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Simply Homemade is 4!

You may recall the 15th of March as it was Mother’s Day, however, it was also the day that Simply Homemade turned 4 years old. Now I’ve said that, I have no doubt you are wondering to yourself; really?

Happy  Blogiversary!

Yes, it is, Simply Homemade was born in 2011, starting slowly, it was a means of sharing recipes initially, then I discovered how much I enjoyed it, it was somewhere I could get lost in thought and share little tales of family life as well as the food we eat.

Then came big changes in our home and Simply Homemade was put on the back burner for almost two years, which is a long time in blog land, however I just couldn’t commit to it. My little Mini Chef, Abbie, who I am sure you’re all familiar with, arrived in March 2012. She suffered dreadfully from reflux, so as you can imagine, the blog was the last thing on my mind. And then, almost 11 months later Harry, my Mini Baker arrived. It’s fair to say life was hectic for a while, I didn’t have a minute.

Baker chef

As time passed however, I came to miss the blog and decided, for my own sanity as well as anything, to try and give it a bit more time again. In 2014 I was warmly welcomed by the Irish Parenting Bloggers group and I rediscovered the enjoyment I get from blogging! The icing on the cake has been making the finalist list in the Glenisk Best Homespun Blog category in the Irish Parenting Blog Awards 2015.


March proved to be quite a busy month, which is why I put off the ‘blogiversary’ celebrations until now, I wanted to celebrate Simply Homemade’s 4th birthday with a little competition.

you are invited to a

I mentioned previously how I was initially inspired to start a blog after listening to Lilly Higgins speak on Today Fm. So, to celebrate my 4th year blogging I am delighted to be giving you the chance to win a copy of Lilly’s second and rather lovely book, Lilly Higgins’ Dream Deli. I love Lilly’s style of cooking, I continue to bake many scrumptious delights from her first book Make Bake Love, and have cooked a number of dishes from Dream Deli, with many more on my ‘to cook’ list.

dream deli

To be in with a chance of winning Lilly’s Dream Deli, all you have to do is like Simply Homemade on facebook  and leave a comment below.

This competition is open to residents of Ireland and closes on the 10th May 2015.

Best of luck!


  1. […] nicolasimplyhomemade You may recall the 15th of March as it was Mother’s Day, however, it was also the day that […]

  2. Happy Blogiversary!

  3. Congratulations. Not many make it to four years.

    1. Thanks Tric, it’s probably more due to my leave of absence lol!

  4. Well done! I’m coming up to 5 this summer, we can be in blogger Junior Infants together 🙂

    1. That’s brilliant Jill, congrats! I like the sound of that, we can get shiny new notebooks and snazzy new lunchboxes 😉

  5. I keep meaning to buy this so would love to win. Happy blogiversary!

    1. Thank you! Fingers crossed, it is a lovely book 🙂

  6. Josephine

    Your blog inspires me to cook more from scratch and makes me want to bake with Charlie. Happy Birthday.

    1. Aw thank you very much Josephine, that is really lovely to hear 🙂

  7. Catriona

    Happy blogiversary 🎉💖

  8. tracy

    Happy blogiversary. Your doing amazing, keep up the good work
    thank you

  9. Jenny

    Love the blog Nicola!! Lilly’s book looks great, nice competition, thanks!

  10. Congratulations on 4 years, looking forward to reading for many more.

  11. Linsey Kennedy Wogan

    Congratulations and looking forward to many more years🎉🎂🎉

  12. Niamhie

    Love your blog. Mini Chef Ms Abbie and Baker Boy Harry are just as edible looking as the treats you make xxx

  13. colette hackett

    Love this blog..

  14. Happy blogiversary, wow 4! 🙂 I hear you on the reflux, my little boy suffered dreadfully too. Hope Abbie better now. Love Lily Higgins! Congrats and best of luck for tomorrow night.

    1. Thank you, best of luck to you too!
      Reflux is horrendous isn’t it?

  15. Happy Blogaversary and Congrats on winning Glenisk recipe comp tonight! More celebrating!

    1. Thank you so much! I am delighted 🙂

  16. What a lovely giveaway! I love Lily Higgins writing too. Happy Blogiversary (!) and CONGRATULATIONS on WINNING the Glenisk competition 🙂

  17. Anita gleeson

    Everything looks so yummy looking forward to trying some of them x

    1. Thank you Anita! Have you followed Simply Homemade on Facebook to enter the competition? 😀

  18. Happy Blogiversary 🙂

  19. Oooh fab competition and happy blogging!

  20. Helen, The Busy Mama

    Ooh any excuse for some bubbles! Happy 4th blogiversary

    1. Thank you Helen….sugar I forgot the bubbles :-O Must rectify that!

  21. Happy blog anniversary, here’s to many more 🙂

  22. Sandra Elmes

    Congrats on your big 4 🙂

  23. Happy Birthday!! Count me in…

  24. Congratulations! Four years blogging is quite an achievement!

    1. Thank you Lisa, it was extremely neglected for a long time, I’d forgotten how much I enjoy it!

  25. A big congratulations on your 4th Blogiversary! You have wonderful ideas inspiring us all to try and be better cooks.

    1. Aw, thank you very much Mary, that’s a very kind thing to say 🙂

  26. sj.fraihat

    💖 Done

  27. Congrats on 4 years. That’s a lovely prize!

    1. Thank you very much 🙂

  28. lifeonhushabyefarm

    Would love to win, but more importantly congratulations on your 4 year anniversary…always a great read x

    1. Thank you very much, much appreciated x

  29. Gillian Coote

    4 years is no mean feat! Congratulations on making it to here, you do a wonderful job!

    1. Thank you Gillian 🙂 x

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