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Sweet Swap for Santa

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Can you believe Christmas is less than 7 weeks away?

I LOVE this time of the year. I know its crazy busy and life is hectic but Christmastime is definitely my favourite time of the year.

For me, Christmas really is about Love, Joy & Hope. It’s about sharing kindness, love and generosity with each other; it’s about spending quality time with family and friends; it’s about adorning your house with fairy lights and decorations; it’s about delicious home cooking and of course it’s about the hope that comes from Jesus.

This year I wanted create a little community of people who love Christmas, love being generous, love creating new friends and love baking. So I created a Sweep Swap! It runs like a Secret Santa but all of the gifts are home baked sweets. It’s so easy to play… Sign up, bake some sweets, package them, send them away to the person you have been allocated to, and then wait patiently for a parcel of sweetness to pop into your own mail box.  I’m so happy some other gorgeous businesses on Instagram have caught my vision and want to be involved. We’ll also be running a few giveaways throughout the swap, but really, everyone who plays is a winner anyway!

So if you are in Australia and you enjoy baking I would LOVE you to participate. Read more about it and sign up here… http://eepurl.com/c8y_ij

I think a lot of us like to be generous but we are convinced we need to be wealthy to be able to give. You can be generous and make people smile in so many ways; with your finances, time, skills, encouraging words etc.  This swapsie is just a simple little way to give of your time, talents and although there is a small cost financially (ingredients and postage) if you are anything like me you will rush off to the post office (possibly skipping and singing Christmas carols on the way) feeling all warm and fuzzy knowing in a few days you will be making someones day even sweeter. x

You make my heart melt!

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Since it’s Valentines Day tomorrow I thought I would share my yummy Melting Moments recipe with you. You can easily whip these up to share with the people who make your life sweeter.

 

INGREDIENTS//

Biscuit
270g butter (softened to room temp)
1/2 cup cornflour
2/3 cup icing sugar
2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon vanilla

Icing
80g butter (softened to room temp)
2 cups Icing sugar
Flavouring (eg 1 Passionfruit or 10 frozen raspberries or zest & juice of 1/2 lemon).

 

METHOD//
Biscuit

Set the oven to 160 degrees celsius.
Use an electric mixer to beat the butter and icing sugar until it’s light and fluffy.
Slowly add the cornflour and flour to the creamy butter mixture and beat at a low speed until combined and a dough has formed.
Use your hands to roll the dough into balls and place them about 4cm apart on a tray lined with baking paper.
Push the balls down slightly with a fork (dipped in flour to prevent it from sticking).
Bake in the oven for approx 16 minutes (depending on the size of your biscuits).
It’s best to take them out before they start to brown as this will make them softer and melt in your mouth.

Icing

While biscuits are cooling you can make the buttercream icing.
Beat butter and 1 cup of the icing sugar together for about 3 minutes until it’s fluffy.
Add in flavoring of choice. The fruit will add more liquid to the icing which will change the consistency. Start adding some of the remaining icing sugar (and perhaps a bit more) to bring the buttercream back to the original fluffy consistency.

Once biscuits are cool you can fill a piping bag and pipe a generous serve of buttercream onto 1/2 of the biscuits. (If you don’t have a piping bag it’s fine to use a spoon or knife to dollop the buttercream on). Gently place a similar sized biscuit on top to sandwich them together, pushing down slightly to secure it. Let biscuits sit for an hour before packaging to allow time for the icing to set. Dust biscuits with icing sugar.

 

These melting moments are oh so yummy and always get gobbled up fast so enjoy one while you can! x

Au revoir 2014

We do not remember the days, we remember the moments – Cesare Pavese

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2014 was filled with many moments; some were amazing, some shocking, some bad, some exciting and some were simply unexpected, wonderful, beautiful, fleeting moments. Whether they impacted me positively or negatively I have certainly taken something away from each of them.

This year was full of adventure (as each year is!) I experienced so much more than I thought I would.  I find myself if a better place and I am more content than I was 12 months ago.  This doesn’t mean I’m 100% happy with each component of my life, but honestly, I don’t think we are ever really blissfully happy with everything.  If we were, we would stop trying. We would stop pushing ourselves to grow, improve and achieve more.

Life here on earth is short. These are the days that make up your unique life story, so if you don’t like the place you are in, now is the time to make some changes. If you aren’t living a life you are proud of, now is the time to make alterations. If you are searching for more, now is the time to find answers. I’m not saying go out and quit your job, become a gypsy and live carefree for the rest of your days. You may not be able to make dramatic changes and even if you can, it’s possibly an unwise move to make! You probably still have to work to earn money so you can pay mortgages and eat.  And yes, I understand you might still have to cook dinner, clean the house, walk the dog, get children bathed, fed and in bed by 7pm. But even with these commitments you can make small little changes that will improve your life, and I guarantee the other people in your world will adjust- in fact they will probably even benefit from them.

It’s interesting looking back at my 2014 ‘to do’ list and seeing which ones I crossed off. I wrote it on 1st January and didn’t look at it again for over 6 months. I found it so refreshing to see that my life has headed in the direction of my goals and without realising it I was in the process of achieving most of them! So very cool!! Of course there are a few things that I didn’t accomplish, so I will need to carry those over to my 2015 ‘to do’ list.

Are you a goal setter? I never used to be (and I probably wouldn’t say I am a huge one now, as my goals don’t have strict timelines) but do I think it’s good to sit down, think/dream/pray (yes I do all three) and create rough plan for some things.  It’s best to set yourself some small super achievable goals as well as bigger long term goals that you can strive to accomplish… and its super important to remember, whether you are ticking off your to do list at an alarmingly fast pace or you are taking a rest from doing so much, try to enjoy the season you are in.  If it’s good, be thankful for it, enjoy it because it won’t stay exactly as it is forever. If it’s a hard season, be thankful for it (yes I know this is easier said than done), learn what you can and understand that it will not last forever. Each season of life has challenges, but try to look beyond those mountains and enjoy the special moments you are given. There are there, soak them in and smile.

Happy New Year my friends x

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. – Hal Borland