PUMPKIN SOUP

Good morning my lovelies,

I know I’ve been a bit M.I.A. recently and I am sorry. I have missed blogging, but as I have mentioned before I am taking a more relaxed stance on blogging now. If I manage to write and upload something brilliant, if not it’s not the end of the world either as this is only a hobby for me which is supposed to be fun and not stress me out aha! So I apologise if I also haven’t read and commented on as many of your lovely blog posts recently either, I guess I’ve just been busy enjoying life and being ill aha! Anyway lets get into this blog post!

It’s that time of year again – time to lug those heavy pumpkins home (if you don’t have a car like myself) and get carving! Because, let’s be honest who doesn’t love a good pumpkin carving session whilst having your favourite Halloween movies playing in the background?! However, in the spirit of trying to live more sustainably and produce less waste I want to urge you all not to throw away the innards of your pumpkins but be creative instead!!! Pumpkins can be used in so many scrumptious recipes from sweet to savoury. I’ve already tried three delicious recipes this year with my first few pumpkins and can’t wait to experiment more in a couple of weeks when I carve out the last of the decorative pumpkins! For now I want to share one of my all time favourites with you though and I’ve spiced this recipe up a little from last year, soo see what you think – here’s my pumpkin soup!

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For 6 servings you will need:
1kg of pumkin – 200g of peeled carrots – 100g or peeled parsnips – 100g celery – 100g leek – 1 large red onion – 1l stock (made with 2 stock cubes and 1/2 tbsp of swiss bouillon) – 500ml of oat milk – pepper, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tbsp oregano, 1 tbsp basil, 1 tbsp parsley – 3 tbsp nutritional yeast – olive oil

Wash and peel the vegetables. Chop up the onions, leeks and celery. Heat the oil in a big soup pot. Add onions and saute for a few minutes. In the meantime, chop the carrots and parsnips and pumpkin. Boil 1l of water in the kettle. Now add the leeks, celery and pumpkin to saute for a few minutes too. Make your stock and pour into the pot before adding the parsnips and carrots. Stir well and then add all your herbs. Bring to boil and then reduce to a medium heat. Put lid on and let the vegetables cook for around 30 mins or until softened. Next add your nutritional yeast and oat milk before blending the soup; you can decide how coarse or smooth you want your soup. Last but not least, taste and add any extra seasoning if necessary.

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For the roasted pumpkin seeds:
Pumpkin seeds – pepper, salt, garlic powder, paprika

Save the pumpkin seeds when carving your pumpkin. Wash them and spread them out on a tray over baking paper. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika. Roast in the oven at ca.200 degrees centigrade for around 10 mins (make sure to shake em up after 5 mins) .

Serve soup in your favourite bowl, top fresh basil and roasted pumpkin seeds and voila -sit down and enjoy!

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MY WINTER READING LIST

Good evening guys,

I absolutely love reading but recently I’ve been so caught up in binge watching Netflix shows that I haven’t picked a book up in ages. Abandoning my books has left me feeling guilty; it’s high time I finally get reading again. My fingers have been itching to pick up a book and so I thought I’d share my winter reading list with you. I have at least 40 books on my ‘to read’ bookshelf but here are the books I am currently in the mood to work my way through.

TINTENHERZ – CORNELIA FUNKE

The Inkheart trilogy, written (originally in German) by Cornelia Funke, is a series I have actually already read when I was about 12 years old. One of the reasons I am picking this trilogy up again now is that I haven’t read a German book in ages and I really need to keep my German reading up. I am noticing that it is getting more and more difficult for me to read with ease in German; it’s not that I don’t understand it anymore, but it definitely takes a lot more concentration for me to take everything in and not drift, so I figured a young adult’s trilogy would be a good start to get me back into German books. Moreover, I remember wolfing these books down the first time round and I have been eager for quite a while now to delve back into the beautiful world of this trilogy.

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WOLFSANGEL – M.D. LACHLAN

I picked this book up the last time I was in Barter Books in Alnwick. It intrigued me with its blurb about wolves and Vikings. As of yet, I haven’t read a book set in the Viking era, but I love series like Vikings set in this ancient era and so I’m excited to give this a go.

THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE – MEIK WIKING

MAKING FRIENDS WITH ANXIETY – SARAH RAYNER

Of course there had to be a book or two of non-fiction. I am trying to incorporate more non-fiction into my everyday reading and for my winter reading list I of course had to choose The Little Book Of Hygge to give me all those warm cosy zen feels and then I also decided on Making Friends With Anxiety a book I picked up quite a while ago in the hope  that it would give me some insight and maybe suggest some new coping mechanisms for anxiety, which I suffer from on a daily basis.

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THE REVENANT – MICHAEL PUNKE

I believe this book was a Christmas present about two years ago and I still haven’t got around to reading it! I picked this myself with a book voucher as I wanted to see what all the hype from the movie was about. I always want to read the books before I watch the movie or series adaptations, so I still haven’t seen the movie wither yet; before I get more books for Christmas that get put aside for two years aha, I thought it was high time I ticked this one of my list.

THE HANDMAID’S TALE – MARGARET ATWOOD

This has been on my ‘to read’ list for quite a while and with the quite recent hype of the televised show based on this book I decided I couldn’t put this one off much longer as I really want to watch the show, but as I just mentioned I refuse to watch it until I have read the book, so it’s time to get reading.

 

 

 

 

Have any of you already read any of these books? If so what did you think of them? I’d love to hear your thoughts and tell me what’s on your reading list too!

Love Carina xo

BEST HALLOWEEN MOVIES

Good evening guys, 

It’s time for my next blogtober Halloween post! I’ve seen so many people in this past week share their choice of favourite Halloween movies. I’ve enjoyed reading these posts and reminiscing over some of my childhood favourites like The Little Vampire, as well as realising how many movies I haven’t actually seen yet. Thinking of all these great Halloween movies really put me in the mood to snuggle up and have a movie binge night. So I thought I’d share a list of my favourite Halloween movies and add a list of the one’s I have yet to watch too because these are the ones I’ll be working my way through tonight once I’ve crawled under my blanket with a bowl of pumpkin soup in living room by pumpkin light.

Some Favourites

  • Casper The Friendly Ghost
  • The Little Vampire
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Sweeny Todd
  • The Addams Family

To Watch

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Corpse Bride
  • A Nightmare On Elm Street
  • Beetlejuice
  • The Craft
  • Hocus Pocus

That’s all from me today; do let me know what your all-time favorite Halloween movie is!!!

Love Carina xo

HALLOWEEN MAKEUP TUTORIAL

Good evening guys,

Halloween is one of my favourite times of year in part because I love dressing up and having some fun with face paint! So with only 5 days till the 31st here’s an easy skull inspired makeup look – hope you enjoy!

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You will need:

White face paint – black face paint – a little dish of water – black liquid eye liner –  black pencil eye liner – dark grey/black eye shadow – white eyeliner – black mascara – makeup brush  – beauty blender/sponge

Fresh faced – make sure you have washed you face and moisturised it before you begin.

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Start by wetting your makeup brush to dilute the white face paint and apply all over your face and down your neck. Use the beauty blender/sponge to pat out any brush strokes and blend the paint into you neck.

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Next use the black face paint and apply similarly to your normal contour lines (as well as encircling your eyes in black) before blending in with your sponge. Tip – do one contour line at a time and blend in with sponge; if you paint on all the lines first they will dry very quickly and prove difficult to blend!

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Once the basic contouring is done, keep layering on the colour till you have the depth you want before setting in with dark grey/black eye-shadow. Next grab your black liquid liner and paint on the nose bone or rather lack of and go on to blend your eyes into their dark surrounding with your pencil liner. Use it to fill in your eyelids and darken your waterline. Now it’s time to use your black mascara to define and darken your eyelashes.

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And last but not least take your liquid liner again and draw on the stitched up mouth – start with the horizontal line before adding the smaller vertical lines. Remember to take the horizontal line all the way from right to left and over your lips not just from the corner of your lips outwards.

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And there you have the final look! Nice and easy and quick!

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Hope you enjoyed this post!

Love Carina xo