Star Wars DIY canvas

I’m so happy with the way these turned out.

(Star Wars fans out there, I’m sure you’d love these)

Sometimes, making a gift for someone is much more rewarding. You know how much time and effort you’ve put in.

If you’d like to make your own, let me know in the comments section and I’ll do a little tutorial.

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DIY Washi Tape Reindeer Head

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Thursday’s are always late nights in our house (Guitar Lessons). So to occupy my evening with Christmas cheer, I stumbled upon this fantastically easy tutorial by one of my all time FAVORITE DIYers  – Threadbangers!!!! (If you don’t know who they are yet, CHECK THEM OUT RIGHT NOW).

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This has got to be One of the easiest DIY’s I’ve Ever done. It took 15 minutes and all you need is some Festive Washi tape and Scissors (the red nose I had left over from a few years ago).

That simple.

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Go forth and adorn your houses,(rooms, cars, doors) EVERYTHING!!!

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♣Our Christmas Market Adventure♣

 

A few weeks ago, we visited the annual Christmas Market in Galway. It was actually my first time there and Let me tell you, it was Great. The atmosphere was mesmerising.

 Where: The Spanish Arch, Galway City | When: 20th November – 22nd December

After almost three weeks away, my amazing husband ‘surprised me’ with ‘we’re going to Galway for the weekend’ (not because I have been pestering him constantly, of course). We decided to stay a few nights in Galway after Elvis’s gig in Limerick so that we could visit the Market and do a little exploring.

Being away for any length of time often makes you think of home. And, do you know what one of the best things about living in Ireland is – The People. A friendly smile or a kind ‘Hello’ from a stranger, is never uncommon. And I find that travelling abroad is always great but, and it must be that I’ve now lived here too long, coming home to the atmosphere here is just magic.

And so our story begins…

The air was laden with heady Christmas smells as we tramped our way through bustling crowds. The last remnants of crumpled soggy leaves clung to drains and footpaths. Throngs of people draped in woolly hats, gloves and scarves trailed from stalls. Queues of chatter and Christmas songs filled the air. It was cold with not a hint of rain in the clear sky, surprising for the the middle of November. Irish weather is so unpredictable, as the next day brought with it a damp, muggy drizzle that lasted a week.

Anyhow as the day went on, smoke rose in tendrils from chimney’s all along the square, puffing away contently to the sound of Christmas. I can close my eyes and be transported right back to that moment. There was magic in my air.

We ate freshly cooked hot dogs, ketchup dripping onto our cold fingers and drank steaming cups of mulled wine. We soaked in every ounce of the Christmas Spirit.

And that was the moment Christmas kicked in…

This is what my brain now looks like…

 

 

So, as the cold began to creep into our boots, gnawing slowly at our toes, we decided to go on a little adventure to find a tea house that I had read about on tripadvisor. It’s a quaint little place that is terribly difficult to find when your phone has died. But worth it in the end.

The Secret Garden is a pretty tea room with an expansive range of teacups and pots that even I was jealous of.

As the door opened in, a warm wave of aromatic smells washed over me. Bathed in an ambiance of fruity herbal teas and candle light, I had met my heaven (If you know me, you know how much I LOVE TEA). It was the perfect end our Market Adventure.

Ok, it wasn’t exactly the end, we still had to walk 20 minutes back to the Hotel, which really is the best way to get acquainted with a place, I think.

To end off the weekend we stopped for Lunch in Bunratty in Lily Mai’s Cafe.

We had an amazing panfried salmon dressed in a beautifully tangy basil pesto. Resting, oh so precariously, on a bed of baby potatoes, rocket leaves and garden peas. Ok, I’ll stop, I’m making myself hungry just writing about it…

 

And that, my friends, was that…

 

To find out more about a Market near you, visit my latest blog post on Ireland’s Christmas Markets

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Happy Christmas Market(ing)

Ireland’s Christmas Markets

Looking for something to do, something good to eat?

Are you sick of ‘Desmond’ tying you down (literally)?

Have you got kids, nieces, nephews, or are you the biggest kid in your life?

Want to just soak up some of that Festive Cheer (Yes, there is Mulled wine)?

Then visit a Christmas Market near you. There is literally something for everyone. Ok, maybe not the dog, Oh wait, Yes, him too..

And, you’re in luck! onefabday.com/ie/ have kindly put together this amazing list of the best Christmas markets to visit in Ireland. You’ve got everything from websites to opening hours.

Ireland’s 13 Best Christmas Markets & Fairs 2015

A curated selection spreading that all important Christmas cheer.

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http://onefabday.com/ie/christmas-marktets-ireland/

Want to read about our trip to the Galway Christmas Market …

Then stay tuned….

♥To be cont→

Christmas ornaments – DIY

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Courtesy of
http://pinterest.com

Can’t wait to try this awesome idea out. Crafting just got a whole lot better with my new wood burning tool from my dad.

Hello, wooden DIY ornaments.

Stay tuned – Tutorial to follow!!!

Cinnamon Buns

Trying to get into the Festive Spirit?

Why not try these delicious Cinnamon Buns?

The warming rich smells of baking cinnamon, wafting through the house on these chilly nights. A fire crackling and candles lighting…

There’s that, and this new survey that suggests that from today we’ll give up on eating healthily for the festive season and start tucking into Christmas treats.

http://www.todayfm.com/Christmas-gorging-starts-today

Mmmmmm, oh well, I’m giving in, it’s easier….

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Now don’t be fooled! This isn’t the fastest of recipes (because of the yeast) but it is yummy. I’ve tried a yeast-free alternative – the dough was sticky (but it reduced waiting time by a whole hour or more). Let me know if you’d like the yeast-free version.

 

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So here’s the recipe that I use. I’d love to know if you give them a try.

They’re a definite Christmas Treat and they’re just Divine!

 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/cinnamon-rolls-recipe.html 


Cinnamon Buns

Total Time: 1 hr 50 min

Prep: 20 min
Inactive: 1 hr 45 min
Cook: 30 min
Yield: 12 to 15 servings
Level: Intermediate

Ingredients

Dough:
1/4 -ounce package yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup scalded milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter or shortening
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:
1/2 cup melted butter, plus more for pan
3/4 cup sugar, plus more for pan
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup raisins, walnuts, or pecans, optional

Glaze:
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 6 tablespoons hot water

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees F/ Gas mark 6

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. Place in well-greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

When doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Sprinkle with walnuts, pecans, or raisins if desired. Beginning at the 15-inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.

Coat the bottom of baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.

Meanwhile, mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches desired consistency. Spread over slightly cooled rolls.

Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen


It’s Christmas Time…

Life stepped in and blogging stepped out. I have had so many ideas but no time (and I procrastinate – I’m sorry). Between being in South Africa (and all the drama that brought #staytuned) to settling back into our cold and damp Irish weather, I’m finally finding my feet again.

December has definitely arrived and I am determined to be on the ball this year.

I’ll be DIY-ing, decorating, baking, (eating), glittering, (eating some-more), and generally getting into the Festive Season. So join me for some Happy Christmas fun…

 

♥Happy December Everyone♥