Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Illustrated Edition

As with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition, I couldn’t not write about this book. I’ll skip all the spiel about how beautiful these illustrated editions are and just show you 🙂

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Jim Kay has once again provided beautiful illustrations to go alongside the Harry Potter story, this time Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (probably my favourite of all the books).

I think I’ll leave it there today, but I wanted to share some more of these illustrated editions! 🙂

 

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Bake With Me #9 – Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate icing

Time for another baking post 😀 This one is chocolate cupcakes, again from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook 🙂

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Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes)

100g plain flour

20g cocoa powder

140g caster sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

40g unsalted butter

120ml whole milk

1 egg

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

For the icing:

300g icing sugar (sifted)

100g unsalted butter

40g cocoa powder (sifted)

40ml whole milk

  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 3 (170 degrees c)
  2. Put the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder and butter in a large bowl and mix together until a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
  3. In a jug whisk together the milk, vanilla extract and egg and slowly pour into the flour/butter mix. Mix together until everything is mixed in and the mixture is smooth. Photo 22-08-2017, 12 20 11
  4. Spoon the mixture into 12 muffin cases until 2/3 full.
  5. Bake for 20-25 mins. Photo 22-08-2017, 12 55 46
  6. Once the cupcakes are cool it’s time to ice and decorate.
  7. Beat the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder together in a bowl until the mixture comes together. Slowly add the milk to the mix and beat it all together. Keep mixing it for a while (best use an electric mixer) – around 5 mins until it is all fluffy. The longer the icing is beaten for the better 🙂
  8. Put the icing in a piping bag then pipe it on to the top of the cakes and then decorate. I then topped the cupcakes with some decorations that I had left in the cupboard 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed today’s post 🙂 I’ll see you again soon 🙂

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Illustrated Edition

I feel like I’m writing loads of book stuff on here again at the moment, I hope you don’t mind? I just couldn’t not talk about this book! A lot of people have said they aren’t interested in getting the illustrated versions of the Harry Potter books because they have the normal books. I understand where people are coming from on that, and why spend another £15 on a book that you already have, but honestly these illustrated editions are beautiful! Photo 28-09-2017, 20 38 34

The illustrated edition of The Chamber of Secrets was a great read, with so many pictures to look at. What I really love about it is how Jim Kay doesn’t go with the looks of the characters we know from the films, instead he draws the characters again using only the descriptions from the books.

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I actually think there are far more full page illustrations in “The Chamber of Secrets” than there were in “The Philosopher’s Stone” and they really are brilliant! I wish I could get copies of them for my room!

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All in all, if you can afford them I really would recommend picking up these illustrated editions of Harry Potter. I’m lucky in that they come out around my birthday so I just ask for them for my birthday. They definitely aren’t “portable” and they’re only books that you could have around the house but they are honestly beautiful and I love them so much!

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Would you be tempted to pick up the illustrated editions or are you happy with the classic paperback editions of Harry Potter? 🙂

The Fall (CHERUB 7)

I managed to get through this book in less than 24h, I really really love this book. This is possibly my favourite of the CHERUB books and I know I’ve re-read it several times now! 🙂 The CHERUB books are really enjoyable and so easy to read.

In this latest CHERUB adventure we see what happens when things go wrong. In all the CHERUB books so far we’ve seen missions that often go wrong, but in “The Fall” things go majorly wrong for James Adams as he is sent on his first solo mission away in Russia. After the two MI5 agents that James is working with go rogue James’ life is put in danger. Although James is successfully rescued after a couple of days on the run things get worse for him when he returns to CHERUB campus to find he is suspended from missions pending an investigation over his conduct in this mission that went wrong. With rumours spreading and CHERUB staff keeping things from James he struggles to keep his head up… Until he uncovers something which may put his mission controller in grave danger.

I love “The Fall” it is definitely my favourite CHERUB book and is full of drama and suspense. It has a great plot to it and you can’t help but feel sorry for all the characters at some point in this story, especially James when no one believes his story and his life as a CHERUB agent hangs in the balance.

I can’t wait to move on to Mad Dogs (CHERUB 8) soon 🙂

Bake With Me #8 – Blueberry Muffins

So I think it is about time for another baking post! Today I’m going to share with you how to make blueberry muffins. They were so tasty! Again the recipe is from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook, which is in my opinion one of the best baking books out there!

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Ingredients:

360g plain flour

370g caster sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda

375ml buttermilk

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

70g unsalted butter (melted)

250g blueberries

  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 3
  2. Gently mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and bicarbonate soda in a large bowl.
  3. In a jug mix together the buttermilk, egg and vanilla extract, and slowly pour into the bowl of flour etc. Gently mix until it is all mixed together.Photo 22-08-2017, 10 06 39
  4. Pour in the melted butter and beat on a medium speed until the mix is smooth. Photo 22-08-2017, 10 09 36
  5. Gently fold through the blueberries
  6. Line a muffin tray with muffin cases. Now this recipe says it makes 12. I tried to make 12 and they overflowed so I’d add maybe 18 to be on the safe side! Photo 22-08-2017, 10 21 59
  7. Fill the muffin cases until they’re 2/3 full.
  8. Bake for 20-25 mins (or until a skewer comes out clean)

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As I said, mine overflowed! Also Paul and Mary wouldn’t have been very happy because all my blueberries sunk to the bottom! 😉 They were still super tasty!

Man Vs Beast (CHERUB 6)

Now that I’m back home and have all my books here, I decided it was time to carry on my CHERUB re-read. So next up in the series was Man Vs Beast.

I remember when I got this book. I hated the cover and thought it was really creepy! But that said, I love the CHERUB series and this book was no exception. I think this is the first time that I’ve re-read this book though because it isn’t one of my favourites in the series!

In their latest mission James & Lauren Adams are faced with the realities of animal testing and the lengths that animal rights campaigners go to to stop animal testing. Caught up in a publicity stunt to highlight animal rights, James, Lauren and Kyle must think fast to get out alive.

Man Vs Beast is quite a dark book in the CHERUB series, especially towards the end. It will probably make you think about what you’re eating and the lengths that some people go to to defend their beliefs. As I said, it is definitely one of the darker CHERUB books and although I know it is just a story the ending is pretty disturbing!

But again, all in all this was a good book and quite a quick read and I definitely recommend the CHERUB books for teenagers (especially teenage boys).

The Chocolate Lovers’ Club

I really like Carole Matthews’ books and “The Chocolate Lovers’ Club” was one of her books that I was desperate to read. Swansea has this great WH Smith with a clearance section where they sell some older books for really cheap and I was really excited when I found this book for the bargain price of £2! 🙂

Lucy, Nadia, Autumn and Chantal make up the Chocolate Lovers’ Club and as soon as one of them has a crisis they can call on each other to meet at Chocolate Heaven, a little speciality chocolate cafe in the heart of London.

Lucy is having trouble with her boyfriend Marcus who says he’s changed, but he really hasn’t; Chantal is struggling in a loveless relationship where cracks are starting to show; Nadia is struggling to keep a roof over her and her son’s head because of her husband’s gambling addiction, while Autumn is having family issues.

As a group they definitely have plenty to talk about and help each other with!

I really enjoyed “The Chocolate Lovers’ Club” so much so that I’ve gone out and bought the next 3 books in the series already! The characters were lovable, especially Lucy and I really enjoyed going through all their dramas with them! Carole Matthews writes the characters really well and although the story was a little predictable at times it didn’t stop me enjoying it! 🙂

A word of warning though, if you do want to read this book and those that follow, don’t read the blurbs of the next book until you’ve read the first book because the blurbs basically contain spoilers! 😀

But all in all this was a great book which I really enjoyed reading and I’m looking forward to reading the next books in the series 🙂