Smarties Cookies

I’ve written about the chaos that can ensue when I bring my children to the supermarket, the running up and down the aisles and the general mayhem. One of the things that they beg for are the bags of cookies in the bakery aisle as you go in, the smell…

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Donal Skehan’s Lemon Slices

It’s lovely to have something home baked if you have callers for a cuppa. Even better if it’s easy to make and hit with everyone, sure we hate having waste, better to see the crumbs on the plate. In my fantasy world I have freshly baked things for every caller,…

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Jelly “Pumpkins”

Every blog I see is full of fantastic Halloween recipes and treats these past weeks and I had lots planned in my head too, but a busy couple of weeks and a sick toddler meant that something had to give, so the recipes got parked. Jelly’s always a quick fix…

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Blueberry Pancakes

Pancakes are my absolute favourite breakfast, they remind me of my J1 summer in New York, of the weekend that my then boyfriend (now husband) brought me to Washington DC and I ordered them with strawberries, and of our honeymoon breakfast buffets in Rio where I’d smother them in fruit…

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No- Bake Marshmallow and Crunchie Cookies

Recently, I’ve become firstly aware and then intrigued by the Northern Irish traybake known as “Fifteens”. I have learned that they are called after their ingredients, 15 of each of digestive biscuits, marshmallows and glace cherries and 15g of dessicated coconut.  The pedant in me has previously voiced my discomfort…

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Gingerbread Cookies and Chaos in the Kitchen

Gingerbread Cookies and Chaos in the Kitchen I love baking, but while I am not a natural or instictive baker by any stretch of the imagination we do bake most weeks. Usually it’s flapjacks or maybe oatmeal cookies or fruity muffins, good healthy lunchbox treats. Recently I’ve become a fan…

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Banana Buns

Another instalment in the “baked goods containing fruit” series features a special request from four year old Ciarán. He often makes requests, fully believing that they are possible.  Happily, “banana buns but with icing and bananas on top” was both doable and delicious. I had promised to make them for…

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Saucepan Oatmeal Cookies

I love cookies but sometimes I get lazy about taking the mixer out of the press and lugging it the whole way to the counter, and then having to wrestle the bowl from the boys before they lick the coating off it. My laziness is really getting a lot of…

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Secret Surprise Lunch

I chuckle to myself when I see magazine articles about “Fun ways to get your kids to eat vegetables”.  In my experience, limited to two boys aged almost 4 and almost 2, if a child doesn’t want to eat something no amount of fun or forcing will make them. They’re…

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