04 November 2016

Friday Fancies

Christmas tee featuring a pile of black cats! OMG
from Modcloth

Lots by Marc Martin
illustrations are amazing!
I have a picture book obsession - especially when they're this beautiful

Cactus night light - so cute!

Whats not to love about this comic?
Her name is Molly (like me) and she's cat sitting!


So much amazing stuff in the world that I need in my life :P

Molly xoxo

01 November 2016

30 Before 30 - Angel Food Cake

I did it! I made an Angel Food Cake and it wasn't a disaster. It was the complete opposite of a disaster, it was amazing. I used this recipe from The Farmers Daughter, and it was simple and easy.  (below is the recipe, but click on the website to see photo instructions!)

Angel Food Cake

1 1/2 cups of Egg Whites (approx. 10-12 eggs) - *it's important that your eggs are at room temperature before you start!
1 1/4 cups of Icing Sugar
1 cup of Flour
1 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Almond Extract
1/4 tsp Salt
1 cup Sugar
1 TBSP nonpareils (sprinkles) - to make your cake colourful! optional (but not really optional) 
1) First, separate the egg whites from the yolks, being careful that no yolk contaminates each egg white. Make sure that you have 1 1/2 cups of egg whites, and place in a mixing bowl.
2) Next, in a separate bowl, sift your icing sugar and flour together three times, and set aside.
3) Add cream of tartar, vanilla and almond extracts, and salt to the egg whites. Beat on high speed, and gradually add in sugar. Mix until all of the sugar is dissolved, and stiff peaks have formed.
4) Very gently, fold in flour mixture, 1/4 cup at a time. Then fold in nonpareils!
5) Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan.
6) Bake for 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees.
7) Immediately invert pan onto a cooling rack, and let the cake cool completely before removing from the pan.

I followed all the instruction, and didn't get any egg yolk in the whites when I was separating TEN eggs! My mixer was a huge help and the eggs tripled, even quadrupled in size within a minute. When I carefully folded in the dry ingredients I didn't mix much air out! I even added rainbow sprinkles!

It went into a pre-heated oven (I'm notorious for not pre-heating) and it didn't sink, and went golden brown! I took it out, and let it cool completely in the tin upside down (like everyone who I asked told me!)

For the icing I used this recipe from Pixels & Paperie . It was super easy (even though I needed my mum to help because I was terrified about using the electric mixer over a simmering pot of water! 

Marshmallow Frosting

4 large egg whites
1 Cup ordinary sugar (white or brown)
1 pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla essence
Place all ingredients except the vanilla essence into a bowl which you can place over a pot of simmering water.
Whisk the egg white mixture constantly over simmering water until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is hot to the touch. {It takes around 5 minutes}.
Pour the mixture into a bigger bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes. {Add the vanilla while beating}. After 3 minutes, the mixture will be lovely and fluffy.
The meringue frosting was like melted marshmallow! So glossy, soft, sticky, and yummy!

I served the cake for dessert at my halloween games night, and everyone loved it. My sister Alex even exclaimed that she wanted a cake like this for her birthday. The left-overs where taken to work to be judged by a group of people who really appreciate their cakes! Even V who doesn't like sweet things adored the frosting and was eating it from the cake!

All and all I'm so fucking proud of this cake. I was so scared about how hard it seemed, but it really was very easy! I do recommend if you make it yourself to make sure the eggs are at room temperature, and that you triple sieve the dry ingredients, and also use an angel food cake tin, or bundt cake tin!

Please try and make this cake yourself - I would love to hear what you think - it has no dairy in it, so it's perfect for daily intolerance friends and family.

I would love to try a cupcake or chocolate version of this cake in the future!

Thanks for reading

Molly xoxo

25 October 2016

30 Before 30 - Mini Update

Angel Food Cake is one step closer - I bought an angel food cake tin! Yes, apparently you it works a million times better with a tin like this! Plus who doesn't like hole-y cake! The trick is as soon as you take the cake out of the oven you have to turn it upright and let it cool completely upside down! I think C-day (Cake Day - LOL) will be next weekend! I don't think I have anything planned for that weekend. Fingers crossed!

Molly xoxo

23 October 2016

October Moodboard

I've been using Pinterest almost daily. When I need to look something up, forget google, I go straight to Pinterest! I've been making Mood Boards since 2014. They started as a seasonal thing, but have now developed into a monthly thing. It's great to look back at a mood board and get a snapshot of what I was liking, what inspired me, and even my mood for the month!

Here is my October Mood Board - feel free to click through and browse my many, very organised and aesthetically pleasing [well I think so anyway] boards!

Molly xoxo

I'm F**king terrified!

I want... I don't know what I want! I turn 30 in 4 weeks, and my life hasn't gone the way I thought it would of gone when I was a child... no marriage, no children, not much travel. I spent an awful amount of time feeling sorry for myself (I still do). I'm socially awkward (even thinking about going out and meeting people makes me feel anxious), and I would just rather stay at home where I feel SAFE! "Safe", is not always a good thing. How do you discover things about yourself, others, and the world if you stay in your safe cocoon? How do you truly make friends, create relationships, have fun, in a cocoon! Maybe I'm a type of caterpillar that takes years to turn into a butterfly!

Over the last couple of years a lot of things have happened that have had positive effects on my life, including extreme weight loss, finding a job (and career) I can see myself doing for the rest of my life, and starting to accept the body and life that the universe has bestow on me. I was able to cross some things of my bucket list (bungy jumping anyone?!) and make some friends, but none of those friendships ever moved any further than the occasional comment on Facebook, and that generic birthday message when Facebook tells you. I want more friends, people to go out with, people to act silly with, people to make mistakes with... but then again my anxious brain say "no you don't, it's too hard, what about your cocoon!? you'll have to actually talk to people, they may judge you... blah blah blah!" --- 

my 30th birthday is coming up, and my sisters are planning me a party. They asked about a guest list... 75% of the list is family, then work colleagues who don't really know "the real me", and then some old school friends I am attempting to connect with again! I'm F**king terrified! Terrified about being the centre of attention, terrified that everyone will show up, terrified that nobody will show up!! And if my work colleagues show up, will they judge the way I am with my family? Will I put on my "public mask" and not have as much fun as I usually do!?

I'm sorry about this ramble, there wasn't really a goal to this post. I think what I'm going through is very common with people my age. It's so easy to meet and make friends with wonderful people on the internet, but it's a lot harder for people to make friends IRL. I know in my heart that it will get better, but I also know it's not going to happen overnight, or if I just sit at home and twiddle my thumbs. It's about accepting yourself, you flaws, your quirks, your uniqueness, and getting out of your comfort zone!

If you have any tips and tricks let me know, but this really is something that has to be done by me, and probably like a band-aid... just jump in, and try not to drown!

Molly xoxo