Hello again!

Hi guys, it’s been a couple of weeks, sorry for the lack of posts but I have been all over the place, trust me! My husband recently turned 40 and myself 35, I was planning a big party for the two of us and it was a fantastic evening, it also happened to be the hottest day of the year and of course I made a chocolate cake- that was fun let me tell you(not)!

I took the week off work to try and get our apartment sorted, well, I told myself it would take two days but who was I kidding, I was bleaching voile curtains, shampooing the rugs, I was like a woman possessed.

Then there was the food, we only decided what to do the week of the party, a nice Summer tapas theme, complete with Spanish/ acoustic guitar playlist on Spotify, then I had to make the cake the day before, Ryan’s favourite cake is Devil Food Cake, I had no idea how I was going to decorate it- that happened the day before -in the heat and then there was the balloon saga, we bought balloons and had them filled with helium for the buffet table… my hubby has tinnitus and so with the heat, the balloons were bursting in the car and that was…well…. horrendous, poor guy!

Anyhow, the party was a great Success, my friend and blogger buddy Norma from The House That Will came to stay for the weekend and I introduced her to one of my favourite spots, Killruddery house, we simply had a blast of a weekend and I got over the panic.

It’s been a bit busy at work the last two weeks too so I’m just getting around to open my laptop again and get back to the blogging.

I’ve a blog post coming up over the next two days about the party so watch this space!

Sarah xx

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New Shoes???

It’s officially wedding season and whilst I don’t have a wedding to go to this year, I do have some events to attend-like the Dublin Horse Show in August. I like to pull out all the stops for the horse show, hat rental, new outfit, gloves and my hair up-styled. The Horse Show is the one event I hate to miss! I’ve been going since I was a child but Ladies Day is my secret pleasure, dressing up like a proper lady, enjoying champagne and fine food and watching the most beautiful horses do their thing! It’s marvelous… perhaps even afternoon tea at the Intercontinental hotel next door….

It’s about time I got this ‘Dressing Up’ tab activated, so, I will be publishing posts on grooming, equestrian event etiquette and some gorgeous dresses that are catching my eye, to be honest, there is so much, narrowing it down will be difficult. I have already bought the shoes, not the dress yet, but of course…I’ll be getting everything to match my shoes! They are gorgeous though, what do you think? On sale at Kurt Geiger! It’s all about the shoes!!

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Catching My Eye This Week:

Got to hand it to Tesco for their weird and wonderful creations, You might remember their chocolate truffle ‘Brussels Sprouts’ and ‘New Potatoes’ at Christmas? Well they’ve done it again with this combo’.

We were doing a shop this evening and I ran over, last minute as you do, I ran over to the savoury snacks and crisps Isle to get some peanuts for the trip home and spotted these..

Strawberry, Dark Chocolate & Black Pepper Popcorn, how weirdly wonderful! They’re just like toffee popcorn in consistency, big chunks of dark chocolate and dried strawberry and then there’s the tingle on your tongue from the pepper afterwards. I’d quite like these with my Friday night Prosecco.

€2.65 (170g)

Other flavours include: Ginger, Peppermint Cream & Toffee Nut Latte

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I am in love, guys! Have you seen these McNutt Cashmere pashmina’s yet? #birthdaywishlist

Even for your Mum’s, Mother’s Day is March 26th. Just imagine her on a Summers evening, outside at a restaurant, nice big glass of wine and one of these wrapped around her shoulders? How elegant!! I *really* want one!

Girlie Afternoon Tea At ‘The G’ Hotel in Galway

While we’re on the topic of Afternoon Tea..

We also paid a visit to Galway on our Spring Break. I was well overdue a meet up with My friend and fellow blogger, Norma from ‘The House That Will’. Norma like myself, appreciates vintage and ladylike things like Afternoon Tea so what better to do than take a trip to The G Hotel?

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Norma can’t eat gluten and after ringing around, we were treated like we’d just called to ask if they could invite the Queen of England to come and join us.. one hotel said to me on the phone.. “well what do you expect, it’s afternoon tea, pastries and bread, what more do you want me to say!?”, they had absolutely no gluten free offering.which was surprising, so I called The G Hotel and we were told “ABSOLUTELY!”! What a relief! They had a large wedding on but still managed to fit us in and we were treated so well!

I got all dressed up, hair in rollers and the red lipstick out, tea in The G! Exciting! For those of you who have not heard of The G Hotel, it’s in Galway, the west of Ireland and it’s lavish interior has been designed by famous Milliner Philip Treacy.

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an image of afternoon tea at The G Hotel

I cannot say enough about this treat, firstly, they had Darjeeling, If you’ve read my post on ‘The Etiquette of Afternoon tea’, you’ll have read that this is the original tea of Afternoon tea, I must admit, I did a little dance inside because it’s the most difficult tea to come across. Point is THEY HAD IT and I will spare you a rambling..

Our tea was so large, two girls brought it in, a vast table of goodness, from beef and beetroot sandwiches, goats cheese, delicious scones an clotted cream, proper clotted cream, no whipped rubbish :D. And then there were the treats, pink meringue hearts, filled with passionfruit, strawberry fruit pots, chocolate gateau and a red velvet mini cupcake complete with a ‘love heart’ sweet on top!

Oh dear! I felt like a princess again, all dressed  up too – and a growing waistband…

Afternoon Tea for two at The G Hotel is €46, a fabulous indulgence that never needs a reason, sometimes life in general needs a reward!

If you have special dietetic requirements, it is best to call in advance, it’s only fair to them and saves disappointment.

 

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A Photo Of Gluten Free Sandwiches The G Hotel

Gluten Free Finger Sandwiches For Norma

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Gluten Free Dessert Plate

GiGi's Restaurant The G Hotel Photo

GiGi’s Restaurant Interior

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