Colin the Caterpillar Fridge Cake🐛

Colin the Caterpillar is an all-time birthday classic. This M&S recipe for a Colin fridge cake is super-simple to make. It is topped with sprinkles and cute mini Colin choc faces.

ingredients

  • 125g iced party rings
  • 400g milk chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 75g butter
  • ½ tub M&S chocolate brownie mini bites, each cut into quarters
  • 100g white chocolate chunks
  • Sprinkles
  • Mini Colin faces

method

  • Put the iced party rings in a freezer bag and bash with a rolling pin until you have 5-pence-sized pieces.
  • In a large saucepan over a low heat, melt the milk chocolate and butter, stirring frequently to avoid burning. Melt until no lumps remain. Allow to cool for 5-10 mins.
  • Stir the crushed party rings, brownie pieces and white chocolate chunks into the chocolate-butter mix until everything is fully coated.
  • Press the mix into the lined baking tin, smoothing until even.
  • Sprinkle with sprinkles and top with mini Colin faces, spaced apart so that later you can cut the fridge cake into pieces that each have a face.
  • Put in the fridge and chill for a minimum of 4 hours before cutting into pieces.


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DIY- Fairy Glow Jars🧚

You will need:

Mason Jars (I used 3)

Glow sticks

Scissors

Glitter (optional)

Break the Glow Sticks.

Teenage disco throwback

Cut each end of the glowstick (wearing protective lab gloves) (I also wore an apron to protect my clothes)

Allow the contents of the glowstick to drip into the jar/ shake the glowsticks in the jar.

You can mix the colours if you want. I put green into one jar, yellow& blue into the second and pink& orange into the third.

Add some glitter. Put on the lid and shake the jar so the contents of the glow stick and glitter is swirled around. Place the lid back on.

Turn out the lights!

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DIY- New Year 2021 Desk Calendar 🎆📅

This calendar took a while to make but turned out really cute and will look lovely on my desk. Happy New Year to all of my subscribers🎊

You will need:
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Pencil
  • Long Ruler
  • Coloured Card
  • Stickers
  • Number stickers
  • Craft glue

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DIY- Customise Converse👟

I have two pairs of Converse that are old and never wear anymore. I decided to customise them to improve how they looked and they turned out really well.⭐ There are different ways you can customise Converse shoes and here are just two ideas. The first method uses Acrylic paints to create a Galaxy affect and the second uses Sharpie markers to create a pretty floral design.

Converse shoes before customisation

1) Galaxy Converses

You will need:
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint Palettes
  • Sponge
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Converse shoes

  • Remove shoelaces from the Converse shoes
  • Cover the white rubber soles of the shoes and white logo with duct tape to prevent paint from getting on them
  • I cut the sponge into three parts to use for each colour of paint.
  • Pour paint into paint palettes. I used royal blue, light blue and lilac, however you can use whatever colours you want. You can mix different paints together to make different colours. Sponge the paint onto the canvas part of the shoe. Use a fine paintbrush to splash white acrylic paint onto the shoes to create a star-like affect. Leave the shoes overnight to dry. The next day, remove the duct tape and relace them.

2) Customise with Sharpies

You will need:
  • Sharpie markers
  • Converse shoes

You can draw any designs you like. I saw a floral design on Pinterest and thought it looked pretty cool. ⭐


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Summer in Salthill🍦

Salthill is one of my favourite places to go for a walk. I went there yesterday and it was very busy as it was a sunny day. I went with one of my best friends Niamh after we went for brunch. We walked the prom and went on the ferris wheel that is beside Leisureland before buying a cool drink at Centra and sitting by the sea. The Salthill prom in County Galway is a lovely place for a walk, especially when the weather is good. ☀️

Niamh

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Carrot Cake Recipe🥕

This recipe is by Odlums. Today I used a 9” Square tin. This carrot cake can be baked in a square or round tin and the ingredients are listed below.

ingredients

Square Tin18cm/7”23cm/9”
Round Tin15cm/6”20cm/8”25cm/10”
Odlums Self Raising Flour225g/8oz350g/12oz450g/1lb
Shamrock Light Muscovado Sugar150g/5oz200g/7oz275g/100oz
Shamrock Sultanas125g/4oz175g/6oz225g/8oz
Grated Carrot150g/5oz200g/7oz275g/100oz
Grated Orange Rind122
Eggs356
Sunflower Oil175ml/6 fl oz200ml/7 fl oz350ml/12 fl oz
Goodall’s Cinnamon12 tsp1 tsp1 tsp
Goodall’s Nutmeg14 tsp12 tsp12 tsp
Odlums Bread SodaPinch12 tsp12 tsp
Baking Time (approx)1hr1 14– 112 hrs112– 134 hrs
Topping
Cream Cheese225g275g275g
Icing Sugar375g/12oz425g/14oz425g/14oz
Goodall’s Vanilla Extract1 tsp112 tsp112 tsp
To Decorate
Shamrock Chopped Walnuts60g80g80g

method

  • Line deep cake tin with double layer of baking parchment paper. Preheat oven to 150°C.
  • Put sugar, sultanas, carrots and orange rind into a bowl.
  • Beat eggs and oil together and stir into the carrot mixture.
  • Sieve flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and bread soda together and add to the other ingredients.
  • Transfer to prepared tin and smooth top.
  • Bake for specified time (112 hours).
  • Test the cake by lightly pressing the centre, it should spring back and the top should be golden brown. To be extra sure, insert a skewer or knife and if it comes out clean, the cake is baked. Leave in tin for 15 minutes, then transfer to wire tray to cool.
  • Make the topping by beating all the ingredients together. Always ensure cake is cold before spreading on top of cake and sprinkling with chopped walnuts.

Fam feedback:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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https://www.odlums.ie/recipes/carrot-cake/

Things to see and do in County..Clare☘️

County Clare is one of my favourite counties in Ireland. It is not far from County Galway and there are lots of small towns and villages. The countryside is picturesque and very rural Ireland. County Clare is very popular with (American) tourists because of its scenery. Clare is notorious for its flora, fauna and landscape 🦌🌿 I go to County Clare often with friends and family and was there recently. I have been to County Clare on many school trips and family holidays and it brings back many memories🥪 I plan on visiting Bunratty Castle soon with friends. Below are a list of some of my Clare favourites.

Dungaire Castle, Kinvara (South Galway)
The Cliffs of Moher
The Burren Perfumery
The Burren Perfumery
Picnicking with family in Ennistymon
Hazel Mountain Chocolate
Hazel Mountain Chocolate
Lahinch
Lahinch
Lahinch
V. colourful lunch at The Little Fox, Ennistymon (unfortunately closed now)
That Corkscrew Hill though

Other places in County Clare I recommend visiting are Ballyvaughan, The Aillwee Caves, Lisdoonvarna (if matchmaking is what you’re into), Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Shannon town.

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Love yourself💖

Everyone experiences insecurities and self-esteem issues at some stage of their life. As I grow older, I am learning to love who I am, recognise my self worth and recognise and appreciate my good qualities. What’s not to love about Jo <333🥰🥰🥰

Whether you have been bullied, had body image issues, didn’t have many friends, had an unsupportive family, no hobbies or interests, didn’t talk about openly about your true feelings, had anxiety, parents have low self-esteem, didn’t perform well at school.. there are many reasons that can cause someone to have a low self-confidence. People who make you feel as if you are unworthy or unlovable are not the people you need in your life. Like attracts like. People who do not even like or respect themselves attract the same. People who respect themselves and respect others will attract the same. Don’t let someone get comfortable lying to you and disrespecting you

I am 23 now and would say I am pretty confident in myself. I believe you can be confident without being arrogant. I have dreams, ambitions, a good friend group and get on well with my family. I know I have lots of good qualities and that I am a good, loving person. I am smart, pretty, friendly and happy (most of the time). I find that spending more time at my hobbies and what I enjoy makes me a happier person. Not engaging or showing any interest with people who could not care less about my feelings is a weight off my shoulders. I am spending more time doing soul-nourishing activities such as art,photography, yoga, mindfulness and baking. More soul less ego🕊️ I find that I am singing a lot these days, a good indicator of my happiness and wellbeing. Inner peace is the new success 🕯️ There are many negatives in the world nowadays, such as racism, discrimination, health problems and more. Investing time doing things you love is a good way to build self-esteem, confidence and happiness. Spending time with friends often has a positive impact on one’s emotional health.

I have volunteered a lot throughout University and have found this is a good way to meet like-minded people,build self-assurance and team-building skills. Whether it is an hour a month or more, it makes me feel more productive and more valued. Family relationships can be strengthened by doing weekend activities. Problems with body image and bullying can vary from age to age and can fluctuate throughout one’s lifetime. The only way to deal with bullies is to not give them the reaction they want from you and to report it. Body image confidence can change from one day to the next, but if you focus on your good qualities rather than what you are insecure about you will realise you have a lot more good qualities than bad. Social media plays a big part in todays world regarding how people feel about their bodies. It is important to know that images are photoshopped and not real. Comparison is the thief of joy👀

Another part of learning to love yourself is knowing what people you should be keeping in your life. If someone does not value you or makes you questions your worth, why are they around? If someone is calling you names or picking on you, why would you have to put up with that? There are a gazillion people on this planet and knowing that you deserve to be treated with respect is an important step of learning to love yourself. Don’t let people use you, take advantage of you, label you, or determine your self-worth. You know yourself better than anyone. You know your past experiences, values and what you stand for. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. Know your worth👑 and slay👠

Comment below what your thoughts are💭


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Pack Up🧳

As the quarantine restrictions are easing, we can look forward to hopping on a plane in the not too distant future (hopefully). I have listed tips below for packing a suitcase and preparing for your next trip.

  • Write a list of things you want to bring- you can start this weeks in advance. You may have to buy some items for the trip and having a list will prevent you from forgetting anything important.
  • Roll your clothes to prevent them from creasing. Clothes can be placed in vacuum compression bags which are sealed, maximising space in your suitcase.
  • Pack heavier items such as shoes towards the bottom of the suitcase
  • Pour liquids into 100ml clear containers. Containers can be bought at a discount store, pharmacy or some clothing stores. Avoid bringing too many liquids if you are only going for a few days. Don’t forget suncream!
  • Fit oddly shaped items such as accessories or hairbrushes last.
  • Bring a totebag for foodshopping or souvenirs and another small bag for laundry. Ziplock bags are great for snacks, chargers or small items such as makeup and it is always a good idea to have two or three of these handy.
  • Check if you require a travel adapter for the country you are travelling to.
  • Luggage tags can be bought at a low cost and can be useful in preventing luggage from getting lost. Limit the amount of information on your lugagge tag, you do not need to write your home address or nationality. A name, phone number and email address should do as well as the address of where you are travelling to.
  • Bring a scarf for the plane journey. Whether it is an early morning flight or late at night, the plane can often be chilly.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle that can be brought through security empty.
  • Passport and boarding pass!

Comment below if you have any other suggestions or tips 💭✨ Subscribe if you know the song reference🎵


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Weekend in London 🇬🇧

Friends from my M.Sc course and I were lucky enough to go to London before the lockdown. We stayed in London for three nights. We were really excited the weeks leading up to it and would not stop talking about it and planning what we were going to do. A month beforehand, we went for brunch in Java’s Creperie, Galway and made an itinerary. We booked a hostel for a good price and found some good deals on Ryanair too.

Friday 6th March

We arrived at Shannon airport bright and early. After going through security, we did not have long before boarding the plane. I was sitting at a window seat and bought a coffee on the plane. When we arrived, we got Stansted express to the city which we had booked before arriving. Firstly, we headed for our hostel and left our bags in the luggage room. My first impression of Rest Up hostel was that it seemed close to the city and had a good student atmosphere. It was a bright, sunny day which was good. After leaving our bags in the lockers, we walked towards the London Eye. We didn’t have to queue for long as we already had tickets booked. There were stunning views of the city from the top. I had been on it before with my family when I was younger, but it was worth going on again. After the London Eye, we went for food. I had a nice grilled chicken and rice salad. Then, we did a river cruise. We boarded the boat with the London Eye river cruise company. The boat trip was approximately an hour long. I enjoy river cruises in new cities as you learn a lot of history and facts. I recommend doing a river cruise on the first or second day in a new city, so you have an idea of your surroundings. In the afternoon, we headed back to the hostel and checked in. The 5 of us had our own room, which was quite small. We did not mind though as we were only there to sleep. The bathroom was down the hall and not very clean, but we were playing a small price so could not complain.

Saturday, 7th March

We got up and went downstairs for breakfast. Unfortunately, there was no kettle, fridge or sink facilities. There was a café in the hostel however and a breakfast if you wanted to pay. There was a large seating area which we could use so we went to Tesco express across the road and bought some breakfast supplies. I bought porridge oats, peanut butter, bananas and a Costa coffee (good choice Jo). We enjoyed our breakfast, went back to the room for a couple of minutes and were on our way. First, we went to the Tower of London and Historic Royal palaces. We got a guided tour which was very good. The tour took about an hour and the tourguide was dressed as a beefeater. The crown jewels were amazing but we could not take pictures. It was nice to walk around the grounds and learn about the history. In the afternoon we got a light lunch at a nearby café. I had tomato soup. Then, we did the Tower bridge expedition. We didn’t have to queue for long. We were able to walk across the tower and look down at the river and cars underneath. I had never been there before. There were great views of the whole city from the top. Afterwards, we went to a small food market located nearby that was full of foods from all over the world. In the evening, Christina and I had a lovely salad at a Covent Garden cafe. It was a cute, dainty and aesthetically pleasing. The others had eaten earlier so went wandering about. Afterwards, we went to see the spectacular Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. We bought tickets earlier in the day at a ticket booth in Leicester square. The show was 10/10. The location was a huge, stunning, fancy theatre. It was an unforgettable night. Christina and I bought sharing packs of Cadburys chocolate buttons beforehand, snacks are key. The show was definitely a highlight of the weekend. Afterwards we walked to Piccadilly Circus. It would almost remind you of Times Square, lots of bright lights, advertisements and stores. At around 11pm we went back to the hostel.

Sunday, 8th March.

In the morning, we went to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guards which was due to start at 11am. We were a little early so walked to St James’ Park, saw 10 Downing street and Parliament Square beforehand. The changing of the guards was worth seeing and it was a lovely sunny day. The marching band was fantastic and well-rehearsed. After that, we walked through Green Park and Buckingham Palace Garden to EL&N Café where we had yummy croissants and coffee. When we left the café, it had started to rain so we decided to get the bus to One New Change Shopping Centre. This is located near St. Pauls Cathedral and there are good views from the top of the shopping centre. We got snacks and lunch in M&S and sat down for a while. In the evening, we had dinner in an Indian restaurant called Saravanaa Bhavan, located near Trafalgar Square. We all ordered a dish called Dosa, which was served with coconut chutney, mint and sambar. It was the first time I had this Indian dish and it was very spicy, but tasty. We walked along the River Thames at night and the views of the city lit up at night were amazing.

Monday, 9th March

After our breakfast we got the bus to Camden Market. This was around 20 minutes away from the hostel and was worth going to. It was a marked packed of wonderful food stalls, jewellery and homeware items. Everywhere was so colourful and the town was very busy. We had lunch here in the afternoon, I got a falafel wrap. We went to Covent Garden on the same day. I preferred the ambience of Covent Garden although it was also mainly food stalls and people selling jewellery and bits and bobs. Covent Garden is a lovely part of London city that I would recommend seeing. At around 4pm we began to make our way to the airport. We had our bags with us so did not have to go back to the hostel. Several undergrounds and trains later, we got the Bus Eireann bus departing Shannon airport at 10pm to Galway.

It was a great weekend with great people 💞

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