Rad In August

Holy fuck it’s September already! Having said that I feel like August lasted forever which has got to be a good thing cause I had a lot of fun this past month. I liked it so much that I’m gonna bring back my monthly favourite list! This is gonna be things I’ve been loving including shows, music, articles, random crap, just anything really. Hell let’s just be honest here, I’m totally making this up as I go along. Sorry if this post doesn’t read amazingly, I’m having a 90’s dance party while writing and my mind tends to wander when I listen to music.

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Bullet Journaling

Bullet journaling has been something I’ve been aware of for a while now but for some reason in August I decided to take the plunge and start my own. I started with the basic model ideas from the Bullet Journal site then got creative from there. It’s really helped me organise my life and goals. Because it’s all in a plain notebook and you organise it as you go it means it’s super flexible allowing for anything to be added. I might write a whole post about my experiences with bullet journaling in a few months when I’ve had a bit more time to refine my personal style.

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Typography Apps

My two favourites are Font Candy and Typorama. Both are free to download and use but you can pay a few quid to get access to more fonts and other fun things. It’s just such a fun way to spruce up your instagram photos. The 4 above examples are all my own photos edited in the app to create awesome images.

This strawberry baked oatmeal recipe.

I made it once and it was so yummy and filling. I think it will be great for when I go back to uni. I can make some up on Sunday night then just grab a slice before a leave for the bus throughout the week.

Youtube

I have been so in love with 3 youtubers in the month of August. Deligracy  is an awesome Sim’s gamer who mostly posts house builds and lets plays of The Sims 4. I just finished binge watching her 6o part “Twins” let’s play. So much drama and story development! I got so invested in the characters and the storyline, that girl has talent! Annie Elainey  is so open and honest and I just love watching her videos. She vlogs about her life, chronic illness, social justice, movies, hair and much much more. Annie has also inspired me to start adding captions to all my videos to make them more accessible. Stef Sanjati is a Toronto based makeup artist who has bags and bags of personality and style. She posts makeup tutorials and challenges along with regular Q&As and updates on her personal experiences transitioning. Stef has such an infectious personality and her smile just makes me melt!

Music

This 90s Party Playist is my jam right now. I am raving to it right now and keep getting distracted by the tunes. This feel good playlist my Mum put together. Clearly this playlist shows where I get my fabulous music taste from. This playlist is the perfect mix of modern hits and classics creating a perfect happy summer vibe. I am also really digging the Suicide Squad soundtrack album, so many great songs in a neat package. If I have this playing through my headphones while I walk somewhere I instantly feel like a total badass and start subconsciously strutting my stuff.

This interview with Laverne Cox about the Rocky Horror remake

As a die-hard fan of the original I was somewhat sceptical about the modern remake but this has put all my fears to rest and I now can’t wait to watch it!

Yaaaasss! Destroying the mentality of being “not like other girls”

This post just gives me life. Being a girl isn’t a competition. We need to stand by our sisters and support each other.

And finally these two totally unrelated videos that just make me smile so much

 

 

And that’s that! I hope you all enjoy my recommendations, let me know in the comments.

Toodles!

Quick Fix Tortilla Chips

I love food and I love cooking but sometimes I just want a quick fix. I really fancied crisps the other night but didn’t have any in the house and it was too late to go out so I got experimental! I decided to try and make tortilla chips with some tortilla wraps I had left over from lunch. Luckily they came out amazingly and were much healthier and dare I say tastier than shop brought ones. So I thought I would share the recipe with you!

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Ingredients 

  • Tortilla Wraps (I used plain white wheat wraps but any would do)
  • A splash of olive oil (about 1/4 of a teaspoon per wrap)
  • Seasoning of your choice (I’ve used bbq seasoning and just salt so far but you could use anything- chilli powder, curry powder, black pepper, Italian herbs- get creative

Method 

  • Preheat your oven to 170º C (340ºF)
  • Lightly brush olive oil over one side of your tortilla then flip it over and do the same on the other side
  • Take a pizza slicer or knife and slice the tortilla into roughly 8 triangular slices
  • Arrange the slices on a baking tray
  • Sprinkle your seasoning of choice over all the slices. Try to be as even as possible here so you don’t get one chip loaded with seasoning and then another with virtually none.
  • Place in the oven for 5 minutes
  • Flip the chips and sprinkle on more seasoning
  • Return to the oven for 5 more minutes
  • Take out of the oven and serve! You can either eat these straight from the oven or wait for them to cool to room temperature

You can do whatever you want with these tortilla chips. I had then with some fajita Heinz beans and mayola for lunch today but you could have them plain, dipped in salsa, covered in melty vegan cheese the options are endless!

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know if you try it out.

Toodles.

Beardy Brownie Recipe- Vegan Jack Daniels and Cherry Brownie

It was my boyfriend’s birthday on Sunday and because I am a wonderful girlfriend I wanted to make him a cake. I wanted to make it special for him and he loves Jack Daniels so I knew I wanted to incorporate that. I also wanted to make the cake vegan so my vegan house mate could have a slice. From this The Beardy Brownie was born. I know, kinda odd name. I have named it The Beardy Brownie in honour of my boyfriends wonderful beard:

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Ingredients 

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❤ 250g Plain Flour

❤ 350g Sugar

❤ 65g Plain Cocoa Powder

❤ 1tsp Baking Powder

❤ 1tsp Salt

❤ 300ml Water

❤ 50ml Jack Daniels (any whiskey will do, or you could leave out the alcohol all together                                        and substitute it for 50ml water)

❤ 150ml Vegetable Oil

❤ 1tsp Vanilla Extract

❤ 100g Glacé Cherries (optional but yummy!)

Method  

1- Pre heat your oven to 180 c / gas mark 4.

2- Weigh all of your dry ingredients.

3- Wash the glacé cherries to remove all of the syrup. Next dry them thoroughly before chopping them into quarters. Toss the quarters in a teaspoon taken from your weighed out flour.

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4- Stir all of the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt) together in a large bowl.

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5- Measure out all of your wet ingredients (water, jack daniels, oil and vanilla extract) and add them to the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir the mixture together. You should get a lovely glossy batter. You could use either an electric whisk of a wooden spoon- both work equally well.

6- Fold in the quartered cherries.

7- Pour the batter into a lined tin. The cherries may come out in a bit of a clump, if this happens just redistribute them with a spoon.

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8- Cooking time depends of the depth of the tin. Check the brownie after 20 minutes by sticking a knife into the centre. If it comes out clean then the brownie is done. If not leave it in for 5 or 10 minutes longer. It should take 30 minutes maximum but all ovens vary.

9- Let the brownie cool in the tin for about 20 minutes before turning it out onto a cooling rack.

10- Once cool (if you can wait that long!) slice into squares and enjoy!

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This brownie is just so rich and yummy! The Jack Daniels adds a real depth and the cherries bring some sweetness in. This would be delicious served with some coconut cream or vegan custard. The birthday boy really liked it, as did everyone else and I hope you guys do too!

Toodles.