Sunday, 29 October 2017

Creepy cookies

Hey guys, 

It is super close to Halloween now and I am extremely excited for it. I hope you all have big plans, whether that be a party, trick or treatin' or watching spooky films all night. No matter what you guys do I hope you all have an awesome time! 

This year myself and my fiance decided that we are going to be hosting a party (Kee has never been to a Halloween party so we thought it was necessary to have one). I absolutely adore having parties/ social gatherings (for anyone who always used to say that to their parents to make sure they knew you weren't drinking) and I love decorating the house and preparing goods (especially for Halloween)! 

Today I will be showing you how to (attempt to) make some creepy cookies. I apologise in advance for my baking skills, they aren't quite up to scratch yet. But then again if you don't try, you'll never know eh?

So first of all you'll be needing to gather your ingredients for the biscuit dough. I always follow a recipe without eggs because; one it is simple to do, and two I never seem to have eggs in. 

Biscuit dough:
Caster sugar: 2 oz
Butter: 4 oz
Plain flour: 6 oz 
Almond extract: several drops

Simple enough to get? I do usually use vanilla extract however this time I accidentally ordered almond extract I thought I would try something new. First of all pre heat your oven to gas mark 2/150°C.  After you have done this you can begin with the dough and start to mix the sugar and butter together until it has a sort of fluffy texture. Then add in the flavouring. You can also add in some food colouring at this point depending on what cookies you are making. Once this is all mixed in you can add a little bit of the flour and mix in, then repeat this until you are able to make a ball of dough without the mix falling apart.

Next step from here is to sprinkle a little flour over your work surface and then roll out the dough. Then you can start cutting the dough into spooky shapes like spiders, ghosts, pumpkins and gravestones. I wasn't able to find any around the shops so I drew them out and cut them up to work around. Once you have done this you will need to butter up your baking tray so the biscuits don't stick to the tray, that's the last think you want to happen! Then place in the oven for around 20/25 minutes depending on how thin the biscuits are. It is always better to start off with a lower time so you don't accidentally over cook the cookies!


Once your cookies have baked to perfection and cooled down you can begin the fun part - decorating! I always always go for using icing sugar and making my own icing but somehow I always end up destroying any sort of dignity the poor biscuits had. So, this time I decided to go for ready to roll icing. It did work better than the icing sugar so that is a plus side! 

 Follow the instructions on the icing (depending on which sort you go for). For the ready to roll icing you can place the biscuit on top of the icing and use a knife to cut around. Use some water to stick the icing onto the biscuit and wrap the edges round.

For colouring you can roll out the icing and place into a bowl with some food colouring and then mix around so all the icing is covered. This seemed to work really well for the orange food dye to make the pumpkin shapes. However, it was slightly difficult to colour for the black icing (I would recommend getting the black ready to roll icing instead of using food colouring). Then you can add little details (such as eyes) with straws and using a knife dipped into the food dye, just to add a little extra to the cookies.

Once this has all set you are ready to serve them all up, or feel free to lock them away from everyone else! 

Super easy to do and really cheap as well. If you are trying these or have tried this out let me know how it goes for you! Tank you for reading today!

Peace out! 

Friday, 13 October 2017

Postboxed: A gift for everyone

Hey guys, 

I hope you're all doing well, even if it is beginning to get a bit chilly right now, so go do yourself a favour and grab a warm cup of tea (or coffee or whatever hot beverage you enjoy) before you sit down to read this post. 

It is fast approaching that time of year where the nights grow longer and the festive season is due to commence... and we all know what that means. Rushing around, late night shopping until we finally get gifts for everyone, but even then there is always that last minute item you have forgotten to get while you were out! 

Wouldn't it make it so much easier if there was a gift you could get without even leaving the house? What if I were to tell you there is a place you can do this, but you don't even have to stay at home to receive the parcel? That's right, there is an online ordering site where you can order gifts for family/friends to your house and they are small enough to fit through your post box. Or for those long distance friends/family you can get the gifts delivered to their address and surprise them on a special day. Postboxed gifts offers free gift-wrapping, gift cards and even a custom delivery date so you can order today and get this delivered for a certain date weeks from now. How cool?! 

I thought I would share a few of Postboxed's gifts with you guys today and share what I love from this site. 

So I was searching through the site and I did just have to share this gift with you, it is called Beer Box. This box includes a poster of the 50 greatest beers in the world, a tea towel, a bottle opener and a grow your own beer garden matchbox. Like you can grow your own beer garden, what? To be quite honest, this gift had me at 'Beer'....

It can sometimes be hard to find that perfect gift for someone so Postboxed has created the option for you to go ahead and order a mystery gift. Now don't worry, it isn't totally random, you can also choose the size of the gift and what occasion/who it is going to be for! They have even said that if you are struggling to choose what gift to go for this is the best option as it is worth more than what you pay, awesome sauce to that! 

Postboxed also do little gifts for those who are celebrating their life together in love. I came across this little package and thought it was quite adorable, Bride to be box. For those of you who have read some of my previous posts I am currently engaged so hint hint to anyone who knows me. In all seriousness though, check out this gift because it is awesome. 

So sit back and enjoy the ease of stress free, online ordering just in time for Christmas.

What do you guys think of this site and what gift would you order from here?

Peace out!