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The growing popularity of cake pops

2 Oct

Cake pops have hit Ireland with a vengeance. I’m seriously feeling like I’m out of touch lately — I was listening to one of my favorite programs on NPR, “This American Life” the other day (catching up from an old podcast from over the summer) and they were talking about how Bubble Tea and Vietnamese Sandwiches have swept the U.S. – whaaaat???  I felt so out of it!  Seriously, I track trends as a part of my daily job — how could I miss this?  Well, that’s how I feel about cake pops.  It seems like just in the past couple of weeks that they’re everywhere.  And now that I’m aware of them, I realize just how out of touch I’ve been! 

Anyway, loved the cake pops from “The Choux Box” – red velvet being my favorite.  And check out the Pop Stars post on — so many creative ideas.  Makes me want to have a party just so I can make some Cake Pops!

Here’s a quick recipe to try if you haven’t made them yet – we can do this!


R.I.P. Shaun the Bichon

1 Oct

I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while now — it’s been two months since my four-legged friend, Shaun, passed away.  Tilly and I lived with Shaun and his people for a year so he was near and dear to my heart (and he totally had the hots for Tilly). 


He passed on while I was away this summer so I didn’t get to say a proper goodbye so I thought I’d do so here with a few photos of Shaun from our trip to “Norn Iron” back in July. As you can see, he was never far from Miss Tilly. 

Hooray for Ouray

17 Sep

I’m still catching up on things that I saw or did over my summer vacation that I wanted to share on the blog.  One of the places where I went with my friends, the Childers, was Ouray (pronounced “you-ray”).  These are not great pics — just some quick ones taken with my phone but I wanted to share them because it was such a beautiful, blue-skied day and it’s like a little town still lost in 1849.  

We spent a couple of hours at the Hot Springs Pool and we “filled in the cracks” after lunch at Mouse’s Chocolates where I had the most delicious chai tea milkshake and a chocolate truffle (or two).

There was a cute little rusted Stop Sign hung in the “loo” at the restaurant where we had lunch. I just had to snap a quick shot.

Creative Herb Gardening

15 Sep

Okay, last post from Electric Picnic but I thought this little garden was adorable.  I’m not entirely positive but I think the objective was to promote the GIY movement.  At any rate, it was cute and made me want to go find an old wheel barrel or maybe a kids’ bed to load up with herbs. 

Get your kicks at age 66

14 Sep

Clodagh turned 66 on Sunday which is partly why her four daughters, son-in-law and I headed out to Electric Picnic — her idea, by the way — and a great idea, just not one you’d expect from a 66-year-old.  But Clodagh’s not your average 66-year-old.  She’s pretty hip and has more energy than most people 20 years younger.  Good on ya’, Clodagh.

Here are a couple of pics of Clodagh and the gang on Clodagh’s birthday at “the picnic”. 

I love this kid

13 Sep

But seriously, how could you not?  This is Casper at Electric Picnic.  He’s such a good festival baby.  He’s been to quite a few (the family friendly ones) and he’s a natural.  







As mentioned before, he’s my housemate for a couple of months and he’s a good housemate, too – he loves my dog and says  “Niiiice” to her as he (somewhat) strokes her gently; he enjoys giving her the food he’s supposed to eat; he generously gives kisses and hugs before going “night night” — I could get used to this! 

Just thought I’d share a few photos of Casper from our day out at Electric Picnic. I love, love, love the fact that Casper and his cousin, Mia, were trying to takeover the stage during our friend, Erin Fornoff’s poetry reading at the Brownbread Mixtape performance.  Hilarious. 

Ten years on…

11 Sep

I can’t seem to see the date September 11th and just act like it’s a normal day because it wasn’t a normal day for me at all.  Living in Boston at the time, I just had too many people I know who were personally affected by that day. 

But, I like to write about design so, in keeping with that theme, I thought I’d share a few photos and details about the memorial.  The site opens today for families of the victims and will be open tomorrow to the public.

Michael Arad is the American architect who won the design competition for the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City in 2004.  His concept was to replace the twin towers with a pair of pools set 30 feet deep in the “footprints” of the downed towers, with cascading waterfalls surrounded by the names of the victims. 



The Wishing Tree at Electric Picnic

10 Sep

I was very taken with this “Wishing Tree” at Electric Picnic.  I was reading a bit online and this custom of adding wishes or coins to a tree has been around for centuries.  I’ve seen mentioned things like this before but I thought this one was particularly beautiful and had some funny, nice and sad sentiments — I guess that’s just a sign of the times.  I love the honesty of the wish that says, “I wish for lust not love.” Fair enough.

And my heart aches for the woman who wrote that she wishes for her “autistic grandchild Jude to speak soon.”

I think this Christmas, instead of a Christmas tree, I’d like to have a Wishing Tree…

Watch this space – some changes at Tilly’s Cottage Blog

8 Sep

Hi all – Just a quick note to say I’m doing a little site maintenance tomorrow and moving the site over to it’s own domain:

I’m hoping the site re-direct will work fine so this shouldn’t impact subscriptions but there will be no post tomorrow.  Thanks for reading and more to come on the new site!

My new local

7 Sep

I was wandering past The Vintage Inn the other day which I’ve decided is going to be my new “local” — which is how people here refer to the pub they frequent in their neighborhood.  I’ve only been there twice but it’s very cute – case in point, I was walking past the other day and I noticed these cute little keg planters.  Looks like they literally cut a hole in the top to accommodate the bamboo tree and decoupaged the outside with flyers and newspapers.  

You can see The Vintage Inn in my “Then and Now” post — it’s the little white with green trimmed building on the right.