Tuesday, December 10, 2013


    Christmas Day in Ireland is December 25.
    Here the Christmas celebrations last from Christmas Eve to the feast of the Epiphany on January 6, which is referred to as "Little Christmas". Christmas in Ireland is a religious as well as a festive occassion. Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom and hence, Christmas traditions here echo those of the western countries.
   In preparation for Christmas, Irish families bake Christmas cakes, puddings and mince pies. Mantelpieces are decorated with flowers (such as holly) and ornaments. A popular tradition here, as in other western nations, is hanging the mistletoe in a doorway and to kiss under it. Before the holidays, families give gifts (usually money) to all those who provide service to them throughout the year, such as the plumber or the milkman.

Chirstmas shoppers

   Homes are cleaned and often whitewashed, as a means of purification. Christmas trees are set up and decorated with tinsel, colourful lights and a star or an angel on top. Many kids recieve an Advent Calendar which have slots for each day in December, each of them containing a chocolate treat.
On Christmas Eve, all the extended members of Roman Catholic families in Ireland come together and attend the Midnight Mass. In windows of individual homes, lighted candles are placed to signify symbolic hospitality for Mary and Joseph. The candles are usually red in color, and decorated with sprigs of holly. Traditionally, Irish women bake a seed cake for each member of the house. They also prepare three puddings, one for each day of the Epiphany such as Christmas, New Year's Day and the Twelfth Night.

Oconnell Street in Dublin


toblerone chocolate-

The  bundt cakes are very versatile , can present in many ways, perhaps one of the most spectacular is as if it were a cupcake, just how you see in the picture.
To do this you will have to make your  mini bundt cake in format  and decorate with a curly tip coverage you choose.
The recipe for this bundt formatted cupcake is  chocolate toblerone,  chocolate flavor of this chocolate is very particular and that gives a special touch that will be wonderful for all those who you may be fans of this sweet, plus the fruit This is also dry very gently bringing the crispy dough.

TobleroneChocolate bundt cake recipe 

160g butter
130g caster sugar
140g brown sugar
2 eggs
140 g flour
60 g cocoa
1 teaspoon baking
1 pinch of salt
130 ml evaporated milk
110 g yoghurt
220 g of toblerone
Chocolate Ganache ** to decorate
300g couverture chocolate
200 ml cream
Preheat oven to 175 ยบ C. Our greased pan and reserve.
In a bowl put the flour, salt, sodium bicarbonate, cocoa and mix until they are all integrated ingredients.
We cut into small pieces and melt it toblerone. Booked
In our mixer bowl put the butter and sugars and beat until light and fluffy.
Once we get this texture we add the eggs one by one and beat well after each addition.  Add the melted chocolate and beat until we we smooth.
Mix evaporated milk and yogurt.
We now proceed to incorporate the flour mixture and evaporated milk and yogurt, and we will alternately until completed, and always beating well after each addition.
Now that we have our dough ready, we miss the mold we had prepared, we smooth the dough, give a tap to avoid leaving bubbles on it and make sure the dough so well between all the slits.
Then we put the pan in the oven and bake at 180 for 55 or 60 min, or until we see what goes prick our clean needle.
Over time, we get the cake from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes in pan, after this time, unmold and let cool completely on wire rack.
To make the chocolate ganache chocolate and melt it took to boil the cream, when broken, pour it over the chocolate and whisk vigorously. Let stand until cool.
While cooling prepare a pastry bag with a star nozzle curly. Fill with chocolate ganache and decorate our cupcakes as if it were some cupcakes. We booked the "cupcakes" in the refrigerator until serving time.


This year I'm obsessed with glitter. But not just any glitter--German glass glitter. It's actually made from ground up glass, and it is absolutely gorgeous. You can find beautiful glitter glass herehere, and here. Don't you love how these jingle bells look like they're frosty?

There are different grits of glass glitter. Here are examples of fine, medium, and large grit glass glitters. I think for the jingle bells I preferred the medium grit.

I saw a glitter-encrusted jingle bell at PB the other day, so I pulled out my jingle bell supply and got to work glittering up every last one. Here's how to glitter a jingle bell or two and then turn them into a wreath. They're great as ornaments, gift toppers, even gift tags. Gorgeous.

Glittered Jingle Bell Wreath Tutorial


*Glitter (in a bowl with plastic spoon)
*Jingle balls
*Craft spray adhesive
*Craft wire
*Ribbon and trim

1. Cut a few inches of wire to hold your jingle bell. You can string two or three at a time as long as you leave a little room between them.

2. Hold a can of all-purpose craft adhesive spray 6-8 inches away from jingle bell on the wire. Spray on all sides.

3. Quickly dip in glitter, using spoon to spoon glitter on all sides of jingle bell until covered.

Repeat with about 30 small jingle bells for a small wreath. Change the number for bigger or smaller wreaths--you can play around with it.

4. Lay half your jingle bells out in the shape of a wreath. Cut a piece of wire just longer than you need for the shape of the wreath. String jingle bells on. They will fall double-wide along the wire.

5. When your wreath is full, push ends of wire into bells on opposite sides. Wrap the ends of wire around the main wreath wire to secure. Cover the ends with bells.

6. Add a loop of ribbon tied in a bow so you can hang it. I added a little piece of tinsel for extra holiday cheer.

These are so cute as an ornament, a gift topper,

or even a fancy gift tag.

Now I'm off to use some more glass glitter--I'm not done decorating yet!