Easy & Yummy Ginger Cookie Recipe

We’re all in our homes these days, meaning we have the perfect opportunity to start baking. I was looking through the fridge and found a tiny bit of stem ginger, left over from a curry the previous night. It got me thinking, what could I make with this? Out of my little-to-none baking experience I invented a perfect ginger cookie recipe. Trust me, they are delicious. If any of you want to try this out, please share your photos with me on Instagram!

Ingredients

  • 100g margarine 
  • 75g brown sugar (I used demerara because that’s all we had in the cupboard
  • 1tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 100g golden syrup
  • 250g self-raising flour (plus extra for forming into a dough)
  • 1tbsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1 beaten egg yolk

Instructions

    Over a low heat in a large saucepan, combine the margarine, sugar, grated ginger and golden syrup. Once melted, leave to cool. 

  • Mix ground ginger, baking powder and flour in a large bowl.

  • In three stages, combine the cooled sugar mixture and beaten egg yolk to the flour and make a dough. You will probably need to add more flour while kneading to reduce the stickiness.

  • Line two medium baking trays with parchment paper. 

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  • Roll the dough into 20g balls and place on the trays, leaving space for spreading. 

  • In an oven preheated to 190C/170C fan/gas 5, bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes. Do not make the mistake I did and forgot to press start on the timer! This batch were a little overdone, but they still taste really good. Leave to cool on the trays for a little bit and they taste delicious while warm!

Thank you so much for reading, whether you baked these or not. I really appreciate your comments and kind words in this difficult time! Hope you’re all well.

What’s your favourite thing to bake? What’s your favourite flavour of cookie/biscuit?

erin x

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The Awesome Blogger Award | Books, Goals & Music

Though I wasn’t nominated, I’d just like to thank Marta for leaving open nominations so that I could take part in this tag. Please read her answers to these questions! Now, let’s get on to the tag:

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Credit the creator (Maggie @ Dreaming of Guatemala)
  • Tag this post with #AwesomeBloggerAward
  • Answer all the questions given to you
  • Nominate some people
  • Write 10 questions for them to answer

Marta’s Questions

What are some of your favourite songs to listen to at the moment?

Currently I’m enjoying Fine Line by Harry Styles and a little bit of The Beatles here and there.

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If you could shift into an animal, what animal would you want to turn into?

Some sort of bird, definitely. Wouldn’t it be really interesting to fly? 

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What is one thing you are currently obsessed with?

I love knitting and watching sit-coms! Not the most productive use of time in quarantine but it makes me so happy. I listed in a previous blog post what my favourite TV shows are. 

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If an unstoppable force collides with an immovable force, what happens?

Would it rebound? I’m not a physics whizz but I’d by interested to hear what happens in this instance. If you have any clue, please let me know in the comments!

What is your favourite book that you read in 2020 so far?

I don’t think there’s a singular book I could pinpoint as my favourite though The Spinster Club series is my favourite read. The first book in that series got me hooked, it’s called “Am I Normal Yet?”

What is the best piece of advice that you’ve received?

Very cliche, but live in the moment. I hold those words in my heart and try to make the most of my time on this Earth.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

Does it make me bratty to say that I’m not sure? My cello lessons are an amazing gift and I’m very fortunate that my parents could afford them when I started out. 

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If you could spend a day with anyone (fictional, alive, or dead), who would you choose and what would you do together?

I’d love to spend some time with the Doctor, she is such cool character and I could travel anywhere and be back in one split-second! The best use of a day in any case.

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What is your dream reading space?

There’s no need to dream; I already have mine. My bed is positioned an arm’s length away from my bookshelf so I don’t have to get up when I want to grab a book. A small room comes with advantages.

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What are your goals (reading or otherwise) for 2020?

My reading goal is 100 books but i’m a little behind on it! Hopefully, like last year, summer will be my time to get ahead. I set myself some goals in a post at the start of the year. At the moment my goals are to do yoga every day, and I’m on day 29! Try not to throw yourself in at the deep end, just set habits monthly and hopefully they’ll lead to you being a better person than at the start of the year.

I Nominate These Awesome Bloggers:

My Questions

Please answer Marta’s questions! It may seem like I’m just being lazy, but I’d be interested to hear your response to her questions. Don’t forget to let me know if you take part, by either tagging me in the post or commenting below.

What other posts do you want to see from me? Is there a particular type of post you most like to see from me? 

erin x

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Top 5 Easy Tips On How To Glow-Up/Get Out Of A Slump

Deciding to take a break wasn’t an impulse decision that happened overnight. In fact, the factors leading to my unexplained hiatus were brewing for a few months. I soldiered through my schedule, ticking boxes and the sort, until I realised that I probably need to step back and consider myself for a second. Because though I was promoting self-care and exercise, I wasn’t doing it for myself. It was very hard, at first, to begin my mini ‘glow-up’. Especially because beforehand my schedule revolved around school and being busy. When school closed and all my plans were cancelled, that’s when I found time on my hands. I didn’t spend my extra time productively and ended up binge-eating and watching a lot of TV. It was unhealthy but I caught myself before it got worse. I plucked myself out of my sad hole and said, ‘let’s take a break from social media, start working out, continue with my yoga and stop snacking’. The expectations of myself weren’t realistic, which meant sticking to them felt like I’d conquered heaven and earth. I’m still in the process of keeping to them, of course. Health is for life, not just for January. I’m not an expert but here are few tips for any of you that want to glow up:

1) Exercise

Workouts aren’t my cup of tea but I found an amazing YouTuber called Lucy who does 7 minute regimes that get your heart rate up but aren’t so hard that you collapse on the ground! I found it easy to slip it in to my mornings and it has had a profound impact on the rest of the day, making me feel like I can conquer my to-do list. You’ve heard me rant about yoga previously, and I also do that every morning. At the moment I can only go out for exercise once a day and it’s always a walk with my family. Though I only do a little bit, it has massively changed my life.

2) Waking Up At A Consistent Time

You don’t need to be a morning person to be productive. I always wake up at 6am but if you go to bed later than obviously you still have the same hours in the day (06.00-22.00 or 09.00-01.00). Go to bed at a consistent time and wake up at the same time too. Your body will get into a routine as long as you don’t skip a day (including weekends). I’ve not to a point where I can trust myself to wake up without an alarm but I’m sure you can.

3) No Snacking

It’s tricky, but it’s good for me. It means I can appreciate my meals more and I hardly ever feel bloated. I still have a tangerine mid-morning but I’ve cut out the late-night snacking thing that I really struggled with. 

4) Be Forgiving

I’ll have a packet or crisps every now and then. I’ll miss a workout or wake up later. The key is to not be hard on yourself. And the more forgiving you are, the easier it is to carry on again. I used to do workouts every day but then I’d miss one. Once I’d miss one, I’d think it was pointless then all of that effort has gone to waste. Please don’t do that to yourselves! 

5) To-Do Lists

It’s second nature for me to write a to-do list every day. I find them an effective way to keep on track of what you need to do. Especially with home-schooling, it’s important I’m getting my work done. Sometimes I might need to set my own work just to make sure I don’t fall behind! I keep my to-do lists in my bullet journal. As my bujo is a ‘pretty’ place, I feel a certain extent of pressure to tick off my lists just because it makes me spreads look complete. It’s a healthy pressure though and often means I get things done.

Those are all the five tips I have for you today. I am not perfect and I just want to make it clear that I don’t always keep to these tips. This blog is supposed to be as raw and truthful as possible. This sort of lifestyle is me at my peak, obviously why I’d like to share it with you. I don’t feel compelled to telling you about my unhealthy habits because that’s my past. I only want this to be a positive space, and I am living proof that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. So if you are going through a rough time, please talk to me or someone that you trust. I am always here for those of you that need me. If you don’t want to share with me, just try to follow these few tips. They helped me out of a rut and I’m sure they’ll help you too. 

Do you have any glow-up tips? How do you get out of a slump? Could you share some motivation in the comments of this post, to help someone going through a rough time?

Can’t wait to hear from you,

erin x

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April Bullet Journal Set-Up | Exciting New Video!

Instead of the usual chatty blog post, this month I decided to share my bullet journal set-up in a video. I hope to do more of this in the future… possibly every month? You can see the video on IGTV here.

For those of you who can’t get on to Instagram, here’s a little summary:

This month’s theme is large, pink flowers. I decided it on a whim, not particular thinking about its correlation with the month of April. It was very easy to draw and I did so while watching Miranda! I absolutely adore that show. Instead of using the traditional bullet journal ‘hand-lettering’, I went for this bold bubble letter font. 

My calendar spread was kept simple and, for those of you recreating, the squares are 6×6 dots. I like this page to be functional so I don’t busy it with lots of doodles. Again, I used the bold font and bright flowers for the background.

Now, I don’t usually do these trackers. However I do have more time and hopefully I’ll keep up with it! My goals for this months are working out, yoga, reading 100+ pages a day, practising my cello, less than an hour on my phone and writing. 

On the left of this I have my ‘book’s read’ spread. Hopefully I’ll fill the whole page up, motivating me to start writing reviews again. This past month I have been in a reading slump and it was super hard to get out of. But now I’m reading more, hopefully I can push out more reviews for you! I love reading them but haven’t written one in a long time. 

That’s it for this month! I decided to keep it nice and simple (hopefully attainable) because I have a bad history of never filling in habit trackers or book charts etc. Thank you so much for reading, and watching if you can. I really appreciate the support I’ve received on my first video. Let me know in the comments if you liked it, and I’ll be sure to do more.

What are your goals for April? What amazing things did you achieve in March?

erin x

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Top 5 Shows To Watch In Quarantine

Though reading and doing our work would be a productive way of spending time in quarantine, we all can’t fight the urge to watch telly sometimes. Recently I’ve been in a slump. Not just because of what’s gig on, but other personal life events this year that have really taken a toll on things. I kept saying to myself ‘tomorrow can be my new start’ but then another hurdle was thrown down, and I tripped over it. To distract myself from these worries, I like to watch telly and do some knitting. No – it’s not a cool thing for a teenager to do. But it’s better for my mind than mindlessly scrolling through Snapchat and watching cake videos (lol that is actually my life).

Here are my top 5 things to watch when you’re down (all on BBC iPlayer because I don’t have Netflix):

5) Mrs. Brown’s Boys

Nothing beats a bit of comedy, and I can watch these again and again without tiring from the jokes. My parents says it’s absolute rubbish but I really love it. And they don’t film new series’ anymore, so the subject matter of the episodes are all a few years behind. It’s better than mentioning the C word!

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4) Miranda

You guessed it, another comedy. My mum, brother and I used to watch these a lot when we were too young to understand the jokes. Now I’m older, I watch it for a bit of nostalgia but mainly a laugh (out loud, and I must sound insane to my brother who thinks I’m laughing at nothing)

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3) Call The Midwife

I recently got obsessed with this show! I don’t binge-watch, which means I have a good couple of hours of entertainment still to watch. The episodes are a healthy hour long and I usually get so wrapped up in it that I abandon the knitting and just stare blankly.

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2) Gavin & Stacey

It’s not often that this gets put second on a list of favourites! I love Gavin & Stacey, though when I first got into it I watch the episodes three times over and sort of spoilt it for myself? Really wish I could have retained myself from binge-watching but it’s just so good! I highly recommend to anyone. From the outside it looks like trash, but when you get into it it’s like a black hole. O’right Stace, wha’s occurin’? Anyone for an omelette? (poor old Gwen, she never gets the spotlight)

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1) Doctor Who

It is not possible to describe my love for this TV programme. I’m utterly in love, and have been since I was 3 or younger (can’t remember much from back then). But my childhood, and my continuing childhood, is always centred around this basis of my Whovian-ism. It’s just amazing, and a perfect distraction from anything you’re worrying about. I watched it a lot when I felt down, but that doesn’t deter me from feeling so happy at the sound of ‘woo-wee-woo, woo-wee-woo’. In fact, after writing this I’m going to start watching from the beginning.

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Do you use TV as a distraction from your worries? What shows are you enjoying at the moment? What do you do when watching telly?

erin x

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