Earlier this month I celebrated my 21st Birthday. My mum made me this delicious lemon and orange cake and I want to share the recipe with you. If you love lemon cake then you would probably find this cake on your top 10 list of favourite lemon cake recipes.
200g Soft Margarine
250g Caster Sugar
2 Large Eggs
200g Full Fat Natural Yogurt mixed with juice of 1/2 lemon, left covered at room temperature for 20 minutes
300g Plain Flour
3 Level tsp Baking Powder
2 Cake Tins (23cm) line base,grease sides
3 Oranges or Lemon Zest
1. Cream the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time, and beat until well combined.
2. Beat in the finely grated zest of 3 oranges or 3 lemons and then add 50g of marmalade.
3. Beat in the yogurt mix.
4. Fold in the flour and baking powder thoroughly.
5. Spoon the mixture into the tins making sure you level off the tops.
6. Bake for 45 minutes at 160C fan / 180c normal.
7. Test with a skewer insert into the centre of the cake. Should come out clean if not cool for another 5-10 minutes.
Filing and Icing Top
1. Sandwich the cakes once cooled with orange marmalade or lemon butter icing.
2. Top with lemon juice, icing sugar a knob of butter beaten together.
3. Add a little chopped ginger in syrup if liked. You could also add a little zest too.
This year I did an adult learning course in Art and Photography for adults with disabilities at college.
I enjoyed doing the art but I found that I really love photography especially nature and wildlife photography. Photography helps me a lot with my mental health as it helps me to ground myself in the here and now. Another brilliant thing I have found is by taking photos of the great outdoors is it has helped improve my mood and can sometimes help me when I am feeling anxious.
Throughout the year I was able to develop my skills in photography and photo editing. So I thought I would share with you some of my top photos I have done on the course.
Autumn has arrived
A fallen leaf
Keeping each other company
Coming into bud
Spring has come
On the lookout
After taking this photo I used editing software to turn the photo into black and white.
From doing this course I have found that I really enjoy doing photography and I hope to do some more photography projects soon!
Last weekend I had an amazing time with my Theatre Shed family and Brighton Shed. It was our first day of The Theatre Shed going on tour. With a our production CapeAbility, which is all about each and everyone of us finding our unique super powers and showing the world that we are all CAPEABLE!
Throughout this whole production we explore super powers, friendships , mental heath and struggles in the education system.
We performed at The Brighton Open Air Theatre the day was great and we were really lucky with the lovely warm sunny weather. We did two performances of CapeAbility during the day.
I really enjoyed doing the movement pieces and having to use my imagination to help create some of the scenes of the production. I enjoyed using drums to help create tension during some parts of the show.
I loved performing at an open air theatre as I have never performed at an open air theatre I was a bit nervous to begin with but by the end of the day I didn’t want it to end.
I found that performing at an open air theatre helped me to develop my acting skills because it made me feel more aware of what was going happening on stage and how to communicate with the audience at different angles as your audience is all around you.
I really loved the day and can’t wait till our next show!
Growing up I remember watching lots of different Children’s TV programs but very few of these programs featured a character with a disability. The only program I really remember watching as a child that featured a disabled character was The Story Of Tracey Beaker. However I only started watching The Story Of Tracey Beaker when I was old so what about before then?
I was diagnosed with my disability when I was in year 2 of primary school. My teacher at the time noticed I was having difficulties compared to my classmates and that’s when the many hospitals appointments started. I remember at the time I didn’t really know what was going on all I knew was that I had to spend days off school to go to the hospital some where near and some felt very far away.
I remember the doctors and my parents explaining to me that I had a disability and that I had some brain damage that my other friends didn’t have but everyone is unique and life would be boring if we were all the same. During this time I did start to tell my friends at playtime that my brain was a bit different to theirs as I got used to saying I had a disability that’s when things started to change. Friends drifted away and started to make fun of me not wanting me to be with them. This was hard for me as I didn’t understand why because to me I hadn’t changed. I was still the same old me.
I remember coming home from school sitting on the sofa watching TV and I couldn’t see what was wrong with me just that I was different but I didn’t understand why I was treated differently. As I grew up I understood more and more what a disability was, how it made me different and how others saw me but to me I was still the same.
I remember watching TV programs and thinking I was strange as I couldn’t see anyone else like me but to me I was normal. As I got older I understood more and more about my condition and why others treated me differently but when watching the TV sometimes I felt strange as I couldn’t see a person in the programs quite like me. Until I was older and started watching The Story Of Tracey Beaker which had disabled characters in.
Not seeing characters with disabilities in things I watched when I was younger now looking back really affected me. I think it made me feel that I was strange a freak as I couldn’t identify myself with anyone from my favourite programs but my friends and other classmates could. It made me feel that whatever I did I wouldn’t fit in and when your a child all you want to do is be able to fit in with everyone else; to feel accepted and liked by others.
This is why I think it is brilliant that the very popular pre-school show Peppa Pig will have the permanent feature of Mandy Mouse starting in 2020.
I believe that it is very important to have disabled characters in TV shows for children who are very young like preschool years. I think that having characters like these introduced on Children’s TV is important as it helps to show young children that everyone is different and that we are not all the same. I also think that having more disabled characters on Children’s TV will massively help young disabled children feel less alone and it may help them to understand more about what having a disability is like and the types of things they may face. I also believe that if we show characters like these on Children’s TV from a young age then children may not feel like they need or should pick on or bully others that outside society’s norm. As well as this I believe it sends the message to children from a young age that someone might be disabled but disabled people can still do things and you might have more in common with them than you think!
Yesterday I went back to the Iver Makeup Academy to do some more makeup modelling for some of their students. During the day the students had to do two different makeup looks on two different models.
The workshop for the day was creating looks using individual lashes one glam look and a look with a good base to the skin.
In the morning for the first look I worked with a MUA student called Mary. She created this pink and red toned makeup look on me. She used a mixture of different pink, red and purple based eyeshadows on my eyes and then add a very light pinky red toned lipstick to my lips. To begin with the lips were too red so she stripped the colour back by taking some of the lipstick colour off so it wasn’t over powering and distracting from my eye makeup. Then she worked on blending my eyeshadow to create a more smokey eye. She gave me a more defined eye by using a black eyeliner and adding some individual lashes. Then applying mascara to my lashes.
In the afternoon I worked with a student called Amy. She created a different look by focusing on getting a good look and coverage to my skin but also adding some glam to the look as well.When doing my foundation Amy used a variety of different shades using MAC products. To help make my foundation look less “cakey” she used different beauty blenders to work the product into my skin as well as using just some slightly damp beauty blenders too. For my eyes she used green and brown tones of eyeshadow and also added a sparkly green eye shadow into the eye as well. She worked different mascaras on top of all my lashes to make them stand out. For the lips she used a pale skin pink toned lipliner and a natural coloured lip stick.
I really enjoyed my day and can’t wait to go back and model agin very soon!