Daily Prompt: Being Productive!

Daily Prompt: Tell us your tried and true techniques for focusing when that deadline looms and you need to get work done. In other words, how do you avoid wasted days and wasted nights?

If there is purpose in doing something, and you know that at the end there will be a good result, it is usually easier to get on with the task ahead. That said, revision really is a bit of a burden. I have my AS level exams in May so am revising in my Easter holidays – so far so good, I’m surprised to say! One of my Geography teachers told us that young people learn best in a forty minute time slot… so that’s what I’ve been doing! I’m pleased with how much I’ve done in the past two days.

Revising mixed with baking, reading and all things nice isn’t actually that bad!

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Daily Prompt: Being Smiley!

Daily Prompt: If you’re feeling blah, what is the one thing you do that you can count on to put a smile on your face?

Baking is one of my remedies. And probably because there’s food involved!

There is something very satisfying about transforming a few separate ingredients into something so delicious, so delectable, it makes your mouth water. At the moment I’m quite in the mood for making something cheesy and savoury. You know them cheesy sticks you can buy at the supermarket? I can’t get enough of them.

Yep, baking definitely cheers me up! And the best bit is you can eat as many as you want before actually offering them to other people!

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Daily Prompt: Being a Baker!

Daily Prompt: What’s the one item in your kitchen you can’t possibly cook without? A spice, your grandma’s measuring cup, instant ramen — what’s your magic ingredient, and why?

I don’t really cook much but I do love to bake!

One magical ingredient I use lots of is baking powder – simply because it makes any flat, soggy-looking mixture transform into a glorious fluffy muffin – and you can take all the credit!

Another one is desiccated coconut. Seriously, add this to anything you bake and it will make something plain taste yummy, adventurous and a bit tropical. It always works for me!

My final ingredient is chocolate chip mix-ins. I think this ones obvious – who can’t resist chocolate?

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Daily Prompt: Being a Teacher!

Daily Prompt: We all know how to do something well — write a post that teaches readers how to do something you know and/or love to do.

Everyone loves cake, right?

Here is probably the quickest and easiest all-in-one sponge cake recipe ever made – and if a perfectionist like me can do the anyone can!

Ingredients:

  • 6oz of self-raising flour
  • 6oz of sugar
  • 6oz of margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • Add about 100g of mix-ins, whatever they may be, (optional)

Buttercream:

  • 50g of margarine
  • 100g of icing sugar

Method:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Using either an electric whisk or just a wooden spoon, mix all of the ingredients together until you get a smooth, creamy mixture.
  3. Divide the mixture between two 7 inch cake tins, (but if you don’t have them you can always just improvise and pour the mixture in whatever cake or brownie tins you have!)
  4. Put in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until it is a light golden brown. You can also check if they are ready by lightly pressing on the sponge with a finger and seeing if it rises back up.

Buttercream:

  1. Put the marg and icing sugar in a bowl.
  2. Blend together until light and creamy.
  3. Spread over cake!

So that’s it! Easy, quick and yummy!

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