Woah it’s been crazy busy around here. There are some days where I’m struggling to find inspiration for lunch. Something different to the norm. Today I made smoked mackerel toast with a slight twist. Continue reading
During an interview last week I was asked if I would go back to my old job if the opportunity presented itself. I got to daydreaming about this wonderful piece of fantasy:
It’s 7.30am and I’m sitting at my desk, suited, heeled, make up in all the right places, hot cup of tea just finished and I’m running through all the emails that have come in overnight.
I’ve been up since 5.30 but in that time I’ve had a hot shower in peace, blow dried my hair commuted over 60km, enjoyed my favourite radio shows and even had a sneaky 40 winks on the train.
Yes, a wonderful piece of fantasy indeed!
It’s been a few days of unconventional methods. Yesterday I bribed the children with chocolate and lollipops to get them to stay quiet for a few minutes for an important interview. I had limited success and it’s not a regular occurrence. The Mammy Police can stand down!
Today I’m advocating adultery.
Not in the conventional sense of the word.
I want to you to cheat on your oven and make my microwave bakewell cake. It serves 2 people, not that you’re going to want to share.
This quick warm pasta salad was my saviour last night and there was hearty warm food on the table fast! Continue reading
Yesterday I told you all about how we got on when we travelled with Stena Line to Wales and today I’m going to give Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park a review.
Confession time. Before this trip, I’d never actually stayed overnight in a holiday park. Hands up. Who remembers Butlins? While I was a regular visitor in my childhood, with a family member who lived close by we never got to stay over so I really didn’t know what to expect at Hafan Y Mor. Continue reading
Last weekend (the May Bank Holiday) I was offered the chance to travel to Holyhead with Stena Line. Would you believe that I had never had the pleasure of taking any decent sized ferry to the UK before? Nevermind travelling Stena Line with a family! Continue reading
One of the things that I really struggle with is claiming time for myself. The good, no great, news is that I’ve got some wonderful friends that I can turn to for advice. One of these is fellow Irish Parenting Blogger and writer Kate Takes 5.
I’m only at the beginning of the journey to find out how to do it and she has some great gems of advice for those of us who are struggling with the guilt and finding time for ourselves. I’ve started to go one evening a fortnight to our local Toastmasters group and I have to say it is a brilliant way to shed the worries of the day and immerse myself in an adult activity.
So I’m going to hand things over to the sage one and here’s what she has to say: Continue reading
I was doing some work on the blog and realised that there was a gap of baking proportions. It’s not good enough and I apologise! I suppose a gluten-free chocolate cherry cake will have to do. Continue reading
It’s the May Bank Holiday weekend in Ireland. The feast of Bealtaine has passed. Some of the folk around here would have washed their face in the dew, built small bonfires and cleansed the house (although this doesn’t happen so much in a residential area) and yellow flowers would be left outside the door of family members and friends. We don’t do the flower thing so much either.
The beauty of a Bank Holiday weekend is that it gives me a chance to make a big roast dinner on the Sunday. I rarely cook a family dinner on Sundays, it’s the one day of the week when I try to take a break from big meals and catch up on batch cooking and baking. Sure I can do that on Monday! Lamb is in season so why not make the most of it with my slow roast leg of lamb?
Irish Soda Bread, what’s not to love? Interestingly this is not a recipe that we ate regularly in my childhood. Mam has her own, rather special version that I will share with you in the future with her permission. This recipe though is very close to that which I learnt to bake in school. Continue reading