Gingerbread Brownies

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I fancied making these as I love brownies and I love gingerbread. What could be better than combining in the two products together?

I made this cake for work and it proved to be popular. (I was particularly thankful for this as I had never tried this recipe before and wasn’t totally sure that it would work!)

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What is the point of fiction?

Discussion time …

The Oxford English Dictionary defines fiction as ‘prose literature, especially novels, describing imaginary events and people.’ An author of a piece of fiction, whether it be a novel, short story or poem, describes and invents whilst the reader acknowledges and absorbs the material of the authors’ imagination. This suggests that the point of fiction will differ between the author and the reader as the importance of invention and description will differ. The author Stephen King has said that ‘fiction is the truth inside the lie’ whilst a book lover in Clockwork Angel believes ‘words have the power to change us.’ These just show the beginnings of the point to fiction and the differences in the meaning of fiction for different people. Continue reading “What is the point of fiction?”

Freshers Week

NSU-Freshers-weekHere it is. The first blog post completed by a guest writer. And yes, maybe she is my sister but she is the first person I asked to write for this blog who has finished her article.

If you ever wanted to know about the realities of freshers week at university, read on. Continue reading “Freshers Week”

One month on…


One month on from returning home after Soul Survivor.
One month on from experiencing a huge amount of healing in regard to my mental health, especially anorexia.
One month on from moving to a new city to start a new job and a new chapter of my life.

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Colouring

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There are a number of activities which I do to try and relax, rest or stay calm.

Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, it really depends on exactly how I am feeling.

One of my favourite things to do is colouring.

I have worked my way through quite a lot of colouring books in the last few years. My favourites are country village scenes or images which feature a lot of flowers.

I don’t really like the geometric patterns or images which appear in most of the mindfulness colouring books.

I have also enjoyed doing adult dot-to-dot colouring books as I can make the picture and then colour it in too. Extra fun!

I find that the act of colouring gives my brain something to focus on which distracts me from unwanted intrusive thoughts. It also gives me something to do with my hands. I have noticed that I seem to like having things to do with my hands – either knitting when I watch TV or twiddling a pen around in lectures and seminars.

The process of completing a picture is also satisfying and the final piece if often pretty and brings some joy, even if it is only for a short while.

You don’t need much to be able to enjoy the act of colouring which makes it even better as a way to relax. Some paper and colouring pencils are the only things required. If you’re food at drawing then you can create your own pictures to colour. If not, then there are numerous books in many shops and online which you can choose from.

It may seem like a hobby for children but honestly, you’re never too old to enjoy a good session of colouring!

Book Review: Honesty over Silence

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When we were at Soul Survivor, a number of books were recommended during one of the main meetings. It wasn’t to sell more books, make more money, and promote their own work but to help us grow as people and as Christians.

One of the books that was mentioned was Honesty over Silence by Patrick Regan. Continue reading “Book Review: Honesty over Silence”

Attenborough Nature Reserve

attenboroughI visited Attenborough Nature Reserve for the first time in 2016. On the day I visited it was pouring with rain and, although I had fun and enjoyed seeing the site, it could have been nicer. Continue reading “Attenborough Nature Reserve”

Meal Planning

eatwellTo help with the restoration of normal eating, many therapists recommend following a meal plan. There are lots of articles and websites which offer sample meal plans yet they are all so different. It is difficult to know what you should be doing. Continue reading “Meal Planning”