Dog Show

20150818_121300For the first time ever it didn’t rain at the dog show today! I have always loved going to the dog show and trying to spot my favourites. 20150818_123223We saw the St. Bernard, Sheepdog and Golden Retriever competitions, one of the owners was dressed so well I had to take a photo. Although he didn’t run with them he watched and cheered like they were his own babies at school sports day! 20150818_123002As we had little ones in tow we didn’t get up close with as many as I would have liked but I did meet Olympus, she was a beautiful bulldog and they are my favourite breed!!! I’m not a huge fan of the little dogs so I am always keen to see the huge breeds like Newfoundland, Great Danes and Staffs.

Mum met and fell in love with a Scottish Deerhound who was just as tall as I am! 20150818_122039As it is never advertised actually getting to see the show was great and I can’t wait to have my own pups. Although they probably would never be as well behaved as the ones we met today!

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Cupcakes

20150818_132210 (2) Fairy Cakes – 4oz butter, 4oz caster sugar, 2 eggs, 1tsp vanilla, 4oz self raising flour, 1tbspmilk. For icing- 5ox butter, 10oz icing sugar, 1 tbsp milk and food colouring of choice.

Preheat oven to 180 and put cupcake cases in a tray20150818_140825

Cream sugar, vanilla, butter and beat eggs in slowly.

Sieve flour and fold into mixture, add a little milk, spoon into cases.

Bake for 13-15 minutes and let cool on a wire tray.

For icing- beat 1/2 icing sugar and butter together (let the butter soften at room temperature for a few minutes to make this easier)

Add the rest of the icing sugar and milk until creamy and smooth. At this point add food colouring if you wish!

Use a piping bag and add decorations!20150818_145300

I found this recipe on MummyPages.ie and it is amazing! (Anything with peanut butter is great really!)

Peanut Butter Cupcakes- 160g self raising flour, 1 tsp bakingpowder, 1/4 tsp salt, 120g smooth peanut butter, 80g butter, 80g dark sugar, 2 large eggs, 1tsp vanilla, 4 tbsp buttermilk. For icing- 300g icing sugar, 85g butter, 90g cocoa powder, 1tsp vanilla.

Preheat oven to 170, mix flour, baking powder and salt together.

Cream butter, peanut butter and sugar. Add to bowl, beat in eggs one at a time, add vanilla and carefully add buttermilk.20150818_151920

Bake for 18-20 minutes. Again let them cool on a wire tray.

For icing- Sieve icing sugar and cocoa. Beat butter and vanilla until fluffy in a separate bowl. Fold butter into the cocoa and sugar mix. Add 3 tbsp buttermilk or water and mix until smooth.

Eat and Enjoy!20150818_153103

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Brighton

20141112_135736Since our trip to England last November I have had a longing whenever I see the Foxy Bingo advert on tv. It is strange to be jealous of a cartoon fox but I miss Brighton the most of any place I have visited. The sound of the water, the carnival rides and the smell of fresh doughnuts, everything! I have fallen head over heels with this amazing place.ATT_1439819114914_20141112_141528

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Our hotel, The Kings Hotel was overlooking the sea, a stones throw from the main shopping streets and was perfect! On the first day we just walked around getting a feel for the place, The Lanes, The Pier and the Pavilion. The Pavilion was decorated for Christmas with the ice rink up and jazz band buskers. To see such a random mix of individuals was so refreshing, Ireland can be very boring. It was so easy going and such a positive place. We didn’t hear a single grumble!

Day 3 could only be a trip to London with our first stop being the Natural History Museum, I love this place so much and as Eoin had never been it was so exciting.

I also discovered Anthropologie (which was worth the trip alone), Hamleys, Selfridges, Regent streets lights, Aros, Piccadilly, the magic of the city at Christmas. A Nandos and it was home time back to Brighton. ATT_1439819238377_20141114_204729

The next night we decided to go on the ghost tour, which was the greatest best 16 quid I ever spent. A theatrical and hilarious hour and a half around the lanes and streets of Brighton with history, stories and even shots and lollipops! Followed by plenty of drinks in the Druids Head afterwards, the pictures do not do this pub justice. It was beautiful, dark and the food was amazing. They even allow madras.

One our last morning we went for a walk on the beach and I felt so sad to be leaving brighton. I played it off as a hangover but I was truly upset to be leaving, I have no excuse not to visit again.. but I may never come back if I do!

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New Beginnings

Every morning I try to take in the little things – the bench in my garden, coffee in my favourite mug, the birds singing, the rain clouds coming to spoil my few minutes of sun. Be it yoga, baking, reading, listening to the radio or even ringing a friend for a chat, I will use this blog to explore the things that can add a little happiness to the day!

Follow if you are a fan of food & drink recipes, photos, adventures and general rambling!

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