Sugar and spice and all things nice – Hot Cross Buns

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Hello and Happy Easter…


I hope you’re all keeping as well as possible… I’ve been spending my time taking things slow, baking and pottering in the garden and trying to keep as positive as possible! I find during these challenging times or any tough period, filling my life with all the things which bring joy and make me happy leaves less time for worry!

So yesterday I got my apron on and made these Hot Cross Buns, which always is an Easter ritual, I didn’t intend changing. Yes they’re a bit of work but nothing compares to homemade and the achievement of making your own! So long as you have strong flour and dried yeast!! As I’d planned to make these yummy buns I made sure to save enough yeast, which I know is in such short supply!
This is a recipe from my other blog – My Yellow Jumper, go have a look and happy baking. If you decide to have a go at baking them over the Easter period, I’d love to know how you got on with this recipe.

Stay safe, be kind to yourself and one another and get creative with whatever you love!

Mairead x

Festive Foodie Delights… Spiced Chocolate Brownies

Hi everyone, I spy some Chocolate Brownies… fudgy, chocolatey and simply moreish and spiced especially for Christmas! A must for all serious chocolate lovers! This recipe is shared from my lifestyle blog at ‘My Yellow Jumper’. Check it out and happy festive baking!

Mairead x

my yellow jumper


Hello all, its that time of year again, December… dare I say soon Christmas!  Whats not to love… twinkly lights, the scent of forest fresh pine, aroma from Christmas spices, wafting from the kitchen and an excuse to indulge and spend time with loved ones.  So on the note of indulging, for me Christmas would not complete, without some form of chocolate!

Therefore, December is the perfect time to experiment with some spices in one of my favourite bakes!  Chocolate brownies… need I say anymore, deep, dark and intensely chocolatey and who doesn’t love a good brownie.  There are many views on what makes a good brownie, with slightly different methods and additions.  I’m definitely in the ‘cake camp’, resulting in  a much lighter crumb.  I have tried and tested many recipes and nothing compares to  Nigel Slater’s brownies, light, fudgy, and a gooey texture with an intense decandant flavour.  Chocolate lovers you will be…

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Tea time – Me time


Tea time -Me time with freshly picked Peppermint leaves, refreshing, cooling and excellent for soothing and calming the digestive system, especially those suffering from IBS problems.  It is so easy to grow, and comes in lots of varieties, but best grown in pots as spreads vigirously throughout the garden.

To make Peppermint tea pick a few large sprigs and infuse in water which has just come off the boil.  It could’nt be easier!  So sit back relax and enjoy!

Mairead x