The Mystery Blogger Award


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I am so excited to be writing this, but I was nominated by Cooking and Crumble for the Mystery Blogger Award! I can’t believe that someone would recognise my blog as being suitable for an award, so I am ever thankful for someone thinking that the work I do in my very small corner of the internet is even up to the standard of such an honour for someone to nominate me.

If you don’t know what The Mystery Blogger Award is (and I didn’t either, don’t fret), it was created by Okoto and it was invented to try and get people to delve deeper and find smaller blogs to read.

There are also some rules which I have to make sure I stick to. They are:

  1. Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  2. Mention the creator of the award
  3. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  4. Nominate 10-20 people
  5. Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice
  6. Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours.

Here we go!

Three things about myself:

  • I play three different instruments and no, that is not a coincidence for the three things about myself. I play the clarinet which I have lessons for, the piano and the ukulele. The piano and the ukulele I am currently teaching myself. If you have any suggestions for songs I should learn for either of those two instruments, leave them below.
  • I am learning two different languages. I am learning French and Chinese. Yes, Chinese! One day, I hope to be able to travel to those countries and speak to locals instead of speaking in broken French. When I went to France last year, the TV in French made no sense. Perhaps next time I go I will understand a little more…
  • My favourite sweet or candy is Jelly Babies. I love the texture of them and the little cute faces on them. I feel so guilty eating them!

Questions asked by Cooking and Crumble:

Q: If you had to get a tattoo, what would it be?

A: If I had to get a tattoo, I would probably get a world map on my arm because I love to travel and that would represent it.

Q: If you could keep any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be and why?

A: I would want to have a giraffe as a pet because I absolutely love giraffes and the idea of if I kept my window open at night in the morning it could wake me up with its tongue and I could feed it just does it for me.

Q: What superpower do you wish you could have?

A: I would want to have the power of time travel. Even though people say if the first time travel machine is invented, you would have to wait to use it, I would still want the power of time travel. It wou

Q: If you didn’t have any fears what would you do?

A: I would do everything my fears stop me from doing, simple answer!

Q: Where is your dream home?

A: I would want to live in China because if I was able to speak Chinese well then I could get a job there. It is also such a beautiful and interesting country from what I have seen from pictures and it would be wonderful to learn more about the culture.

Favourite Post:

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My favourite post has to be my Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe. I absolutely loved making them with my best friend and they tasted so good.

My Nominations: 

For the Mystery Blogger Award, I nominate:

For those nominees, I ask them:

  1. What is your perfect pizza?
  2. If you could wake up in the body of someone else, who would it be and what would you do?
  3. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
  4. Where would you see yourself in twenty years time?
  5. Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?

Well, that’s it. Again, I would like to thank Cooking and Crumble for nominating me and who knows what the future will hold?

-Jacob (3)

 

Wild’s Life Weekly Finds #5


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Hello and welcome to this week’s finds. For this week’s cover image, I decided to choose a picture of the Lush Bath Bomb I used about a week ago. My full review is coming soon.

Anway, here’s this week’s finds.

And that’s it for this week’s finds. I can’t wait until the end of the month because I am going to Holland! As well as that, I got the news on Saturday that I am the runner up in a writing competition and they had to create the runner-up position because of the large volume of entries; yay!

Make sure if you haven’t done so already to follow me on WordPress because I have some exciting posts coming up.

-Jacob (3)

5 Reasons the Pressure of Exams Gets to Me


I hope you all are having an absolutely fabulous week, I have been working really hard on this post and I hope you like the drawings! All the pictures were created digitally on an app called Autodesktop Sketchbook. I will add links to the app at the end of this post.

Although my GCSEs are in a few years time, whenever I sit an exam or assessment in class I always have these few things bugging me that just straight up annoy me. Hopefully you find this relatable, otherwise, I am totally going to feel like a complete alien to all the normal earthlings on this planet called Earth.

1: Time

You either have enough time or you don’t. I think in exams time is never right. Sometimes in exams, time stops and you have so much time left you to wonder what to do; then you realise that you made a mistake too late. And sometimes time just goes so slowly that you feel your life is going to end during the time period of the exam.

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2: Silence

In exams, the worse thing I think is the silence of everyone concentrating only broken occasionally by the turn of pages or the whispering to the invigilator. And when you are finished you just have to listen to the sniffle of someone with a cold or someone behind you breathing rather loudly!

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3: Distractions

When you have finished an exam and don’t know what to do, you let your mind wonder, don’t you? Thinking about what you could be doing instead of it. Sometimes this happens in the middle of a test and I have to jolt myself back to reality and try to remember what I was supposed to do.

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4: Mind blanks

You know what they are, don’t you? When you have revised so hard and you think you know everything and then when you go into the exam; POOF! It also annoys me when people don’t revise and they get higher then you, that is the worst feeling ever. Or somtimes when you don’t revise and then suddenly the God of exams bless you and gives you the gifts of knowledge.

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5: Being Hungry

During exams, for some reason, I am always hungry. This adds to the pressure because it makes me want the exam to be over. It also makes me not concentrate because I am just thinking about what I want for lunch!

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I wonder what you thought of the little pictures. They were such fun to make. As I mentioned earlier, I drew them on my tablet on an app called Autodesktop Sketchbook. It is available on iOS and Android.

-Jacob (3)

 

 

 

 

 

5 Days in Broadstairs


Last week, I spent five days in Broadstairs and I decided to document the experience having never been there before. Overall, I had a lovely time and definitely would go there again.

Day 1:

We travelled to Broadstairs by car because it was only three hours journey from where I live. For the days we stayed, we booked a house called Horizon View about five minutes walk from the sea front. The house was situated at the end of the road and looked incredibly cosy. What do you think of the interior and exterior?

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After dropping our bags off at the house and settling in, we decided to explore the local area.

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I don’t know how I got this perfect picture of this seagull; it looks so stern!

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I love the boats we saw at the seafront, they looked so adorable sitting at the shore!

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I loved the beach huts on the beach, one day maybe I will buy one?

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I spied this garden near Bleak House (yes, the Charles Dickens Bleak House), and I had to just take a picture!

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This is engraved on the side of Bleak House, is it just me or does his expression make you feel ashamed for whatever reason?

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We decided to have Fish and Chips for Dinner here.

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The interior has such a chip shop feel, I absolutely loved it.

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The portions were so huge; I didn’t finish mine!

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The beach looked so beautiful, and even more beach huts!

Day 2:

In the morning, we needed to get some essentials but in the afternoon we went to Margate.

We first went to the Turner Contemporary Gallery and had a look round.

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I loved this place, especially the prints in one of the exhibitions.

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We then went to a vintage theme park called Dreamland which I thought from researching the area appeared amazing and I was not disappointed!

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We went on two rides: Born Slippy and the Big Wheel.

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After a shaky start from going really slowly, this ride was very enjoyable.

 

Despite the long queue, the views from the air were so worth it. It stopped at the top though and all I can say is just don’t peer down!

As we were rushed for time, we only went on two rides. Upon leaving, we decided to go to the arcade inside the main building. I spent some money, unfortunately not winning anything.

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Day 3:

Today we went to Whitstable and had a look round.

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These houses are so cute and beach-like!

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We decided to have a sandwich in a cafe.

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I had a smoked salmon, cream cheese and rocket sandwich.

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I bought three badges from this shop, Frank.

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Which is your favourite?

We also went to Herne Bay and saw the pier and the beach there.

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Looks picturesque and fun? Too right!

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I didn’t go on the merry-go-round, however, I did go on the helter-skelter and it was made me smile and laugh so much.

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I bought an ice cream from this stall except I didn’t take a picture!

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On the way home, we visited Reculver Castle.

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Day 4:

For the day, we decided to go to Dungeness. The weather and atmosphere was so divine and the beach we investigated was simply wonderful.

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The lighthouse was visible from ages away and was an attractive sight.

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The beach was such a marvel to gaze upon and all the random pieces on it really added a special feel to it.

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We also saw Derek Jarman’s house (this picture was taken on the other side of the road so not to invade the privacy of the current occupants of the house).

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To finish off we had a local ice cream from this place.

Day 5:

Today we went to Canterbury and had a look round.

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We bought our Mum’s birthday present from this shop called Wrapped. It was so cute!

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We decided to have lunch in Carluccio’s and I had my usual Penne Giardiano.

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After lunch, we visited the cathedral.

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We also had a look round the local museum and library.

Although we didn’t spend as much time in Broadstairs as we would have liked, I enjoyed visiting another part of England. I think that I saw everything that I would have wanted to see and loved every minute of the experience.

Broadstairs and the surrounding areas I think are so interesting having explored them; there are literally endless attractions to visit.

I hope you enjoyed reading a different type of post and I look forward to writing another one of these. I am travelling to Holland at the end of June for a long weekend and we are going to lots of exciting places and doing lots of exciting things so I think I am going to document the experience as well.

-Jacob (3)

 

Wild’s Life Weekly Finds #4


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Feels like forever since I have done one of these posts, but here we go Wild’s Weekly Finds #4!

This week’s cover image is the smoothie I had from M&S when we went to Canterbury whilst staying there last week (by the way, a travel post on that is coming this week). The smoothie was delicious and had the right quantities of each ingredient. The apple juice especially added a good kick.

So, without further ado, here’s this week’s finds.

And that’s all for this week’s finds. As usual, if you find anything worth featuring let me know below. I also apologise for no finds last week, I was on holiday and the travel post is coming this week.

-Jacob (3)

Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins


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I tried this recipe out a few days ago with my best friend and they turned out so good! We attempted to make a melted chocolate sauce to pipe into the middle but when making it in the microwave we sort of burnt it. Next time I make them, I might top it with dried banana or a chocolate ganache. These muffins are so much fun to make and take at the most thirty minutes in total. They are packed full of luxurious chocolate and sugary banana.

Ingredients (makes 10 large muffins or 12 small muffins):

  • 225g plain flour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 100g chocolate chips
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 large bananas

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas Mark 6.
  2. Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips in a large bowl.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly.
  4. Beat the egg, oil, milk and bananas together.
  5. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients bowl.
  6. Stir together until the mixture is lumpy and slightly sticky.
  7. Use an ice cream scoop or large spoon to place the mixture in a lined muffin tin; fill the cases half way as they rise a lot.
  8. Bake them for 20 to 25 minutes.

I absolutely love how they turned out and from the original recipe you need to make a well but we didn’t I think that they probably turned out even better then they were supposed to!

-Jacob (3)

 

Origami Transforming Ninja Star


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This 8 point ninja star is perhaps one of the most clever and cool piece of origami in existence. This may make look difficult to make, but the hardest part is actually fitting it all together, not folding the units!

How to make:

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All you need to make this transforming ninja star is two pieces of origami paper, a paper folding tool to crease the corners and a pair of scissors.

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Step 1: Take one of the pieces of origami and fold in half horizontally and vertically.

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Step 2: Cut along the crease lines into four equal pieces.

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Step 3: Take one of the quarters and crease diagonally both ways.

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Step 4: Fold in half backwards and then unfold.

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Step 5: Pop in the centre.

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Step 6: Fold in the left two corners.

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Step 7: Fold the upper half to the lower half while inverting the right crease to the centre.

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Step 8: Repeat this unit process another seven times.

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Step 9: Put one blade between the double flaps of another blade.

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Step 10: Fold in the flaps of the left blade to lock the right blade into place. Then pull down the right blade so it locks at the end.

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Step 11: Add another blade to the flaps of the right one and also lock that into place.

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Step 12: Repeat this process until you have used up all the units.

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Step 13: All done!

There you go your very own transforming ninja star. This is so much fun to make and so rewarding to play with. I find the sliding mechanism the most entertaining but this origami model can also double as a frisbee!

If you make this, make sure to tell me below.

-Jacob (3)

Wild’s Life Weekly Finds #3


 

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Family Circle by Charley Harper

 

Yay! Another Wild’s Life Weekly Finds. I was going to have as the cover image the Double Chocolatey Chip Frappucino I had at Starbucks the other day, but clever me sort of forgot to take a picture. All I can say about that drink is; HEAVEN! Honestly, you have to try it. It was my first ever drink at Starbucks but it is probably the only one I am ever going to order because it tastes so like chocolate milk!

Anway, the cover image this week is a piece of artwork from Charley Harper called Family Circle. I absolutely love her artwork and this is the second year running I get a calender of her’s.

So, without further ado, here’s this week’s finds.

I am not sure how popular this restaurant will be after serving aeroplane food, although it slowly getting better!

And that’s it for this week’s finds. If you find anything that you think needs featuring, let me know below.

-Jacob (3)

Apple and Almond Cake


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This apple and almond cake I only discovered recently but feel in love with it from the first mouthful. The crust that holds the mixture inside compliments the soft apples perfectly and it was really like heaven in my mouth. This goes so well with custard, cream or ice cream!

Ingredients (serves 8):

For the apples

  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 dessert apples
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of ground cinnamon

For the cake

  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of almond extract
  • 75g white or wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 75g blanched almonds

Method:

  1. Melt the butter in a frying pan and let it start to sizzle gently.
  2. Add the granulated sugar and stir until the mixture bubbles.
  3. Peel, core and cut the apples into thick slices.
  4. Next, add the apples and sprinkle over the cinnamon.
  5. Cook all this over a medium heat for around five minutes making sure to turn occasionally.
  6. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  7. Preheat the oven to 170°C/Gas Mark 3.
  8. Grease a 20cm springform cake tin with butter and line the base with baking parchment.
  9. Put the butter and caster sugar in a large bowl.
  10. Beat together using a mixer until light and fluffy.
  11. Break in an egg and beat well.
  12. Then add the second egg and almond extract.
  13. Afterwards, pour the almonds into butter and sugar mixture and fold in gently.
  14. Scrape the mixture into the tin and arrange the apples on top.
  15. Bake for 40-45 minutes and serve either warm or cold.

 

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DISCLAIMER: This recipe was adapted from Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall’s cookbooks River Cottage Everyday and River Cottage Veg Everyday.

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