red velvet ring cake

Christmas Red Velvet Ring Cake


  It’s the middle of December. The tree is up and I’m sort of making headway  through the present list.  So I think it’s the perfect time to share this Christmas Red Velvet Ring Cake with you. There is something so christmassy about a  Red Velvet Cake and this time I’ve baked the cake in one of my favorite baking…

christmas cupcake shoes

CHRISTMAS CUPCAKE SHOES


    Jingle Bells and all that jazz, can you believe it’s just over 2 weeks the Christmas!!  These past few weeks have flown in. I’ve just managed to finish the Christmas decorations in time for the 8th December which is always my latest. We now have 6 Christmas Trees.  YES, that’s not a mistype I definitely mean 6.  My…

candycane mint chocolate cake

“CANDY CANE” CAKE & VANILLA FROSTING


I love everything to do with Christmas – the decorating, wrapping presents, old  b/w Christmas movies, but if you ask me what my most favorite thing is about Christmas – I would have to say it’s Christmas baking. Baking cookies with my now teenage kids is still top of the baking list, along with the baking of our Christmas pudding…

GINGERBREAD CHOCOLATE BROWNIES


  Hello NOVEMBER!!!  Who can believe it, it seems only a few months ago I was taking down my Christmas Decorations now I’m getting ready to put them back up. Yes seriously, they go back up this weekend and when I say we I mean my Son Adam aka Mr Elf who is Chief Christmas Decorator and already in Christmas…

spooky Halloween muffins

SPOOKY HALLOWEEN MUFFINS


  “Disclaimer : I was provided with this product for review, all opinions expressed are my own.”   Happy Halloween everyone –  only one more day to go! We LOVE Halloween in our house and look forward to our family Halloween Traditions – HORROR MOVIE & HALLOWEEN TREATS and now that two of the kids are older (sorry Andy and…

halloween gingerbread mummies collage

HALLOWEEN GINGERBREAD MUMMIES


  Who can resist a Gingerbread? Certainly not me! I’m very fond of the chocolate dipped Gingerbread Man that they sell in my local cafe, delicious with one of their special Autumn Lattes! This recipe is just as good as the cafe ones! I promise. It’s my favorite gingerbread recipe. I have used it since my kids were small.  They…

trick or treat cake

HALLOWEEN CANDY BASKET CAKE


Happy Halloween or “Saimhain” in the Irish Language.   How quickly 2017 has gone.  I love this time of the year, the Autumn colours, and of course Halloween Baking  and all those flavours – pumpkin, toffee apple, cinnamon.   I can say hand on heart I love Halloween Baking  almost as much as Christmas Baking. We’ve just finished carving our…

malteser spidercookies plate

MALTESER “HALLOWEEN” SPIDER COOKIES


 The leaves are falling from the trees, the mornings are beginning to get frosty and all around us are hues of golden brown and beautiful reds.  Yes Autumn has finally arrived in all its golden glory. Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. I especially love all the “Tastes” it brings, cinnamon, ginger, toffee apples to name…

custard fairy-cakes

CUSTARD FAIRY CAKES


  Last weekend my daughter Amy spent most of Sunday going through photo albums that she found in the back of the wardrobe. She was looking for my debs/prom dress which I had kept hoping that someday I could fit back into it again – Yep, that’s not happening anytime soon Lol.   She said it would be perfect for…

custard cream traybake

CUSTARD CREAM SPONGE TRAY-BAKE


  “I wish I could bake” is one comment I here a lot from people! I always tell them “ yes you can” –  just start off with something simple like muffins or fairy cakes or even this very simple Custard Cream Sponge Tray-Bake.       It’s a quick very simple recipe and  I’m sure everybody could bake it,…

nutella-swirl banana muffins

NUTELLA-SWIRL BANANA MUFFINS


  What do you do with a bunch of ripe bananas sitting in the fruit bowl, – you know those ones that are a bit black that the kids won’t touch – Make Banana Muffins of course. Fair warning though, this is NO ordinary Banana muffin.  As well as being sweet and fruity with all the goodness of 3 mashed…

carrot cake tray bake

AUNT BIDDY’S CARROT CAKE TRAY BAKE


  When I was developing the recipe for my Carrot Cake Tray Bake, I knew I was going to name it after my Great Aunt Biddy – not because it was her recipe but because it was definitely inspired by her memory!     Carrots and I have had love/hate relationship since I was very young and when I say…

m&m's oat squares

M&M’s CHOCOLATE FUDGY SQUARES


  It’s the last Bank Holiday of the Summer – and yet again the grey clouds have been looming all day!! We did have plans for a family drive up to Cavan Lakes, but by the time  everyone (the kids) fell out of bed and got breakfast it was late afternoon. They were up late into the night playing Mario…

up-side down apple sponge

UPSIDE-DOWN APPLE SPONGE


    “An apple a day keeps the Doctor away, do you remember that saying”. I still use it to this day, it really annoys my kids, but still doesn’t stop them from going through more than  30 apples per week ! Don’t get me started on Bananas . I’m sure my local supermarket thinks I have a couple of…

Apple -Crumble Muffin

APPLE-CRUMBLE MUFFINS WITH FRESH WHIPPED CREAM


  So today I’m talking muffins!!!  I never expected to write this recipe up as a post, (which is why I don’t have many photo’s) but these Apple-Crumble Muffins were so delicious  that it would be shame not share the recipe. The unexpected, spur of the moment bakes always turn out to be the best, don’t you think?  Much like…

bourbon-biscuit brownies

BOURBON-BISCUIT BROWNIES


  Well it’s here at last the brand new season of Game Of Thrones!!  Season 7  – Episode 1  debuts tonight .  Yes it’s definitely going to be a late one BUT so worth it. My daughter Amy & I have been binge watching S1-6 over the past month in preparation for tonight’s premier which is on at 2AM our…

TIRAMISU-CUPCAKES

TIRAMISU CUPCAKES


  In need of a coffee “pick-me-up” !!  Then look no further, I have the perfect RECIPE for you.  It’s boozy, laced with strong dark coffee, topped with mascarpone and a dusting of cocoa. Hey, I know what you’re thinking it’s Tiramisu – that really delicious Italian Dessert and yes, your absolutely right, but not in it’s usual “traditional” form.  This…

BAILEYS & MALTESERS CHEESECAK

BAILEYS & MALTESERS CHEESECAKE


  First things first, I have to apologize in advance to anyone on a diet, or watching their weight for their holidays (like moi) lol.  This Baileys & Maltesers Cheesecake is  going to put ALL of your will power to the test.  Trust me on this fact, my will power packed its bag and jumped out the window the minute…

mini-oreo-cheesecake-biscuit-cookie-cream

RICH & CREAMY MINI OREO CHEESECAKES


  Who ever said “good things comes in small packages” was spot on.  Especially when it comes to these dainty but very scrumptious Mini Oreo Cheesecakes.  I love-making cheesecakes at any time but these “bake in a muffin tin “mini” versions are a sheer delight to make. You get all the flavor and deliciousness of a regular baked cheesecake but…