2 Minute Mug Cake!

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

I absolutely LOVE anything chocolate-cake-like for dessert, so when I found a recipe for a CHOCOLATE CAKE IN A MUG, I knew I just had to try it! I have sen a few people make some before, and I think it's a great way if you don't want to buy a whole chocolate cake or if you don't want to make a huge chocolate cake. It's the perfect size for one, or maybe two, I was quite full after mine! SO here is what we'll be making!


Mmmmmm... looks so scrummy! So, here is the recipe I used:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 Tablespoons of plain flour
  • 3 Tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cocoa powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tablespoon of Oil (I used Sunflower Oil)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons of Chocolate Chips (Optional)

METHOD:


IF YOU WANT TO MAKE TWO MUG CAKES FOR THIS THEN SEPARATE YOUR MIXTURE INTO TWO DIFFERENT CUPS/MUGS.

Because I was only making ONE mug cake, I literally just threw everything into my cup and mixed it together with a fork, but for you less-greedy fellows out there who want to make TWO mug cakes, here is the method!

  1. Mix together all of the dry ingredients into a small mixing bowl.
  2. Add all of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl.
  3. If you're feeling extra faboosh, now's a great time to add in those chocolate chips that you keep eating from the packet ;) Fold them into the batter.
  4. Pour the mixture into two medium sized mugs (or one huge mug). The batter should reach up to halfway-ish.
  5. Microwave for 2 minutes and tuck into those leftover chocolate chips (or you could save some for decorating the top of your mug cake!). The center of the cake should still look a bit wet, otherwise you cake will overcook and it will be a bit rubbery!

Here is the finished product! You can add any assortment of lovely-ness to the tops of your cakes, whether it be berries, nuts, NUTELLA, whipped cream, marshmallows or double cream! I added some cream to the top on mine and it was DELICIOUS!



I love this recipe as it's so quick and easy to follow, and the cake tastes GREAT! I have tried a few other recipes before and some of them weren't really 'cake-like' and were a bit stodgy in the middle and didn't taste of much... but I'm so glad I found this recipe! I hope you all like it! Let me know if any of you have made a mug-cake and leave a comment in the box below!

I'm off to demolish my cake now...

Love, K :)

V For Vendetta - Alan Moore & David Lloyd | Book Review

Monday, 14 March 2016

Rating: 4/5

"Remember, remember the fifth of November..."

'Set in an imagined future England that has given itself over to fascism, this groundbreaking story captures both the suffocating nature of life in an authoritarian police state and the redemptive power of the human spirit which rebels against it. Crafted with sterling clarity and intelligence, V for Vendetta brings an unequaled depth of characterization and verisimilitude to its unflinching account of oppression and resistance'


I had never read a graphic novel before, so I thought that this was a very interesting read! I had watched the film a few times before and really enjoyed it, so I was eager to see what the book/graphic novel was like.

As stated earlier, I had never read a graphic novel before, so I found it a bit difficult to understand the layout at first, but quickly took to it. Where I am used to just reading the descriptions of locations and can usually tell who is speaking, this wasn't the case for this book. The illustrations give you the location and the speech bubbles allow you to see who is speaking, so this was something that I had to get used to, but thoroughly enjoyed! It's quite refreshing to read something in a layout that you aren't accustomed to and actually made my brain work harder as I was looking for clues in the illustrations as to what is going on and also had to focus on who was speaking. 


Once I had gotten over understanding the layout, the story was intriguing me. I had seen the film a few times before, but not recently enough to remember what actually happened. As I was reading, some memories from the film came flooding back, but there was some content that I hadn't seen before, which was nice to read through.


Story-wise, this is a tale that I love! I'm all up for a dystopian society! It reminded me a lot of George Orwell's '1984' in a way. Although, this is quite a complex plot and I would recommend this book to someone who was over 16 years old, as it does include some graphic content.

The character of V is very elusive and upon the first meeting with him, the reader instantly want to know more about him; his true identity, his true meanings, but all is revealed at the very end for an understanding reader. I have to admit, I did find the storyline difficult to follow at times (I might blame it on me being a  'first-time-graphic-novel-reader') but overall understood what was going on. This story does make the reader think. It makes them think in the same way the V does. It makes them think like a society in ruins. This book also raises some very interesting questions and can be seen as very controversial for its time since it's first publication in 1988. As we read further into the novel we see topics such as totalitarianism, faith and identity.

I think you can analyse this book as much as you like or as little as you like and it will still be a very enjoyable read. If you do, however, decided to analyse this book, there are so many different themes to delve into and pick apart, like some of the topics/themes mentioned above.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book! Like I said, it was my first time reading a graphic novel and I really enjoyed the experience of a new layout and having to examine the text and images in a different way. This will certainly not be the last graphic novel that I am reading!

Let me know what you thought of this book if you have read it!

Love, K :)

International Womens Day

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Regarding my last post (which you can find here), I talked about the 17 Global Goals and which one's I was going to support. Even though I am working towards supporting those goals, I feel the need and  the right to support Goal number five, which is gender equality.

Today is International Womens Day, and Global Goals and everyone who is supporting Goal number 5 are bringing awareness to this event and day and are continuously supporting the movement towards gender equality. You can visit the Global Goals website (link here) for more information about the Global Goals. They also have a page dedicated to International Womens Day which includes charities and organisations to help progress gender Equality (which you can find here).

So, as it's a day of celebrating women and bringing to light notable charities and organisations to benefit women all around the globe, I thought I would share with you four women who inspire me! These women have impacted me greatly and have done some astounding work for the progression of women and men in today's society. So, (in no particular order) we have Angelina Jolie-Pitt, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Malala Yousafzai and Emma Watson.

Angelina Jolie-Pitt
I grew up watching Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider films, and from a very young age have always wanted to be like Lara/Angelina in the way that they have both embarked on amazing adventures. But as I have gotten older, I admire Jolie not just for her film work, but for her astonishing humanitarian efforts throughout the years. Jolie is a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, but later got promoted to the rank of Special Envoy to High Commissioner, the first to take on such a position within the organization. This promotion was recognised after 10 years of humanitarian efforts. Jolie has visited many places in need of desperate humanitarian aid, such as Cambodia, Syria, Iraq and Kenya. As well as this, she has campaigned for many issues such as wildlife conservation, child immigration, community development, education, human right's and women's rights. She has also contributed and funded the building of at least 10 schools, education centers and medical centers in Cambodia. Jolie has also campaigned against 'sexual violence in military conflict zones', and in 2012 launched the 'Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative'. So, there are just a few of the amazing things the Angelina Jolie has done, and I'm sure you can see why she is one of my top inspirational women!

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I first heard/saw Adichie in a TEDx Talk video on Youtube (which you can view here) where she talks about why she thinks everyone should be feminists. As the issue of gender equality has been very widespread on social media and on the internet this past year or so, I have never really thought about being a feminist or associating myself as one, until I watched this talk. It is a very thought provoking talk as Adichie addresses issues such as masculinity, femininity and how this has evolved throughout time. For the Beyonce fans among us, Adichie is featured in Bey's song 'Flawless' where parts of this speech was used. I really do recommend that you watch the entire speech as it truly does raise some interesting questions and made me view feminism in a different way. As well as this very famous talk on TEDx, Adichie is a renowned Nigerian novelist. Her works include Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), The Thing Around Your Neck (2009), Americanah (2013) and We Are All Feminists (2014). 


Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai is a very inspirational young women. When she was just 11 years old, Yousafzai started writing a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban occupation. On this blog she also shared her views for promoting education for girls in the area that she lived in. This made Yousafzai receive a vast amount of media attention, in both print and broadcast, even seeing a documentary being made about her family and also receiving a nomination for the International Children's Peace Prize by South African activist Desmond Tutu. In October 2012, Yousafzai boarded her school bus and was shot in an assassination attempt by a member of the Taliban and survived. After being in a critical condition for many months, she was stable enough to be brought to the UK for continued treatment. She now resides is the UK and continues her work on activism and education. In 2013, Malala co-founded the Malala Fund to bring awareness to the social and economic impact of girls' education and to empower girls to raise their voices, to unlock their potential and to demand change. You can visit the website here. She continues to promote and raise awareness of female education, not only in her home country, but around the world.

Emma Watson
I think I have always admired Emma Watson, and have grown up with her watching her play Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films. I identified with Hermione (and Watson) in many ways, mainly because I love learning and reading, and that is something that both Hermione and Watson are known for. But recently, Waston has been delving into activism, more specifically womens rights. In 2014 she was appointed as a UN Goodwill Ambassador after travelling to Bangladesh and Zambia promoting education for girls and afterwards, helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe (website you can find here). Her speech at the UN went viral and spawned a vast movement for the HeForShe cause. Its goal is to engage men and boys as agents of change for the achievement of gender equality and women’s rights, by encouraging them to take action against inequalities faced by women and girls.



So, as you can probably tell, these women are very inspirational and have made vast changes for the progression and equality for women an many other causes throughout the years. One day, I would hope to achieve something similar to what these women have done as activists; I want to make change, I want this world to be better!

So, help us celebrate #InternationalWomensDay by supporting a charity, spreading awareness or by standing up for womens rights! I'll now leave you with a famous quote:

If you educate a man, you educate a man. If you educate a women, you educate a generation.
- Bringham Young

Love, K :) 

The Global Goals

Sunday, 6 March 2016

I've been wanting to talk about this project for a while now in one of my posts as I think it's an amazing project! The Global Goals consist of 17 'global goals' with 169 targets that aid in developing a better world for everyone; humans, animals and the environment, by the year 2030. It was set up by the UN (United Nations) in September 2015 and many of the goals are already backed by many celebrities, business leaders and world leaders.


The 17 Global Goals are listed as:
  1. Poverty - End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
  2. Food - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
  3. Health - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
  4. Education - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
  5. Women - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
  6. Water - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
  7. Energy - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
  8. Economy - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
  9. Infrastructure - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
  10. Inequality - Reduce inequality within and among countries.
  11. Habitation - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
  12. Consumption - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  13. Climate - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
  14. Marine-ecosystems - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
  15. Ecosystems - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
  16. Institutions - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
  17. Sustainability - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

Everyone is encouraged to support one 'Global Goal', but as there are some many important issues that I care about, I found it very difficult to decide on just one!


In the end, I decided to support goal 14 and 15 as I believe that we need to support our planet as it is the only one we have. I have always had a deep connection with nature and just love to wander in forests and see things grow! I have also always lived by the sea, so the ocean also holds a dear place in my heart! I would hate to live in a world where my children couldn't wander in forests because of deforestation. I would hate to live in a world where my children couldn't swim in the sea because of ocean pollution! Animals on both land and in the sea need protection and we need to be the one's who can promise a new generation that by 2030 these goals will be achieved!


WAYS TO GET INVOLVED:

If you want to find out more information about the Global Goals, you can head over to their website at www.globalgoals.org or you can watch this video by Michael Green at a TED convention! It's a very interesting video as it talks about when and how we can achieve all of these goals in the time-span given.


On their website they have a page where you can view all of the charities you can support to make the Global Goals a possibility! You can view that page here! They also have a page dedicated to images you can use and share on all kinds of social media, from quotes, infographics and the goals itself! You can view that page here!

I hope you can support a Global Goal! I know there are so many to choose from, each with their own importance, but please make sure you support one (or more if you wish!) so we can make our world a better place to live in! 

Love, K :)

World Book Day 2016

Thursday, 3 March 2016

World Book Day has to be one of my favourite days of the year! World Book Day is usually celebrated on the 23rd of April each year, but here in the UK, Ireland and Wales we celebrate it on the first Thursday of March, and this years that's the 3rd of March, which is today! When I was in Primary school, I used to LOVE getting dressed up as my favourite book character for World Book Day! I have dressed up as Harry Potter, Matilda and Cinderella, but sadly do not have any pictures to prove it :( It was always such a fun day and I always really enjoyed making my costume and looked forward as to what character my friends would dress up as!

In the UK, World Book Day celebrates the wonders of reading and is mainly aimed at young children and pre-teens to encourage them to read, although I personally think World Book Day should be celebrated and aimed at everyone as there are adults who do not read and should be encouraged to do so!

I believe reading is very important to people of all ages and backgrounds as it allows us to connect with the characters created which in turn exercises our imagination! It also helps with how we speak, our spelling, our vocabulary and overall mental health among many other things!

I have recently made a video on my Youtube channel about World Book Day and talk about the event in general and about my favourite Wolrd Book Day book from the past!


The books available this year are:

Nursery

Kipper’s Visitor by Mick Inkpen
Supertato: Ha-pea ever after by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

KS1

Daisy and the Trouble With Jack by Kes Gray
The Great Mouse Plot by Roald Dahl

KS2

Welcome to the World of Norm by Jonathan Meres
Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space by Cavan Scott
Harper and the Sea of Secrets by Cerrie Burnell
The Boy Who Could Do What He Liked by David Baddiel

KS3

Spot the Difference by James Dawson
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell by Rainbow Rowell

Let me know if you have got any of these books for World Book Day, or tell me what your favourite World Book Day book is!

Love, K :)

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