Monday, 27 May 2013

I'm Loving... Skirts

I'm in the middle of my exam period at the moment, which, believe it or not, has been more stressful than when I was writing my dissertation a month ago. Wait a minute, has it really been a month?!
My life has become this crazy, hectic whirlwind of revision notes, coffee, Disney songs, and staring at the computer screen all day. Result: I'm constantly tired and grouchy.

Starting last Wednesday, I had three exams over a period of four days, and they were the worst four days of my life. I have never tried to cram so much work into my brain before! Thankfully, I only have one more exam this Thursday, and then I'm heading home for a week of relaxation with the family and the dogs. I keep having these mixed feelings of excitement that I'm going home in a few days; and panic, because I still have a lot of work to do.

So during my revision breaks, I have been either looking at funny pictures of cats (seriously, I need to get a life), or browsing websites, looking at clothes. And because it's summer, and all I want to do is sit outside, I've been looking at skirts. Although leggings are very comfortable for working, they're not exactly summer clothes, are they?
 1. Floral Print Skater Skirt 2. Totem Embroidered Skater Skirt 
3. Parisian Floral Pleated Skirt 4. Kissing Giraffe Pleated Skirt

Seriosuly, I want that giraffe skirt. In fact, I think I need it. Just like it needs me.
So yeah, I'm off to buy that right now :)

Hope you're all enjoying the lovely weather, while I'm stuck inside, looking out at the lovely weather ;)

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo

I love birthdays. I love thinking of the perfect present. I love baking and/or eating the cake. But most of all, I love it when there's a theme.
This week, it was my housemate's 21st birthday. Which meant it had to be amazing. And being who she is, she chose to have a Disney themed birthday.

It took her almost a month to choose who she was going as (seriously, I'm not kidding, she's terrible at making decisions), but eventually she decided to go as Cinderella. And because out of the four of us, I'm the only other baker, it was up to me to make her birthday cake.
Immediately I was thinking of ideas, and we both got a bit too excited. It actually got to the stage, while we were writing dissertations and essays, that she would look at pictures of cake during her breaks and send me said pictures. It soon became a daily thing for her to do.

So finally, after weeks of making costumes, organising presents and buying last minute cake decorations, her birthday arrived, and I was able to make the cake.
Do you have any idea how difficult it is to find sugar mice? I looked in all of the sweet shops in Nottingham, and they didn't have a single one! Fortunately, I found some chocolate mice, but I really had my heart set on sugar mice. They gave me such joy as a child :)

For this cake I used a large cupcake mold, and decided to decorate with some blue and marshmallow icing (recipe below). I then made some pumpkins out of fondant icing, as well as cutting out some shoes and a clock.
Overall, I'm so happy with it, when my housemate saw it she was so happy, it made all of the effort put into it worth it.

Marshmallow Icing:
Ingredients:
1 Jar of Marshmallow Fluff
100g Unsalted Butter
200g Icing Sugar
2tbsp Milk

Method:
Cream together the butter and icing sugar, until the mixture is pale. Add the marshmallow fluff a bit at a time, until the mixture is white throughout. Taste between each addition, in case you don't like your icing too sweet. The mixture can get a bit thick, so adding milk helps to make it a bit easier to stir.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Down the Rabbit Hole...

I realise I am not doing very well with this blogging thing. Seriously, just over three weeks since my last post, what am I doing? I sincerely apologise to the blogging gods. And to you of course.

Honestly, I do have valid reasons for being so rubbish. 
You don't realise until you get there that your final year of university is basically a bubble of work, food and sleep, and nothing else really exists outside of this bubble. 
But everything is (nearly) ok again, as I have handed in my dissertation, and am no longer committed to such a huge piece of coursework. (Read this as 'I have a life again!')
But then I remind myself that all I have left of my degree is four final exams, and then I'm finished with my education. And then I get a bit upset, because this part of my life is coming to a close.
Time flies by...

So now that my schedule is a bit more empty, I'm able to leave the house again, and treat myself to shopping trips. My housemate and I have found a new love for visiting tea rooms, and we
decided to go and visit our favourite place here in Nottingham:

Originally they started off with one tea room, a small, old fashioned place, full of charm and beautiful vintage accessories. And let's not forget the little old ladies sipping at their cups of tea. As soon as I saw the place, I just fell in love, it was beautiful. 

However, they recently opened a second one, which I knew I had to visit. 
And if it's possible, I love it even more than the first.
It's a more modern version of the original, but still has the vintage accessories, and the same colour scheme. And the same rabbit salt and pepper pots (seriously, they are just adorable). And because it's down an alleyway, it's a lot more quieter, giving it a more calming atmosphere.

And then there's the food. Every time I go, I keep wanting to try something different, but I always end up ordering the same scones with jam and cream, with a pot of tea. Because their scones are delicious. Served slightly warm, with clotted cream and jam, and they just melt in the mouth. Honestly, they are close to perfection for me.

If you are ever in Nottingham, try to visit either of these teahouses, and you will not be disappointed :)
I almost don't want to graduate just so I don't have to leave Nottingham, and this little tea house. 
What am I going to do without it?