Saturday, 17 January 2015

Best of the Bakes.

    Baking can be pretty hit or miss. Sometimes it works on the first try, other times you need to do it a few times until you get the hang of it. A couple of the times, the recipe isn't just right and you end up having to throw out a whole cake( I have done this on numerous occasions).
    Over the past year, I have accumulated a number of recipes I know I can make and will turn out alright(and by alright, I mean the only thing getting thrown out is the baking paper used to line the tray). Here is a compilation of a few baking recipes I find myself turning to when I need to make dessert(or something to have with my afternoon cup of tea).

Nigella's Red Velvet Cake:  Although the original recipe is for cupcakes, it works just as fine as a cake. My only recommendation is that you don't leave the cake in the fridge before you serve it( it makes it dry and unpleasant). Also DO NOT put your icing in the fridge before putting it on the cake- on one occasion I spent 20 minutes trying to soften my icing to put on the cake. I tend to whiz up the icing an hour before I have to serve and just put it on the cake.

Anna's Lemon Drizzle Cake: I LOVE this cake. It's simple and light and perfect with a cup of tea!

Tanya's Cookies: I never knew I could make such good cookies at home-so good, super chocolatey and hands down amazing. Just make sure you cook them for 10-12 minutes and give them half an hour to cool down-it's what makes them so chewy.

Best Friend Cake: I have a whole post dedicated to it here. 

Nigella's Banana Bread: For when you have too many over ripe bananas. I'm not a fan of raisins so I usually don't include them.

Masterchef Brownies: An easy peasy, foolproof brownie recipe!

What do you love to bake? Any recipe recommendations?
Till next time...

Friday, 16 January 2015

Summer Bucket List.

     Yes, I know that it's already been a good month or two since summer began, but with the recent 40 degree weather and numerous beach days, summer has officially begun now in my head. Every year I try to enjoy the summer as much as possible as I hate the cold weather and this year is no different. Summer also means that I have roughly 4 months of free time to do as a please, and this year i'm making a real effort not to spend it in bed watching Gilmore Girls or Gossip Girl.
 Here is a list of things i'd like to do( yes, actually get out of bed and DO) this summer(well, what's left of it):

*Go to the beach more often
*See more of Mornington
*Buy bathers (I really need a new pair, any suggestions would be welcome!)
*Perfect my ice tea recipe (my current one is awful)
*Save more money
*Learn how to play the F chord on the guitar (the F chord is my achilles heel when it comes to my guitar playing abilities)
*Exercise more(more like start exercising)
*Do more art/DIYs
*Buy less junk
*Learn Photoshop
*Read more

  There you have it, my list of things i'd like to do during the next few months. What are your favourite summer activities? 
Till next time...

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Summer uniform.

        Shirt// Uniqlo
Shorts//American Eagle Outfitters
White Converse//Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses//ASOS Men

     I found my summer uniform-that outfit i'll most definitely wear a few too many times over the next few months.It's a definite win for Uniqlo with their range of linen shirts! The linen shirt prevents me from getting sunburnt but is light enough to ensure I don't over heat. It also makes me look more 'university student who has her s*it together' rather than my usual 'I just rolled out of bed' look. At night, I just team the shirt with some jeans and black flats.
What's your go to outfit for summer? Any recommendations? 
Till next time..

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year.

    Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful night celebrating the end of 2014 and the start of 2015. I spent mine at a friends place and then we headed to Carlton Gardens to see the fireworks(note to self: Carlton Gardens is a great place to see the fireworks from-no crowds but no compromising on the view).
    I hope that you are excited for the new year and ready to face the challenges life throws at you!
Till next time...