Eid

Hey guys! I’m so sorry I haven’t been on in a while. Some of you may know that it’s the islamic month of fasting (Ramadan), which as a muslim I’ve been participating in so I’ve been pretty busy. But I’m back!
Recently we celebrated Eid which was great fun with lots of sweets and gifts and visiting the family. I thought I’d show you guys some of the cool gifts I got and other things I did.

An awesome ring from one of my friends! I just love it

An awesome ring from one of my friends! I just love it

Adorable notebook and pen from my sisters

Adorable notebook and pen from my sisters

A yummy face mask from a friend.

A yummy face mask from a friend.

Look at these super duper cute sticky memo-note things that my sister gave me!

Look at these super duper cute sticky memo-note things that my sister gave me!

Gorgeous notebook from my penpal, I love it so much!

Gorgeous notebook from my penpal, I love it so much!

Some random party stuff like sweets and party poppers

Some random party stuff like sweets and party poppers

Pretty bracelet from my mum c:

Pretty bracelet from my mum c:

Delicious waffle from the ice cream parlour we went to.

Delicious waffle from the ice cream parlour we went to.

My knickerbocker glory! Yummy.

My knickerbocker glory! Yummy.

My aunt did this beautiful henna on me.

My aunt did this beautiful henna on me.

Did any of you celebrate Eid, and what did you do?

~ Hanifah

 

 

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Chocolate Brownies!

brownie crumbs

brownies

Ingredients
100g Butter
175g Caster sugar
75g Brown or muscovado sugar
125g Chocolate (milk or plain)
1 tbsp Golden syrup
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
100g Plain flour
1/2 tsp Baking powder
2 tbsp Cocoa powder

Method

1. Heat the oven to Gas Mark 4 (180oC), and line a 20cm cake tin.

2. Melt the butter, sugar, chocolate and golden syrup in a saucepan until the mixture is smooth (it may be slightly grainy due to the sugar, but this is fine – as long as all the ingredients are mixed and melted).

3. Beat the eggs until light and frothy, then add the chocolate mixture, vanilla essence, flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. Mix thoroughly until smooth.

4. Pour the mixture into the tin, and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

5. Cut into slices and enjoy! Tastes great with ice cream or whipped cream.

~ Hanifah

Adventure

Let’s go on an adventure together.
We can dance in meadows of fluffy dandelions and watch the seeds fly away on the breeze like tiny pale fairies. We can pick a bouquet of wildflowers as a gift for our mothers for when we go home. We can chase and catch butterflies in a jar and then set them free again, because everyone deserves to be free. We can have a picnic in the scented grass and invite everyone we know –a big checked spread; jam and scones, lemonade, popping candy.  We can take silly photographs of ourselves with disposable cameras and wear daisy chains like diamonds around our necks. We can blow soapy bubbles and laugh until our stomachs hurt. We can play hide-and-seek in the woodland and scratch our knees climbing too-tall trees. We can pick bramble berries till our fingers turn pink and eat them all on the walk back. We can buy whippy ice creams – the ones with a flake in – and lick them as we watch the sun go down in blue, purple, pink, grey. When night falls, we can stay up and lay there spotting constellations – if we’re lucky, maybe a whooshing firework or two. We can toast marshmallows on the fire and tell each other scary stories, wide eyed tales and secrets we thought we’d never share. We can fall asleep curled up in light blankets, cricket-song as a lullaby and the moon as a nightlight. We can weave the day’s memories into our dreams as we sleep.
I’d love to go on an adventure with you some time.

~ Hanifah

Movie and Book Reviews

I’ve been quietly making a list in my mind of good things to read/watch over the past few weeks, so I thought I’d share them with you.

World War Z
I watched this film today with my friends. It’s basically a zombie-apocalypse movie, but actually quite sophisticated and not what you’d typically expect. I found it very realistic (if that sounds right to say about a zombie movie) because I could imagine this is what would happen if the world really was overcome by a zombie pandemic. The acting was very good, and it was quite scary, but in a good way. Would definitely recommend!


Q&A
“This novel opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, India, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all twelve questions on India’s biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never read a newspaper or gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question.”
This is the book upon which the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was based, although they are quite different. It’s a very gritty, very ‘real’ book which doesn’t sugar-coat anything, not for the faint-hearted, but a very good and thought provoking read.

Room
“To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.”
An incredibly powerful book, now one of my favourite books. I won’t say too much else for fear of ruining the story a little for you guys, but yeah – it’s amazing. Go read.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.”
I was very… critical when reading this book, and almost preparing myself for disappointment. This is one of those much loved, super hyped up books and so naturally I was dubious about how good it really was. I had been meaning to read it for some time, but the film came out, and the explosion of teenage girls quietly sobbing ‘in that moment we were infinite’ scared me away. However, after reading this book, it is actually very relatable and inspirational, in its own quiet little way. Charlie is a lovely character, and I really grew to love this book and its little lessons about life.

~ Hanifah

Keri Smith Stuff

As some you may know I’ve been quietly working through my Wreck This Journal (by Keri Smith) and having a lot of creative messy fun! Recently, I bought another of her art books – the Pocket Scavenger. It’s a really nice idea, a sort of scavenger hunt for interesting items and then turning them into pieces of artwork. This post is looking at the most recent thing I’ve done for both of those books (I would definitely recommend them by the way, especially WTJ – so fun!)

scavenger - leaves

This is pretty much self-explanatory; for the pocket scavenger, a collection of some leaves I found in the park. I pressed them before putting in the book so they fit in better, that’s why they look so flat.

wtj - climb up high

This is for my WTJ. I’m actually quite proud of it, I really like how it turned out! It’s made entirely of watercolour paints, my favourite medium. 🙂

What do you guys think? Also, I haven’t completely abandoned the 30 day challenge. I’ve just been really busy with exams and stuff like writing stories takes me quite a lot of time. I will return an exam-free child in a few weeks! I WILL BE FREE!

~ Hanifah