A MERRY CHRISTMAS + happy new year break

Happy New Year Break

 

Well it certainly is safe to say the end of the year is fast approaching, and with all the christmas parties, present buying and list making going on I’m surprised we all still have time to connect. I have no doubt, like me you are looking forward to a bit of a break once the big Christmas day is over. After what has been a rather big year, both emotionally and physically for me, I can’t wait for some downtime to re-group and reflect on the year just gone. I’m super excited to be flying somewhere sunny for a few weeks to do nothing but sip green smoothies and yoga as much as my heart desires, and during that time I will be taking a well deserved break from working, writing + blogging. I look forward to coming back refreshed and focused – hopefully with some new and exciting ideas and opps for 2015.

I wish you all the most fabulous Christmas, New Years + / or happy holidays with family, friends and loved ones. I hope your break is filled with love and peace, of laughs and pretty things, and of course some super good food.

Thank you to everyone who has come on this journey with me so far, I could not have done it without the love and encouragement of you all.

Bring on 2015 I say – I feel good things are a comin xx

 

Loving your locals + a guilt free christmas recipe

So I know that we can’t always be on our best behaviour during the Christmas months – oh and what a boring Christmas that would be – but if you end up being a little bit naughty and a little bit nice then in my books you’re doing ok. I’m a big believer in doing things in moderation, and especially around the silly season this is something to really try to take on board. I don’t feel guilty about enjoying the good stuff, but I also try to include some healthy alternatives along the way, to make sure I am giving back to my body as much as it is putting out to me.

So when I came across this super easy + deliciously guilt free Chrissy recipe – I just had to share!

This recipe is taken from the gorgeous Kavisha Jega who just so happens to be a Melbourne based food + wellness coach (right up my ally)! Kavisha not only makes it her mission to support, educate and empower people like you and me to make healthy and positive changes to our diet and lifestyle, she is also a world of knowledge when it comes to all things healthy and I love nothing more than to pick her brains over a lazy Sunday brunch. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket to one of her intimate cooking classes you certainly are a lucky duck – but if not, she often shares amazing advice and recipes on her blog – including some recent healthy Christmas ones for those who are looking for sugar, gluten and dairy free options. And my favourite – shared below – Christmas Fruit Cake, with Coconut Sauce!

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CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKE w/ coconut sauce

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups almond meal

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup chopped dried dates

1 cup of mixed dried raisins, cherries + cranberries

1 cup crushed walnuts

4 eggs (beaten)

2 tsbp coconut oil

1 tbsp coconut sugar (optional)

1 tbsp vanilla

1 zest of a whole orange + lemon

Method

Preheat oven to 160c (fan forced) // Combine almond meal, salt, baking powder in a bowl // Stir in fruit + nuts // In a separate bowl combine remaining ingredients // Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients // Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake 40-45 mins until cooked through // Allow to cool in tin before serving

COCONUT SAUCE

Ingredients

1 can coconut cream

2 tsp coconut sugar

Pinch of sea salt

Method

Heat all ingredients together in a small saucepan over a low heat // Mix until well combined // Pour sauce into a jar to served warm or chill in the fridge for later

*I don’t believe this recipe is up on her blog yet, hence the no photo I’m sorry – but trust me, its good, good, good! 

For more recipes and healthy inspiration be sure to check out Kavisha’s blog or Instagram page

 

HAPPY COOKING LOVELIES x

 

BAR CART CRUSHING

Who doesn’t love a sweet bar cart. So bright and colourful, happy and fun! Whether it’s copper or cane, sparkling new or vintage, they seem to always remind me of G+T’s and balmy summer nights. The perfect accessory to any party, being of 20 or just 2 – I love them so.

Dress yours up with cute cocktail books, vintage champagne glasses and some pink roses and you are good to go. Definitely going on my bucket list for next year I think x

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Above images via Pinterest

HAPPY CARTING x

I’ll have a Rosé please – my drink of choice this summer

Rosé drink

Anyone that knows me well knows I love a good rosé.., I don’t even need to look at a wine list anymore, as soon as that sun comes out, I’ll have a rosé please! Something about the fact that it’s not quite a white, yet not a red, just something in the middle makes me go there every time. Ok, ok… I know what you’re thinking, but rosé has come a long way since it was labelled the ‘fairy floss in the bottle’ and frowned upon by the French. But now even the French drink it as much as they do white, and that really is saying something.

Today you can easily find a fresh, crisp rosé, that would go perfect for any party this summer, and I’m even seriously thinking about including it in my Christmas lunch this year. It compliments a wide array of dishes, from fish to chicken and even your shelled variety. You can try still or sparkling, dry or sweet.

So, some food for thought maybe this weekend or next time the sun is shining… def worth a try, and who knows, like me you might never go back x

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* I do find it harder to buy a good rosé at my local bottle shop than a regular white, it’s much easier to source the good stuff at restaurants or wineries – but some to keep an eye out for in your local bottle shop are Dominique Portet Fontaine and La Plancheliere.

 

Image via Martha Stewart

Looking to the year ahead + some DECEMBER INTENTIONS

December intentions

As December starts to unfold, it not only gets me thinking about the year that has just been, but also the year that is ahead. How exciting to think that 2015 is waiting patiently to be upon us – as always – sooner than we all expected, but certainly at the right time for us to take in the year and better ourselves for the next.

I love how even though it’s just another month, December always feels like the perfect one to stop and reflect and January always feels like the right time to set everything in motion. There is a sense of relief when a new year comes around, not only for all the things you can let go of but also for the new hope and opportunities that come with a new year. In most years I have started all this on New Years Eve, or waited until Jan to set my new goals, however this year I am going to start the process early. So by the time 2015 rolls around, I will be more than ready..!

So from that I reflect on some December Intentions – some things to get me thinking or to get the ball rolling one might say, to set some goals for 2015…

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To Facebook or not to Facebook – something I want to figure out next year

To take the plunge + change careers – can I really do it

To upgrade the old apartment and have a bit more space

And maybe to read The Desire Map – I hear it will change your life

 

What are your December Intentions looking like? Have you thought about your goals for 2015? Why not write some down and have a think… who knows what 2015 will hold for us xx

 

WANDERLUST + the so called travel bug

I love it when I met someone who has just got the travel bug. What a contagious energy they give off. Anticipation of far away places, dreaming of exotic food and meeting friends to last a lifetime.

The freedom that comes with travels and the responsibilities we loose…

Oh give me a little wanderlust any day xx

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Above images via Lauren Conrad // Pinterest // Imgur // Flickr // Weheartit

 

HAPPY WANDERING xx

Top 5: ideas to spruce up your CHRISTMAS TABLE

Nothing gets me more into the Christmas spirit than planning what I am going to put on my Chrissy table for lunch (and I’m not talking about the food!). Whether it be simple and easy, or glamorous and three courses – the effort behind a beautiful table never goes to waste. A sweet and simple table can take no time at all, and it certainly doesn’t need to be expensive, all you need are a few ideas and a little inspiration.

Here are my top 5: ideas to spruce up your Christmas table this year

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Christmas table top

Flowers + ivy // every table starts with a good centerpiece and adding some flowers from the garden or greenery such as ivy is a great place to start. It’s cheap and accessible – and can either be laid flat or placed into vases

Christmas table top

Place cards // a great addition to any table and can easily be decorated with ivy or rosemary (a great substitute for Christmas greenery). I usually use my left over Christmas gift tags for this – after writing on guests names, I either lay flat on top of serving plates or tie with string or ribbon around cutlery

Christmas table top

Ornaments // either in bowls, vases or just scattered around are great to use as a centerpiece for your table. They add lots of colour, as well as keeping with the theme of your tree

Christmas table top

Cherries // are the ultimate for an Aussie Christmas. They are healthy, fresh and super summery. Just place in the middle of the table in bowls for guests to enjoy (if your guests prefer something a little naughtier – chocolates are good too!)

Christmas table top

Pinecones // are fun to use if you are going for a more traditional Christmas theme. You can spray paint them or leave them natural, hang on string in doorways, or just place on the table.

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I hope you are starting to get a little festive… check out my Pinterest for more Christmas inspo x

(above images all via pinterest)

 

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