25 Apr 2012

DIY - Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatchers are so cool, and at first I was like "there's no way I would be able to make one of those, they look so complicated and difficult to do", but the truth is: They are so easy and simple once you have mastered the technique, and I have made this little video to show you exactly how to make one and all the crafts you will need. Its really not a lot and they do not take long at all to finish.

What you will need:
- string (a variety of colours would be ideal)
- metal rings or old bracelets
- beads
- scissors
- feathers

So now you have all the materials heres the step by step video, enjoy: 

Thanks for reading (or watching mostly haha) 

15 Apr 2012

Scones - Rachel's Recipe's

Scones Have always been a typical english lunchtime food, and being english myself and living in England, I thought it was about time I gave them a go.

- 2 cups of self raising flour
- 55g cold butter
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 150ml or 1/4 pink milk
- 1 egg beaten with a little milk
- dried mixed fruit (optional)

- heat oven to 400 degree F / 205 degree C / gas mark 6
- grease and flour a baking dish
- sieve flour in a bowl, then add cold butter, baking powder, salt and optional fruit.
- quickly rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs (USE COLD HANDS FOR BEST RESULTS)
- making a well in the centre and using a butter knife stir in enough milk to make a soft pliable dough
- turn mixture onto a floured surface a kneed lightly until smooth
- roll out 2cm thick
- cut into rounds
- place on a baking tray and brush with the egg/milk mixture
- bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown
- cool on a wire rack
- serve with jam or a filling of your choice.

Step by step video:

Thanks for reading

Pineapple Upside down cake - Rachel's Recipe's

I have always thought a pineapple upside down cake was one of the most intricate things to bake, but it turns out, it not! Its really easy and I will show you how. If your not a pineapple lover then you can easily switch out the pineapples for a fruit of your choice.

 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar- 1 tin sliced pineapple- 1 cup self raising flour- 1 teaspoon baking powder- 1/8 teaspoon salt- 3 eggs, separated- 1 cup granulated sugar- 5 tablespoons pineapple juice- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

- add 1/2 cup of butter to 9-inch baking dish, and place inside a warm oven until melted (about 5 minutes) 
- Remove from oven, and sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the butter
- Add pineapple slices to the top of the butter/sugar and set aside for later
- In a medium bowl, combine sifted flour, baking powder and salt, and stir
- Using a hand mixer, in a metal or glass bowl, beat egg whites at high speed until fluffy. Then set aside for later
- In a separate bowl beat egg yolks with sugar at medium speed until creamy
- Add 5 tablespoons of pineapple juice, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and beat well
- Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, and beat until well combined
- Fold in the egg whites with a rubber spatula
- Pour cake mixture evenly over the fruit, and smooth with the spatula
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
- Place on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes
- Run a blunt knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the cake. Invert carefully onto a plate. 

This can be enjoyed on its own or with ice cream and is best served warm and fresh out of the oven.

Step by step video:

Thanks for reading,

Quick & Easy Apple Crumble - Rachel's Recipe's

Apple crumble has always been one of those nostalgic desserts for me, and I could never recreate that nostalgic feeling with a store bought crumble, then I came across this recipe in my all time favorite cook book '4 Ingredients 2' and it was perfect, so easy, quick and simple to do that I had to give it a go. I added a few extra ingredients to make it even more delicious, if you want to know how to bake it, then keep reading.

- 2 tins sliced apple
- 1 packet of digestive biscuits
- Short-crust pastry
-  115g butter
- 110g brown sugar
- Sprinkle of cinnamon

- Preheat oven to gas mark 3 or 180 degrees celsius
- Lightly grease a baking dish
- Roll out pastry and carefully place inside dish
- Cream melted butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
- Bash up biscuits and add cinnamon
- Then add biscuit mixture to butter mixture a little at a time
- Evenly layer apple slices on top of pastry
- Egg/milk wash the edges of the pastry that are showing
- Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

This apple crumble is delicious served with ice cream or custard or if your feeling extra hungry why not have both !
Step by step video: 

Thanks for reading

DIY Honey & Oatmeal Facemask

Is your skin prone to the occasional breakout?

Does your skin over react with every product you put on it?

Is your skin to sensitive for the harsh chemicals in most store bought products?

If the answer is yes to the above questions, then read on to find out how to stop those breakouts and leaving you skin clean, smooth and free of harsh chemicals.

What you will need:
- 1/4 cup of oatmeal (any kind)
- 1/4 cup of water
- 2 teaspoons of honey
- Empty jars or containers
- Liquidizer/food processor/blender

Now lets get started:
- Add oatmeal to blender and whizz for 1 minute 
- Pour into a bowl, add the water then mix well
- Add the honey, then mix again
- Transfer to jars and use within 4 weeks

How to apply your new face mask:
- First clean your face with warm water and dry
- Next apply face mask with your fingertips, making sure to stay clear of your eyes and hair
- Leave on for 10-15 minutes, or until face mask has dried
- Rinse of with warm water and dry your face
- Put of your favorite moisturizer and your done 

Step by step video:

Thanks for reading,

9 Apr 2012

Another Youtube Channel:

Hi, just a quick update that I have opened a new youtube channel, I will keep running my original channel "catalow333" to upload recipies, vlogs, diys and that kind of this. But this new channel is for me to have a little more fun on and upload videos that are not related to cooking or vlogging or similar. If you want to check it out the new channel is "Rachelward303" it would mean a lot if you could go over there and subscribe :) Thanks !

New Channel Click Here!