Things To Do For Halloween 2020.

Things To Do For Halloween 2020.

Hello my lovelies! I hope you’re having a good October so far and are enjoying these autumn days. I love this time of year, getting to cosy up in blankets and baggy jumpers; not to mention the fact that it’s now spooky season and in the run up to Christmas! But before we get started on the Christmas festivities, it’s time for the Halloween ones!

Since we’re all still socially distancing and can’t really go trick or treating this year, I’ve come up with a few things you can do at home this Halloween!

Halloween Bento Box

Let’s get into it.

  • Halloween Costumes Games – Make some cards with halloween costume ideas (or use an app) and taking turns, each person has 60 seconds to find and create the costume they’ve picked out. It makes for some hilarious versions of costumes!
  • Make cute halloween themed bento lunch-boxes. Cute and delicious!

  • Hide sweets around the house and have a trick or treat treasure hunt! Who said you need to go outside to get treats?

  • Have a halloween movie night! I’ve got a movie marathon list here!

  • Carve pumpkins! A Halloween classic that you can do in your pyjamas!

  • Make your own popcorn and experiment with flavours and toppings! I once tried butter popcorn with caramel, white and milk chocolate drizzles on top and it was so good!

  • Have a spooky themed dinner! Or order takeaway, either works haha!
Tarot Cards

  • Hold a virtual Halloween party!

  • Go pumpkin or apple picking!

  • Try out some halloween crafts from pinterest!

  • Do a tarot reading – Something you may not know about me, is that I’m a baby white witch, so I’ll be taking some time to celebrate the full moon, Samhain and I’ll also be doing some tarot readings among other witchy stuff!

  • Have a spooky tea party with halloween themed food and drinks!

  • Bake some halloween biscuits!

Here’s the Halloween biscuit recipe I used, it’s a very simple one I grabbed from BBC Food and adapted a little:

Ingredients:

Halloween Biscuits
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  • 100g unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 medium free-range egg (lightly whisked/beated)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • 275g plain flour
  • Icing sugar
  • Water
  • Food colouring

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C(170C Fan). Put greaseproof paper in a tray.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar. Then, beat in the egg and vanilla extract, a little at a time, until well combined; then stir in the flour and cinnamon and bring together to form a dough (if your dough won’t form, add a tiny bit of water or milk).
  3. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of just under 1cm. Using biscuit cutters (I used halloween themed ones), cut biscuits out of the dough and carefully place onto the baking tray.
  4. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to harden for 2 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
  5. Once cool, make up bowls of icing with icing sugar (I just eyeballed it) and gradually add water until the icing is thick but can still be spreaded.
  6. Add in your different colours to the bowls, and then put the icing into piping bags.
  7. Pipe on your designs and leave them to set.
  8. Eat!

These biscuits take about 40 minutes from start to finish, and they’re super simple. If you’re making them with kids you can get them to design their own monsters!

If you make some of your own halloween biscuits tag me in them on instagram @theweightofmyworlds!

Well, those are my ideas for how you can spend Halloween this year! How are you planning on spending your Halloween? Let me know in the comments!

Have a great week my loves and Happy Halloween!

Love

Victoria Blog Signature
Halloween 2020 Ideas
Halloween 2020 Ideas
Easy DIY Chocolate Truffles

Easy DIY Chocolate Truffles

I had a long look on the web at loads of different chocolate truffle recipes, and when I came across this one from BBC Good Food, it looked so simple I had to give it a try. And I found this one easy..ish. So here’s the thing, I thought I could get these made after work one day in a few hours, oh boy was I wrong! You definitely need an entire day to make these in my opinion, or maybe I over estimated my chocolatier skills haha. Either way, I’d recommend doing these on a day where you’ve not got much planned. Basically I made all the mistakes possible so you don’t have to.

So here’s what happened when I tried making these. I thought it’d be a good idea to try this using less than 70% cocoa chocolate as its cheaper, 70% cocoa chocolate is pretty expensive!! And I thought that if these go horribly wrong then at least I haven’t wasted a load of money, and good chocolate. Instead of making just dark chocolate truffles, I also tried this recipe with milk and white chocolate, now I know what you’re thinking, milk and white chocolate haven’t got as much cocoa in it as the dark, especially cheap chocolate! But I thought that if there’s any chance of making a few flavours then i’ll just give it a go now so you don’t have to.

Well, what worked? The dark chocolate truffles turned out fairly well considering I’ve never made truffles before, and the milk and white chocolates well.. the were a disaster! On the plus side, I did find that using this recipe but with milk chocolate does create a fairly yummy chocolate sauce, just not truffles. I might have worked if I had picked milk chocolate with more cocoa in it, but never mind!

I will say that I found shaping my truffles hard, I think I left my mix in the fridge a little too long! So I’d certainly call my truffles rustic looking.. You’ll probably have more luck than me!!

Easy DIY Chocolate Truffles

Here’s the recipe –

You will need:
300g good quality chocolate – dark (70% cocoa solids)
300ml double cream
50g unsalted butter

1. Chop the chocolate and tip into a large bowl. Put the cream and butter into a saucepan and heat gently until the butter melts and the cream reaches simmering point. Remove from heat, then pour over the chocolate. Stir the chocolate and cream together until you have a smooth mixture. You can add any flavourings at this point. Cool and chill for at least 4 hrs.

2. To shape the truffles, dip a melon baller or teaspoon in hot water and scoop up balls of the mixture, then drop the truffles onto greaseproof paper. Or lightly coat your hands in flavourless oil (such as sunflower) and roll the truffles between your palms. You could also use a piping bag to pipe rounds onto greaseproof paper.

(Forgot to take photos of this bit! Sorry!)

3. Coat your truffles immediately after shaping. To coat in chocolate, line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Melt 100g milk, dark or white chocolate for 10 truffles. Allow chocolate to cool slightly. With a fork, pick up one truffle at a time and hold over the bowl of melted chocolate. Spoon the chocolate over the truffle until well-coated. Place on the baking tray, then chill.

4.Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 days, or freeze for up to a month. Defrost in the fridge overnight. Keep in the fridge until you’re ready to give them.

Here’s what mine looked like! They tasted pretty good even if they did look ‘rustic’ haha!!

Chocolate truffles

These chocolates are great for presents, if you’re better at shaping and covering them than me! They’re good even for events or just as a treat whilst you’re watching a film. I hope you enjoy!! Let me know how yours turn out in the comments below!

Love,

Victoria x Blog Signature