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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Baker Days Valentines Day Cake Review...

Last week I received this lovely Valentine cake from Baker Days .

I was asked if I would like to try out their service and have one of there personalised cakes delivered. If you read my blog you will know I'm a big cake fan so I was really looking forward to trying out a cake from them.

A cake delivered by mail, seems strange at first. Would it break up? Would it be fresh etc. I need not have worried as it arrived a few days later personalised and fresh, and in one piece!!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Charity Shopping and Runstreak latest....

Yeh the snow has gone but boo it's been replaced with cold and wind! Not feeling the love for running yesterday I woke up with a headache and felt poorly. I decided to swap my run for a shopping trip ( but still ran later). 

Boy did I feel loads better afterwards.


Monday, 28 January 2013

28/01 Creative Mondays Blog Hop ..

Thank you for linking up last week, some great posts-

This weeks features-


Sunday, 27 January 2013

Ruby Fruit Refresher...

Are you looking for nice and healthier recipes?

Something to give you a boost of energy and vitamin?

Are you looking for a nice and healthy breakfast, lunch or treat recipe?

Something fruity full of vitamins?

How about making this yummy Ruby Fruit Refresher.

Full of yummy strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mint and covered in a lime, honey and natural yogurt sauce.

Yum yum!!


Roasted Orchard Fruits...

One for the weekend:

Are you looking for something fruity to serve up for the family? Something sweet with lots of natural and healthy flavourings to it? Something also full of fabulous colours.

This has to be one of the simplest and most impressive puds when you have large groups of friends or family to entertain. How pretty and tasty does this look too?

Also full of healthy ingredients including pears, plums and blackberries, yum yum!!


Saturday, 26 January 2013

Octopays Game over At Ladbrokes ...

The very kind people over at Ladbrokes sent us a family day out voucher to visit a Sea Life Centre, Theme park or a Zoo for a fun adventure as part of their new Promotions.

 As well as the family day out, we also received a Blue Planet DVD and seafood cookbook.


Vitamin C Smoothie...

Yeah I love smoothies...

A quick and easy way to get onto track of having some of your 5 a day!

Today I have a yummy looking guest post to share, full of vitamin C!!

This one serves 3

Blueberry Valentine Hearts : Easy To Make...

Easy to make yourself Valentine chocolates. These were so easy to make and looks like they've come from the shops!!

 My two oldest sons both said "they look good have your brought them?!!"

 My husband said "wow did you make the chocolate too, " 

"Hold on a minute" I said, "I'm not that good" ...

These are so much fun and the blueberries pop when you bite them against the chocolate. Now off to see how to make some chocolate to really impress him.

Friday, 25 January 2013

25/01 Link Up Your Favourite Posts This Week : Welcome To The Weekend Hop ...

Happy weekend!!

I am looking to build the blog hop up so its lots more fun for hopping around and from next week I will be featuring some of the blogs that link up. If you want to co host the blog hop next week and be featured simply leave a comment on this post and I will feature your blog next week.
Thanks for stopping by the weekend blog hop and linking up with us.

We are happy you are here and hope you have fun hopping around and finding new blogs to read, follow and comment on.


Blueberries And Strawberries Thick Milkshake...

Created this smoothies/milkshake the other day and it tastes great...

Made it with some big juicy strawberries and lots of yummy blueberries...

Not sure what exercise I will manage to fit in today as the 2 youngest children are of for an inset day, or as my daughter calls it a "ladybird day" as she thinks its an insect day.

Hope the snow's stays away as it has been on the weather forecast 5 inch's today, best not as the children want to go swimming!!

Serves 1


Thursday, 24 January 2013

Lemon Tea : Day 24 #runstreak ...

Serves 4 mugs 6 cups

  • 2 Teabags
  • 2 Lemons
  • 2 Pints of Boiling water

Oven Cooked Eggs And Sausage...

Made these sweet looking muffin tray cooked eggs for breakfast last week and they taste great.

Sausage, slice of mushroom eggs topped with grated cheese, salt and pepper.

Serve the with warm toast and butter, yum yum think I'm going to make them again today after my run !!

Serves 1-12
1 x 12 hole muffin tin

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Chocolate Chips And Raisin Flapjacks....

I made some flapjack for the children's pack lunches when we were snowed in...

Chocolate chips to make the children want to eat them with hidden raisins. Trouble is once they got made and seen, everybody grabbed them and they disappeared!!


What I Wore : Snow Week!!....

Trying to do more outfit posts again as I've not manged any for a while and so got out of doing them.

This week we have had loads of snow so I'm trying to get away from throwing my jogging pant on.

With going to the gym more since the children are back at school its hard work getting away from the gym wear. I

t's so much warmer wearing jogging pants and sweat shirts especially when its cold icy and snowing outside!!


Monday, 21 January 2013

21/1 Creative Mondays Blog Hop...


Happy Monday and welcome to this weeks Creative Mondays link up!!

Thank you for linking up last week, some great posts- this weeks features-

Sunday, 20 January 2013

The Ben & Jerry’s Capture Euphoria Challenge Day 7 And #Runstreak Day 20 !!

Last day of the Ben And Jerry's #captureeuphoria challenge and we have had so much fun in the snow.

After educating my kids never to make snowballs or snow angels in yellow snow we have lots of fun pictures to share.

For me this one is priceless my 2 youngest having lots of fun sledging !!

 The smiles on there faces says it all....

To join in some fun and try to win a feature in, Ben & Jerry’s advertising in your neighbourhood upload your Instagram pictures.

Today's long run planned didn't work out as well as I would have like.

 The snow is hard to run in and the lay in didn't help.

Not having time for a drink or breakfast off I trotted for my long run.

1 mile to the gym 6 miles on the treadmill (was hard work with no music counting ever second). Then a 2 miles run home!! 

Leaving me having to finish at 9 miles as I was hungry and thirsty...

Days ran this year 20/20 #runstreak

Miles ran this month 127

Workouts 23


Saturday, 19 January 2013

The Ben & Jerry’s Capture Euphoria Challenge Day 6 ...

Today's #captureeuphoria picture is fresh snow, don't you just love to be the first one to walk through snow no one else has stood on? with plenty more heading this way!?

I am sure we will get fed up of it very soon.

 I am hoping the snow don't get to deep so I can still get out to run and hopefully this time next week it has disappeared for another year!!


Food Thoughts Cocoa Review...

A few weeks ago I was asked if I would like to review some Food Thoughts 100% Fairtrade Cocoa powder.

What better time for staying inside and making hot cocoa drinks and baking yummy buns than when its snowing?

Great timing!!


Rainbow Rocky Road Cupcakes...

I made these rainbow rocky road cupcakes as something to keep the children's energy levels up when running around in the snow this weekend.

This recipe made 34 cupcake sized bun so you could half the recipe or make a big batch up for children's party's.

Found some rainbow drops in a shop a few weeks back, not seen these in ages so had to try something with them!!you can replace the rainbow drops for rice krispies.


Thursday, 17 January 2013

The Ben & Jerry’s Capture Euphoria Challenge: Day Four : Runstreak Day 17...

Let it snow, let it snow, Let it snow !!!

Well we don't have a choice in the matter, now the snow has returned.

Had some shopping delivered by our local supermarket so we have not got to use the car :)

In bad weather my husband always uses the train to get to work....


Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Ben & Jerry’s Capture Euphoria Challenge: Day Three : Runstreak Day 16...

Today's fun picture for the Capture Euphoria with Ben & Jerry’s bloggers challenge is a picture of me after my run this morning.

 -6 degrees when I set off for to run with a friend and when I arrive home my hair and eyelashes were frozen.

Only manged 6 miles with how cold it was, then later managed another 4 hope this counts for my mid week long run for Marathon training!!


Tuesday, 15 January 2013

The Ben & Jerry’s Capture Euphoria Challenge: Day Two / Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...

As part of the fun Capture Euphoria with Ben & Jerry’s bloggers challenge I  am participating in this week, today's picture is one I'm sharing of my daughters teddy bear picnic.

As well as how sweet the teddy's are, what is making me very happy is she has managed to keep her room tidy for 2 days now !!

She now has lots of room to dance, jump and make picnic for all her teddy's, guess who is first in line for ice cream ?

Time to get Wordless/ not so Wordless Wednesday posts :)


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White Chocolate, Cranberry Fruit Flapjacks #Runstreak 13,14 And 15...

Just made these quick, easy, sweet and tasty flapjack after my run in the snow today.

Hard work running in the snow now the pavements have turned to ice, so off into the parks where it was deep snow for most of my run today...


Monday, 14 January 2013

The Ben & Jerry’s Capture Euphoria Challenge: Day One...

This week I'm taking part in a fun bloggers competition to Capture Euphoria with Ben and Jerry’s.

Over the course of the week I will be posting my best euphoric pictures taken on Instagram and posting it on my blog each day.

At the end of the contest they will be choosing one lucky blogger who has been asked to take part in the competition as a winner (with the most Euphoric photos) to win a top prize.


Creative Mondays Features And Blog Hop...

Happy Creative Mondays guy's and gals!!


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.


Saturday, 12 January 2013

Banana And Avocado Smoothie ...

Still smoothie-ing my way through the year, making healthier and not so healthy smoothies.

Also #Runstreak-ing my way through the year (running everyday) for as longs as I can.

Every year on New Years Day me my husband and 2 sons all made a little fun challenge and see who can run everyday the longest.

As of yet my husband stopped due to being really ill.

My 2nd youngest had a day off, so its in between me and my oldest son (18) now!!

Bring it on as I'm still in the challenge and feeling fresh!! ha ha.

Friday, 11 January 2013

11/01 Link Up Your Favourite Posts This Week : Welcome To The Weekend Hop ...

Welcome to the weekend blog hop..

A blog hop linky party where you can link up your favourite posts of the week.

Simply link between 1-5 different blog posts or just link up your main blog home page....


Thursday, 10 January 2013

Carrot And Beetroot Smoothie, Runstreak Day 10...

Hard work on the tired legs trying to run everyday, but still managing to do my #runstreak.

Nearly had to stop my challenge on Tuesday as I had planned to run with friends at the running club that night.

I had a shock when I arrived home from school ( long story short I found my husband very poorly on the floor with a bad case of vertigo ).

1 hour after phoning the NHS direct help line and the doctors I had to run to pick up a prescription up for some strong medicine.


Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Cypriot Potatoes And Recipes ...

Yesterday I got sent some Cypriot Potatoes sent to me from Tesco's to try out.

As I've planned the meals over the next few day's that don't involve potatoes.

I  decided to make some mini jackets with the potatoes as a little side dish to go with our dinner.


Monday, 7 January 2013

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...


Creative Mondays Blog Hop ...

Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays hosted by Claire Justine Oxox 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.


Sunday, 6 January 2013

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.

 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!!


Buttermilk Cheese Scones ...

Buttermilk Cheese Scones ...


Saturday, 5 January 2013

Janathon day 5...

Janathoon 2012 Participant Logo

Run every day .... Blog every day....Tweet every day ... Throughout January #janathon...


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...

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...


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

Welcome to the weekend hop.

How has your week been?

Good I hope!!

Simply link up to 5 different post on the linky below and have fun hopping around.

No worries if you have not posted anything new this week just your homepage!


Thursday, 3 January 2013

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.


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.


Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Janathon day 2 ...

Janathoon 2012 Participant Logo

Run every day .... Blog every day....Tweet every day ... Throughout January #janathon... 

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...


Can You Think Of A Caption? : Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ...

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.


Tuesday, 1 January 2013

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?

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...
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