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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Seedy Quinoa And Cacao Slices..


Fancy trying these Seedy Quinoa and Cacao Slices recipe out?

Specially created for Sevenhills Wholefoods by Deliciously Ella

(Gluten + Dairy Free, Vegan).

These sticky fruit and nut bars are the perfect afternoon treat. Packed full of superfood goodness they’ll keep you going with natural energy.


Makes: Around 16 small slices

Prep time – 25 minutes
Setting time – 40 minutes
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My Sunday Photo...


Warm donuts at the beach...


Is there anything more yummier?
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Monday, 25 July 2016

Honey And Lemon Bars..


Do you fancy trying out this Honey and Lemon Bars recipe? Specially created for Sevenhills Wholefoods by Deliciously Ella.

(Gluten + Dairy Free)

These sticky, no bake bars are so easy to make and taste delicious!!


Makes: 6 bars or 12 squares
Prep time – 20 minutes
Setting time – 2 hours
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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Jennifer Irvine's Super Summer Smoothie...


Fancy trying out this Summer smoothie?

Packed full yummy blueberries, strawberries, a peach, orange and prune juice and topped up with nice cold ice cubes!!


Serves 2

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Friday, 22 July 2016

6 Muffin Recipe Ideas..


Looking for some yummy and tasty muffin recipes to make?  Do you like fresh berries, cheese or chocolate? My favourite ones are chocolate!! No surprise here then!! Ha!

Muffins are the perfect cakes for parties, mid morning snacks, lunch box treats and picnics!! 


Today I am sharing 6 different muffin recipes for you to try out. Perfect Summer recipes.
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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Braised Lamb Shanks With Creamy Mashed Potato And Lemon...


Braised Lamb Shanks with creamy mashed potato and lemon...

Serves 4

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Summer Berry Tartlets..


How sweet are these Summer berry Tartlets!?

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BerryWorld Strawberry Rose Petal And Pistachio Pavlova...


BerryWorld Strawberry Rose petal and Pistachio Pavlova. This is a slight Middle Eastern take on one of my favourite puddings. Lashings of sweetened cream flavoured with a dash of rose water, loaded onto a huge sticky meringue round, filled with fresh halved strawberries, topped with crushed pistachios and fragrant rose petals – it’s like summer on a plate!


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour, plus cooling
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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Cacao And Peanut Butter Breakfast Balls...


Do you fancy making these Cacao and Peanut Butter Breakfast Balls? Specially created for Sevenhills Wholefoods by Deliciously Ella. (Gluten + Dairy Free, Vegan).

"These quick and easy energy balls can be made ahead and eaten for breakfast all week"


Makes: 16 balls
Prep time – 10 minutes
Setting time – 1 hour
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Summer Fruit Smoothie...


Yesterday it was such a beautiful day. Not a cloud in sight!!

Hope it stays like this for when the children break up for the school holidays!!


I made myself a frozen summer fruit smoothie to cool myself down. Turns out it was an expensive smoothie as the freeze door didn't shut properly and everything inside melted!! Really trying not to stress myself out over it!!
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Strawberry Ripple Shortbread Slice..


Fancy trying out these Strawberry ripple shortbread slices?


Preparation time: 20 minutes plus 2 hours freezing time

Total time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Makes: 12 Bars
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Post-Workout Protein Smoothie..


Fancy trying out this post-workout protein smoothie? Specially created for Sevenhills Wholefoods by Deliciously Ella. Gluten + Dairy Free...


This protein packed creamy smoothie is great for refuelling your body post workout.
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Fruit Flavoured Water...


Fruit infused water and detox waters are all the rage at the minute. Adding natural fruit and vegetables is a great way of enjoying drinking more flavoured water with adding high sugared pop.

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Monday, 18 July 2016

Sticky Toffee Pudding..


I love all yummy treats and pudding, especially ones you can add ice cream, cream or custard too. Today I have a delicious Sticky Toffee Pudding to share today!!

 Serves 8

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Strawberry, Goats Cheese And Black Pepper Tart...



The peppercorns really bring out the flavours of the strawberries in this, and it’s a great combination with the goats cheese.


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30/40 minutes
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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Scallops In The Shell...


With whisky being dubbed this year’s drink of the summer, celebrity chef Tom Kitchin has worked with Glen Grant to produce some great dishes that pair perfectly with Glen Grant’s latest launches.

First up I am sharing Scallops in the shell..

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White Chocolate Gateau..


White Chocolate Gateau

By Gregg Wallace


Preparation time 45 minutes, plus cooling

Cooking time 25–30 minutes

Serves 12
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9 Up-cycle Glass Jars And Bottle Flower Arrangements...


The garden, fields and parks are all now full of colour. Flowers are in full bloom and the poppy fields look stunning!!

Today I am sharing some beautiful flower arrangement ideas for brightening up inside your home too.

 Flowers and wild flowers all look so pretty in a glass vase or any up-cycled old bottles and jars.


1.) How sweet are the little bottles? 
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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Basil Panna Cotta With Mixed Berries...


We've infused this traditional dessert with the delicate flavour of basil. A perfect match for juicy summer berries.


Preparation time:10 minutes, plus infusing and setting
Cooking time:10 minutes
Serves: 6
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Iced Chocolate Tiramisu...


This tiramisu uses the classic Italian Lady, or sponge fingers (sometimes labelled tiramisu fingers) available from good delis. They are soaked in a coffee and liqueur syrup and then layered with a rich mascarpone mousse. There’s no churning or ice-cream making so the whole recipe is delicious yet incredibly easy.


Serves 6
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Soiree Baked Sweet Potato Chips And Dip..


Soiree Baked Sweet Potato Chips And Dip..


Cooking time: 20-30 minutes

Serves: 4
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Friday, 15 July 2016

White Chocolate Blondie's with blueberries And Macadamia Nuts...


White Chocolate Blondie's with blueberries and Macadamia Nuts

By Linda Collister


Photo credit: Lisa Barber

The blondie batter is made with melted white chocolate for a really good taste, chunks of chocolate and nuts are mixed in for texture and fresh blueberries scattered on top act as a contrast to the sweet white chocolate.
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Tree Craving...


How cool is this tree I seen in the park a few days ago!?



Mollie enjoyed having a good smell of the tree!!

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Twisted Baba Ganoush..


Are you looking for a dip? For tea time treats, BBQ's or party ideas? Fancy trying out this Twisted Baba Ganoush?

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 6-8

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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Barefoot Malbec and Chardonnay Wines..


Earlier this week Barefoot kindly sent me 2 bottles of their new wine to try. We love a glass or 2 of wine over the weekend, especially if my Husband is not up early the next day. Something to go with a nice bit of junk food. Pizza or Chinese anyone?


Only one question to ask...

Which bottle first..

Red or White?
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Spiced Marmalade Glazed Pork Ribs With Fresh Radish Salad..


Fancy trying this recipe out for lunch, dinner or a tea time snack? Spiced Marmalade Glazed Pork Ribs with Fresh Radish Salad...


Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Serves: 2
Skill Level: Easy
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Easy Stars And Hearts Biscuits...


Dr. Oetker has recently released some exciting new products including: Easy Choc Milk,  Easy Choc White and Easy Ice.

 Earlier this week they sent me some of their new products to try out and make some of their easy star and heart biscuits!
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Sneak Peak inside July's Pink Parcel...


Happy Thursday...

How has you week been so far?

Good I hope!


Yesterday I've received this lovely parcel through the post from Pink Parcel.

Have you heard of Pink Parcel before?
  • Pink Parcel started with a simple idea, to ensure women wouldn’t ever be caught out on their period again. Alongside this, Pink Parcel is also very aware that for some strange reason periods were, and still are, very much a taboo subject and is keen to work together with their subscribers to end this.



What do Pink Parcel offer?
  • Pink Parcel offers a subscription service box that is delivered in conjunction with your monthly cycle. Subscribers of Pink Parcel receive a variety of products, all beautifully packaged, that are designed to ease the discomfort a woman feels when she is on her period. 


"Pink Parcel decided that as well as all the practical stuff you need during your period, each parcel should also contain a few treats to help make your monthly cycle feel less like a nuisance, and more like an excuse to be pampered. From skincare and beauty products, to scented candles, jewellery and stationery, there is something for everyone.
As a small company Pink Parcel began by assembling the boxes themselves, packing tampons, pads and treats into our chic yet discreet Pink Parcel boxes. They still lovingly hand-pack and dispatch every parcel, but the growing team now also create great content and advice on health, beauty – and of course – periods.
Pink Parcel has created a highly engaged community of women who are now more than ever having open dialogue about their periods, discussing a number of different issues in conjunction with their time of the month."


I received a Pink Parcel July box. It is filled with some lovely beauty products a yummy snack, tea and other goodies.

Some of the things in my July Pink Parcel:

  • Sweet relaxing tea bag
  • Choco Leibniz bar
  • The vintage cosmetics gold slanted tweezers
  • Lottie London nail polish ( love this colour!)
  • Bellapierre Gel eyeliner
  • Jelly Pong Pong supercharged eye-shadow
  • Freeman beauty foot scrub/lotion 
  • Patisserie De Bain Hand cream
  • Pink Parcel nail file
  • 20 Tampons
  • 5 pads
  • 5 pant liners
  • Packet of tampon disposal's 
  • A sweet little book telling you about everything inside your box and prices.
  • A recipe card for smelly Guacamole



My thoughts on the Pink Parcel:

I think this is such a lovely idea. The box is full of little treats and beauty products to cheer you up when you are feeling down. I was excited to open my parcel and see what surprises were inside. I was very please with all the things inside.

My favourite items being the nail polish, eyeliner, tweezers and chocolate bar. Least favourite, the tampons, hehe but essentials!!

Off to paint my nails now and be pampered!


Your first Pink Parcel will be just £6.95, for more information on Pink Parcel please visit Pink Parcel

About this post :

*I was sent this Pink Parcel to review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid for this post. Thanks for supporting the brands that I work with.*

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Strawberry Shortbread Sundaes...


Strawberry Shortbread Sundaes..

How yummy!?


Vegetarian

Preparation time:10 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
Total time:30 minutes
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Creamy Strawberry Smoothie...


We love smoothies here and today I have a yummy creamy strawberry smoothie to share...

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

The Ultimate Halloumi Sandwich...


Today I am sharing The Ultimate Halloumi Sandwich from Branston Pickle...


Serves 1
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Strawberry And Orange Salad...


Fancy trying out this strawberry strawberry and orange salad with maple syrup? 


Ingredients:
  • 2 boxes of strawberries
  • 2 large oranges
  • 125ml maple syrup
  • 60ml chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 30ml pan-roasted sesame seeds
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Fresh Strawberry And Vanilla New York-style Cheesecake...


I love cheesecake and today I have a yummy treat for you:

Fresh strawberry and vanilla New York-style cheesecake!!


Serves: 8-12
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Monday, 11 July 2016

Mango And Pineapple Ice Cream...


Do you have your own ice cream machine and are looking for a new recipe to make up in it?

Fancy trying out this Mango And Pineapple Ice Cream recipe?

Recipe by Fiona Hunter


Serves 6
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Lemon and Chocolate Tart..


Lemon and Chocolate Tart

By Linda Collister


Photo by Hilary Moore

I adore lemon tart, and when I discovered a French patisserie that made a selection of fruit tarts with a layer of chocolate I couldn’t resist trying the combination. It works!
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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Prawn, Fennel And Avocado Salad...


I love avocado and prawns but never thought of mixing them both together in a salad...

Until Now!!

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BerryWorld Strawberry Kilner Jar Salad...


The fresh black pepper and balsamic vinegar dressing complements the sweetness of the strawberries in this salad designed to be assembled and enjoyed straight from the kilner jar.


Serves: 1
Preparation time: 10 minutes
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Chimichurra Fire Fish With Smoked Chimmichurri Mayo...


Today I am sharing a fish BBQ recipe to try out when the weather stays nice!!



Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10-15 minutes
Serves: 4
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Strawberry, Vanilla And White Chocolate Scones..


Fancy trying the Strawberry Scones?

Recipe developed and photographed by Erik Houlihan-Jong.

Become the hero of Elevenses with these delicious Wimbledon inspired scones. These pack perfectly in a picnic basket, ready to be pulled out keeping hunger at bay. Flavoured using the aromatic Clipper Skinni Vanilli Tea and drizzled with Divine Chocolate’s White Chocolate with Strawberries, these scones are sure to be a hit.


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Healthier Victoria Sponge...


Fancy trying this healthier version of the Victoria sponge cake recipe. Full of jam and topped with fresh strawberries...


Healthier Victoria Sponge:

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Serves: 8
Skill Level: Easy
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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Cucumber, Radish And Cream Cheese Crispbreads...


Atkins has put together some new summer favourite recipes that are quick and easy to make.

They’re low carb and low sugar, so great for healthier snacking when (and if!) the weather heats up.


Ingredients (serves two)
  • 2 Atkins Crispbreads
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 6 slices of cucumber
  • 6 slices of radish
  • ¼ of a tomato, cut into two small wedges
  • 1 small handful of rocket


Method:
  1. Top the Atkins Crispbreads with 1 tbsp full fat cream cheese and three slices of cucumber each.
  2. Add one wedge of tomato, three slices of radish and a sprinkle of rocket leaves per Crispbread.
  3. Serve and enjoy.


*Recipe and recipe photography by:

To view more recipes and products from the New Atkins Nutritional Approach, visit Atkins*

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