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Monthly Musings: August 2020

Monthly Musings: August 2020

Hello sweet friends! Welcome to our Monthly Musings post for August – coming to you live from Kerry. We’re staying in a house overlooking Slea Head, one of the westernmost parts of the Dingle Peninsula, and boy, it sure does feel good to be somewhere 

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

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 Florence / 24 Hours 

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 

Monthly Musings: July 2020

Monthly Musings: July 2020

Hello friends! Welcome to our Monthly Musings post for July. How are you doing this fine month? Things are practically back to normal here in Dublin at the moment, and to be honest… I think that’s pretty dumb. Everyone is acting like we aren’t just 

Summer Bucket List, 2020

Summer Bucket List, 2020

Friends, hi! I’m so glad you’re here today – I want to start something new. I bring you: my Summer Bucket List, 2020. I’m taking a leaf out of Joy the Baker‘s book & writing down my goals for the summer months, big and small. 

Lemon & Blueberry Crumble Pie

Lemon & Blueberry Crumble Pie

Hi friends! How is your summer shaping up? We’re doing pretty well over here, all things Covid-19/work/general life considered. The heat isn’t exactly something we love, but we’re coping by staying extra hydrated and seeking out shade. Due to all the socially distant garden visits 

A Quick Guide to Siena, Italy

A Quick Guide to Siena, Italy

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 San Gimignano. Boyfriend and 

Monthly Musings: June 2020

Monthly Musings: June 2020

Hello, friends! Welcome to another Monthly Musings post, this one easing us into June! How are we halfway through the year already? I spent a lot of time over the past few weeks moving Passionate Baker from Tumblr to WordPress & boy, what a journey! 

What We’re Eating During Lockdown

What We’re Eating During Lockdown

Sweet friends, how are you getting on? Today I thought it’d be fun to give you a little peek into our quarantine lives and share some new recipes – comforting recipes, mostly – that we’ve been eating during lockdown and that I think you might 

24 Hours in San Gimignano

24 Hours in San Gimignano

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 Gimignano.  The Historic Centre 

Monthly Musings: May 2020

Monthly Musings: May 2020

Hello sweet friends, welcome to our Monthly Musings post for May! How are you keeping? I hope this post finds you healthy & safe. While scrolling down through the blog recently I noticed something wonderful. I have been consecutively posting content now for the last 

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

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 on a quest to 

Pantry Baking 101

Pantry Baking 101

Sweet friends, how are you? Today marks day 34 of our social distancing efforts & I gotta be honest – it’s starting to get to me. I’m wavering just the tiniest little bit, but I can feel the effects a heck of a lot more 

Cornflake Cake; A Quarantine Bake

Cornflake Cake; A Quarantine Bake

Hi, friends! I hope this post finds you well. If it feels odd for you to be hearing from me mid-week rather than on Sunday like usual – well, it’s odd for me too, but I’ve decided to switch things up a bit. Wednesday is the 

Monthly Musings: April 2020

Monthly Musings: April 2020

Friends, hello! What a strange reality we’ve come to face in the past month. If you look back at even just my last Monthly Musings post you can see how blissfully ignorant we were of the impact Covid-19 would have on our lives. Since then,