mini doughnuts

Growing up my mum nearly always allowed me to play forward my birthday party to Halloween. I would invite my friends over who would arrive in fancy dress and we’d bob for apples and play lots of enchanting games while my mum prepared the party food. Once it turned dusk and we had devoured all of those goodies, it was time to grab a bag each and set off trick-or-treating for more.

This is how traditions are born… these past few years I find myself doing the same… only now I’m the one throwing the Halloween party for my small one. In turn, I teach him and his little friends all the old-time games which I played and bake lots of ghoulish food for them to feast on, which is all worth the effort when you see their freshly painted faces light up when I produce my newest spooky edibleness. Continue reading on


pumpkin pinata

Halloween pumpkin pinata

Midterm is nearly upon us again and we’ll soon be looking for ideas to keep our small ones busy during their Halloween break. So I’ve got just the thing and even though there’s no baking involved… there is still flour… and there is definitely messiness, which lets face it, our kids love. Here’s what you’ll need to make this Halloween pumpkin piñata. Continue reading “pumpkin pinata”

almond banana bread

Almond banana bread

Two things us Irish are renowned the world over for – a pint of Guinness and our constant need to talk about the weather. So here goes… Wow… What a summer we’ve had and some of us can be still found clinging on to those last rays of sunshine as we move steadily into October, whilst secretly wondering is it time for the long boots yet? The weather has been so amazing AND so needed after the unsettled stormy start we had to the year. A full two days without rain is what we usually call our Summer in this country and are quite thankful for it too I might add, so to say we have been spoilt rotten this year is an under statement.

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Chocolate army tank cake

Chocolate army tank cake

I often surprise myself when I look back over these pages and find that a recipe I thought I’d just posted turns out to be over a year old. I’m sure like me, you often find yourself saying things like time fly’s or where the heck did that year go and believe me, that it is so much more evident when you have children. It only seems like the other day that I was holding my little bundle of cuddliness and in a blink of an eye I find a handsome little man stood grinning cheekily before me. Continue reading “Chocolate army tank cake”

apple and pear crumble

Apple and pear crumble

We wear many hats. We have to, in order to meet the daily demands placed upon us in our home, family, work and even social lives. Sometimes though, we forget to put the right hat on at the right time, or worst again leave an extra one on and in doing so don’t allow ourselves to give the full attention needed in areas that are so very important. Like… making sure our children are getting enough exercise.  Continue reading “apple and pear crumble”