Friday, 17 October 2014

Halloween cupcakes



Ingredients for cupcake batter :

110g butter, softened
110g caster sugar
110g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 medium eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract


Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ 350F / Gas 4. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until pale and fluffy.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl.
  4. Beat the eggs and vanilla and add to the bowl. Beat until just combined.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases.
  6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until risen, golden and firm to the touch.
  7. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Ingredients for icing;

125g/4½oz unsalted butter, softened
200g/7oz icing sugar, sifted
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Food colouring of your choice

Method:
  1. Put the butter into a large bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy. 
  2. Sift in the icing sugar, then work it into the butter, starting slowly at first, then beating more vigorously once all the sugar is combined. 
  3. Add the milk and the vanilla, then beat until creamy and smooth. 
  4. If the mixture is too stiff, add a little more milk. 
  5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure all the icing sugar is incorporated. Continue to whisk until light and creamy. 
  6. You can colour the buttercream at this stage, or add flavourings such as cocoa or melted chocolate, or lemon or orange zest. ( If making variation of coloured icing, use different bowls to incorporate in and and then add in any toppings you wanted.
                                                                                     ♥

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Brighton


Last week I visited Brighton. It is a very lovely place and I love the beach. Brighton is a very community oriented place and is a good area to spend your weekend. Personally I loved my visit to the Pier. It looked really beautiful at night with all the colourful lights. It gave me a holiday feeling because, I could hear the sound of the waves and the caw of the seagulls. We went shopping for a bit and were off to our way home. My visit was unforgetful and two of my favourite youtubers come from there: Zoe and Alfie.

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Fall | What I can't wait for


I am really excited for fall this year I will try and make it as fun and cozy as possible and make the best out of this season. So here is a list of things I am excited for this fall:


Halloween
Warm morning but, chilli evenings
Comfy jumpers
Horror films
Candles
Fireworks
Times under the duvet
Dull skies (Makes me feel lazy)
Evenings get darker
Rainy days
Scarves and boots
Warm baths
Hot Chocolates with marshmallows
Sweets
Lighting up my fire



What are you excited for?

Monday, 1 September 2014

The truth about fandoms!

We all know what fandoms are and what they can do to us and destroy our lives but, they can also surprise us to the extremes. People create merchandise movies, stories and fan-fiction. Here's the real definition of fandom: Fandom- Urban Dictionary.

This is how it destroys us: 



What are my fandoms?

I would say I am not part of many fandoms, however i do associate myself with others too. I love One Direction, Supernatural, Melissa and Joey and Sherlock.

How do we recognise a fandom? 

The characters my have names they might call their fandoms eg: Harry Potter- Potterheads, Hunger games- Tributes, The lord of the rings- Ringers and Star trek- Trekkies. When something finishes or does not produce anything new for a while, the fandom slowly enters a state of hysteria, eventually becoming insane. This is also the case when something incredibly sad and 'not ok' happens within the show/film/book. 


Fandoms Can create:

Fan- fiction: Story about characters in a series.

Fan Art: Talented people draw scenes and characters from their obsession.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Overcoming fear..

Even the most courageous people have fears to overcome. Are you afraid of something tangible, like spiders or heights? Maybe you fear failure, change or something else that's more difficult to pin down. 



Breathe:


Quicker, shallower breathing is the first trigger which catapults all the other anxious symptoms into action. So by controlling breathing you control all the other anxiety symptoms as well. 


So if you start to feel fearful:

  • Stop
  • Focus on your breath
  • Take a breath in (to the quick count of 7 in your mind)
  • Then slowly breathe out (to the quick count of 11 in your mind)



Control your imagination:

Some people misuse their imagination chronically and so suffer much more anxiety than those who either future-project their imaginations constructively or who don't tend to think about the future much at all.

Imagine seeing yourself in the situation you were dreading, but see yourself being calm, composed, cool, and comfortable and things going well. Doing this starts to recondition your mind to feel calmer and more upbeat about upcoming events or regular situations which were causing anxiety.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Be confident

Confidence is a tricky, tricky little thing. Feeling good about yourself is so easy to put at the will of others when it should only be up to you. 

Look the part:

Don't fake it. Dress how you feel best, be confident and look like a capable person.Devote a little time each day to personal hygiene and making sure you're presenting yourself well. You don't need to change your whole wardrobe to feel better. Don't overdo yourself and dress appropriately. 


Smile:

Smiling makes you feel good about yourself and the people around you. If you are moaning and are being really negative it will put everyone around you off and they won't be in a mood to speak to you.


Get it out of your head:

Constantly thinking about what you feel or look like takes you out of the moment. Practice not thinking about the past or the future. Concentrate on what's in front of you -- there's probably something exciting about it.

Take risks:

Failure is inevitable. It always happens. And it doesn't matter. The only part that matters is that you get back up. Everyone experiences set backs, but not everyone gets back up. It's the getting back up that builds confidence, and you've got to fail in the first place to do so.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Studying

Learn to create a detailed study plan, maximize the time you spend studying, take meaningful notes, and save time when preparing for exams—all while keeping stress levels low and your grades high.


Make a schedule: 

Make a weekly schedule so you know what you are actually doing every day of the week. This will help you keep organised and help you get better grades.


Study in Chunks:

Study for at least 1-2 hours and have study breaks for a snack or a drink. This will help your brain have a rest and take in and refresh what you learnt.

Study Spot:

Many people have different surroundings while studying some like listening to musics, having noise around them while still concentrating and while other just like pin drop silence.

Note-taking:

Take down notes that would help summarise what you have learn. This would help you to understand what the piece of text really meant. Producing brain storms helps clear ou your mind and helps you analysize the text in different ways.