The End

If any of you are still following my blog, thank you! I’ve been completely inactive for some time and quite frankly, this blog has come to an end. Good news though, I’m still blogging but I’ve started fresh! Veggie Vibes is now my new blog. If any of you have stuck around, go check it out!

Grace x

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Best Ever Gingerbread Men.

Hello you wonderful people!

As I’ve mentioned before, my family have a lot of Christmas traditions and one of these traditions is making gingerbread men. This tradition has a little more meaning to me than others we have…

I have two cousins who sadly passed away before I had the chance to meet and know them properly. They were born years apart, yet both died around Christmas time. Each Christmas, my family and I make and decorate gingerbread men as a way to remember and think of our dearly loved cousins who have passed on. I’m so grateful that I will be able to see them again one day.

This year I think we found our favourite recipe yet. It’s from Niomi Smart’s blog and it is vegan!

On to the recipe…

Healthier Gingerbread Man Recipe

The ingredients~

  • 2 Cups Plain (or spelt) flour
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp Ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut oil
  • 1/4 Cup Almond milk (or any non-dairy milk)
  • 1/4 Cup Maple syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp Blackstrap molasses

1. Mix together your dry ingredients (flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon) in a large bowl and set aside for later.

2. In a small saucepan, melt your coconut oil until warm but not hot. Once melted, take it off the heat and whisk in the almond milk, coconut sugar, maple syrup and molasses. 3. Slowly poor the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together until a dough forms. If the mixture is too wet, you can add some more flour.

4. Roll the dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and pop in the fridge for about an hour. 5. Preheat your oven to 180*C. Flour a worktop and roll out the dough to about a 1/4 of an inch thick. Cut out the dough with gingerbread men cutters or any other cutter.

6. Bake for 12 minutes on a greased tray and allow to cool before decorating.

 

 

To decorate, I just used some icing pens, sprinkles and dark chocolate chips, but you really can go crazy on the decorating and add anything you like!

And here we have the finished product. It’s such an easy recipe and they taste amazing. I’d love to know if you decide to try out this recipe so let me know if you do!

Love,

Grace x

The Christmas Tag

1. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

We used to each open one present on Christmas Eve, because we just couldn’t wait one more sleep could we! As we’ve grown up (I say grown up, even though my siblings and I practically think we’re Peter Pan and never want to grow up and fight growing older..), we’ve been more willing to wait until Christmas morning!

2. What Christmas traditions are you most looking forward to?

I am looking forward to SO MANY traditions. My family are really big on traditions around this time (if a tradition is broken, all hell breaks loose.) and we even have a shared calendar for December to make sure that absolutely no traditions are forgotten. Some of my favourites are doing Secret Santa for the 12 days of Christmas, The Christmas Tree Sleepover (sleeping in the living room the night before Christmas Eve), the Christmas Eve family walk and many more..

3. What is your favourite Christmas film?

Hardest question ever. I love How The Grinch Stole Christmas. I also love The Polar Express. Oh and Nativity! There’s too many good ones (can’t forget about Elf or Home Alone).

4. Where do you usually spend Christmas?

Home of course! It really wouldn’t feel like Christmas if it wasn’t at home.

5. What is your favourite Christmas song?

Another hard question, oh the joys. I think I’d have to say any song from the Michael Bublé Christmas album. If you haven’t listened to that album, what are you doing with your life. It’s seriously magical.

6. Favourite thing about Christmas?

Honestly, I think it’s the time me and my family spend together over the season. Some of my favourite memories together have been made at Christmas. The family traditions we have are incredibly special to me.

7. When do you start getting excited for Christmas?

November 1st. The second that Halloween is over, I want the stockings hung, the tree trimmed and the Christmas songs blasting through the house.

8. What would be your dream place to visit for the Christmas season?

That would be going to Disneyland in December. It looks so magical!

9. What makes the season so special for you?

There’s so many things that make it special to me. The family time, the lights and the cold weather, the tacky yet amazing Christmas jumpers, and of course, the music. I know this is really cheesy (who doesn’t love a bit of cheese at Christmas eh?) but a song in The Muppet Christmas Carol really sums up what makes Christmas so special to me.

“It is the season of the heart, a special time of caring, the ways of love made clear, it is the season of the spirit, the message if we hear it, is make it last all year.”

10. You have been granted one Christmas wish… what will it be?

For everyone to ‘Honour Christmas in their hearts and try to keep it all the year!’

Love,

Grace x

Light The World

Two posts in two days? Wow, aren’t we feeling the Christmas spirit..

Happy December!

As you may know, I am a Mormon. In my church, we have a little thing called ‘Light The World’. In the 24 days leading up to Christmas, we’re encouraged to participate in opportunities to serve and do random acts of kindness. We do this during this Christmas season to celebrate the life of Jesus Christ, to put smiles on peoples faces and to, well basically, light the world.

Each day, we’re given a prompt and an idea of how we can be kind to those around us. As I’m trying to do this every day this month, I thought, why not share it with you!

Day 1

So today’s prompt was to ‘Give freely’. Give anything. Whether that be your time, gratitude or a simple gift to someone.

Today, myself and my sister’s went out for breakfast with a very lovely friend of ours. We put down the electronics and spent quality time with those we love. When we spread kindness, we not only make others feel happy, but we ourselves can feel an overwhelming joy.

#lighttheworld

Love, Grace x

Breaking The Awkward Blog Silence.

Yup, it’s been a while. I’m sorry, I’ve been busy/procrastinating, had the famous ‘writers block’, blah blah blah. I’m not going to blab on about how frustrating my inconsistent blog writing is, because let’s be honest-no one really wants to hear it!

So here I am. Here you lovely readers are (if you’re still here?). I’ve missed this blog. I genuinely love creating new posts. Receiving a comment, a like or a new follower really adds a spark of joy to my day. In fact, several lovely comments I had here recently inspired me to break this rather awkward blog silence…

Let’s get down to business (Mulan style. This is serious stuff kids.) I’m hoping to post once a week from now on. Whether I can actually be organised enough to do that, who knows. Be patient with me please!

As Christmas is around the corner I’m practically buzzing with festive excitement. I LOVE DECEMBER. I wanted to blog every day for the 25 days of Christmas, but after some thought I decided that would be a little over ambitious. However, I’m really hoping to do a lot of blogging in the run up to Christmas because this season is literally the best. Don’t fight me on that one.

Well I think that’s everything I wanted to say. Sorry for the poor blog post, they’ll get better I promise!

Love Grace x

There’s No Place Like Home.

Yes I know, my blog has been dead for months now. I am back to revive it! I have been really busy with exams, thank goodness they are over now. So now my summer has started, I’m re-starting my blog. Today’s blog post is one of my answers in an English paper. I really love this piece of writing so I decided to share it with you. Enjoy!

‘There’s no place like home’, do you agree with this saying?

Home. Is there any other place like it?

Home is where I can see the faces of my loved ones. The people in my home are precious to me, the price of their love is far above rubies. When I am home, everything is familiar to me. The world may throw confusement, questions and worries at me, but my home can block all of it. I can wrap myself in a cacoon of love and gentleness until the world has been defeated in the battle.

At home, the constant chitter-chatter rings like a bell through every wall. I like this sound. It delivers a message to me that I am not alone. 

My home is one bursting with music. Melodious singing and heavenly harmonies can be heard always. Whether it is a hum of a song, or a chord on the piano, the music speaks to me.

Walking through my home, scents whirl around the air in front of me. I smell the comforting scent of a home cooked meal. Made with love and prepared by busy hands. I smell the floral scent of the candle that was flickering, almost dancing, in the dim light of the night before. The smell lingers and sticks to my clothes.

At home, I can feel comfortable. Here, I know that I am accepted for who I am. I do not have to try and be like anyone else. Only me. The feeling of contentment embraces my whole body, from the top of my head to my toes. It feels like a hug. A warm, fuzzy and affectionate hug.

In my home, my family are together with one heart. It is as if our hearts have been carefully stitched together with a precise needle, to be made as one. We know each others needs, we know each others intentions, we know each other.

Home. The place where I can find utter joy. Inside my home is everything I want and need. My home is my refuge from the storm. Let the rain batter against the windows, let the wind bang on every door. I am safe inside my home. That is why there is no place like home. Home is where I feel loved, where I feel safe, where I find joy. No other place in the entire world can beat the place where I call home. 

Love Grace x

March Playlist

I CANNOT BELIEVE IT’S ALREADY APRIL. It makes me very happy because my birthday is fast approaching! 

So after uploading my February playlist, I realised I really need to broaden my music horizon, and listen to other songs that aren’t from musicals (not that I’ve listened to musicals any less than I normally do…)! So in March I tried my very hardest to find new music I love. There’s still mostly songs from musicals, but I’m taking steps, people. Baby steps.

~Divide album- Ed Sheeran (I literally love every single song in the album so I couldn’t pick just one!)

~Beautiful Little Fools- Jorja Smith

~Liability- Lorde

~How Does A Moment Last Forever- Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack

~Pulled- Addams Family The Musical 

~Issues- Julia Michaels

~Symphony- Clean Bandit, Zara Larsson

~Make Me (Cry)- Noah Cyrus

~Hopelessly Devoted To You- Daisy Clark


Love Grace xx


My Family’s Favourite Musicals

First things first, I’m so sorry for being MIA… I could try and make it better with excuses, but I won’t bore you! Anyway, I’m definitely going to get back into the blogging schedule. I really love blogging and I’m really grateful for the followers I have, so I’m not giving up on this blog.


 I’ve been wanting to do this post for so long now, after My Musical Theatre Life‘s blog post inspired me to do something like this.

You’ve probably had enough of me blabbing on about my favourite musicals, so today I asked everyone in my family about their favourite musicals! 

My Fair Lady                                                                                                                                                                    

Dad

“I always wanted to sing ‘On the street where you live’ live on stage. Henry Higgins’ songs are great, I love the irony of ‘Why can’t the English?’ and ‘A Hymn to Him (why can’t a woman be more like a man?). I also love the touching sentiment of ‘I’ve grown accustomed to her face’.

I completely agree! It’s really fun to watch it with Dad because he knows nearly every word! I love every song, I also love how feisty Eliza Doolittle is! A timeless musical….


Les Miserables

Mum

“Les Miserable has ‘Bring Him Home’ in, which is one of my favourite songs. I’ve seen it live so it always makes me appreciate musicals on the stage. Another reason I love it is because for my birthday and anniversary one year, the kids all bought the dvd for me and we watched it together.”

Such an amazing musical! I’m very jealous she has seen it on stage… I think it’s one of the most powerful musicals there are. It’s incredible that they can express these emotions with no dialogue, but with only singing and beautiful music.




La La Land  


Ben (Brother)

A near perfect modern spin on an decades old art form!”

I absolutely love this musical. The story. The musical. Everything! The Audition song has to be my favourite.


Singin’ In The Rain


Josh (Brother)

“Singing in the rain!! It’s da best as der is splashing n water n rain n singing, it’s just da bezt!”

Josh is 24 and in University. Yet he still can never give me a serious answer. But I also love singing in the rain!  I love that it’s such a happy musical. A classic.



Mary Poppins


Anu (Sister-in-law)

“I’m going to say Mary Poppins as it reminds me of my childhood and brings back lovely memories.”

I can’t remember this musical much because it’s been so long since I’ve last seen it. but I do remember how magical it is. It’s a mysterious yet really upbeat musical.


Moulin Rouge


Alex (Sister-in-law)

“I love Moulin Rouge! Romance, comedy, timeless songs and a tragic ending. An emotional rollercoaster!”

I’ve never actually seen this musical, or know any songs from it, But it sounds good!


Oliver!


Emily (Sister)

“Oliver. I love the time period and the songs. It’s gritty and horrible at times but then they all break out in song. Amazing!”

I watched Oliver! for the first time not long ago. I was amazed. The story had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The music and choreography brings a whole new amazing element to Charles Dickens story. So good!


Sunshine On Leith


Alice (Sister)

 “My favourite musical is Sunshine On Leith, because it’s the best and it makes me happy!”

If I’m honest, this is definitely not one of my favourites. But she loves it! It’s definitely a happy musical…


Me

I can’t possibly choose! All of them are my favourite.


I really enjoyed writing this post, I found it really interesting to find out their favourite musicals. It’s crazy how one musical can mean something really special to one person. It’s why I love them so much!

Love Grace xx



Chocolate Chip Welshcakes

Hello lovely people!

Last week, Wales celebrated St David’s day. My favourite part of the day has to be eating far too many welshcakes, but it’s okay because you can just blame that you’re patriotic and not greedy. Right?

So I wanted to share with all of you my welshcakes recipe! Traditionally, welshcakes are made with raisins, but I’m not a fan of raisins so I replace them with chocolate! So feel free to use raisins if you prefer. As always, this recipe is vegan! So let’s get on with the recipe…

You will need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • A splash of milk of choice

Measure all of your ingredients into a large mixing bowl, apart from the chocolate chips. 


Then it’s time to get your hands dirty and rub the mixture together with your fingers until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add your chocolate chips (or raisins). Add a small dash of milk, just enough to bind the mixture and stir it in. It should be dry enough so that it doesn’t stick to the bowl, but wet enough so it can be rolled into a ball.



Flour up your work surface and your rolling pin. Roll the dough out until it’s about 1cm thick. Use your cookie cutter to cut the welshcakes out.



Heat up a griddle or a non-stick frying pan and grease it with a little butter. Wait until it’s heated up nicely and then place your welshcakes on to cook. Cook them just so they’re golden on each side. Be careful not to burn them as I did with my first batch!


Once they’re all cooked, sprinkle caster sugar on top of all of them and then they’re done!

 

These are seriously so yummy. They definitely went down well in my house! Let me know if you’ve decided to try these out, I’d love to know what you think.

Love Grace xx

International Women’s Day.

 “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” 


I know it’s a day late but happy international women’s day!

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century – and continue’s to grow from strength to strength.

I am so proud to be a woman. Do you realise how incredible you are? The world needs women. It needs women who build eachother up, and not tear eachother down. It needs women who bring up children to be good, honest and compassionate people. We have divine qualities that make us who we are. 

Nothing saddens me more than when girls do not know of their own worth. I think especially teenagers constantly put themselves down and think that they are not good enough. In a world where you have to be stick thin, flawless, beautiful and talented to be seen as ‘perfect’, it is hard to think you’re good enough. Nobody is perfect, and who can decide what ‘perfect’ actually means? I hate when people always want to be someone else, there is only one of you in the world so WHY would you want to be anyone else? Love who you are, love what you look like, and just love you!

Liv Arnesen said “When you feel your heart beating hard or your blood running fast, you have found something important. Create room for it.”. She and Ann Bancroft were the first two women to cross Antarctica on foot. Despite them being ridiculed and criticised, they were determined women and made their dreams come true.
Miriam Makeba said “I’m going to go on singing, telling the truth.”. Growing up, her family was poor and she had to work as a servant during the time of the apartheid in South Africa. She turned to her music and eventually became a very famous and talented singer. She testified about apartheid in front of the world and stood up for what she believed in. Nelson Mandela said “Miriam’s music inspired a powerful sense of hope in all of us”


Fe Del Mundo was the first woman woman admitted to Harvard Medical School. When World War II began, she returned to her home country Japan to help. She established a medical centre called The Children’s Home. She established many medical centres and continued to help and heal people even until the grand age of 100! She was a grand breaking doctor and humanitarian.

Sophie Scholl was a German girl, when she was 12 she joined the girls wing of the Nazi Party to support her country. As she grew up, her and her brother began to realise the horrific things that the Nazis and Hitler were doing. They formed a group called the White Rose and in 1942, they wrote an anonymous essay criticising the Nazis. Sophie bravely scattered the leaflets everywhere she could. They kept writing leaflets until the sixth essay, when they got caught scattering them. They were sentenced to death and Sophie said “I did the best I could do for my nation. I therefore do not regret my conduct and will bear the consequences”. She and her brother were killed shortly after. Sophie is famous for her courage and commitment to peaceful resistance in the face of tyranny.

Feel inspired yet?

I could go on forever talking about all the empowering and amazing women from the past but I’ll stop myself here!

Not only have there been inspiring women in history, there are inspiring women I have in my everyday life. My mum, my sisters, my friends, and all the women from my family continue to inspire me in everything they do. I sometimes stand in amazement at the things women are capable of.

Do something amazing. Create your own story, do not let others write it for you.

I am proud to be a woman.

Love Grace xx