Thursday, 25 September 2014

Ultimate Vanilla Cupcakes


I was so excited when Dr. Oetker approached me and asked if I’d like to review some of their newest products that I said I don't think I even paused for a second before saying yes. Dr. Oetker products are the base of most of my bakes so I was excited to see what kind of fabulousness they were bringing out now.

 When I opened my parcel of goodies my eyes were immediately drawn to the Vanilla Bean Grinder and my 3 year old daughter instantly tried to open (and eat) the Rainbow Popping Candy Sprinkles, an act I would totally have joined in with if I hadn’t have needed to bake with them first.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes

classic chocolate cupcakes

Oh dear lord ladies and gentlemen what a crazy couple of weeks it has been.

This pregnancy has turned into a whirlwind of hospital visits, blood sugar level tests and steroid injections that I didn't even realise that it had already been 2 weeks since my baby shower and 2 weeks since I made these bad boy cupcakes.

So I rather large surprise was thrust into my lap today and honestly if I didn't share it and this recipe with you no doubt more time would run away with me.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Taste of Donegal Food Festival


So with my lack of ability to eat any foods that are remotely divine I go and shove myself in the middle of a food festival. Yup that sounds pretty sane right?

Well last year I never got the chance to go to Taste of Donegal and after hearing all the fabulous reviews of all the incredible local food being showcased there I was determined to not miss out this year. I was not even going to let a little case of gestational diabetes stop me from at least sniffing the cakes and gourmet burgers.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Chocolate Almond Creams


Oh pregnancy why do you hate me so?

Last time round I spent half of my 2nd trimester and my entire 3rd trimester in and out of hospital due to Cholestasis of Pregnancy. Basically my liver decided it wasn't going to do its job and left me itching like a rabid dog with fleas day in day out.

And now second time round my pregnant body has decided Gestational Diabetes would be a bit of fun this time....

So cake, cookies, brownies, sweets. All the fun stuff you're supposed to be able to gorge on and not worry about are completely out for me.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Chocolate Cola Cake with Strawberry Buttercream


As a child I have many memories of my Ellie (my grandmother) taking me and my sisters to various plays and pantomimes, mainly around christmas time. I truly cherish these memories, even if now as my memory has faded and blurred a little I couldn't honestly tell you many specific shows we went to see at what time of year. I just have snippets of memories.

Such as sitting in a theatre while someone recited 'The Owl and The Pussycat' or feeling so insanely excited that we were about to go and see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang although I can't remember a single thing from the actual musical.

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.