How not to make your pantry Pinterest-worthy

I think it took me about 9 months the second time around. If you have kids you may or may not know what I’m talking about but this is how long it took me to come out of my crazy newborn stage after having Cooper. I didn’t really realise I was in it at the…

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Bye bye 2016

2016. What a year. Amazing highs and some rather low lows but if I had to sum it up – it was pretty awesome. I have grown so much. I have learned so much. I’m really proud of myself and of my friends and family for all they’ve achieved this year. I could probably write a…

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Wholefood gingerbread biscuits

Have you ever turned up at an occasion to find someone wearing exactly the same outfit as you? Maybe you’re already feeling a little anxious as you enter the room. You scan the party for people you know and instead of spotting your pose, your eyes land on someone and for a split second you…

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Summer must read list 2016

You know what makes me happy? Ok there are a lot of things that make me happy but high up on that list is reading. No I don’t get that much time to read between all the other responsibilities I have but I know that when I make time to read, even if it’s just…

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Turmeric latte

Turmeric Latte via www.clairekcreations.com

It started with an Aldi trolley. Well no actually it started with some silent cursing at my husband for putting roof racks on the car which meant I wouldn’t fit in the car park and had to park out on the street which means quite a walk with a full trolley. If you just want…

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Christmas ideas 2016

I know you've been hearing a bit from me recently but truth be told, that was past me - all the posts you've been reading recently were written before little Cooper was born. I scheduled them ahead of time to give myself a bit of a break. While I'm not quite up to making and shooting recipes just yet (I made these in August!) I am missing rambling away about food to you. So what are today't ramblings about - maple butter biscuits - an easy, tasty and quick recipe that's perfect for Christmas gift giving. Did you know that with most biscuit doughs, you can make them ahead of time and freeze them then just defrost, bake and eat/gift. With most biscuits taking less than 12 minutes in the oven that means you can be eating fresh biscuits not long after you have the thought of them. It also means you always have emergency gifts on hand as long as you keep a little supply of wrapping like cellophane bags (my favourite!) and string. There's something about shortbread-like biscuits that just screams Christmas to me. Maybe it's the dusting of icing sugar reminding me of a white Christmas I hope to have one day. I've had one and it was pretty amazing but I'd love to have one with the boys some day. A little word of warning - when you whip the butter and maple syrup together you will create a pretty irresistable looking spread. I recommend eating before you make these so as to avoid grabbing something (a scone or crumpet would be rather nice) and spreading it with the maple butter. Mmm butter Sorry I digress. My brain is split in a million pieces at the moment and I'm writing this in a miraculous moment of overlapping naps. Now to see if I can knock any chores of the list. Enjoy!

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Chicken chorizo and halloumi bake

Chicken chorizo and halloumi bake via via www.clairekcreations.com

I recently made a decision. I need to be a bit more real about things. I need to do this for myself and I need to do this for you. A couple of weeks ago I posted a #keepingitreal post on Facebook. It was a photo of me holding Cooper on one hip, flipping pancakes…

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Beef, red wine and mushroom casserole

Beef, red wine and mushroom casserole via www.clairekcreations.com

I’m not going to lie. This being a mum gig, while totally amazing and rewarding and full of love, it’s challenging. One of the hardest things I think, is making time for myself. It has been especially hard recently with a few viruses (one rather nasty one that landed poor Ollie in hospital for 3…

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People

People. Really, when it comes down to it, is there really anything more important than our family and friends? It’s all about the people. You can have all the material possessions in the world but if you don’t have family and friends and your health (ie you) then do you really have all that much?…

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Once a month shopping

Once a month grocery shopping via www.clairekcreations.com

A bit of a different post for me today…As you probably already know, I’m big on a few things and on top of everything is happy and healthy. I try and assess everything by these two – if it doesn’t make us happy or healthy then it doesn’t warrant attention. One thing that doesn’t make…

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Chocolate breakfast smoothie

I am on day two of a three-day juice cleanse. I got the email from Schkinny Manniny last year when I was breastfeeding and right in the thick of newborn haze so put it aside then promptly forgot about it. January rolled around and it’s all new years resolution this and new fad that and…

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Beach ball piñata cake

Beach ball piñata cake via www.clairekcreations.com

I am now the mother of a two year old. Nope doesn’t seem any more true even putting it in words. But yes, despite my denial, Ollie turned two last Friday and on Saturday we threw a ball-themed party to celebrate. The invitations went out a few weeks ago while we were still on holidays…

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