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Friday, 21 March 2014

Week in Instagram...

Wow how quickly has this week gone?

Time just flies by!!

Yeah weekends, good food, wine, treats, weekend t.v and film nights....

Hubby was off work on Saturday, so we got to go shopping. 

Meadowhall was pack but I was not coming home without new shoes!!

Got to wear my beautiful new scarf c/o School Gate Style


Old boots new style...

Looked great with my Primark dress...

Hubby brought home pick and mixes, yummy was on offer at Tesco.

Now I'm sure here is a trick to get more sweets in a tub?

Any ideas anyone? Hehe...

Sunday we went to Nottingham.

Beautiful day and I even had to wear my sunglasses.

Yeah for summer...

Top~ Republic

Scarf~Petticoat lane market

Jeans~ Citizens Of Humanity Selfridges

Shoes~ Converse

We got taken out for Breakfast..

Breakfast always tastes better when someone has made it.

Yeah not a gazillion pots to wash either!!

Enjoying the sunshine selfie...

My new converses I brought at Meadowhall...

More up-cycling, another one to add to my 'to do list tutorials'!!

Hows your week been?

Full of sunshine, butterflies and good food like mine I hope ...

Linking up with-

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

New Snacking Products From Whitworths Review...

Today In the post I received some new handy snack size healthy treats from Whitworths for us all to try out.

These packets are the perfect size for one person and a smart idea if your on the go.

Great to pop into your bag if you miss breakfast, a good idea for lunch box treats or perfect if you fancy a nice healthier treat.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Roasted Duck Breasts With Blackberry And Port Sauce

Enjoy a relaxed five star Christmas dinner for two or double up for extra guests.

Prepare the blackberry and port sauce and pack the sliced sprouts into a plastic bag earlier in the day, then roast the duck breasts while the potatoes dauphinoise bake, for an easy Christmas dinner.

Serves 2

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 34-42 minutes

Stand 5 minutes

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Chicken Tonight Review...

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely people at  Chicken Tonight as they have recently expanded their range with a brand new selection of Tonight sauces. A few days later they sent me this wonderful hamper full of goodies to let us try out the Tonight range and have some fun too.

 I was asked to share some of my fun meal creations and names each one as a themed night for each day of the working week.

Monday- Student Tonight

I name this meal with thoughts of my oldest son in mind who is off to University on Thursday. He love a good home cooked meal so what better meal to start? Along with the Cottage pie Tonight sauce, I  added mince beef to the sauce and cooked it, then added pre cooked and mashed potatoes, grated cheese and served with cooked vegetables. This is an easy to follow recipe that he can also try when he is away from home. After I added the creamy mash potatoes and grated cheese, popped it in the oven for 10 minutes to let the cheese brown. Yum everyone loved this meal.

Tuesday- Chilling Tonight

For a nice relaxing Tuesday night we all shared a spicy Mexican Chile con Carne. For a fun and very tasty mid week meal I cooked the Chile con Carne  Tonight sauce up with mince beef, served it up with cooked rice and sprinkled cheese on top. My children love this meal as they know I always add tortilla chips as side. Sides also included tortillas and cheese done in the microwave for a few seconds and me and my husband had a nice glass of wine. Perfect meal and not a bit wasted!!

Wednesday- Dads Tonight

My husband love sausages so I named Wednesdays meal, dads Tonight. I made the children's dad this, as he loves sausages. This is a easy recipe as you just have to fry the sausages and transfer into an oven proof bowl with the sauce then leave it, to let the oven cook it. Once cooked I left him to watch his favourite dvd whilst I caught up in blog land.

Thursday - Mums Tonight

Yes this one was one for me, one of my favourite meals as I love curries.  This Tonights sauce is Mild Curry. Another easy recipe where as once you have fried the chicken you can leave it to cook in the oven. So using some free time,  I had a nice soak in the bath with lots of lovely bubble waiting for the curry to cook.

Friday- Movie Tonight

Friday night is mostly always a meal and a movie. We all enjoy Fridays and what better than getting ready for the weekend with good food, a movie and a nice cold drink?  What better day to try out Spicy BBQ Tonight and bring look forward to the weekend.

About the new and improved Tonight range

The Tonight range includes six delicious new flavours, making it easy to conjure up a show stopping hearty meal in a matter of minutes. The new sauces are inspired by Britain’s favourite recipes - all you need to do is add meat and serve with your preferred accompaniment.

Each of the sauces will offer Brits a family meal favourite - with all of the flavour and none of the fuss.

Now includes-

Beef and Ale Casserole
Spicy BBQ
Chile con Carne
Mild Curry
Cottage Pie
Sausage Casserole

It is available in all major supermarkets now, RRP £1.99.

About this review- I was sent this hamper to make some fun meals, I was not paid for this post and all thoughts on the meals and Tonight sauces are my own honest opinion.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Running, Spinning and Repeat...

Outfit ~
Top ~ Kookia via charity shop
Jeans ~ Firetrap
Sandals ~ Crocs
Over the last few days I have noticed that you can really feel the Autumn chili in the air starting to settle in. It has got me packing some of my summer clothes away, reaching for my warmer clothes and finding out my warm snuggle dressing gowns and pj's.
Yesterday morning it was really fresh and even my daughter woke up and said she had been dreaming it had snowed, she had noticed the change in temperature too. The nights are also turning cooler and darker evening are getting earlier, very quickly now. Was lovely to see it still like summer on Monday in the day, where has the sun gone today? We did do really well this year for wonderful weather especially in the summer holidays when we needed it the most.
I have really been making the most of pushing myself into exercise this week, no excuse now the children are back at school. My 13 miles run on Sunday got me into running long distance again and the last few days in a morning ( before I have time to change my mind)  I have been really enjoying spinning class, today I still managed to do a 6 miles run with my trapped nerve.

What is it with spinning though that makes you hungry?

Since getting home today I have not stopped eating.

3 slices of honey on toast,
2 biscuits,
1 turkey cob
Half a packet of Liquorice allsorts
 glass of full sugar cherry cola,
1 bottle of water
2 cups of tea

 Ekk its not even lunch time yet!!

So now my new training is Running, Spinning, Showering Eating, Eating, Eating Sleeping and Repeat...So far so good! Just hope I don't put on weight with how hungry it makes me...
 Off to find some lunch now..

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Crispy Crunch Fruit Sundae : Easy Way Towards Your 5 A Day...

Over the weekend we have had fun making our own recipes, as we were invited to take part in the Jordans Recipe Challenge. Our idea will be posted over at their website for two weeks, so we wanted to come up with something fun, easy to make, tasty and healthy!!
We toyed with the ideas of flapjacks, cookies and fruit crumble but still needed to find something a little bit healthier. My children said "can we add lots of fruit" and I opened the fridge to find natural yogurt so that is how we came up with our recipe. They loved making these and had lots of fun layering up the ingredients. 
To start we made mine so we could set out a method of how to make them up. Then the kids mixed and matched all their favourite things, layer by layer, so they all had their customised recipes. The best part was eating them, they never left a thing and loved them as an afternoon treat instead of chocolate.
Chef Edd Kimber (winner of Great British Bake Off 2010) will choose a winner and two runners up and the winning recipe will be published in the Jordans Cereals newsletter.
We want to share our fun, fruity and healthy breakfast, brunch, snack or supper time treat, we have called it -
Crispy Crunch Fruit Sundae


Jordans country choc crisp

Jordans fruit and nut muesli

Jordans super fruity granola

500g Natural yogurt

300g Strawberries chopped

2 Bananas sliced

300g tinned cubed pineapple drained or fresh

Honey (optional)


Chop all your fruit into bowls and get everything ready to spoon in.

Layer up, starting a few tablespoons full at a time with cereals,yogurt, fruit and repeat 3 times spoon a little yogurt at top the add a little bit of each fruit and cereal on top.

Squeeze a little honey on top for flavour

Try using different fruits, flavoured yogurts, one or more cereal and topping for a completely different treat.

We are hoping to try blueberries, Kiwi and raspberries this weekend

Big thumbs up all around and LOTS of "mum when can we have another!!"

Monday, 3 June 2013

03/06 Creative Mondays Blog Hop And This Weeks Features...

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. Thanks for linking up each Monday and making the hop great, extra special thanks to all who add the hop button or link to the hop to spread the word.

Want to be featured on Creative Mondays?

I will stop by and feature my 10 favourite post each week, simple add the Creative Mondays button or a text link to my blog if you want to join in :) I will pin all my featured posts too :) If you have been featured you are welcome to grab the button from the sidebar...

This weeks features~

Dress, turqoise, red, butterflies, birds, twirl
Howling at the moon
Curiosita Ellya

My Turn For Us
B Ccreative Mommy
Mamal Diane

Monday, 14 January 2013

Creative Mondays Features And 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.

Thanks everyone for linking up last week, so many wonderful post. This weeks features are-

The Apels
The Crafty Blog Stalker

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Spicy Chilli Slow Cooked ...

This is my Chilli recipes I use on cold winter days when I need to go out or busy throughout the day. I love my slow cooker for saving time at night cooking. This recipe is cooked in a large slow cooker.

Serves 4- 6


4 Tbsp Olive oil

2 Carrots chopped

3 Medium onions

1 Kg Mince beef

2 (400g) Tins of chopped tomatoes

3 tsp Chilli powder

3 Tbsp plain flour

5 Tbsp tomatoes ketchup

2 Tbsp Soy Sauce

Salt and pepper

1Tbsp Thyme

Half a pint of beef stock

2 ( 400g) Tins of red kidney beans


In a frying pan heat 2 tbsp of olive oil and fry the mince until all turned brown.

In a wok or large frying pan, Gently fry the carrots and onion in the last 2 tbsp of olive oil.

In a bowl mix the chilli powder, flour, tomato ketchup,soy sauce, salt,pepper and thyme and set aside.

Once the mince has browned drain the fat and place in the wok with the onions and carrots.

Mix in the chili paste and tomatoes

Stir well until all paste had mixed in.

Transfer into slow cooker on slow heat for about 6-8 hours

About a hour and half before serving add the red kidney beans into the slow cooker

Tip- if like out family only half of us like kidney beans, warm up in a pan 10 minutes before seving. Then serve up the chilli and add kidney beans once everyone who don't like them has got their dinner...

Friday, 4 January 2013

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...

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Speedy roast lamb with cherry and red wine sauce...

Try with barbecued lamb too ...

There’s no need to spend hours in the kitchen with this speedy roast that is ready in under 40 minutes and served on a bed of crushed new potatoes with a delicious cherry sauce.

Serves 4

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 30-40 minutes

You will need

  • 550 g (1¼ lb) boneless lamb leg joint
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 500 g (1lb 2 oz) ready washed baby new potatoes
  • 120 ml (4 fl oz) full fat crème fraiche
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped mint

Cherry sauce

  • 2 small star anise
  • ½ orange, grated rind and juice
  • ½ lemon, grated rind and juice
  • 4 tablespoons red wine
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour
  • 200 g (7 oz) British cherries, stalks and stones removed
  • Steamed green beans to serve


  • Preheat the oven to 210ºC/425ºF/Gas Mark 7. 
  • Season the outside of the lamb with salt and pepper then rub with oil. 
  • Heat a small frying pan with a metal handle or a roasting tin on the hob, add the lamb and fry for 4-5 minutes, turning until browned. 
  • Transfer to the oven and roast for 25-30 minutes for medium or 35 minutes for well done.
  • Meanwhile, add the potatoes to a saucepan of boiling water and simmer for 15 minutes.

To make the sauce

  • Add the star anise, orange and lemon rind and juice, the wine, sugar and 3 tablespoons of water to a medium sized saucepan, heat gently for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  • Mix the cornflour with the remaining 1 tablespoon water then add to the sauce with the cherries and cook gently for 5 minutes, stirring frequently until the cherries are just softened, the sauce has thickened and is a deep cherry red.
  • Wrap the lamb in foil and leave to stand for 5 minutes. 
  • Drain and coarsely crush the potatoes with a fork then mix in the crème fraiche, chopped mint and salt and pepper. 
  • Spoon the potatoes on to serving plates, thinly slice the lamb and arrange on top, add any meat juices to the sauce and reheat if needed then spoon around the lamb. 
  • Serve with steamed green beans if liked.

Recipe and photo credit by -  Seasonal Berries

Monday, 27 August 2012

Cherry clafoutis...

French classic that’s ideal to serve after a Sunday lunch, made with a sweetened batter, not unlike Yorkshire pudding, it tastes great served with scoops of vanilla ice cream or a soft spoonful of crème fraiche.

Serves 6

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Standing time: 15-30 minutes

Cooking time: 35-40 minutes

What you need

  • 100 g (4 oz) plain flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 50 g (2 oz) caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Grated rind of ½ orange
  • 50 g (2 oz) butter, melted plus extra 15 g (½ oz) to grease the tin
  • 300 ml (½ pint) semi skimmed milk
  • 300 g (11 oz) British cherries, stalks and stones removed
  • Icing sugar, sifted, to decorate


  • Sift the flour and salt into a bowl, add the sugar then the eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, orange rind and melted butter, whisk until smooth. 
  • Gradually whisk in the milk until smooth and frothy. 
  • Set aside for the batter to rest for 15-30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC /350ºF/Gas Mark 4. 
  • Generously butter a 20 cm (8 inch) diameter by 4 cm (1½ inch) deep round cake tin with a fixed base, add the cherries and heat in the oven for 5 minutes until sizzling hot.
  • Quickly pour in the batter then return to the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until the pudding puffs around the edges and the centre is just set and cooked like a custard tart. 
  • Take out of the oven, dust the top generously with sifted icing sugar and serve warm with spoonfuls of crème fraiche or vanilla ice cream. 
  • The dessert will sink as it cools so don’t be alarmed.

Recipe and photo credit by - Seasonal Berries


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