Friday, June 21, 2013

Putting Pen to Paper...


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Birthday Time...

Yesterday my younger sister turned 18, I can't believe she's officially an adult! It makes me feel really old. As she's allergic to all preservatives as wells as many other things such as chocolate and berries, I opted to make her a cake. Seeing as she's limited to what she can have, I took to good old Google to find a recipe for something new and suitable. I knew I wanted to make some sort of banana cake but I needed to find one that had the least amount of ingredients possible in order to make sure she didn't have a reaction. It didn't take me long to find the perfect recipe!
Banana cake straight from the oven
The recipe I used can be found here, I adapted it slightly by not using the sponsored brand products and by leaving out the poppy seeds and sultanas. It was pretty simple to make, the only slightly annoying thing is the hour and fifteen minutes it takes to cook - I was worried about burning the top so spent the entire time sat in the kitchen constantly checking the cake!

Frosting and candles :)
I topped the cake with some vanilla flavoured butter icing and more bananas. Although it's not a typical birthday cake, I'm really pleased with how it came out! It also tasted delicious (even if I do say so myself ha). My sister also loved it which was the main thing. I'll definitely make this cake again and I'm pretty certain it'll become a family favourite.

Have you found any new recipes that you love?

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Throwback Thursday...

This week, when clearing out my room in preparation for a bit of decorating, I stumbled across lots of old photos. It got my reminiscing about my childhood and I thought I'd share some of the photos on here (I apologise for the photo heavy post, I just couldn't decide which ones to leave out!).

I love old photos of my parents, especially ones that show off great 90s fashion. I particularly enjoy my Dad's waistcoat in the photo from Christmas! I love this photo of my Mum, it's weird to think that she's only three years older than I am now in it.

There's four years between me and my sister and whilst we have the odd disagreement we get on pretty well! I included the picture on the right as I vividly remember bouncing and pushing my sister in her baby bouncer as if it were a swing for hours. 

Most of the memories I have from being little include my sister, my cousin and France. Having a French Nan means that as a family we visit France every year. When we were younger, my sister and I used to invent games that involved the red stools my Nan used to have at her house. We'd pretend they were cars or use them as a bridge to get us across crocodile infested waters. I also remember spending lots of time at my cousins house, endlessly playing and whizzing round the garden in his plastic car. I love the photo on the right as I think it perfectly captures the happy memories I have of being little. It also shows how my sister and I used to love wearing the same outfits, we wanted to be twins ha!

As a family, we often went skiing and to Greece. I absolutely love family holidays, I really enjoy spending time with my Mum, Dad and sister. Even now, at the age of 21, I look forward to family holidays. I'm going to miss being around them 24/7 when I do eventually move out, but that's a little while away yet!

This has to be one of my all-time favourite photos. It's from my first ever ballet exam and will always remind me of where my love for dance came from. 

I love looking through old photos, they always bring a smile to my face. I think it's important to have lots of photos around the house so, I've decided to create a photo wall in my bedroom. It's going to be full of my friends and family and hopefully will act as a reminder of all the good things that life brings. Once it's complete, I'll do a post and include photos of my updated bedroom.

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