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Fri Feb 14, 2014, 2:08 AM
Firstly, thank you everyone for the Birthday wishes! I am one of these people who love everyone elses birthdays as I get to buy/make then presents and treats but hate the attention my own brings! Saying that, it turned out to be a good day! I spent the morning baking (No I didn't make myself a cake or get a cake) for my best friend and his girlfriend who are moving house so it's a little gift to them.  I also did a photoshoot of the same baked treats.  In the afternoon we went to the coffee shop for a hot chocolate but I ended up just getting a gluten free brownie which was amazing instead.  From my husband I got the collectors special edition box set of Sherlock, Metallica's Through The Never (which gave me goosebumps watching it! Loved it) I also got a "I am SHER locked" t shirt and some chocolates.  Lets not talk about the huge hideous Orchid my husband also got me.

Anyway on with the tagging from my best friend!

I was tagged by :iconshaami:
RULES:
1) You must post these rules.
2) Each person has to share 10 facts about themselves.
3) Answer the 10 questions asked by the person who tagged you and make up 10 questions for the 10 you tag.
4) Choose 10 people and put their icons in your journal.
5)Go to their page and inform them that they have been tagged by you.
6) Not something like "You are tagged if you read that".
7) You have to legitimately tag 10 people.
8)No tag-backs.
9) You can't say that you don't do tags.
10) You MUST make a journal entry! No comments.

10 things about myself:
1. I am a daydreamer, I am always daydreaming!
2. I hardly own any movies! But have a huge collection of TV shows on DVD and Blu-ray.
3. I am gluten intolerant and slightly dairy intolerant to milk also.
4. I am very OCD about touching food! I hate touching food with my hands I am about to eat, even if I have just washed them I use a fork, spoon or napkin 99% of the time ever since I forgot to wash my hands one day as a teenager after being in the mud and was ill because of it after eating.
5. I have not eaten fish fingers in 7 years! Ever since I craved them in early pregnancy with my first daughter I can't touch them.
6. I collect Gothic ornaments and housewares such as skulls and dragons, TV and music memorabilia.
7. You have probably noticed this but, I am terrible at spelling and grammar! It was my weakest subject in school.
8. I have eye ducts the size of a babies so every time it is cold or windy my eyes always water, making it seem like I am upset so I am always getting stared at! I could try and get it fixed but it would involve a large rod being put up my nose and into my tear ducts!
9. I have two kids, Sarah (named from Sara Sidle, CSI which I watched a lot of when pregnant) Michele (after my late mum) and Sasha (I got from the actress who played Kate in NCIS) Corey (after Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone and yes she is a little monkey, we named her well!)
10. I currently have huge crushes on Benedict Cumberbatch (hence the birthday presents!) and James Hetfield of Metallica.

:iconshaami:'s 10 Questions:

  1. What is something that you used to dislike but like now? Honey, nutella and peanut butter! I tried it on bread and toast in the past and hated it! Now I use it for baking and on breakfast so love the stuff.  Most recently brownies, Mcdonalds brownies (the first brownies I ever tried) put me off brownies for years until I made some a few weeks ago.

  2. What was the last anime you watched? Dragon Ball Z (my husband has some of it on DVD and has been watching it with the kids) but I don't tend to watch much anime.

  3. Favourite main meal, dessert, and drink? Roast chicken, cheesecake and hot chocolate with whipped cream.

  4. Which season do you love the most?  Summer! We don't get enough of it here in England.

  5. Can you remember a dream you've had recently... What happened in it? Some woman was trying to kill me!

  6. If you could have any fictional character's outfit, who's outfit would you pick?   Catwoman, though I really do not have the figure for it! Too skinny!

  7. Pick a number you like and turn to that page number in one of your favourite books. What is the first sentence of that page? "I don't know how to explain what happened there."

  8. What's the scariest thing you've ever done? Became a parent!

  9. What have you learned today? I need new shoes as my feet are wet.

  10. Top 3 websites that you visit on a regular basis? DA, facebook and hotmail.


10 Of My Questions To Be Answered:


1. What are your quirks?

2. What was your favourite toy as a kid?

3. Do you collect anything?

4. What country would you most like to visit?

5. Who is your idol? 

6. What was the last song you chose to listen too?

7. What is your favourite dessert? (I had to have a foodie question!)

8.  What is your least favourite food? (Okay, two questions!)

9. What skill/hobby would you most like to improve upon?

10. What are your top three favourite TV shows?




I tag...YOU!
:iconnaruto-ii: :iconxxblackengelxx: :iconannimouse: :iconluffynotomo: :iconsavaliste: :iconmelmee:
:iconcaballero-nocturno: :iconnerdsharpie: :iconstargatesg11: :iconalien-exile: 

Also, if any of my tags do not wish to take part, that's fine with me. It's only a bit of fun and I'm not going to sulk in the corner or anything if you don't. Do whatever you like. =) (Smile)




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Hello!

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 7, 2014, 4:03 AM

Hello everyone! How are you all doing?


You may or may not have noticed I have gone a little quiet here on DA lately so thought I would give you a little update on the reason for my semi absence and why my inbox is full of new things to look at!


Firstly, just after Christmas I found out we can move house in a couple of months.  Not only will we be moving house once this year but twice! (long story) Anyway, since then I have spent most of the time sorting out the entire house and there is so much more that needs to be done!


Secondly, my anxiety is pretty bad, I think I may suffer from SAD also which is making it a lot worse. I am low, don't really want to go out, do any of my hobbies,  I am always tired and just have no energy for anything.  Thinking about it I get it every year as I am just a completely different person in winter than in summer but never has it been so bad as it is now.  Anxiety can make the condition worse so, now I am considering getting a special light box to see if that helps. If anyone uses a light box or know anyone that uses one please do tell me if it helps.


Lastly, last month I got a letter from my youngest daughters preschool asking for parents to volunteer to come in and do a session with the kids of any hobbies we had so, I  volunteered to do some baking with them today so have spent the past few weeks planning!


Last night it suddenly dawned on me I was going to go into a classroom of 20 odd kids aged between 2 and 5! I thought to myself what the heck was I thinking? Am I crazy? I have an anxiety disorder so going out of the house to do social things is a hard thing for me!


Well today was the big day.  I decided to make my 3 year olds favourite thing to bake with the kids, cookies! Sasha loves to get hands on with the cookie dough, cutters and icing.  That and the fact a couple batches of cookie dough is not only cheap, it goes along way (the kids got two each, one for snack time, one to take home)


The kids were great! In small groups, taking in turns for each job, they helped mix the dough, cut out the dough with cutters of their choice, waited patiently while they baked, then iced the cookies with different brightly coloured icing.


Some kids were really shy and barely said a word, one so shy she wouldn't do any baking at all! Others would not stop talking and were really into doing everything! And of course there was that one kid who ate his dough and spilled half the sprinkles all over the floor!!!!!


I am now home from the chaos that is preschool! Surprisingly, all in one piece, if a little tired and covered in flour and cookie dough but feeling brilliant! I got to share the hobby I love with a group of wonderful characters, some of which had never baked before, not even knowing what to do with the cookie cutters!


If just one of those kids goes home today and asks their family if they can bake again then my job for the day is done!




Contest Features

Sat Jan 18, 2014, 10:01 PM
Mini features for the best photographed and most creative entries to my Christmas Baking Contest

cherrybranches

Winning Entry

Feature


absentiae

Winning Entry

32.1 by absentiae

Feature

19.3 by absentiae 16.11 by absentiae

Merry Chritsmas by absentiae 6.2 by absentiae



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Winners Feature:Sparks1992

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 9:50 PM
First place feature for my Christmas Baking Contest!

:iconsparks1992:

Winning entry!

Christmas Igloo Cake by sparks1992

Gallery Feature!


Hobbit Cake by sparks1992 Despicable Me: Minion Cake by sparks1992

Star Trek Cupcakes by sparks1992 Swimming Pigs Kit Kat Cake by sparks1992

Supernatural Cake by sparks1992 Minions and Evil Minions Cupcakes by sparks1992

1960s Fashion Cake by sparks1992 Japanese Cake by sparks1992


Features for the other winners to come later.



Skin by SimplySilent
Firstly I would like to thank everyone who took part in my Christmas baking contest!
Being Christmas I wasn't sure I would get many entries so receiving 19 was a great surprise! I hope you all had as much fun baking as I did holding and judging the contest. 

For those wondering if I will be holding any more contests in future.  It won't be for a very long time as not only will I be moving house once this year, I will be moving twice!

Onto the winners!

1st Place Overall Winner

100 points+journal feature


:iconsparks1992:

Christmas Igloo Cake by sparks1992
This was a beautiful entry! Very festive, the detail was wonderful, the skill brilliant and over all looks so cute! I also loved the fact so much time, effect and high quality was taken in making this as a gift to sparks1992 sister rather than a commission.

Best Photography

75 points+mini journal feature


:iconabsentiae:

32.1 by absentiae

What I loved about this photo was, well everything! The cupcakes are so pretty and perfect as is the composition of the whole photo.  The use of white to make the photo feel cold and snow like.  The same goes for the gloves and being red has that extra festive element.


Most Creative Entry

75 points+mini journal feature


:iconcherrybranches:




Dancing gingerbread men in snow globes!?! Need I say more! A brilliant creative take of your usual gingerbread men! The precision in detail of these cookies are incredible from the shadows to the shine and the amazing woodwork detail! When first seeing this entry I had to have a closer look to make sure they were actually cookies and not a painting or digital art!

Honorable mentions


It was tough choosing just three winners, there were so many great entries in presentation, skill, creativity, flavour and determination! (Yes maytel that last one means you! Crazy woman baking whilst possibly giving birth at any moment!) It was so tough I even had to consult my best friend Shaami for guidance!

Chris-Mouse Truffles by justbrilliant Shirley Temple Cupcakes by SirenRayn
  Raspberry-chreamcheesecake by ik-ben-10eke Classic Peanut Butter Cookies by maytel
Pudding Cake 2 by ginas-cakes (Real) Christmas cookies 2013 (1/2) by EmisBakery
Christmas Pudding Cake and Winter Cupcakes by AstralKiwi

Click HERE to browse all entries.

Watch out for journal features of all the winners galleries soon.


Skin by SimplySilent

Contest Update! One Day To Go!

Sun Jan 5, 2014, 9:57 PM

Merry Christmas!

Mon Dec 23, 2013, 11:51 PM
Merry Christmas everyone! Have a wonderful time and don't forget, it you are taking any photo's or even just quick snap shots (I know how busy Christmas is!) of any Christmas baking you are doing this year you still have two weeks to enter my Christmas Contest I have already received some very nice entries! Keep them coming :)

Christmas Cupcakes by claremanson

Claremanson.


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Claremanson's Christmas Contest

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 2:35 AM
:holly:You now have just 2 and a half weeks to enter my Christmas baking contest.:holly:

Basically, if you are baking/making any sweet treats this Christmas why not take a photo of it and enter my contest! It can be cupcakes, cookies, bark, truffles, gingerbread houses, pies, tarts, etc, etc the list is endless!

There are points for the best Christmas food, most creative and best photograph, so there is something for everyone.
 
 :holly: For the full info and rules click HERE :holly:

If anyone needs any last minute baking ideas here are all my Christmas treats I have made over the past three years to spur your imagination.

 :holly: 2013 :holly:
Christmas Cupcakes by claremanson
Festive Cookies by claremanson Red Velvet Candy Cane Cupcakes by claremanson
Gingerbread House by claremanson Star Cookies (+recipe) by claremanson
Warm Chocolate Cake With Mint Custard by claremanson Chocolate Ginger Christmas Cupcakes by claremanson
Peppermint Chocolate Cake by claremanson
 :holly: 2012 :holly:
Festive Bark by claremanson Orange Slice Christmas Tree Decoration Tutorial by claremanson
Star Cookies by claremanson Santa's Rocky Road Bites by claremanson
Wish Upon A Cake Star by claremanson
 :holly: 2011 :holly:
Christmas Cookies by claremansonStain Glass Window Cookies by claremanson




Skin by SimplySilent

Still Life Stills Features: Ginger

Tue Dec 10, 2013, 9:29 PM
Ginger by pumidorek
Mini Lemon and Ginger Cheesecakes by behindthesofa
Ginger cookies 03 by Paalinka
Lemon and Ginger Cheesecake by claremanson
Ginger Bread House 1of4 by Pyanha905



Credits:
Journal Design and CSS by PreetikaSharma
Strawberrys by spanjebob89
Cranberry Muffins by peachjuice
Cranberry mix nuts cookie by Leminton
Cranberry Scones by sugendran
Chewy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies by theresahelmer
Muffins Chocolat blanc - Cranberry by ClaraLG



Credits:
Journal Design and CSS by PreetikaSharma
Strawberrys by spanjebob89

Still Life Stills Features: Turkey

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 1:00 AM
Turkey Sandwich by froggynaan
DEEP FRIED TURKEY! by OnePiece4Life
Turkey Cupcakes by cake4thought
Herb-Roasted turkey by maytel
Ground Turkey Empanada by VintageWarmth


Credits:
Journal Design and CSS by PreetikaSharma
Strawberrys by spanjebob89
Christmas is fast approaching!
Candy canes by lieveheersbeestje
Pepper Me Cocoa by ThisIsNotanOwl
Drinks for two by kupenska
week3: candy canes by cloe-patra


Credits:
Journal Design and CSS by PreetikaSharma
Strawberrys by spanjebob89

Claremanson's Christmas Contest

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 9:00 PM

UPDATE

Contest is now officially closed! The judging can now begin! Results will be announced in two - seven days depending on how difficult it is for me to decide on the winners!

Good luck everyone!

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Theme: General Christmas Baking


From holding a recent poll, it seems the majority of you are most interested in baking traditional food for your country/family or food you usually bake over Christmas rather than a set recipe.  Therefore I have decided that as long as it is relevant to Christmas in some way, shape or form in recipe, flavour or presentation it will be considered as an entry.
 

Rules and requirements:


You must include Christmas into your baking, decorating or surroundings in some shape or form.

If what you you usually make isn't very Christmasy looking or tasting then why not try to add some more Christmas into your food by adding Christmas sprinkles onto candy and cupcakes, flavours such as cinnamon or cranberry, themed cupcake cases, festive shaped cookies etc.

You entry must be new for Christmas 2013.

It must be homemade, not shop bought.

Please state in your entry description you have entered my contest and include a link to this journal.

Describe your entry in your description box as it is not always obvious by looking at a photo what might be in your food! Having a description gives me a better understanding of what I am looking at and how it might taste, increasing your chances of winning.

I know some of you do not/are not allowed to bake so you may get help making your entry with a parent, partner, friend etc just please state in your entry who helped you.

Finally, one entry per person.

Categories


Overall winner:
We first eat with our eyes so careful and elegant presentation of the overall dish (not to be confused with food photography) is highly encouraged as this is what I will be looking out for most when judging (clean plating, sharp lines, no mess etc)  As well as look, taste is also a huge factor! Some careful and amazing food combinations and complimentary sides and toppings will go a long way for this prize too.

General Inspiration
Wish Upon A Cake Star by claremanson 12 Days of Christmas :: 12 Pudding Truffles by cakecrumbs
12 Days of Christmas :: 8 Santa Hat Caramel Cups by cakecrumbs Merry Christmas Reindeers by magnesina
Christmas cookies by PaSt1978 Scarface the Holiday Romantic by themie

Photography:
There will be extra points for the best food photograph.  For you photography beginners, check out my food photography basics guide which involves no special or fancy equipment.  For the rest of you photographers out there, carry on!

Christmas Photography Examples
christmas baking V by topinka christmas breakfast by topinka
Mince by AuntBob Festive Bark by claremanson

Creativity:
There will also be extra points for the most creative entry so, for those of you more into the artistic side of things why not try and make your entry in a fancy, new, over the top or unusual way, think outside the box!

Examples of creativity
12 Days of Christmas :: 9 Snowman Truffles by cakecrumbs 1Caramel Gingerbread Treehouse by Sliceofcake
X-mas house by ginas-cakes Christmas Tree Cupcake Tower by Sliceofcake

Prizes

1st place: 100 points + journal feature
Best photography: 75 points + mini journal feature
Most Creative: 75 points + mini journal feature

Donated Prizes
WorldWar-Tori will do a feature for all the winners plus 3 critiques/constructive comments.

To enter

Post the link to your entry in the comments below or in an inbox message to me.  I will then add all valid entries to THIS folder in my favourites.

Start Date

November 17th - 5am GMT


End Date

January 7th - 5am GMT


Judges

Me.


Skin by SimplySilent

Still Life Stills Features:Walnuts

Wed Nov 13, 2013, 2:00 AM
    This month I am focusing on all the things tat remind me of November, that funny time in between Halloween and Christmas!

Biscotti with walnuts by kupenska
walnuts in honey by KowalskiEmil
Cheese with walnuts by MirageGourmand
Walnuts by Fr3a
Day 244 by Souris88



Credits:
Journal Design and CSS by PreetikaSharma
Strawberrys by spanjebob89

Still Life Stills Features: Pumpkin

Thu Nov 7, 2013, 2:00 AM
    This month I am focusing on all the things tat remind me of November, that funny time in between Halloween and Christmas!
Mrs. Rose Pumpkin by BootlessInWonderland
Pumpkin Spice Cake by RebecaJuditDESIGNS
Strange creatures.. by Lady-Tori
Pumpkin risotto by CyberVelvet
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake by LZakaria


Credits:
Journal Design and CSS by PreetikaSharma
Strawberrys by spanjebob89

Pokemon X and Y Friend Code

Sat Nov 2, 2013, 4:44 AM
My husband is currently playing Pokemon X and would like to exchange friend codes (he is a huge Pokemon nerd/fan but hasn't got many friends who has a 3DS) His code is 3239 - 3118 - 5749 and he goes by the name Mr Grumpy.

In other news, the family are back to normal, just me and my lighthead to get better now so still not properly back on DA for a while yet but the stomach bug is all gone now.

I have also read everyone's opinions on the Christmas baking contest I want to hold this year and have started getting that ready so keep an eye out for that later on in the month.


Skin by SimplySilent

Still Life Stills Features: Plastic

Fri Nov 1, 2013, 4:00 AM
A spoonful of happiness by Alephunky
Plastic Live by druteika
Plastic duck in a plastic sea by Ptiteouch
plastic fashion by kannus-maoo
Plastic Beauty .. 2 by Fatmah86




Credits:
Journal Design and CSS by PreetikaSharma
Strawberrys by spanjebob89

Still Life Stills Features: Metal

Thu Oct 31, 2013, 4:00 AM
metal mask by billy2917
My Sweet Garden II. by andokadesbois
the city of love. by Camiloo
Rose of Metal by NaturallyHaruhi
chains of decay series #2 by wroquephotography



Credits:
Journal Design and CSS by PreetikaSharma
Strawberrys by spanjebob89

Sick

Fri Oct 25, 2013, 5:03 AM
UPDATE
Going to be inactive for a while longer thanks to my balance problems, still not sure if it is because of my sight or ear but either way being on a computer or phone screen is not good for me right now, makes me extra lightheaded and gives me headaches.  My anxiety and panic attacks have also taken a knock from all this illness over the past week.  I might have the odd phone photo to share on my facebook page but don't expect anything from me on DA apart from some scheduled group features.

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My kids were sick early this week after picking up a stomach bug from a  party we went to over the weekend.  Yesterday it was my turn, I was in bed all day so had a 12 hour 24 series 3 marathon to pass the time!
Today I have at least made it out of bed for a bit but as I recover it means I won't be very active on DA over the weekend. I haven't baked all week due to the sickness and me suffering from either eye strain or an ear infection again since last Thursday, causing headaches, dizziness, the odd ear ache and aching behind my eye for a week so don't have much to share at the moment anyway.
 If you have any questions I will get to them as soon as I am better or you can go over to my Facebook page to  inquire about anything www.facebook.com/claremanson as being stuck in bed or on the sofa recovering it means I will be on my phone more than the computer which I use for Facebook but not DA, I don't like the mobile verison.


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