Strawberry Jam swirl cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

  • 125 g of self rising flour
  • 125 g of sunflower oil
  • 125 g of  caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Strawberry jam
  • 1/2 cup of soy milk (or any other substitute milk of your choice)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat your oven to about 190’c and prepare your baking tray and cupcakes cases.
  2. Mix the flour, caster sugar, sunflower oil, baking powder, together in a bowl.
  3. Then add the honey,  and the milk.
  4. Feel free to add more milk until you get the smooth consistency of your choice.
  5. Spoon out your mixture into the cupcake cases (Tip-using an ice cream scoop will make things easy and ensure you have an even bake )
  6. Using a knife swirl your jam into each cupcakes.20160803_122502 (2)
  7. Place the cupcakes in the oven for 20 mins or until they are golden brown ( Tip- place a knife into the cakes and if it comes out clean the cakes are cooked throughout.)
  8. Leave them to cool and enjoy.

Things being away from home has taught me

  1. Independence is not always easy but it is great.
  2. Houses get messy really quickly.
  3. Food does not just appear in the fridge.
  4. Money goes in a blink of an eye .
  5. Having time to your self is great .
  6. Homesickness is real .
  7. There is nothing like family .
  8. Mum was always right.
  9. Adulthood isn’t all that.
  10. Home is where the the heart is.

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Chocolate covered mandarins sprinkled with salt

Tis’ the season to be jolly and, nothing says Christmas like chocolates and oranges. This recipe is fun , simple and a great healthy snack that also looks great at an dinner party table.

Ingredients 

Dark chocolate – whole bar

Milk chocolates – half a bar

Soya milk – 100 ml

Salt – as much as you desire

Mandarin – as many as you desire

Equipment 

Pan

Melting bowl

Wooden spoon

Measuring jug

Baking tray

Method 

  1. Place a pan and  fill it half way with water and bring to boil.
  2. Place the melting  bowl on top of the pan.
  3. Break  the chocolate into chunks. The smaller the easier it will be to melt the chocolate.
  4. Slowly stir with a wooden spoon.
  5. Once the chocolate is almost completely melted  then add all  the milk in one go and stir.
  6. Once  the chocolate is fully melted separate the segments of the mandarin and begin to dip one side of the segment into the chocolate.
  7. Place  a baking tray and sprinkle a little bit of salt.
  8. Lay the tray in the refrigerator  to be ready to eat after 20 mins or when the chocolate has set firmly.

Enjoy x

What are some of your favorite fruit and chocolate recipe? Comment below x

Tea and honey face mask

 

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For a fresh and soft face mix tea and warm honey into a paste.

Use peppermint, chai, black or green and soon you will see your face beam.

A spoonful of honey and your good to go.  Soothing, antibacterial and good for a glow.

Gently scrub and then let it sit, 5- 15 minutes should do the trick.

Remember to test it out on your hand first, so hives and rashes you do not burst.

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London to Groningen

So for those of you who don’t  already know I have moved to a small little student city in the north of Holland called Groningen to study International Relations and International Organisations at the University of the Groningen.

I’ve been here for no more than a few weeks and it’s already been the best decision of my life. I learnt more in these last 2 weeks about life in the real world and my self, than I’ve learnt in the last 2 years. Although it hasn’t all been easy it has been enjoyable and for those of you who are thinking about doing the same thing I have decided to offer a few tips.

  1. Research
Research everything and anything you can about your future new city and/or your new university. It will help you be the best prepared you can and prevent anything shocking you and throwing you off guard when you arrive.
2. Learn the language
Don’t except for everyone to speak perfect English and for it to be easy for you to find your way around without knowing the basics of the particular country’s language. Learn as much as possible it will make your adjustment so much easier and the natives will appreciate your drive for picking up the language even if you don’t get all the pronunciation down like a pro. There is a multitude of really easy apps for you to get on your phone to learn on the go. I found Duolingo the best app for practicing the basics and grammar.
3. Embrace being a tourist
Now this may be a hard thing for you to  do, (I know it is especially hard for us Londoners out there). It’s important for you to embrace the fact that you are going to be the tourist who needs to ask for directions and take embarrassing pictures at every major tourist sight. You aren’t going to know you way around in a week and that’s okay soak in the whole experiencing, explore your new surroundings and enjoy it!
4. Go out of your comfort zone
Try new foods, listen to new music, find a new favourite radio station and do all the thing that your typically wouldn’t do. It will make your stay so much better and give you so many great stories to tell. You will discover so many new things about your self and your capabilities plus it will make your studies much more eventful.
5. Make friends
And make as many as possible. Don’t be too scared to put your self out there and introduce your self to new people, it will shock you how much you will have in common and you never might know when you just might need them.
6. Keep in contact with home
You will probably miss home but here is a little secret home will most definitely miss you. Don’t just think because you’re in a new city that it is an excuse to cut of ties will your old life back home. With Skype, Rabbit ,Facebook and Instagram it’s never been more simple to keep in touch with your friends and family back home. Make a call home every week just to let mum know your okay, check in with an a friend every now and them, you won’t regret it and they will be very appreciative that your haven’t just forgotten them.
7. Document everything
These are going to be the best times of your lives so make sure you have loads of memories to look back on. Pictures, videos, even a little diary will make sure you can tell these stories to your future grandchildren.
8. Make mistakes
You won’t get everything down as fast as you think you might do. You probably  will blow all your money on all the nights out in the first week;buy food at the supermarket before finding out that the market is so much cheaper; burn your food in the new oven. But the only way to grow  is to make mistakes.
9.  Keep up with the work
Although there is more to a study aboard than just uni work it is important for you to keep up with the reading and do the assignments. Yes its great to have fun but you are there to study so don’t forget that.
10. Make time for yourself
In this whirlpool of new experiences it is so easy to forget about your self in the mix. It’s so important that you set aside time for your self to catch up on that sleep, give your self a little pampering or just even little time alone in bed with Netflix. It will keep you revived and there is nothing more  important than making sure your mental  health is in good shape.
11. Have fun
I don’t think this needs much explanation.

No butter Victoria sponge cake

This is an easy 5 step cake recipe that proves that your don’t need butter to make this  perfect fluffy tea time treat.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 cups of self raising flour
  • 3/4 cups of caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1tsp of vanilla extract

 

Step 1)

Mix the milk, flour and caster sugar together until you get a reasonably smooth dough like batter.

Step 2)

Add the eggs one by one making sure to mix in the figure of eight to keep all the air in, then add the vanilla extract .

Step 3)

Pre heat your oven for 5-10 mins on 190 degrees celcius.

Step 4)

Grease and line your chosen cake tin and add the mixture in. Then place in the oven for roughly 30-40 mins or until the cake is done throughout and golden.

Step 5)

Leave the cake to cool completely. Once this is done you can then half the cake and add a jam of your choice. Dust with icing sugar to finish.

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Fringe

How to make a fringe top

You will need

  • An old t-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Washable ink pen/pencil
  1. Place on your old tee and make a line using the ink pen  just underneath your belly button.
  2. Place the t-shirt on a flat surface and using a ruler draw  a straight line across the t-shirt .

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  1. Next using your ruler mark and the washable ink pen  out the spacing of each width making them about 1cm-2cm width apart.

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  1.  Then using your scissors cut of the hem of t shirt.

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  1.  Now begin cutting your fringes stretching them as you go along.

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  1.  Once you completed all your fringes you can no improvises either by knotting them (as I did) or making small braids, which either suits your fancy.Now enjoy your summer perfect fringe t- shirt!

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Bunting

Bunting is a great way to add to any room/ house décor its super fun and elegant and so so easy to make

Being an avid reader I decided to turn some of my old  magazines into some bunting and here’s how you can make yoursWP_20150705_017

You will need

  • Scissor
  • Old magazines or newspapers
  • PVA glue
  • String
  • A ruler
  • Pencil

Method

Outline triangle of your desired sized on your chosen materia

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Fold paper and cut to size.

Repeat -14 times to have decent sized bunting string.

Pace your rope into between the triangles glue together.

Continue all the triangles  are attached main sure to leave between 1-3 cm of space between each triangle.

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You would think the easiest person to be would be you

You would think the easiest person to be would be you. Funnily enough in the past few months I have realised that isn’t the always case, well at least for me anyway. Maybe it’s because  I’m in those the “teenager years” but finding yourself is a bit harder and way more dramatic than I would honestly like to admit.

What I am finding out is that I am becoming more and more comfortable with becoming unapologetically myself. I think that it is important to have the mindset that although you may never know all the answers to who you are and where your supposed to go it doesn’t mean you can’t live a fulfilled life.

At this point in my life I have people who love and support for being me whether that is loud me, angry me, cranky me or loving me and that helps (a lot). But I also know that not everyone has this support network of people that they can fall back on and feel that they can really spread their wings around. And for those of who don’t just know that you weren’t put on this earth for pain (sometimes hard to believe) nor is it going to be a walk through the park (its not meant to be that way either). But all of that is ok its what makes life so amazing with 7 billion and counting people on this earth theres no way all of them are going to like or accept you but bear in mind there’s also a hell of a lot that will. There is only one person who can be you and that’s you and you have responsibility to best version of you can it’s not easy but there’s no better way.