Category Archives: Home & Garden

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies Recipe


These are yum and easy and the first thing i’ve written into my Old Book Hides Handbound Hardback Journal! 2013 is pretty good so far :)

3 eggs, well beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup butter
¾ cup white sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
2½ cups self raising or plain flour (depending on if you want them flat or pouffy)
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups of oatmeal (or porridge oats)
Chopped hazelnuts
Chocolate chips

1. Combine the eggs with the vanilla essence and set aside. If you wanna replace the chocolate chips and hazelnuts with raisins instead pop them in with the eggs and vanilla too.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together

3. Add in the flour and salt and mix it all together

4. Blend in the eggs, chopped hazelnuts and chocolate chips

5. Roll into balls and flatten slightly before popping in the oven

6. Bake at oven preheated to 180degrees celsius for 10-12 mins

7. Put on a rack to air out for a bit

8. Share with friends

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If You Want to Be Happy – Avoid Gardening

Gardening Tips for The Bitter Inexperienced Gardner - image of sprout in plant pot

I’ve started spending a lot of time in the garden and hanging around the little pots of tiny plants in the kitchen. And there’s a few things i’ve learned. When you meet nice ladies who love gardening and they’re all calm and happy and sweet? It’s not because they spend time with nature, it’s because they’re so glad to be having a tiny break from it for five seconds and talking to a human for the first time in what could be months.

1. Gardening is like watching paint dry in slow motion

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Something Different to Do in Dublin / Nature Activity Idea for Kids

Things to do in dublin - visit the bird garden. photo of birdhouse in cherry blossom tree with blossoms

Walking home from work recently i spotted the sign below, peeping up from behind a high wall on Mount Brown Road in Kilmainham. A bird garden. I’d never heard of such a thing but it seemed like such a great idea. I find it a treat to catch any little glimpse of nature in the middle of a city. Especially something as unexpected as a bird garden!

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