The Disney TAG

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Something I haven’t really expressed on this blog is my love for Disney…until now. I hope you enjoy and please do attempt this yourselves and let me know!

  1. Favourite film? Tangled. I also love Beauty and the Beast which leads on to my next question…
  2. Favourite princess? Belle. As long as I can remember it has always been Belle – when all my friends were dressing up as Cinderella I was strolling along in my yellow dress with pride.
  3. Favourite prince? Flynn Rider or Aladdin.
  4. Favourite side kick? Sebastian or Pumba.
  5. Favourite song? A whole new world or Reflection. Followed by the entire High School Musical soundtrack…
  6. Who would be your pet? I’m going to have to say Stitch. Although I would also love Pascale (Tangled) as a pet.
  7. Have you ever been to Disney world/land? Yes! I went to Paris when I was about 13!
  8. Who is your favourite villain? Maleficent!
  9. Who is your favourite couple? Will there ever be any better than Mickey and Minnie?!
  10. Who is your alter ego? I would love to confidently answer Belle but, I thought I would leave this in the hands of a trusty Buzzfeed quiz and, my result is “Elsa: You’re introverted, kind, and awesome. You’re a little insecure, but time will change that”.

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Baking with Lauren: Oreo cupcakes

150g margarine
150g caster sugar
130g self-raising flour
30g cocoa powder
2 large eggs
1 tsp milk
1 packet of oreos.

Pre-heat oven to Gas Mark 4/180 degrees.

Cream together the margarine and caster sugar.

Add in the eggs, and gradually fold in the flour and cocoa powder. Add in milk.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning the tray around once.

Buttercream: I use this Silver Spoon recipe. Crush about 5-7 oreos (easiest done using the bag and rolling pin technique) and then add these oreos into the icing. Spread this onto the cakes.

Using the remaining oreos, cut them into half (a lot harder than sounds) and decorate as pictures (using either one or two halves).

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My Netflix Recommendations #2

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It is that time again…My Netflix recommendations!

  1. One Day At A Time: SUCH high praise for this wonderful show. A Netflix original adaptation of the original 70s show. A unique comedy about a Latino family that also carefully tackles important issues.
  2. A Series of Unfortunate Events: After being a massive fan of the books and having utter disappointment at the movie, I was so excited when a show following all of the books would be made. I watched this within 2 days, the day it was released (oops). I was super hooked and the agonising wait for the second series started immediately. A must-watch for fans of the book or anyone who enjoys a grim comedy.
  3. Love: After watching the first season of this in a day soon after it was released last year, I have been patiently waiting a WHOLE YEAR for the next instalment. And finally, it arrived. A lighthearted comedy
  4. Absolutely Fabulous: One of my ultimate fave shows ever. I recently watched this for like the 5th(?) time so had to feature it in my recommendations. A timeless classic, with humour, disgust and downright craziness. Definitely a very easy to watch and relaxing show so perfect for pamper nights.
  5. The OA: I was so confused but mesmerised at the start of this show. Once I finally understood what was going on – I loved it more every episode. I don’t know how much I can say without giving it away but I really recommend watching it and cannot wait for season 2.
  6. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: I started to watch this last year and was super excited when Season 2 came out so re-watched Season 1 in advance. Season 2 did not disappoint. The clever but crazy plots and of course the key singing element comprise an exciting rom-com that will just fill your life with joy.
  7. Thirteen Reasons Why: I had not read the book for this so had no idea what to expect but just new to follow the hype. I was SO hooked – to the point I binge watched it all in under 2 days. Super upsetting at times so be prepared but, the exciting and well-thought out plot is unmissable.

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Baking with Lauren: Cheese I-have-no-idea-what-to-call-this thing

Clue is in the title. I really just spontaneously made this delightful dish and cannot think of a fitting name atm. However, it tastes so frickin’ good. All you need is:

Puff pastry (I used the ASDA pre-rolled pastry).
Grated cheese.

First step, Preheat the oven to 180/Gas Mark 4. Fill half of the pastry with plenty of grated cheese.

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Then, fold the pastry in half.

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Cut into even, quite big strips.

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Lightly twist to kinda resemble cheese twists (they won’t end up rigidly in this shape, its just to allow the cheese to mix better).

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Bake for 15 minutes, then add more cheese all over.

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Bake for another 15 minutes or until golden brown and voila, you have this amazing gourmet dish.

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Review: L’oreal clay masks

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I am SO glad I finally got my hands on these wonderful products! After listening to all the hype surrounding them, I decided it was finally time to see if it really was that good. I don’t really have awful skin problems so the results were never going to be massive but, I have still seen a skin transformation nonetheless. The instant tightening effect once its applied just fills you with hope. I have found my make-up to be so much easier to apply due to the way these masks have evened out my skin and provided a great base.

I have the detox and purify masks but there is also a pure glow mask which is a reddish brown. With such a low price tag, this product is not one to miss. It gives you a suggested 10 full face applications per product but, if like me, you only use it on target problem areas you will be sorted for a few months. I use this 3 times a week on my chin and t-zone as they tend to get a bit oily, and seen such a great improvement in only 2 weeks so can just imagine it works wonders on acne prone skin.

I hope this has persuaded you to purchase this actual godsend product and enjoy the way it works wonders on your skin!

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5 Things I Didn’t Expect From My Psychology Degree

psychologyWorking on yet another tough but interesting assignment, I couldn’t help but reflect on how much the reality of this course differs from my initial expectations upon starting Uni almost 1 and a half years ago. Here are 5 things I did not expect from my Psychology degree:

  1. SO. MANY. STATS. I was prepared for a little but oh my, I never could have prepared myself for this much. Fortunately I think I am just about getting to grips with the horrendous amount I have to learn (why are there so many tests anyway?!) – I just hope I manage the stats element in my dissertation.
  2. The infinite number of areas of Psychology. There really is A LOT. So much in fact I am forever changing which area interests me most or what field I would like to pursue. I am forever learning about new branches of this amazing subject and left in awe every time, making me question whether I will ever settle on a favourite.
  3. The super strict guidelines for referencing and writing lab reports. Of course I expected referencing and scientific writing but I never could have been prepared for the extent this is drilled into us every assignment. Personally I think this is kinda ridiculous as not even published reports are 100% perfect but it is reassuring that I’m being constantly taught the correct writing style early on in my Psychology career.
  4. How complicated the brain really is. I have had 3 biology modules and each time learn so many new things, and I am still learning now. It is super hard but fascinating at the same time, and I never imagined there to be so much to learn.
  5. How much in life is started by Psychology. The amount of work done by Psychology professionals, or people with just a little bit of background is amazing. When starting this degree I knew it was pretty universal but, I never imagined it to be applicable to so many areas.

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Baking with Lauren: Easter cake

I am all up for baking for any and every occasion so as Easter neared I immediately started thinking about what I could come up with this time! So I designed a cake of everyone’s chocolate dreams – featuring one of the greatest treats on earth, mini eggs.

For the cake you will need (taken from this recipe by Queen Mary:
3 large eggs
175g/6oz Self-Raising Flour
175g/6oz Caster Sugar
175g/6oz Butter
1 1/2 tsp/6oz Baking Powder
40g/1 1/2oz Cocoa Powder
4 tbsp Boiling Water

For the icing:
75g Butter
175g Icing Sugar
30g Cocoa Powder

Decor:
Shredded Wheat or chocolate flakes or anything you wish to use instead!
Chocolate (to melt)
Chocolate fingers
Mini eggs

Firstly, pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180 degrees.

Mix together the eggs, flour, caster sugar, butter and baking powder – make sure it is nice and smooth!

In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder and water. Seems weird but keep mixing until it is a paste and then add to the other bowl.

Split mixture evenly into two greased tins. Bake for 20-25 mins.

Leave to cool on a wire rack for about 20 mins.

For the icing: gradually mix together the butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder.

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Apply a generous amount to one side of the cake (make sure some is left over for the sides!). And add the other layer on top.

Add icing and chocolate fingers all around the side like below. For the top I added the classic chocolate/shredded wheat mix but admittedly, once set this made the cake ridiculously hard to cut so I suggest maybe replacing it with chocolate flakes.

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Whatever you decide to use for the top, make sure to add tonnes of mini eggs before it sets!

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This cake is absolute dream for chocolate lovers like me and a great way to bring together all my favourite sweet treats!

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