Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Movie Review

Heyyyy Everyone, 

I've been going a bit crazy on the old Netflix over the past few weeks. I go through phases when I love watching TV series after TV series and then other times I just make my way through thousands of movies. It's been a movie watching month and so I thought I would do a few movie reviews. I hope you like it!

Love Wrecked
A classic teenage movie, with bad acting and a predictable storyline, but sometimes you just can't beat it! I was shocked at the amount of famous people in this movie; Amanda Bynes (yep, remember the Amanda Show!), Chris Carmack (Luke for The O.C. one of the best TV shows in the world) and Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton from the Fresh Prince!!), they are just a few of the great actors and actresses. It's a good, easy watch if you fancy a classic , cheesy love story.

Beauty & the Briefcase
Hillary Duff, you just can't beat her can you. Her movies are always easy to watch, with a typical happy ending. They are the predictable kind of love story but one you just can't help but enjoy! I think you have to like Hillary Duff though to like her movies because, let's be honest, she plays the same character in every movie. If I'm being brutally honest she can't really act, she is just herself, but I still love it. 

Stuck in Love
I really enjoyed this movie because there were so many relationships. Relationships between couples, divorced couples, parents and children, brothers and sisters. I don't want to give too much away but it has a great story line and a definite recommendation from me! 

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
Wow, how to explain this movie. I guess it's main storyline is about a women who has entered a relationship and having trouble with her new step-son. There are so many different elements to the story like there relationship, her relationship with her new husband, and then the fact that she lost her baby when it was only a few months old! Great storyline, great watch! 

You Again
Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis AND Betty White, I know what your thinking it's a great movie already, I know right! The story of a girl who is going to meet her brothers fiancĂ© just a week before the big wedding and discovers that his wife-to-be is her biggest high school enemy! It's so funny, I loved it! 

What Maisie Knew
I chose to watch this because I though it would be a bit different from the classic romantic, love story. It is about a young girl being caught in the middle of her parents bitter custody battle. I was hocked the whole way though, although it was quite slow it was going somewhere and I couldn't stop watching, but the ending.. EURGH the ending. It just ended with so many questions not answered. When I finished I was like 'Whhhhaaattt?!', rather annoying! 

Like Crazy
I watched this straight after 'What Maisie Knew' and was so angry by the end of the night, it was another frustrating ending!! I loved this film because it was a proper tear jerker, the struggle of making a long distance relationship work. I really was hocked, and it's not that the ending was bad but it just sort of opened doors to more questions, well one question in particular. You know when you were younger and it was always 'and the moral of the story is..'. I think this movie has a moral but I can't say it because it will give the ending away ha. If you fancy a cry then watch this movie! 

Me too Niall, me too!

Have you watched any good movies recently? Any recommendations on movies I can watch on Netflix?

Ciao EmmaJessica <3

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Rainbow Cake

Heyyyy Everyone, 

I've been baking again! I had a friend to stay a few weeks ago and when we were deciding what to do I suggested baking. Its the perfect thing to do when the weather isn't great! We decided we would experiment a bit and so went for a rainbow cake. The idea of this cake is for it to be at least 6 layers of all different colours, but we didn't want to jump in at the deep end so we went for 3 layers. 

For the Cake
350g plain flour
4 teaspoons baking powder 
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 egg whites
300g caster sugar
170g unsalted butter, softened
350ml milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
six rainbow food colourings (here I used 3 this time)

For the Icing
75g unsalted butter
500g icing sugar, sifted
4 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. As always... wash your hands! 

2. Preheat the oven at 180c and grease your cake tines (dependant on how many layers you are doing, so here I greased 3, next time I'll be adventurous and go for 6!!)

3. sift the flour, baking powder and salt together 

4. In a sperate bowl beat the egg whites until foamy. Then slowly add 100g of the sugar and continue beating until a soft peak forms. 

5. Beat the butter until it is smooth then slowly add the remaining sugar and egg mixture creaming together until fluffy. 

6. Add the sifted ingredients, the milk and the vanilla to your mixture beating until smooth. 

7. Fold in the egg whites till no streaks of egg white remain. 

8. divide the cake mixture evenly into the amount of bowls as colours you re using and add a few drops of food colouring to each bowl. (start with a little food colouring and add more drops for a more vibrant colour)

9. Fill your prepared cake tins with the cake mixture and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. 

10. Whilst the cake is baking and chilling make your icing. First beat the butter until it is fluffy and then gradually add half of the icing sugar whilst eating well.  Slowly beat in the milk and vanilla. Then the remaining sugar. 

11. Once the cake are completely cool place the first layer on a serving plate and cover the top with icing. Add a second layer and repeat until all layers are used. 

12. Decorate it however you like, I've just used a few hundreds and thousands to make it colourful! 

As always send me pictures of your baking on twitter to @EmmaJessica27 

Ciao EmmaJessica <3

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

October 2014: The Humans

Heyyyy Everyone, 

I know what your thinking, it has taken me 3 months to read this book, it genuinely has taken 3 months! OOOPPPSS! I have just been super busy and getting into bed and reading has been the last thing on my mind, that does make me sad though because I love reading, and not being able to read much over the last few months has made me realise I have to take time out for myself and do the things I love, like reading! 

Anyway, onto the book. This wasn't a choice of my own, it was given to me by a friend. I know I am going to struggle to explain this book, so I have put a few of my favourite quotes in to help you understand, here goes. A brief outline is that it is about an 'alien' who comes to earth to destroy a mathematicians findings. He has never experienced earth before and has to learn all about how humans live. It has comical factors to it, like when the alien discovers he has to wear clothes. Here's a quote I enjoyed: 

"When I first arrived here I did not understand why clothes were so important, or why a dead cow became beef, or why grass cut a certain way demanded not to be walked upon, or why household pets were so important to them' 

I really loved this book because it made you sit back and think about how we live and why we do things. 

'Humans waste a lot of their time - almost all of it - with hypothetical stuff. I could be rich, I could be famous, I could have been hit by that bus, I could have been born with fewer moles and bigger breasts, I could have spent more of my youth learning foreign languages. They must exercise the conditional tense more than any other known life form.'

It was really a good read, so different to the type of thing I would normally read but I am very thankful to my friend for recommending it and I would now recommend it to you. Especially if your fed up with the usual rom coms and predictable endings. Here is my favourite quote from the book..  

'I was drinking tea.. the tea seemed to be making things better. It was a hot drink made of leaves, used in times of crisis as a means of resorting normality.' 

Next month I will be reading 'We are all completely beside ourselves' by Karen Joy Fowler, and I pinky promise it won't take me 3 months to read this one!! 

Ciao EmmaJessica <3