Monday, 16 November 2015

Christmas Light Switch On and Fireworks

On Saturday, my mum and my sister came down to visit me in Leigh On Sea; we decided that to go and watch the Christmas Lights switch on and fireworks in Southend. I finally got to see some fireworks which I was so happy about (as you will know if you read my previous blog entry about not being able to see any for Bonfire Night)! 

The fireworks were set off on the seafront with Adventure Island (the theme park) as a backdrop. The evening was so great as I was able to see my family again and see the beautiful fireworks. I thought that I would share some of the photos that I took with you. 

I even managed to have my first Costa Christmas Drink of the year!

I hope you enjoyed the photos that I took from the Fireworks on Saturday! Did you manage to see any Firework displays this year? Let me know in the comments below,

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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Bonfire Cupcakes

 As I didn't manage to watch any firework displays or go to a bonfire this year, I was upset that I'd missed out on the whole Bonfire night experience! There was even fireworks going off as we baked these cupcakes! Therefore, my friend Tabitha and I decided to do a bit of baking to cure this feeling. What could be better than a cute mini Bonfire on a cupcake?

The recipe is made up of a simple chocolate cupcakes taken from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook, covered with orange icing, decorated with a few Matchmakers. If you want to have a go at creating your own Bonfire cupcakes, then keep reading!

For the Cupcakes:
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1½tsp baking powder 
  • A pinch of salt
  • 40g unsalted butter
  • 120g whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼tsp vanilla extract
For the Decoration:
  •  340g icing sugar (sifted)
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 40g whole milk
  • Orange food colouring
  • Matchmakers of your choice

Firstly you will need to preheat your oven to 170ºc/325ºF/Gas Mark 3.

For your cupcakes, put your butter and sugar into a bowl and whisk together, using a freestanding electric mixer or a handheld electric whisk will be easier, but you can just use a spoon instead. We didn't have a mixer and they turned out fine! Then add in your flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder into the bowl and continue mixing until everything is combined to a sandy consistency.

In a jug, comine your milk, egg and vanilla extract and whisk together. Once done, slowly add into your bowl, small amounts at a time and beat to get rid of any lumps you may have. Continue whisking until your mixture is smooth, should only need a couple of minutes; do not over mix.

Spoon your mixture into your cases until each is ⅔ full and bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until your cupcakes are bouncy to touch. Put a skewer into the centre of one of your cupcakes, if it comes back clean they should be done. Leave your cakes to cool completely on a wire rack.

When they are cold, your cupcakes are ready to decorate into mini bonfires!

For the icing, beat together your icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder using a freestanding electric whisk, a handheld electric whisk or a spoon. If using a whisk put onto medium speed and mix until it is well mixed and has come together.

Add the milk to your mixture a couple of tablespoons at a time. Once it has all mixed in, turn up your  mixer (if your using one) up to high speed add a few drops of orange food colouring (or more to get your desired colour); continue beating until your icing is light and fluffy (should take about 5 more minutes). If your icing is too runny to pipe, add more icing sugar until it's the right consistency.

Pipe your orange icing into a swirl on each cupcake to look like the fire; add 4 half Matchsticks chocolate onto the top joining together in the centre.

I hope you enjoy trying out this recipe, let me know in the comments if you've made them! Thank you for reading,

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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Halloween 2015 & Lush Halloween Products

I absolutely love Autumn, the beautiful colours, the comfort food and most importantly Halloween! 

This year, on the 31st October/Halloween my family and I decided to take a trip to Chessington World of Adventures. We had a very Halloween themed day and even manage to experience the two "Howl'o'ween" attractions as well as all of our favourite rides in the dark! We even came out with the Halloween gift of a packet Scream Egg biscuits each!

In the evening, we even managed to spend the time carving pumpkins; this year I decided to go for a Cheshire Cat design to go along with my theme from last year of Disney.

Olaf Pumpkin 2014 and Cheshire Cat Pumpkin 2015
However, the thing that I was most excited about for this Halloween (like every year) is the Lush products! Although I did tell myself that I wasn't allowed to buy any of the Christmas range until November at the earliest, I was really excited for the range of limited edition Halloween products. So last week I popped into my local Lush store to check out and purchase the 2015 seasonal range.

The products I picked up

My definite favourite thing from Lush is the bath bombs as I love the colours and to watch them fizz away in the bath and I am also a huge fan of the Bubble Bars. So I decided to pick up the two that are in the range: the Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb and the Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar.

The Lord of Misrule was in last years collection, which is perfect because it was one of my favourites! It has a warm scent and produces green bubbles at first then a fizzing red centre is exposed, leaving your bath shades of red and green. It also includes popping candy, which if you've read my previous lush reviews, you know I love! This one is definitely perfect for Halloween night.

Ingredients - Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Cream of Tartar, Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Gardenia Extract, Limonene, Pefume, Colour 17200, Colour 42090 and Colour 19140.

The Sparkly Pumpkin was also one of my favourites from last year. It is a bright shade of orange and is covered in lots of gold glitter which is so fun in the bath (if you don't mind the clearing up). When it's put into the water it creates lots of bubbles and smells so refreshing with its fruity, citrus scent. I love how, as a bubble bar, you break it up and use for multiple baths; it is perfect for the autumnal season with it being long lasting. 

Ingredients - Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Juniperberry Oil, Lime Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15510, Colour 45380, Gold Glimmer Lustre and Cinnamon Sticks.

These two products from the 2015 collection are reasonably priced, as they are under the £5 mark; so they make perfect Halloween treats! However, I am a little sad that this years collection is quite small, as I wouldn't have minded a few new bath bombs or bubble bars to try out. Also, I'm gutted that the two Bonfire night inspired bath bombs (the Sparkler and Northern Lights) haven't made a reappearance as Northern Lights was definitely one of my favourites.

What are your favourites from the 2015 Lush Range? Let me know in the comments below, thanks for reading,

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