Sunday, 15 October 2017

HOW I WENT FROM LOVING TO HATING BLOGGING

I started my blog when I was a high school student living in Spain - a teenager obsessed with YouTube videos and with a lot of free time. I've been writing ever since I can remember; what used to be three sentences stories about princesses turned into two pages of magical adventures and eventually into long Google Docs about anything you could imagine.  I've never had  many hobbies, but writing has always been one.  So having my own blog seemed like the perfect match. 

And it was. 



This little blog has not only given me a creative outlet but has also made me  discover my passion for photography and allowed me to meet some incredible people who are now my best friends. Blogging brought me joy; I would love spending my entire weekends taking photos and drafting posts.  I would happily stay up until 3AM writing and commenting on my favourite blogs. I would always get super excited when people left lovely comments, when a brand approached me to collab, when someone liked my blog enough to give me a follow or when I came up with what I thought was a brilliant idea for a post. 

My blog was, in a way, a source of happiness for me. But recently it's become more of a chore. 

I am a completely different person to the teenager that started this blog - I live in a different country, have graduated university and am starting my career, I have bigger responsibilities and less free time. Publishing three to four posts a week is not a realistic goal for me anymore, but I still try. Because that's the kind of person that I am: I don't like to admit defeat. 

This has led me to publish content I'm not happy with, to use stock images instead of my own ones and to just not be happy with my blog in general anymore. Hitting that publish button does no longer make me smile. I've realised that, at some point, I started treating my blog a bit like a job. But the truth is: if I don't post for two weeks it is okay. 

This sounds like a farewell; but it is not. I love this url too much and too much of my life is amongst these pixels - it would take a lot for me to just abandon this site. But all of this has been on my mind for a while and I just wanted to get it out there.

Essentially, I want to learn to love blogging again, I know deep down I still do.
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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

BEST MARSHAMALLOW BROWNIES


I love brownies, but then again who doesn't?

Sometimes a simple brownie won't cut it though. At first I thought about baking Slutty Brownies, you can never go wrong with chocolate, Oreos and some cookie dough. But I felt like trying something new.

There are two things I associate with autumn and cosy evenings: pumpkin pie and S'mores. Whilst I could have added some pumpkin puree to my brownie batter or even some actual pumpkin, I thought S'mores brownie was a safer bet.

I didn't end up baking a proper S'mores brownie purely because 1) we don't have Graham Crackers in the UK 2) I didn't want to fuck it up by using similar biscuits that are not the same 3) it was too much work. So... I decided to bake some yummy brownies and top them with toasted marshmallow. It was fab.



These are honestly super easy and quick to make. They were also very popular with my flatmates, their literal words were "this is the best thing you've ever cooked". So they were either really amazing or I am a very bad cook. I'll go with the former. 



Ingredients


1 cup sugar
4 tbsp unsalted butter
100 g dark chocolate 
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla essence


Instructions


Melt the butter and dark chocolate together in a double boil, making sure you're constantly stirring. Once it's melted let it sit for a few minutes to cool down a bit. 

Add in the egg, egg yolk, vanilla essence and sugar. Slowly add the flour and cocoa powder and mix until it's all well combined. 

Bake at 180˚C for 20 min. 

Pour the marshmallows on top and grill for about 3-5 min or until the marshmallows are toasted. 

Let it cool before cutting into it as otherwise the melted marshmallows will go everywhere (speaking from experience. 

And enjoy!!
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Sunday, 8 October 2017

MY OCTOBER TO DO LIST



You're probably expecting me to say something along the lines 'omg I can't believe it's October already!!".

Well, plot twist: I can't believe it's only October. It honestly feels like it's December, I'm already feeling so festive; I keep forgetting it's not even winter yet. Maybe the miserable weather has something to do with it, or maybe I'm just way too excited for Christmas... 

Last September I did a post on my goals for the month and I felt like sharing it online made me more motivated, and I felt like it put some pressure on me (in a good way) so I thought I would do it again. To be honest, my main goal for this month is probably to carve a great pumpkin, but let's focus on more important matters.

Don't fall onstage

My uni graduation is this month and, whilst I am very excited because the photos are going to be faaab, I am also incredibly scared; I'll be wearing heels and I don't do heels. My balance and coordination are second to none so falling onstage wouldn't super unexpected. Let's all pray for this clumsy girl and hope I remember how to walk.

I'll keep you updated.

Stop being SO busy

I feel like I've been so busy recently - having friends is E-XHAUS-TING. And as much as enjoy having stuff to do and being a busy bee, I also need some chill time which I am determined to get soon.

I also need to spend more time on my blog, my posting has been really inconsistent and I blame this on my many social commitments.

Wow, I do make myself sound very popular. 

Read More


I think I mentions in my September To Do List that I wanted to read more and, guess what! I actually have!! GO ME.

I've started re-reading the Harry Potter saga and I am loving it. This is actually the first time I'm reading it in English so it's kind of like reading brand new books. I'm currently on the second book; my aim is to read them all before the end of the year but we'll see how that goes.

If you guys have any recommendations hit me up, I'm always looking for new books to read! 

Budget


Let's just say that budgetting is not my strength, but it's all about learning and growing... right?  I'm getting the famous and popular Monzo card soon, hopefully that'll make me realise how much money I spend on stupid things sometimes.

To be honest, I just need a good slap on the face every time I go on ASOS  basically. 


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Saturday, 30 September 2017

RECIPES I WANT TO TRY THIS AUTUMN

It's officially autumn! *runs to Starbucks and gets a Pumpkin Spice Latte*

I have to say I actually did have a PSL the other day and was deeply disappointed - I want to believe that it was the barista's fault and that maybe she was new, because it honestly felt like I was drinking syrup with a drop of coffee. Anyway, I'm not here to talk about my traumatic Pumpkin Spice Latte experiences. So let's move on. 

Whilst I don't bake that often, I do love baking on the weekends. Specially in autumn and winter when the weather outside is not very inviting. Recently, I've been seeing loads of mouth watering cookies, cakes and all sorts of baked goodies on  Bloglovin and Pinterest, so it's obviously inspired me to bake even more.

I thought it would be nice to put together all the recipes I am dying to try in a blog post so that you guys can also give them a try or get some inspo, enjoy!

Mulled Apple Cider Chai French Crullers 




How incredibly indulging do these look? I have to admit I am not the biggest fine of apple cider but even I am willing to give this a try because I am positive they taste like pure autumn with a hint of Christmas (aka heaven).

They also seem quite easy to make and take less than an hour so definitely worth a try, plus I absolutely love chai but I have never used it to bake sooo... I am honestly so excited to give these a try.

Chewy Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies



What's autumn without pumpkin flavoured everything - even chewing gum. I love pumpkin and I absolutely adore pumpkin cake, so I obviously have to make these cookies. It's like fate. To be honest, there is no way these don't taste heavenly. Pumpkin with chocolate chips is like the best combination ever. 

I can already imagine myself with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and a few of these cookies, curled up in a soft blanket watching Harry Potter (the best movies to watch in autumn, don't ask me why but they feel very autumnal to me). Absolute goals. 

Baked Apples



As a kid, I used to hate baked apples. I thought they looked gross and obviously I was not going to eat something that didn't look beautiful... or something that people kept saying was dessert but looked too healthy to me. Thankfully, I eventually grew out of these phase. 

Now, I like baked apples more and more every time I try them. I also love how quick they are to make and how relatively healthy they are. But I've never actually made them myself. I usually only have them when I'm at home and my parents make them. They are perfect for an indulgent snack on a crisp October evening, or a light dessert when you're craving something sweet. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread




I keep seeing people on social media (specially Americans) going on and on about how much they love pumpkin bread, but I've never actually tried it. If there's a time to lose my pumpkin bread virginity, it has to be autumn. It does look and sound pretty incredible so I am very excited to try it. 

It also seems like it would make my entire flat smell delicious so why spend £15 on an overpriced scented candle when you can bake this bread and as a plus you even get to eat it; it's a win-win situation.  

Overnight Cinnamon Apple French Toast Casserole


Okay, when I saw this post on my feed I honestly gasped. French Toast is my favourite breakfast ever, I add cinnamon to literally everything and the word 'casserole' screams cosiness and brown leaves so I have to try this recipe. 

I honestly have never seen a more appetising French Toast, looking at this photo genuinely makes me happy (and also hungry). I also love that it's an overnight recipe, I love waking up excited because I get to try some yummy food for breakfast - it kind of feels a bit like Christmas morning. I am 100% trying this next weekend, you'll definitley hear all about it on my Twitter and Instagram


What are you dying to try this autumn?

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