Halloween Cupcakes.

 




As I stated in my last post (earlier on today) I love Halloween!! 
I also love food, particularly cake. Any cake, but mainly cupcakes. I don't really need an excuse to make or eat them, but what better reason than a PAR-TAY!

I got a cute little cupcake case & spider toppers for Asda for £1, that's right ONE WHOLE POUND. Can't beat a good bloody bargain!

Vanilla Cupcakes:

  • 125g Self Raising Flour (sifted)
  • 125g Caster Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 125g of Soft, Unsalted Butter (I used Stork)
  • 2 Large Free-Range Eggs.
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Milk
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

Method:

Sieve your flour into a large mixing bowl, add the caster sugar, bicarbonate of soda, butter and eggs before whisking on a low speed for about 30 seconds, then a high speed for 1 minute.
Add the milk & vanilla extract before blasting the mixture on a quick speed for 30 seconds.
Spoon into your cupcake cases until they are about 1/3, 3/4 full. Put them in a pre-heated oven of 170 degrees for 22 minutes.
After 22 minutes check them with a cake tester, if the spike comes out clean, it means they are ready. Clever Eh?!!

Let them cool down.

Vanilla Buttercream:

  • 200g Butter, Softened At Room Temperature
  • 450g Icing Sugar, Sifted
  • 2 Tablespoons of Milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • Food Colouring of Your Choice, (I Chose Green)
Method:

Add your butter and HALF the caster sugar to a bowl and whisk on a slow speed, gradually adding the other half of the sugar. I learned the hard way that the icing sugar will go EVERYWHERE so be careful. Take your time mixing, the texture should be soft and fluffy.
Add the milk. then whisk again for 2 minutes, starting off at a slow speed before increasing gradually. Add the vanilla extract and more milk if you require. After the mixture is ready, I added a few gradual drops of food colouring until I had the colour I wanted. Don't add too much to fast!


Once my cupcakes were cooled, I put my buttercream into a disposable plastic piping bar, with a 7 point nozzle in the end and started to pipe. Hold your piping bag vertical to your cake, starting in the centre squirt out your mixture, then go around that squirt building up slowly.
I then applied the spider toppers & a selection of Halloween themed sprinkles!


Ta-Da, that's it! My cupcakes may not look professional and that appealing to the eye, but they look the part and taste delicious! 

I hope you are all having a amazing Halloween, whatever you are doing! 

Happy Halloween.










Happy Halloween!!!!

I absolutely LOVE Halloween, almost as much as Christmas but not quite.. I mean come on' Christmas is in a whole league of it's own!!

I love nothing more than completely kitting my house out in everything Halloween-y. Much to Aaron's dismay. I always tell him that means that I will be our children's favourite parent, because i'll be on their wave-length. Duh.

This Halloween we will be hosting a party for my family & friends, and i'm bloody excited. Excuse the pun (bloody, Halloween..get it, ha ha ha, ever the comedian). I've got bunting and balloons coming out my ears, with some fairy lights and 3D bats thrown in for good measure. We picked up all our decorations from a range of supermarkets; Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons had an amazing range this year & were complete bargains! I also ordered the 3D bats & Pumpkin banners off Amazon, which were also cheap & cheerful! You don't need to spend a small fortune to get your house looking party-ready. 

What have you done with your Halloween? Do you love decorating your house as much as I do?

Slimming World | An Update #2

  When you feel like giving up look how far you have come  #quote:

I joined Slimming World back in February and it has had, let's just say..it's ups and downs. At the start of the 'diet/lifestyle change' whatever the hell you want to call it, I was so strict and determined. I hardly had anything naughty and I stuck to my meal plans and shopping lists. I really wanted to do well and I know you shouldn't, but I did get a little competitive. It's natural. I wanted to do better every week and I was pretty harsh on myself really. 

Then the inevitable happened and I completely lost it, for about 3 weeks I piss arsed about. Eating what I wanted, whenever I wanted. I still went back every week to group and I knew every week that I was going to see the weight creep back on and it did. +1, +3, +2..ect. Until I was pretty much back where I started, except for maybe a lb or 2.
It got to the point where I hated myself. I knew I only had myself to blame, no one forced me to have KFC, pizza and Mcdonalds. I just couldn't stop myself. Once you've fallen off it's so hard to get back into the right frame of mind. I always used to judge people before I started Slimming World, like 'how hard can it be to lose weight and stick it it, god!!'...

It's really bloody hard.
It's like, when you eat something bad, you're mind remembers all the deliciously naughty things you can have and before you know it, you've ordered Pizza Hut online, sat with a bottle of Kopparburg and a Salted Caramel Galaxy bar is on the side waiting for you.. Yes this did actually happen. On more than one occasion. I have no shame....

I managed to get back on it for a week or two..and I was really disappointed. I had really tried and stuck to it and only managed to lose half a lb a week. It gets to the stage where you think, what's the point? You just look at a Mcdonald's and manage to put on 2lb, yet when you really stick to it and be really good..you lose the tiniest amount.. I need to remember that i'm only 23 and stop being so hard on myself! If I want a cocktail, i'll have one. I just need to pull it back throughout the week, save my syns up. 

Slimming World is amazing, Aaron couldn't believe the things we can eat! Burgers, pasta, kebabs, ect it's just homemade, using fresh ingredients rather than a takeaway version. It really does work when you stick to it! I'm really determined now to get back into it, i'm sick to death of looking at my body and not liking what I see, comparing myself to everyone on Instagram who's skinnier or has a better bum than me..I do that alot. I am really horrible to myself. If someone else said the things to me, that I think about myself, i'd tell them to go **** themselves, but I find it acceptable for ME to think them about ME? How does that work?

Are any of you on Slimming World? How do you stay motivated.

*Originally wrote this post on another blog of mine that I started, but decided to give FRC another go & I really wanted to share this post.

Things That Make Me Happy.

What makes you happy is the most important! Let other people worry about themselves.:

It's so easy to forget to be happy. I know that probably sounds stupid but it is. You get so caught up in life; paying bills, working full time. You forget all the things that make you happy. I am a really positive person, and extremely optimistic..maybe a little too much. I thought i'd write this post as a way to look back and remember all the things that make me happy! The majority of these will probably be food...#greedygirlproblems. Clearly my family and friends make me happy in an instant so they won't be on the list. More room for food that way ;)

1. Being in my happy place.
2. Fresh flowers.
3. Cakes. All kinds of cakes.
4. Fresh bedding.
5. Holidays!
6. Finding money in your pocket that you didn't know you had, SCORE.
7. Netflix.
8. Gus, the cutest cat in the whole world.
9. Sunny days.
10. Being able to peg my washing out. Yes, really.
11. Eating out.
12. Discovering something new.
13. Reading a good book.
14. F.R.I.E.N.D.S
15. Payday!
16. Special occasions.
17. Looking through my memory box. 
18. Not having to set an alarm.
19. Travelling.
20. Hugs!
21. Pizza.
22. Ben & Jerry's.
23. Waking up earlier than my alarm.
24. Lighting a new candle.
25. Hearing a song that instantly explains how you're feeling. 
26. Cosy Knits.
27. Autumn Days, cuddled up with a blanket.
28. Becoming addicted to a program and completely binge watching it. #noshame
29. Christmas!!! 
30. Nights in with friends & family.

What makes you instantly happy? Are any of these on your list? 

One Year On.






A little over a year ago, Aaron & I moved into our very own home! I can't believe we've owned our own house for over a year! Only 29 years left until we are mortgage free, woo hoo!

We thought long and hard about buying a house; what we wanted, which area we wanted to live in, how many bedrooms, whether we wanted a garden.. luckily we both had the exact same ideas and aspirations for our forever home.

One of the biggest decisions we made together was that we wanted a property to renovate, which has always been a dream of mine. I didn't want a mansion, a shit load of bedrooms & bathrooms (imagine how long it would take you to tidy up, eugh!) and 3 acres of land! 
I wanted a house where I could picture our lives and bringing up our (future) children. A family home where we could happily live forever..or for a very, very long time.
I also couldn't imagine moving in somewhere, where it had somebody else's stamp on it and would need completely redecorating to feel like ours. Which is another reason why we wanted to renovate, it would give us a completely blank canvas and would be exactly how we want it.