Getting back into it! 

I can’t believe a whole 6 months has passed and I have not posted anything! I would like to say the reason is because nothing interesting has happened but that’s not the case.

It’s time I pull my finger out and start posting 😊

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First trip to Ireland // Dublin 

 

Earlier in November I took my first ever trip to Dublin with a group of my friends. 

We decided to take the cheaper option and get the ferry over from Holyhead. This takes about three and a half hours and is a great laugh as long as you don’t get bad weather. Clearly mother nature wasn’t on our side as the sea was rough. But this was ok as we had all stocked up on antisickness tables. 

*warning* if the packet says take one, don’t take two because they are small and you think they “wont do much” as you will suffer the consequences. The result of taking two tablets was drowsiness and sleeping for about two and a half hours, meaning I missed some serious bar time… But in my defence I wasn’t sick, success!

Upon arrival we got the bus into the town centre and checked into the beautiful ‘Trinity hotel’. We only had the weekend therefore we decided to hit the Christmas markets and grab some food before heading back into the town centre.

It was then time to start tactically planning that nights antics which didn’t really take long as everyone had the same idea… Find the nearest bar! 

Shortly after we headed back to our hotel, got changed and went straight to temple bar. I can honestly say Dublin night life has an amazing atmosphere and such a buzz! I would definitely recommend it and would love to go back again.

Odd moment- The next morning while walking around the city centre we happened to pass the Mrs Browns Boys camera crew filming Rory in a pink tutu putting the star on top of the tree. Make of this what you will…

 

Baking // Lego cake 

 
So I made a Lego cake! 

This is a great idea for children’s birthdays or even if you have a Lego obsessed boyfriend like mine.

Due to not having a lot of time or patience I did cheat by buying the Madeira cake mix from asda and ready made icing that only needed to be rolled out.

Recipe 

  • Madeira cake mix *2
  • Ready made icing *2
  • 4 eggs 
  • 150g soft butter 
  • 300ml milk 
  • Jam 
  • Buttercream 

As I only had one cake tin I had to repeat the below twice.

I started by preheating the oven to gass Mark 4. I then added one of the Madeira cake mixes, 2 eggs, 75 grams of soft butter and 150ml of milk, which I whisked until smooth. I then placed greaseproof paper in the tin and poured the mixture out evenly. Once this was done I placed the cake in the oven for 30 minutes, this did take a little longer so leave in for extra time if needed.

After repeating the above step and waiting for both cakes to cool I cut off the excess cake and added the jam into the middle, it was then time to add the icing. Adding the icing was probably the trickiest part, I had to open both packets and roll them into a rectangular shape so it would cover the whole of the cake, along with having to have enough left to make all eight studs. 

*tip: to make the studs use a milk bottle top.

I hope this has been helpful, feel free to ask any questions.