Happy Friday, friends! How are you doing?
I wanted to update you on our cake sale for children in need last Friday – we made over £100! I baked chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with chocolate cream cheese frosting which turned out really yummy. I decorated them with a 2d nozzle – you can easily do either a pretty swirly swirl or a rose swirl with it, so it’s super handy to have one if you want to make pretty cupcakes. You can get them for about £3 online.
On Saturday I went to a blogger meet up in Nottingham, organised by Hannah and Emma and held at the Ned Ludd in Nottingham. I had a fish finger sandwich for lunch which was really poor so I wouldn’t recommend it for food, but the staff were lovely so a nice place for a Christmas cocktail!
The event was mainly fashion or beauty bloggers (I was the only food blogger!). We got a chance to mingle and talk, and heard from a few different brands. Lush also came along to show us how to make a bath bomb! I made a big blue, and I have to say mine looked pretty much the same as the picture online, so go me!
I found the process of making one really cool, but I have to say I still hate the smell of the bombs and most Lush products – they’re far too strongly scented for me! And I hate baths. But their range of natural bar shampoos looked interesting.
The girls were lovely enough to pull together a goody bag for us all too. My highlights were this eye primer which I used massively skeptically but have been really impressed with (eyeshadow that stays where it should be!) and the hello fresh breath spray which I find really useful because I don’t really like mints or gum, so this will be handy to put in my handbag.
AND all the participants were also matched to buy secret santa presents for each other! I got my girl a gift set from Lush (different strokes and all that!) and some homemade chocolate dipped marshmallows – I hope she liked them! I received some lovely presents, including these festive sprinkles – what a perfect present for me!
A lot of evenings this week have been spent at the vets, trying to get some answers for our seven month old kitten Brownie. She’s now been diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder and is having treatment in the pet hospital at the vets. It may or may not work, and if it doesn’t we’re going to have to say goodbye to her.
I am so sad that such a little kitten has spent part of her life feeling ill, but it’s just bad luck. Thankfully Bella is doing fine.
- Currently reading: Stone Mattress, a new collection of short stories by Margaret Atwood
- Currently listening to: 1989 by Taylor Swift. Some of the songs are insanely catchy!
- Currently lusting after: some ankle boots (flat, black or brown, comfy!). I’ve resisted the trend for many years but I think it’s finally time to embrace them! I tried on every pair they had in new look but they all looked a bit odd on me – my legs are pretty skinny! Any recommendations?
My goals for the next week are to continue to eat pretty healthfully and make time to try to de-stress. Various things have been causing me a lot of anxiety lately, and things have been really bad in the last couple of weeks since our kitten Brownie got really sick. I’m also going to be starting to put up some christmas decorations (gasp) and sort out my festive songs!
It is generally beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here – Nottingham’s Winter Wonderland is open, my nails are Christmas party-ified and my advent calendar is ready to go for December 1st! Do you have one? This year Cadbury had two dairy milk versions – a regular sized one with 90g of chocolate and a jumbo one with twice as much! Of course I went for the bigger one!
This weekend I’m going to re-make my Millie’s Cookies recipe and take (hopefully) some better photos for you! People LOVE the recipe (who doesn’t want to make Millie’s Cookies at home?!) but the pictures are a bit dreadful, which is a shame as the cookies taste so good!
What do you have planned this weekend? Do you have any goals for the next week that you’d like to achieve?