Saturday, 30 March 2013

Happy Easter :)

Hiya lovelies :)

How are you all?

I am going to be rather delayed in getting my blog posts up again, my college work schedule at the moment is CRAZY! I have so so much work to do, and once I have spent hours on the laptop doing that, I just cannot face spending anymore time on it writing a blog post! Which is annoying as I love writing blog posts and I find them easy to write, like they just come to you don't they!? You can soon accumulate many words on your page without doing much thinking at all, whereas essays and work tasks for homework, oh my goodness! I sit here for hours sometimes thinking "200 words to go" or "how on earth do I answer that question?" 

Is it just me who is like that?! 

Anyway I have plenty of ideas in my mind for blog posts, I keep jotting ideas down, and taking pictures of things as appropriate to share with you all once I get a free period in work!

So I wanted to say HAPPY EASTER to you all, I hope you all have a lovely Sunday and Monday with your families or friends, or going out whatever you decide to do, and I hope the easter bunny pays you all a visit!
Have a great time and eat too much chocolate! :D

Lots of love,

Sunday, 24 March 2013


Hey lovelies,

How are you all doing this snowy Sunday afternoon?

I've been a bit poorly this past week and haven't even turned my laptop on, so it is currently going the speed of a snail and doing numerous updates, so while it is doing that, I just wanted to stop by and say hello! So prepare for a quick chatty post rather than a standard one ffom me!

So, I realise I haven't posted in about a week, I did many posts in quick succession to each other, and now haven't posted in a few days - maybe I shouldn't have done that!
I don't know about you, but for me, when I have put so much time into a blog post, and when I complete it, I get so excited to hit publish and let everyone see it...saving it as a draft doesn't even become an option!

What is all your plans for the night then? I am looking forward to watching "Our Girl" on BBC1 at 9pm with Lacey Turner! It's army based and it's got Lacey Turner in it....perfect combination! Is anyone else thinking of tuning in?!

Sorry this is a bit all over the place and probably doesn't make much sense, but I'm feeling pretty rubbish still! I am very grateful to all your lovely blogs though, as reading all your posts have really helped this week speed along for me!

See you soon,

Friday, 15 March 2013

Music 1 - artist you may know of, but songs you may not of heard!

Hello everyone!

So I hope you understand my idea of this post.... Here goes!

I LOVE music. It's a massive part of my life. I cannot play it, read it, sing or anything like that but listening to it on the radio, on MP3 players, iPod, tv music channels, live concerts I just can't get enough!

So the idea of this post is for me to give you some song suggestions from artists I'm sure you know so all main stream artists but it won't be their leading singles from their albums. For example, one direction - what makes you beautiful ... I won't make that as a suggestion as they released it as a single and everywhere plays it. What I intend to do is give you my favourite hidden gems from their whole albums.

The music theme for this is what I like to call "blasters!" Basically defined to me as upbeat jolly songs that all you want to do is sing along at the top of your voice and blast the volume up!

Lets begin....

- Heart Attack - youtube link
- I Would - youtube link
- Tell Me A Lie - youtube link
- Up All Night - youtube link

- Beautiful World - youtube link
- The Difference - youtube link
- Hit You With The Real Thing - youtube link

- Dagger - youtube link
- Good Day For Love To Die - youtube link
- I'll Be Your Strength - youtube link
- Rock Your Body - youtube link
- The Weekend - youtube link

- Change Is Gonna Come - youtube link
- Hold On - youtube link
- I Blame Hollywood - youtube link
- I've Tried Everything - youtube link
- In Case You Didn't Know - youtube link

- I Don't Wanna Go To Sleep - youtube link
- Living For The Moment - youtube link
- Na Na - youtube link

- Good Night Good Morning - youtube link

- So Glad - youtube link
- I'll Call Ya - youtube link

- Love The Way You Love Me - youtube link
- Elevator - youtube link

- Bigger - youtube link
- Down To Earth - youtube link

- Rain On Me - youtube link

- Abracadabra - youtube link
- Stand Up - youtube link

- Better For You - youtube link
- Keep You - youtube link

- Eh Eh Nothing Else I Can Say - youtube link

- Rusty Halo - youtube link
- Fall For Anything - youtube link

- Love 2 Hate - youtube link
- I Still Love You - youtube link

- Lose My Life - youtube link
- Saviour - youtube link

Hope you liked this post! If it proves popular I think I'll do more categories other than "blasters". Maybe some older songs from the 2000's we've forgotten about. Perhaps some artists you haven't heard of etc!

Let me know if you check any of these out and more importantly like!

Thanks for reading!

Lots of love,

Blog Lovin'

Hey guys, 

Due to the will it won't it closure of 'Google Connect Friends' ...the way most of us follow each others blogs,  I am here in this post to say if you fancy following me on 'bloglovin' then please do so!

They have an app which is great, I read most of my blogs via their app in bed! Also, they have a really good website which is very accessible and easy to view all your favourite blogs.

So if you do feel like following me on there I will be eternally grateful ! 

How To Follow Me:

There are a few of ways you can do this:

1. Click on this link and it will send you to my blog lovin page where you can hit follow bloglovinaccentgirl100

2. Click the follow me on blog lovin button I have in the side bar over there >>>

3. Log onto your account on blog lovin and in the search box type "accentgirl100" and I will pop up!

Please leave your blog lovin details below and I will be sure to follow you.

Thank you!

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Baking Help 2 - Chocolate and Orange Drizzle Cake

Hello you lovely lot!

I am back again with yet another baking foodie post! This post I am going to explain how I made my Chocolate and Orange Drizzle Cake for my Mum on Mothers day.


For The Cake:
- 175g / 6oz Caster Sugar.
- 175g / 6oz Margarine.
- 150g / 5oz Self Raising Flour.
- 25g / 1oz Cocoa Powder
- 3 x eggs
- 1 x orange - you need it's rind and juice.

For The Filling:
- 75g / 30z Icing Sugar
- 25g /1 oz Cocoa Powder
- 50g / 20z Margarine

Chocolate Top (I use sainsburys basic...its cheap, tastes great and melts really well!):
- 200g Milk Chocolate
- 100g White Chocolate

Remember baking measurements are an exact science, ensure everything is exactly 175g or 25g etc. Unlike cooking where the recipe may require 200g of pasta if you put in 205g of pasta, the meal will not be affected, baking however, those extra 5g will make all the difference, so be careful when you weigh out!

My Steps:

1. Weigh out 175g of sugar and 175g of margarine and put them in a bowl.

2. By hand or using an electric whisk, blend the sugar and margarine together.

3. Weigh out your 150g of flour and 25g of cocoa powder (if you are not making it 
chocolate..use 175g of flour.)

4. Mix the cocoa powder and flour together until it is all combined.

5. Take your large orange and grate the rind or skin from it and put to one side.

6. Cut your orange in half and take out as much juice as possible and leave in a a bowl or cup.

7. Add the orange zest to the mixed sugar and margarine and stir in with a spoon.

8. Add one of the eggs and a third of the flour and cocoa mixture and combine by hand or with an electric whisk. Repeat this process until all of the eggs and flours are in. Putting it in a third at a time.

9. Give your mixture a good beat together to ensure everything is incorporated and no flour is stuck to the sides.

 10. Pre-line and grease a cake tin, I have an 8 inch round one here and pour your mixture in.

11. Put it in the middle of your oven at Gas Mark 4/180C/350F for 40-45 minutes.


12. While the cake is cooking you can prepare the butter cream.  Take 75g of icing sugar and 25g of cocoa and like before mix them together.

 13. Add to the icing sugar 50g of margarine (with buttercream the ratio is always 2:1 icing sugar to margarine).

14. Slowly start to combine the two together, stick with this process as by hand it can take a few minutes!

15. When the butter cream is coming together add a tiny splash of milk, this will help it become lovely and creamy!

16. Put a small amount of the orange juice into the butter cream and stir it round.


17. Take the cake out of the oven and insert a pointed knife and if it comes out clean, you know your cake is cooked through.

18. Stab a few points on your cake and pour over the orange juice, this is how it becomes a orange drizzle cake as the cake is still warm, it has alot of moisture, so when you pour the juice over it, it locks it in.

19. After it has been out of the oven for about 20 minutes tip the cake out onto a cooling wire and put the cake to one side and leave to cool completely. 

20. Once your cake is fully cooled down, slice it in half and spread on the butter cream you made earlier. Then sandwich it back together.


21. In two bowls, melt the white and the milk chocolate. Either over a bowl of boiling water or by microwave. I did mine via the microwave, but you must be careful to watch for it burning. Every 30 seconds I take it out and give it a stir.

22. Place some boards down so you don't make a mess everywhere and tip the milk chocolate bowl over the top of the cake until it covers it all.

23. Take some white chocolate on a spoon and run it quickly from left to right to create the marbled look. You can also run a fork on it to give it some extra swirls!

24. Finally, leave your cake to set, and tuck in and enjoy!

Hope you found this useful, let me know if you have a go at making it!

 Any questions, let me know in the box below.

What is your favourite cake to eat?!

Until the next post,

The Versatile Blogger Award

Wow, it has not even been a week and already I have had my second blog award nomination, I cannot quite believe it! 
It is probably hard to explain to anyone who isn't in the blogging world, but how amazing does it make you feel to be nominated?! For us all, we all put so much time, effort and love into our blogs, so to have it recognised by awards or even just nominations for awards, really is special! 
This time I have the wonderful Hannah at check her out at: hannahheartss

So to be in the running for this award you need to know the rules which are...

The Rules:

1. Firstly you are to thank the person who kindly nominated you.
2. On your post include a link to their blog.
3. Select 15 new blogs/bloggers you've recently discovered or follow regularly.
4. Nominate those bloggers for a Versatile Blogger Award, leave a link to their page and a comment on their latest post to let them know they've been nominated.
5. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Rule 3: My 15 Nominations:

13 - gemsbeauty

Rule 5: For my nominator Hannah, 7 Things About Me!

1. I love, or does it have to be loved now?! Westlife, I was lucky enough to see them live 4 times throughout the years, and last May I went to their Farewell tour, was one of the best concerts of my life!

2. Weather wise I hate the combination of wind AND rain! What is the point?! 

3. I'm a pretty good saver of my money.

4. I have done a number of outdoor activities such as canoeing, rock climbing, assault courses and yachting!

5. It bugs the life out of me when people feel the need to expose every detail of themselves on the internet....have some things private please!

6. I find it hard to type quickly on other peoples laptops or computers... you really do get used to your own don't you?!

7. I would love to do the London day!

Good luck to everyone who has been nominated for this award, and thank you once more to the lovely Hannah! If you like any of the blogs you visit, make sure you say hello and leave them a comment, they're all lovely people :)

See you soon,

Quick Food 1 - The Soft Boiled Egg!

Hey everyone,

How are you all doing? Very well I hope! 

Now I realise this may seem like a very simple easy thing to make, and I am sure most of you reading will be like: "is she having a laugh, showing us how to make an egg!?" Well sorry to all of you who know, but so many of my friends just either don't know how to boil an egg, or can't get it right with a runny yolk! There are so many variations of how people do this, so I thought I'd share my way!

People call this type of egg:

- Dippy Egg
- Soldier Egg
- Soft Boiled Egg
- Boiled Egg.

My Steps:

1. Get a saucepan of water boiling on the hob - I don't add anything to my water.

2. Once the water is completely boiling, lower your egg into the water with a spoon.

3. As soon as the egg hits the water set your timer for 5 minutes.

4. I put the lid back on my saucepan when the egg is in and watch over it.

5. Once the 5 minutes is up I immediately remove the egg from the water and put it in my egg cup!

6. Give the top a bash and peel away as much shell as you wish.

7. Enjoy your nice runny yolky egg with soldiers!

Hope you found this post useful! As I say I realise it is a easy thing to make, just I seem to know alot of people who struggle with it!

Do you make yours in a different way? Let me know.

See you soon,

Baking Help 1 - Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

Hi guys!

So I am writing this in my living room with the sun beaming in! Finally, we have some sunshine! Feels so nice to see it out and make everywhere look bright and colourful!

Anyway, if you have read a few of my blog posts, you will know I am into my baking. I've spoken about it on my about me page, and I have done a couple of baking related item reviews, but I realised I haven't actually shown you any evidence of me doing it or given you any tips of help on it like I once said I would, so without further a-do here is my how to bake post 1!

There are six main types of pastry: shortcrust, suet, rough puff, flaky, hot water crust and choux pastry. The most popular of all these pastries though is the short or shortcrust pastry. It is the quickest and easiest one to do and is very simple to make it either sweet or savoury.

The Ingredients For Sweet Shortcrust Pastry:

To make 8 ounces or 225 grams of pastry you will need:

- 225g / 8oz plain flour.
- A pinch of salt.
- 50g / 2oz lard. 
- 50g /2oz margarine.
- 25g / 1oz Caster Sugar
- 30ml / 2 table spoons of tap water or milk.

The Steps:

1. Measure out all your ingredients, I always find it more efficient if I have everything weighed out before I begin!

2. In a bowl, mix the plain flour and salt.

3. Add in the fats (lard and margarine).

Flour, Salt, Margarine and Lard In A Bowl
4. Rub the fats into the flour using your finger tips. Once you have rubbed it in a bit, add in the caster sugar. By the end of rubbing the fats in the mixture should resemble breadcrumbs.

Started To Rub In Fats And Added Caster Sugar In.
Fats Completely Rubbed In.

5. Using a knife with either milk or water (I use a mixture of the two, with it being a sweet pastry and using margarine I like having milk in the recipe!) cut and stir (to cut and stir take the knife around the circumference of the mixture and slice it up the middle) repeat this process until the mixture until you form a stiff dough.
DON'T add too much liquid. It is much easier to keep adding than it is to add too much and be stuck with a sloppy dough!
First Splash Of Water In.
With All The Milk And Water Incorporated In.

6. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead lightly until the mixture all comes together.
7. Place the dough in some cling film and place in the fridge and leave it for 1 hour.

Seal The Cling Film Tightly Around The Dough

8. One hour later, roll out the pastry on a floured surface and use as required (usually lining a tin!).

What Can You Make Now You Have The Short-Pastry?

There is a whole variety of things you can make once you have mastered the short crust pastry. You can go on and make:

- Quiche
- Cornish Pasties
- Jam Tart
- Bakewell Tart
 - Lemon Meringue Pie
- Egg Custard Tart
- Treacle Tart

To name just a few!

Good luck with making it, feel free to leave any questions you have below!
Can you make pastry? What is your favourite thing to make with it?

See you all soon,

Feel free to post a comment, about your thoughts/experiences from this post. I love to read what you think and I'll be sure to reply to every comment! :) xox