Last Thursday was St Patrick’s Day so we had a stay off work I took annual leave on Friday to make it a super dooper long weekend. We didn’t get up to too much W was working on Thursday so I went out to lunch with my mum, sister and my brother and his girlfriend. We kept with tradition and had gorgeous Irish Stew. Even the wee man loved it and gobbled up a big bowl all by myself- not too shabby for a boy who seems to never eat. I have never made Irish Stew myself but I’m thinking I might give it a whirl in my slow cooker.
On Friday we went to our usual day off haunts of Portrush and Portstewart. I love these two seaside towns so much. We lived in each for a year whilst at University and it was such a happy time. I would love to move back someday unfortunately there isn’t many jobs around there but if the plan comes together and we become location independent we would definitely consider moving to this part of the world.
Whilst we were there we visited my favourite cafe in the world Ground Espresso Bar. I don’t know what it is about this wee coffee shop but it’s just so relaxing. I could sit all day in their lovely cosy sofas drinking their beautiful coffee and munching their homemade buns (esp their peppermint slices) . Unlike a lot of cafe’s they are very baby friendly, if you spend over £3 you get a free jar of baby food, there is a big play area with loads of toys suitable for babies and they even give you free nappies and wipes. Speaking of cafes if I ever make it to Ballinspittle (great name) in County Cork I definitely would love this try this place- just reading about the food they sell is making me drool.
After that we went for our obligatory go on the swings. Whilst there I was reminded from a bit out of the film Knocked up when Paul Rudd’s character says “I don’t think I’ve ever loved anything as much as my kids love bubbles” well I definitely don’t think I’ve ever loved anything as much as Isaac loves swings.
Saturday was taken up mostly by me filling in an application form for I job am interested in. It’s been a few years since I’ve filled one of these bad boys in and it took a lot out of me. I emailed it off this morning so fingers crossed. It’s a very interesting role connected with Derry being the UK City of Culture in 2013, don’t want to say too much about it in case I jinx myself.
On Sunday we had a family day. It’s my sister’s birthday this week so I made her favourite, pineapple upside down cake. I used this recipe and it turned out really well. I had actually never had pineapple upside down cake before and I was surprised how yummy it was.