Thursday, 30 October 2014

Embakes for Halloween!!

Hello Everybody,
It's been a while since I have done an Embakes post, but today I thought that as it is Halloween tomorrow and a lot of us are trying to think of things to take to our Halloween parties I would share a couple of my favourite Halloween recipes with you all. I am really excited about sharing these recipes because they are my favourite things to make at this time of the year, and of course when I write posts like these I can eat the food afterwards... well... kind of! I do have to save some of the offerings for a party I am going to tomorrow, but more on that another time.

Sausage Mummies

Ingredients

500g puff pastry
10 large hot dog sausages
1 egg
Yellow mustard to serve

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 190'c. Place a silicon sheet (or baking parchment if you haven't got one) on a metal baking sheet. Then roll out the puff pastry to thickness of 5mm onto a lightly floured surface. Then cut this into ten long strips.
2. Wrap the pastry strips around the sausages leaving a gap at the top of each so the mummies can see *yes, I am that kind, but you know, my pleasure*. This should look like the sausage is wrapped up in bandages, so if it doesn't you have probably gone wrong somewhere and may want to try again.
3. Beat the egg with a teaspoon of water and brush it over the pastry so that when they are baked they have a golden brown glazed look to them. Bake them in the oven for 15 minutes or until the pastry has risen and is golden. Allow to cool and then pipe on little mustard eyes, because that's cute and we don't want them to be too scary to eat.

Meringue Ghosts

Ingredients

250g icing sugar
4 egg whites
a little melted chocolate

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 140'c. Sift the icing sugar into a large heatproof bowl and add the egg whites. Stand the bowl over a pan of simmering water and whisk until the mixture is very thick. Remove from the heat and continue whisking until cool.
2. Spoon the meringue mixture into a piping bag (you do not need to worry about a piping nozzle) and pipe the ghosts in a zig zag fashion onto a baking sheet, creating a larger blob at the beginning to form a head.
3. Bake for 1 hour, when done the meringues should be dry and lift off of the baking sheet easily, but shouldn't have started to colour.
4. Allow to cool and then pipe on some little chocolate eyes.

I hope you enjoyed this little post, happy baking and happy halloween.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Pumpkin Carving 2014!!

Hello Everybody,
I thought I would try something a little more halloweeny this year and set myself a challenge of carving a pumpkin. I'm not going to lie... I think I'm better at sticking to my day job... oh wait... but I wouldn't necessarily say that my pumpkin carving was terrible either. However, I probably need a little more practice pumpkin carving, seeing as this is the first time I've ever carved one *yes, this is my 16th halloween yet I have still never carved a pumpkin*.
I think I was trying to go for the crooked smile, evil look pumpkin, which to be honest I believe I did achieve. However, I did notice shortly after I started carving my pumpkin, that he was leaning downwards, bless him. Did I mention that I named him Patrick? Get it? Patrick the Pumpkin. Nope, I thought not. Back to the leaning issues, I managed to wedge part of the cut out eye underneath Patrick so that he was standing up right and looked a little less "hunchback" to put it nicely.
Before I started carving my pumpkin I did start off with a template, but I couldn't find any sellotape, so when I looked at my pin-prick guidelines after using my templates, I quickly came to the revelation that there is no way I could deal with eyes that were completely different angles to one another. I also realised that because I think I am clever and skilled on the carving front, I hadn't thought through how tricky it would be to carve out intricate details with a carving knife that only comes out to carve the turkey at Christmas.
Overall though, I enjoyed my pumpkin carving and I think I will have to make it a yearly tradition, hence why I have put "2014" in the title. Maybe if I do it yearly I will eventually be able to achieve a carving that looks perhaps a little more professional then the one I have sitting on my dining room table today. But, all I can say is... at least I tried, and to be honest, being afraid of sticking a knife through a pumpkin for the rest of my life was just not going to cut it. I do AS Food Tech for goodness sake... it's no different to cutting a carrot... okay... well... maybe a little... or a lot.
Until next time,
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Monday, 27 October 2014

It's Monday, not Moanday!

Hello Everybody,
It's time I have a rant, about the bad press that Monday has been getting, for, well... as long as I can remember. But, I do not understand why, since when have people said it's okay for Monday to be a day of being miserable? Never! We need to reinvent Monday, and turn it into a positive thing, so I am going to talk about how I am going to do my bit to make Monday's great!
Source: Weheartit & Edited: By Me!!

1. Monday is a fresh start!

We forget that Monday is the day that we can start the week fresh faced, and in some cases fresh headed. Put last weeks mistakes behind you and know that this is a new start. We learn from our mistakes, and Monday is the day we can put that into practice. Monday is not an excuse to start another bad week.

2. Plan before

Perhaps planning what you want to do on Monday is good idea. But remember, keep it positive and don't over-do it. There is only so much you can do in a day, and too much on the to-do list can make you feel unmotivated and then negative about it being a Monday, when it should be a positive thing.

3. Monday's are positive

Think about what you say, think about what you tweet. Nobody said that it is okay to decide Monday is a bad day as soon as you wake up on this particular day of the week. Wake up and think "I'm going to have a good week." It all starts with a positive mindset.

I hope you enjoyed this post.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Cheap Halloween Decorations!

Hello Everybody,
Today I am doing a post about some really cheap decorations that you can buy or even make for Halloween to make your room look a little less ordinary and a bit more jazzy! Do people even use the word jazzy? Anyway, this was going to be another DIY post with a pumpkin, but I soon discovered once I got into town, that there was no way in heck that I was going to be carrying a pumpkin all the way back to my house.
The first thing I did to make my room look a little more "Halloweeny" was I swapped my usual cupcake calendar for a wooden board on string that says the words, "Happy Halloween". I thought it was a really cool wall decal, and super cheap considering it was only a £1 from ASDA and is a rather decent size. I also really like the the orange, white and black colour theme it has, because although I don't normally have that colour in my room it actually looks quite nice with my lilac wall.
The next thing I bought was a miniture fake pumpkin that is black with 2 white zig zags going around it's perimeters. I looks so funky sitting onto of my books and magazine that I keep on my bedside table and it truely does put me in the Halloween spirit. It is also glittery so even though it is quite dark and mysterious it still has a little bit of a girly vibe. It was also a bargain price of £1 at ASDA again!
And, of course I couldn't forget the Ghost bottle that I made on Tuesday, which sits very nicely on my bedside table along with everything else, which I really like. It is nice to have something a little more handmade on your festive table as well as some things that you bought.
I hope you enjoyed this Halloween post and this post helps you think of some cheap and easy ways of decorating your room for the haunted season.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

DIY// Ghost Bottles!

Yayay!!
You will be excited to know that today I am doing another DIY post after this post went down really well and I love doing little DIYs sometimes, I just struggle to find the time occasionally. But I have had a bit more time at weekends lately and therefore I have a Halloween themed one for you all today!! I am making some Ghost Bottles.

You will need!

Empty coke bottle
White Water Based Paint (that stuff washes off of your hands).
A Paint Brush
Newspaper
A Sharpie

Method!

1. Remove the sticker from the coke bottle so that the outside of the bottle looks completely plain.
2. Lay out some Newspaper on the surface that you are choosing to do the DIY on, so that way you do not make a mess.
3. Paint a thick coat all over the outside of the bottle with your paint, make sure you also paint all over the bottles lid so it matches the rest of the bottle.
4.Leave the bottle to dry for at least 20 minutes, it may still be a little damp after that, but do not worry about it too much.
5. Draw on the eyes and mouth onto the centre of the bottle, and if you want to you can write a word of your choice, I chose the word BOO!.

I hope you enjoyed this little DIY!
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Monday, 20 October 2014

My style inspiration!! #teenblogseries

Hello Everybody,
Today I have another #teengblogseries post and I am going to be talking about the person that inspires my style. Obviously, my life is influenced quite a lot by people on the internet, so to be honest it would be pretty tricky for my style inspiration to come from offline.
It did, however, take me quite a long time to work out who my style inspiration is, because style is very personal and I wouldn't necessarily say that I have anyone in particular that I want to look like. But this person has definitely increased my style confidence... and that is Bethany Mota!
I don't really know what I love so much about Bethany's style, but I suppose it's because it is so girly, but also very varied. I like to think that varied styles are better and can suit your moods at certain times of the year better. For example, if I am am in a really great mood I don't want to be wearing some really dark clothes.
I love how Bethany mixes so many different styles together and makes them look absolutely amazing. From flannel shirts, to shorts and tights. Her bright choices in dresses for events are amazing because it shows confidence, yet it makes her look so fresh faced, and I like to look that way too.
Honestly, I love her style so much and she does inspire my style quite a lot. I have even bought things that she has bought after me and it has made me laugh so much, because it is almost as if our minds work exactly the same way.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Easy Halloween Makeup Tutorial #teenblogseries

Hello Everybody,
I'm pretty sure we all get excited for Halloween here, but even so, we struggle to know what to do for Halloween makeup; that is cheap, easy and quick to do. Let's face it... Halloween should be more about the costume over the makeup anyway, so we don't tend to have time to be fussing around with our makeup too much. But today I am planning to solve all of your problems and I am going to be showing you the easiest and quickest makeup you will ever be able to do on Halloween. YAY!!
This tutorial is particularly great for pale people like me because it makes you look kind of ill and zombified, which in my opinion is pretty creepy, so I highly recommend it for any of you fellow pale people out there.
1. Do your base, that means apply a primer *if you have one*, Apply concealer to any blemishes and under your eyes and apply on your foundation. If you do have a bit more of a natural glow, think about going a shade lighter and blending it in thoroughly into your neck to really give yourself the haunted factor.
2. Doing your eyes is really simple, just use the darkest eyeshadow that you own, mine is Blackheart in the Naked 3 palette and put it all in your crease and blend it over the rest of your eyelid. Also add a bit under your eyes. This gives your eyes a very dead and ghostly look. Don't add any mascara or eyeliner because dead people don't wear makeup.
3. Then get a dark lipstick and put it all over your lips, I used the Rimmel Kate Moss 107 lipstick but you can use a different red, or even a black! I prefer to do this step with a lip brush because it is easier to apply dark lipstick that way.
4. Finally use a muted black eyeshadow for your cheekbone instead of your normal bronzer. I used the Naked 3 Darkside. You will need to buff this thoroughly into your face to ensure that it looks natural and also doesn't leave a line across your face.

I hope you enjoyed this little Halloween tutorial and I will see you on Monday!
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x