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My review of 2014

The lovely people at WordPress have put some stats together for 2014:

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You crazy, lovely people are all over the world!

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Remember you can find me on Facebook and Twitter too.

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These are the top 5 most viewed posts of 2014…

1. In My Kitchen September 2014

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2. In My Kitchen October 2014

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3. In My Kitchen November 2014

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4. In My Kitchen December 2014

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5. Dutch Bar Snacks

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Do you have a favourite post (or cake) from 2014? Here’s a few of mine…

Fresh Vanilla Sponge

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Chocolate Crispie Cake

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Gold Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes

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Who knows what 2015 will bring to The Glen House???

Happy New Year!

Melissa xx

Advent Calendar Day 6: Irish Blog Hour

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On Thursday I was named ‘blog of the week’ by the lovely people at Irish Blog Hour. Every Thursday evening at 8pm, Irish bloggers come together on Twitter to catch up and share their latest posts.

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This is the interview I did with Doodle Moose Designs who host Irish Blog Hour…..

Our Blog of the week is the fabulous Irish food blog: The Glen House. We love this blog – and really enjoy reading all the tasty homely recipes that are regularly posted!

Here’s a little bit about Melissa, the brilliant Irish blogger behind The Glen House

Tell us a bit about your blog:
It was originally about my home The Glen House, however it has turned into a food blog! I LOVE baking and I love my pantry, so I try and share posts about my latest makes and bakes

Why do you blog?
I love the idea of using it like a journal and to be honest, when I first started writing, I didn’t expect anyone else to read it. I’m not a good writer- so there are spelling and grammar mistakes, but sorry, that’s who I am.

When did you start blogging?
October 2013

Any tried and tested tips for gaining followers/more traffic?
To be honest, stay true to yourself; if people like what they are reading then don’t change it! Don’t blog more often or blog about a different subject, and if you do try going off subject, then ask for feedback!

Do you have any favourite blogs?
Dimple over at http://www.shivaaydelights.com has a wonderful vegetarian food blog full of creations from all over the world.

Mr Fitz makes me hungry! Over at http://www.cookingwithmrfitz.com you’ll find he blogs about his breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What do you think makes a good blog?
The person- I think a good blog should make you as a reader think that you know the blogger. Content is important too, but even if you have rubbish photographs or a rubbish bake, being honest about the experience can draw readers in.

Do you have any current goals for your blog?
To become well known within foodie blogger circles in Ireland and to be shortlisted for the Food category in the Irish Blog Awards (I made the long list this year)!

Make sure to get yourself a cup of tea and head on over to check out the amazing Irish food blog Glen House  where you can find recipes for such delights as this vanilla sponge!

Melissa xx

“Quintet of Radiance” award

The wonderful Nancy from feasting with friends has nominated me for a quintet-of-radiance-award (hark at the title) It’s 5 awards in 1: The Versatile Blogger Award, The Sunshine Award, The Inner Peace Award, The Influential Blogger Award and The Awesome Blog Content [ABC] Award.

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Here are award rules to follow:

1) Display the logo in a post
2) Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back
3) Using the alphabet, describe yourself in a word or a phrase
4) Nominate bloggers for the award

Nancy was born, raised, and is still living in the suburbs of Detroit, Southeastern Michigan. Her blog “Feasting with Friends” is about her, and her husband Glenn’s love of entertaining. She says she spends days scouring through cookbooks and recipes planning a meal for a feast.

If you haven’t already visited her blog, you should. From cakes and tarts to an array of savory delights, Nancy cooks everything! Check out one of my favourites mediterranean oven roasted potatoes.

My alphabet description goes a bit like this…..
A is for affectionate
B is for brilliant (!)
C is for caring
D is for Dr Doolittle (I got an “Oii” the other day when I called him that in a post)
E is for eating (all the time)
F is for flyfishing
G is for grumpy
H is for happy
I is for Ireland and India
J is for jelly sweets (LOVE THEM)
K is for kind
L is for loving
M is for mangoes (need I say more??)
N is for naughty but nice
O is for organised
P is for proud
Q is for quirky
R is for reluctant
S is for sentimental
T is for tearful (I cry very easily)
U is for undecided (I’m terrible at picking what to eat in restaurants)
V is for vibrant
W is for warm hearted
X is for xylophone (ha ha… believe that and you’ll believe anything)
Y is for yummmmmmmy
Z is for zzzzz (I love my sleep)

I’m passing on this crazy 5-in-1 award on to one very special lady. She’s awesome.  She’s inspiring.  She’s a blogger that I’m sure none of you are following, SO GO VISIT HER! May I present……..

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My cousin Charlene at the adventures of charbar. From her posts about studying abroad to her more recent vegan week she never fails to make me stop and think (and smile).

Have fun reading,

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Melissa xx

Remember you can now follow me on Twitter @the_glen_house

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One Lovely Blog Award

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I’m not making this up, nor am I paying people to nominate me for these lovely little awards…. This week I’d like to thank Julianna for nominating me for a ‘one lovely blog’ award. Please stop by her blog foodie on board, but don’t touch the gingersnaps, they are ALL mine!

Here are the rules for accepting the One Lovely Blog Award:

1.  Add the One Lovely Blog Award badge to your blog.

2.  Share 7 things about yourself.

3.  Pass the award on to 7 other bloggers and inform them by commenting on their blog.

4.  Thank the person who nominated you.

So 7 things about me are…

1) When I grow up I want to be like kirstie allsopp! Those of you not from this part of the world will be asking WHO??? I love her, for all her crafting, homemaking and fabulous dress sense.

2) I’m never EVER moving again, it’s tiring and stressful…. And why would I, when I wake up to this:

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3) I love everything mango related; from body butter and scrubs to juice and the fruit itself!

4) I prefer to get my eyebrows threaded.

5) My favourite book of 2013 was I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.

6) I can’t stand olives!

7) I’m currently re-watching ALL of 24! Roll on next Monday when #Jack is Back!

The 7 bloggers I nominate for this lovely award are:

1) Bridget @ from a country cottage for all the advice she gives me from her Irish cottage (especially about the garden).
2) Joan @  retirement and beyond for all the wonderful photos and tit bits from around Ireland.
3) Edward @ ed mooney photo for his phenomenal photos of Ireland.
4) Patty @ patty nguyen for making me hungry all the time.
5) Anne @ tales along the way for her wonderful tales from India.
6) Shruti @ cooking with sj for her gorgeous freah Indian recipes.
7) Shailja @ sweet and savoury for even more delicious Indian recipes.

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Melissa xx

Shine On Award!

I am truely humbled that Anne from tales along the way nominated me for this Shine On award. I really admire Anne’s writings, especially the ones on India. I love living in Ireland, but as many of you know a huge part of me is torn every time I leave India. So I thank Anne for her tales and stories from that beautiful land.

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The rules for this award are as follows:
1.  Display the images on your blog.

2. Link back and thank the blogger who nominated you.

3. Nominate bloggers of your choice to be honoured.

4. Notify your nominees individually about their honour.

My nominations are:
Dimple at shivaay delights
MR at margaretrosestringer
Selma at selmas table

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Happy Wednesday!

Melissa xx

Liebster Award

Thank you Jhuls at the not so creative cook for nominating me for a Liebster Award! Jhuls was lucky enough to receive this award for the 5th time recently, I’m chuffed to bits that she has nominated me for my first. Please drop by, if you haven’t already.

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The Rules:

1) Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2) Answer the questions you were given.
3) Nominate other blogs with less than 500 followers.
4) Post questions for your selected nominees to answer.
5) Tag and link the nominees and post a comment to let them know you have nominated and appreciate their hard work.

Jhuls’s questions for me to answer:
1) What is your favourite dessert and why?
Anything chocolaty and gooey with cream or icecream! I love chocolate, I always opt for a very sweet dessert after dinner.

2) What is one weird fact about you?
I like drinking tea out of a glass in work!

3) What are your top three favourite books?
1984- George Orwell
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl
Shantaram- Gregory David Roberts

4) If you had the ability to invent a new kitchen tool that would suit your needs, what would it be?
An electric rolling pin!

5) What is your favourite music artist and genre?
Oh jeez, the other questions are easy compared to this. I have really eclectic tastes!

6) Why did you start your blog?
To share my adventures after moving into a new house.

7) What’s the last movie that made you cry?
I cry a lot! I vividly remember crying watching The Grey.

8) Chocolate Chip Cookies or Brownies?
Chocolate Chip Cookies!

9) Do you collect anything?
Nope.

10) What is your favourite colour?
I’m a girl…. Pink!

My nominations for this award are:
Chloe at foodlikecake
Lenore at explorenewness
Sam at tea and sesame
Sonia and Candice at everybody loves pretty
Ngan at ngansequitur
Lauren at english wife indian life

I’m going to take 5 of Jhuls questions and add 5 of my own:

1) What is your favourite dessert and why?
2) Sun or moon?
3) What are your top three favourite books?
4) What is your favourite spray/perfume?
5) If you had the ability to invent a new kitchen tool that would suit your needs, what would it be?
6)Where did you last go on holiday?
7) Chocolate Chip Cookies or Brownies?
8) Tea or coffee?
9) What is your favourite colour?
10) What makes you happy?

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Melissa xx

Sunshine Award

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Sam from tea and sesame has nominated me for this wonderful award! It’s lovely to think that my crazy little blog, that comes from my crazy little head might make someone, somewhere, smile. It’s a real honour to accept it, so thank you Sam.

The rules for this award are as follows…

1. Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post and/or on your blog
2. Link to the blogger who nominated you
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself
4. Nominate 5-10 other bloggers to receive the award
5. Link to your nominees and let them know you nominated them
6. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer

The 10 questions Sam asked are as follows:

1) What do you look forward to most when you first wake up?
The day ahead,  especially when the sky is clear and there’s no sign of rain! This is the view I woke up to this morning, (taken whilst still in bed), so who can blame me for being excited about what is ahead of me!

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2) Are you a ‘night’ or a ‘day’ person?
Day, day, day! I’d be in bed at 8pm every night if I could!

3) What is your dream job, and why?
To bake all day everyday and not necessarily for money, because with that would come a whole level of stress that I would want to be without.

4) What would you like to see on my blog in future?
More ‘random’ ingredients! I’d never heard of Sweet Potato Vermicelli until you posted about it!

5) What was the last dream remember having?
It’s rare that I remember them….

6) Flowers or chocolates?
Flowers; I’m extremely lucky to have received many beautiful bunches. I love flowers! At any given time I’ll have several vases scattered around the house.

7) What other hobbies do you have aside from blogging?
Baking! Oh and fly fishing; I’m not very good,  but I really enjoy it.

8) When was the last time you did a handwritten letter, who was it to?
Ha ha, this is pathetic…. It was three weeks ago and it was to my health insurance company! I was too lazy to type and print it.

9) What cheers you up on a dreary day?
A nice cup of tea!

10)“A picture paints a thousand words”- post a picture that you like and explain why.

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This picture brings back wonderful memories of a trip to County Kerry last year…. The weather was amazingly hot (really, it got up to 30 degrees, which is unheard of nowadays in Ireland). This picture is the reason people should visit Ireland; with its lush green landscape and magnificent views- why would you want to go anywhere else?

My nominees for the sunshine award are:
1) Liz at my favourite pastime
2) Lisa at simple pairings
3) Angie at the novice gardener
4) Nicole at teacupcake
5) Prudy at butter, basil and breadcrumbs
6) Laura at the gluten free treadmill

Elaine at foodbod makes me smile every single day; she doesn’t do awards, but if she did, she’d be on this list!

My 10 questions for my nominees are:

1) What is your favourite word?
2) Where do you write your blog?
3) When was the last time someone said thank you to you and what was it for?
4) If you could do anything today, what would it be?
5) Still or sparkling water?
6) What one piece of advice would you give to me about blogging?
7) What is your favourite cookery book?
8)What is your ultimate cake topping?
9) Outside or Inside?
10) What is your favourite sweet/ candy/ chocolate?

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Melissa xx