and our simple, yet effective Sparkling Cocktail recipes are a perfect way to impress guests within the home this Christmas (without breaking the bank!)

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Pink Gin Fizz...

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Poached Pears in Biddenden Red Wine....

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Strawberry Champagne Cocktails...

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Cola Ice Cream Float with a Festive Twist...

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