Thursday, 12 July 2012

Organizing Holidays ....

Morning all!
We plan on holidaying at home in Ireland this year as our circumstances are changing a little now that the children are getting older. We brought them abroad most years whilst they were growing up and now three of them are doing their own thing this year! Sad I know but that's how it goes! We have therefore decided to take Sarah and discover parts of our own country we haven't visited before. I'm actually really looking forward to it and hopefully the weather will cooperate! I think Donegal is on the cards ... so not sure about that weatherwise as it's very far North, but we will be hoping for the best :)

One thing I love about home is the vast amount of fresh Irish food available. We love poking out lovely cafes and seaside restaurants for delicious pub lunches and evening meals! Even sitting outside with a nice coffee and a slice of homemade cake tastes a whole lot different whilst relaxing on holiday! Here is a selection of  some delicious food I look forward to eating.

Starting the day with a full Irish fry up...

Or a lighter option of Irish boxty and fresh smoked salmon...

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Evening dinner of traditional stews to warm the heart if the weather remains cool :)

My main concern will be what clothes to pack as we are liable to get four seasons in one day at times in Ireland! I've another two weeks yet to organize that and maybe just maybe it will be scorching by then lol!!

Hope you all have a great day:)
Anne xx


  1. Good Morning Anne

    Well I like your enthusiasm "maybe it'll be scorching by then"!!
    I hope you are right!

    The chowder looks lovely, one of my favourite starters, yum.

    You are right you will need to bring clothes for every season holidaying in Ireland,
    maybe you should get a roof rack for the car!!!

    Something to look forward too.

    Have a good day, the sky is blue!

    x Fiona

    1. Thanks Fiona! I am full of optimism now that we have made our decision to stay at home! I think the boot of the car will be enough for the three of us:)

  2. I love English breakfast so much.
    Lovely hugs

    1. Yes very filling and delicious!

  3. Will be so nice for you!

    Oh, I remember when I was 20 and was going back home from Ireland... I had quite a hangover (well, I was young at the time, haha!) and got myself one of those irish breakfasts with sausages of different kinds and fried egg. What a miracle worker that was - the hangover was no more! :-D

    1. It is still working its miracles for hangovers!! I use it myself on occasions!

  4. Irish boxty?? I need to know more looks utterly delicious......think warming stews is what we all want this summer!!

    1. Thank you..Irish boxty is potato cake fried on a cast iron pan. I have a similar recipe on the blog but will post a new one for Boxty some time soon:)

  5. oh this made me just hungry. this is good food.

  6. Oh don't - all those pictures are making me super hungry.

    1. They have that effect on me too:)

  7. The Breakfast looks delicious :)
    Love the first 2 Photos ,great Places!

    Wish you a beautiful Day ♡

  8. Sounds like a wonderful idea to discover parts of your own beautiful country which you haven't visited before and all that delicious food too. I'm crossing my fingers for a heatwave for you (or just a dry spell!)

    1. Hopefully it will improve,can't get any worse anyhow!!

  9. The food looks so delicious. I love English breakfast, so yummy!
    Very nice pictures.

    1. Thanks Dimitri...have a good day:)

  10. I am delighted to have awarded you the Leibster award. Pack everything for every weather. I understand weather is great with you worst day here so far.

    1. Thanks very much Inge! Lovely here still, although clouds gathering so you just never know!!

  11. Anne - have a great time and hope the weather behaves. If you're near Belfast let me know! Avril xx

    1. Thanks Avril! I hope you enjoy your hols too:)

  12. I have never been to Ireland, this post convinces me I must.

    1. I can't promise fine weather but you will have a good "craic" as we say here:)

  13. That food looks so good! I've never had Irish food before.

  14. The food looks amazing! I have never been to Ireland but one day I will.

    1. Hope you bring some sun if you are coming:)

  15. We loved our Irish holiday a few years back and we were lucky the rain stayed away. I hope that the sun shines on you as well. Take care Diane

    1. Thanks Diane.. we are living in hope of a vast improvement:)

  16. Ireland is a place I would so love to visit someday. The photos of it are so beautiful and the food looks really yummy!

    Have a terrific trip!

  17. everything looks so yummy. Ireland is for sure on my dream list of places to go. :)

  18. I love Irish food, we have a place here that makes Irish food and it's very delicious! I hope to go to Ireland for real someday, but until then I go to the Irish pub here!

    1. Ha! Irish pubs are all over the world:)

  19. Looks delish! Enjoy your time!

    1. Thanks ...have another bit to go before we head off!

  20. Mmmmh lovely pics of wonderful meals!

    ♥ Franka

    1. Hoping to enjoy a few nice meals when we go:)

  21. I think I'd like to holiday in Ireland too! The food looks perfect--yummy breakfast! I love eating outside too! Great post and I hope you can make a decision on what to pack!

    1. I hate bringing too much but trying to whittle it down is the thing!!

  22. Ηi Anne thanks for visiting my blog! I like yours too!
    We'll be in touch;-)

    1. Thank you Angeliki...delighted to have another follower:)

  23. We love coming to Ireland for holidays it is such a beautiful country. That Irish food looks so good to eat too.
    Sarah x

    1. Delighted you enjoy your holidays here Sarah:)

  24. Replies
    1. Photos of food are very tempting:)

  25. Hey there! Followed you over here from Kim's A Very Sweet Blog from our Margarita Bloom review! Just wanted to say Hiya! and thanks for the sweet words about our potions! What fun! I've always wanted to go to fact, I am a little bit Irish! That chowder looks yummy..and it's sooo making me hungry! lol... so lovely to meet you!!

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