Clootie Dumpling Recipe

Clootie dumpling is a traditional Scottish steamed pudding, usually eaten at Christmas or New Year (Hogmanay). The term Clootie comes from the Scottish word cloot (clothe) which encases the dumpling while it is cooking. My mother always made a clootie dumpling for Christmas, and I have carried on this tradition. Ingredients 500g plain flour 500g mixed dried fruit (I used […]

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Triple Layer Pavlova Recipe

I am sharing this post once again as inspiration for Christmas dinner dessert. In 2015, my pavlova style changed forever after witnessing Welsh actor Michael Sheen’s winning triple layer pavlova  on “Great British Comic Relief Bake Off. ” Michael used passion fruit and lemon curd for his filling – a beautiful combination. Preparation Preheat oven to 150 C/ 140 for fan […]

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How to Decorate a Christmas Wreath

It seems timely to share this seasonal post from last year. I recently learned how to decorate a Christmas wreath at our local Women’s Shed. I will share the technique with you step by step: Resources You will need: A basic straw wreath Green plastic tape Rolls of florist’s wire Metal pins Assorted foliage, including holly with berries Decorations including […]

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The Home under the Dome

Mrs Cobs is a magical crafter who is also a “lover of fun.” She blogs at https://thecobweboriumemporium.wordpress.com I follow her blog and always feel uplifted when I read her posts. She recently held not ONE but TWO giveaways, and I was very lucky to win “A Home under the Dome.” If you look inside it contains ” blue freckled Fairy […]

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Recipe for Seafood Chowder

Last week, I made a pot of homemade seafood chowder and posted a photograph on social media. A request for the recipe followed. Ingredients 500g fresh white fish – I used haddock 500g fresh salmon fillets 200g cooked jumbo prawns – I used frozen 1 litre milk or unsweetened soya or almond milk 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into […]

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Black and White Photography

I recently participated in two 7 day photography challenges on social media. The first was in Nature photography, which I will share in a little slideshow: The second was in black and white – which created more than a little apprehension. However, I accepted the challenge. The full moon in October was already captured on my camera. I used it […]

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Decoupage Days#2

I am making the majority of my Christmas presents this year. A lot of my gifts will feature the art of decoupage, which is lots of FUN to do. My post Decoupage Days shares techniques and tips on transforming bird boxes, chairs and shoes. In this post I will share how to create beautiful Nature Stones. Materials You will need the […]

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Clannad

Clannad’s Roots Clannad hail from Dore, a townland around 3 miles from my home here in Donegal. The band’s original members included siblings Ciaran, Pol and Maire Brennan together with their uncles – twins Noel and Padraig Duggan. Ciaran, Pol and Maire’s parents Maire (known as Baba), and Leo had passed their gift for music to their family –  Baba […]

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Donegal Model Railway Show

In my last post, I mentioned the predictions Donegal’s prophetess Miseog made about the coming of the first railway to this part of Donegal. Today I will share the highlights of a recent visit to Donegal Model Railway Show, hosted by Donegal Railway Heritage Centre – located in Donegal Town. I have included this post as one of my regular  “Artists Dates” […]

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