HAPPY NEW YEAR! (+ some last-minute ideas to kick-start a fabulous 2014!)

Here I sit, in the warm summery town that I called home for many years, and contemplate the fact that in one hour and 2 minutes my fellow countrymen and women will be some of the first people on this planet to ring in the new year. I have just completed my visualisation mood board […]

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 […]

“NICE” REFINED SUGAR-FREE APPLE PARSNIP GHOST & MUMMY CUPCAKES WITH “SLIGHTLY NAUGHTY” VEGAN BUTTERCREAM (plus Halloween/All Souls’ round-up with links to recipes & FREE templates!)

Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, All Hallows’ Eve, Alla helgons dag/All Saints’ Day… yes, it was a big weekend for many people around the world. Here in Sweden, the “American version” of Halloween is a relatively new celebration, and not one as yet embraced or understood by all Swedes. Case in point, my husband’s grandmother called from the […]

DIY FRANKENMALLOW POPS (chocolatey, marshmallowy, easy-to-make treats… perfect for little monsters)

You don’t need an oven (or a 19th century Gothic laboratory!) to create these little guys. Just a few ingredients, a little assembling and you’re minutes away from having homemade treats on hand for when the ghosts and ghouls coming knocking at your door tonight!   WHAT YOU NEED Lollipop sticks Green candy melts Dark chocolate […]

POSSIBLY THE EASIEST PUMPKIN CARVING TEMPLATE IN THE WORLD (FREE for download here!)

No Halloween decor up yet? No time? No pumpkin carving kit/fancy knives/special tools? No previous pumpkin carving experience? No idea where to start? No worries! This is the Jack-o’-Lantern design you’ve been looking for! My husband, our two and a half year-old toddler and I decided to do a last-minute, first time (!) pumpkin carving on […]