Baking · Entertaining

Vanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry Butter Cream Icing (Frosting)

While making a batch of cupcakes for an event at my children’s school, I veered off my plan…a very common occurrence!  Instead of pink butter cream icing made with food colouring,  I threw in a few raspberries that happened to be in a bowl on the kitchen counter. The raspberries were enough to transform the icing into a… Continue reading Vanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry Butter Cream Icing (Frosting)

Baking · Birthdays · Bunting · Children

Monster Madness – Birthday Party Theme

Monsters Madness parties are all about green, orange and purple ‘everything’ topped off with googly eyes!  Its a super simple party to put together and great fun for birthdays and end of year parties! Calling all monsters: Invites give the first impression of what the party is all about.  Click here for a FREE printable of The Simple Owl – Monster… Continue reading Monster Madness – Birthday Party Theme

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Episode Three: The Great Irish Bake Off Challenge – Checkerboard Coookies

So far episode three seemed to be the biggest challenge for the GIBO contestants, and I have full sympathy for them.  As I made my way through this recipe, it seemed to be getting further and further away from me!  Here is the result…much smaller then they should be.  I don’t think these biscuits would… Continue reading Episode Three: The Great Irish Bake Off Challenge – Checkerboard Coookies

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Episode Two: The Great Irish Bake Off Challenge – Dingle Pie Accompanied by Spring Broth

Lard, wild apple mint and wild garlic leaves!!  If nothing else my pantry and use of new ingredients will be greatly expanded!  Here goes week two, Dingle Pie.  I have tried to find the history of the pie, which I think looks very similar to a Cornish pasty, but have had no luck!  If anyone… Continue reading Episode Two: The Great Irish Bake Off Challenge – Dingle Pie Accompanied by Spring Broth

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Episode One: The Great Irish Bake Off Challenge – Rose and Lemon Battenberg Cake

Here we go!  Week one of my Great Irish Bake Off (GIBO) challenge and a regular blog post!  For me, the most important thing about battenburg cake is the story!  Some say the true origin of the cake is unknown.  Of all the theories my favorite is the marriage of Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, Princess Victoria to… Continue reading Episode One: The Great Irish Bake Off Challenge – Rose and Lemon Battenberg Cake