Why Autumn/Winter 2017 Is Going To Be The Best!

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Bonjour!

So there are many reasons why I’m super excited for this autumn/winter to get in full-swing. Here are just a few…

Moneyyyyy! For the first time in my life (apart from my gap year) I am working a full-time job with no money commitments; last time I was saving every penny for uni and travelling. Of course, I am trying to save to move out, but that’s just a ‘if I have the pennies, I’ll put them away’ kinda save. Anyway, this means that I am, for the first time, able to spend as much money as I possibly can on Christmas! I’ve always dreamed of a Christmas where I can spend loads on my family’s presents, buy myself a tree and decs and all the crappy nutcracker ornaments I can fit in my basket!

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Job prospects. So I work as a teaching assistant in a secondary school, but my absolute dream job is to work in literacy intervention for kids who needs extra English lessons. I love the school I work in at the moment and never want to leave, but I was beginning to worry that I might have to, as I can’t stay as a TA forever… I have done an English degree and taken a Higher Level Teaching Assistant course to prepare me for my dream job role- now it’s all about applying!

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Autumn/winter vibes in general… So who doesn’t love cosy autumn nights? Or trips to the nearest field hosting a firework display? Trick or treating (or in my case, getting no trick or treaters and eating a hundred packets of sweets in one evening). Cosy jumpers, dark evenings, stinging rain, frozen lips and icy windscreens. Can it get any better? Not to even mention Christmas!!

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Graduation!!! So I graduate in just over a week’s time… How scary is that? I’m thinking of doing a post all about my uni experiences and struggles. When I look back, I can’t believe I am where I am today. I never thought I would ever be graduating from university with a 2:1 in English Literature and Creative Writing. Little ol’ me.

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Plans with friends. I’m so excited about doing autumny/wintery things with people this year and have made so many plans to get me super excited. Christmas market visiting, pumpkin picking, concerts in Sheffield (well, just the one, but woo!), road trips and Christmas parties…

Let me know what your autumn/winter plans are and why you’re excited for the changing season.

Emily

xoxo

 

 

 

 

Blogtember Day #28- My Fave Jumper and Jacket!

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Bonjour!

I was originally going to do a post about my favourite jumper. But I put this jacket over it and I am going to have to include this beautiful jacket too. Let’s start with this jumper. 


I absolutely love this really thin cardigan-feeling jumper as it’s perfect for the spring and autumn in-between weather, but can also be layered with, for example, a long sleeved top underneath, for those colder days. It’s a lemon yellow sweater-jumper thang with ‘Sisterhood’ written on the front. I fist saw this jumper in a magazine and the feature was of loads of celebrities wearing the same one. I loved it even more when I saw where it was from and the price of it! Only £19.99 and from New Look! I love to wear it with jeans and just simple converse, and I nearly always roll the sleeves up. I just think it makes it look better and less formal. Love. 


Okay, the jacket is to die for too. I’ve seen really similar ones to this in Zara and H&M at £80 a go. This one was from Primark and was only £25! It’s black suede with faux fur lining and cuffs, with silver zips and a belt. I absolutely love it. So cosy and warm and also stylish as it’s versatile and perfect for the winter. I feel like I’m going to be absolutely living in it through this winter (and I’m excited about it). If you get the chance, pick one up, and for this price it’s literally a no-brainer. 


Hope you like!

Emily

Xoxo

Blogtember Day #16- Chocolate Gingerbread Brownies!!

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Bonjour! 

It’s autumn, so what better way to kick off the new season than with a lil spot of baking? Not only that, but baking brownies. Chocolate brownies. Chocolate gingerbread brownies… I found this recipe online, which I will link at the bottom if you want the more detailed version!

Ingredients:

400g dark chocolate

25g cocoa powder

250g caster sugar

250g butter

1 tbsp ground ginger

140g ground almond

6 large eggs, separated

And for the icing:

100g butter

50g dark chocolate 

50g cocoa

200g icing sugar

2 tbsp ground ginger. 


Let’s get started, shall we? 

First, pre-heat the oven to 180c/160c fan/ gas mark 4.  You also need to line a 30cm by 20cm tin with baking paper, and grease. 

Get a saucepan and melt the chocolate, sugar, butter and cocoa together on a very low heat. There’s no need to stir, but a wooden spoon can be used to break up bits of butter and to check if it’s all melted. 


Melting the ingredients takes a little while, so while this is happening, break the six eggs. The egg whites need to be separated from the yolk, but don’t throw anything away as you’ll need the whites and the yolks. (Separating the whites and yolks was literally the worst experience of my life… WHY IS IT SO HARD?!) 

Once you’ve finally separated the yolks and the whites, you need to beat the egg whites until you have stiff peaks. The original method says to use a spoon but this literally took forever so I used an electric whisk…


And voila! 

Okay, now you need to add the egg yolks, one at a time, to the mixture. You can take the mixture off the heat now if it’s all melted and all the sugar dissolved. 

After that, slowly fold in the egg whites until the mixture is smooth. 

Now all you need to do is pour the mixture into your tin and spread it out evenly…

Now, just pop it in the oven for 30-35 mins!! Leave the cake to cool, still in the tin, on a cooling rack. While we wait, here a picture of me sat in front of the oven. (Cool slippers). 


Now onto the icing! All you need to do for this is put the butter, chocolate, cocoa, icing sugar and 4 tablespoons of water into a pan and heat on a low heat until the icing’s all smooth and googey and yummy. Then, just pour it over the top of the cake. 


Possibly the hardest part is cutting them up and getting them out of the tin, but here’s my effort anyway…


You can decorate the top. I’ve just got some white and dark chocolate chips here. 

These brownies are so delicious and autumny, I just had to share them as part of Blogtember!! 

Hope you enjoyed this post, happy baking!

Emily 

Xoxo

Recipe from: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/chocolate-gingerbread-brownie-bars-fudgy-icing

Blogtember Day #13- 15 Things I Love About Autumn! 🍁

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I’m so excited that the evenings are getting darker and the nights are getting colder. You may think I’m crazy, but I just hate the summer and I’m a bit of a Mrs Clause so when it starts to get a little bit autumny (and Christmassy) I couldn’t be happier. Here are a few things I am most excited about getting to do this autumn, and why I love it soooo much (and you should too!)


1. Getting cosy– Theres nothing better than coming home from work to a cosy blanket, hot chocolate and a hot water bottle on the feet!

2. My birthday!- September 23rd is officially the last day of summer, meteorlogically, so that means it’s the start of autumn, right??

3. Halloween (and pumpkin carving). 


4. Fireworks and bonfire night


5. Fairy lights

6. Dark evenings

7. Comfort food (ALL THE HOT CHOCOLATE WITH ALL THE CREAM). 

8. Sleeping in twenty layers. 

9. Crunchy, colourful leaves


10. TV shows– e.g. Bake Off, The X Factor and crappy Saturday night game shows. 

11. Thick jumpers– This year, some of my faves are from Zara (keep your eyes peeled for a blog post).

12. The fashion generally– oranges and browns and yellows, lovely warm boots, snuggley scarfs and big fluffy coats. AND HATS. 

13. The smell– urgh, remember that crisp morning smell? *swoons*

14. Frosty mornings– especially those ones where you don’t have to get up and you can stay in your PJ’s all day. 

15. The countdown to Christmas!!! 🎅🏼


I hope you’re all as excited for autumn as I am! It really is the best season, let’s face it. 

Emily 

Xoxo
All photos from: instagram.com/prettyvisitors_