Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Homemade Doughnuts

  • Wouldn't it be great if you could recreate that delicious doughnut smell in your own home? I decided to give making doughnuts a try...
  • You will need:
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 150ml/5¼fl oz milk, warmed
  • 225g/8oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 50g/2oz butter, melted
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • 300ml/10½fl oz vegetable oil, for deep-frying

1 - Mix together the yeast, half a teaspoon of the sugar and 2 tablespoons of the milk then leave in a warm dry place for 15 minutes.

2 - In a separate bowl sift the flower and salt together before adding 1 tablespoon of the sugar.

3- Make a well in the flour and pour in the yeast mix, the rest of the milk, the melted butter and the egg. Mix to make a dough and then knead, cover the bowl with cling film and leave to stand for 45 minutes in a warm dry place.

4- On a floured surface knead the dough for 5 minutes then divide into 10 balls, flatten each one with your hand before using a cutter to take out each of the centers.

5- Heat the oil in a pot until it reaches 190C or a cube of bread dropped in sizzles and turns golden in 30 seconds. (Hot oil is very dangerous, read what to do in the events of an oil fire below)

6- Gently lower 1 or 2 doughnuts into the hot oil and cook until golden brown - use the first one as a test and continuously take it out and check that the inside is cooked. Once cooked place on a piece of greaseproof paper or kitchen roll.

7- Cover the hot doughnuts in sugar or topping of your choice.

In the event of an oil fire, cover the pan with a large baking tray or throw a ton of baking powder on it. You be the judge and call 999 if it appears out of control.
DO NOT PUT WATER ON THE FIRE. See what happens when you do... 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

What I am watching

Netflix, TV, Amazon Prime, NowTV, there are so many ways to watch television shows and series that there is never nothing to watch. It's just knowing what to watch. So if like me you are always looking for a recommendation of a new show then read on as I list some shows that I have enjoyed over the past year or so...

The Missing. A great show for anyone who loves a bit of a mystery/suspense/drama style show. A drama following Julien Baptiste as he try's to work out where Alice Webster, a girl who was abducted 12 years before is. This show will have you sat on the edge of your seat and quite frankly very confused for most of the episode until it all gets explained right at the end. BBC 1 iPlayer & Amazon Video.

Pretty Little Liars. After a girl dies her four friends are struggling to believe that she really is dead as they start to receive strange messages and threats to reveal all of their secrets from "A". A 7 series easy to watch show that will have you wanting more and becoming more and more eager to find out who "A" is. Netflix and Amazon Video.

Gilmore Girls. Follow the lives of Rory and Lorelai Gilmore as they live in a storybook Connecticut town full of bazaar town traditions with the extravagant dance teacher, mad chef, over the top parents and self obsessed town selectman. An easy to watch comical 10 season show. Netflix and Amazon Video.

Game of Thrones. A series following seven families as they fight for control of the seven kingdoms. If gore and blood makes you feel uncomfortable then this sexually graphic and gruesome series is not the one for you. Amazon Video.

Stranger Things. When a boy unexplainably goes missing, a trio of introvert child heroes and their new supernatural friend go on a mission to save their friend and to prove to everyone that something isn't quite right. Netflix.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Easter Nest Cupcakes

An Easter chocolate cornflake cake with a hidden surprise inside

You will need:
- 100g Milk Chocolate, broken up
- 100g Dark Chocolate, broken up
- 150g Marshmallows
- 6 Tbsp Golden Syrup
- 100g Butter
- 200g Cornflakes

- A packet of mini eggs

1) Put the Butter, the Golden Syrup and Broken up pieces of chocolate and melt together on a low heat, stirring regularly so not to burn the chocolate

2) Whilst your waiting for the mix to melt, combine the marshmallows and cornflakes in a large bowl with your hands

3) Place the cupcake cases into your cupcake tray

4) Once the chocolate mix has completely melted, add to the cornflakes and marshmallows and then mix with a wooden spoon ensuring all is covered, it may look like there isn't enough but there will be so keep mixing.

5) Once completely covered, spoon the mix into each case before placing the eggs on top of each one to create your easter nest

6) Place in the fridge to set before consuming

Ok I have a you will see from the image I have cheated here slightly...the recipe is old and originally I didn't use mini eggs which is why they aren't pictured D: I will probably update the recipe once I have made them myself over the weekend

Saturday, 8 April 2017

2017 is only just beginning...

I know it's late...okay it's VERY late, a whole 4 months into 2017 but HAPPY NEW YEAR! I've been finding myself saying this a lot recently because my crazy life has only just started to settle down. Really my year is only just beginning...I have finally found a proper adult job giving me my weekends back meaning I have the time to see friends again, I am in the process of finding somewhere to move into and I am about to start my driving lessons up again. Everyone says adult life is scary and yes there are a lot of aspects of it that are such as bills, work deadlines and just general life responsibilities. At the same time though life is only really beginning, for anyone that is in school and failing - don't let it bother you because it's just a small chapter of your life.

The best parts of adult life (that I have so far experienced) includes learning to drive which is scary in itself but once I have done it then I am going to have so much freedom to go where ever I please at whatever time of day without having to rely on anyone else.

You can get a job...that sounds boring but it's what provides you with an income so that you can do the more exciting things - I am only just discovering this after I just spent a weekend away and I didn't have to worry too much about eating out or paying for a hotel.

And for me, the best thing is that you can get your own place. Not just a single room that is yours but an entire flat/house where everything in it belongs to you! You can have a lazy day in your pjs and the music on loud or you can stay out as early/late as you please without anyone telling you that you shouldn't.

So now that life is finally setting down I can get back to the things that I love doing such as blogging, scrapbooking and photography...3 things that I have neglected massively over the past year. I am also planning on reading more and (thanks to Project Runway) learn to sew! With blogging I'm not going to set myself any pressure of when I want to upload a post because you will find if you read back through my blog that I keep doing this and failing. I do however still intend to upload a post surrounding my scrapbook once it is up to date again!

Right this moment my most popular post is my Bullet Journal post which I technically owe a follow up post for but I do have a confession... it's not going to happen because I got lazy and found myself not having the time to do it properly...I'm not even sure where it is in my room.

Monday, 26 December 2016

It's (almost) Christmas!!!!!!

If your not a fan of Christmas then I suggest you stop reading this post, for me it is one of the best holidays of the year. Weirdly I enjoy the build up to Christmas day itself more than the actual day, visiting the Christmas markets, buying the presents, seeing friends etc.

This year I've been fortunate to visit two Christmas markets, Winter Wonderland and the Bath Christmas market which for anyone who has been following me on here or on Twitter for a while will know that Bath is one of my favourite places. Many reasons why but too many to go into now. Bath Christmas market offers a whole collection of I believe about 100 stalls throughout the lower end of the city as well as a very busy and bustling crowd. My two favourite stalls are the Macaroon stall, which always offers about 15 different flavours of Macaroon to choose from with my favourite being the Salted Caramel. The other being a stall by a company called Pollyfields, a company that this year also opened a permanent store in the city. They sell dried oranges and cinnamon stick decorations, candles, wreaths, pouperi etc and you can smell them from a mile off!

The build up to the day as everyone knows includes buying presents for people, for some this feels like a chore and believe me I know the feeling when you've searched high and low but still can't find a gift for that one person. However for me this is one of the things that I enjoy doing the most, individuals such as my best friend or my sister are the best people to shop for and if anything I get carried away - especially with my sister who's Birthday is also at the end of November. I love going the extra mile to ensure I get that perfect present for someone because it makes it all worthwhile when they open it. Last year I took a risk and brought a Tassimo coffee machine for my parents not knowing how into it they would get and I feel that they now couldn't imagine life without it. The next step is the wrapping of the presents which for me requires a good week of evenings on Pinterest coming up with some inventive ideas on how to make them look great. Adding tree decorations, string and stacking them in a pile was just a few things I did last year. This year I have just gone for a very basic and traditional plain brown wrapping with snowmen printed all over because lack of time was a thing. I still searched around online though for the best Christmas labels which I purchased from Typo.

This year we are having a small Christmas and so each member of my family has been assigned a course of the meal to organize.
 I'm in charge of dessert so of course back to Pinterest I go and I have decided to go ahead with making a vanilla cheesecake which could include some fruit on top and some Pinterest inspired Strawberry Christmas trees (If successful there will be a how-to blog post going up).

There’s a tradition in my town that on Christmas day everyone heads down to the harbour for the annual Christmas day harbour swim. I can confirm that I attend each year as a spectator as oppose to a participator but if its not already obvious enough then on average around 300-400 people, some in crazy costumes, swim from one side of the harbour to the other side. Its all for fun because the water is ice cold however they have a competitors round where you can race against each other.

(So I forgot to post this...its been sat in my phone for a while and I didn't just want to waste it so...heres to 363 days until Christmas 2017!! 

Oh and the Cheesecake and Strawberry Christmas trees shall not be going up as they were slightly disastrous)

Saturday, 26 November 2016

My Christmas 2016 Wishlist

I've seen a few bloggers do this and I felt it was a really great idea...rather than just the traditional has I thought I would start of the festive season with my Christmas wish list.

1 - UGGs...I know for a fact that I am getting these because I brought a pair of the Classic Chestnut UGGs 5 years ago in Canada and they have lived on my feet ever since to a point where they now look very well worn.

2- Urban Decay XX Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette... I am totally in love with the urban decay palettes, owning Naked 2 and Naked 3 I would love to try out this palette because it includes a splash of colour!

3- Rose Gold Terrarium...I have a big gap on a unit in my room and I'd love to create a terrarium filled with succulents to sit there

4-Rustic Clock...I have been looking for the perfect rustic clock that isn't too expensive to go on my wall for ages and I love the look of this one as it doesn't have that fake look to it.

5- Bridget Jones's Baby DVD

These items along with many more of my current favourite products can be found over on my Pinterest page!!