Every summer ends and school begins again, children in their droves head to the classroom. This year the challenge of returning to school is undoubtedly more heightened than ever.
Madeira typically hosts her wine and flower festivals in different months, but in September of this year (2020), they'll be celebrated together for the first time.
Bunny rabbits make great pets and will return the love you give them and much more...
Everyone in the family will enjoy these quick and easy mini puff pastry tarts. Perfect for a lazy Sunday brunch!
I know some people like to make frittatas with the leftovers in their fridge, but for me, a frittata isn't just about leftovers. It's about a tasty, filling lunch after a busy morning.
Keeping chickens is a great experience and a rewarding one at that. Chickens can be very friendly and enjoy attention and don't need walking.
I love to write about almost anything and I am never without inspiration. I have decided to write a list of ways to inspire you to write.
This guide will tell you everything you need to know about growing your own pumpkins from seed.
A fun little poem about a conversation between the young home student and the home schooler: many of us may be having similar conversations these days.
It's story time. Come along and read a little story that might just brighten your day!
Pumpkin and coriander are a perfect marriage in this soup recipe. Adding a poached egg gives creaminess and texture.
Leftovers don't have to be boring: We can transform our scraps into delicious tasty food.
These curried pumpkin and filo pastry parcels are a tasty vegetarian snack or starter. The coleslaw complements the pumpkin beautifully.
This is a lovely breakfast brunch recipe with fried chouriço, sliced potatoes, black pudding, spring onions and chopped tomato topped with fresh poached eggs.
Easy, no-fuss starter recipes mean you can focus on the main dish.
Obesity kills one in eleven people in the UK. Being grossly overweight is a definite health risk and a huge cost to the NHS.
What scares you? Witches? The Woods? The dark? Your own imagination? Perhaps it's everything or nothing, perhaps it's your other self: the one you have yet to meet.
Why do some people feel the need to sample all the food available when on an all inclusive holiday? I have seen pallets sorry plates pilled high with a mixture of food that shouldn't be seen on the same plate ever. If you put all that food into a bowl and gave it a mix it would blow up!
Is it right to allow young children and babies to use iPads? Is it possible that such interaction with electronics at a young age may effect relationships and emotional growth in the future?
Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is about you and why you are right for the job. Your CV is your sales pitch, so make sure you get it right the first time. Always believe in yourself and never doubt your ability: you can learn what you don't know.
Why eating together as a family is so important from a happy and healthy point of view for all the family. Bring a little love to your family table and be there for your child.
Easy tasty spring rolls or egg rolls as some call them: ready to eat in minutes. Ideal as a snack, a starter or a party nibble.
This deliciously easy starter of breaded mushrooms with a tangy garlic mayonnaise will get your dinner party off to a great start. These mushrooms also work as canapés if you use the smaller button mushroom variety or even as a light supper. They go great with a glass of chilled white wine.
This delicious bruschetta recipe has goat cheese and beetroot sit on a bed of roasted red peppers, topped with pesto, basil leaves, and a shave of Parmesan. Ideal for a starter or an impressive party nibble.
Tomato and roasted red pepper chutney is the king of tomato chutneys. A rich sweet chutney that loves all foods: hard cheeses; soft cheeses; melted cheeses, strong cheeses; cold meats; sausages; warm vegetables; seafood; in sandwiches; over wraps; as a dip... the list is endless.
With the rise of the Me Too movement it seems our fairy tales are now the next target to be deemed sexist and damaging by celebrities including Keira Knightly and Kristen Bell. It seems a kiss is certainly more than just a kiss.
Samhain is a time when the souls of the dead can pass and meet with the living souls on every hallow's eve, the 31st of October. It's not always a pleasant reunion and not everyone wants to meet a ghost.
An easy tasty chicken and rice recipe cooked in one pot and served straight to the table. My take on Caribbean Chicken.
A story about an old man that makes an unlikely friendship with three little girls: a bond is formed and lives are changed.
Pork ribs and a delicious homemade BBQ sauce. Deliciously tasty and really simple to make. What's not to like?!
Easy healthy snacks for kids for after school or at the weekend. Fill them up with healthy treats that won't spoil their meal time.
This recipe for Indian pakoras is easy and tasty. Ideal for a snack, light lunch or easy supper. It's perfect for vegetarians, too.
Parents with fat kids: who is responsible for your children getting fatter? Are you guilty?
Deliciously easy roast potatoes: crisp on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. What are you waiting for? Get the oven on!
How to cook a whole roast chicken with sausage and herb stuffing under the skin of the chicken breast. Deliciously succulent and easy to do and tasty too.
Family are very important and it is good to spend time together: bonding through conversation and interaction as families should. Just don't invite me.
Eggs are a great source of protein and make a substantial contribution to your daily vitamins and minerals. Why not learn to make the perfect sunny-side up egg?
Deliciously easy homemade hummus. Serve with vegetable sticks if you want to be super healthy. I love garlic crostini myself. There is only so much healthiness I can eat at one time.
Deliciously easy shepherd's pie with a crisp mashed potato and parmesan cheese topping. A tasty meat and mash combination. Made as individual portions. This simple dish tastes great.
This easy homemade onion bhaji recipe is great as a snack, a starter, or as finger food. It's very tasty. Be prepared to make loads and hide a few for yourself.
A lost grave brimming with the forgotten: a forsaken coffer. You must decipher your own thoughts as they are yours and yours alone.
Do doting parents drive you insane constantly droning on about their kids and why you should join the parent plan? Are you too selfish to have kids?
Easy pizza bread recipe: perfect for a movie night in. All of the taste non of the hassle. Feel free to use extra toppings.
How to cook a turkey dinner with all the trimmings without any of the fuss. Christmas dinner, Thanks Giving, Easter or Sunday lunch it's all about good food.
BLT: A great all day breakfast salad recipe, ideal for a weekend brunch or weekday supper or anytime light meal.
How to prevent mosquitoes from bugging you. Natural repellents that work. Keep those nasty bugs at bay; no more bites this summer season.
Is Mcdonald's making us fat? Are burgers and fries really responsible for our expanding waistlines? Can we honestly blame fast food for our weight problem?
Are you fat? Are you fed up being fat? Have you tried every diet under the sun yet you're still fat? It's time to find out why your fat!
Does Mr. Right really exist? Is the perfect man somewhere out there waiting for you? Is your Prince Charming about to make an appearance?
A delicious Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe for all the famly to enjoy. A great cake dessert for those very special occasions.
A great, classic recipe for Christmas cake. Easy to make and a joy to eat. Indulge! After all, it's Christmastime.
How to make your own mince pies this Christmas with this easy tasty Christmas receipe. Impress all the family with this delightful Christmas treat.
A poem expressing the roller coaster of emotions when I learned of my unborn daughter. The first feelings of motherhood.
Everyday high fiber foods that will keep your colon healthy. Fiber is very important in your diet, make sure you're eating enough. Fiber aids a healthy weigh too. Check out my high fiber food list.
What is constipation and what causes it? Constipation affects us all at some point during our everyday lives; learn how to deal with it and prevent it.
An easy delicious recipe for mini sponge cakes with buttercream filling and orange glaze.
Gabriel's Groans: Why a trip to buy a new bed turned into a disaster. A funny tale.
A delicious recipe for low-fat potato chips, followed by more ideas for how to prepare potatoes without adding a lot of fat.
Self catering holidays in Madeira, Portugal. How to choose where to stay and the best property to suit you and your families needs and expectations.
A simple, straightforward method to poach eggs, resulting in perfect poached soft eggs every time.
Tasty and easy mini cake recipe. Great treats for kids and really quick to make.
An easy lemon meringue pie recipe with homemade pastry using condensed milk. An easy everyday desert. A delicious cheats pie recipe that will please every time.
How to use up leftover vegetables. Great for a quick and healthy supper or a tasty filling snack. Don't waste food, use it up to make inventive healthy snacks.
An Irish recipe for white fruit soda bread. Easy to make and delicious to eat. A must have recipe for any bread lover. Goes great with a big fat Ulster Fry.
What to do when your online content is copied and how to remove it by filing a DMCA report. What is a DMCA report? Read on, find out and prevent plagarisim.
This is a delicious homemade fruit scones recipe. It includes a few hints and tips to make your scones perfect every time. It's simple, easy, and totally delicious.
A poem about death: If I Should Die Today. Death takes everything; our bodies our mortal thoughts.
A poem about Alzheimer's and the desperate feeling of losing your mind knowing you've no control and time is your enemy.
Chicken and pesto pizza with pine nuts. A tasty pizza recipe with a little extra pizzazz. A great supper dish for a Saturday night.
Easy delicious courgette quiche recipe with home made pastry. Step by step instructions with accompanying photographs.
The final part of a 3 part short story. A woman aims to get back at her cheating husband. A funny tale.
Part 2 of a 3 part short story. A woman sees her husband with another woman. Pay back is the only thing on her mind. The fun has begun.
Part 1 of a 3 part short story. A woman sees her husband with another woman and she's not very pleased. A funny tale.
This is an easy brown soda bread recipe complete with step-by-step instructions and pictures. You will enjoy baking and love eating this warm, delightful bread.
A delicious stuffed mushroom recipe you will want to make again and again. Step by step instructions: how to make the perfect stuffed mushroom illustrated with pictures.
Part 2. Abbey discovers her handsome man is not all he seems to be.
Part 1 of a 2 part short story. A young woman meets a handsome stranger on the streets of Paris. Caution is thrown to the wind and an adventure begins.
A haunting short story based in the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland. A ghost story about a dead daughter, a big bad dog, an old lady and a young couple that happen upon her strange abode.
Delicious goats cheese and onion chutney tart recipe with homemade pastry and homemade onion chutney. Step by step with pictures.
Informative article about obesity and the dangers of being obese. Face the facts; why are you fat? And how to get help.
The Shoemaker is a delightful fantasy fiction short story for children. A wonderful bedtime story to send your kids to sleep.
Gabriel's Groans: I find grocery shopping very stressful. Shopping at the local supermarket drives my completely crazy. The other day, I made a trip to the supermarket...
The Legend Of Loftus Hall: A tale of two lovers; an Irish ghost story that began long ago and is still remembered today. The original tale still shadows The Hook.
Simple easy tips on how to grow tomatoes from seed. Hints and tips on growing your own tomatoes.
An easy, tasty recipe for succulent sausage rolls made with ready-made puff pastry. Step-by-step instructions with pictures. Sooo delicious, the whole family will love them.
A fictional short story about a woman desperate to find a little solitude.
An entertaining article on why we tell little white lies to our family and friends. And yes we all lie, even you.
Annoying things in every day life that leave me feeling exhausted and exasperated.
Lose weight the healthy way and you will stay slim forever; tips for easy healthy weight loss. Tired of being fat? Fed up carrying those extra pounds? This article will help you lose weight for good.
The Sluagh: demonic souls unwanted even by the devil himself, left to wonder the earth flying through the skies. Their only interest? recruitment!
Any easy step by step recipe: how to make a prawn cocktail; from choosing your prawns to making your sauce. You'll never make it any other way again; if like a kick this recipe is for you.
A great Irish stew recipe: A Beef and Guinness stew the perfect end to a cold day. An easy tasty dish for all the family to enjoy.
This article provides detailed information about the killer disease/eating disorder, Bulimia Nervosa and how to spot the tell tell signs and symtoms. Be aware; know the signs: Beat Bulimia!
Traditional Irish cocktail recipes perfect for celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Have some fun with friends and make a green cocktail.
An article on Anorexia: What is Anorexia? What are the signs and symptoms? What will Anorexia do to your body?
This article explores the meaning of disordered eating. Possible signs to look for and how to help a sufferer. Be awear of food disorders, somone in your family may need your help now!
A romantic vegetarian menu for two. Easy delicious food over three courses. Step by step instructions to guide you through the preparation and cooking of the perfect vegetarian meal for two.
An easy step by step three course dinner for two. Romance doesn't have to be hard work; follow these easy tasty recipes for a fool proof romantic dinning experience.
Ten things that drive me and most likely you and everyone else nuts. An entertaining article.
Trying to lose weight? Fed up feeling fat? You need to know what foods to avoid when trying to lose weight. Hidden fats in foods you love may be ruining your diet and killing your self esteem.
Celebrity diets; who's on what diet from the baby food diet to the purple food diet? What celeb favors strawberries and who swears by ice cubes? Celeb diets: do they work or are they just a fad?
Pictures of Funchal Madeira at Christmas time. Pictures of the city centre: beautiful life size nativity scenes; life size snowmen and a towering Santa Claus. Includes pictures of winter flowers and winter log cabins selling traditional fare.
An easy cheats recipe for delicious meatballs with spaghetti, ready in record time. The whole family will love this recipe and you will love how simple it is.
Leftovers: what to do with left over turkey and/or chicken. Easy, tasty recipes that only take minutes to prepare from a quick snack to evening meal.
This article lists alcoholic drinks that won't make you fat. If you're watching your weight or want a healthier option read on and discover low calorie alcoholic drinks that won't ruin your waistline.
Inspirational hints and tips to cure a hangover from a full greasy fry up to the hair of the dog... or how about a bull's penis!
A story of young love that ends in bloodshed and the birth of a deadly blood sucker. Revenge is always sweet.
Five winter warming tipples; perfect for the festive season of Christmas. Whether for a party or a romantic toast you'll love these festive drinks. Cuddle up with a mulled wine or sip on a warm cider.
A personal experience returning a hoover that was anything but simple. Funny and entertaining.
Great hints and tips to help you choose the perfect engagement ring. Plus the meaning behind different gems and birth stones.
An insight into the famous Galway International Oyster Festival. A great competition with lots of fun filled events to entertain you. A fabulous reason to visit the west of Ireland.
A tale of when and where Halloween began more than 2000 years ago. A time when masks were worn for survival and monsters walked among us; a time when ghosts stole our souls and the night was feared by the living alone.
Great tips to help you choose your wedding dress: where to look; things you need to consider; shape and style of silhouette; your shape and what will suit you plus how to decide your budget.
Poetry: when loving someone hurts you both, it's time to say goodbye.
A personal view of being the third child and how sometimes it's not so good.
Be warmed by this delicious recipe for homemade tomato soup with basil pesto and crisp croutons. Fold yourself into its savory, herbaceous flavors, and be surprised by some crunchy croutons!
A poem about a soul I spied as it rode on it's way to heaven on a black wing.
Dark Haunted Poetry: shadows lurk and evil grows stronger and more prominent every day.
Gardening gadgets that will help whip your garden in to shape. Must have labor saving tools for the busy gardener.
Great tips to turn your dinner party into a great success without all the stress. Easy and fun hints and tips to help you plan The Perfect Dinner Party
A guide to the famous three peak mountain walk across Madeira. Starting at Pico do Arieiro and walking across the mountain to Pico Ruivo. Includes breaking photos of what you will see.
Must have kitchen gadgets to save time in the kitchen. Easy and cheap utensils that save hours of labor in the kitchen and also make great gifts. Have fun with food.
3 Mojito recipes: a traditional mojito recipe; one for the girls mojito recipe; a pineapple mojito recipe. Great cocktails for fabulous parties.
How to make easy egg custard without the curdle every time.
A funny story about going fishing with my friend Johnny. We have beers and a boat; perfect till we start to sink...
Want to make a lovely pavlova? Read on to find a foolproof recipe for dessert success, tips to keep your mix from sticking, and fun toppings you can use to create your pavlova masterpiece!
Gabriel's Groans: A funny article on a personal note. Clean and tidy mean different things to my mother than anyone else I know.
Gabriel's Groans: Why are visitors like fish? because they start to stink after a while. A fun article on the joy of visitors and family.
Two great recipes for red and white wine based sangria. Perfect for those long hot summer evenings. Bring on the party...
A tasty BBQ steak recipe everyone will love. Easy marinades for chicken and pork. Perfect BBQ prawns. Delicious BBQ ribs and sweet pineapple rings for dessert. Perfect BBQ foods to enjoy this summer.
Quick and easy picnic food ideas for kids to enjoy. Take the hassle out of picnics with these great picnic foods and have a great day out.
Gabriel's Groans: A fun lighthearted read; another day in The Life of Gabriel.
Great coleslaw recipes including good old classic slaw, cheese slaw and a modern scrumptious bacon slaw. It's so easy and cheap to make your own not to mention quick and tasty. Why not make your own.
3 easy delicious potato salad recipes with a few tasty hints and tips. Great dishes to compliment salads, sandwiches, cold cuts and family picnics.
Quick and easy no fuss food ideas for grown up picnics. Take the stress out of picnics with these clever food ideas and keep all the adults happy. Bring on those lazy hazy days of Summer.
A funny story about going to buy a goat with my friend Johnny. We head for the mountains hot on the tail of goat man...
The best things to do and the most important things to see when visiting Ireland. From horse racing to sipping Guinness and kissing the Blarney stone. All you need to know is right here!
Champagne cocktails are a real treat. There are numerous budget sparkling wines that will work wonderfully in your cocktails. Why wait for a special occasion, pop a cork and start mixing...
What's the secret to making the perfect gin and tonic? Let me show you, and you'll never make it another way again. This is a must-have recipe for the gin-lover.
Hints and tips to help you choose the right colours for your wedding day. An informative look at the meaning of colours and what colours you can choose to express your feelings on your Wedding Day.
This article shows step by step, how to cook a roast Sunday lunch the whole family will enjoy complete with the calorie low down. A low fat, calorie counted, roast beef Sunday lunch.
When you go down in the woods tonight you better beware of The Pooka. Well known through the Celtic lands of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. He takes many forms and is a devil of a fairy.
Hints and tips to help you choose the perfect wedding rings: from choosing metals, caret, with or without stones, plus the low down on costs and design.
A helpful guide to choosing your wedding bouquet. Plus: the meaning behind popular wedding flowers. A must read for any bride to be to ensure the perfect bouquet for her special day.
Step by step instructions: how to cook the perfect low calorie Sunday brunch from perfect poached eggs to crispy bacon with the calorie low down. How to eat your Sunday brunch without the calories.
Try making these five low-calorie soups made with homemade chicken stock. Stave off any hunger pangs and get your diet under control with these delicious recipes!
Tears will fall: poetry that expresses sadness and loneliness.
Zero calorie foods take more energy to absorb into the system than the energy in the food itself. In other words zero calorie foods are foods you can eat without counting calories or gaining weight
A short tale of a personal visit to Ireland; where I met an old woman who seemed a lot more then grey hair and gnarled nails, perhaps she was a Banshee!
Beautiful pictures of Ponta De Sao Lourenço, Madeira. A delightful personal encounter from a non hiker experiencing the thrill of this wonderful levada walk.
Easy delicious prawn recipes. Crisp tempura to oven baked garlic prawns. Don't miss out on these great prawn dishes.
You may be surprised to learn prawns and shrimp are not the same thing. Find out the difference between prawns and shrimp: why they're good for you, how to know if they're fresh and how to cook them.
A little history about a famous Irish fairy and how I caught a Leprechaun.
There's a very good reason why laziness is a sin. To sit about and do nothing all day is crazy. To have such a lack of interest in bettering ones self seems incredible not to mention wasteful. Shame on you!
What excactly does it mean to lust after? And why is lust a deadly sin?
One of the seven deadly sins: Greed. Are you greedy as a pig?
Why is gluttony a sin? It seems eating too much has consequences on more than just your waist line. Read on to discover why gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins.
The sin of wrath; why anger is one of the seven deadly sins. Do you need anger management classes?
Is vanity a sin? It seems it is! And a mortal one at that! With so many social media opportunities to post your pics while using all the tricks with the newest apps to enhance your better bits, are you guilty of vanity?
A synopsis of the seven deadly sins. What is a capital sin? What are the seven deadly sins?
Envy is not a nice trait to possess. To be jealous of others achievements and accomplishments is simply nasty. Many people that are envious of others should channel that energy into their own goals. Imagine what they might achieve!
The meaning of mistletoe. When and where you'll find it. And a few facts you didn't know.
An article explaining the meaning of roses and their colours. What colour roses to send as a gift for a special birthday; a close friendship; to say thank you or perhaps to the one you wish to woo!
Are diet myths making you fat? Diet myths now exposed. Ten things you really need to know to help you lose weight and stay slim. Lose the fat forever. No more diets!
How to make a real Irish coffee just like the Irish. An authentic Irish coffee recipe with a few hints and tips to make the perfect Irish coffee. And the story of how the famous Irish coffee began.
Enjoy traditional Irish dishes that grace every Irish table. From the Ulster fry to the best colcannon recipe. Hearty good food that will have you licking your lips.
The history of The Wexford Guinness Opera Festival. Pubs, swinging and singing, art and culture that envelope this great event. A must see if you are planning to holiday in Ireland.
The history of Madeira wine; from the discovery to the art of the making this popular portuguese wine. The different varities and their unique qualities.
A must read for the avid hiker/walker. A detailed account including amazing pictures of Madeiras most famous levada walks. Come have a peek.
How to turn your boring household chores into fat busting exercises; lose weight and tone muscle in a few minutes every day. Ban the flab and tone up fast!
Snacks: 101 foods under a 101 calories; alcohol and chocolate; cheese and ice cream. Enjoy snacks and still lose weight.
Fabulous pancake recipes for everyday of the year plus a little information on Pancake Tuesday and it's origins.
The beauty of this volcanic Island will embrace and capture hearts that truly love nature. Read about all the exciting things you can do while on holiday in Madeira. Surrounded by the Atlantic, only 57km x 22km and a 90 min flight from Lisbon: being closer to Africa than the mainland.
What he says! What he means! A little introduction to the complications of communicating with your man.
New Year's Eve in Funchal, Madeira. Fireworks, cruise ships, street lights and local fare. Plus a detailed account of what to expect from a typical New Year in Funchal city, Madeira. One of the best places to be on New Year.
Quick and easy every day beauty tips to keep your skin clear and radiant and your hair looking shining and healthy. And how to find a little necessary me time.
Pictures and Poems about storms and stormy seas. Pictures are of Madeira, Portugal during dangerous storms over the years.
Pictures and information about Madeira's beautiful Island flowers; from the wilds of the mountains to the bustle of the markets to the majestic gardens. Don't miss out.
A selection of the best gin cocktail recipes. A must read for the gin lover.
Cocktails and tapas recipes for any party. Easy and tasty treats to accompany easy and tasty drinks. Make your party a fun cocktail party without the hassle.
Ten reasons why you should move to the sun. Living in Madeira; a little info to get you thinking about making that move. It's now or never!