Week 37 of the Doodles: Take #2

It’s that ghoulish time of year again, where witches fly and black cats roam and frights are going to get you! Mwhahhahhahhahhahhahhhaaa!!! *cough-cough* A-hem, do excuse me, I can’t quite tell what came over me. It is Halloween today and the pumpkins are coming out to play! No okay I’ll stop now, sorry. I’m on reading week, its sooo good! Except for my annotated bibliography, which is incredibly confusing and a piece of utter…poo. Regardless of that taint to my nice week un-timetabled and un-restricted by seminar reading, in honour of the consumerism that has engulfed this day this is my treat for tonight,

Yummy Bones!

Yummy Bones!

And what I really want to do is spend the evening watching The Worst Witch, my favourite song from this series. Yes I am that strange.

Whether I’ll be able to do this I’m not sure I do live in a student house. And here is the horror of the Witches Brew! Otherwise known as my dinner, yes another cooking fail. Although my housemate also suggested that it was Zombie maggot vomit. Before you feel really ill about what on earth I have been eating it was in fact tomato, sausage and pepper risotto that I was reheating.

Maggot stew garnished with tendons and toes!

Maggot stew garnished with tendons and toes!

Anyhoo, for you doodle this week I have gone with a theme (like you couldn’t have guessed it from the rest of this blog post) the mice are debating the virtues of certain Halloween costumes to see if they can pass unnoticed in the Big Wide World in front of the skirting boards and steal a few tasty morsels.

I am Batman!

I am Batman!

Happy Halloween! Watch the bats, these ones bite! 

au revoir

Elinor

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Happy Halloween!

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Chocolate cupcakes and peppermint frosting. I’m Scared.

Gwen

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Sickly Post

Where have I been? Where have you been more to the point?! Well no, where have I been… Sick is the answer (actually that would be the answer to WHAT have you been but lets not nitpick) sick as an oompa loompa’s pet puppy and you don’t want to know the details. Other than, since I’m here to tell you, this is one of the few things in my life I would have happily exchanged for a 24 hours norovirus that I could throw up and get over in timely fashion. But no, this was more of a creepy up-y stomach flu type illness, sick for three days and I haven’t really bounced back. I can still only tolerate very small quantity’s of food and I tell you, dry toast and plain yogurt get old.

I once made gruel as an experiment with Elinor and at the time we were disgusted by it, but to be honest I might enjoy the exotic variety at the moment.

I don’t know how I got this illness but there might be something in the air, because I was texting a friend and she knows someone who had the same thing recently, and who wasn’t back to her fully functioning self for ten days. So all I can say is, remain indoors!

Yours in sickness and in health,
Gwen

Ps. The last part as a joke, go out and lead fulfilled lives.

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Week 35 & 36 of the Doodles: Take #2

Yes, I am late, very late in fact. Clearly I do not love you enough. There were a multitude of factors involved, mostly shortened to a bad week, including inches of work, a birthday, an essay and I came home for the weekend. Umm…I could say more but I’m tired and its late. Have the doodles, I went all out in ink and successfully got it all over my hands. Excuse the slightly grainy picture, I am 70 miles from my scanner. 

Discovering pumpkins and exploring cabinets

Discovering pumpkins and exploring cabinets

au revior

Elinor (The Sleepy)

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Ohhh, time to show the blog some love if ever I saw it. I’ve been a busy old bee of late, but I wonder where m’colleague Elinor is with her lovely sketchables? Should keep in better touch with the old sausage when she is away studying, but we are together in sprit of course.

Now for your reading pleasure is one of my favourite recipes done gluten free style-y, it’s none other than the chocolate chip, peanut butter cookie, chewy in the middle, crunchy round the circumference, in short, the cookie of my dreams.
You can naturally render this recipe in gluten full form, but my little sister is a delicate flower in these matters and needs a wheat free existence.

115g butter
115g peanut butter
225g sugar
1 egg
150g gluten free self raising flour
200g chopped milk (or any you like really) chocolate

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Cream the butters, add the sugar and the egg, add in the flour and the chopped chocolate. Pop the very soft dough into the fridge for at least half and hour. Take teaspoons of the mix and roll them into balls, put well spaced on a baking tray and bake on gas mark 4 for 15 minutes.

I planed to do an oh-so-pinterest in a kilner jar shot, but as you can see, they turned out too big.

I planed to do an oh-so-pinterest in a kilner jar shot, but as you can see, they turned out too big.

Gwen

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Dino Cake

A bit o T Rex terror for you. I finally got to use my ‘harlequin balls’ for the eight, I’ve had them for about two years but I knew they’d come in handy when I bought them.

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Week 34 of the Doodles: Take #2

Ughhh! Gurgled the creature from the pit. 

It’s been one of those weeks where everything needs doing and yet nothing seems to get done. I am tired and ill with a cold, however I have just finished my Darwin reading in record time. At some point in my life I was considering baking yummy things for my housemates, however I now really don’t feel like it, kinda wishing they would bake me some instead actually.

Regardless of food, I’m sure stuff has happened this week, I just for the life of me can’t remember any of it now. No actually I tell a lie, I’m reading a new book. And it is a kids book, but its written by Terry Pratchett and it is hilarious. Its a collection of short stories he did when he was a lot younger, some of which became bigger books later on. But its called “Dragon’s of Crumbling Castle”, certainly for me who currently has to spend about 10 hours a day staring at a computer screen, nice big clear font type on light yellow paper, wide spaced is such a God send. I was reading a book actually aimed at adults but my eyes will not focus at night on it after all day reading off the computer. Also the book is illustrated and does some really cool things with what I believe is called typography, they change the font and size of certain words and it looks really good.

Oh dear, I am reaching the end my tether aren’t I, looking back I have just rambled about a children’s book for most of this post. 

Meecum Panto?

Meecum Panto?

Well, this is what I did in my break between my lecture and seminar today. The mice have discovered the idea of Pantomimes, leading me to wonder do they still do them and I just never see them, or have they entirely disappeared?

Excuse the fact this is only a photo taken on my phone I couldn’t be bothered to take out my scanner and take the exposure down so you don’t have to read my notes through it. Now to beddie-byes methinks, n’night all.

au revoir

Elinor

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Sometimes it’s the simple cake orders

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been so proud of a letter ‘R’. The job description was simple, it was Richard’s birthday, so happy birthday Richard, you can’t argue with that.

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Gwen

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The Manse That Fell Apart

The manse that fell apart,
The manse that fell apart,
Appliances that spark,
In the manse that fell apart,

Carpet psycodellia,
Your retainers beware,
It’s a snap shot from the seventies,
Woodchip everywhere,

Don’t park your carcass on the sofa,
Or trust the dripping tap,
It might explode at any moment,
And the seating might collapse,

The manse that fell apart,
The manse that fell apart,
You wouldn’t risk a fart,
Or the manse might fall apart,

And the dust that you buffet,
Drifts by in a cloud,
And when it stops and it settles,
The chairs wear it as a shroud,

Draw back from the curtains,
If you value life or limb,
Because I couldn’t bet for certain,
On the insect life within,

The manse that fell apart,
The manse that fell apart,
The moths know martial arts,
At the manse that fell apart,

It’s not a place for running,
So moderate your pace,
I knew a man before,
Who got his foot trapped in the staircase,

Temperatures can reach,
Those of Portugal and Spain,
When the cooker in the kitchen,
Combusts in balls of flame,

The manse it fell apart,
The manse it fell apart,
And the dangers can’t be named,
In the rubble that remained.

Gwen

A little poem I wrote on holiday while staying in a vacant Manse lent to us by a friend. It’s a fairly accurate description, but we did have a lovely time. xx

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Week 33 of the Doodles: #Take 2

Hmmm… I have done yet another stupid thing, I have melted one of my forks whilst cooking rice.  Observer s’il vous plait:

Ta da!

Ta da!

Yes I am Uri Gella. So proud of myself, I turned round for two minutes looked back and just found my fork had turned into a form of shovel. Yeah apart from that Bernard, my growing lettuce if you recall, is doing very well, but may need re-potting soon, any ideas on young lettuce. I’m so relieved I’ve had him two weeks and I haven’t killed him yet. And time ticks on its 23:50 and I should start actually scanning in my art.

Lizzy and Jane talk privately about Bingley (c) Jane Austen

Lizzy and Jane talk privately about Bingley (c) Jane Austen

I’ve always loved that line in Pride and Prejudice, one of the most human lines in the book.  You can imagine them doing this though, you’ve had a night out slightly tipsy and too excited with everything to go home and so you sit on your bed and gossip over the night. Only Regency ladies did not go and get McDonalds as well, or an even worse cheaper version of “food”. My lighting in this is terrible however, I do apologise; and now I’m late by minutes, I really shouldn’t talk so long… 

au revoir

Elinor 

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