A few weeks ago I tried my hand at baking a birthday cake for a colleagues milestone birthday. It came about after I had an unfortunate incident with the microwave at work and a piece of cod I was reheating. Our office smelt like cod for days so the most obvious theme I could think of for the birthday cake was a fish.
Like a good baker I researched away on YouTube on what the best fish shaped cakes were out there. I came across this amazing video and decided I had to give it a go!
So armed with my apron, YouTube and enough icing sugar to last a life time I gave it a go!
I think it came out quite well!
I should probably add we are still friends and she loved the cake!
It’s that time of year again…new years resolutions! I’m great at thinking them up but awful at keeping them!
There are some things that I have to do this year in order to become a fully fledged ‘grown up’.
In no particular order these are…..
I’m awful with money. I’m the kind of person that think ‘oh well I really need that’ when looking at bargain boots that I will probably never wear. Some of you might know that I’m great at hoarding random junk that I come across at second hands shops and junk shops (I have bowls, frames and even a whisk knocking around somewhere!). What I’m not so great at is putting money away for a rainy day. The way things are at the minutes, it looks as if I could do with putting some money away as nobody seems to know what is around the corner in this current financial crisis.
I came across this great weekly savings challenge on Reddit and I’m going to try to stick to it! Any little helps right?! It’s in Dollars but I will user British Pounds instead.
Okay so this one is directly linked to saving some money. I’ve been living with my aunty and her family for over three years now so as I can pay off some of my student debts and save (??!?!?!). One downside to this is that I’m terrified of living alone! Every creak of the floorboards and I think somebody has broken into the house. I was left ‘house sitting’ earlier this week which turned out to be more of a nightmare than I had thought. Our house alarm decided to go off for no reason at 3 am and being very sleepy I couldn’t figure out what it was. In my sleepy state I then proceeded to set off the smoke alarms so I had two sets of alarms beeping at me. Needless to say I was close to a heart attack.
So that’s why I will be a disaster living alone.
Doing more things that make me happy
Spending more time with friends, less time on work and generally enjoying life!
I’m also hoping to complete my Goodreads reading challenge….but more on that later!
What an exciting few days we’re having here in the UK.
Red, white and blue is everywhere you look at the moment, brightening up this dull June weather! We had a lovely party yesterday (in the rain!) – complete with bingo and a red, white and blue theme! I even attempted some fancy 1950s hair which I will post about later.
In celebration of the jubilee, here is a small collection of facts about Queen Elizabeth!
The monarch learnt to drive in 1945.
Unusual live gifts given to the monarch on foreign tours include: two tortoises presented in the Seychelles in 1972; a seven-year-old bull elephant called Jumbo from the president of Cameroon in 1972 to mark the Queen’s silver wedding anniversary; and two black beavers presented after a visit to Canada.
In an average year, the monarch will host more than 50,000 people at banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and garden parties at Buckingham Palace. The sovereign also hosts more than 8,000 people each year at garden parties and investitures at Holyroodhouse, during Holyrood Week.
The sovereign has owned more than 30 corgis during her reign, starting with Susan who was a present for her 18th birthday in 1944. A good proportion of these have been direct descendants from Susan. The Queen currently has three corgis – Monty, Willow and Holly. The Queen also introduced a new breed of dog known as the dorgi when one of her corgis was mated with a dachshund named Pipkin which belonged to Princess Margaret.
The Queen has sat for 129 portraits during her reign.
During the past 60 years almost one and a half million people have attended garden parties at Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Queen ended debutante presentation parties in 1958.
The sovereign has given out approximately 90,000 Christmas puddings to staff, continuing the custom of George V and George VI.
During the last 60 years, the Queen has undertaken 261 official overseas visits, including 78 state visits, to 116 different countries.