Cupcakes

Hey 🙂 I thought I would do another baking post because my last one was pretty popular and everyone seemed to enjoy it! I had a day off today from revision and I decided it would be the perfect time to do some baking. This time I did something a bit simpler and went with cupcakes. I used a typical cupcake recipe (below) and then had fun with the icing. It made 24 large cupcakes but I ran out of space in the trays so I decided to do some mini ones too – these are so cute by the way and would make perfect petitfours for parties. For making the cakes I more-or-less put everything together in a bowl and mixed it. Also, don’t forget to heat the oven to 180 degrees C and leave them in for 20 minutes.

Ingredients:

300g Self-raising Flour

300g Caster Suger

300g Unsalted butter (I used Stork which is great for making cakes)

6 medium eggs (whisked)

1/2 tbsp Vanilla Extract

For the icing I used Betty Crocker chocolate icing, which is my absolute favourite icing to use because it’s effortless. I used piping bags with a nozzle to put the icing on the cupcakes. I then decorated them with mini marshmallows, edible glitter and skulls (this seems weird but I only had Halloween decorations!) However, putting icing on like this uses it up very quickly and therefore I was unable to do many in this way.

Have a good evening! 🙂

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Summer evening with friends

Hello 🙂 Whoever and wherever you are, I hope you’re having a nice day! It’s finally starting to feel like summer! 🙂 This makes me so happy because it means long days, warm weather, and light evenings. I won’t rant about how much I love summer, because I’ve already done that on another blog post – Seasons, Holidays and Happiness.

Last night I was out with some friends and it was a really good evening (plus we got some good photos) so I thought I’d share those with you. We didn’t do much, just wondered round the village and then went to the park, but the weather was good and it was still light outside at 9pm, which was great. The field in the park was full of daisies so I thought it was the perfect photo opportunity. After nagging my friends to take photos (and get them at the right angle!) we had a really relaxed evening.

I can’t wait until my exams are over so that I can enjoy all that summer has to offer! 🙂

Weekend away – Devon

Hello 🙂 It’s so nice to be back at my computer writing. I haven’t had chance to write or upload a blog post in the last few weeks because exams are coming up so I’ve been busy revising. However, over the weekend my dad and I stayed in Devon – we have an apartment there and he needed to sort some stuff out, so I went with him. It was so refreshing to be by the sea and have a few days of peace and quiet.

We drove there on Friday night and the journey was pretty fun; I did some work and then dried my voice out singing “Climb Every Mountain” from the Sound of Music – not forgetting to stop at McDonalds on the way! We arrived late so it was straight to bed for me.

On Saturday morning I helped my dad clean the sofa’s with this amazing leather cleaning spray and it really worked – or the sofa’s were just that dirty haha. Coincidentally, my brother was on a cricket tour and the match was only an hour and a half away so my dad watched that in the afternoon. I spent a few hours revising but the best part of the day by far was taking my camera down to the beach and snapping a few photos. It was great to be just stolling along the beach with my shoes in one hand and my camera in the other. The sand was shaped into minature deserts, carved out by the rush of waves over them and the sea shimmered in the sunlight. Unfortunately I had picked a very bad choice of footwear for the beach (I have a bad habit of doing this a lot!) and ended up carrying them the entire time so as not to ruin them! I almost tripped over about a thousand rocks but the sea wasn’t too cold and I managed to get some pictures.

When my dad got back from watching the cricket match we went to Country Cousins which is a resturant near to the beach. This was so exciting because we’ve been going there since I was about 5 years old but we hadn’t eaten there for a few years, so the deja vu was unreal! I loved going to this resurant when I was younger – they do a carvery buffet and have the most delicious puddings.

On Sunday I did a bit of revision whilst my dad painted walls and finished cleaning the sofa’s. I went out to get ice creams and walked around for a while. I’m not a big fan of vanilla ice cream but the ones from the ice cream van are SO yummy! We then packed up, loaded the car and drove home!

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Weekend in the Countryside

Last weekend I stayed in a cottage near Hereford with some friends. We left on Friday night, making the 2 and a half hour drive to the house, arriving before anyone else. We explored the house, which was quite old and the bunk beds were army beds, (as soon as this was mentioned my brother started doing a “commando crawl” around the house!) and so smaller than usual single beds, but it had a relaxing vibe to it. Later that evening we had spaghetti for dinner, with 16 of us sitting around a big table. We spent the rest of the evening playing board games and table tennis (there was a table in the basement.)

On Saturday we spent most of the day outside, playing games in the forest behind the house and getting very muddy! In the morning we did an activity which required a lot of running up and down the paths in the forest, getting very tired. After lunch we went back outside and made a mud slide. Needless to say this ended quite predictably; with everyone getting very wet and muddy! It was a hilarious experience, with a lot of us getting muddier than we’ve ever been in our lives! Our entire bodies were caked in mud, plus a few of our faces! Despite all the fun, cleaning the mud up was not a very enjoyable job. Each one of us seemed to have left a trail of mud around the house! Once this was cleaned up, one of my friends and I ended up having a mini disco upstairs, dancing along to songs from the Lion King! Dinner time was also fun, as we ended up having very deep (and hilarious) conversations about a number of different things. We played games all evening, including charades, (which I was not very good at!) and snacked on delicious brownies which some of us had made. It didn’t take us long to fall asleep, as we were all completely worn out by our forest adventures!

Sunday started bright and early so that we had time to go into Hereford and explore before going home. I’d never been to Hereford before, so it was all a new experience, but my first impression of the city is that its fairly small but very nice, with plenty of places to shop and eat. We visited the cathedral and took lots of photos of the rest of the city. We ended up getting custard slices and doughnuts from Greggs as we got very hungry! When we got back we had to do a massive clean up due to the fact it was a self-catering house. This didn’t take too long as there were plenty of us to help out. We had a quick lunch of jacket potatoes and then headed off home. It was a good weekend – even if quite tiring and we all enjoyed it a lot!