Sunday, 20 July 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate chip cookies

When I was 16 I started my hairdressing training (yeah, I am a qualified hairdresser and No I never plan on working as a hairdresser again), this training was the beginning of a 2 year slog to become qualified only to immediately be followed  by being laid off the exact day I qualified. Damn recession!!

But it turned out that being laid off was possibly the best thing that could ever happen to me, however that's another long story for another time.

Now the town I grew up in, in Essex, was a great town. Full of elizabethan style buildings and yummy mummy coffee shops. Really looking back it's a pretty cute little town, or at least it was the last time I was there.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Lemon and Olive Oil Muffins

lemon and olive oil muffins

It's July, It's officially the summer. It's officially already halfway through the year, Eeeek.

How fast has that gone?.

And summer has hit Donegal with a pretty decent heatwave. Which means the need for any clothes has become obsolete or according to my 3 year old. We visited a friend this afternoon and my little miss popped out into the garden for what seemed like only 5 minutes entirely fully clothed and she jauntily returned with just her pants on and demanding that I 'take of her knickers'. Naturally I said no but to no avail as she had already started a trend and all the girls started running around either naked or in just their pants.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Peanut Butter White Chocolate Chip Blondies

peanut butter white chocolate chip blondies

House decorating is becoming my number one hobby, behind baking of course.

We moved into our new house at the beginning of January and in April we decorated our little munchkins room 'Tinkerbell' style, including a 3ft long tinkerbell wall sticker. Yup, I know pretty damn awesome. Yet other than our 3 year olds room we hadn't really made a move anywhere else. We kind of got a bit lazy.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Cheese and Chive Scones

cheese and chive scones

Oh my goodness guys, I'm not going to lie to you and I'm not going to hide my slightly inappropriate excite over something a friend pointed me in the direction of a couple of days ago.

With summer holidays rolling in fast and our solid plans to homeschool our little miss I've been trying to build a little catalogue of things to do and places to visit over the next couple of years when a friend of mine asked a seemingly innocent question 'Have you heard of geocaching?'

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Cinnamon Apple Loaf Cake

cinnamon apple loaf cake

I am having some major 'dog-owner' problems. Shedding, seriously what's with all the hair. I grew up with a rather fat lurcher as my pal and I don't remember half as much hair all over the place.

Yet here we are in the midst of the summer, which curiously resembles the winter except the rain is warm rather than bitingly cold, and our wee dog has started shedding like no mans business.

It's extreme! I brush him everyday and come away with 2 or 3 handfuls of hair. Yes every single day. I'm surprised he hasn't started to go bald or started to look like he's suffering from some sort of doggy like alopecia.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Mocha Chocca Biscuit Slice

mocha chocca biscuit slice

What is it about a baby bump that makes the entire world and it's daughter go coo-coo to cop a feel?

I mean don't get me wrong I know there are plenty of women out there who are so proud of their little growing tummy bumps that they wish more people would ceremoniously give them a pat.

However I'm certainly not one of those people. Me, I'm more of a I'm pregnant and if you so much as think that means I'm now fair game for a grope I'll chew your hand of. I wish I could be one of those ladies who it doesn't bother because the amount of offended/disappointed faces I've already had to endure, and I'm only 15 weeks along, can sometimes be fairly guilt inducing.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Orange Mascarpone Frosting

carrot cake cupcakes with orange mascarpone frosting


Feminism, it's become an almost dirty word in the last few years. An adjective than many women have become ashamed to apply to themselves because a feminist is someone who doesn't shave their armpits, dye their hair or wear make-up, right?

It's become as stereotypical as the word 'Hippy' or 'Posh Kid'.