My trip to Coronation Street!

Well I can safely say that I had the time of my life visiting the set of Coronation Street. It was the most surreal thing ever and pretty much felt like I was at Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. I am an actual granny who loves to watch Corrie and drink tea of an evening!

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Firstly you go through all the interior of the houses on set and then you go out onto the street at the end. They line you up behind a set of double doors, blast the Corrie music and then open the double doors onto Coronation Street, which is the strangest thing ever as you feel like you’re in the TV, well kinda but not really.

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Gail’s house is the smallest I’ve ever seen! It’s so tiny in real life. Roy’s bag that he constantly brings around with him is actually belonged to his real life mother. You get to see the green room where all the staff would hang out every morning and learn their script!

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The rovers return was definitely my favourite but they don’t actually serve real alcohol. We saw Hayley’s coffin and Jack and Vera’s house.

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They have a souvenir shop in the medical centre at the end so we bought a shopping bag with Deirdre’s face on it, a pinny for cooking and some Christmas cards! All in all, I lived the Corrie dream! And then to top it all off, had an unreal night out in central Manchester!! One observation about people in Manchester, NONE of the girls wear jackets, they dress up to the 9′s but not one person was wearing a coat even though it was sub zero! That was fascinating to me.. but apparently it’s the norm to risk catching your death! Again, I sound like a granny!!! photo 10 You can also get married there if you’re a hard core fan and have parties! Highly recommend a visit to the cobbles!! I wanna go back! XxJCxX

So…I used to have an eating disorder

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Really love this blog post by Ailbhe x

Originally posted on Invisibly Imperfect:

Or as I would say in my days of one foot in denial, one foot in a lot of people I love around me are really worried about me world, “a problem with food”.

Ha. Let’s dissect that for what it really is, a fair bit of the ol’ bullshit. More accurate would have been: a problem with ____ and you could have filled that with any number of fun options. Among my favorite choices from the days of denial were

a) my job,

b) my London just graduated from college world,

c) all the annoying people who keep watching what I eat.

Or in the days of actual self-reflection and understanding, here’s the scary truthful list you could have filled that blank with

a) never believing I was good enough,

b) getting all of my self worth from anything except my self,

c) just basically that although I’m all…

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Fuel your high vis life!

I don’t know if I bore the head off everyone going on and on about running but I quite like running so I’ll continue… As I’ve signed up for the London Marathon 2015, and running for MS.. Yipee!  I’ve decided to start dabbling in a bit of running now. Nothing too serious but I think there are a number of things you must invest in if you are going running in the dark cause let’s face it, it’s dark in the morning and dark in the evening. High Vis Get a high vis jacket –  I got mega excited to go for my first run in the high vis the other night. I really wonder about myself sometimes! I was running around in the dark with no high vis anything before.. NADA in the dark of the night so I would advise that you invest in one of these bad boys and bring in a few planes on your run! I’d love a luminous visor to really set the whole ensemble off! I got this one the other day in a proper sports shop for like £40. Great for the rain and wind too! Wimbo Find a running partner/victim – I tend to do longer runs at the weekend so find a victim, enthusiast to go with you. It makes it way more fun and then you can get them to take pointless pictures of you mid run… sure why not! Get an good running watch, app etc so you can time how fast you’re going and if you’re improving and this will teach you about distance and how long it will take you to run places. This is imperative if you’re training for a half or full marathon. Great Northern Run Fuel the high vis life – Make sure you eat something decent before and after a good run. Nothing too mentally heavy but I like to have an avocado smootie. Or like gluten free porridge or like quinoa porridge. Or like porridge bread or like something just really nice. photo 1 Ok so those are my few tips on things you need to do before you start running through these Winter months. I also realise that my grammatical errors may be plenty above! Run forest run… XxJCxX

Hangover cure shopping list – Prepare yourself now!

I thought I would write a post on what you should buy ahead of your hang over this weekend. This is the best hangover shopping list ever! REPLENISH your BADY! Feed your friends with hangover cures that won’t leave them feeling like they’ve eating a whole week’s worth of calories and need to spent the next week living in the gym! It’s all about choice and preparation. Think about what you’re eating before your hangover eating habits get out of control…

Lemons, lemons, lemons – These bads boys cannot be topped! Just buy a whole bag and keep squeezing them into hot or cold water. You could even go the extra mile and freeze and then grate them for maximum effect. Sparkling water is also a good shout to replace that Coke quench!

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Avocados, Banana, raw cocoa (optional), Almond milk, seeds for topping (optional) – So blend the whole avocado, half a banana, almond milk (texture of your choice), one table spoon of raw cocoa. This hits the sweet spot and you feel replenished. Add raw cocoa for the chocolate effect!

Water – Just keep drinking it with the lemons

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Juice – If you have a juicer, juice 2 cucumbers, two green apples, a chunk of ginger and 8 celery stalks

Soup

Butternut Squash – Make some soup! Easiest thing ever. Only off putting thing is peeling them but put them in the over for 30 minutes and then the skin slides off!

Quinoa – I am obsessed. It’s filling, protein and you can do zillions of things to it.

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Chick Peas – Make your own! Then spread it on …

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Porridge - Bread

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Avoid sugar at all costs – This won’t fill you up and you’ll just eat rubbish all day thinking you’re hungry but you’re not, you’re just dehydrated.

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Mash potato WITHOUT potato

I had a bit of an experiment this afternoon and made mash potato without potato. I used a cauliflower instead. I have never given much attention to cauliflowers but they’re actually really tasty! So I boiled the arse out of the cauliflower, then I added a dollop of coconut oil, a bit of almond milk and salt and pepper. The results are tasty… I fed it to a non cauliflower fan and they even liked it! Try it out!

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I’m running the London Marathon 2015!

I’m elated and ecstatic to be running the 2015 London Marathon. The reason why I’m so overjoyed this time is because I am running for the MS Society which is one that’s close to my heart and passionate about!

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I completed the Great Northern run in September for MS and that once again gave me the hunger for running. A few weeks later, I read this very inspiring post by The Healthy Bluebird and I just knew I had to enter again. I missed the ballot entry for the marathon so I applied to the charity direct and emailed/tweeted/added extra pages to my application/phoned…daily… and I think my tenacity paid off!

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I almost fell off my chair when I got the call to say that I had got one of their bond places. Hallelujah! I have already set up my Just Giving page and I honestly can’t wait!

Mission complete

Mission complete

I’ve never been as passionate about something in my life! I am so excited to be running for the MS Society! You can read about my first marathon expedition here!

This is also an article I wrote for thejournal.ie

#jennygoesjogging

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A 4pm slump treat! (WITH QUINOA obviously!)

So yeah, just did another bit of experimentation and got dates (not the human ones), cashew nuts, salad seeds (the ones that come mixed in the bag and are usually pumpkin, pine nuts and sesame seeds) and blended those all up in a hand blender! I melted some coconut oil and also a bar of Green & Blacks 85% dark chocolate and the below is what I came up with! Oh and I also mixed uncooked quinoa seeds to add that extra CRUNCH!

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Such a nice treat for the 4pm slump! I also didn’t use a bread loaf tin this time which is promising!

I don’t ever measure things, I prefer to GAUGE things! But if you forced me to make a guess, I’d GAUGE what is in this I would say,

100g dates (could be more, eat as you chop!)

250g cashew nuts

1 Bar of Green & Blacks 85% dark (melted) – NOT 75%, that’s just not good enough! 

150g salad seeds

2 tablespoons of uncooked Quinoa

3-4 large tablespoons of coconut oil (melted)

Oh and put it in the fridge when done or the freezer!

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Why I’m running for President

I would like to announce that I am now running for President of Ireland. The reason why is because my boyfriend said that he does not think that I could be the President of Ireland. I am not a political person and I do love a challenge and it’s never too late so I am very much looking forward to proving people wrong and flying the flag as a representative for Ireland and my people. I would like to offically thank my people for your support!!! All tweets welcome #jennyforpresident … The sheer passion clearly runs in the family as Greg demonstrates below!!

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Top 8 foods I freeze!

Does anyone else find it more fun to freeze certain foods. Ever since I was a child, I’ve always frozen stuff such as chocolate flakes and Scots Clan (maybe that’s cause my Dad would bring home treats and either hide them in the frrezer or on the mantle piece after he planted a secret lottery ticket inside and re-sealed them with thick black tape.. to make it so secretive!!) . I really like to freeze things now too! Just like I always have a bottle of wine in the fridge, I like to have the following in the freezer!

Coconut cream – I freeze this in an ice-cube box and then eat them like mini ice-creams. Because I am cool!

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85% Green & Blacks Organic chocolate. I am never as happy when it’s 70%. That 15% means the world to me haha!  It’s just so much more exciting frozen.

Grapes – I like to freeze grapes from time to time, they taste way more exciting and last way longer like a sucky sweet!

My shopping spree!

My shopping spree!

Dates –  Not the human ones though. Yes I put bags of dates in the freezer and eat them straight from the freezer. WAY more interesting!

Lemons – You freeze those bad boys and then you grate the rind and add it to water. Instant unreal results for the BADY!

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Nut Clustets – When I make my own nut clusters with the aformentioned 85% dark chocolate, I also freeze those!

Clothes with chewing gum – Place them in the freezer and then you can break it off! TIP of the week!

Tasty JC bad boys

Tasty JC bad boys

Alexis – I tend to freeze my boyfriend Alexis from time to time if he annoys me! Just joking but the freezer is a good place to hide my chocolate from him!

How do you freeze yours?

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