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Advent Calendar Day 14:

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My cousin charspillane.com posted a great blog yesterday, so simply put… I’ve nicked the idea and her questions!

Do you like to stay in your PJ’s, or dress up for Christmas Morning
Pj’s…. All day if I could!!

If you could only buy one person a present this year who would it be?
A random stranger, share a bit of love and happiness….

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Last year

Do you open your presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?
Christmas Day at some stage… It tends to be after dinner now I’m a little older…

Have you ever built a Gingerbread house?
No actually…. Must find time to make one (not just buy one).

What do you like to do on your Christmas break?
Chill out and pig out!

Favorite Christmas meal or treat?
The main event itself! I love the whole turkey-ham-stuffing-cranberry-brusselsprout-pancetta-chesnut-roastpotato-carrots-parsnips-gravy-breadsauce meal!

What’s your favorite holiday movie?

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Candy Canes or Gingerbread Men?
Oooh, spicy gingerbread please! Has anyone got a good recipe??

Have you ever made a Snowman?
Yes, but not recently. I remember making them when I was younger in London.

Which do you like better, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
Christmas Eve is always too busy running around, so I like the relaxing aspect of Christmas Day.

White lights, or colored lights?
I have coloured in the pantry all year round, but white ones on the tree please.

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Mum and Dads

Have to loudly sing the chorus of Jingle Bells every time you walk into a room for a week or have to wear a Santa suit to school every day for a week.
What the heck, sing Jingle Bells!

Not celebrate Christmas this year or not celebrate your birthday this year
Hmmmmm, I prefer other peoples birthdays,  so I’ll leave mine and celebrate Christmas.

Have Frosty the Snowman for a friend or Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer for a friend
Rudolf would fit in really well at The Glen House!

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Have mistletoe hanging in your bedroom doorway or have a large decorated Christmas tree in your bedroom
Misletoe please ;););)xxxxxxxx

Write a five paragraph essay about the meaning of Christmas or solve a page of Christmas-themed math problem
BORING

Have a job wrapping presents at the mall or have a job taking pictures of children sitting on Santa’s lap at the mall
I love wrapping pressies, but I’d only do it if people were nice and polite!

See the Nut Cracker or dance in the Nut Cracker
Oh cricky, I was rubbish at ballet! I think I only lasted a term or something… So I’d rather go watch it.

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Be given €100 for Christmas to buy things for yourself or be given €1000 before Christmas to use to buy gifts for other people
Once again, give it away to others. If I’m REALLY honest, I’d give it to Childline, it’s struggling to stay open at night time in Ireland.

Have a nose that glows red like Rudolf’s or have pointy ears like an elf
Rudolf’s nose would be so cool!!

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

Social media…. Argh!!!!!

First came this blog on WordPress… You’re reading it…

Then came the Twitter account
@the_glen_house. Selma was great at giving me hints and tips at what to do and what to hashtag (i’m still very new to it all).

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Now, to mark the blog’s 1st birthday,  you can find me on Facebook. Dimple has been brilliant at sharing my new page and if any of you out there are a wizz at it, feel free to help me out!

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I’M TAKING OVER THE WORLD!

Melissa xx

1st anniversary

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I’ve now been blogging for a whole year! In my head it’s only 11 months, as I don’t think I actually did anything with my registered blog for the first few weeks…

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Gaining readers has been difficult enough amongst all the other foodie blogs out there; I don’t work in the food industry and I’m not in PR or marketing (all the respected food blog writers in this country seem to fall into one of thos categories), so I’m at a distinct disadvantage. I’m doing my best to counteract this, but with a full time job to hold down (like so many of you) it’s REALLY hard!

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Beautiful view

However, as I’ve said time and time again I have extremely loyal readers. Some of you feel like friends at this stage, even though I’ve never met any of you.

Firstly there’s Elaine, my foodbod mate. She’s been such a support over the last year, it’s hard to believe her blog is only a year old too. Then there’s Dimple from shivaay delights who now has over five thousands of members on her amazing Facebook page, clever lady!

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Angie is crazy amazing! Every week she holds Fiesta Friday over at her blog the novice gardener. This party idea has made preparing for post on a Friday so much fun! Celia over at fig jam and lime cordial introduced me to her monthly In My Kitchen series,  that I love taking part in.

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In My Kitchen.... loads of books

Thanks to some pretty crap cooking last week I was left wondering what on earth the next year might bring? Better things I hope! So i’ve stopped sulking-in part because you lot won’t let me and i’ve come up with a plan….

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One of my big goals is to be front of mind within the Irish blogging community. Not only do I want to be nominated again in the food and drink catagory at the Irish Blog Awards, but I want to be shortlisted too. Then the next year my goal will be to win it!

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Coriander and sesame seed sausage rolls

I’ve also promised myself that I’ll learn more techniques and baking processes this year. Last Saturday when I spent the day making pastry! The one day course was brilliant, but exhausting. I’m now pretty confident making rough puff pastry (used in the sausage rolls above), choux pastry (used in the profiteroles and eclairs below) and pate sucree! It was challenging and inspiring and I can’t wait for my next course.

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I had my first official blogger engagement last month, thanks to the lovely people at Dr Oetker. I’m hoping the next year will be filled with many more exciting offers (please please please). I’m off to the Food and Drink Show NI in Belfast at the end of the month…. Two words JAMES-MARTIN! If you don’t know who he is….. Google him!

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So whether the sun is rising at the start of a glorious day or the rain is pouring down and i’m sat by the stove, i’ll keep blogging away at The Glen House. Oh, and remember that you can find me on Twitter @the_glen_house

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Elderflower cordial

Melissa xx

My name is Melissa & I’m a blogger

I had a light bulb moment last week. I’m a blogger! Does that sound daft considering I’ve been blogging for nearly a year?

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I might not have thousands of followers (yet) but I do have hundreds of extremely loyal ones. I also work in a jungle with hundreds of people who all know me and know how much I love to bake! Word of mouth and trust speaks volumes……

Last week, on my birthday I was invited (as a blogger) to a Dr Oetker baking event in Dublin. I knew the brand already because my pantry has always had Dr Oetker products in. Gone are the days when you had to wait for the postman or courier to bring tasty toppings, I just pop to my local supermarket.

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Lots of gorgeous new home baking products were on display to try out. For the first time cake toppings are as tasty as the cakes they are displayed on. I’ve never been a fan of gold or silver balls because I’ve never been a fan of cracking my teeth on hard sugar! These were different, with these ‘pearls’ you bite into delicious chocolate.

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These are the cakes that I decorated myself that evening; on the left hand side I used cupcake vanilla icing with Eaton Mess and Sugar Hearts. On the right I used cupcake pink icing, cupcake white icing and Rainbow Popping Candy. For the bottom cake I used cupcake chocolate icing and Chocolate Gold Pearls.

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This Madagascan Vanilla Grinder was the most exciting find of the night. This little jar holds chopped, dried vanilla pods in a pepper grinder. GENIUS! It means you can have a fresh vanilla flavour all the time without wasting the remainder of the pods (there are only so many canisters of sugar that I can put used vanilla pods in).

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I’m looking forward to using the rest of my goodies at The Glen House.

Melissa xx

Remember you can find me on Twitter @the_glen_house

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