All posts tagged: christmas


Let’s get fruity for Christmas | 4 Sweet Treats to Try

There’s nothing like treating yourself at Christmas, is there? We certainly do in my household. I mean, I won’t lie – we traditionally start the day munching on chocolate scorched almonds with a cup of tea while the kids open their stockings on our bed first thing in the morning! But if you want to temper the bad stuff, with some of the good, how about incorporating a little fruit? I’ve found four delicious sweet treats you could easily add to your Christmas day festivities that include some fruity numbers. From top left to right:- Banana Father Christmas Skewers: Bananas have never been so tasting with the addition of strawberries, marshmallows and Smarties – so easy the kids could do it! Found on Pinterest. Mango Panna Cotta: This looks divine and mango is my favourite fruit of all time. It’s trickier to make than the skewers but worth it, I’m sure. Find out how at Utry. Chocolate Dipped Fruit:  Aesthetically Instagrammable (thanks to #talinegabriel) and sure to have your guests swooning for more. See other chocolate dipped fruit ideas at Popsugar. Raspberry …


Cooking Turkey in my Swimmers

There’s something about Christmas that makes me feel nostalgic. About what specifically I’m not even sure (!) but I do love the concept of tradition and a traditional Christmas. Even though I grew up Down Under and Christmas time was spent at the beach, there’s something about log fires, snow and European fir trees that seem much more Christmacy than surf and sunscreen. That said, I will be more than happy to don my swimmers while cooking a turkey (metaphorically not literally!), making cinnamon wreaths in 40 degree heat and singing carols while getting a sun tan. Mixing it up is kind of fun and hard to avoid when your spouse is a die-hard Brit with a penchant for playing ‘Away in a Manger’ and salivating over pigs-in-blankets (mini sausages wrapped in bacon) when it is still only November. While I’m still hankering for a Finnish Christmas in an igloo and visiting Santa’s Grotto under the Northern Lights, this year we will be hosting relatives, playing in the pool and singing ‘Turn on the Air Con’. Whatever you’ll be …

DIY Craft Ideas Collage

DIY Crafty Goodness

  It’s DIY time over here at the blog and I’m feeling inspired by these ideas – all of which could be turned into gifts for friends or family. If you’re feeling super-organised you could start planning your DIY Christmas gifts right now! Images from left to right: Personalise a journal by making transfers of your photos! Love this idea, which you could use for making canvases as well. Find out how at A Beautiful Mess. Feeling peckish and love figs? This recipe is for you and as a bonus it is also gluten-free. Is is afternoon tea time yet? Get the recipe for Oat and Date Fig Crumble Bars at Live Simply. You might have seen this before but it is such a great upcycling idea and an easy way to add interest and decoration to a bare wall. Country Living gives you the crafty basics and other DIY recycled ideas. Plain woven baskets get an upgrade with some stylish pastel dip-dying. Learn how at Paper ‘n Stitch Blog. Make your own painted rock sculpture with carefully …