Sunday, 28 December 2014

Christmas 2014 and the food that was....

Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful fun filled day or days (3 in our family).

Christmas is a wonderful time of year to catch up with family you don't see so often, open up surprise presents and of course to eat food you don't eat during the rest of the year.

I was busy in the kitchen this year with 3 Christmas events to go to, so I thought I'd share with you what I got up to in the kitchen this Christmas 2014.

As always there was my ultimate favourite - Sweet & Salty Crunchie Nut Bar - oh my gosh, as it's describe in the recipe book, it's the kitchens version of crack cocaine - it's so addictive.

We also have our Christmas tradition of the cookie tree - MJ gets so excited over this one.

For MJ's family Christmas, I decided to try a new recipe from Christmas Taste magazine "White Chocolate & Peppermint Cake". I hit a bit of a snag with this one, I forgot to add the melted white chocolate to the buttercream and didn't realise till after I had assembled the cake, well let's say a meltdown did ensue and after I calmed down and took MJ's advise, I just poured the white chocolate over the top of the cake and hoped for the best. It did taste amazing the next day but I'll warn you don't eat a big slice as you will get a sugar rush to the head.

For my family Christmas, I tried out a Donna Hay recipe from her Christmas magazine "Raspberry & Ginger Cheesecake" - I'm sorry I've got no photo as it was eaten so quickly before I even remembered to take a photo, but if you'd like see what it should have looked like, head over to this link and check it out.

For the extended family Christmas yesterday, one of my cousins is a vegan and I remember last year there were no desserts for him to eat, so this year I wanted to set that right and made an amazing Vegan Apple & Gingerbread Cake (recipe by the fantastic Minimalist Baker). Not only did it pass my cousin's taste test, it also passed everyone else's, which is a bonus.

We are now so over food now that we don't want to eat any more, but still always manage to find space for that extra piece of crunchie nut bar.

I was also very lucky and received some amazing presents this year, I really love the candle holders my brother-in-law's girlfriend decorated for me, very sweet.

What did Santa bring you this year? What great food did you have? What are some of your favourite memories from Christmas this year?

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Monday, 22 December 2014

My 30th Birthday as Minnie Mouse!

On Sunday I officially turned 30!!!! And what a day it was.

I decided to have a Minnie Mouse theme and even dressed for the occasion.

We had a bbq at our place with both my family and MJ’s family, just some meat and salads with some fun desserts – which of course were Minnie Mouse themed.

It’s amazing what you can do with Oreo cookies and frosting.

Mum and I created the plates just using some black cardstock, pink ribbon and staples.

I really enjoyed making the cake, it’s a basic butter cake with ribbon and red/white fondant.

As you can see the frosting is always the best part of the cupcake, it’s the only part my niece will eat, forget the cupcake just give her the frosting.

I was given some amazing presents, including a chandelier from my husband and a brand new camera from my family. My brother from England sent me an amazing hand knitted shawl, it’s beautiful.

All in all it was a fantastic day, a great way to start my 30s. 

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

A light in the darkness

At this time of year Martin Place Sydney has its amazing Christmas tree shining bright with all its lights. People are walking around shopping and general merriment is in the air, there's a real Christmas feeling in the air. I felt that Christmas feeling when I was in Martin Place staring up at that big tree on Saturday night.

Monday morning rolled round and that light was extinguished, that feeling was darkened. One persons choice changed all that and stole that light away. There is now 2 people that will never come home, they won't be there come Christmas morning with their families opening up the presents that were bought for them with such love and care. Three children now know the pain of having no mother. Darkness has entered their world and all of ours too.

Christmas is a time of happiness, hope, joy and peace or so it should be. What's happened this week in Sydney is anything but. It doesn't feel right to feel happiness, hope, joy or peace because it was destroyed with anger, hate, violence and fear.

How can we celebrate with so much sadness?

We choose love!

We choose not to hate!

We choose to follow the light path not the dark path!

You find your way through the darkness with a light not with more darkness.

We now all need to come together and express the true meaning of Christmas - LOVE!

Only with love can we make it through. 

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Wisdom I learnt from losing my Wisdom Teeth

They say you get wiser with age but this last week I've learnt you get wiser by losing some teeth - four teeth to be exact.

It's a big procedure to have your wisdom teeth removed - a not so pleasant or painless one either and to have all four taken out in the same week as your husband is just plain insane.

I'm not sure why they are called wisdom teeth as most of my family wouldn't say I'm a very wise person when I did have them in my head but maybe just maybe you get the wisdom once they are removed.

I've learnt some really important life lessons in the last week and I think I've gain some wisdom from them too.

First - you cannot rush the healing process - the pain will not go away just because you want it to or because it's inconvenient for you to be in pain.

Second - just because painkillers make your husband drowsy and fall asleep doesn't mean they'll do the same for you.

Three- all TV is good TV at 2am in the morning when you cannot sleep and you feel like someone has punched you in the mouth.

Four - apple baby food is a whole new food group and should be added to the regular daily diet.

Five - you find out who really cares about you and they might not care the way you excepted them to. This one has been a big learning curve for me. I realised that I put too higher expectations on people, people can only care for you in their own way. If their way is different to yours doesn't always mean they care less about you, it's just how they show it or know how to show it. You do mean something to some people.

Six - I only ever want to drink water from a pink straw, you feel so cool while doing it.

For anyone that has to get their wisdom teeth removed in the future, don't fear, the pain will get better, you will eventually be able to eat again (oh man I'm looking forward to a good steak) so just put your feet up and enjoy the jelly and ice-cream all the while cursing that darn tooth fairy for making you pay for the teeth this time.

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