Hassle free dinners and lunchbox ideas for back to school

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This year I want to be more adventurous with the ladies lunchboxes. I almost thought my eldest was going to turn into a ham sandwich by June of this year. Thankfully she didn’t start snorting but I really want to broaden all our horizons now that we have spent one year navigating all that starting big school brings. The ladies are back in camp at the moment so it’s perfect time for me to get the thinking cap on while the days are still lazy and come up with a selection of back to school foods that I can basically whip up in my sleep. I’ll throw in a few dinner Continue reading

Dining with a difference at Cork International Hotel

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One of the things we do enjoy as a family is eating out, one day in the weekend we go on an adventure and love to find somewhere new along the way to eat in. It can be at times a little stressful if I’m not having a particularly zen day but the girls enjoy it and we enjoy food so it’s worth a few frantic jumps across a table to catch a falling glass of milk.  Continue reading

Family dinner ideas

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I’ve done a post previously on how to get a relatively healthy dinner on the table in about a half hour so this post on family dinner ideas assumes a bit more of a time luxury in the evenings to prepare. I thought I’d put together a post on the meals I’ve done in the past week. Some evenings I’ll go for quick and some evenings I’ll go for broke and try something new altogether. In general though, I try and use different meat everyday and a different starch, so pasta one day potatoes the next. I keep threatening to introduce one veggie meal a week but thus far my husband has resisted the suggestion.  Continue reading

Romantic mini pizza snacks

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This year our wedding anniversary fell midweek, so while we treated ourselves to a truly memorable evening out the weekend before at The Old Convent in Tipperary, I wanted to mark the day itself and involve the girls. I try and do some baking with the two ladies at least once a week, it’s fun and productive. Usually when I make pizza I use my bread maker to create a proper dough with yeast which makes the most unbelievable pizza’s ever.  Continue reading

Baking with toddlers made easy

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You know sometimes you’re struck by just how clever a product is. And if you’re a mother who loves and encourages baking with toddlers but hates mess I think I may have the answer for you! I met the lovely and enthusiastic Maria at an Afternoon Tea event in Cork over the weekend. She had travelled from Kerry to be with us and had on display her lovely selection of Bake it Easy products. I had come across Bake it Easy via a Twitter chat and when I met her yesterday I was struck by how well the products is put together and just how tasty it is! Continue reading

10 tips for quick dinners

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While I was working I usually got in the door at about 5.30 and had dinner on the table for 6.10. Any later than that and it wouldn’t have been fair on the girls eating so close to bedtime. We did go through a phase of making dinner the evening before but to be honest it felt like there was no break from cooking, heating etc that we stopped bothering with that. And I know lots of people stock pile dinners at the weekends but I found time so precious at the weekends that I wasn’t interested in spending the weekend slaving over the cooker. So it came down to speed cooking in the evenings and it actually worked quite well. So here are some of the tips that worked for us. Continue reading

The first week as a stay at home mum

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I should preface this by saying I’m not going to update this every week with a low down on how thing as a stay at home mum are going. But for the fun of it I’ll do one update. I’m a week in, and it’s much like being on maternity leave BUT without a tiny baby and distinctly more sleep and sanity. It’s been a truly lovely week and it’s been so busy! It’s been the simple things I’ve enjoyed the most, showers at 10.30am, the quiet satisfaction of having a nice dinner on the table that I had the time to make using a cook book, the giggles, jumping in muddy puddles and being on top of the washing come Saturday morning.  Continue reading

Pip and Pear

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We were sent these fabulous Pip & Pear products a couple of weeks ago to test out and its safe to say both myself and the small lady are impressed. A bit of background first – Pip & Pear is an Irish brand, created in Waterford by Irene, a Mum of two. The inception of Pip & Pear is clever; Irene started making batches of baby food to serve in the family’s restaurant and people were so impressed the quality the food Pip & Pear was created. They won several awards at the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards and have just launched in Aldi and Supervalu stores nationwide. All the products are made in Ireland using Irish chicken, beef and lamb and predominantly organic vegetables. Continue reading

Lunch for the family

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Our two girls love soup. I relied on them heavily as an easy lunch while I was on maternity leave with the two; it didn’t require much thought or attention but was a healthy lunch for myself and the toddler. I made this (lightly!) spiced carrot soup recently and my toddler told me it was ‘delicious’. The smallest lady had her beak open for it too so I thought it might be a useful, easy lunch idea to share! I’ve made a similar version of this with parsnips and the girls loved that too.

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