Monday, 31 December 2012

Making butterfly cupcakes

 Today I made some butterfly cupcakes from Mary Berry's cookbook. They turned out well, even if they didn't look perfect...
Here's how I made them:
For the cupcakes:
100g of baking margarine- if you have some of that squeezy Flora stuff that will work too.
100g of caster sugar
2 eggs
100g of self raising flour (I think it's called something different in America- I'm not sure of the name)
1tsp of baking powder (")
For the icing:
350g of icing sugar
175g of margarine

Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees c. Put all of the ingredients into a bowl and beat with a handheld electric whisk. After about 2 minutes the mixture should be nearly white- this shows it has lots of air in it. Spoon the mixture into 12 baking paper cases and put in the oven for 15 (ish) minutes. Once they come out cut a hole in the middle, slice the mixture that comes out in half. Fill the hole with butter icing and place the wing shapes on. Repeat for all of the cakes.

Holidays and doing nothing

I love the holidays- not because of all the stuff you can do when not at school but more wallowing in the pleasure of not having to be at school. I am a homely person, I love staying in my room, drawing and listening to music. I don't mind going for walks or anything like that but having to do 'activities' as such just makes me think: "why?".
I would rather stay home and bake than go to a class teaching you how to make soufflé, you might as well be at school. To be honest the only type of going out I enjoy are : going to the cinema, going to the theatre, and shopping.
I like school generally, but I would rather be at home doing something arty. I mean, what's the point of learning how to rename folders in IT when I understand basic HTML coding? Or why should I learn to make a stir fry in an hour in food tech when you can do it in 15 mins at home. Sorry about ranting about school, I should just be enjoying the time I have off. I just don't understand why some elements of school are considered more important than others...

Bye guys,
Flo Jo xxxxx

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas!

Hiya guys!
Merry Christmas! I can't believe it's this time of year already. 2012 has been such a full year, what with the Olympics and the jubilee (not that the second is a particularly big deal to me!!!!). I absolutely love Christmas- it's my favourite holiday of the the year. It's better than birthdays because everyone is exited rather than just you and you get time off school. Yep, most of my celebrations are about not being at school. You get to see all your family at Christmas which is good fun, and of course presents are always a good thing! I am a non religion so the religious aspect is nothing to do with it for me- its just a good excuse to celebrate! Christmas tv is amazing of course; I <3 Miranda, Outnumbered and Doctor Who!
 My Christmas routine is:
Wake up- this could be any time between 3:30 am and 6am. I can't help it, I get so exited!
Open stoking- I can do this without waking up mum, this buys her an extra 30 minutes or so of sleep!
Wake up mum- best done whilst offering a cup of tea.
Go downstairs- make yet more tea, including one for oneself. Stay awake by eating chocolate from stocking.
Open sack of presents- a Christmas tradition of ours is that mum doesn't give us big presents. Instead we get a big sack full of little presents. It's better that way.
Phone people- say merry Christmas, what did you get? Etc. etc., lovely thought but not the most fun in the world.
Open other presents- this takes my brother and sister 10 minutes max. And it takes me and mum about 2 hours. We believe in enjoying and savouring opening presents!
Enjoy presents- sort of the most fun part of the day, you have the fun of eating too much chocolate and reading.
People start to arrive- craziness, but loads of fun. My crazy family say happy Christmas and we all get very overexcited together!
Christmas dinner- BAM! Goes my vegetarianism, fake Xmas dinners are yuck!
TV- this can last a very long time, however if anyone has got a gadget people won't be talking and will be internetting.
Then there is no plan for the evening, at all.

Here's what I got for Christmas, present-wise this has been a very good year, I am soo lucky!
iPad- to share with Mabel and Arthur, that is actually what I am writing this blog post on. How cool is that?!? It's the 4th gen with retainer display.
Kindle- I love my kindle, it means I can read and be on a gadget simultaneously, my idea of heaven. Also, the books are super cheap, I got one for 75p!
Radio- I have needed one for ages ever since my CD player broke, it has dab and an iPod connection!
Books- lots of different types. Now I can read forever, mwahahaaha!
Clothes- well, duh. I am a girl!
Other bits and bobs: pens, vouchers, speaker etc, etc.

What have you got for Christmas this year? Anything truly amazing? If so, I'd love to here about it! Please tell me in the comments!
Flo Jo xx

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

My favourite blogs

Hi folks!
Today will just be a short post to share a list of my fave blogs, these are not in any particular order- I love them all equally! :

  • The First Lime - this girl is just so unbelievably cool. Maybe I am a bit jealous of her drawing skills...
  •  Crafty Girl* - just a lovely, simple personal blog of a 14 year old girl. 
  • Spaceship to infinity - another incredible artist, personal blog
  • Know and Tell crafts - this one is a bit unusual in that it's written by a boy. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just I haven't found any other blogs written by boys in this category.
  • Picking Daisies - I love this website design on this blog. Lovely just for a quick read.
  • Donut pastry - possibly one of the best names for a blog ever, I only discovered this one recently
Thanks for reading xx
P.S I'm singing in a MASSIVE cathedral tomorrow with my school! Argghh! As I'm in the choir I am doing lots of extra bits including... Singing in a group of only ten, but I guess it will be an amazing experience. Wish me luck... xx