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Monthly Musings: July 2024

Monthly Musings: July 2024

Hi friends! Happy July! How are you keeping? I hope this Monthly Musings: July 2024 post finds you well. Husband and I have just spent the last week house-sitting for his parents, and, although it’s a hard to fully unwind in someone else’s space, the 

Four Days in Osaka, Japan

Four Days in Osaka, Japan

Kon’nichiwa, my travel loving friends! Hello! I hope this post finds you in the mood for a spot of armchair travelling, because I’m here to share my penultimate Japanese guide with you: Four Days in Osaka, Japan! In case you missed it, Husband and I 

A Food & Drink Guide to Kyoto, Japan

A Food & Drink Guide to Kyoto, Japan

Hi, sweet friends! I hope this post finds you well! I’m here today to share – if I may say so myself – an exceptionally exciting post: A Food & Drink Guide to Kyoto, Japan! It’s the companion piece of sorts to last week’s post 

Four Days in Kyoto, Japan

Four Days in Kyoto, Japan

Hello friends! Happy weekend! It is my absolute pleasure to be bringing you a brand new + sparkly city guide: Four Days in Kyoto, Japan! In case you missed it, Husband and I went on honeymoon to Japan in January and spent two glorious weeks 

Monthly Musings: June 2024

Monthly Musings: June 2024

Hi friends! Hello! Oh my lord, JUNE! How did we get here so soon?! Gah! How the heck are you? I hope this post finds you bank-holiday-ing to the very best of your ability. Husband and I have fun plans to go out on a 

36 Hours in Shibuya, Tokyo

36 Hours in Shibuya, Tokyo

SURPRISE! Hello again, friends! Happy Sunday! How are you? I know it’s literally only been three days since I last dropped in to post something, but I was really feeling the momentum and I am so psyched to share again with you today!! I am 

A Morning in Asakusa, Tokyo

A Morning in Asakusa, Tokyo

Sweet friends, hello! Happy Thursday! How are you keeping? I don’t often stop by on a weekday, but I’m here to belatedly deliver a post I promised for last week: A Morning in Asakusa, Tokyo. I had the very best of intentions to share it 

Four Days in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Four Days in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Hiiii, friends! Hello! Happy Saturday! I hope this post finds you in the mood for a spot of armchair travelling, because I’m here to share my first Tokyo travel guide with you! As you probably already know, Tokyo is absolutely! ginormous!, and to save ourselves 

Monthly Musings: May 2024

Monthly Musings: May 2024

Hello, friends! Happy May bank holiday weekend! Thus far, it’s not quite the heatwave they talked about, but when did that ever stop an Irish person from having a great weekend!? Do you have any plans? I had very exciting plans to do several batches 

Passionate Baker is 12! | A Birthday Sundae

Passionate Baker is 12! | A Birthday Sundae

Hi, friends! Happy Sunday! I hope this post finds you relaxing, caffeinating, and in the process of planning a nice walk on this fresh Spring afternoon. At least, that’s what Husband and I are doing. But first! I wanted to drop by ever so quickly 

Two Weeks in Japan | Our Honeymoon Itinerary

Two Weeks in Japan | Our Honeymoon Itinerary

Hello, lovely people! Hi! I’m here this fine Spring day to share my latest travel guide with you: Two Weeks in Japan | Our Honeymoon Itinerary! In January of this year, two months after getting married, Husband and I set out for a country on 

Japan Travel Tips | Notes From Our Honeymoon

Japan Travel Tips | Notes From Our Honeymoon

Kon’nichiwa, friends! Hello!! How the heck are you? I am absolutely BUZZING with excitement to share this post – my first ever Japanese guide! It is with great pleasure that I bring you: Japan Travel Tips | Notes From Our Honeymoon! I’ll be sharing a 

Monthly Musings: April 2024

Monthly Musings: April 2024

Hi friends! Happy Saturday and happy April! How are you? Did you have a splendiferous Easter break filled with far too much chocolate? That’s my hope for you, and until I hear otherwise, I’m going to presume that’s the way it went down! Husband and 

Two Days in Modena | Our Mini-Moon in Italy

Two Days in Modena | Our Mini-Moon in Italy

Hello sweet friends! Welcome to Two Days in Modena | Our Mini-Moon in Italy; the third and final post in my mini-moon series! The previous two posts in the series cover all things Bologna and Ravenna, and they can be found here and here, respectively. 

Monthly Musings: March 2024

Monthly Musings: March 2024

Hello friends! Happy weekend! Welcome to our Monthly Musings: March 2024 post! I hope it finds you happy, healthy, and highly caffeinated! How are you keeping? Did you get stuck in the bizarre snow of last week? I can’t believe how suddenly the whole thing 

Two Days in Ravenna | Our Mini-Moon in Italy

Two Days in Ravenna | Our Mini-Moon in Italy

Hello, happy Thursday, friends! Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet on this fine almost-but-not-quite Friday! I’m here this morning to share, if I may say so, a wonderful new travel guide with you: Two Days in Ravenna | Our Mini-Moon in 

Three Days in Bologna | Our Mini-Moon in Italy

Three Days in Bologna | Our Mini-Moon in Italy

Hello lovely people! Happy weekend! How are you? I hope you have something nice & cozy planned for yourself! I am literally about to step out the door for coffee with a friend, but I needed to share this with you first! It gives me 

Monthly Musings: February 2024

Monthly Musings: February 2024

Hello, sweet friends! Happy February! How the heckidy heck are you? Welcome to our Monthly Musings: February 2024 post! I hope it finds you well wrapped up against the unpredictable weather of late, ideally with a hot beverage at hand. I myself am writing this 

Monthly Musings: January 2024

Monthly Musings: January 2024

Hello friends! Happy new year and happy January! How are you? Welcome to our first post of the new year, Monthly Musings: January 2024! Can you even BELIEVE it’s 2024 already? I hope you had a most wonderful festive break with plenty of time to 

6 Things to See in Monaco

6 Things to See in Monaco

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Sweet friends, hello! Happy Wednesday! I hope this post finds you well and in the mood for a spot of armchair traveling! Personally, I’m never not in the mood for armchair traveling, so; I’m here this morning to share my latest 

Five Days on the French Riviera: Nice

Five Days on the French Riviera: Nice

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Hi friends! Happy Wednesday! How are you this fine sunny morning? I myself am caffeinating & checking my phone x100 times a second to hear updates from my mom after her knee op yesterday – but that’s a story for our 

A Quick Guide to Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

A Quick Guide to Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Friends, hello! Happy Saturday! I hope this post finds you well, in full weekend relaxation mode, with plans for a lovely night ahead. I myself have some wonderfully cozy evening plans to curl up in front of the TV & watch 

Two Unexpected Yet Wonderful Days in Pisa, Italy

Two Unexpected Yet Wonderful Days in Pisa, Italy

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Hello, sweet friends! Happy Wednesday! I hope this post finds you warm, cozy, and in the mood for a spot of armchair travelling! I’m here today to share a long overdue guide with you: Two Unexpected Yet Wonderful Days in Pisa, 

Festive Florence in December

Festive Florence in December

*POST UPDATED JUNE 2024. Hello friends! How are you? Did you have a good Christmas break? I absolutely love these days in-between Christmas and New Year’s – made for lounging in your comfy pants, eating leftovers, and watching alllll the movies. We’ve been doing plenty 

What We’re Eating This Thanksgiving, 2022

What We’re Eating This Thanksgiving, 2022

Hello friends! Happy Thanksgiving! I hope this finds you well wrapped and cozied up against the strangely cold November weather. Fiancé & I have largely been holed up in our kitchen – aka: the one room of our house that actually seems to hold warmth 

Eating Our Way Around Halifax, Nova Scotia

Eating Our Way Around Halifax, Nova Scotia

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Hiiii, friends! Welcome to my fourth and final Canadian travel guide for the foreseeable future: Eating Our Way Around Halifax, Nova Scotia! In case you missed it, Fiancé & I spent ten days in Atlantic Canada back at the end of 

An Afternoon in Downtown Dartmouth, Halifax

An Afternoon in Downtown Dartmouth, Halifax

*POST UPDATED JUNE 2024. Sweet sweet friends, hello! How are you? We’re having a really productive week in regards to wedding planning, but a pretty meh one in regards to everything else. But I’m hopeful that things will start looking up as we get closer 

Two Days in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Two Days in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Hello hello! Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope this post finds you with a steaming cup of coffee & a hankering for a light bit of armchair travelling. I’m thrilled to bring you the second installment of my Canadian travel posts today: 

Exploring Summerside, Prince Edward Island

Exploring Summerside, Prince Edward Island

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Hi, friends! I hope this post finds you well and in a good mood, because otherwise my overwhelmingly happy tone will likely irritate you! It brings me so much joy to share with you today: Exploring Summerside, Prince Edward Island. Aka, 

Small Batch Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Small Batch Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Hello sweet friends, happy Wednesday! Long time no recipe! No seriously – it’s been nearly three months since I last shared a recipe with you! How has it already been three months since these Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits? Bizarre! Anyways, don’t worry, I’m here today with 

A Stopover in Cologne, Germany

A Stopover in Cologne, Germany

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Hi friends! As you may or may not know, Fiancé & I recently visited the western German city of Cologne. A trip to Germany wasn’t initially on the cards for us this summer, but when we ran into an extortionately priced 

72 Hours in Bologna, the Emilia-Romagna Capital

72 Hours in Bologna, the Emilia-Romagna Capital

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Ciao ragazzi! Happy Monday! Welcome to my fourth and final Italian travel offering for the foreseeable future: 72 Hours in Bologna, the Emilia-Romagna Capital. Fiancé & I love love LOVE all things Bologna, so I’m super excited to be sharing this 

A Week in San Donato in Poggio, Tuscany

A Week in San Donato in Poggio, Tuscany

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Hello friends, happy Wednesday! I hope this post finds you well-rested and enjoying a large mug of coffee. I’m dropping by just briefly to share my latest travel offering: A Week in San Donato in Poggio, Tuscany. I’m especially excited to 

Three Days in Florence, Italy

Three Days in Florence, Italy

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Hi friends! As you know, Boyfriend – who has subsequently become Fiancé!! – and I visited Italy recently for a week long trip to celebrate a big birthday with his family. Naturally, we tacked a few days on to each end 

Our Engagement in Bologna, Italy

Our Engagement in Bologna, Italy

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Oh my gosh, helllloooo friends! I’m so glad you’re here! Hopefully you’re well, with some nice plans for the weekend ahead. Boyfriend – or should he be referred to as Fiancé from here on out? – and I are settling back 

Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits

Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits

Hi friends! Oh my lord it is hot – or at least, it was when I was writing and pre-scheduling this post, which I suppose was sometime last week for you. In real-time, I’m currently en route to Bologna, likely thinking about the aperitivo I’ll 

A Return to Westport, Ireland

A Return to Westport, Ireland

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Hi, friend! Happy Wednesday! If you read my February Monthly Musings post, you’ll know that Boyfriend and I recently had the opportunity to visit one of our very favourite little towns in Ireland: Westport! Pre-pandemic, we used to visit the Co. 

Visiting Vianden, Luxembourg’s Prettiest Town

Visiting Vianden, Luxembourg’s Prettiest Town

*POST UPDATED MAY 2024. Hello friends, happy Wednesday! I’m chasing my tail a bit here, but I’m finally getting around to sharing the follow up to my first Luxembourg post: Visiting Vianden, the prettiest little town! Vianden is located in the north of Luxembourg, and 

Miracle Overnight Bread; & A Cookbook Club Roundup

Miracle Overnight Bread; & A Cookbook Club Roundup

Oof, hi friends. Happy Monday! I’ll be coming atcha in a few short days with our monthly catch-up post, but in the meantime I’d like to share a quick cookbook club roundup of sorts. You may or may not have noticed, but I’ve dropped the 

A Long Weekend in Luxembourg

A Long Weekend in Luxembourg

*POST UPDATED MAY 2024. Sweet friends, hello! I hope this post finds you happy and healthy, hopefully with a hot coffee nearby. I’ve been a little out of whack lately, but finally I managed to muster up some energy & finish off this post. It 

Homemade Dunes Blanche, An Ode to Bordeaux

Homemade Dunes Blanche, An Ode to Bordeaux

Hello friends! I feel like I should start this post with a confession. Forgive me dear reader, for I have sinned, it has been 3-months since my last recipe post. I took a baking hiatus of sorts, but I’ve slowly been easing myself back in. 

A Quick Guide to Saint-Émilion, France

A Quick Guide to Saint-Émilion, France

*POST UPDATED JUNE 2024. Bonjour mes amies! Besides ‘croissant’ that’s pretty much the extent of my French – so how are you? In keeping with the spirit of today’s post, I hope this finds you eating a baguette or wearing a beret. I am doing 

Eating Our Way Around Bordeaux, France

Eating Our Way Around Bordeaux, France

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Hi friends! How the heck are you? I hope this post finds you well – ideally, enjoying a mid-morning break with a cup of coffee at arm’s reach. I’m here today to share my Bordeaux travel guide with you and wow, 

One Night in Naples, Italy | Visiting the Amalfi Coast Part III

One Night in Naples, Italy | Visiting the Amalfi Coast Part III

*POST UPDATED JUNE 2024. Hello, sweet friends! I hope this post finds you well and not too overwhelmed with your Christmas to-do list. I’m taking a quick moment in between gift-wrapping and festive baking to share the third and final installment in my Amalfi coast 

Two Days in Amalfi & Positano | Visiting the Amalfi Coast Part II

Two Days in Amalfi & Positano | Visiting the Amalfi Coast Part II

*POST UPDATED JUNE 2024. Hello friends! Welcome to part ii of my Amalfi Coast travel series: Two Days in Amalfi and Positano! In case you missed it, part i was all about the lovely hilltop town of Ravello and you can read that here. Part 

Ultimate Chocolate Biscuit Cake, & A Cookbook Club Roundup

Ultimate Chocolate Biscuit Cake, & A Cookbook Club Roundup

Hi friends! Oh my gosh, this post is horribly delayed, and for that I am sorry. I promise though, most of the recipes linked below will make it totally worth the wait. I bring you, November’s cookbook club roundup and our very favourite recipe of 

Cookbook Club, November 2021

Cookbook Club, November 2021

Hello friends, happy Monday! I’m stopping in for literally the quickest minute ever to share our Cookbook Club November 2021 post. I had the very best of intentions to share this with you yesterday, but it’s always hard to wrangle myself into action on a 

Banoffee Pie with Honeycomb, & October’s Cookbook Club Roundup

Banoffee Pie with Honeycomb, & October’s Cookbook Club Roundup

Sweet friends, hello. I hope this post finds you well, with a not too long to-do list, and a large enough supply of coffee to get you through it. If it makes you feel better about your list: my list has items carried over from 

Ravello Travel Guide | Visiting the Amalfi Coast Part I

Ravello Travel Guide | Visiting the Amalfi Coast Part I

*POST UPDATED JUNE 2024. Hello friends! It feels so great to be bringing you this piece today: my first travel post in over a year! Allow me to present to you: my Ravello Travel Guide, Visiting the Amalfi Coast Part I! Covid put a lot 

Cookbook Club, October 2021

Cookbook Club, October 2021

Hello again friends! I hope this post finds you Sunday-ing to the very best of your ability. I lounged in bed for a bit longer than usual this fine morning, and I feel all the more set up for a lengthy day of chillax-ing because 

Brötchen, Classic Breakfast Rolls; & A Cookbook Club Roundup

Brötchen, Classic Breakfast Rolls; & A Cookbook Club Roundup

Hi friends! I just wanted to pop in to quickly share our Cookbook Club Roundup for both August and September. As you might be aware, our August pick – Classic German Baking, all the details here – also became our September pick due to my 

Cookbook Club, August 2021

Cookbook Club, August 2021

Hello friends! Happy Wednesday! How are you? This post has been sitting practically finished in my drafts since Saturday and I’m only getting around to posting it now – my apologies. Boyfriend & I have escaped from our house and are currently nestled up in 

Violet’s Cinnamon Buns, & July’s Cookbook Club Roundup

Violet’s Cinnamon Buns, & July’s Cookbook Club Roundup

Happy Friday, friends! How the heck are you? I hope this post finds you well – with plans for a drink later, an outing for tomorrow, and hopefully a hankering for cinnamon buns on Sunday morning. If that’s the case, you’re in luck! I’m here 

Lemon Curd Tartlets

Lemon Curd Tartlets

Happy Thursday, friends! How on earth are you? Has this week felt as busy for you as it has for us? I feel like we’ve been going going going and there’s still so much on my to-do list, namely grocery shopping and laundry – but 

Cookbook Club, July 2021

Cookbook Club, July 2021

Hi friends, happy Sunday! How are you this fine morning? It’s not too sunny, there’s a nice breeze, and I’ve already had three cups of coffee. Upon dragging my lazy butt out of bed this morning, I was treated to the very best surprise: Boyfriend 

Dreamy Lemon Curd, & June’s Cookbook Club Roundup

Dreamy Lemon Curd, & June’s Cookbook Club Roundup

Friends, hello! I hope this post finds you well! It’s the very last Wednesday of the month and that can only mean one thing: a cookbook club roundup! We spent the month of June deep-diving into three wonderful cookbooks: A Bird in the Hand, Modern 

S’mores Baked Alaska

S’mores Baked Alaska

Hi friends, happy Wednesday! Can you believe it’s nearly the end of June already? I’m starting to chip away at my summer bucket list and #3 on the list – eat more ice cream – is what brings me here today. My humble offering for 

Chocolate Caramel Squares

Chocolate Caramel Squares

Hi friends, happy Wednesday! How the heck are you? Boyfriend is out for the morning and I have spent my alone time thus far dancing around the house in a caffeine induced haze. You know those times when you get the house all to yourself 

Cookbook Club, June 2021

Cookbook Club, June 2021

Hello! Happy Sunday, friends! I hope this post finds you well. I’m about to kick our Sunday into action with some mighty fine buttermilk blueberry pancakes – but first, we need to talk about our Cookbook Club, June 2021 post. Ever since I started our 

Cream Cheese Brownies; and May’s Cookbook Club Roundup

Cream Cheese Brownies; and May’s Cookbook Club Roundup

Hi friends! How are you on this rare beautiful sunny morning? Boyfriend & I were up early to get down the seafront for a walk before the weather changed its mind. It was so lovely! We were back home, caffeinated, and ready to start the 

Where to Travel to in Ireland This Summer

Where to Travel to in Ireland This Summer

POST UPDATED APRIL 2022. Hello friends, happy Wednesday! How are you this week? I hope the gloomy weather hasn’t gotten to you. I’m here today to distract you with thoughts of the long summer days to come – perhaps in a different part of the 

Cookbook Club, May 2021

Cookbook Club, May 2021

Oh my gosh – hi friends! How the heck are you this May bank holiday? I had a very luxurious lie in this morning, and looking out at the rain, I think it’s safe to say we’re staying in for the day. I’m stopping in 

Boyfriend’s Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

Boyfriend’s Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

Hello friends! Today’s recipe comes to us courtesy of Boyfriend and I’m so glad I can finally share it here on the blog. See, Boyfriend tells a wonderful tale about having breakfast in Locanda Verde – the Tribeca restaurant owned by Robert De Niro, whom 

White Irish Soda Bread

White Irish Soda Bread

Friends hi! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I feel like it would be simply un-Irish of me not to share a recipe for St. Patrick’s Day – but I’m just not about that fake dyed green lifestyle. Instead, I thought I’d pop in for a hot 

Lemon Bundt Cake with Sugared Blueberries

Lemon Bundt Cake with Sugared Blueberries

Hi friends, happy Friday! I’m a little late to post this week, but I’m just not up to the task of holding myself accountable right now. Besides, I’m a big fan of the phrase ‘better late than never’. Today, I want to share with you 

Blood Orange Marmalade

Blood Orange Marmalade

Hello friends! How are you? I hope you’ll excuse me for not sharing any new recipes last week. To be honest, I just couldn’t find the energy or the inspiration. I had hoped that taking the week off would allow my mind the space and 

Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bar Hearts

Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bar Hearts

Hi friends! Happy almost Valentine’s Day! Do you have any plans or are you of the belief that it’s just a commercial holiday and basically a waste of time? I’m an old romantic at heart, so Boyfriend & I always find some small way to 

Small Batch Hazelnut & Almond Granola

Small Batch Hazelnut & Almond Granola

Hello friends! How are you keeping? I hope this post finds you moderately caffeinated and with just enough headspace to start thinking about your weekend breakfasting. Just in case, I’ve been doing enough weekend dreaming for the both of us, and I’ve planned your breakfast. 

Nutella Stuffed Triple Chocolate Cookies

Nutella Stuffed Triple Chocolate Cookies

Hello, sweet friends! We’re nearly there! The finish line is in sight and I for one can practically smell my Christmas dinner. We’re nearly there – but not quite. There are still a few last minute gifts to be wrapped, two gal-pals to meet for 

Cranberry Apple & Pear Pie, with a Cinnamon Hazelnut Crumble

Cranberry Apple & Pear Pie, with a Cinnamon Hazelnut Crumble

Hello friends! How are you this fine Tuesday? While I sat gazing at our Christmas tree the other day, something awful dawned on me. As of right now, there are only, like, three festive recipes up on the blog – and they were shared way 

Perfect All-Butter Pie Dough

Perfect All-Butter Pie Dough

Sweet, sweet friends, hi! I’ve got such a treat for you today: Perfect All-Butter Pie Dough. For years I’ve been scouring both the internet and cookbooks for the perfect pie dough recipe. A few years ago, I found Yossi Arefi‘s recipe and I – mistakenly 

Cherry & Pistachio Frangipane Tart

Cherry & Pistachio Frangipane Tart

Friends, hi! Happy Thursday! Please forgive my tardiness in bringing this post to you one day late – I am sorry. I was having an off day of sorts yesterday & I had to make a baked custard tart for my PUFF course. Let me 

Seven Days on the Dingle Peninsula, A Staycation Guide

Seven Days on the Dingle Peninsula, A Staycation Guide

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Hi friends! How are you this fine Wednesday? I’m so excited to announce a new series on the blog – staycation guides! Now, more than ever, I find myself mooching around the internet, looking for Irish staycation ideas. With that in 

Lime Loaf Cake | An Everyday Cake

Lime Loaf Cake | An Everyday Cake

Hello friends! I hope this post finds you with a coffee in your hand and a hankering for a nice sweet slice of cake. My offering to you today comes in the form of this humble Lime Loaf Cake. Ultimately: it’s a yogurt cake, flavoured 

Bologna, A Love Letter

Bologna, A Love Letter

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope this post finds you well. Today I’m dropping in to share the fifth & final post in my Tuscan travel guide series: Bologna, A Love Letter. In case you missed it, earlier posts in the series 

Vanilla Birthday Cake with Homemade Strawberry Jam & Vanilla Buttercream

Vanilla Birthday Cake with Homemade Strawberry Jam & Vanilla Buttercream

Hello, friends! How are you keeping? I find myself in a near constant state of frustration these days, looking at people not wearing masks or social distancing. It’s just so irresponsible it bugs me right to the core. Thankfully we’re escaping to a secluded house 

Small Batch Strawberry Jam

Small Batch Strawberry Jam

Happy Wednesday, friends! How are you this fine summer’s day? We’re deep into strawberry season here in Dublin, and I’m finding it nearly impossible to walk past them when I see them – the smell is too good to ignore! Today I’m dropping by quickly 

Castellina in Chianti | A Guide to Tuscany’s Most Overlooked Village

Castellina in Chianti | A Guide to Tuscany’s Most Overlooked Village

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Friends, welcome to part four of my five-part Tuscan travel series! In this segment, I’m spilling the fagioli on one of Tuscany’s most overlooked gems: Castellina in Chianti. Just to recap quickly, earlier in this series I shared An Ode to 

Perfect All-Butter Shortbread from Blooms & Baking

Perfect All-Butter Shortbread from Blooms & Baking

Hello, lovely friends. How are you this week? I hope this post finds you happy, relaxed, and lightly freckled from the summer sun. I know we’re only on the third day of the week, but we’ve been having such a lovely one so far. Boyfriend 

A Quick Guide to Siena, Italy

A Quick Guide to Siena, Italy

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Hello again, friends! Today I’m sharing part three in our five-part Tuscany travel series: A Quick Guide to Siena. To recap, our first post was An Ode to Florence, and our second post dished the deets on spending 24 Hours in 

24 Hours in San Gimignano

24 Hours in San Gimignano

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Friends, hi! Welcome to the second post in my five-part segment about all things Tuscany: 24 Hours in San Gimignano! Last month, I shared An Ode to Florence and today I’m sharing everything we loved about the hilltop town of San 

Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Happy Wednesday, friends! We’re celebrating the blog birthday today, would you like to join us? I mean, technically, the birthday was two days ago.. but we’re running on lockdown time, which is really such a different ballgame. Eight years ago, on April 27th 2012, I 

An Ode to Florence, Italy

An Ode to Florence, Italy

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Friends, hi! It’s been a hot second since I posted any travel content & I thought we could all do with a bit of armchair travelling right about now, wouldn’t you agree? Last September, Boyfriend & I went gallivanting through Tuscany 

Seasonal Old Fashioned with a Blood Orange Twist

Seasonal Old Fashioned with a Blood Orange Twist

Friends, hello.  I hope this post finds you safe & coping somewhat well with the current global situation.  Today’s post isn’t so much a recipe, it’s more of a reminder that time is still moving forward even if we’re stuck inside, unemployed and bored. A 

Lyon, France : The Highlights

Lyon, France : The Highlights

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Hello friends! Today’s post is going to be a super quick glimpse at our time spent in Lyon, France. This was one of those rare trips where I had decided in advance that there wouldn’t be a blog post to follow, so 

Berlin Travel Guide | 4 Days in the German Capital

Berlin Travel Guide | 4 Days in the German Capital

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Hello, sweet friends! Welcome to our very first travel piece of the decade: Berlin Travel Guide | 4 Days in the German Capital! It took me a long while to finish off & perfect, but I hope you’ll agree with me 

A Weekend in Kilkenny, Ireland

A Weekend in Kilkenny, Ireland

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Hi friends, welcome to a new travel post! Today we’re sharing everything we know & love about the beautiful medieval city of Kilkenny! This post has been three years in the making, so I’m excited to finally share it! We visited 

24 Hours in Galway, Ireland

24 Hours in Galway, Ireland

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Hello friends, happy Sunday! Today I’m taking the opportunity to share a little something I’ve been working on: 24 Hours in Galway. What I’ve created below is a small guide, retracing the steps my mum, my sister, & I took earlier 

Italian Adventures Part II: Bologna

Italian Adventures Part II: Bologna

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Finally, the time has come. Welcome to Italian Adventures Part II: Bologna! Boyfriend introduced me to the gorgeous city of Bologna not long after we got together, and I can’t help but wonder if that’s why it holds such a special 

Italian Adventures Part I: Florence

Italian Adventures Part I: Florence

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Friends, welcome to Part I of our Italian Adventures: Florence! I’m so excited to share this travel guide with you! It has been such a long time in the making and I’m dying to tell you about all of our favourite 

Blood Orange Bundt Cake

Blood Orange Bundt Cake

In the latest Monthly Musings post, I mentioned my blood orange addiction. We have thick wedges in the mornings as a kind of pre-breakfast appetizer – the two of us romantically standing over the sink with bright red juice running down our chins. Every morning, 

Vienna in December

Vienna in December

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. One of my all time favourite things to do around the holidays is to visit the Christmas markets in a new city. Europe does Christmas markets on a whole different level, and I try to get away to experience a new 

Munich City Guide

Munich City Guide

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Last Christmas, my sister very generously gifted Boyfriend & I plane tickets to Munich. The plan was to bring Boyfriend around, introduce him to our relatives, and prove how easy it is to fall for the city of our childhood. My 

Pear Spice Cake with Brown Butter & Dark Chocolate Drip

Pear Spice Cake with Brown Butter & Dark Chocolate Drip

Friends, hello! I’m sharing a cake today that is very close to my heart: Pear Spice Cake with Brown Butter Frosting & Dark Chocolate Drip. Every year, right around the beginning of Autumn, I make this Pear Spice Cake. It’s a welcoming ritual of sorts, 

Four Days Avoiding the Royal Wedding in Hampstead, London

Four Days Avoiding the Royal Wedding in Hampstead, London

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Friends, Boyfriend & I made a boo-boo. We looked at the calendar, randomly selected dates, booked flights and a non-refundable hotel in London. Honestly, we never thought anything more about it until shortly before our departure day, when a well-meaning parent 

A Wander Guide: Barcelona, Spain

A Wander Guide: Barcelona, Spain

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Barcelona. My sister’s favourite place in Europe. A city in which I’d only spent a few fatigued days after finishing the Camino many years ago, and somewhere my mother had never visited. We allotted four days, just long enough to wander 

Four Days in Amsterdam, Holland

Four Days in Amsterdam, Holland

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. There’s something magical about Amsterdam. I recently visited the Dutch capital for the second time, and still I have trouble explaining to people what is so captivating about it. I can never quite get across how genuinely crooked all of the 

Triple Chocolate Birthday Cake

Triple Chocolate Birthday Cake

Because one type of chocolate is never enough to celebrate a birthday with. And guys, this birthday is a big one. Six years ago today, I made the decision to start my own food blog & created passionate baker. I threw myself head first into 

A Wander Guide: Paris

A Wander Guide: Paris

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Paris owns my heart. It’s the one city that keeps dragging me back time & time again. This past October was my sixth time visiting, and still it amazes me that a city so smooth & polished can at the same 

7 hours in Cork, Ireland

7 hours in Cork, Ireland

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. You’re probably thinking, how does one come to spend seven hours in Cork? Well. It takes three hours to drive from Dublin city centre to Cork. It also takes forty minutes to get from where I live into Dublin city centre. 

Kladdkaka – Swedish Chocolate Cake

Kladdkaka – Swedish Chocolate Cake

Let’s jump head first into the new year. We’re just coming out of those murky days surrounding the holidays & trying to get ourselves back into working shape. There’s a long to-do list to tackle before the week is out, including – but not limited 

Eating & Drinking in Edinburgh, Scotland

Eating & Drinking in Edinburgh, Scotland

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Warning: this Eating & Drinking in Edinburgh, Scotland post contains a lot of recommendations about, funnily enough, drinking & eating. It will likely make you hungry, thirsty for a beer, and perhaps intrigue you into looking up flight prices. Read on 

Exploring Copenhagen, Denmark

Exploring Copenhagen, Denmark

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. This coming September, I will have known one of my best friends for twelve years. That’s half of my lifetime & a rather impressively long time to still enjoy another’s company. We’ve spent a heck of a lot of time together 

Bremen, Germany

Bremen, Germany

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. This might sound weird, but I can remember the exact moment when I decided that I wanted to go to Bremen. I was 17, & I was studying for my final German exam ever. The paper I was studying was about 

Winter Weekend in Westport

Winter Weekend in Westport

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Friends, I have to be honest with you: Westport was never one of the places on my “to-go list”. Why would I want to go to a small town tucked away in the back arse of nowhere? A trip to Westport 

Notting Hill Workshop

Notting Hill Workshop

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. The blue door. Meeting the woman who inspired me to begin my own food blog. Eating my heart out. Meeting like-minded new people. Getting to see how actual real food bloggers construct a scene (because obviously I’m not a real one). 

London, UK

London, UK

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Our weekend in London started out a bit differently from pretty much any trip I’d been on before. Boyfriend had told me two days before my birthday that we were flying somewhere & that I’d need to pack a bag for 

Smoked Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Smoked Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Friends, I’m going to be completely honest with you here. In order to get this post written I’m working on a task & reward system. See, I had the best of intentions to write a witty & entertaining post all about these smoked sea salt 

Rhubarb & Orange Financier

Rhubarb & Orange Financier

Here’s the thing: I love food. I especially love baked goods, anything to do with chocolate, fancy desserts, or anything involving ice cream. I eat everything, and it works out well for me because here’s the other thing: I run a food blog. Nobody wants 

Raspberry Swirled Cheesecake

Raspberry Swirled Cheesecake

Friends, I don’t know where to begin. Okay, here goes. Boyfriend loves baked cheesecake. He loves it so much that he decided to bring me to Florence – apparently home to the best cheesecake in the world. Not unreasonable, right? So, off we go to 

Roasted Strawberries

Roasted Strawberries

Friends, hello! I know that I abandoned you last week while I went off gallivanting around Italy, but everyone deserves a little break once in a while. My break was full of food & drink. Mostly food, but also a lot of Aperol Spritz. We 

Coffee Doughnuts

Coffee Doughnuts

Hello, friends! I hope this post finds you well! I’m taking the time out today to update a recipe I was – and still am! – super passionate about: Coffee Doughnuts. I first made these luscious pillows of dough back in April 2016, and, although 

Peach & Almond Frangipane Tart

Peach & Almond Frangipane Tart

Sweet friends, hello! How are you? I know it’s been a while, but I thought I’d jump back on the updated recipe train with this golden oldie: Peach & Almond Frangipane Tart. Yes, I do realize that it’s no longer peach season – and for 

Walking the Camino de Santiago, A Photo Guide

Walking the Camino de Santiago, A Photo Guide

*POST UPDATED MARCH 2024. Hello, friends! I’m here today to share a post that is very near and dear to my heart – Walking the Camino de Santiago, A Photo Guide. Along with my friend Karen, I walked the Camino in the summer of 2014, 

Lemon & Blueberry Heart Pies

Lemon & Blueberry Heart Pies

Hello, sweet friends! How are you? Today, I wanted to take the time to highlight a post that I feel has gotten lost in the blog archives: Lemon & Blueberry Heart Pies. I’ll admit, when I recently inspected the post – probably for the first 

Ultimate Fudge Brownies

Ultimate Fudge Brownies

Friends, it has been one whole month since I shared anything here with you, and I’m sorry. I took some much needed time off. There was a whole lot of relaxation: I watched movies, I ate my weight in cookies, I spent time with The 

Cinnamon Sugared Almonds

Cinnamon Sugared Almonds

I don’t mean to alarm anyone, but for the last 22 hours, 31 minutes, & 47 seconds I have been a free woman. Free from college, free from exams, & best of all, free from all the stress that comes with both college & exams. 

Spooky Skeleton Shortbread Cookies

Spooky Skeleton Shortbread Cookies

Hi friends, happy Friday! Do you have any plans for the spooky weekend ahead of us? Boyfriend’s brother is coming over for dinner tonight, we’re heading to a friend’s for a scary movie night tomorrow, and chillaxing at home for Halloween. I’ve just never been 

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans

Have you ever heard of Bloomsday? If you don’t live in Ireland, the chances are slim. Every year on June 16th, people dress up to relive the events that occur in James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses. I work in one of the coastal towns mentioned in 

Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Hi friends! How are you? Can I tempt you with a Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie and a glass of cold milk? I first made these cookies waaaay back in May 2013. At the time, I was a very dedicated food blogger who blogged every. 

Lemon Cream Tart

Lemon Cream Tart

Hello friends! I’m back on my old recipe refurbishment train and this time it’s with a golden oldie: Lemon Cream Tart. Making its blog debut way back in May 2013, this recipe was first introduced to me by my ex-boyfriend’s mom. She used to make 

Julia Child’s Tarte Normande aux Pommes

Julia Child’s Tarte Normande aux Pommes

Hello, friends! How are you keeping? For today’s revitalization post, I wanted to draw attention to a post dear to my heart. Julia Child’s Tarte Normande aux Pommes. This post has been languishing away here on the blog for the better part of nine years,