Valentines day ideas – Vampires

vampire blood.jpgI learned long ago that it is important for your relationship to celebrate the small things. Even if you don’t go all out its important to find little moments in life to celebrate and appreciate your partner. Valentines day may be over rated but it is definitely one of those days where you can show your partner how much you love them. It doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands of dollars to prove your love but rather spending time and putting effort into your relationship. Personally I’ve never loved Valentines day. In fact during my school years I dreaded it because I never got anything from any of the boys.

When I started dating it was a mission to buy presents because they always had simple gifts in store that my boyfriend never really liked. A few years ago however I made him a nice home cooked dinner that we ate on our porch and it was more romantic than anything else I could buy him. This year I’ve decided to theme-up my valentines dinner so for the following 3 weeks I’ll share some of my valentines ideas with you, with a different theme each week.

This weeks theme will be Vampires, not any specific genre of vampire but just vampires in general. Now bare in mind, vampires don’t eat anything other than drinking blood, but we’re still human and this is only a theme :p

For today we’ll be making a Vampire inspired drink. I have an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version.

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INGREDIENTS ( 1 serving)

  • 80 ml  coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 cup (125 gram) cherry pie filling (check below for substitute)
  • red food dye
  • 1 drop yellow food dye
  • Pinch of salt (optional but its pretty sweet so the salt helps to reduce the sweetness)
  • 1 cup red semi sweet red wine ( for the alcoholic version)

METHOD

Mix everything together in a food processor and serve. You could even heat it up

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Instead of cherry pie filling you can make your own but its very sweet. Take a cup of fresh cherries pitted. In a pan boil 2 tablespoons honey with 4 tablespoons sugar over a low heat. Add the cherries and stir. Cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes until the cherries are nice and soft. Use same measurements as described above.

Notes: for the alcoholic version of this recipe you can mix 2 tablespoons of the mixture  to 1 cup of red wine, mix well and serve.

I really hope you like this idea 🙂

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Assassin’s Creed-Review

 

This weekend we went to see Assassins Creed, its the second time I’ve watched this movie. The idea was to take my dad to the movie to watch Rogue One but it was no longer showing at the cinema so we watched Assassins Creed instead.

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Spoiler alert

I have to say that the movie was really cool. The musical score in the movie was amazing. It made it really exiting to watch. In addition the fight sequences were amazing. I also loved the clothes in the movie and think that they put a lot of effort into little details.

When I watched the movie the first time I thought that the ending was really blunt and felt like they should have drawn out the ending a bit more or put a longer fight sequence into the climax of the movie. But after watching it a second time I decided that ‘they are assassins’ the ending was then suitable because he was so silent that no one even saw him coming. In that respect it felt suitable.

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Although the fighting style was really amazing the stance the Cal Lynch sometimes assumed  left all his most vulnerable parts, his chest and throat, vulnerable to attack so in reality it would not have been something that would keep him alive unless all his enemies were rendered motionless. All in all though I really enjoyed the movie and found it a refreshing idea.

What did you think of it?

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No-Bake cheese cake in an Edible cup

Today I’ve decided to make a lovely cheesecake. Since I’m still trying to stick to my new years resolutions I tried to make the dessert small and light. I also looked at something that might look cute for valentines day, since I love pink so much.

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I started off by making cute little chocolate cups to hold the cheesecake in. You can make these with chocolate and balloons. I recommend using 5 balloons for 2 serving because some of the cups will break when you remove the balloons so rather save than sorry.

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INGREDIENTS ( 2 servings)

  • 4-5 balloons
  • 80 gram melting chocolate
  • 4 Tablespoons cream cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons whipped cream plus more for the garnish
  • 2 Tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1-2 drops red food coloring.
  • 8 Strawberries.
  • 2 Tablespoons Nutella

To make the cups

Melt the chocolate in a small bowl. Blow up the balloons to about the size of a tennis ball and dip the ends into the chocolate until about half of the balloons are covered. Place in the refrigerator until hard. Stick a needle in the balloons to blow them off and lightly pull them from the chocolate cups.

Scoop a tablespoon of Nutella in each cup.Strawberries into slices and layer on top of the Nutella

Mix the cream cheese, whipped cream, icing sugar and food colouring in a blender. Scoop equal parts of the mixture into the two cups on top of the sliced strawberries.

Squirt some whipped cream on top of the mixture and add strawberries on top. You could also add other fruits that you like. Chill for 30 minutes and serve.

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Brick Cafe – Review

Last week we went to Suncheon, a city right at the bottom of Korea. We came across a cute little coffee shop called Brick Cafe. The main them of the Cafe is basically Lego but they also have a wide variety of action figures , comic books and other collectables. It was a lovely little cafe. Most of the coffee tables are Korean style which means that you sit on the floor with lovely little cushions around you. You can even read some of the comics if you stay for a while

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I would love to visit this little cafe again. It had a relaxed atmosphere and it was nice and warm especially with the rays of sunlight breaking through the windows.

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Blogger Recognition Award

Hi everyone I was so surprised to see that my dear blogging friend Bern, from Berns Bakes nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award.I honestly never thought I would be nominated. You see I’m kind of really shy and don’t always like to put myself out there, and I know I don’t network  nearly as much as I should as a blogger. Sometimes I have really ‘great’ comments to give but after I typed it out I don’t always post it, back to the point. Thank you once again Bern you really made my day when I logged on today and saw that I have been nominated!!!!!:)

You should definitely check out her blog, she makes awesome recipes and she has great food ideas. I’ve tried quite a few of her recipes and I’ve never been disappointing. This is the carrot cake I made from her website.

You can find her website at https://bernbakes.wordpress.com/

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Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

I first started my blog 8 months ago. I’ve been wanting to start a blog for quite some time now. My first idea was to tell people more about my town Seosan but it grew into so much more. Sometimes I write about travel and other times I write about food. It has really grown into an extension of my self and I love every moment of it, even if I spend the whole day baking and making to have posts for the following week. Thank you to all of you who have supported my blog over the past 8 months.

If I could give 2 pieces of advice the first would be to be true to yourself. People notice it when you’re only blogging to make a quick buck by listing products all the time. Write good quality posts. Write about your life, or something you feel passionate about. Like minded readers will follow you. In addition quality is much better than quantity but also be consistent. If you decide to post 3 times a week, then post 3 times. Your readers will expect that kind of consistency and will wonder what happened to you if you don’t post often, or they might just loose interest.

The second piece of advice would be to invest in a good camera. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Good pictures does so much for your blog. A lot of the time people don’t have time to read all the blog posts in their reader, so they might just have a quick peek at all of them or only look at the interesting ones. Therefore if you have lots of pictures people will like to look at them even if they don’t have time to read your whole post, they might even save it for later to see what you were writing about.

Here are my nominees.

Foodblogs

White Girl Cooks at https://delectabledelightful.wordpress.com/

Dinner by Susan at https://dinnerbysusan.wordpress.com/

Cookies and Chemistry at https://cookiesnchem.com/

Snapshotsincursive at https://snapshotsincursive.com/2017/01/03/eating-my-way-through-the-alphabet-letter-a-15/

Ice and Lettuce at https://iceandlettuce.com/2017/01/12/pistachio-chocolate-cookie-bites/

Japanese food at https://japanese-food.org/

Raffiscuisine at https://raffiscuisine.wordpress.com/

Beauty blogs

Bellezza Corner at https://bellezzacorner.com/

About life blogs

Paint me a smile at https://paintmeasmile.co.uk/2017/01/12/get-to-know-me/

BEAFREE at https://beafreeblog.wordpress.com/

Of SnailMail, books and vanities at https://ofsnailmailbooksandvanities.wordpress.com/

Maggies simple life at https://maggiesimplelife.com/

Lui Maria at https://luimariablog.wordpress.com/

Safe Haven for Narcissists at  https://safehavenfornarcissists.wordpress.com/

Artistic 

Janell Mithani at https://janellmithani.com/

I hope you get a chance to look at all of these blogs, they’re really worth looking at:)

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