29 September 2009

DIY Face Mask Recipe Cards & Labels

If you've had a good old peruse around my blog, you'll know I'm training to be a girl guide (or girl scout, for any American readers) leader and recently had to plan a themed evening for the girls; a Girls Night In.

We had various different stations, including DIY face masks and lipgloss. I decided to put together some labels (for the pots of DIY face masks I'd made at home, the night before) and some take-away recipe cards for the different flavours; Honey & Oatmeal, Cucumber, Peach and Strawberry.

So, I thought I'd share them with you all:

You can download PDF copies of the labels and the recipe cards.

I simply attached the labels to cocktail or kebab sticks to sit in the face masks themselves like umbrellas, which is why they are double sided. You could also print singlesided versions onto adhesive labels and stick them onto containers. Enjoy!


19 September 2009

Raspberry & White Chocolate Muffins


  • 300g (10.5 oz) plain flour
  • 15ml (1tbsp) baking powder
  • 100g (3.5 oz) caster sugar
  • 100g (3.5 oz) butter
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 200ml (7fl oz) milk
  • 150g (5.5 oz) raspberries
  • 100g (3.5 oz) Somerfield white chocolate
  • Muffin cases


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C, 400°F, gas mark 6. 
  2. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. 
  3. Add the sugar.
  4. Melt the butter. 
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. 
  6. Pour the melted butter and the egg mix into the flour. Stir; take care not to over-mix.
  7. Stir in half of the raspberries. Cut the white chocolate into small chunks and stir in half of them.
  8. Arrange the paper cases in a muffin tin. Spoon the mixture between the cases. Dot with the remaining raspberries and chocolate chunks, pushing them in a little. 
  9. Cook for 15–20 minutes until golden. Cool. Eat on same day if possible.

Incredibly yummy! With the left over batter, I added a little cinnamon and made cinnamon and white chocolate muffins.


17 September 2009

I need to...

... VENT!!

The following really isn't going to mean much to most of you but I am going to go ahead, anyway because I am losing my patience, and probably my sanity, right now.

I just cannot align the laser beam with the inverted microscope. I will have it pretty much spot on until I add the 3rd of 4 lenses, at which point it all moves out of alignment and the laser beam isn't collimated. I don't know if it's the galvanometer controlled mirrors -- maybe not at the right height -- or something else. But everything right up until that 3rd lens seems to be fine. Then, kaputt!

Then, once I try to adjust the lens position using the X, Y, Z adjustments, the lenses pop out -- which frigging way are these things supposed to go in?!?! Because no matter which way I have them, they always shoot/fly out. And today, at least I think it was today, I have managed to crack a rather expensive anti-reflection coated 1064nm lens because it flew out and bounced around in the enclosure. Wonderful, just friggin' wonderful.

I am so pi**ed off.
If the other researcher in my lab hadn't come in, I think I might have actually started crying.

I would go to Super's office and have a mini-rant about it all if;

a) it didn't make me look like a totally incompetent 3rd year and
b) if I thought I could actually hold it together without breaking down in front of him. I am that frustrated with it all right now!

I have a 2nd year poster session on Thursday that is supposed to show my progress since first year and my plan for final year but I have no friggin' results and no actual laser trapping ability right now. So, it's all useless.

I just don't know what to do. No, scrap that, I do, but no matter how hard I try, it won't friggin' work.

Maybe not having had any lunch today had something to do with this reaction, but I don't care!

... :(


I decided to act on my situation with an e-mail:
Hi Super,

Should we have a meeting tomorrow?

I'd also really appreciate if you could just come and have a look at the alignment after the meeting tomorrow because I just cannot get it right -- and two heads are better than one. I'm just getting really, really frustrated with it!


That doesn't sound so bad, right? Sometimes, you just need a helping hand. We shall see his response.

08 September 2009


It seems I have to write these apologetic I'm-sorry-I've-not-blogged-for-ages posts all the time but here's another. Yup, I've been M.I.A for a little while, mainly because I haven't had anything interesting to say but also because I've been rather busy of course. There's not a great deal to update you on and I don't really have the energy to recall it all now, so I shall just continue as if all is well. Sound good? Good.

Alright, I shall return to the topic slightly. I think I need something of worth to blog about because -- and I'm not hoping for a string serenade here -- my life is really not 'of worth' when it comes to blogging. I tried this website called Plinky, which offers you questions/topics, supposedly for you to blog about, but they are rather ridiculous questions/topics, if you ask me. So how does one go about being inspired on blog topics? How does one stay motivated and fresh when it comes to blogging?

The whole Book Club I was hoping to partake in and the Book Review portion here, didn't really come to fruition as I am just too busy these days, my mind is rather preoccupied by other things!

OK, OK, so I'll give you a little update.
  • R and his housemates have started a band for which R is the drummer and I may or may not be the singer (it's undecided)
  • I want to teach myself the guitar (I might be getting a second hand-me-down guitar)
  • In 2 weeks time, I officially start the 3rd and final year of my PhD
  • I am addicted to Florence And The Machine's album, Lungs
  • This year marks the centenary (100 years) of GirlGuiding, for which the celebration launch party was the weekend just gone
  • I want to learn to make my own jewellery and sew my own clothes (yup, a sewing machine would be required)
  • I watched District 9 last night = weird
  • A bunch of friends and I have started a 'Film Club', which I may or may not keep you posted on :P
  • I went to Glasgow for PhD purposes and was sure all academics there thought I was actually an r-tard
  • I narrowly missed out on the chance to go to South Africa as part of my PhD this week. Nice, just bloomin' wonderful.
  • I need to find a nice dress to attend R's cousin's wedding next month
  • In roughly 18 weeks, I should be an auntie!
Well, that should do. Toodles!