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How To Make Delicious Peanut Butter Fudge

25 October 2016 | Post A Comment

Fudge is one of my favourites treats to eat and its really fun to make when you can get it right. This is the best method I have come across, it's really easy to get a good texture, even if you're new to making fudge and tastes heavenly. I would recommend investing in a sugar thermometer, they're really cheap and really help getting the temperature accurate. You can do it without but it's a bit hit and miss if you'll get the mixture right or not.

What you'll need...

500g sugar
1 tbsp. glucose syrup (can be bought in the baking section of most supermarkets)
150ml milk (whole is best)
150g butter
150g crunchy peanut butter

Line a loaf tin with cling film and fill a large bowl with really cold water. Heat all the ingredients very slowly on a low heat until everything has melted and dissolved. Brush the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush to get rid of any undissolved sugar crystals as leaving them can make fudge grainy. Place the thermometer in the mixture and bring to the boil. When it reaches 116c quickly put the pan in the cold water and leave for 5 minutes. Then beat the fudge until thick with an electric whisk or a a hand whisk until your arm hurts too much to carry on and pour into the prepared tin. Leave until it is completely cold before cutting.

I told you it was easy! If you don't have a thermometer, you need a small bowl of cold water. When the fudge has been boiling for around 2 minutes, take a teaspoon of the mixture and place into the water, if you can mould it into a ball with your fingers it has reached soft ball stage and is ready to go!

Have you ever tried making fudge? Do you think you'll be having a go at making this? 

"Come now Harry, the Ministry doesn't send people to Azkaban for blowing up their aunts." - Cornelius Fudge 


24 October 2016 | Post A Comment
I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me so far with the relaunch of this site. I have put so much hard work into this site and in particular the content so I am really pleased to have such a positive response. 

I am holding a giveaway where one person will win a copy of 'Reasons to Stay Alive' and 'Humans: An A to Z' by Matt Haig and 'The Man Who Couldn't Stop' by David Adam. I'm pretty sure 'Reasons To Stay Alive' is the best book you could read on depression whether you have suffered it or not. It's a life changing book that I believe everyone must read. 'Humans: An A to Z' is basically an essential handbook to human life that's both funny and massively insightful. 'The Man Who Couldn't Stop' is an incredibly fascinating and readable look into OCD. I am halfway through it at the moment and would highly recommend it.

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A Torrent of Consciousness

23 October 2016 | Post A Comment
I wrote this post one night last week...

What shall I write about... I have been trying to force a post to come for a couple of hours now. I've realised that forcing doesn't seem to be the best technique for thinking up new content, it doesn't work. So maybe I just write, let my thoughts bleed. I could be clever and call this a stream of consciousness but a stream sounds too calm. Read if you want, leave if you want.

Today has been a bad day. My brain feels clouded, I have no motivation, my patience has disappeared, the dark makes me scared, every noise makes me jump, I'm frustrated with myself, and right now, I hate myself. After everything I have fought and overcome I still get swept up in days like these and it just feels so terribly unfair. My hands seem to shake unless I am pulling out my hair. My body feels numb until I accidentally nick myself with some scissors and realise that's all I need, physical pain. But I shouldn't, and I can't, because I've promised. All the noises seem to be scratching inside my head, they hurt, but not in the way I want. My thoughts feel so heavy, so thick and so dark and the worst of it is that I know what it is that can make them light. I need only a sip. It's not true, it's just what I tell myself. It's never only a sip. And I can't anyway, because I've promised. 'Are you ok?' 'Yes, I'm fine'. 

Sometimes, I listen to music when I don’t feel here or real or alive. Or maybe it’s not that. Maybe I just don’t want to be here, or real, or alive, that’s easier. I should stop thinking now. Bury my head in a book that doesn’t hold my attention for longer than it takes me to read the same line over and over again. I should take my book and have a bath and try really hard not to drown. Make a cup of tea and try not to pour the boiling water over my skin. Put on some makeup, do my hair, don’t pull it out.

"What if we just need the bad days to really feel the good" -Me on a good day

The most efficient way to think up content and a walkthrough on how to do it

21 October 2016 | Post A Comment

With the relaunch of All Things Beautiful I wanted to really focus on content. I wanted to be ahead of my self by about a month so I didn't have the last minute panic of what to write and so I could keep up posting consistently on alternate days. So before launch day I needed to come up with a good chunk of interesting and inspiring ideas. When I need to get a big bulk of content ideas together I tend to go with this method which always works. So grab a pen and some paper because you're going to be writing lists and getting some ideas down.

First, list 5 topics or subtopics your blog covers and write another list of the types/formats of posts you could use such as wish lists, top 5..., favourites of the week, beginner guides, rants or advice posts. Now you should write five post titles for the first five topics you wrote using each of the formats you wrote for the second step. For example-

  1. My Christmas Wish List
  2. Top 5 Hairstyles for Back to School
  3. Favourite Beauty Articles of the Week
  4. Beginners guide to false lashes
  5. Why I hate (something beauty related)
Now do the same for each of your categories and you will have at least 25 post titles ready to go, how easy was that? Of course it can be better to come up with posts whenever you feel inspired but this can be more productive for when you just need to get organised and some ideas right now!

If you have a blog, let me know in the comments if you found this useful and how many post ideas you were able to come up with. Do you think you have a better way of thinking up content you could share with us all?

"Creativity is intelligence having fun" -Albert Einstein