The Homemade Year


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Lilly Higgins is the ultimate modern homemaker. Here she shares over 70 things to make, do and eat at home to welcome every season.

With many of us spending more time at home nowadays, finding things to do around the house is something we have grown to appreciate more than ever. Whether it’s baking, knitting or finding things to make and do with children, these calm, creative moments will make beautiful memories of a happy home.

Here you’ll be inspired by ideas for family celebrations, crafts to cosy up your interiors, activities to do with kids and simple ways to welcome the seasons.

Reflecting the Irish calendar, from St Brigid’s crosses in February to Christmas wreaths in December, The Homemade Year will help you move gently through the months and make everyday moments special.

Lilly Higgins is a TV chef, food and wine writer, and food photographer. She writes a weekly recipe column for the Irish Times and appears regularly on RTÉ television’s afternoon programme The Today Show. She was the winner of the best cookery writing award at The Irish Food Writing Awards in 2021. Lilly has a BA in Design from Cork Institute of Technology and completed the 12-week Ballymaloe Cookery Certificate. She has previously published two cookbooks with Gill Books – Make, Bake, Love and Dream Deli – and loves nothing more than working on creative projects that help make a cosy, comfortable home for herself and her family. In this, her third book (which she photographed and styled herself), Lilly shares an inspirational collection of ideas for things to make, do and enjoy in the home. She lives in Cobh with her husband and three children.