Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Back...with Nutella Cupcakes





Wow the summer really flew by didn't it?! I can't believe it's back to school time already, I feel so sorry for the poor kids having to get back in to their uniforms. 

I am glad its September now though, its the kinda month that makes you want to get organised! I mentioned in my last post (way back in early summer-oops!) that I was afraid my laptop was gonna explode - well it almost did! I got some scary warnings about it being too full to work. So rather than actually deal with it I just shut it down and pretty much left it switched off for the last couple of months. And I actually didn't really miss it that much. I checked my emails and read blogs on my phone and then after being in work on a computer all day I didn't have the slightest urge to try and turn it on.  But, with it being September and all,  I finally decided I should sort it out, especially  since I'll be back studying soon and could do with a computer. So I got my husband to magically make some space. He took all my thousands of photos off and now I've an empty computer that no longer gives explosive warnings! So I'm finally back in action and ready to fill it up with more photos of cakes!

Monday, July 2, 2012

M.I.A



Oh I feel really  bad,  like I have abandoned this poor little blog for the past few weeks. I'd like to tell you that I have been busy making and baking so much stuff that I just couldn't drag myself away from the oven/sewing machine, ahem, but I haven't really. I have actually spent most of the last few weeks sneezing! I'm really not loving hay-fever season! I'm constantly going around wearing my giant sunglasses with packets of tissues shoved in every pocket. Is it bad that I'm looking forward to Autumn already?!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I ♥ toasted sandwiches!



Over the weekend I came home after a night out and  decided to make myself a cup of tea and a toasted sandwich. As I sat in the kitchen contemplating life, my mind wandered to THE toasted sandwich. I think it is completely underrated in society these days. Maybe I'm being biased, I mean I am a major toasted sandwich fan. And, when I say toasted sandwich, I'm not referring to just toasting some slices of bread and putting fillings in between, or making a sandwich and placing it under the grill. I'm talking about toasted-sandwich-maker sandwiches!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cupcakes, Bicycles, Picnics and Sunshine!



Wow, isn't the weather amazing?! For the last week or so I feel like I've been on holidays, even though I most certainly have not been! But everything seems so much nicer and brighter when the sun is out!  Over the weekend, I decided I needed to make the most of the sun, just in case this is the only bit we get this "Summer".  So, I started with a nice strawberry daiquiri on Friday after work, with my lovely friend Emma. Then, all day Saturday, even though it was lovely out, I spent most of the day indoors making cupcakes! 

Monday, May 21, 2012

A quick quiche!



I've always liked the idea of quiche, but then it seemed to me like there was an awful lot to it - with the pastry and everything. Most quiche recipes I have come across in the past require you to chill the pastry in the fridge for an hour, then blind bake it, which all just seemed like a bit too much effort.  I was afraid I might starve before the quiche even made its way into the oven. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Lovely Bargains!



I love a good bargain, do you? Recently, I've gotten some good ones. Like this little table. Ever since I brought it home, when anyone comes to visit, I get them to guess how much it cost. So far my sister's boyfriend has been the closest. He guessed three euro, but it was actually only two! Isn't that amazing?! I got it at a charity fair thing a while ago. The guy who was selling it was lovely and when I asked how much it was, he said I was the first person all day to show any interest in it. (Don't know what that says about the table, or me!) So it was mine for two yoyos! I think I was destined to own it!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Beetroot Salad


Up until  about two years ago, I'm ashamed to say, I had  never eaten beetroot. I don't know why, but it was just one of those things. I didn't really like the look of it and presumed I wouldn't like the taste either. Then I remember talking to my friend - the lovely Lisa - about onions one day, as you do, and I was horrified to hear she didn't eat them! I wondered how she got by in life without eating onions and I even questioned our friendship, knowing this about her. I mean, you have to eat onions, they are in everything and they make things taste better! So I decided some tough love was in order, I told her she needed to grow up and eat onions!