28 Oct 2014

8 Step Marshmallow Skull Cupcakes!

These spooky Halloween cupcakes are easy to make, taste delicious and would look fab on the table of any Halloween themed party. Dig out your apron, measuring scales and lets get baking! To make around 18 cupcakes you will need: 

170g (6oz) caster sugar
170g 6oz) butter, softened
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
170g 6oz) self-raising flour, sifted
For the frosting
75g (3oz) pink marshmallows
75g (3oz) butter, softened
150g (5oz) icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
purple food colouring
To decorate
18 white marshmallows
50g (2oz) dark chocolate

To make them follow these simple instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to gas 3, 170°C, fan 150°C. Line two cupcake tins with 18 paper cupcake cases. 
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and flour all together (because it's easier than doing it one at a time!)  and whisk with a mixer until nice and fluffy.
3. Then divide the mixture between the paper cases. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden and springy when touched. Remove from the oven *They will be hot so don't burn yourself like me!* and leave to cool.

4. Make your self a cup of tea and have a little rest. Aren't we naughty!
5. When your ready make the frosting, heat the pink marshmallows in a microwave-proof bowl for 30 seconds or until just melted. Put in the fridge for 5 mins to become stiff, but not completely or it won't spread!
6. In a separate mixing bowl, beat the butter, icing sugar, gooey melted marshmallows, vanilla and food colouring. Beat to form a thick and shiny icing. Chill for several minutes as above. 
7. To make the cute marshmallow skulls, lay them down so the thinner end is pointing towards you then using a clean paintbrush, cocktail stick or anything thin really, dab the melted chocolate on to each marshmallow skull to make eyes and a nose.
8. Using a sharp knife, cut out a shallow disc from each cooled cake about the size of a 1p piece. Spread about a teaspoon of icing over each cake, filling the dent and covering the surrounding surface. Nestle a marshallow skull in the dent of each iced cake and leave to set. 

What do you think of the cakes? Not very scary I know,  
Love Beth x

26 Oct 2014

Late Night Walks, Doughnuts & Fireworks

I know Halloween is less than a week away, but I want to fast forward to the 5th November- Bonfire night! My family are normally quite busy during November so we never get to have our own fireworks. So I managed to persuade my family to take me (I seriously need to hurry up and learn to drive!) to see one of the first public firework displays of this year on Saturday evening at Southend-On-Sea. I know it's early but really it does pay to be organised sometimes.

However we almost missed the fireworks because we got 10 mintues down the road before I remembered I had left my Kindle in the kitchen, so I insisted on going back to get it, to my dad's horror. (How can you non-bookworms survive without reading in the car?).

We just got to the car park as the first firework exploded into the night sky, lighting up the sea. It lasted for what seemed like forever and finally all that was left was the sound of people clapping and cheering as smoke swirled around above our heads. What's not to love about fireworks!

I brought some chips- a trip to the seaside is never complete without them- , a bag of apple doughnuts and settled on a bench next to a beautiful water feature. Before taking a stroll along the seafront, wrapped up in a cosy tartan scarf and gloves. Isn't that what autumn's all about?

Will you being going to see any displays this year?
Love Beth x

P.S Now re-winding to October! I'm excited to tell you that there will be lots of Halloween themed posts coming up next week, so keep your eyes peeled x

21 Oct 2014

What I Love About Tea

I don't know what it is but there is just something about a cup of a tea that makes me feel all warm and mushy inside. Does this happen to anybody else? I try (although not always succeed) to limit myself to 3 cups max a day. One in the morning, one around 3pm and the third in the evening while I'm watching TV. Two teaspoons of sugar and a dash of milk if you please. Ah it makes me thristy just thinking about it! Here are more reasons why I, and you should, love tea:

  • The simplitiy of it all. I mean it's not very difficult to make a cup of tea really now is it? Neither does it take a excessive amount of time- a couple of minitues at the most! Coincidentally the same amount of time an ad break lasts :)
  • Biscuit Heaven. If there was a heaven for biscuits it would contain gallons upon gallons of tea. Personally I love nothing better than dunking a good old biscuits in my tea. My favourite...a Shortbread biscuit or Jammie Dodger! 
"Dunking biscuits, I recommend you risk it 
Even though it’s rather rude I think that you’ll agree 
Life is really looking up when you’ve got a Ginger Nut 
Soaking in a lovely cup of home brewed tea" 
  • Mugs. Who doesn't love buying novelty mugs? There are literally so many about, especially as souvenirs when you go on holiday. One cupboard in my kitchen is almost completely filled to the brim with cute mugs and saucers, half I never even use...don't judge me
  • Lastly it makes me feel posh. I absolutely love the idea of those old fashioned tea parties with finger sandwiches and white gloves where everyone speaks like this "Oh darling...Jeeves do come pour us some more of Cook's fine tea". Oh to be back in the olden days! 
Song lyrics taken from Les Titford's website

What do you love about tea? Or are you more of a coffee person? 
Love Beth xx

19 Oct 2014

6 Things That Made Me Smile This Week!

Where shall I start? This week has been pretty eventful to say the least. It includes, but is not limited to, a rather painful burn on my right arm after trying to be a 'good daughter' and make dinner, a ton of homework and a flood out car after my dad got stuck in the result of all that rain water earlier this week. What a numpty! Let's just say we weren't too happy about having to fork out for a new car. But still as they say "After a storm comes a rainbow":

1. As you already know I have a major sweet tooth so when I happened to fall upon a recipe for a One Minute Microwave Cupcake I was literally jumping around the room with joy. The thrill of just discovering such a website while I was meant to be studying was enough without the added calories! Isn't it funny how things work out?

2. In bed on my phone one night only to find out my brother has only gone and started following me on Instagram! How did he even find me? Come to think of it I didn't even know he had it...

3. Please tell me I'm not the only one who enjoys English homework. Reading is hardly a chore is it? Especially when the thing you are reading is To Kill A Mockingbird- only one of the best pieces of literature ever written!

4. With only one week to go until autumn break, there's no better time to start making plans for meeting up with friends and family. It counts to be organised sometimes.

5. Later into the week a friend of mine introduced me to a music app called Deezer, where you can download FREE music and albums the second they come out! I think we should all just take a moment to think of and thank this wonderful girl because now I can share this little beauty with the world! So far I have been really impressed with Ella Henderson's new album Chapter One. Her voice is absolutely amazing on all the tracks, particularly The First Time and Hard Work.

6. Lazy Sunday mornings. Nuff said!

Some posts I've enjoyed this week: Kate's amazing autumn scarf , Sarah's stunning photographs and Rosie's yummy porridge!

Enough about me, how are you lot?
Love Beth xx

11 Oct 2014

6 Things That Made Me Smile This Week!

Ah! I take it back. Autumn is really not fun, unless you're a fan of getting caught in torrential downpours without an umbrella or constantly shivering ever second of every day not matter how many layers you put on. And I hear it's only getting worse. Roll on the thunder storms and blizzards! Despite this, I have still had a pretty 'smiley week' so here goes:

1. I just realized how boring my life would be without school. The weekends are spent doing the same old things and school gives me that a little bit of drama to stratify and interest me. I always complain about it (doesn't everyone?) but really I do enjoy the social aspect of it, otherwise how would I have met the amazing friends I know today?

2. Hilarious Carole Vordeman showing off her Rear Of The Year in a stunning figure-hugging gown at this years Pride Of Britain Awards with the winner's stories being even more touching than last year, especially the Child Of Courage Award for Renee-Mai who showed incredible bravery when an attacker kept her family hostage for eight-hours and the Special Recognition to £5 million teenager fundraiser Stephen Sutton. A truly emotional and humbling evening.

3. That clean, refreshing feeling when you wash off your make-up after a long day.

4. It was only yesterday I was moaning about it being too hot and now all I seem to say is "I'M SO COOL!". Thank god for jumpers and jackets and coats and hat and gloves and slippers...the list is endless!

 5. Wednesday saw the final of The Great British Bake Off. Richard, having been crowned star baker 5 times (!) was my favorite to win. But as always I was wrong and with the wind behind her caramel sails and a bit plastic drainpipe to help, nothing-to-fancy-gadget-nanny-Nancy was crowned the Princess Of Baking (no one can take Mary's throne). I think Toby, the complete opposite of a lap cat, enjoy it too as he got the best seat in the house- my lap!

6.  And to complete my fab week, I volunteered to help out at my old Brownie pack. It was SO strange being back after 5 years and I can't believe how lovely the girls were too me. What an experience!

How was your week?
Love Beth xx 

8 Oct 2014

White Chocolate Gâteau Recipe

I do love a good gâteau but I have never got around to making one...until now! The only thing I would say is that this one was quite dry if you didn't eat it with cream or ice cream. But then again that could just be my dodgy baking skills! 

90g (3oz) butter, melted and cooled
6 large eggs
175g (6oz) caster sugar
125g (4oz) self-raising flour
30g (1oz) cocoa powder
2 tbsp cornflour 
Filling and topping
300ml double or whipping cream, whipped until thick
White and/or milk chocolate curls 

1. Lightly butter a 23cm round cake tin and line with backing parchment 

2. Put the eggs and sugar into a large bowl and mix together with an electric mixer until the mixture is light in colour and thick enough to leave a trail on itself when the whisk is lifted out. 

3. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and cornflour, before folding half into the egg mixture. Pour half of the cooled butter around the edge and fold in as well.

4. Repeat with the remaining flour and butter mixtures, remembering to fold gently.

5. Pour into the prepared tin and bake in a preheated oven at 180 °C (350 °F, Gas 4) for 35-40 mins or until the sponge has risen and firm to touch. Turn out, peel of the parchment and leave to cool. 

6. Carefully cut the cake in half horizontally and sandwich the layers together with plenty of whipped cream. Cover the cake with a thin layer of cream, then pipe the remainder around the top edge. 

7. Press the chocolate curls onto the sides and top of the cake, and enjoy

As you can image this Gâteau was devoured pretty quickly. Let me know if you have a go at this recipe and you could appear in a blog post of your very own! 

Love Beth xx

4 Oct 2014

Life Reflection | Confidence

I am a quite a shy person so I know how annoying that feeling can be of wanting to say something but not quite being able to say it. I don't think a lot of people really appreciate their outgoing, confidence nature until they came across someone like me. There have been many times when I have declined invites to launch parties and social events because the idea of going made me feel physically sick. It's really strange though how confident I am with my friends when I meet new people, but as soon as I'm alone I feel completely vulnerable and isolated.

My lake of confidence does stop me from doing things I want to. That's the worst part. And now its getting closer to 6th form application time, I really need to stop doing some work experience and voluntary work to put on my pretty-much-blank CV.
So on Thursday I forced myself to volunteered at my school's Open Evening for future Year 7 students. I just jumped straight into the deep end that on Thursday was filled to the brim with strangers asking awkward questions and wanting tours around the school. My worst nightmare in a sentence? Think again.    
I have no idea know what happened to me....but I actually enjoyed myself! It was nice to just help promote the school and speak to parents and children about their thoughts. And for the whole evening I didn't stop smiling. Not even once (my face ached afterwards, but that's not the point!).

So I guess the reason I wrote this was to show you that even if time and time again you don't do something because your scared or nervous or worried, there will always be another opportunity. And one day you will do it. You just have to get out there and force yourself to, even if it feels like your about to die inside.

I did something I never thought I could and now it has given me that tiny bit more confidence to do more. Next Stop: Babysitting and helping out at my local Brownie pack.

As Walt Disney said "All our dreams can come true- if we have the courage to pursue them"

Love Beth xx

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