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Redcastle

As my mum is very ill and sometimes has to go into hospital at short notice I didn’t want to travel too far on our holidays this year. My sister Joanna lives in Scotland and she is brilliant at coming over to stay and help out with changing mums dressings etc while I’m away but I like to know I can jump in the car and get back home fairly quickly so this was obviously a factor when deciding where…

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Joshua’s nautical bedroom

When Joshua was moving out of his little nursery into his big boy bedroom I knew I wanted a nautical theme and did lots of searching online for ideas. I initially found the Harlequin ‘Sail Away’ wallpaper and then based the rest of the room around it. The red, white & blue striped curtains, nautical bedding and navy & white star rug were all from John Lewis and really brightened up the room. I had previously had a large unit made for my family room…

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Chocolate fudge topping

This is the same chocolate cake recipe as my previous blog just with a different topping. I’ve tried so many different chocolate frosting/icing recipes but this is definitely my favourite so far. Ingredients 4.5 oz light soft brown sugar 170g evaporated milk 9 oz chocolate (in small pieces) 2 oz soft butter few drops vanilla extract Method Combine sugar & evaporated milk in a heavy saucepan. Heat gently till sugar dissolves and bring to boil & simmer on low heat…

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Chocolate cake

I love getting my recipe books out on a Saturday night and doing a little bit of baking. There’s nothing nicer than the smell of home baking wafting through the house and I usually make a dessert for Sunday lunch if we are having family or friends round. Hubby is in charge of the Sunday roast and I’m the pastry chef!  I usually make a pavlova or cheesecake but my little 3 year old grandson is obsessed with chocolate cake…

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Summer days and memories ☀️ 🌸🌿🍒🍓

As my husband travels a lot with work he usually likes to relax at home over the weekend and we don’t tend to go far. I hate shopping when it’s busy so we usually avoid town and head to the garden centre for a late breakfast or an early lunch.  This weekend I decided to make a picnic and we went a run down the coast to the beautiful little village of Portballintrae. Portballintrae is a beautiful seaside village in…

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Ballydugan Mill-Vintage Wedding

Kyle and Emma’s stunning wedding last year at Ballydugan Mill was one of my favourite ever and I’m heading there again soon to style another beautiful event.  I covered this beautiful wedding a while back over on the fab Party Pieces blog but thought I’d pop a post on here with some of the beautiful pics from the day. The gorgeous official wedding pics were taken by the very talented Naomi Campbell and the rest of the pics here were…

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Gift ideas / wish list

I absolutely love fresh flowers and like to have them in my home as much as possible but when I’m looking for something a little bit different  to send as a gift I like to shop around for something special. These are just a few of my favourite gift ideas of things which I’d LOVE to receive myself! I do like to make a real effort into choosing something that someone  will personally love as there’s nothing worse than receiving…

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Raspberry cupcakes

This is just my basic cupcake recipe ( as seen before) with some raspberries added in. Put a little mixture into the muffin case and push a couple raspberries into it then cover raspberries with more mixture. Bake as normal and then leave to cool. For the frosting beat softened butter then add vanilla extract and gradually beat in icing sugar and a little raspberry coulis until you have desired consistency and colour (I never measure quantities for buttercream icing…

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Pavlova with raspberry cream and strawberries

I’ve been using this pavlova recipe for the last 25 years and it’s super easy and is a perfect light summery dessert.  It’s great as you can make it the day before you need it which is ideal if you are having guests round.  This particular recipe has a crunchier base than some pavlova recipes but I prefer it like this. Recipe 5 egg whites 10 heaped dessert spoons caster sugar 10 heaped dessert spoons icing sugar 2 teaspoons cornflour…

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Garden tea party

Warm summer days are perfect for outdoor entertaining  and I love to create pretty little areas in the garden where people can sit and relax .  For this tea party I used the gorgeous Liberty party decorations from Party Pieces as they are so pretty and ideal for summer. I wanted it to look like an outdoor room so I  hung a little chandelier at the bottom of the garden next to the trees and put out a bench with cupcake…

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