Tag Archive | christmas

The year that was 2015!

Then 2015 happend……

I hope you are all saddened that another year has come to a close but are excited for the year to come!

I hadn’t shared Christmas Eve pictures with you yet so here they are:

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The past few days haven given me some time to think about my New Year Resolutions (this time of the year is very conductive to long days day-dreaming) and making a list. Yes, I am one of those people that make resolutions and I try and see how many boxes I can tick off.

I have also been trying to think about what I want to blog about content wise in 2016. There are still more travel stories and places to write about and I’d like to see where this blog goes next year. But this year, which has been my first official year on wordpress, this blog has gotten 356 views, 211 visitors and 242 likes. So THANK YOU to all my followers, viewers and likers. To write for yourself is one thing but to write and engage with others is another.

I hope you’ve all had a lovely year and hope that 2016 is bigger and better. I’m excited for what the year might hold and also excited to be coming up with more blog posts and ideas to share.

Happy New Year everyone!

Bonne Annee tout le monde!

-S.

Blogmas Day 24! 🎄

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Hey everyone!

I missed yesterdays blogmas but here is a post! It is Christmas Eve here in Aus now so I will shortly be getting into food prep. I thought that I would share what is on the menu tonight. Pictures will follow tomorrow!

Other people will be bringing food so this won’t be a list of everything on the menu.

  • Home-made sausage rolls: This is the recipe that I’m using. I gave it a test run during the week and it turned out well!
  • Greek salad: Self explanatory I think!
  • Tabbouleh salad: I love tabbouleh (recipe here) and I think it would go especially well if you’re having lamb or beef. It’s a very fresh salad to have.
  • Baked potatoes: This is a recipe I saw in a magazine but it is basically potatoes with slices along it, melted butter with chopped rosemary and paprika.
  • Gingerbread men: using this recipe that I’ve previously blogged about.

Also on our list are honey glazed ham, prawns (it wouldn’t be an Australian Christmas without them!), oysters, brownies, jelly and fresh fruit.

What are you all having for Christmas? Let me know in the comments!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope the day is an enjoyable one! Joyeux Noel!

-S.

Blogmas Day 21! 🎄

Hey guys!

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I hope your holiday plans are in full swing now! The countdown is on! Today I thought that we should talk holiday plans! Majority of businesses/universities and schools have now either closed for the year or will be in the coming week here. I’m all for stealing other people’s holiday ideas so what are you all up to over this holiday break period?!

Our extended family are having a Christmas dinner, I have my books to get through (ideally before the new year), french grammar to do drills on & baking! I’ll be baking these gingerbread men again for the upcoming party plus a few other planned goodies which might turn up in another blog this week.

I’m not feeling that stressed this year. I’m still looking for a job and this is the first Christmas I’ve spent at home in 3 years. In all honesty, I would rather be on holidays away from this every lasting heat (although fortunately, it is raining today after our 41C yesterday!) and drinking mulled wine from an outdoor Christmas market. A girl can dream.

Let me know what your plans are for the coming week in the comments below!

-S.

Blogmas Day 13! 🎄

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Hey everyone! Happy day 13 of December. Can we all just take a moment to pause and just discuss how hard blogmas is?!?

I came into blogmas firing on all 4 cylinders but as the days tick on and Christmas blogs have been posted, it’s kind of hard to come up with even more Christmas-themed things to talk about. I think what I find the hardest is that my family do not do presents, I’m on a possessions ban and it’s not really that Christmasy in Australia. We’ve had Santa books re-written the Australian way to have the jolly fellow in shorts and sunglasses. There is also no pine tree smell in the air.

Anyway, this weekend has been VERY busy. I attended my second last french class of the year and the last dance class of the year. What will I do with all my time?! I have a lot planned actually. Which could potentially indicate some better blogmas blogs. It may not.

Are you finding blogmas hard now? Let me know in the comments!

-S.

Blogmas Day 11! 🎄

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Hey guys,

It has been H-O-T here although not from the Christmas lights. I was wondering our city a few days ago wondering why there were no light filled trees like in the wintery countries until it occurred to me that perhaps, this was a fire risk for us here.

Today it was 35C and the sun isn’t setting until 8:30pm. We are truly summer now.

If you’ve gotten a blogmas post (or any Christmas post) that has wintery Christmas lights everywhere in your town at the moment, please link me below!

Until next time,
-S

Blogmas Day 9! 🎄

All I want for Christmas is…………………………………………………………..

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Nothing. Yes, you read that right. If you guys have read my Blogmas Day 5 , you will see that I have been on a decluttering campaign. So in keeping with that, I have decided not to buy myself anything or put in a request for something. Trust me, it is hard. All those sales and gift-packs plus not to mention the flurry of shoppers out and about around Christmas decorations. I think that Christmas now feels not as special because people buy gifts all year around- it would mean more if we didn’t. However, I have come up with a list of wishes for Christmas:

  • That the COP21 conference has a result and a good and earth friendly one.
  • That my room stays tidy and clean over this festive period.
  • That it rained more often (this is going to be one dry summer).
  • Santa brings joy to those who need it most.
  • To never lose my love of the Elf movie.

What are some non-material possession wishes on your wish list? Let me know in the comments below!

-S.

 

Blogmas Day 7 ! 🎄

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Hey guy!

Just thought I would do a bedroom Christmas decoration post. I feel like we’re the odd ones out having a summer Christmas when everyone else is having a winter Christmas. Watching Christmas movies always makes me so jealous, as a winter fiend, I want a cold Christmas! My love for all things winter have trickled down to what decorations I have around my bedroom.

 

On my bedside table, this is my current set up. I have the reindeer which I got in Finland (during Winter) which I normally don’t put there but decided it would be a nice Christmas addition.

Next to it is a wooden star- which I bought when I was in Lausanne about 2 years ago. It wasn’t Christmas yet but I would be spending that Christmas alone so thought I would treat myself to a Christmas decoration on the road. This star is on my bedside table all year around as I just love it.

The last item which is always there is the Monet Glasshouse Candle. This has a tuberose scent and it’s so cute! Even with the lid closed, I get whiffs of it sometimes and I find that it’s very fresh and a nice smell to wake up to.

The pink-ish cloth drapped over my table is something I bought from India. I love the print and wasn’t really sure what to use it for when I got it (perhaps pillow covers or a blanket cover after some DIY) but have decided that for now, it can stay there.

What Christmas decorations have you got up in your bedrooms? I’d love to see!

-S.

Blogmas Day 3! 🎄

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Hey guys!

In my last post I blogged about making an Apple and Raspberry salad (perfect Christmas colours!) so here is the link to the actual recipe online.

Today I am going to share with you my gingerbread men recipe. So i saw this in a magazine and ripped it out and have since made it quite a couple of times. I have changed it alittle and will be giving you the changed one today.

You will need:

  • 1/3 cup (75g) packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (175g) golden syrup
  • 3 cups (450g) plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger (I will be trying 3 teaspoons next time)
  • 4 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate soda
  • 1 egg, beaten slightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
For the icing (i’m after a new recipe so if you have one, please let me know):
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup (160g) pure icing sugar
  • food colouring/cachous as you wish.
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. I like to use baking paper but if don’t want to, grease your baking tray here.
  2. Heat butter, sugar, golden syrup in the microwave until butter has melted (30-40seconds). Then let the mixture cool.
  3. Sift flour, spices, bicarb soda in a large bowl. Add the butter mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Divide the dough in half and knead one half on the benchtop making sure the surface is floured. Using a rolling pin, roll ou the dough to about 5mm. Use gingerbread man cookie cutter and then place the cut shape onto baking tray.
  5. Bake the gingerbread men for 10 mins or until golden brown.
  6. Icing: beat the egg white with an electric mixer until frothy and gradually add sifted icing sugar. Beat between addition until stiff peaks form. Then add food colouring if you want.
  7. Decorate!

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Happy baking!

-S.

Blogmas! Day 1 🎄

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Hey guys! I thought that if youtube can have vlogmas, why can’t we have blogmas?! Soooo i’ve decided that I’ll have a go at blogmas and post every second day on assorted topics. So let’s see how we go! Also, if you’re hoping for pictures of snow and Christmas jumpers….this will be the wrong blog!

Today was the first official day of summer for us Australians. Come back to check out what we get up to at Christmas in the southern hemisphere in summer!

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To get the ball of the ground, today’s lunch included this new recipe that I have tried recently. Rocket/spinach leaves, thinly sliced Granny Smith apples, goats cheese, raspberries (frozen or fresh) and for the dressing:

– About 50g of raspberries mashed
– 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
– 1 teaspoon of mustard (can omit)
– 2 teaspoons of honey (you may need to add more if the dressing is too sour)
– salt and pepper to taste.

Drizzle abit of olive oil and voila! I will link the recipe in my next blog post.

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And who else loves these?! I remember eating them when I was younger and still love them now.

See you in the next blog!

– S.

A letter from Sophie

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Hey guys,

I hope you’re well. It is coming up to my favourite time of the year, Christmas! The picture above is currently what the interiors of the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney currently looks like. The more lights the better!

The past 3 months of posts have been my European holiday and the posts and stories are now over, although I still have blog posts related to these to come. I’m missing the adventure and new surroundings alot and am even moreso jealous of everyone who is having a white Christmas! Oh how I would love to be drinking mulled wine or spiced tea with a book in fluffy blankets! Maybe next year!

As we head towards the end of the year, it is that reflection time before we make our New Year Resolutions. My question is, what are some stand-out moments from 2015 for you?

Mine would be:
– Moving laboratories
– Finishing my PhD (woo!)
– Being back in my favorite city (Paris!)
– Having the opportunities to meet with friends (and meeting their friends) again who live overseas.

I would love to hear yours!

-S.