The Perfect Seaside Donuts

Beware, makes A LOT of really tasty donuts πŸ©πŸ˜‹

Perfect foolproof recipe, tried and tested. I also used a donut dispenser for that authentic donut shape.

Recipe

2 large eggs

400g plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

200g granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

30g melted butter

310ml full fat milk

Castor Sugar for sprinkling (I only had granulated but it tasted the same)

Optional:-

Nutmeg/Cinnamon (or any other flavours you fancy)

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Note: I kept mine simple and left out the optional extras.

Method

Melt the butter in a pan on low heat (be careful not to burn it). Beat the eggs in a bowl and add the melted butter. Continue beating for 30 secs.

In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder and granulated sugar (plus any optional extras). Mix together, then pour in the egg mixture. Mix until smooth, then let the batter rest for 30 minutes.

Fill up your donut dispenser. Oil should be at 170Β°c. Fry on both sides until golden. Use kitchen towels to drain excess oil and transfer to castor sugar bowl while still hot.

VoilΓ ! Perfect seaside donuts. Can be eaten hot or cold πŸ˜‹πŸ˜

Clyde’s FIV/FeLV Story

I apologise beforehand that this will be a rather blog, but I feel it is an important one.


This is Clyde’s FIV/FeLV Story. As I have already mentioned on my instagram page if you follow me @fenrisandfreya, our old chap Clyde was tested before he passed for FIV and FeLV. The blood tests taken were only preliminary bloods as Clyde was in such poor health that the vet didn’t think he would survive even a small amount of blood being taken, but we needed to know what we were dealing with if we were going to be able to help him. Unfortunately the tests showed that there were high traces of urea in his blood, which meant his kidneys had already gone into failure. Also his red blood cells were dangerously low, which meant he was severely anaemic and his white blood cells where really high which meant he was already in the process of fighting an advanced infection. The vet said that from these results he was almost certainly either FIV or FeLV positive, or possibly both. Whilst we will never know 100% everything that was going on with Clyde, I have had experience of an FIV/FeLV positive cat and the symptoms were almost exact as to be 99.9% positive. Clyde was unconscious by this time and the kindest thing was to put him to sleep, so he passed peacefully with me at his side (thanks to our wonderful vets). Dont worry, all the necessary safety precautions were taken. Clyde was cremated individually, as we have decided to do with all our animals that pass, and his ashes were scattered around our garden in all his favourite resting spots πŸ˜»πŸ’–


Now some backstory on how we ended up here. We knew what we were letting ourselves in for when we first fell for Clyde, he was a scruffy street tom who was constantly full up with a cold. We decided to step in when his symptoms just kept getting worse, instead of better like they usually would. He would usually have one or two bad days and then bounce back. This time was different and we knew we had to do something. He was a stray and wasn’t really that fussed on being petted, unless you had food to offer him and even then he was nervous around people. It took a bit of coaxing to be able to get him indoors and into a cat carrier. We took him to the vets and they confirmed it was cat flu and that since he was a street cat this was probably going to be a regular thing. Covid-19 hadn’t even reached the first stages of becoming a pandemic, so we weren’t overly worried when Clyde decided he would rather be outdoors than indoors while he was being treated.It was a few weeks later whilst still under treatment that Clyde went missing. It took every ounce of willpower for me not to panic as I waited patiently for him to show up. He would sometimes go missing for upto 3 days, so I knew he was also getting fed elsewhere (turns out he was a known stray or community cat, and a regular in a few gardens as we would find out after his passingπŸ’–).

6 days later Clyde still hadn’t shown up and I was seriously starting to worry. I just knew there was something not quite right. He had never stayed away this long before so I contacted someone who had also had a cat go missing recently and she pointed me in the direction of Facebook groups for missing pets in our area. I went and joined up and the very first post I saw was Clyde in a cat carrier. Someone had taken him in, he was in a very poorly way and they were waiting for the RSPCA to pick him up as they knew him as a local stray, but the post was a few days old by this time. I tried not to panic as I contacted the lady, but unfortunately (or fortunately, it really is perspective) he had escaped the day before he was to be handed over. I must admit at this point I did totally breakdown, but I wasn’t giving up hope just yet. I carried on searching through posts, contacting people for leads and a few hours later, I had my next lead. A lady in the next street potentially had Clyde confined inside, but he was in seriously bad shape and needed veterinary attention.

It was 9:30pm and by this point we were on lockdown, but she kindly let me come over to check if it was Clyde. Luckily it was our furbaby. Being on lockdown I had no idea what to expect. I called the vets late at night and was advised to give him the rehydrating fluids I already had for him and some food until I could get him to the vets the next morning. When I arrived at the vets, it was so strange handing my cat over to the nurse and not being able to go in with him. With it being a Friday and the weekend meaning skeleton staff at the clinic, I was given the choice of Clyde being sent to their larger practice to receive fluids and care, or I could administer them myself if I was willing to give him round the clock care. The vets advice was that at this point there was nothing they could give Clyde, that I couldn’t give him at home, so it was totally my call. It was simply down to whether his body would survive the next 24 hours. He did survive the weekend, although it was touch and go at one point, and he kept on surviving for a few more days after that. He even managed to eat, drink and use the litter tray unaided (which even the vet was surprised at), so it was a bit of a shock when he collapsed midway into the following week. Clyde was rushed in as an emergency and that was when we learnt more about his condition. Unfortunately street cats, stray or feral, can suffer all sorts of diseases and unfortunate circumstances when they are wandering the streets unneuetered and unvaccinated.As you can imagine it’s very hard to vaccinate and keep track of community cats, which is why it is so important to have cats neutered or spayed. It isn’t simply to stop them reproducing, it also stops them from feeling the urge to wander so far and also to fight for territory or potential mates, who then produce litters that potentially could fall victim to the same life as the parent cat.FIV and FeLV, along with unwanted litters, are the biggest concern in stray or feral cats. The difference between FIV and FeLV is not huge but I will explain as best I have learnt.

FIV is fairly difficult to transmit between cats; the most common mode of transmission is through very deep, intramuscular bite wounds like the kind seen between unneutered males. FIV is passed on through direct contact with saliva and blood. Although it has been known to be passed on during the birthing process if the mother is infected. FIV shares similarities with that of HIV in humans, in that most cats with FIV lead normal, healthy lives and show no symptoms for many years, if at all. FIV eventually weakens the immune system of infected cats, leaving them susceptible to other diseases. A cat usually does not die from FIV, but it may die from a secondary infection that they were unable to fight off because of the FIV.

FeLV is usually spread either through bite wounds or more often through prolonged close contact with an infected cat, and is kind of like the flu in humans, so sneezing or coming in contact with an infected host or any surface they my have touched can also result in infection. Cats with FeLV can have a variety of illnesses, ranging from anemia to leukemia and other cancers, or again, they may show no symptoms at all for many years. It depends on the strain of the virus and how well the cat’s immune system reacts to it. FeLV commonly shortens the lifespan of infected cats, although there is a lot of variation in how long infected cats live and many things that factor into this, such as the age at which they are infected and the treatments they receive to counteract any infections.In both instances, once infected the cat basically has an autoimmune disease. This means any little infection can be potentially life threatening, again depending on how healthy the cat is and the age factor. Healthy, vaccinated cats in the UK are protected against FeLV and if they do come into contact with an infected cat, they will usually either get no symptoms, or mild symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose and eyes. Cats in the UK are not vaccinated against FIV as the vaccine isn’t thought to be all that effective. Whilst not all community or stray cats will carry either of these viruses, it is still important to neuter any community cats, so that they don’t fight or produce litters that may possibly be infected.

I’m sure Clyde, being 10 years old when he passed, probably fathered many litters. Had he survived he would have been neutered, and would have been able to receive regular treatments of steroids and antibiotics which would have helped him to live a happy life. Fortunately, he did at least have comfort, warmth and love at the end of his life, some of these cats never know that. I will always be grateful for the small amount of time I had with Clyde and he will forever remain in my heart. That is why I choose to do what I do and provide shelter, food and a friendly place for these community cats. Not all of them will be rehomeable after living on the streets for so long but they can at least have somewhere to rest when they need it. For those that are able to be rehomed, I will be here to transition them into their furever home. So please, the next time you are at a shelter, don’t discount those cats or kittens that may be FIV or FeLV positive, they can still lead happy, healthy and long lives and have so much love to give. All they need is a loving home and someone willing to take care of them.

Thank you for taking the time to read ✌😻

If you would like to donate towards my non-profit small animal rescue and foster you can do so at http://paypal.me/dragonzarcrystals . All donations will be put towards helping animals like Clyde to either find a loving furever home or to be able to have treatment and a loving home during their final days πŸŒˆπŸ’–

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Just a little quarantine update…

Mad Log Planet Earth Stardate 2020, March 23rd, Day 3 of Operation Quarantine

I woke after pulling an all nighter with the ex and my kitty crew. We had watched the sun rise while chowing down on homemade southern fried chicken and catnip (um the catnip was the kitties not us…honest 😹), drinking prosecco whilst watching a suitably cheesy old movie we’ve watched a gazillion times (Night of the Demons😬), which we proceeded to ignore whilst we chatted about the current sitch and what it means for us . Deep talks are the bomb! πŸ’£

The sound that woke me was the postie shooting a letter from the council and farm food vouchers through our letter box at lightening speed so he could avoid residents and run back to his hero mobile. I stumbled downstairs barefoot, forgetting to don my fave slippers in the process, walking through catnip as I went and wondering why my feet were so cold. Picked up the mail, the letter from the council was just to ask us to stay indoors and alert them via telephone if we were old, frail or in need of help, and if not, asking communities to help each other out, while keeping a social distance obvs. There’s a first time for everything I guess, at least they’re stepping up πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

I realise I need a wee, so I bleary eyed make my way to the bathroom (wow those stone tiles are bloody cold πŸ₯ΆπŸ˜…) and do my biz, making sure to wash my hands while humming to myself (not happy birthday though, that’s gonna get old reeaally quick 🀣). I exit the bathroom and my kitty crew decide to remind me that their bowls are only half full and with the current climate of not knowing when the next meal supply will be delivered, I should probably feed them a big meal so they don’t starve. Cat logic is not the smartest. It turns out cats don’t do rationing 😹 I feed them whilst telling them how good they are for eating their food, like I would a toddler if I was spoon feeding them aeroplane tattys. Catmoms are weird! Then I carry on shuffling out to get myself a bottle of water wondering why I’m sneezing so much this morning?! πŸ€” I forget my water as I notice a massive Fen furball surrounded by his 6am meal next to my window seat. I instead obtain some disinfectant wipes and proceed to clean up realising being a catmom is probably not that different to having kids, minus the screaming and moodswings, wait a minute could Fen be a human in a catsuit? I eye my male kitty suspiciously but he walks passed me tail in the air happily contemplating the window seat now I’ve fed him and ‘tidied up’ his area.


Apparently I didn’t do a good enough job because he scratches the floor where his throw up had been and side eyes me with a disapproving look. Nope, definitely a cat, but I still keep eyeing him suspiciously just in case it’s a really well concealed zip on that catsuit. Asshole! 😹😻 I realise now I’m closer to the floor that the reason for my sneezing is the amount of catnip all over my living room. I remember it’s some sort of plant so my allergies are probably playing up considering the way my eyes are itchy and watering too πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ I make my way to my chair where I keep my tablet bag, realise I’ve forgotten my water, so have to get back up to get it and sit down again to take my tablets. I take an allergy tablet, a garlic capsule, an iron tablet and a mineral tablet, so many choices but I went with the basic πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ I blow my nose and immediately start to feel better. Gotta love placebos 😁

Then I look at the clock, its 10:41am and I decide 2 hours of sleep probably isn’t gonna get me through the day, so I grab my book from the window seat (just in case a can’t drop off straight away) before heading back to bed. I wake up with a weight on my crotch area, wondering if it’s a sleeping Freya, but secretly hoping I’ve awoken to a member of BTS who I was just dreaming I was hanging out with, but no BTS member and Freya is in her usual place, cuddled at my feet. I realise that I fell asleep with my book untouched on my lap, not like there would be anything else going on in that area currently anyway πŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸ€£

Time to start my day at 15:48pm after writing my mad log entry πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜πŸ˜

Stay safe βœŒπŸ’–

Much love and light to you πŸ’œ

Louise Elizabeth ✨🌠✨

Throat Chakra Balancing and Healing

The Throat or Fifth Chakra, otherwise known as Vishuddha in sanskrit. The Throat Chakra is located around the base of the throat, it is blue in colour and is usually depicted as a sixteen petaled lotus, surrounding a circle within a downwards facing triangle. It’s element is ether.

This is the chakra that expresses our authentic expression of our truth. It is our source of communication with ourselves and those around us. Communication can be both verbal and non-verbal and is not limited to any one sense. It is also the bridge of communication between our heart and our mind. It is how we communicate between our spiritual body and physical body.

An imbalanced or blocked throat chakra can lead to problems with the nervous system, pharynx and larynx, our inner and outer hearing and audio system and thyroid problems. It also relates to emotional imbalances which can lead to feeling the need to excessively express ourselves through talking (sometimes about nothing in particular), dishonesty and untruths and manipulative behaviour. It can also lead to narcissistic tendencies and can induce many fears which we try to present outside of ourselves by blaming those around us.

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This is my experience with balancing and healing my throat chakra. Previous disclaimer applies.

I knew I needed to do a lot of work in this area (and this is something I still know to be true). I opened myself up to my fears and to face past experiences where I had lied to myself and others in order to feel good or get my own way. I went in with clear intention of forgiveness and releasing of past guilts to fully open myself to me truest most authentic self.

I decided on Sodalite to work on my throat chakra. Same as with the other chakras, I read up all I could about it, what it does and how it affects me. I chose to colour charge my crystal before meditating. I used the same guided meditation as with previous chakras (7 Chakras Meditation), and I again placed my chakra crystal under my pillow that night to bring through any dreams or insights that could help me discover what needed addressing and healing. I wore clothes which had blue in them and I ate foods which were recommended to promote a healthy throat chakra: such as blueberries and blackberries (whole or in jams or smoothies), for throat chakra you can also use healing and soothing foods and liquids such as coconut water, herbal teas, raw honey, and lemon. Fruit that grows on trees such as apples, pears, and plums are also known to be excellent at healing the throat chakra.

Again came the dreams along with some insights about balancing my thought patterns with my need to express myself. I realised I needed to listen a lot more and talk a lot less when it came to expressing my truth. Not everyone had to know everything that went on in my head and not all of it required verbalising. The only reason I was verbalising so much was that I wanted my truth confirmed by those around me. But the only person I wasn’t listening to was myself.

I have to be honest before I did the throat chakra work I would randomly spout off whatever knowledge came into my head so that I could get an outside validation or opinion. I didn’t trust myself enough to have that knowledge and validate it for myself. There was a lot of inner child forgiveness that I needed to work on for ignoring myself and my actions for so long. Once you balance the knowledge with what actually needs to be said through self discernment, that is when you can truly find and speak your authentic truth. Which in turn helps you to help others by listening and speaking from a space of love. Next up Third Eye Chakra…

Much love and light to you πŸ’œ

Louise Elizabeth ✨✨✨

Golden turmeric milk recipe

I found this to be a great night time drink. Settling down with a cup of turmeric milk and a book before bedtime is heaven. It relaxes and soothes and lulls you into dream time.

This is the recipe I use:

2 cups almond milk

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon honey

1/3 teaspoon of vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla pod)

1 tablespoon coconut oil

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I heat all the ingredients except for the honey in a saucepan on medium heat. Once the milk starts to bubble a little around the edges, I lower the heat and simmer for about two minutes, until the milk is a beautiful even golden colour. I turn off the heat and leave it sit for one minute, then pour into a mug and stir in the honey. You can add a sprinkle of cinnamon or cacao to the top to enhance the flavour.

Mmmm delicious πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ

Much love and light to you πŸ’œ

Louise Elizabeth ✨✨✨

Universe Has Your Back Pick a Card Final Picks – Days 24 to 30 Complete

I haven’t shared the last few cards as I have had a lot going on in my external world but have also been facing some internal struggles, I say this not to make excuses but so you understand that this is a commitment I made to myself to complete the 30 day picks and by making that commitment to myself, I also made it to anyone who felt drawn here. So here are the last pick a cards for the 30 days of September:

Day 24:

Indeed they are. What we put into our bodies, whether physical or energetic is what is presented on the outside. If we are not taking care of our physical, mental and emotional body, through nutrition and exercise, what we watch, who we spend time with, our thoughts whether positive or negative, then our body will usually find a way of letting us know by producing symptoms in our physical, mental or emotional health. So be aware that your positive vibrations can affect how your body is able to heal itself. We have a responsibility to ourselves to take care of this body that we chose to be our vessel.

Day 25:

This one has come up before for days 13 and 15. Whatever you are currently going through surrender your concerns. It is being worked out for your highest good. Your doubts are only delaying the inevitable so a shift in perspective is required for you to allow great things to happen for you.

Day 26:

I had it in my head that this one had come out within the 30 days but this is the first time. It is however a card that regularly comes out for me. The truth is when we are out of alignment we often present to the universe a sense of lack, usually where there is none. The moment we choose to realign, the universe shows us that we are never lacking in what it is we need or what we want. It is simply about aligning yourself with the truth that what you need will always be provided and what you have asked for is already yours by default. It just takes faith and a release of control to allow it to come in whatever way it is meant for us. If something or someone is not in your life, it is because it is not meant to be at this moment. Sometimes this doesn’t mean never, it just means not yet, but if you keep holding on to the idea of it, instead of letting it go like it’s already yours then you are repelling that very thing you want.

Day 27:

This card came out on Day 7. Joy is indeed the ultimate creator energy. When we allow ourselves to feel joyful it allows our inner child to come forward, it allows our creativity to have space to create great things. Allow yourself to feel joy in any moment and you can shift your mindset into creative energies.

Day 28:

When we pray or meditate we allow ourselves to truly connect with our spirit. Through this we access our energy, our blueprint and everything that we are capable of. This is how we create that ripple effect of positive energies that will change the world.

Day 29:

This card has a super important message to share, honor how you want to feel, at all times. You are the most important and constant person in your life, so unless you honor your feelings and how you want to feel, then how do you expect anyone else to. Create your boundaries and honor every feeling that comes up, no matter how uncomfortable, this is how you teach yourself that it is ok to be who you are. You are loved, you are worthy, you matter.

Day 30:

This last card is the final message for September, surrender to love in any moment and you will know that you are never alone on this journey. Any time things get a little too much, find a quiet spot and be still with yourself. Connect within and feel that loving presence of the universe all around you, like a warm hug πŸ’žπŸ’–πŸ’ž

Thank you for reading.

Much love and light to you πŸ’œ

Louise Elizabeth ✨✨✨

Universe Has Your Back Pick a Card Update – Days 19 to 23

I have been feeling under the weather lately, so I haven’t been getting a lot of quality sleep, hence why I am on day 23 and posting the last five days cards in one go to catch up with myself.

So here goes, the card for Day 19 is the same card that came out for Day 17.

This is a repeat message to have hope in whatever it is you want because it is being brought into reality. Your miracle is set to occur, but you need to let go of controlling when it happens and just let it happen.

The card for Day 20 is the card I pulled back on Day 5.

Again a repeat message to connect to that inner joy to attract what is yours. Once you choose to connect everyday to yourself and change your perspective on how things should look vs how things look right now, you will attract what you are asking for.

Card for Day 21 below:

Let go of the past. Release any negativity towards the past, whether that is your past self or people and situations in your past, you need to forgive and move on. You are moving into a new period in your life and you don’t need to take any extra baggage with you. See everything that happened as the lesson and blessing that led you to who you are today.

Card for Day 22:

Don’t apologise for wanting better. You deserve better. You deserve everything your heart desires. Trust and focus on what you want to grow and watch it take shape.

And lastly, Day 23. The card for today:

You are the dreamer of your dream. You are capable of manifesting anything your heart desires. Keep dreaming bigger and see where it takes you. Everything you dreamed of is yours in this very moment. Once you shift your perspective, watch how your dreams materialise.

Thank you for reading.

Much love and light to you πŸ’œ

Louise Elizabeth ✨✨✨

Universe Has Your Back Pick a Card – Day 18

Today’s card:

Embrace that freespirit within you. It is your fearless freedom that lights up the world around you. Don’t give up on your dreams. I know you sometimes feel like there is a darkness that surrounds you, but that is only there to show you how bright your light really shines. Keep working towards your goals and your dreams will light up.

Much love and light to you πŸ’œ

Louise Elizabeth ✨✨✨

Universe Has Your Back Pick a Card – Day 17

Do you ever have one of those weeks where everything just seems to get away from you? That’s pretty much how this week has started out. That being said, here is yesterday’s card:

Whatever it is you are hoping for, keep that dream alive because miracles are set to happen for you really soon.

Much love and light to you πŸ’œ

Louise Elizabeth ✨✨✨

Universe Has Your Back Pick a Card – Day 16

Today’s card:

Well there you have it folks. I’m feeling sexy, how about you? When you’re standing in your truth and accepting yourself for exactly who you are in this moment, there is nothing sexier.

I think I’m going to have a moment with myself. Sending much love and light to you πŸ’œ

Louise Elizabeth ✨✨✨