Life Lately – March – July 2020

Just over four months ago the UK was told to lock down and stay inside. It was scary but at the same time I was relieved that the UK FINALLY did something about it and was happy to stay inside for a while and hermit away. I wanted to share with you all how lock down has been for me, as well as how things have been throughout July so far. Not going to lie, it’s been good but very tiring! You may want to grab yourself a hot drink as this postย mayyyyyย be a long one.

To get this out there swiftly, I’ve been working from home since the lock down happened in March and I don’t have a date set yet for when I’ll be heading back to the office. Working from home has been amazing to be perfectly honest with you, but I do miss seeing my colleagues five days a week and having a laugh with them all.

Working from home has made me think more about adding an addition to our family… One with a wet nose and grey fur… No babies here I’m afraid! As well as that, working from home has also made me think lots about how much I loved our trip to Japan in January and just how much I’m craving to go again. I already want to look at going again late 2021 OR early 2022 for Dane’s birthday this time around. Try and visit when the cherry blossoms are out and travel to Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and of course Tokyo! That will be a big trip, may even go for three weeks if we can justify it!

Although I have bought loads of shit over the past four months, one of the best things me and Dane bought was a new bathroom! Back in May around one of the bank holidays we discovered a leak in our kitchen ceiling, which had come from the bath. We called our insurance and called someone in for a quote. Two months later the work has been fixed and our bathroom COMPLETELY redone. We are both over the moon with it! Sadly I won’t be sharing it on my blog, which I had contemplated before. I want some privacy for us two from my little space on the world of the internet. I know my readers will understand. ๐Ÿ™‚

As we all know, Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out in March JUST BEFORE lock down happened in the UK and I know so many people who have loved and enjoyed it, and who still are. I also have a couple of friends I helped source Switch and Switch Lite consoles so they could get their hands on Animal Crossing to play. It’s amazing having more of my close friends playing the game than ever before and that makes me so happy! I’ve calmed down a little of late with Animal Crossing, although I have picked it up of late to redo parts of my island.

I’ve done some baking during lock down and more so of late I’ve REALLY stepped out of my comfort zone to make something I hadn’t before, Millionaires Shortbread. I added a twist by adding salt to the caramel, to of course make salted caramel. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was amazing and it was so simple to make. I was just worried about the caramel more than anything as I’ve never made it before. It took 30 minutes, which felt like too long, but it was worth it. Instead of milk chocolate, I put dark chocolate on top instead. They were amazing and really went down a treat with Dane, as well as my family.

As I mentioned previously how I’ve bought loads of shit, mostly shit I don’t need but has cheered me up during lock down and passed the time. I happened to save money too, even though I’m not 100% sure how I’ve done it! There are many brands I have wanted to order from for years and I finally have during the lock down, including Happy Place Cosmetics, Bath Bake Love, Cushty Co, Kittynaut and Jenni Illustrations who is pictured above.

I have been showing off the bath and home products on my Instagram pages stories (theremightbecoffeeblog) so if you’re intrigued by this, make sure to go and check out those stories highlighted on my profile.

I’ll be talking about the goodies I bought from Jenni Illustrations very soon, as well as when the enamel pins I’ve bought from Kittynaut have arrived. I for one am excited to share those with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Another item that I am planning to talk about in the future is my Yapfrog Isabelle ita bag! I’ve recently filled it full of enamel pins and although I may change them around in the future, I’m really happy with how I have it at the moment! I bought a piece of green gingham cloth to fabric to keep inside the bag so it looked a little more like Isabelle. So far I have enamel pins in there by Yapfrog, Quirkory (which you can read about here), Appleminte and Illustrator Jake. By the way guys I have a 10% discount code you can use on Illustrator Jake’s website which is – THEREMIGHTBECOFFEE10. ๐Ÿ™‚

I honestly can’t wait to share this bag with you, but I want to make sure to spend plenty of time on it, as I’ve been excited to share it for God knows how long now! ๐Ÿ˜€

I’ve missed many things during lock down, including seeing my friends, going for coffee dates, sushi, spontaneous geeky shopping trips to town with Dane and my friends and getting my nails done! The nail salons opened up again recently and I finally went and got a much needed manicure. The last one I got was just before Animal Crossing and I got blue and green similar to the joy cons that came out for the limited edition Switch.

It was amazing to go and get my nails done against though and I went for this gorgeous creamy purple colour and a holographic blue/purple on the ring finger and thumb. I love them so much and have felt myself again in regards to feeling pretty. I’m getting them redone next week and I’m already torn at what I’m going to have. I get them done every three weeks, but I am a bit tempted to go every fortnight… We shall see! Any suggestions of what colour(s) to get, pleased let me know!

One of the last things I’m going to natter on about on here is how I have started reading manga again! ๐Ÿ˜€ Been too bloody long, I swear to God! I’ve been reading all the volumes in theย Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maidย series, including the two spin offs too about Kanna and Elma. I plan to read and catch up on all my manga series I have to buy more in the future. I need to continue on with it, but lately playing games or watching crap on my iPad have taken place.

So, that is everything I can think of lately and that I wanted to share with you all.

Throughout July my blog feels like it’s been quiet, but that may have just been because I had a break last week as I had a lot going on. The bathroom took a while to get started and finished, but now it’s done we are so happy! That was stressful though, which you can only imagine why.

Alongside that I’ve been busy at work, as well as personal matters. For some reason this week I have been so tired throughout the day and especially in the evening after work. I don’t know why, but I hope some lie ins this weekend help sort it all out.

I’m excited for August now to be honest with you. I want to be able to go out and do more. Me and Dane treated ourselves to a McDonald’s last weekend as we really needed food and that was the easiest thing to get at the time. I’ve missed their fries and milkshakes so much! We also popped to Homesense and The Range to get some house stuff we needed and for a while I felt a little bit normal, even with a face mask on.

Eventually the world will be back to some normality and we’ll all relax a little again.

For now however, make sure to let me know in the comments how you have been during lock down, what have you been up to and most of all what you have missed and can’t wait to do again!

Apologies for what may feel like a rambling post, but I wanted to get a lot off of my chest onto this post today. ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time all, take care, keep safe and can’t wait to speak to you all soon!

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Deadpool Chocolate Cake! *WARNING PICTURE HEAVY!*

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Before…

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After! ๐Ÿ˜€

I mentioned on my blog post yesterday that I made my boyfriend Dane a birthday cake, and of course due to his huge man love for Deadpool, I knew I had to make him a cake themed on his favourite mercenary. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be, and I had some help along the way from some awesome YouTuber’s.

I didn’t make this cake myself technically, and give credit to SORTEDfood,ย CupcakeJemma, and Christy’s Sweet Treats for making such awesome videos for me to watch and have guide me in making and awesome cake for Dane. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m not going to go through the whole process of how I made the cake, as it wasn’t my recipe to show to you in the first place. I will show off some pictures though that Dane took as I made it, as well as showing you the YouTube videos I found that helped me make this cake happen.

The cake recipe I decided to use was the Epic Chocolate Cake recipe by the SORTEDfood guys! This cake just looked too good not to do myself and let me tell you, this cake tasted delicious as well. It’s a really easy cake to make from scratch to be honest, and even though I had my KitchenAid to help me with mixing, even with a hand whisk it would have been okay as well.

Picture set one is go!

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Mixing some of the cake mix together.

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Cake tins ready!

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Mmm chocolatey!

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Putting the mix into the pans.

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Cooking in the oven.

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WOOHOO ALL COOKED! Cooling time whilst I made the buttercream.

For the buttercream I followed Jemma’s recipe over at Jamie Oliver’s YouTube channel.

For the buttercream I did two different types, chocolate (inside the cake and around the cake as a base, and for the black Deadpool design), and vanilla (for the red and white on the Deadpool design). To be honest, the chocolate one was the best, the vanilla being a little bit sickly to be honest. I wouldn’t do the vanilla again to be honest, and instead just keep it as pure chocolate cake!

It is SUCH AN EASY way to make buttercream icing, and by far the yummiest I have ever tasted, if I do say so myself. Of course I did this twice, one for chocolate, and one for vanilla.

Picture set two is go!

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Making the vanilla buttercream first.

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Alllll done!

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Chocolate buttercream next.

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Alllll done! This was delicious. ๐Ÿ˜›

Finally the video that gave me the idea to make this cake in the first place was Christy’s Deadpool Buttercream Cake video.

She made it look really easy to do, and I constantly worried I would mess up the design on the cake and end up a crying mess on the floor. But alas, I was fine! I had never piped before this, so I am extremely proud of myself that I did just that as well as I did.

Finally picture set three is gooooo!

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Getting ready to cover in chocolate buttercream after sandwiching the two halves together with chocolate buttercream.

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All done and popped into the fridge for 10 minutes to set before doing the Deadpool design.

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Chocolate buttercream dyed black with food colouring paste.

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Dying the vanilla buttercream red with food colouring paste.

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Deadpool’s eyes done, and the rest of the pattern etched on ready for piping the design on.

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Piping the black buttercream on!

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All done!

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Decided to use the rest of the black buttercream to pipe around the edge of the cake. I didn’t have enough to do the whole thing…

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Piping on the red buttercream.

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Deadpool’s face allllll done! Just the side to finish now.

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Finally after so long it was finished!

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My mug with my creation! ๐Ÿ˜›

Overall the cake took 3 hours to make… Which is a long time but to be honest it was so worth it! We kept it in the fridge for majority of the time to keep it fresh, but we soon discovered that you should really take it out to warm up the buttercream a little so you can cut it easier…

Dane loved his birthday cake, which I’m really happy about, and to be honest I really loved making it. I doubt I’ll make another one again anytime soon, but alas at least I know that I am capable of doing so again in the future.

I do apologise for all the pictures on the post, but they were kinda necessary weren’t they? ๐Ÿ˜›

Are you a chocolate cake and Deadpool fan? Would you give this cake a go? If you’re not a Deadpool fan what other design would you have a go at? Make sure to let me know all your opinions down in the comments down below!

Until next time, have a lovely day all and I hope you all have a great week too.

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