Nursing School…Year 1

In September of 2017, I began a three year journey on the road to becoming a registered paediatric nurse. One of those three years will be coming to an end before I know it, so here’s a recap of the most emotional year of my life so far…

I decided to live at home during my studies so Fresher’s week for me wasn’t the typical turning up for lectures still drunk on the night before’s vodka. Even though I respect my decision to not live in student accommodation 7 months on, the week was a struggle. Commuting to and from university was tiring and seemed pointless for the fresher’s week lectures on what was expected of us as future nurses. Many students became friends with flat mates, where I was alone. Overall, I didn’t enjoy the course and was disappointed due to my high expectations.

However

The travel became easier and I got to know a lot of the girls in the course. The lectures were more engaging and I was beginning to feel a bit more relieved about my previous hatred of university life.

Then

Placement began in January. It began to all make sense again of why I chose to do nursing in the first place. Even though I was placed in the community and I have not been exposed to much clinical practice, I could not fault the experience I have had! My mentor is amazing and made me feel comfortable from the get go, not once have I felt like a spare part. It 100% has made me excited and proud to be doing this course.

That brings us to now, March 2018. I’m 2 weeks of completing my first placement and I honestly can not wait for my second placement to begin in May! Wish me luck…

Love Meg x

Squirrel Feeding

Stop whatever you are doing, grab a bag of nuts and get to Chester, England.

Not long ago, my family and i spent a weekend away in Wales. On our way back home we decided to have the day out in Chester which resulted in one of the best things you will ever experience! After strolling through the thousands of shops available and enjoying the amazing views of the River Dee, we made it to a huge park.

We did spend time at this park on many occasions before this day but i tell you, the park comes alive during the autumn time. When the leaves begin to change colour, the squirrels come out to play. And i’m not talking about a rare glance at a squirrel every now and then when you turn into the dog from ‘Up’ shouting ‘Squirrel’ due to your obsession with animals. But in this very park, the squirrels fear nothing!

This is where the trip got interesting.

I don’t think my words could justify how amazing this was so i’ll just show you.

I-Fed-A-Squirrel!!

I think that this surreal experience should be had by everyone, i promise you, you won’t be disappointed.

Love Meg X

Raspberry and White Chocolate Cake

***REPOST DUE TO DELETING***

After a looong time off baking i decided to recreate one of my favourite bakes and i want to share the process with you!

Ingredients:

  • 200g of sugar
  • 200g of butter
  • 200g of flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp of custard (optional but it reduces the chance of your cake being dry)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence

For the decorations:image1

  • Butter
  • Icing sugar
  • Pink food colouring
  • 2 bars of white chocolate
  • Shop bought mini meringues
  • Raspberries
  • Raspberry┬á Jam

(of course anything used in decoration is optional and/or can be altered for different flavours)

Method:

  1. Mix together the 200g of butter and 200g of sugar in a mixing bowl.
  2. Once fully combined, add four eggs and mix. (don’t worry, it always looks disgusting at this point) You can add the custard at this point too.
  3. Mix in the flour, i tend to do this taking 1/4 of the flour at a time.
  4. Then add the vanilla essence.
  5. Separate the mixture into different cake tins, use as many of as little as you like (add more ingredients if you are making a bigger cake!) In this cake, i used 3 tins.
  6. I usually cook them at 190 degrees Celsius for about 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown.
  7. Check they’re done with a knife, if you pull it out clean they’re ready!
  8. Take them out the oven and allow to cool.
  9. Mix together the butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy (it also starts to appear white) I added pink food colouring at this point.
  10. Sandwich the cakes together using a little of this butter cream and a little of the raspberry jam.
  11. I then covered the cake in this butter cream.
  12. I melted the two bars of chocolate in the microwave, then poured this over the cake to get the affect that it was dripping.
  13. To finish i decorated the cake with the mini meringues and fresh raspberries.

Love Meg X