Halloween Fun πŸŽƒ

I Love Autumn & Halloween… here’s what we got up to !

We went out for the day, to a nearby farm!

It was brilliant.

There was SO much to do.. we made wands, got sorted into our Hogwarts house, had a spooky trailer ride, explored the spooky maze, picked and decorated pumpkins, pettee guinea pigs & rabbits, looked at loads of other animals and had a bug trailer ride.

A great family day out, themed really well and with lots of fun to be had.

We had a fun little family Halloween party at my sisters house.s

She set up some fun activities for them, we also had a buffet of party food, spooky tunes and Halloween pass the parcel.


Me & Tim always do a few Halloween traditions at home – these include carving a pumpkin (we’ve done one every year that we’ve been together) and I make us ‘Spooky Sausages’ which are meant to look like mummies.

I also like to watch horror films but Tim isn’t too keen on those so thats usually just me haha

Some of my favourites are Scream, Halloween, Hocus Pocus, Nightmare before Christmas and Nightmare on Elm St.


Our local cinema was showing some Halloween classics on Halloween.

Me and my Twin sister Sarah always watch horror films together so we went along and watched the original Scream! I can’t believe its the 25th Anniversay 😱

Scream is my favourite ‘Scary Movie’ and it was cool to watch it on the big screen.


What did you get up to this Halloween?

Do you have any traditions??


Until Next Time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

Autumn fun πŸπŸ‚πŸŽƒ

As I have said many times, Autumn/Winter are my favourite seasons!

I know its chilly but hey, its England, we were made for this weather.

Plus, it’s so pretty 😍

Theres nothing like a crisp autumn walk, frosty, leaves crunching under foot, trees fire bright against a pale sky, wrapped up in cosy jumpers, a hot beverage in hand.

Now tell me that isn’t a delight!?!

Here are some of the ways I’ve been enjoying the Autumn so far!


β€’ P U M P K I N β€’ P I C K I N G β€’


Me, my sister and my nephews had a great time pumpkin picking, at a local patch πŸŽƒ

We went early Oct to get the most out of our Pumpkins.

I’ve used them to dot around the lounge to create a cosy, autumn vibe. Some will of course be carved on Halloween.


β€’ A U T U M N β€’ W A L K S β€’


I definitely have a new appreciation for walks since the lockdowns and the pandemic in general.

Theres alot of enjoyment to be had in the fresh air, amongst the trees and pretty plants. I loved our sunny summer walks but in Autumn it’s an even more beautiful experience.


β€’ C O S Y β€’ R E A D S β€’


…because I could read anywhere… but, theres nothing better than in my little reading corner, in autumn and winter, because it just feels even more cosy.


β€’ H A L L O W E E N β€’ F U N β€’


I am a big horror film fan so I enjoy the spookiness of Halloween.

Lockdown no 2 was announced this Halloween (Horror!) So I wanted to make it even more fun, because if you can’t enjoy the little things, (even when stuck at home) during a global pandemic, when can you!?

Over the weekend I ended up watching eight different horror films!

β€’Nightmare on Elm St (New) β€’Friday the 13th β€’ Psycho (New) β€’Anabelle β€’ Freddy Vs Jason β€’Nightmare Before Christmas β€’IT (The Original) β€’Hocus Pocus

We like to carve a pumpkin each year, because its just some harmless seasonal fun, and since I had a few from our picking spree, I carved a few.

As well as the films and pumpkin carving, we also listened to some Halloween tuness (until the X-Files theme freaked me out 🀣😱) we had Spooky, mummy sausages and jacket potatoes for dinner (because why should kids have all the fun) and Halloween Hot chocolates to round off the evening.

And a spot of Halloween Animal Crossing!

It was really good fun and it made us forget about the pandemic a bit, a fun weekend/evening spent together.


β€’ P U M P K I N β€’ C A R V I N G β€’


Because you have to do one of these every year! Come on now.

‘Parry’ By me & Tim
My slight fail, HP lightening scar and glasses attempt
This was really flippin’ hard 🀣 Yes, I’m that cool.

… and yes I am indeed wearing a Bat onesie in this picture, my traditional Halloween costume/pumpkin carving outfit! πŸ¦‡

Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me!


β€’ A U T U M N β€’ N A T U R E β€’

β€’ H U N T β€’


As a fun little pre lockdown 2.0 activity with my nephews, we went on a Nature Hunt.

They love running about in the park and exploring and they enjoyed it even more than I thought they would (so did I!!)


β€’ B A K I N G β€’


I spent another lovely pre lockdown day with my niece 😊

What’s more cosy (and delicious) than baking!?!

We had a lovely time together β™‘

Gotta love a Unicorn Cupcake πŸ¦„πŸ§


& finally…


β€’ B O N F I R E β€’ N I G H T β€’


Again, due to Lockdown (thanks Rona!) we won’t be seeing people for a bit, but its timing did coincide with Bonfire Night and so we resurrected a Byford tradition, and got together to celebrate.

Outside, wrapped up, enjoying other peoples fireworks, sparklers, s’mores, soup, jackets, bangers, log burners and catching up!

A great evening! We missed this tradition last year as there was alot going on, so it was great to do it again.


It’s been a little while (probably the Summer hols) since I’ve done a little ‘life’ update and I love capturing memories on here. I think I forget to use my blog this way sometimes when I get carried away sharing about my hobbies.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Stay safe everyone β™‘

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

Halloween party fun! πŸŽƒ

Today we had a little family Halloween party!

We all got a few bits together, costumes & food and headed to my twin sister Sarah’s house, with her family, my husband Tim, and my sister Charlotte and her family.

The kids (& me) were very excited.

Noah was desperate for a party and this was the perfect time to do it as we were all working on Halloween.

We popped on our costumes and Halloween themed clothes to get into the Spooky spirit.

& first things first, we needed to decorate!

Once everybody had arrived we tucked into some yummy party food whilst watching a bit of Hotel Transylvania.

(If you would like to know how to make these cupcakes head over to my previous post )

For our activities we had Spooky Halloween arts & crafts…

…A bat pinata,

& a game of ‘Pin the eyes on the spider.’

It was lots of fun!

πŸŽƒHAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYBODYπŸŽƒ

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

Halloween Bat cupcakes πŸ¦‡

I hope you enjoyed Halloween on Thursday πŸŽƒ

What did you do?


If, like us, you are celebrating Halloween this weekend then this little recipe will be right up your street.

These bat cupcakes are super cute, chocolatey and my ultimate favourite flavour combo, chocolate orange.

They are perfect for the spooky season, a Halloween party, to make with the kids or to just to help you indulge with a cuppa this weekend.

So, enjoy!


What you’ll need…

  • A chocolate cupcake packet mix (12 cupcakes)
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 tbsp oil
  • Water
  • Chocolate buttercream icing
  • Orange extract
  • Jaffa cakes
  • Jaffa cake nibbles
  • White choc drops (for eyes)
  • Icing tubes (to draw on the fangs)

What you’ll need to do…

  • Make the packet mix as instructed
  • This usually entails adding your egg, oil and water to the packet mix and stirring.
  • Separate into your cupcake cases evenly.
  • Cook in the oven (See individual packets for times/temps.
  • Whilst the cupcakes are cooking, mix some orange extract into your chocolate buttercream.
  • Leave your cakes to cool before decorating.

Decorating…

  • 12 Jaffa cakes
  • A pack of Jaffa nibbles
  • Chocolate orange Buttercream
  • Icing
  • White choc drops

  • Top each cupcake with a generous helping of chocolate orange buttercream.
  • Cut each Jaffa cake in two, to create wing shapes.
  • Pop the wings either side in the icing.
  • Pop two nibbles in between the wings for the eyes.
  • To add detail to the eyes, use a little leftover buttercream to stick a white chocolate drop onto the nibbles.

Eat & enjoy!


I hope you like this little recipe idea, they taste heavenly or should I say devilishly good πŸ‘Ή

πŸŽƒπŸŽƒ Happy Halloween πŸŽƒπŸŽƒ

Halloween fun πŸŽƒπŸ‘»

So, as we all know yesterday was Halloween! Good ‘ol October 31st πŸŽƒ

I did a few different things this year to enjoy this festival, It’s not something I particularly celebrate as such but it’s quite a fun festival to take part in, it’s a good excuse to get together/dress up etc and I love the spooky, dark atmosphere too.

On Saturday we had a family Halloween party…

Party food, spooky music, costumes, decorations, family, fun & pumpkin carvings too! 

The kiddies loved it (the adults too) and it’s a nice reason to all get together.

On Sunday, Me, my sister Sarah & her friend went to a Halloween event in one of our local parks. Its a paid for event but all proceeds go to a local charity. It was called ‘Whose scared of the park? After dark. For thr even they had volunteers hiding around the park ready to scare you.

The volunteers were dotted around a planned 5k walking course and they were dressed in brilliant costumes from creepy brides, chainsaw wielding madmen, nuns, clowns and more. It was a fun walk (cold🀀, but fun) and everybody dressed up and got into the Halloween spirit.

We decorated our faces to look like creepy, cracked faced dolls… 

This was so much fun to do and super effective. 

The final Halloween activity that I did this year was a trip to the cinema on Halloween night to watch a horror film, one of my fave genres of film.

We (Me & Sarah) went to our local cinema, as monthly cinema card holders its one of our favourite things to do and there are a few good horror films out atm, be rude not to see one on Halloween.

We went to see the latest film from the ‘Saw’ franchise called Jigsaw. I really enjoyed the film, it had a really good twist to the plot and aside from the gore (what did I really expect from a Saw film!!) it was easy to watch too.

I hope you enjoyed your spooky Halloween celebrations, whatever they were!

How do you celebrate Halloween? 

Until next time, 

Roseanne πŸ™‚

Creepy cupcakes for Halloween πŸ•ΈπŸ‘»

Inspired by Zoellas vlog and bake off I had a go at some creepy cupcakes ready for my sister Halloween film day/night. To see what we got up to for this take a look at my sisters blog post here.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4tbspWater boiling
  • 40gCocoa powder
  • 3Egg(s) (free range)
  • 175gButter (unsalted)softened
  • 165gUnrefined golden caster sugar 
  • 115gSelf-raising white flour
  • 1tspBaking powder rounded 

    You can also find the recipe here πŸ°

    I love Mary’s recipes as she goes for the ‘mix it all in together’ approach, which makes life a lot easier for even the most serious of bakers! 

    I started by weighing out all my ingredients carefully…

    I prepped the chocolate writing fluid next by placing it in a jug of boiling water.

    This helps the chocolate inside to melt ready for your piping. I would recommended buying two tubes of this if you haven’t done much piping as I used loads just practicing and then I ran outπŸ™ˆ

    Once everything was ready I used my food processor (lazy I know!) to combine all the ingredients.

    The mixture looks silky and smooth when it’s combined, good enough to eat like that!!

    I like to use an ice cream scoop to put an even amount of mixture in each cupcake case. I couldn’t find any funky Halloween cases so I opted for spooky silver ones.

    Whilst they were cooking I attempted piping…

    Once my baking prong came out clean from the cupcakes I popped them on the cooling rack, the house smelt divine.

    I cheated with ready prepared chocolate buttercream as I was pushed for time but the recipe I have linked includes what you’ll need to make chocolate buttercream too.

    Here they are…

    The piping isn’t great but I tried my best! Some didn’t go to plan so I improvised with shop bought ghost marshmallows to top half of them πŸ‘»

    I got very excited when Zoella herself liked my picture of my cupcakes πŸ€—

    Screenshot it of course haha πŸ™ˆ

    For Zoellas vlog on how to make these cupcakes follow this link- Zoella

    I hope you enjoyed this blog post!

    What’s your favorite thing about Halloween? πŸŽƒ

     

    Lush Haul πŸ›€

    I’ve been waiting until I’ve had a chance to have a nice long bath before doing this blog post so that I could show you the bath bombs in action. 

    So here goes! 

    First up, the Dragon egg bath bomb.

    Feel ready to soar’      Β£3.75

    This is the one that I used in my bath this morning, it’s really cool. 

    On the outside it is white but once it goes into the water it fizzes and the centre of the Dragons egg is revealed…

    This bath bomb contains lemon, jasmine and it has popping candy in too! (Don’t eat it thought πŸ˜›)

    Next up is my favourite Lush bath bomb, The Comforter. ‘Berry yourself under a fruity blanket’      Β£4.95

    I’ve mentioned this one before because I love it! I always pick this one up when I’m in Lush, it comes from their bubble bar slice range. It’s so lovely, berry yourself in the fruity aromas πŸ“πŸ’πŸŽπŸ‹πŸ‘

    I also went for the Honey Bee. Take the sting out’      Β£3.50 

    This contains honey, sweet wild orange and aloe Vera. This one is quite sweet & summery.

    This is the Rose Jam Bubbleroon. For a rosier mood and softer skin’       Β£3.95     

    It’s a Pink-tastic, glittery macaroon shaped bomb with a rose design on top.

    It’s so pretty. This one contains Rose oil, coconut oil, shea butter & lemon oil.

    I also picked up a seasonal bath bomb…

                                πŸŠπŸ‚πŸπŸŽƒ 

    This Pumpkin one is so cute and smells divine!  ‘Oh my! Pie!’     Β£3.95

    I was drawn to it when I saw it as I’m loving autumnal things at the moment but when I saw it had cinnamon in it I wasn’t sure. Cinnamon is a scent I’m not really into at all but once I smelt it I changed my mind.

    It’s scent is pumpkin (of course!) Sweet vanilla & cinnamon (as mentioned) I think the cinnamon is very subtle and the main smell is the sweet vanilla which I love. 

    And finally…

    I picked up their Ocean salt face and body scrub. Scrub and soften’  I got the 120ml pot which retails at Β£8.50. 

    I also used this in my bath this morning. It makes your skin feel so soft & fresh.

    The scrub has lashings of fine sea salt to scrub and clean, organic limes to brighten and avocado butter to soften the skin.

    I love this and would definatly recommend this alongside their bath bombs for a proper pamper!

    Let me know what your favorite Lush products are or any that you would recommend πŸ‘

    Until next time,

    Roseanne πŸ™‚