Cooking with Kids: It’s not all about the cupcakes

  “Dad of five and Ireland and Munster Rugby legend, Ronan O’Gara is leading out the Ben’s Beginners programme, which seeks to encourage Irish mums and dads to get cooking with their children, and nurture a lifelong love for wholesome food. Ben’s Beginners believes that when parents and children move from setting the table to … Continue reading

Review: Smarty Cat Games

  Ciarán (6) is very curious about learning Irish and is fascinated by the Irish words for objects. Our holiday in Clifden this year exposed him to a lot of everyday Irish and tested his parents’ vocabulary to its (smaller than we thought) limit. There’s all these new words that weren’t invented before I did … Continue reading

Our 2014 visit to Ballycross Apple Farm

  We visited Ballycross Apple Farm last year and had a great day out so once the boys saw pumpkins appearing in the shops they suggested a return trip. A lot has changed since our first visit last year, so rather than just repost last year’s blogpost I’ve decided to do this little update. I’m … Continue reading

Scrambled Egg Muffins

In my neverending quest to think of things that my children might eat I googled “egg muffins”, and made these. They’re like mini-frittata, handy for breakfast or lunchboxes. My eldest wasn’t a fan but the smaller two loved them, Miss L seeking a third one. You can play around with the added ingredients, lots of … Continue reading

Carrot and Courgette Muffins

I’m always on the lookout for things that I can make to put in the kids’ lunchboxes that go to their minder, or for school on “treat” Fridays. These carrot and courgette muffins have gone down great here, and are a good one to get the kids to help out making, in fact apart from … Continue reading

Treasure Chest Birthday Cake

  It was Cathal’s 4th birthday last week. He’s my middle child and every year he likes to test my birthday party planning by throwing a spanner in the works. Last year he insisted on a shop-bought Peppa Pig Cake from Tesco rather than one of the homemade delights that are my labour of love. … Continue reading

Shove off Summer, I’m ready for Autumn

I’m ready for Autumn. I’ve been ready since the middle of August but it’s making us wait even longer this year than usual. Global warming they say, Indian summer they suggest. Whatever it is, I’m over it. I’m ready to pack the shorts and tshirts away and hide my feet away til next year, safe … Continue reading