Category Archives: Christmas

Chocolate Vegan Mousse

Who doesn’t love a creamy chocolate mousse?
I love t when it’s rick, decadent and of course healthier than a traditional mousse, plus this recipe is gluten free and vegan.
Try this at your Christmas table this festive season.
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large & ripe avocado
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 5 pitted and soaked for at least 2 hours
  • 2 tbsp agave syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • crushed hazelnuts
Soak the dates in warm water for at least 3 hours. The longer you wait, the smoother the mousse gets.
In a blender, mix the dates until you have a smooth paste. You can add some warm water in case your blender doesn’t run smooth
Melt the coconut oil until it turns liquid
Combine the coconut oil, agave syrup, avocado, cacao, dates, and vanilla extract in the blender and blend until smooth
You might have to scrape the sides of your blender several times in order to get a really smooth texture.
Scoop into two or four bowls depending on how large you want your servings, sprinkle with crushed hazelnuts and refrigerate until ready to eat or indulge in straight away.

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Christmas Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies are fun for any event throughout the year.

I love making them, especially for Halloween and for Christmas.

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Cookie Recipe:

120g butter
120g sugar
1 egg
2 cups (250g) flour, sifted
1/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Place butter and sugar into a bowl and beat until light and fluffy.
Add egg and mix well.
Sift in flour and add milk.
Mix to form a dough.
Roll out on a floured surface and using Christmas cookie cutters, cut into shapes.
Bake for 20 minutes.

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Royal Icing:
1 1/2 cups pure icing sugar, sifted
1 eggwhite
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Lightly whisk eggwhite and lemon juice together in a bowl. Gradually add icing sugar, whisking until smooth and combined. When the cookies are cooled begin to ice them, mix some colours into your icing and create designs and patterns upon your cookies.

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Festive Christmas Lights

Every year I love to decorate my home with all kinds of festive cheer, which includes decorations, lights and tinsel. I have been stocking up with lights over the years and have fairly decent stock, I did however leave a box of decorations home in Melbourne but I’ve been able to work with what I have here in Canberra.

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Our rental luckily has a balcony, fake grass and is quite open and spacious at the front so I’ve been able to cover and decorate the balcony, columns, fence and shrubs.

I bought some projector lights from Kmart, and I’m sorry to say but these do not project, so don’t buy them! I have an inflatable Rudolph and Santa for our balcony and string lights that cascade from the balcony down to the fence-line. I also have the standard candy canes, Santa Stop Here sign and some Santa cut-out lanterns.

I’m really excited to add a few more items too, I have the need for it to be the best house on the street, but even though it’s early November there is only one other home, which happens to be opposite us that has begun the decorating.

Everything is solar powered apart from the inflatable Santa and Rudolph that adorn our balcony, so it at least isn’t costing anything but time for the initial set up, and then the sunset does the rest.

 

For inside décor I love the Kmart Woodland Characters which we have had for a couple of years now are easy to put together and look lovely on a bench or table centrepiece. Our Light Up Reindeer we have had for the last two years also and it looks super sweet in the with it’s light up antlers. Another bit of festive fun are the Glittered Reindeer.

 

Most of my string lights I’ve bought from Kmart over the years and they still going strong, give or take a few of them plus some are just so old now they’re just worn out.

I bought a handful of new items to add to my collection which included some bulb solar lights for the garden path which look fantastic.

 

Are you decorating your home for Christmas?

Do you go and visit decorated homes during Christmas?

Happy Festive Season everyone!

Have a wonderful end to 2018.

Eggnog Pancakes

So easy to make & only three ingredients.

These are rough measurements so have a play with quantities. 
In a bowl I mixed, half a cup of eggnog, half a cup if self raising flour & one egg. 

Once a smooth texture I fried piklet-sized cakes on a non-stick pan for about a minute on each side. 

I topped the stack (makes about ten) with banana slices & maple syrup.

Chocolate Mint Truffles

These were a bit of an experiment but they resulted in a tasty, minty truffle that’s soft & fudge-like on the inside!

Completely UN healthy but ’tis the season to be jolly & full.
Rather than eating them yourself, make them as a gift!

These are so easy to make & literally include a handful of ingredients.
You will need:
Two packets of mint slice biscuits
200g of light cream cheese
250g melted chocolate
Crushed candy canes/white chocolate for decoration 
 
Blend the mint slice (or any biscuit of choice) until crumbled, a few lumps are okay & easily crushed by hand.
Combine the cream cheese and biscuit with an electric mixer.
Once combined, using wet hands roll into bite size balls & refrigerate for two hours.

 

Once firm, melt the chocolate and coat each truffle and place back into the fridge.
Decorate eat truffle with some melted white chocolate or crushed candy canes or even some nuts or coconut.
Refrigerate again for a couple of hours.
Don’t eat them all at once!!
They should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days.