Nutella pancakes

Nutella Pancakes via www.clairekcreations.com

The covers are ripped off me violently. Well as violently as a 2.5 year old can rip off the covers. My eye mask (which I wear to stop my eyes drying out because I sleep with one eye a bit open – yes I’m weird) is pulled back and snapped back into my face 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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Banana blueberry and oat muffins

Blueberry banana and oat muffin via www.clairekcreations.com

In the last couple of months, I have been learning so very much about food. I’m learning things that I didn’t even know I needed to learn but the best part is, I’m sort of getting my head around the whole idea of ‘wholefoods’ and why we’re told certain things are good and bad. What…

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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

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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Asian pork meatballs

Asian pork meatballs via www.clairekcreations.com

What we eat around here is influenced by a few factors. Primarily it’s health. Health for me doesn’t mean diet food or leaves and or fad stuff. Health means eating real food. That’s it – real food or in Instagram talk #jerf (just eat real food). We’re pretty budget conscious but also wherever possible I…

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Maple pumpkin pancakes (dairy & gluten free)

Maple pumpkin pancakes (dairy & gluten free) via www.clairekcreations.com

My little sister is a Canadian at the moment. She’s been living over in Canuck country for the last 6 months or so and experiencing all that the land of the maple leaf has to offer. When I was 19 (I can’t quite believe that was 12 years ago!!!) I spent three years over there…

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Rainbow grafiti Easter donuts

I lie in bed for ages some nights before I fall asleep. I have the usual mum thoughts the don’t forget this for tomorrow, must buy x, must do y the there’s household stuff and a few random worries but my brain also thinks that it’s a good time to get creative. ‘Oh, you’re not…

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Jelly Easter Eggs (refined sugar free)

Jelly Easter Eggs (refined sugar free) via www.clairekcreations.com

I shall file this one under ‘risky craft business.’ It involves the use of a few power tools which can lead to some nasty injuries if you’re not super careful so please please be careful if you’re going to attempt these. If you want to make them with the kids, I suggest preparing the plastic…

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