MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU! (… and because I’m full of the Christmas Spirit, here’s my first little competition/giveaway!)

**COMPETITION NOW CLOSED** Simply leave a short comment on this post to consider yourself entered in the running for personalised printables, designed just for you :). Merry Christmas! It’s Christmas Eve and I am super-busy getting the last of the preparations done before tomorrow’s parties (yes, more than one!)… and I really wasn’t going to […]

SIMPLE HOLIDAY-THEMED CHEVRON BUFFET LABELS (another little printable gift to you)

And hot on the heels of the thank you tags and hot chocolate jar labels, come the quasi-retro chevron buffet labels! Designed for an Advent-themed crafting night supper I held for the girls three weeks ago (on the other side of the planet from where I now sit and type!), my original buffet labels had all […]

SIMPLE HOLIDAY-THEMED CHEVRON THANK YOU TAGS (a FREE downloadable printable for you)

Having whipped these up quickly to compliment the labels I’d already created for my Christmas hot chocolate mix jars, I thought I’d share them here (a little pre-Christmas gift) in case anyone is searching for a simple holiday-themed printable thank you tag. My previous thank you tag post with free downloadable template continues to get […]

FROSTY SNOWFLAKE-STAMPED SUGAR COOKIES (possibly the easiest way to “cheat” your way to a decorated festive cookie without candy, chocolate or icing!)

In December last year I baked sugar cookies for my blessingway/baby shower and felt like I’d discovered cookie gold! I couldn’t have been happier with the results. A year later, with our mammoth trip and our son’s Lucia concert approaching, I tried to organise thank you gifts for his teachers in the midst of packing, cleaning, keeping up with […]

VEGAN CHOCOLATE SNICKERDOODLES (yummy spice-laced, sugar-coated, crackly-topped cookies)

They’re deliciously chocolatey, easy-to-make, have a lovely crackle-topped texture plus a warming hint of spice… and they’re vegan! How many boxes can a cookie tick? VEGAN CHOCOLATE SNICKERDOODLES Makes approx. 24 cookies TOPPING INGREDIENTS 45 g organic caster sugar 1 tsp ground cinnamon COOKIE INGREDIENTS 120 ml organic rapeseed/canola oil 220 g organic caster sugar […]

CHRISTMAS HOT CHOCOLATE MIX IN A JAR (instructions for easy, pretty homemade gifts + FREE printable labels)

Browse around Pinterest DIY boards and you’ll quickly discover that gifts in jars are a popular concept… and with good cause! They make for thrifty, sweet, homemade treats that are fun to embellish and easy to assemble/transport. I made these little lovelies using spice jars from IKEA (which can of course be reused as spice jars or […]

FROZEN BERRY JAM (no doubt the easiest, yummiest way to use up frozen berries!)

We are not only in the midst of a whirlwind of advent and pre-Christmas celebrations, moreover we are bracing ourselves for 3.5 months away and counting down the days until we leave. This means cleaning out our fridge and freezer, among many other things. I HATE to waste food and when I came across over […]

ROASTED CARROT SALAD (with cranberries, rucola & toasted almonds)

Advent is fast approaching (so is the snow, no doubt) and I wouldn’t normally associate this time of year with salad, however one look at the ingredients list of this delightful dish and I was hooked. Not only does this salad contain some of the yummiest seasonal ingredients, it also looks vibrant and festive and […]

FESTIVE BANANA BREAD WITH CRANBERRIES, ORANGE & PECANS (gluten/dairy/refined sugar/guilt-free!)

Craving a guilt-free, festive sweet treat? Overripe bananas begging to be used? This could be just the ticket! Still a tad nervy about gluten-free baking, but having a packet of Doves Farm white self-raising flour blend that I needed to get through and an event coming up with a gluten intolerant guest to cater for, I came up […]

CHRISTMAS CRAFTING WITH PAPER SCRAPS & OLD BOOK PAGES (upcycling vs recycling!)

I was intrigued when my local library advertised a pre-Christmas paper crafting night that would feature the use of old books, otherwise destined for the recycling heap. Being a keen recycler and a curious “newbie crafter”, I decided to attend the event and invited a friend to join me. The weather was terrible that night […]