Wowee, this week has seemed to have flown by! And I think I’ve spent most of it sorting out stuff for going to Ibiza next month (such as going into Boots to buy moisturiser, seeing that there’s a huge sale on sunscreen, panicking because you have no sunscreen, then literally buying half of the sunscreen because you don’t know what you need, even though you’re only away for four days….)
But anyway! I think I’m sorted. Hopefully, I’m sorted, because I’m back to work Friday and won’t really get another chance before my holidays – where I’m spending my 25th!! So excited! I might actually get to experience summer this year (which Scotland has most definitely not had…)
I spent the weekend at my friend Leanne’s (who is also coming to Ibiza with me) and yesterday we went to visit Huntly Castle. It is absolutely gorgeous (definitely in my top 10. Which I should probably make a list of, just for something to post…). I must admit, I squeaked when we saw the dungeon because I wasn’t expecting the mannequins and it was kinda dark and…yeah. Thankfully, there was no one else around except Leanne, so I didn’t make that much of a fool of myself!
- I would love to experience the Venice Carnival, but my apprentice wages won’t let me afford it. If you could donate even a tiny amount, I would be very grateful!
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So, I turned 21. Two weeks ago but oh well. I’m still allowed to mention it. My flatmates got me some nice goodies and among those were a cookie gun and an electric icing pen. Both very fun to play with. Especially when you’ve been drinking.
And eating chocolate.
To test out my cookie gun I used a simple vanilla cookie recipe and they turned out really well. The gun has all sorts of shapes: Christmas themed, Halloween themed, Valentine themed, miscellaneous and, my personal favourite, dinosaur (although it came out more like a blob).
My flatmate commandeered the glittery icing…
- 70g butter, room temperature
- 1 medium egg
- 270g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Set the oven to 170C. Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl using an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Mix in the egg, baking powder and vanilla extract. Add the flour in batches until completely combined.
Not all of the mixture fit in the cookie gun in one go so I did it in batches (not eating chocolate fondue and drinking gin in between…)
And, because it was in batches I was able to change the shape easily!
Cook for ~10 minutes until the cookies are golden brown.