Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!!

I had planned to get all festive for Halloween and bake something pumpkiny to eat while I watch some scary(ish) films later on, and maybe even share them with trick-or-treaters. So... I decided on pumpkin cupcakes. I know cupcakes are a reoccurring feature at the moment - but I just love them - they are delicious and look way nicer than muffins or any other baked goods without icing on top!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cupcakes for a good cause

I'm sure you all know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Well my little sister Anne-Marie, who is a primary school teacher, asked me to make some pink cupcakes for her school who were  having a pink-themed fund raising day with proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society and the Marie Keating Foundation. So of course I was delighted to make cupcakes for such an important cause.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mushroom Soup

I made mushroom soup from scratch and it actually turned out surprisingly tasty which is why I am going to share the details. I love mushroom soup and had made it before by following a recipe from  an old  Home Economics school book. (Not my book; I never did Home Ec although maybe I should have as I now have a slightly delayed curiosity for the subject!)  Anyhow this is the first time I went without a book and tried to just recall the basic ingredients and make the rest up myself. That's why I was slightly surprised at how nice the finished product tasted! So if you fancy trying to make my mushroom concoction, read on.....

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lovely New Bike!

Okay, so you can see I didn't make or bake this lovely thing but I am the proud new owner of it! Ah I'm so happy! I feel like all my birthdays & Christmases have come at once! Although really it's just this Christmas & my birthday (which isn't until New Years) that have come early - so this is the best present ever!

I have wanted a bicycle for quite a while. The last one I got was for my eleventh birthday and it seemed to last forever. Good thing I never grew any taller. (I was a tall eleven year old!) Anyway it was only when I went looking for the bike a few years ago in my parents shed that they broke the news to me; my dad had thrown it out along with an old lawnmower!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Lovely Noticeboard!

Well hello there, hope you are all having a lovely week. I decided a few days ago that for this weeks creation I needed to make something lovely - but practical! As I just finished writing another one of my many to-do lists and began to search for some blue-tack to stick it somewhere, I got an epiphany: I would make a noticeboard!

They really are just the handiest things ever! Of course I wasn't planning on making it from scratch with cork and all that, no I would just buy one of those old plain looking things and make it look lovely! I remembered seeing something similar done in a book before.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Hello World and Welcome to my Blog!

I love to make and bake lovely things and so I thought a blog would be a great way to share my creations. I want to challenge myself to make or bake something new every week and record my results. I suppose it is also a little mission to expand my range of recipes and force myself to learn something new and lovely every week.

So, here goes my first blogging baking creation!

Although I have to admit this isn't a new one; I have baked these lovely things before...but just to get me started in the blogosphere I baked them again today, and so... I give you the loveliest of things: vanilla cupcakes!