Watermelon And Strawberry Smoothie

In the summer I adore watermelon as a snack. Especially when the weather is a hot and humid as it has been in the UK!

I thought I’d share a quick and easy recipe for a Watermelon and Strawberry Smoothie with you today. It’s super refreshing if your fruit has been stored in the fridge beforehand.

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Ingredients:

  • 200g Watermelon (chopped and de-seeded)
  • 60g Strawberries (chopped)
  • 60g O% fat Greek Yoghurt

Method

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth. Easy!
  • If you need to, add a tbsp water to loosen the mixture.
  • If you prefer, you can add more strawberry and less watermelon, depending on your tastes.

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My preferred yoghurt brand is Total as it has a high protein content and is completely natural. You could also add flax seeds for an antioxidant kick too.

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Let me know if you try this recipe! Or share your favourite in the comments below.

Toodles!

Claire

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Rhubarb and Ginger Muffins

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IT’S FRIDAY! And that means cake day right? If you fancy doing a little bit of baking this weekend, why not try this recipe for some yummy Rhubarb and Ginger muffins?

Ingredients (makes 12):

  • 250g Self Raising Flour
  • 100g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 60ml Sunflower Oil
  • 120ml Skimmed Milk
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 2 medium Rhubarb stalks

1) Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (180 fan assisted).

2) Cut the rhubarb stalks into small pieces and place in a saucepan over a medium heat with 1 tbsp water and a tsp of the sugar. Stir occasionally until rhubarb has softened. Remove from heat.

3) Place all the remaining ingredients into a bowl and mix well until combined. I used a hand mixer.

4) Add the stewed rhubarb and mix well. Using the hand mixer will break the rhubarb pieces up so use a wooden spoon if you prefer chunky pieces.

5) Divide the mixture into 12 muffin cases, sprinkle with light brown sugar and bake for 12-15 minutes.

6) Make a cup of tea and SCOFF!

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Toodles!

Claire

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Country Living Spring Fair 2014

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Last weekend G and I headed to the Country Living Spring Fair held at BDC in London.

The fair offered a good variety of stalls including homes and interiors, gardens, crafts, cooking and fashion. We found it to be a good size (not too big and overwhelming) and got round in an afternoon.

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There were lots of real and artifical spring flowers all around the fair which really made for  a Spring feel.

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The fashion stalls were not really my style, but we were both drawn to the kitchen and home wares as well as the beautiful quilts on offer throughout the fair.

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Lots of trade prices on offer too, so well worth going if you are looking for unique gifts. We liked this hand stamped vintage cutlery by La De La Living.

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There were a handful of cycling themed stalls.

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One that stood out was Hill and Ellis who make stylish bike bags. I’ve been considering a pannier for my bike and these gorgeous leather bags have striped cotton linings.

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The best stall by far was Lesser Spotted. Dominic Greyer tours the country finding snigger worthy road signs to take photographs of. He then turns them into postcards, mugs, prints and lots more. I laughed so hard whilst browsing the stall. The sign for Six Mile Bottom in Cambridgeshire had been changed to “Sexy Bottom” teehee! Genius business idea.

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Oh and lambs! Actual cute little lambs being fed and wagging their tales. You could totally have a cuddle with them too. This is Samantha.

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Green and Blacks were there offering chocolate tasting with a tipple of red wine or port. They have just released an Orange chocolate too.

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I’d say the fair was definitely worth a visit and G said he was impressed at the talent of the handmade sellers. There were quilters, print makers, embroiderers, jewellers and weavers.

After the fair we took a wander around Islington in the Spring sunshine.

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And stopped at Drink Shop Do for tea and cake on the way back to the train station.

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It’s definitely my favourite place for tea in London.

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Lots of vintage goodies on offer on the shelves and handmade products in the shop front.

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G opted for a yummy hot chocolate and we shared some Victoria Sponge cake which was filled with fresh raspberries. I can highly recommend the afternoon tea there too after spending my 30th there with friends.

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I’ll be off to the Ideal Home Show next week with my friend Jess, after we won the Bathstore design challenge for our Bathroom Cabinet project!

Toodles!

Claire

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Easy Fat Free Brownies – #TryTotal Challenge

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When the guys from Total got in touch with me about the #TryTotal challenge, hand on heart I was eating a tub of Total greek yoghurt. The challenge was to share a Total yoghurt recipe on their Pinterest board with the winner having their recipe printed on Total pots.

Here’s my Easy Fat Free Brownie Recipe for the challenge. I hope you like it!

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I started with this fab box of goodies from Total and knew my recipe had to be cake.

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I’m eating well at the moment, but I still like to have treats in moderation. These no butter brownies will help any sweet cravings and you can always add dried fruit to make them a little more nutritious. They are more cakey in texture than the usual ‘fudgey’ brownie.

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Fat Free Brownies (Makes 12)

Ingredients

  • 175ml Total Yoghurt 0% Fat
  • 60ml Skimmed milk
  • 55g Cocoa powder
  • 75g Plain flour
  • 100g Dark muscavado sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Baking powder

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Transfer mixture into a tray and bake for 15 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius (180 fan).

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Guilt free eh? Well not entirely, but much better than butter brownies. You can check out all the other #TryTotal recipes on this Pinterest board.

Toodles!

Claire

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A Vintage English Tea Cup Collection

As promised and as part of my kitchen/organisation week on the blog, I’m sharing with you my vintage English tea cup collection and my non vintage teapots.

I received this Kingsway cup and saucer as a Christmas gift with a matching side plate for cakes and sandwiches. On the bottom it says ‘tudor shape’ and it is almost square. I probably wouldn’t have picked this myself, but it’s really grown on me and I adore the pattern and shape.

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I think this Mayfair tea cup is quite common as I’ve seen the teapot at a few vintage fairs. I believe it is made in Staffordshire.

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This English Ironstone teacup is made in Staffordshire and is called ‘Charm’. It has a cracked effect on the inside and bottom of the tea cup.

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I actually have a pair of these tea cups which are made by Coalport between 1891 and 1920. The scalloped edge is so nice to drink from and that gold handle!!!

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Next up for my wish list is this Sutherland tea cup, saucer and plate trio in duck egg green available from Cake Stand Heaven. I may just have to treat myself.

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I also have a number of non vintage cups and tea pots including these cups from British ceramics designer Alison Appleton.

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They match this gorgeous tea pot which has a removable infuser. I like to take this one to craft parties.

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For my birthday, I received this Yellowstone Art Boutique bicycle tea pot which I adore . This is my craft room tea pot.

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I also received this teapigs glass tea pot as a gift, but I only get it out when I’m feeling good  as I am a super clumsy person and it is quite delicate.

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My sister got me this Stump Forlife tea pot which I use after work each day for some loose tea. It’s the perfect size for one.

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So there you have it, my vintage tea cup collection and a few tea pots too! My favourite place to buy tea is David’s Tea in Canada (thank goodness for relatives and friends out there as they don’t post internationally) and Teapigs in the UK.

Are you a tea cup fan or do you prefer a mug?

Toodles!

Claire

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