Sunday, 26 October 2014

Halloween Ideas!

So this week I've been looking at Pinterest to find some awesome ideas for Halloween goodies. I was planning on making some cakes for this post but my student budget was a bit restricting *boooooo*.
However, I did make some ghost bananas one of my favourite finds this week and this idea was posted by Poundland! So simple, yet so nice! Chop a banana in half, put two chocolate chip eyes and a chocolate button mouth!

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They are literally so easy and similar stuff can be done with other fruit, for example, dip some strawberries in white chocolate and after the have set, use icing to make skull faces. The creativity is endless! I've also seen people carve out satsumas, then carve faces similar to a pumpkin, the size of them makes them perfect as a table decoration!

I've made these simple milk carton ghosts, which I think look pretty good!
- Draw a face on your carton preferably with a black sharpie.
- Once you've done this cut out the bottom of the milk carton
- Place a white light underneath and switch off the lights!
Milk Carton Ghost Decoration

I've also had the opportunity to dress up this week for work. I'm employed in a fancy dress 80's bar, so this week we went for the THRILLER theme! I didn't have a lot of options for clothing, but made effort with my facepaint and bought some all-black contact lenses from a local fancy dress shop. For me, I felt the contacts were a great addition to the look and I would recommend them to anyone! I bought some last year as well and I've never had problems with them. Many people worry about the online ratings and reviews, I usually do take these into account but from personal use they have been fine for me! The only thing I dislike about them is how long it takes to get them in, I must have been trying to get them in for 40 or so - just as a pre-warning it's not as easy as it may seem!

Thriller Theme at work.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

BOO! It's nearly Halloween!

In all honesty this week I've struggled to think of a blog post that I could share with you guys. So as it's upcoming to Halloween I've decided to share last years photos! It was my first Halloween that I have really celebrated all-out. My family don't really get into it and I was never allowed to trick or treat as a kid :(
Last year was my first year I even carved a Pumpkin, dedicated to my favourite Disney character Stitch (of course). My outfit was pretty basic, I went for a candy-skull approach although this year, I'm invited to a few parties, so I'll definitely be making more effort with my outfit. My friend Emily, looked amazing, you'll see her in the photos as a pumpkin! If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them - the more creative the better! I've been looking at some Halloween recipes to share on here, the cupcakes I have in mind are pretty cool, I have a few other themed goodies to try out, they'll be up here next week!
Whilst I'm sharing some photos, if you want to check out my Instagram, feel free! @rachelxsewell

What's your plans for Halloween?

Rach x

My and my housemates last year (minus Jordan)

The Pumpkins! Stitch is mine! (to the left) and Liza's Dragon

Me and Em at a uni Halloween party last year

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Disney on Ice!

So if you're young at heart, you will undoubtedly be a Disney fan. I'm now 19 and there's nothing I love more than snuggling up in my duvet and singing along to the songs of Frozen or watching a Pixar hit.
Today, I went to Disney on Ice at Metro Radio Arena and I have to admit, the show is fantastic! On arrival I was surrounded by little girls in Disney Princess outfits - it was adorable! But, you could put any age person in that room and they would love it! I went with my Gran, Aunty, younger brothers and cousins and we all had a favourite moment of the show - mine being Mulan, I'm in love with the songs from that film.
I managed to get a few snaps of the action (sadly not great quality as they were taken on my phone), but if you are a Disney fan I would highly recommend this show, tickets are reasonably priced too, we paid £28 each and we had a perfect view of the whole show. However merchandise (as you can imagine) is pretty steep in price.
Celebrating 100 years of Disney is pretty spectacular, but every year there is a different theme to the show every year, last year was Disney Princesses, I'm hoping for a Pixar one soon!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

My first ever post!

So today I've finally got round to launching my blog and what better way to start than with a family favourite recipe.
The pasta based dish is so easy to make and ideal for a student house hold its basically the left overs in the fridge and a tin of chopped toms. Pasta is one of the cheapest dishes to make however the jarred sauces can often be pricey. My Mam was taught the recipe at school and I love it! I even managed to get it published in a book of 'simple recipes' when I was in primary school, I was such a geek.

So on with the cooking!

What you need (Based on 1/2 servings):
Tin of Toms (chopped)
Few slices of bacon (I had 2)
Handful of mushrooms,
Onion (optional)
and your fave pasta!

Chop up the bacon, mushrooms and onions and put in a pan (medium heat) with a little bit of oil. Don't allow the ingrediants to fry, literally have them in for a minute or so.
Boil the kettle and put on your pasta.
Add the tin of toms to your chopped-up ingrediants and leave to simmer for about 20 minutes. During this time add a pinch of herbs and mix in.
At this point there is not much more to do other than wait - or bang in the garlic bread and grate some cheese, but make sure you keep checking the pasta to see if it is cooked and the occasional stir of your sauce.
Once your pasta is fully cooked your sauce will be too, the bacon will have fully cooked through.

If pasta isn't your thing, this makes a great pizza topping and if I have any sauce left over, I plonk it on some toast.

I'll be posting ever Sunday, thanks for reading :)

Rach x