Donegal Oatcakes

This recipe comes to us from Darina Allen's Irish Traditional Cooking: Over 300 Recipes from Ireland's Heritage (Kyle Books; 2012). Darina uses Macroom's fine stoneground oatmeal for this recipe.



1½ cups fine oatmeal
1–2 tbsp. butter or lard
Pinch of salt


1. Put the oatmeal into a bowl. Put the butter or lard and salt into a measuring cup, pour ¾ cup boiling water onto it, and stir until melted and dissolved. Pour this into the oatmeal and mix to a pliable dough. You may need a little more liquid to obtain the right consistency.

2. Press the dough out with your fingers into a 10 × 9-inch pan. You may not manage to get it quite that thin on your first attempt, because the dough is rather difficult to handle.

3. Leave it to dry for another hour or two before you bake it. Bake at 250°F for 3–4 hours. The more slowly it cooks, the better the flavor will be. Oatcakes keep for ages in a tin and can be reheated. Eat with butter or butter and jam.

DIY Headband Holder

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Headband Holder

Materials Needed

  • Empty oatmeal canister
  • 2 pieces of 12 x 12 card stock
  • Candlestick holder
  • Decorative flower for top
  • Tape/glue
  • Scissors


  • Wrap card stock around oatmeal can and secure with either tape or glue. I ended up needing two pieces so I cut the other card stock to size and glued it to the other piece.
  • To attach the candlestick holder I simply hot glued it to the bottom of the oatmeal canister and then hot glued the flower to the top of the canister
  • Voila! A cute and super cheap way to display your little one’s headbands!

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Make your old jeans stand out by adding metal studs and spikes!


Wallpaper old spice rack to use for nail polish.

If you have a spice rack lying around, or buy one from a thrift store or even new, you can turn it into this…


1. Old spice rack, preferably made of real wood if you intend to paint it.
2. Spray paint in the color of the rack.
3. Background
4. Screws for hanging

For a full tutorial


Handbag storage organiser


This clever purse rack is the easiest, most convenient way to store a wide range of items including purses, clothes, hats, caps, scarves and more. 8 adjustable hooks per strap can be moved and adjusted to fit your spacing needs. The self adjusting elastic strap allows the Purse Rack to stretch to match door height. With both an over the door and wall mounting option, this organizer will fit your specific needs. Pick up your own here...

What a unique idea!

An old mattress frame reused and the curtain on a hanger, unique & interesting!


DIY Gluten Free Crisp Bread

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The recipe is from this site, which is run by a Danish woman who have been eating and experimenting with gluten-free baking for 20 years. Her experience with different types of gluten-free flour is quite extensive. She's also really good at making delicious everyday recipes, which is often what you need the most when eating gluten-free. The site is in Danish, but I'm sure Google will be able to translate it so it's relatively understandable :-)

A recipe card, which can be printed in 4"x 6" (10 x 15 cm), so they are perfect for your recipe box. Just right click and save image.