Tagged: Wrapping

November 4, 2012

All The Pretty Paper: Christmas


Our brown, white and red Christmas.
Hard to believe but not so long ago I was a Christmas grinch. Growing up I had some pretty awful Christmases. As a teenager I did all I could to avoid it. I remember when I turned 18 and I was allowed to have Christmas by myself. I lived in a dingy little apartment with tiger carpet. I didn’t have a Christmas tree and there were no presents but it was the best Christmas I’d had at that point in time. I spent the day in my PJ’s, I dragged my mattress to the lounge and blasted the air conditioner while watching old movies. And what of Christmas lunch? I ate an entire tray of brownies by myself. For five more years I avoided Christmas… until I met CJ.

CJ is a Christmas fanatic. My boy really does go all out. His favourite part? He loves to pick the perfect presents. He plans them months in advance. I have to admit his enthusiasm is contagious. Our first Christmas together he did everything in his power to make it amazing and it really was! I get my own stocking and half the presents under the tree are mine! We have also made our own traditions. We now have enough Christmas movies for every night in December but The Nightmare Before Christmas (my favourite) is always on Christmas Eve. Bless his heart, he even lets me pick Christmas colours. This year it’s brown, red and white. The first photo is of Holly’s presents. The second photo is CJ’s present to me. I told you he prepares months in advance and without a word of a lie, he wrapped it himself. So…umm… what do you think is in it? I was allowed to shake it. It’s not very heavy. It’s about the size of a coffee mug. There is paper in it and I’m pretty sure it’s not a Samantha Wills box. I am truly flummoxed. Any ideas?

October 16, 2012

Treat Tuesday: Choc-chip Cookies


Everybody loves a good cookie.



CJ and I have a dinner invite this evening and I am a firm believer in not showing up empty-handed. A bottle of wine would normally suffice but our hosts include the most adorable two year old so not wanting to exclude him, I have baked and packed an amazing batch of Choc-chip cookies.

Just a couple of notes before I give you the recipe:
+ This recipe works really well in the kitchen-aid mixer.
+ I think Choc-chips are a rip. I prefer to cut up cooking chocolate blocks so you get big chunks and little chunks. Looks much more rustic too.
+ Our house is a crunchy cookie house, as opposed to a chewy house. If you come from a chewy house just back the time off a little.

Makes 24


240g butter
300g (1 1/2 cups) firmly packed soft brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
300g (2 cups) plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
375g milk chocolate chopped


1. Preheat oven to 190’C.

2. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high for 5 minutes until pale.

3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for a further minute.

4. Stir bi-carb into flour, then stir into butter and sugar mixture.

5. Fold in the chocolate chips.

6. Roll 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a ball, then flatten slightly onto a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper. Repeat, leaving a fair amount of space between each biscuit to allow for spreading. (You may need to bake the cookies in batches.) Bake for 15-20 minutes (the biscuits should have just started to darken at the edges but will still be a little soft). Remove from the oven and use a palette knife to lift biscuits from trays, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.


October 6, 2012

All wrapped up.


Today is Miss E’s first birthday party. I cannot believe it.


I first met Miss E’s Mummy when she was a couple of months pregnant with Miss E. Which to me feels like forever ago as I now consider her one of my greatest friends. Miss E was not an easy baby at all. Colic drove her poor mamma crazy for her first 3 months of life. Since then she has come along in leaps and bounds. There is just something about that kid that makes me smile in her presence. She has the cutest chubby cheeks and the most easy-going personality. She just adores her sister and laughs so hard at the drop of a hat. Just can’t get over her being 1.

I always struggle with buying children’s gifts, having none of my own it’s all a little bit of a mystery. For little Miss E I have bought a xylophone. A good sturdy wooden one, that she can chew on. At least I think that’s what they do at that age. My reasoning behind it is: Music is great for babies right? And if they already have one – awesome! It means Miss E and her big sister can play together. I hope anyway.

I took particular pride in wrapping Miss E’s present. Actually I like all forms of gift wrapping really. I found the cutest blue doillie paper at Big W and paired it with some o-check natural twine from the two owls* (found here) and a doillie flower from inky co. (found here). Pretty spectacular if I do say so myself.

*At the time of writing this, two owls offers free shipping all over Australia AND the twine is on sale! What more could you want?


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