Friday, 31 October 2014

Halloween Night

Halloween Pumpkin

Halloween is an event I really love looking forward to when it turns Autumn. I know a lot of people just view it like any other day but I really enjoy it and think ultimately it is just a bit of fun. Therefore I really like to go all out and make the effort to decorate to get myself in the Halloween spirit. Usually I go for pumpkin decorations and items that are orange and black, I think some decorations are incredibly amazing and scary but I never feel inclined to buy any of those bits (probably because I am just a wimp). So as another Halloween has been and gone, I just wanted to share with you my decorations for the night and my terrible pumpkin carving skills.

Halloween Lights

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Friday, 17 October 2014

A Morning Autumn Walk

Morning Autumn Walk

It is no secret that I love Autumn. Living in the countryside I notice a lot when the seasons change, in Spring I see animals being born, Summer I hear loads of children playing down the local park and in Winter I see a skyline of twinkling Christmas lights. Autumn is always so peaceful for me, there seems to be a bit of calm before December begins and everyone is frantic to get everything sorted for the 25th. Now I love going for walks anyway but in Autumn despite the fact that Halloween is at the end of the month, there is a sense of eeriness. Fog tends to flood the landscape, the floor is paved with dead leaves and there is a chill in the air. But I love every bit of it, popping on my coat and boots and going for a morning walk is so refreshing, so I want to bring you with me.

Morning Autumn Walk

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Chocolate & Almond Brownies Recipe

chocolate and almond brownies recipe

Cooking for me is something I always find quite therapeutic, it gives me time to just focus on one job and know that at the end of it I hopefully will have made something good to eat. It is no secret that I love chocolate, but I definitely like it in small doses, a chocolate food baby is not a great feeling for me. So when I am cooking recipes with chocolate I like to have something that serves a lot of people but also can be portioned into small or large pieces. These chocolate and almond brownies are one of my favourite treats to make every so often as a nice dessert after dinner or an afternoon snack with a cup of tea. Before I begin this recipe it is a little different to a standard brownie recipe because it does not contain eggs. Food allergies are always a bit of a pain and for myself I have an egg allergy which I have had all of my life. This therefore means that I have taught myself recipes that contain no eggs but are still equally as edible. The reason I love this recipe is because it can cater to so many dietary requirements, you can make this with or without eggs and it can be easy to make for a vegan diet. 

As with any recipe, You Will Need:

200g Dark Chocolate
3 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder 
180g Caster Sugar or Golden Caster Sugar
1 Vanilla Pod
220ml Almond or Unsweetened Soya Milk
200g Almonds
Sea Salt
5 Tablespoons of Sunflower Oil (plus a little bit for greasing baking tin)
170g Self Raising Flour
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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Nostalgic Music Part 3

Nostalgic Music Part 3

Back down the road to nostalgic music memories in this post. I love looking through my old CD collections and finding hidden musical gems I had forgotten about. Or face palming myself with a feeling of cringe due to what bad music taste I used to have.

P!nk- Missundaztood
Being a rebel was never my strong point, not that I was a goody two-shoes, more that I just never really had the confidence to step out of line. When I first listened to this album I was 11 and it suddenly gave me this weird empowerment that I could do crazy wild things and have a bad ass attitude. P!nk has always been on the more wilder side of life, I admire her honesty and the stories she tells through songs. This is not a woman to sugar coat the dark sides of life, she writes songs about abuse, drugs and life struggles. Back then I never really listened to the lyrics in general and immediately would focus on all of the swear words I had never really heard in music before. Bizarre don't you think how being an 11 year old I used to giggle in shock at a couple of swears when nowadays I just accept them as normal language. This album is one I think has not been forgotten mainly because a few of the songs are still really popular in today's culture, Get The Party Started is probably the most famous. Don't Let Me Get Me, Numb, Just Like A Pill, Respect and Misery are my most listened to, in fact I love every song on the album, they all tell a different story. P!nk has quite an unusual husky tone to her voice which I have always liked and felt like every word she sang was unique. If I am being honest I have listened to her more up to date music, and whilst I still think it is amazing I think this album is one of her best. Also check out her song You Make Me Sick, people who have watched Save The Last Dance will recognise that one.

P!nk Missundaztood Album


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Friday, 3 October 2014

October To Do List

October To Do List

October is no different to any other month, I have a list of things I want to get done despite the distraction of it officially being autumn. Last month I wrote down a few things I wanted to complete in September so I am going to look back and see if I achieved any of them before writing down the things I want to do this month.

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