Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Wedding Wednesday : Save the Dates

Wedding planning is already in full swing. We have the venue confirmed, Bridesmaid's dresses bought and have chosen the groom's/groomsmen's suits. One of the first things we decided was that we would make our own stationery. Though there are some gorgeous stationery out there it is very pricey (esp as people throw STD away even quicker than invitations. As two students that was just not something we wanted to spend much on. 
With regards to STD we chose to only send them to out-of-town guests. Everyone else has found out by word-of-mouth and we used facebook to confirm the date and collect addresses to sent out the formal invitations.
First we chose the colour scheme for the wedding and looked to incorporate that into the stationery. Which we have chosen to be navy, purple and gold. 

The STD template I made was an amalgamation of two free online templates that I found. The border I took from the Invitation template that we are using. The inside calendar part I took from this template. Then I added in the text in the middle, the cursive font used was Windsong and the other fond was Avenir. I then used a gold metallic pen to draw the hearts around the dates.
For the envelopes we simply created a text document with a textbox the size of the envelope and wrote the name and address of the recipient (once again using the Windsong font). I would highly recommend doing a couple of trial runs with scrap paper just to ensure that the alignment is right. Though a little time consuming I am really pleased with the result of this. 

Template- Free
Ink- £10 
Paper trimmer- £5
I ended up purchasing a new ink cartridge but we didn't use it all up doing the STD. 

Total cost - £23 (excluding stamps)
53p UK 2nd Class
97p Standard International post- We had a couple of STD to send to France and USA

We love how they turned out and love the price even more. I think the fact that we were able to personalise and have more control over the design make them even more special.

Have you ever made your own invitations or paper stationery products? If so leave a link to your favourite projects

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Baking with Beckie : Rose cupcakes

Lectures have finally finished for this year and so I decided to unwind before revision by doing some baking.

Today Im going to share this super simple rosette cupcake.
For the basic cupcake recipe I just used the BBC vanilla cupcake recipe. However, I substituted the vanilla extract for violet extract (this stuff smells and tastes amazing, think parma violet sweeties)

  • For the frosting I used about 350g for 12 cupcakes and once again added some violet extract about 10 drops. 
  • I then used the Wilton 2D to pipe the frosting.Any drop flower nozzle tip would work.  
  • Starting in the centre of the cupcake pipe a little with the nozzle perpendicular to the cake
  • Then moving in a circular motion the rose shape forms, holding the piping nozzle at about 45 degrees to the cake. 
  • Try to ensure that all of the cake is covered, however if there any bits missed just go back and fill them in using the same technique
  • The slower you move the piping bag the better as it gives it a little frayed look which adds to the floral nature of the icing.
  • Do not panic if you don't manage to pipe the whole rose in go just carry on the pattern when you dropped of, the imperfect nature of flowers mean it doesn't matter if the cupcakes aren't all exactly the same.
  • Finally, you can top them off with some decorating candy for a bit of added colour. 

Thursday, 12 March 2015

An end to the hiatus

Wow, where has this academic year gone. I feel like I've blinked and it has gone by. This year I feel like I have developed and grown as an individual more than I could have ever imagined. Though sadly I have been rather bad at updating this blog (the number of draft posts seems to have grown exponentially). I'm no longer so certain that I will be a barrister, this change of mind has opened my eyes to all the amazing post-law school careers that are available. However, I think the biggest change that has happened is I'm ENGAGED!! Kinda crazy, this time next year I will be a wife and almost out of uni. 

I had felt reluctant to return to blogging. I feel like my interest have changed so much. I'm not as drawn to the materialistic aspects of the preppy lifestyle. I would rather fill my time crafting, baking and enjoying my remaining time at law school. I suppose I'm becoming to fulfill the Mormon 'housewife' (to-be) stereotype more than I had first realised. But, yet, I'm happy with that and this blog is there to be a public journal of the things I enjoy and am interested in.

So be prepared for lots of recipes and wedding related posts these coming months. 

Love you all 
:) xox 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Baking with Beckie | Macarons

1 egg whites 
50g ground  almonds
50g | 3 1/2oz (caster) sugar
50g | 3 1/2oz icing (powdered) sugar
1 tsp lemon juice or vanilla extract
Food colour

Buttercream to fill ( I used the pre-made Betty Crocker one)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C 
  2. Place in a bowl and mix the almonds and icing sugar.
  3. Put the egg whites and powdered egg (if using) into a bowl. Start mixing slowly at first, then at highest speed until the egg whites form firm peaks. Start adding the sugar, slowly,whisking until each spoonful is completely incorporated before adding the next. Continue until all the sugar is in and the meringue is glossy and thick. Add the colour and mix it in. (N.B the easiest way to know if your meringue has firm peaks is you should be able to turn the bowl upside down and it not fall out) 
  4. Tip the nut mixture into the meringue and fold it in using a silicone spatula. Mix it well. 
  5. To test for the right consistency. Drop a spoonful of batter back into the bowl. If the batter starts to slowly spread out it is ready – do not mix anymore. 
  6. Put batter in piping
  7. Pipe the macarons  spacing them apart on the tray.
  8. Bang the trays on a counter top, then leave them out for 30 minutes to dry. 
  9. Bake for 14 mins. When the macarons are ready they should relatively easily come of the baking sheet.
  10. Fill with buttercream 
I have found that using a silicone sheet rather than baking paper makes it much easier to get the macarons off (this is especially helpful when you are macarons for the first time)

Happy baking :) 

Sunday, 10 August 2014

The British tag

1. How many cups of tea do you have a day? + How many sugars? -> I'm pretty unusual on this one as I don't drink regular tea or coffee. However, I am partial to some fresh peppermint tea and will have about a cup a day.
2. Favourite part of your roast-> stuffing (has to be sage and onion) or yorkies (yorkshire puddings)
3. Favourite dunking biscuit-> Rich teas
4. Favourite quintessentially British pastime? To play,hockey and croquet (though I'm rubbish at both). To watch, polo.
5. Favourite words? -> Propensity; ephemeral; bubble 
6. Cockney rhyme slang? "the dog and bone" (telephone)
7. Favourite sweet-> Sherbert lemons
8. What would your pub be called? The unicorn.
9. No.1 British person-> Baroness Trumpington. Shes intelligent, hilarious and humble. At 91 she's showing no signs of slowing down.
10. Favourite shop / restaurant-> Boden / Alimentum
11. What British song pops into your head? Jerusalem is probably the traditional song I would first think of. 
12. Marmite. Love it <3, but I think I prefer vegemite more (conflicted dual nationality probs)

I am leaving this as an open tag to all my British readers to complete the tag.
Happy Sunday :)