I love baking and I have since I was very little. The first thing I learned to make was biscuits. I'd refer to them, to Mum, as the "rubbing in things" since I used to love rubbing the butter and flour together. As I've grown older, I've obviously developed more independence in the kitchen. But, the biggest change, is how much I dislike being hands on now! Very much, I prefer to stick it all in a mixture and watch it wiz up. Nice and easy but nice and tasty.
Anyway, enough of my history of cooking. A few days ago, I decided to make rainbow cakes. Although I'm sure these have been done before, I came up with the idea with a little inspo from Tanya Burr's rainbow cake. So, here's the recipe.
It's a pretty simple recipe, just your normal cake really.
7. Spoon a small amount of each colour into a tray of cupcake cases (it makes 24 roughly).
8. Carefully not to mix the colours too much, smooth the top of the cakes
9. Put in the oven for about 15 - 20 minutes, or until they stop sizzling, a knife comes out clean and when genitally tapped they rise back up.
10. After about 10 minutes after taking them out the oven, leave to cool on a cooling rack.
Don't worry, they may appear like normal cakes - the colour is inside.
I really loved these cakes. One of my friends told me that they looked quite flat, it's because I don't put much mixture in cake cases haha. I'd rather smaller cakes but more of them! Also, they went dry quite quickly. They were ok when taken out of the oven but after a day they went dry but I think that's just the type of cake.
Until next time.
Opps, I've been on my old Weebly account and wondering where my blog was. Haha! Oh well, I'm back on this one now!
Today, I started my 30 day free trial of this really cool looking writing app called Scrivener (follow the link to the website which opens in a new tab).
I really like it so far! It has tabs to talk about your characters, your settings and lots of places for notes. But it's really customisable. I am going to add a tab called "World" which is just notes about the world that my characters are in since it's so different to our own.
It's basically a big space where you can put together character, world and setting sheets along with basic overviews of the plot line, in depth overviews of each chapter and (in the end) the overall chapter. I think this is really useful rather than me cluttering up my documents folder on my laptop. Also, there's some cool features like a name generator that lets you make names from different culters with different obscurities. I've already used this for the names Kris and Jan.
One this I dislike about it, is I couldn't put photos into the character sheets (and I like to find photos of what the objects, scenes and people look like from online to help with description and imagination). I worked around it in the end by making a new file and putting it under the character sheets so that I only saw it when that character sheet was selected (that was the most complicated way of wording it EVER omg).
Well, I should be getting to bed - it is midnight. JOKES! I still need to binge watch YouTube and write my diary before I even think about making myself hot chocolate.
As you saw on Saturday, we went paddling and after that we went to a local castle. I love castles. I find it truly magical that people looked at that stone hundreds of years ago. I wonder: what thoughts were going through their minds? Were they looking at that stone as they died or did a small child have their first memories there. It just love it and I love how pretty they are, with plenty of chances for awesome photos! (Excuse my hair being quite puffy, it goes like that after it's been washed.)
Let's go and explore!
Goodbye castle, time for a lovely walk through the woods back to my Grannies.
Last weekend, my mum, my dad and I, went out kayaking around South Wales. It was quite an overcast day but the rain had stopped by the time we arrived. I haven't kayaked in somewhere so busy for a while and I forgot how many stares you get and how many little children go "Mummy, Mummy, look it's a ship". It's all quite amusing. But you just get on with it and try your best to get gracefully into your boat (a feat I fail at every time) before you paddle off and leave behind the noise and the chatter of the city as the sea takes your attention.
Of course, I am the youngest by quite a way with my parents (although I am not the smallest). This means that I would probably be at a disadvantage anyway when it comes to speed. However, this is not helped by the fact that Dad was paddling his touring boat (quite long) and Mum her "small" sea kayaking (very long). Look at the size difference!
After paddling around the head, it was time to put on our helmets and do a bit of rock hopping. I love the sea. It's so relaxing unlike the constant thrill of WW (white water). Plus, I love exploring all the different little nooks and secret places in the rocks. That only you will be able to get to via the water.
Time for a bit of exploring!
Sadly, on the sea you are constantly checking the time to stay in keeping with the tide. And so, it was time to head back. We were already a bit late and ended up confronting my first ever race! (A race is a natural occurrence where a fast moving tide passes through a constriction resulting in the formation of waves, eddies and hazardous current - thank you Wiki for the definition.) It was really small, just some more pronounced waves and confused water really as we headed through the channel between two islands. But still - it was awesome.
I'm just going to sit here and pretend that I'm active... I have so many ideas so I hope that I'll finally have time to put them into play. I'm certainly going to upload a lot after a canoe touring trip that I'm doing that half term because it's really exciting! We're going around a lake and a stretch of the cost in Scotland so I'll post a bit about what I'm going to bring etc. But today I want to talk about climbing. I really enjoy climbing and I have been doing it for about 7 months now. I love the feeling of being on the wall so here are some photos of me doing two routes that were probably graded V0 - V1 (in basic terms, the harder of the really really easy ones).
Climbing has been a big part of my life recently but it may be stopping due to kayaking and canoeing that take over everything in the summer.
Have a nice day!
On my birthday weekend, my friend Siân and I went to the lake do have a bit of fun (well I hope that it was fun anyway). It was quite a grey day but I think that in the end, when you are in the water, the colour of the sky doesn't bother you so much.
There were two team crafts out at the lake. The first team was my sisters on a SUP board (yes, they paddle it duo).
And the second team is myself and Siân in a canoe. I'm the one in green at the back and Siân is the one in yellow at the front. We were paddling partners in the Ardeche (a river in France) so we got into the routine quite quickly.
It was time to stop being nice to each other and get out the water pistols!
Little bit of a disagreement there.... Oh well, the team is back and working together to shoot at the camera man (aka my dad)!
After my Dad was wet, we moved on to firing at my sisters but it turns out that we didn't need to fire at them to get them soaked as they managed to do that themselves...
It was time for a tactical operation: get on the SUP!
Siân boarded first while I sorted out the canoe (well you can't just leave it floating in the middle of the lake so my mum tied it into her boat with a tow line). But I soon joined in the fun!
Although it looks like my time on the SUP board might be short lived...
Finally, it was time to head into the edge. Either we got fatter or the boat got filled with water...
After Siân got out, I was going to do a bit of rolling but the water was too cold really and it was a bit of a shock to have my head under there for any length of time. I was a bit worried that I'd lost my roll because of the way I panicked in the cold water but at the pool session I rolled up first time so I'm a happy bunny as it was just the cold water!
Long time, no see. I’m going to be more active on here since I’ve sorted out some Weebly account stuff. Last weekend, it was my birthday and out of some of the amazing gifts I got, I got a set of bath bombs from lush! They were really awesome and I loved the colours and smells so I just had to do a little photoshoot thing with them. I’ve never tried to take creative photos before but I really enjoyed doing it. I haven’t tried any of these bath bombs in the bath yet but I sure will soon!
The first one is called the Intergalactic bath bomb. It’s blue with glitter - not too much - with a few bands of marbled neon pink and green. It smells fresh with a slightly musky undertone.
The frozen bath bomb again has a very fresh scent and it smells just like lush! It’s just light blue with a dark blue band and I think it’s probably my favourite scent.
I’ve heard of the Dragons Egg bath bomb before. It’s white with some bright colours running through it and I can’t wait for it to “hatch” in the bath. It’s a sweeter, lemony smell which is awesome!
When my sisters first saw the Experimenter bath bomb, they were like “weird shape”. I think that it is a really cool shape and I really think it’s going to turn my bath into a molten rainbow. It’s blue, pink, white and yellow and has the lush smell, not as lemony as the previous one. You know the smell when you walk into a lush shop? Well, it’s just like that!
TWILIGHT! (I totally didn’t have a fan girl moment when I saw the Twilight bath bomb.) I was so excited for this one because I’m in the middle of writing a Twilight fan fiction so this was very exciting. Sadly, I don’t think that the bath bomb has anything to do with the great works by Stephanie Meyers. It has the stars and a moon on it and has a slightly muskier smell which I actually really like.
Well there you have it, my bath bombs! I really liked them all and I cannot wait to try them out.
Until next time
Hi, welcome I guess to the blog. Actually, I doubt anyone will be reading this, or at least anyone who is actually interested in these things as will probably link this to my gaming blog so yeah. But it's polite to say welcome anyway! Instead of doing a massive introduction, it might just be easier if you read the about me page. That way you can be on a nice level with what is going on.
I've been waiting to open a real life blog for a very long time! I have just never actually got round to it until now. Well better late then never - that's what I always say (well I don't but it sounds better if I say I do). I was wondering what to write for my first post. How do I start? In the end I decided to just write about my sisters because (how ever annoying they are) they are very important to me.
Although my whole family paddles, my sisters aren't quite as confident as us. They both can get pretty nervous in a kayak but they are fine in a canoe and often paddle together. On the left of the photo you can see Fay, the youngest by 19 minutes, and on the right is Emma. As the oldest, Emma takes up her duties at the back of the boat and Fay at the front. It can be quite hard getting them to swap!
As you can see, they are complete idiots. (To the left is Fay and to the right is Emma.) In fact, Fay has even got a nickname in our family as "Funny Fay" because she really is very amusing. I think for sisters we are quite close (although sisterly fall outs happen). We spend quite a lot of time together and we share interests of climbing, writing, reading and gaming. You might be able to tell that none of us mind getting a bit mucky... We found some sinking sand at a beach and thought that the only thing to do with it was to well, sink. But, as always, Fay decided to take it a step further!
This is us crabbing together, before I end the post I just want to put it out there. I'M TERRIFIED OF CRABS!