Warm Magic Stars Cookies...

Warm cookies just have to be the best!?! Agree? We had these over the holidays and they tasted so yummy...

Makes : 14-16

You will need :
  • 100g Margarine 
  • 75g Dark brown sugar 
  • 2 tbsp Golden syrup 
  • 175g Self raising flour 
  • 117g Magic stars 
  • 2 tbsp milk
Method :
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180c {fan oven}. 
  • Grease 2 baking trays. 
  • Beat the margarine and sugar together with an electric whisk until light and fluffy. 
  • With a wooden spoon stir in the syrup, flour, milk and Magic stars. 
  • Mix well. 
  • Spoon onto greased baking tray { makes around 14-16} 
  • Bake for around 8-10 minutes until golden. 
  • Flat down cookies once cooked with the back of a fish slice. 
  • Leave to cool slightly. 
  • Serve with a glass of milk, yummy..

Warm cookies are the best!!

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Roast Butternut Squash With Potatoes...

On Sunday it was the first time I had cooked Butternut Squash before and I loved it...

Yummy and sweet, {so I was bound to like it}.

 Took me ages trying to peel it though, my knifes are so 'cheap and tacky' trouble is I don't like sharp knifes in case I cut my fingers as I'm daft like that!!

I roasted the Butternut Squash with Potatoes, and added dried herbs to give a sweet and not so sweet twist to them, they tasted delicious...

What you need~
  • 1 large Butternut Squash
  • 1 Large Potato
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp margarine
  • 1 Tbsp dried Rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp dried Basil
  • Sprinkle of salt, pepper, and chilli and garlic 

  1. Preheat oven 180c
  2. Peel, de-seed and chop the Butternut Squash into small cubes.
  3. Peel, and chop the potato into small cubes.
  4. Pour over olive oil, sprinkle Rosemary, Basil, Salt, Pepper, Chilli and Garlic over and mix well in the oil.
  5. Place the margarine in bits over the top of the mix.
  6. Roast for around 50 minutes, until cooked through. Mixing them around and turing them over, half way through.

Other roasted vegetables ~

I love roasted vegetables with my Sunday dinners, especially in Winter...

What are your favourite Roasted sides?

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13/01 Creative Mondays Blog Hop And This Weeks Featured Blogs...

Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays where you can link up all your creative post each week.

Thanks for linking last week and supporting the hop 70 post linked up, yeah :) You all make this hop so much fun and I love to stop by to see whats got you all creative...

Here are this weeks featured and pinned posts-

Be Creative Mommy
At Home My Way
Paper Seedlings
military chic, military jacket, military inspired, red scarf, downeast basics, downeast, deb shops, frill skirt, fit and flare skirt, fit and flare, black and white skirt, marc fisher boots, marc fisher, boots, booties, riding boots, pretty
Love Iris
One Pot Beef and Dumplings Stew ~ rich and filling stew with feather light dumplings  #stew #dumplings #OnePot #BeefStew
Creative And Delicious
Auteur Ariel
Turtles And Tails
Doritos Nacho Recipe
The Crafty Blog Stalker
Simple Sequins
Pennys Treasures
Don't forget to grab the button if you have been featured- all buttons are now on my blog hop button page :)
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9/12 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.

Don't forget you can also tweet your links to me and I will RT the links to my follower and favourite them. I will also re tweet link you post to Twitter that you post from linky tools too...

@clairejustineo #CreativeMondays. By linking up you are giving me permission to maybe feature your post next week...

This weeks Creative Monday feature and pinned blogs are-

La Fotografia Efectista

Pennys Treasures

Vintage Requiem

Fashion Fairy Dust

Fabric Christmas Tree | Craft Dictator
Craft Dictator

Simple Sequins

My Turn For Us

Thrift My Style

Crafts A La Mode

Just A Little Creativity

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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


Blackberry and port sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme or a pinch of dried
  • Pinch grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons port
  • 300ml (1/2 pint) good chicken stock
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 100g (4oz) blackberries
  • ½ teaspoon cornflour mixed with a little water, optional
Roast duck
  • 375g (13oz) pack of 2 duck breasts
  • 175g (6oz) Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • Pinch grated nutmeg
  • Steamed asparagus and Potatoes dauphinoise to serve

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onion and carrot and fry over a medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring from time to time until the vegetables are a deep golden brown. 
  • Take the pan off the heat and add the garlic, herbs and nutmeg then the vinegar and port.
  • Return the pan to the heat and cook for 2 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated then add the stock and salt and pepper and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until reduced by about one third. 
  • Strain and reserve.
  • Preheat the oven to 220oC (425oF) Gas Mark 7. 
  • Slash the skin of each duck breast, 4 or 5 times then rub in a little salt and pepper. 
  • Add the breasts skin side downward to a cold frying pan and cook over a low heat for 6 minutes until the skin is just turning golden. 
  • Turn them over and cook for 1 minute.
  • Lift the duck out of the pan and transfer to a rack in a small roasting tin, skin side uppermost. 
  • Roast for 10 minutes for rare, 15 minutes for medium or 18 minutes for well done.
  • Meanwhile, pour off most of the duck fat from the frying pan to leave about 1 tablespoon, add the sprouts and stir fry over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes until softened and golden brown around the edges. 
  • Add the garlic, nutmeg and a little salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute. 
  • Cover and keep hot.
  • Allow the duck breast to rest for 3-5 minutes. 
  • Add the blackberries to the sauce and warm through. 
  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, add the cornflour and bring the sauce to the boil, stirring. 
  • Carve each duck breast into 4 or 5 slices. 
  • Arrange the sprouts on serving plates, top with the duck and spoon over a little sauce, serving the remainder in a small jug. 
  • Accompany with steamed asparagus and baked potatoes dauphinoise.
About this post -

Recipe and photo credit by Seasonal Berries

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what's for dinner? second helpings : cookbook review...

I am not really a book worm, I don't find time to read novels, most of my reading is done on-line. In saying that I do love a good cook book. Looking at photos of different foods and especially cakes, reading how they are made, planning the time to give the recipe a try. I can get lost, slumped in a corner for hours with a new cook book. Lost in a world of colours, flavours and tastes. Fabulous.

Last week I was kindly asked to review a new cook book "what's for dinner? second helping written by Romilla Arber. This award-winning cookery book is wrote by Romilla, a mum of 4 (like me) who had to self-publish “What’s for Dinner? Second Helpings”.

About the Cookbook

This mouth watering book full of amazing recipes for a family of 6. A great book for families who want to start cooking from scratch or those who just require a little inspiration. What’s for Dinner? Second Helpings” is THE ONLY cookery book in the UK whereby 100% of sale proceeds benefit a charity, The Food Education Trust (Food Education Trust), founded by Romilla Arber in 2008. Hailed as a kitchen bible by its many users, it is 767 pages in length and has an RRP of £25.00.

About the Food Education Trust 

The Food Education Trust is an independent charity. The Food Education Trust provides children and adults with cookery skills so they can learn how to make good, nutritious, home cooked meals from scratch and rely less on processed and pre-packed foods. In the four years since it began, The Food Education Trust has touched the lives of many people.. Funding comes solely from sales of Romilla’s cookery books: “What’s for Dinner?” and the award-winning “What’s for Dinner? Second Helpings”, which have together raised over £20,000 to date, all of which is invested in the trust.

What I think of the cook book

I was so excited to open the parcel, the book is massive, (I love the smell of a new book) I opened the book and was pleasantly surprised by the wonderful pictures inside with inspiring recipes that even I am more than capable of making. The book is jam packed full of delightful foods all using good wholesome fresh ingredients.

After getting lost in the food zone for a few days, reading the wonderful recipes and admiring the beautiful pictures I made some Chewy Pistachio bars.

One thing I hate when you find an amazing book, is when you sit down and plan some fun and tasty meals and then find out the recipes you like have lots of special ingredients that you need. They always seem to be things you would never buy and would probably never use again. Worse still when the recipes are just too hard to follow, the book then just gets added to your bookshelf gathering dust.

I can confirm this will not happen with this BOOK...

The book is full of wonderful delicious fresh family meals puddings and treats. A large book packed with 521 tasty looking recipes. The chapters are all split into months of the year, perfect then for taking advantage of ingredients that are in season.

This is my kind of book simple to follow, easy sourced ingredients, mostly healthy with the odd fresh treat for your sweet tooth to savour. Wonderful.

Chewy pistachio bars
I wanted to make everything at the weekend! Not possible... So I started with some chewy pistachio bars and they tasted amazing..

About this post-

I got sent a copy of the cook book what's for dinner? second helpings 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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25/11 Creative Mondays Blog Hop And This Weeks Features..

Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays, hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judy-H-JS Thoughtwhere you can link up all your creative post each week.

Don't forget you can also tweet your links to me and I will RT the links to my follower and favourite them. I will also re tweet link you post to Twitter that you post from linky tools too. @clairejustineo #CreativeMondays

By linking up you are giving me permission to maybe feature your post next week. This weeks Creative Monday feature and pinned blogs are-

Coca Cola Christmas Ornament
The Crafty Blogstalker

She Said He Said Fashion

Pennys Treasures

Thrift My Style

My Turn For Us

Fashion Fairy Dust

Thanksgiving Turkey Lemon Cookies | Craft Dictator
Craft Dictator

Trying For Sighs

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