- Mood: Tearful
- Listening to: David Bowie Best Of
I did wonder why, after such a long break he made a new album, turns out that album, Blackstar released on his 69th birthday just two days before his passing was his parting gift to us. Beautiful, just beautiful.
- Mood: Tearful
- Listening to: David Bowie Best Of
I have been really busy the last few months with decorating the house which we have now been in a whole year already!
Gardening club at the school has been great, I got to go in and do a baking session with the kids a few weeks back using some of the veg we grew in the school vegetable patch. They loved baking so much they want to do it again, which is great!
I have also been making more baking videos for YouTube which I am really enjoying. After a few months of making and editing videos it would seem I have found my style so to speak, it's rather basic but hopefully is clear and easy to follow. I have one, maybe two more photos and videos to make and upload on here and YouTube before the Christmas holidays start where I will go AFK again for a few weeks while the kids are off school. So far I have made three Christmas themed recipe videos which you can see below if you haven't seen already.
At this point I would like to say, there are a few of you that regularly comment on my videos (you know who you are!) I thank you all very much for the feedback and support, it is very much appreciated and thank you to all my patient watchers here on DA, I know I am not as active and talkative as I used to be, but when I do come on here and post something it's like seeing an old friend you haven't seen in a while, it feels like I haven't even been away and still feels like I belong which is great.
Onto the title of this journal! What is everyone baking for the holidays this year? I always love to hear what other people and countries do, their traditions and passions. I've made raspberry jam as gifts for the picky eaters and chocolate orange fudge for everyone else. For Christmas day dessert will probably be a no bake strawberry jam cheesecake as I can make it a couple days ahead which is great as I am the one in charge of cooking the Christmas meal.
So in case I don't get a chance before the big day, Merry Christmas and happy baking everyone!
I'm still finding my style of video making so all the videos vary a lot at the moment but, the more I bake and record, the more I will get the hang of it and find my preferred recording style and format.
Here are some of my favorite videos I've enjoyed making so far.
If there are any videos you would like me to make, I'm more than happy to hear your ideas.
I love holding baking contests, I love people baking, I love people trying out something new, baking something they haven't made before, giving food photography a go. I especially love people taking my recipes, using their imagination and personal tastes to make something completely different and truly theirs.
Onto the winners.
I had six entries with three prizes up for grabs in three different categories.
All the entries were so good in their own way however, that I found picking three winners too difficult so decided to split the categories up further and adjust the prizes accordingly.
OVERALL BEST BAKE: 150 points
1st place: 100 points
2nd place: 75 points
3rd place: 50 points
1st place: 75 points
2nd place: 50 points
Finally, a special thank you to all those who have donated points over the years, without you I couldn't hold these contests in the first place. This will be probably be the last of my contests for a while due to running low on points and lacking a lot of free time at the moment, but who knows, watch this space!
I will try to judge and reveal the results as soon as possible however, we currently have a problem with our new house (we haven't had any hot water or heating for over a week!) which is going to be worked on all this week so, with workmen in the house things are going to be rather hectic. Sorry for any inconvenience caused to those who have entered.
Thanks to the generosity of some lovely Deviants over the past couple of years since my last contest, I have saved up enough points to hold another baking contest!
I didn't mean to leave it so long between contests but moving house twice last year and now updating our new house means I have had very limited time here on DA of late.
To bake ANY of my recipes, sweet or savory! I have recipes for cookies, cakes, truffles, meringues, cheesecake and more!
There will be three winners. Overall best bake, most creative entry and best photography.
1. You must use one of my recipes (this excludes recipes I posted photos of from recipe books) for the base of your creation however, you can change up the flavour to suite your taste.
Recipes can be found >>>>> HERE <<<<< in my recipe folder.
Most of my bakes I submit to DA are made from the basic recipes of those listed in the folder above so, for more inspiration on how you can mix up some of the flavours of the recipes, visit my food photography folder here
2. All entries must have been baked between the start and ends dates of the contest.
3. All entries must link back to this journal entry in your submissions description (the more people that enter the merrier!)
4. When submitting please give a brief description of what you have made, how you made it, what flavours you used etc as it is not always obvious from a photo and also if you had any help.
5. Once you submit your entry, let me know via this journal or by inbox message. I will acknowledge I have received your entry once I favourited it in THIS FOLDER Do not worry if I do not acknowledge your entry straight away, my children will be home on their summer holidays for the most part so I will not be on daily.
6. Once entry per person.
Tuesday JUNE 30th 2015 - Sunday 6th SEPTEMBER
OVERALL BEST BAKE: 150 points
MOST CREATIVE 75 points
BEST PHOTOGRAPHY 75 points
If you have any further questions about the contest or a recipe give me a shout. If it is a question that you would like answering more quickly it's best to ask over on my Facebook page as I always have my phone on me.
Ignore the very odd colour combination, I ran out of red and blue so practiced my piping with orange and green for the design on top.
This was a practice cake for something I'm working on next week which will be a three layer cake, each layer being one of the three colours with the design on top. There were a couple areas I wasn't confident I had the ability to do so wanted to put my worries to rest, which I have, turning my nerves and uncertainties about how I'm going to make and finish off the cake into excitement.
Basically what I'm saying is, if in doubt, practice! Whether it be baking, photography, making a speech or anything else in life, it does a great deal for your self confidence and nerves knowing that you do have it in you to do/create something you are really proud of.
The whole house which we moved into a month ago needs a complete make over, head to toe. We started the first rooms last week, the living and dining room. Gone with the 20 year old discoloured wallpaper that was peeling off the walls and on with the paint. We have chosen a colour called Muddy Puddle for the main colour, trust me it is a lot better than it sounds! A light browny/malty chocolatey colour that compliments the feature colour we are using either side of the chimneys called Teal Tension which is a very dark and rich teal. We probably have a couple more weeks left until it is all painted as not only did the walls need a lot of work (it was bare concrete and plaster under the wallpaper so never painted before so needed a lot of smoothing down and filler) but all the skirting boards, coving and ceilings need painting. We are decorating the living and dining room together as they are joined by an archway and currently look silly being decorated differently so we feel they need to flow.
I really fancy doing a bit of baking next week. Last week I made my first ever coffee cake (I don't like drinking coffee) so I really want to bake something else I have never baked before but I really can't think of any. If anyone has any ideas, they have to be quick, simple and use mostly basic ingredients mind please do let me know. What do you like to bake after a long stay away from the kitchen?
- Listening to: Slipknot
- Watching: Battlestar Galactica
- Playing: Minecraft
As a lot of you know my family and I moved house on November the 29th so have been without the internet for a couple of weeks. On Friday we got it back. yay.
The move went well, we are kind of experienced at the whole moving thing by now, it being the second time we have moved house in seven months. We have been here for a couple of weeks now, we are all starting to settle in nicely although it still doesn't feel quite like home yet and probably won't until we have decorated the house which we have started in the dining and front rooms by stripping off half the wallpaper. Those of you who follow my page on facebook will know I also bought a new cooker for the house and was really excited to started baking with it. Well, I have to say I am not disappointed, I love my new oven.
The Christmas holidays begins here in a few days so I will be pretty much offline again for a couple of weeks while the kids are home until after the holidays unless of course I make something I get particularly over excited about and can not wait to upload it beforehand.
Merry Christmas everyone.
We are moving just two minutes away from our current rented house. For the first time we get a grassed garden, we have always have paved courtyard gardens which the kids and I hated so as soon as I told them we have grass they were so happy. Next I told them even better news, they get their own bedrooms. Up until now they have always had to share, being so very different from each other they are going to love their own space, especially my eldest daughter.
For the first time ever I have a nice U shaped kitchen, I have always had gallery kitchens which make things very tricky when you have kids trying to run past all the time while you have the oven door open. The kitchen is the room that is going to need the most work as it's over 20 years old, very dated and really not to my taste but that won't be done straight away. It does have a fun little hatch in the wall to the dining room which I may make bigger to let more light into the dining room. I do need to buy a new cooker straight away though as it doesn't have one which is going to be a big decision as it really needs to be good for baking and withstand me cooking once, twice, sometimes even three times a day so lots of research will be required.
The front room has a huge bay window which I love so much and the whole place really has lots of character being built in the 1920-1930s.
Next week I will have one last baking photo to share with you before we move house the following week. I will probably have no time to bake at all during the upheaval and maybe without the internet for a little while also. Fingers crossed though I will be back in the kitchen before Christmas so I can baking some homemade Christmas gifts I have planned.
It's been a while since I've done this so I thought I would get you up to date with everything and why I am still only semi active here.
Well, my youngest is now full time at school since starting in September, I thought that would mean more time for DA but it really hasn't turned out that way so far. On Tuesdays I've started counseling for my anxiety and depression, I know a lot of people who don't like to talk about and admit things like that but I think it's important to get it out there to show it's fine to ask for help if you need it, which I really have. Also for the past 4 weeks I have been going to a 10 week Positive Thinking group course on Fridays which has so far been really good and I've met some great people (I even took in some cake and cookies for them today which they loved, yay)
Destiny came out last month on the PS4 so I have been glued to playing that, though it's getting a little boring and repetitive now.
Even with all that going on I am still baking, at least once a week in fact but apart from the recent shortbread I have posted on here I have just been baking the usual stuff so nothing new to photograph just yet though I am planning to try out something new soon though I will not be doing any Halloween themed baking this year, I did loads last year though which is in my gallery if you need inspiration.
He was and will always remain a legend in so many ways. I grew up watching him in one of my favourite Disney movies as a kid, Aladdin and of course Jumanji, Hook, Mrs Doubtfire and so many other movies, he was so diverse I loved his comedy and serious roles. Even if I didn't like a particular movie he starred in very much he would always be awesome and would make it worth watching as he had such a great and unique voice and wonderful energy and talent.
This morning the kids and I watched Robots, the first movie of his I could find as our little tribute to him.
R.I.P Robin Williams, you will be sorely missed.
I know I have been rather quiet on here over the past year, I'm still battling my demons of depression and anxiety, which has got so much worse since losing my Grandma in May. I have now got to the point where I am considering medication as I feel so ill all the time, the physical stress of anxiety and depression on my body makes me so tired and lightheaded all the time which means I have no energy or interest in baking or doing anything that involves a lot of walking around or being on my feet as it's just so exhausting.
On to something a little more uplifting. Some of you I have been chatting to for years, others are brand new watchers (Hi there!) So, why don't you copy and paste the following into the comments or your own journal with your answers so we can all get to know each other a little better.
-What is your username about?: My first name and Marilyn Manson (Had this username for ten years I was and still am a huge fan)
S P E C I F I C S
- What kind of shampoo do you use?: Coconut for my eczema
- What are you listening to right now?: Slipknot
- Who is the last person that called you?: Dad
- How many buddies are online right now?: No idea
F A V O U R I T E S
- Animal: Lion
- Colour: Black
- Game: the elder scrolls : Oblivion
- Movie: Independence Day
- Song: Dead Memories by Slipknot
- Subjects in school: Art
H A V E | Y O U | E V E R
- Given anyone a bath?: My kids and our bearded dragon
- Smoked?: Once
- Bungee jumped?: Hell no
- Made yourself throw up?: Nope
- Skinny dipped?: Hell no
- Ever been in love?: Yes
- Done something you regret?: Always
C U R R E N T
- Clothes: Slipknot t shirt and pj bottoms.
- CD in player: Stone Sour House of Gold and Bones Part 1
- DVD in player: Supernatural series 2 disc 2.
- Game you've been playing: Fable 3
- On TV right now?: Kids show called dino dan.
L A S T | P E R S O N
- You touched: Just got hugs from the kids
- Hugged: ^
- You kissed: ^
- Talk to online: Emma
A R E | Y O U
- Understanding?: Yes
- Open-minded?: Yes
- Arrogant?: No
- Insecure?: Yes
- Random?: Yes
- Hungry?: Sometimes
- Smart?: In certain ways
- Moody?: Yes
- Organized?: Very
- Shy?: Extremely
- Bored easily?: Oh yes
- Entertained easily?: Yes
- Obsessed?: I have OCD!
- Lazy?: I can be
- Angry?: Yes
- Hyper?: Rarely
- Trusting?: No!
R A N D O M
- In the morning: Do not talk to me for two hours until I've woken up!
- I dream about: Zombies!
- What do you notice first in the sex you're into: Eyes
W H O
- Makes you laugh the most: My kids and
- Makes you smile: My family and the smell of a fresh morning
D O | Y O U | E V E R
- Sit on the internet all night waiting for that someone special to IM you?: Nope
- Wish you were a member of the opposite sex?: I do wonder what it's like sometimes
- Wish you were younger?: Yes
- Cry because someone said something to you?: I'm more likely to get angry than cry
N U M B E R
- Of Cd's: Last count a couple hundred, haven't counted in a few years!
- Of scars on my body: No idea, I have lots of chicken pox scars and a scar on my wrist from a Helter Skelter ride when I was 6.
Everyone have a wonderful summer, keep up the good work and I will be back properly again the beginning of October once everything is sttled down with the new school year to catch up on everyone's uploads and messages. If you have any baking questions head on over and ask them on my facebook page where I receive notifications of messages on my phone so can get back to you a lot quicker as the kids will probably be hogging the laptop most days watching videos of Frozen on YouTube constantly.
We pretty much settled in straight away, the kids love the new house and we managed to unpack everything fairly quickly, mostly due to a lot of our stuff going into storage, only taking essential things to the current house. My dad has almost finished work on the old house so we will be putting it on the market over the next couple of weeks. After that it will be a waiting game to sell so we can then look for a bigger, better house.
Our current kitchen is tiny, as is the house. We have the fridge, tv, computer and dryer all next to each other in the living room. We also had to get rid of one of our sofas and do a lot of rearranging to get everything to fit in. Apart from that and some random problems with the house the landlord needs to sort out we really like it here. It is very quiet and has has all the essentials so makes for perfect temporary accommodation.
The size of the kitchen has meant though most of my baking and photography stuff is in storage so only basic baking and photography is all I can do until we move again, I started baking again last week to test out the new built in oven which has turned out to be a very nice oven and easy to adjust too.
I have yet to check any messages here or do much online since getting the internet yesterday as I am still very busy with other things but I should slowly be becoming for active over the following weeks.
I hope you are all well and enjoying your hobbies, it sure is great to get back to doing mine again.
Firstly, a month ago my Grandma was admitted to hospital where they discovered she was very ill. After being discharged from hospital she went into a care home. Pretty much every day I took the kids in to see her, Grandma was always very happy yo see us as she was such a proud grandmother/great grand mother who had so much love and bought so much joy to those around her. She sure was a fighter, the last time I saw her was Tuesday morning, that afternoon she was gone. Now, my wonderful Grandma, a huge part of my life and big influence as to how a human being should behave, kind, gentle, loving and caring has been reunited with my Grandpa after twenty years apart and soon will be laid to rest next to him.
Here I share with you my most treasured photo of her and the only decent photo of all my family together taken on our wedding day, Halloween 2012 which also was her 82nd birthday.
It is a very sad time but I take comfort in knowing up until a month ago she was still always out and about visiting one person or another so she didn't have to suffer long. She got to see me marry, have great grand children, have lots of friends and family who loved her very much and got to the very good age of 83 and a half.
Next, I am still struggling with my anxiety and depression so a lot of the time don't feel like baking, taking photographs or chatting.
Finally another reason for my absence, moving house. Next Wednesday we are finally moving into rented accommodation while our current house gets sold and we buy a new one. This means I will not be online for a good while, being temporary we may not bother getting the internet at all as we are only going to be there for 6 months to a year. I will still have limited access to the internet on my phone so can post some photos from there though they won't be that great. If you have any baking questions or just want to catch up I will be able to reply quicker if you message me on my facebook page www.facebook.com/claremanson as it's quicker and easier to check that when on limited internet usage so will be on there more. Also to those of you I talk to a lot, with the exception of the past few months of course, you know who you are! I may add you to my personal facebook account, I post a lot about my family on there mind so it really will be just for those I talk to a lot as I am very protective over adding people I don't know when sharing such personal things, for you guys, inbox me your name or link and I will add you if you like as I really do miss chatting to a lot of you.
Anyway on with the tagging from my best friend!
I was tagged by
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.
9) You can't say that you don't do tags.
10) You MUST make a journal entry! No comments.
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.
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.
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.
Favourite main meal, dessert, and drink? Roast chicken, cheesecake and hot chocolate with whipped cream.
Which season do you love the most? Summer! We don't get enough of it here in England.
Can you remember a dream you've had recently... What happened in it? Some woman was trying to kill me!
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!
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."
What's the scariest thing you've ever done? Became a parent!
What have you learned today? I need new shoes as my feet are wet.
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?