Saturday, 18 November 2017

Easy Peasy Lemon Drizzle


There's something about Winter and cold whether that makes me want to have cake on the table at all times. We've done pretty well over the last few weeks with an endless supply of cake on the kitchen table made my either myself or my house mate. After my little disaster with trying to make a banana loaf with bananas that weren't really ripe enough, I thought I would just stick to what I know.

Lemon Drizzle is one of my favourite cakes - well, apart from a massive chocolate one but I can't be too picky when the only ingredient I had to pick up was a few lemons at 35p a pop.

This is also super simple to make. I simply measure the weight of two eggs (approx 125g) and then measure out the flour, sugar and butter with that same weight. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Then I grated the zest of two lemons and added that it and put it in the oven in a loaf tin at 180 degrees until it was golden and the skewer came out clean which was about 30 / 40 minutes.

To make the sugary crust, I squeezed the juice out both of the lemon and mixed it with a generous amount of sugar - perhaps too much, but I'm not complaining. I would suggest to use icing sugar instead of caster, but that's something for next time I make it.

Make a few holes in the cake and pour over whilst it is still warm.

Scrumptious weekend (or week day) cake.





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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Getting Started With Photoshop


1. Inspiration
I didn't really know what I wanted to actually learn or get out of Photoshop. As I work in marketing, I looked on companies social media accounts. Companies were creating images, text, gifs and graphics and this gave me a good focus of what I wanted to learn and eventually create. I screen shotted things I liked and saved loads of Instagram images to have a look through later. 

2. Hit The Books
I actually bought a book as I thought this would be a good place to start. I bought Photoshop CC In Easy Steps (which you can find here). I didn't work through it like a workbook, but it is handy to know what all the side buttons do and when I need to know how to do something small, the information is easily found in there. 

3. Tutorials
I started with the tutorials made by Adobe themselves. They are a really good way to learn some of the basics like what layers are, adding text and creating shapes. Take a look at them here.

I then moved onto Pinterest and found so many bloggers and creatives offering tutorials along the lines of what I wanted to create. I also found lots of free fonts, backgrounds and general inspiration that are great to get started.

Have a look at some of the tutorials that got me started:

With Youtube, I also found it confusing to find exactly what I wanted, but Teela Cunningham has some great tutorials on loads of Adobe CC products. My personal favourite is this video on how to create a confetti brush. 

 I can't wait to see what else I can find and expand my skills. The next step for me is to treat myself to a camera and eventually move onto some of the other Adobe CC products. Who knows, this could be a great step into a new career. 


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