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I had an idea of making a Chocolate Fridge Cake and adding some mini eggs for a little Easter twist so I just needed a recipe. I had a memory of this yummy gooey recipe mum used to make when we were kids and I asked her about it, she tells me she stopped making it because it was bad for us……. how mean! Anyway after a bit of hunting and a phone call to her friend the recipe was unearthed! Me being me added a few changes and after a couple of trials and eating most of it myself I can confirm it is indulgently delicious and also very easy to make.
It’s the perfect no bake ‘cake’ for making with children and you can pick and mix the ingredients to suit your personal preference. Little hands will love breaking up biscuits and stealing raisins from the bowl and it goes without saying that there could be a squabble over licking the spoon!
Two girls…. daughters….. sisters…… as I thought about writing a piece for mother’s day I realised that for me mother’s day isn’t all about me, it’s all about them. It’s chaotic, exhausting and all consuming at times but also such a blessing watching these two rascals grow and learn together. I’ve realised that I love these two little people more than i’ve loved anything in my life, mother;s day is a celebration of them more than me.
Recently it was Hannah’s second birthday. So while I still could I wanted to plan a sweet little tea party for her with a bit of a bunny rabbit theme as I’m all too aware that over the coming years she will choose her own theme and characters for her party and her cake!
I really enjoy planning for little family gatherings like this, note pad in hand, scribbled ideas and too much time spent on Pinterest is just my thing! As I planned everything in my head it soon developed into a vintage tea party with a touch of rustic and the colours pink and gold crept in as I decided on pretty tableware and decorations, so I thought I would share some photos of the set up and the lovely bits I used to pull it all together.
I’ve been tagged on Instagram quite a few times over the last wee while to share 20 facts about me! Firstly apologies to all those who tagged me, I did not mean to appear rude by not sharing but things have just been a bit hectic!
I’m definitely a bit late to the game with this one but some of you may also have noticed that my poor blog has been severely neglected so I thought this would be a good post to get me back on the blogging band wagon again!
If you are a new reader I hope this gives you a little insight into my world, and for those of you who have been here a while maybe you will find out something new!
People have said to me in the past that we’re a really ‘outdoorsy’ family, and i’m like, no way! I’m the first to admit that I love nothing better than a beautiful coffee shop and the chance to enjoy some coffee and cake! Are we outdoorsy……? We both have mainly outdoor jobs, working shifts in all weathers and we’re both volunteer lifeboat crew! (okay maybe just a little!)
But anyone who knows us really well will know that we have a bit of a thing for lighthouses. Chris’s grandfather was a lightkeeper and from his close relationship with his grandad Chris has a real passion for lighthouses and his enthusiasm has carried us along with him, we got engaged at the top of a lighthouse in County Donegal and Hannah sure knows a lighthouse when she sees one!
The years definitely go faster as you get older, the last year has just sailed past in the blink of an eye! But I’m feeling ready to face this new year ahead with plans for finishing jobs around the house, clearing all the clutter and making more memories with these two!
So much has changed for us in the last couple of years and as we head into another new year I wanted to reflect on what an incredible year we’ve had so I thought I’d document some of our memories of 2016. We all have our ups and downs and things and people in our lives that try to bring us down but I choose not to dwell on the negativity but to focus on what’s been our best bits!
This post is more for me than anyone else, but maybe it’ll inspire you to look back and do something similar. I was hoping to choose a photo for each month but that became too difficult a task!
So here goes………
We started the year knowing I only had another two months of maternity leave left so I wanted to make the most of them, January can often be a come down after Christmas but this month seen my first birthday as a mummy, and yet another reminder of how very blessed we are to have our beautiful girl! Hannah’s first two teeth also arrived this month too, we thought they’d never appear!
My last full month of maternity leave had finally crept up on me but it was full of love and great moments and nothing was going to stop us from enjoying it. February seen lots of cake with two family birthdays and lots of pancakes too! We also enjoyed our Northern Ireland #instamums and #instababies meet up organised by the lovely Anna over at @blossomingbirds. I never would have dreamt of meeting so many lovely mummies through social media, thankful for their company through the small hours when we’ve been nursing restless babes!
I was so apprehensive about this month arriving and juggling fulltime shift work with childcare, Hannah started nursery this month, attending two afternoons a week and we are so thankful that she just loves it! We enjoyed our first Mother’s Day, how wonderful it is to be a mummy! It really is the simple things, hot chocolate and Hannah’s first go on the swing made for a perfect day. And not forgetting our first Easter as a family of three, enjoying every precious moment and milestone.
Another month of outings and antics! Five family birthdays this month and the arrival of our gorgeous niece Ellie-Rose! She still remains the competition but I dare say it won’t be long until they’re as thick as thieves and plotting against us all! A trip on the ferry boat with daddy was also a highlight this month and our first pair of shoes……. Little did we know that it would be September before she would finally decide to go it alone and our aching backs could recover!
Celebrating 11 months with our girl, growing strong willed and independent, a total joy to be around! Nanny retired this month too, or at least she thought she did, she is busier than ever with the little rascals in her life!
Wow! Hannah turns ONE! We’ve kept this little person alive for twelve months! We had a lovely little party with family and friends the weekend before her birthday, she is so loved and a perfect little treasure, we definitely couldn’t imagine life without her, what did we do with our time! We also enjoyed a little break away to Donegal and celebrated Father’s Day.
We celebrated Daddy’s promotion this month! We are so proud of him and everything he does for us. Shift work is immensely difficult to juggle at times but it gives us both a lot of time with our girl (not so much time with each other though!) Hannah sure is a Daddy’s girl and often chooses to be with him instead of her mummy!
A month of fun family times with days out, long walks, ice creams, fun on the swings and Hannah’s first fancy dress day at nursery! Thankful to have crammed plenty into this month, the summer months pass so quickly.
A week long break to our favourite spot in Donegal, lots of time spent on the beach, long walks, lazy breakfasts and lunches, play parks, cream buns and cosy evenings, everything a family holiday should be! We also enjoyed a family wedding and another meet up with our instafriends, this time courtesy of @melwiggins and @aly.harte. A fantastic photowalk through the streets of Belfast, talking in the sights and every opportunity for a photo!
I really do love the autumn and all the beautiful colours before the winter is upon us! It was so mild this month and we loved getting out in the fresh air, filling our days with long walks, enjoying the sea breezes and crunchy leaves. This month we hosted a coffee morning for Macmillan, celebrated Daddy’s birthday and Ellie -Rose’s Christening Day.
November is usually a cold wintery month of frosty mornings and dark evenings but we always look forward to celebrating our wedding anniversary. Three years already, how time has flown! We enjoyed an overnight stay in the Redcastle Hotel, County Donegal to celebrate, lots of family time and enjoying the swimming pool was just what we needed. We also tried our hand at wreath making, you can read about it here, it was a fun autumnal crafty session! Another mad month of precious moments amid the madness of work, snatching walks and alfresco picnics, just the three of us.
Almost the end of a fantastic year and the last few weeks have whizzed by. It’s been a busy month for the family and I took a little extra leave to try and enjoy some days together. Hannah is now 18 months and we loved the run up to Christmas and visiting Santa, she knows who he is but likes to keep him at arm’s length! Having her in our lives has really changed Christmas, it’s so much more exciting and we’re like big kids ourselves!
So that’s it!
What a busy year!
I’ve really enjoyed looking back over photographs and putting this together as a little snapshot of our year. I’m no expert photo taker but I love capturing these precious moments. My resolution for the new year is to keep snapping away and hopefully get a bit better, and maybe purchase a good camera!
Wishing you and yours a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us!
International Day of the Girl is a UN initiative set up to promote the rights of girls around the world. It takes place every year on 11th October, aiming to highlight the realities of life as a girl across the world and the challenges they face regarding education, healthcare, child marriage, equal opportunity and sexual violence. Not every girl will face all of these challenges, but almost every girl will encounter at least one of them, which is why Day of the Girl is so important.
If you follow us on instagram you will know we had a little break away in Donegal this past week. We just love Donegal, we were staying at Inishowen Head Lighthouse, we are lucky enough to be able to stay here as they are one of only a few places available only to the families of light keepers. Chris’s late grandfather was a lightkeeper so we are able to enjoy the use of these cottages through his grandmother. They are really basic and not much has been done to them over the years but they are a great base for travelling around and we also get to enjoy fantastic views and beautiful beaches.
I love to burn candles, especially in the winter, it creates that lovely cosy feeling and I love the beautiful scents wafting around the house when I get a chance to sit down and relax in the evening. So I jumped at the chance to try some gorgeous products from Can to Candle. These beautiful, high quality soy wax candles not only look great but smell fantastic and with a burn time of 50 hours they certainly don’t cost a fortune. With a fantastic mix of modern, rustic and up-cycled designs in a variety of scents it would be difficult to choose just one!