Friday, 9 February 2018

We attempted brownies..


Recipe sourced from www.cookbakeeat.com
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Serves: 12
Hoping you all appreciate my collage skills ;)
Ingredients
  • 185g Dark Chocolate
  • 185g Butter
  • 85g Plain Flour
  • 40g Cocoa Powder
  • 3 Eggs
  • 275g Caster Sugar
  • 6 Cadbury Creme Eggs
Instructions
  1. To begin, preheat the oven to 180 and gas mark 4.
  1. Melt the butter and chocolate together in a bowl over a pan of hot water.
  2. Once melted, leave to cool.
  3. Mix your eggs and sugar using an electric whisk. This takes time and your mixture needs to double in size and thicken up. Your mix should also be pale in colour.
  4. Add you egg and sugar mix to your cooled chocolate mixture. TIP: Make sure your chocolate mixture is at least luke warm, or cooler. If the chocolate mixture is too hot it will cook the eggs!
  5. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and fold everything together. TIP: Take your time and be gentle :)Pour everything into your brownie tray and cook for about 20 mins.
  6. Whilst that's cooking, start to cut your creme eggs in half. This is tricky and doesn't always turn out very neat, but don't worry, it will still taste great. If you heat our nice in hot water before every slice it may also help.
  7. After 20 mins cooking, take out your brownies. They should be looking quite cooked around the edge but still quite soft in the middle. Place your eggs on top of the half cooked brownies and gently press down. I found I could fit 3 across each row.
  8. Bake for a further 10 - 15 mins or until cooked through
    out.
  9. Once cooked, leave to cool before cutting. I found these brownies taste amazing warmed up and served with vanilla ice cream!
Lots of love, 
Marti xxx

P.S. If you make these feel free to send pictures as I'd love to see how they turn out!

Friday, 2 February 2018

Unnecessary

Unnecessary photo of Ziggs and I
It's been a very busy year- especially to say it's only February! Every time I sit down to start writing; I realise that I have about five minutes before I need to be out again, leaving my mind a little jumbled. I wanted to write something beautiful to make up for my slacking, but the best we're getting right now is a word vomit. We do our best :)


Ella's wedding in January
 I'm at that stage of having a cold where everything just seems that bit gloomier. It's not a very nice place. I was making a cup of tea earlier and it felt as though it took so much energy. I'm also getting about twelve hours of sleep haha.

My big sister Ella got married at the start of the year and my brother engaged too. I've had my second set of mocks, which went okay, but I'm really not enjoying school all that much. 

I've been invited to an interview for an apprenticeship at a travel agency, which I'm really looking forward to and I'm also decided on which sixth form I'd go to otherwise. I'm feeling very torn between the two options, but I'll just have to see how the interview goes. 

NYE with Leah- looking far
more tipsy than I was (honest!)
We're working on an extract of Macbeth at drama, with yours truly being everybody's favourite equivocator. I've started going to some other youth groups with Leah (her blog's pretty groovy), which have definitely filled my week :)

I've been alternating between the library and work on saturdays, which has meant I'm always doing something different and meeting new people. A lot of the people I volunteer with are older than me, but I like that. It's a welcome break from school haha :)

I'm not giving you any context on this one haha
I've signed up for NCS over summer, as well as Brighton for a week with my family. I think it's always good to have things to look forward to, especially when exams are the only word you hear at school!

 It's half term next week, marking fifteen weeks left of year eleven. It's not all that much when you look at it like that, but I'm honestly so sick of it. I'm trying to make the best of it, but it's tricky when the sky is so beautiful and the lesson really is not!

I've got lots planned for over half term, including the Save the Children sale (big jumble sale, more later), stacking shelves and not having a moment to myself. That's the way we like it :)

I've been really grateful to have a handful of sparkly people in my life who have made January that bit more bearable. Whether it be Kim Woodburn memes or braindead nonsense, I love you all dearly.


All my love, Marti xxxx
P.S. My photos got featured on Cathy's blog!

Friday, 26 January 2018

Friday, 19 January 2018

Dear my little, baby brother

Here I am either giving you a hug or stealing your toys. Sisterly love.


Dear my little baby brother,

You're not so little anymore- you're nearly as tall as me in fact. When you were born, I sat at Gran's dinner table and drew my princess, baby sister. She had beautiful, long hair and wore, wait for it, pretty, pink dresses. I  showed her off to all my friends, but wouldn't let them get too close because she was all mine. 

And then you came. A phone call on Gran's landline told me that, in fact, my baby princess was a prince. I was disappointed- I'm not going to lie. I felt robbed of a friend, or more specifically, a dress up doll.

Your eyes were sticky and you made funny noises. Your hair stuck up in all the wrong places and none of your clothes were pink. Nonetheless,
I loved my little brother.

You got a little older and never objected to my dress up games. I suppose now is the time I should apologise for getting you to do a catwalk in the clothes from Gran's trunk, but I know you loved it really.

When you came into reception, I made sure my friends and I were the little helpers. I'd spend by break time sharpening pencils just so that I could sit with you in assembelies.

You may not notice it all the time, but
I love you very much. These days, you're too cool to hang out with me, but I know the reason you like pink so much is down to me.

All my love,
Your big sister Marti xxx



Friday, 12 January 2018

Health and Happiness: a mood board











Some happy words to cleanse the soul.
All images sourced from https://www.pinterest.co.uk/martistelling/health-and-happiness/ 
Lots of love, 
Marti xxx

Monday, 1 January 2018

Pushing Yourself- Guest Post by Leah

After reviewing my new year’s resolutions post from the start of this year, I realised that I really need to aim to make my goals for this year a little more realistic to achieve for 2018.


Now that I’m in year eleven, my attitude towards school has changed quite a lot in the way that I am taking lessons more seriously and doing revision and am really enjoying pretty much all of my lessons. This year is also the year where I have realised that my previous habits (no revision apart from what I’m made to do in class and the possible brief flick through my notes 30 seconds before the test itself) may not be the best idea anymore because although it has worked in the past, I probably won’t be able to wing a test on everything I’ve covered over the past year and a half. So my aim is to make notes on everything I have covered since the start of last year (year ten) with the aim of achieving my goal that I have had set for myself for a while now, which is to walk out of all my exams with Bs as a minimum grade (which are 6s in the new grading system).

I am also going to aim to take better care of myself both physically and mentally: physically in the way that I am going to try avoid junk foods a little more and aim for more healthier alternatives and also stop staying up late watching things on my tablet as I always end up regretting it the next day when I can barely keep my eyes open. Mentally I am going to try do the best I can in terms of my school work to make sure I meet deadlines on time so I don’t stress about missing them, causing myself to have stress headaches most days of the week! I am also going to do this by making a better effort at keeping my room tidy to some degree so I don’t lose important work/revision in the mess, and stress myself out further.

Although this is all school related, I know and have known for a while that I need to get things under control a little more at school and with my school work in order to clear my mind and help myself make it out of my exams in one piece, with my social life and friendships still intact.


My goals for the new year have been made a little more manageable this time round, and I am currently on the road to achieving these with high levels of success. My advice would be to think about what you’ll be able to achieve within the new year and what will benefit you and perhaps your friends and family this year.

Hope you have a great new year!