Christmas in Victoria, B.C.

Christmas in Victoria, B.C.

We do Christmas together with my husbands family every other year, so on the off-years, when all my brother and sister-in-laws go home to their families, I get kind of sad because it’s not quite as easy for me to nip home to England. :-( This year it was just us, my inlaws, and my brother in law, Dexter–so we decided to go somewhere fun!
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Christmas Wreath “Peace” Cupcakes

Christmas Wreath “Peace” Cupcakes

Tomorrow my son is having a fun pre-school christmas pajama party, so I signed up to bring some cute christmas cupcakes. My son {and most kids} LOVE jelly beans, so I thought I would make a jelly bean christmas wreath with some edible glitter, and a “P” for peace. They were SO EASY and fun to make that I thought I would pass on a quick how-to! I hope you like them!
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Polar Bear Cupcakes

Polar Bear Cupcakes

For some reason Christmas has been really overwhelming and stressful for me this year, and I am not on my game at all! Our Christmas cards never got sent, {or even made!} The christmas gifts I ordered for friends and family still haven’t arrived and will be really late! The awesome christmassy recipes I had in mind never got made or posted, and I haven’t even baked a single thing for my friends and neighbors! It wouldn’t be quite as big of a deal if everyone else around me wasn’t 1000% on their game! Friends and neighbors have come by to deliver desserts and goodies to my family and I, we’ve received tons of beautiful christmas cards, and gifts from family members {early!} I feel the love, but at the same time, I feel totally put to shame!! So today I finally decided, amidst the chaos of trying to find my passport for our trip to Victoria, planning my 8th wedding anniversary, wrapping gifts, tidying my house, doing laundry and school and dance runs, to make some cute christmassy cupcakes for my friends and neighbors! As a perfectionist, I die a little inside every time I have to do something sub-par because I spread myself so thinly, which is why I came up with the FASTEST, EASIEST, cupcakes I could think of, that would turn out super cute with next to no effort! I got out my boxed cake mix, and frosting from a container! GASP! {I know, feel free to totally judge me here, I am even judging myself!} And had a lot of fun making these cute cupcakes for my friends and neighbors in return for their kindness! YES! One thing checked off my list, and only six days to go! :-/ {Sometimes I just wish I could be a man at christmas}. Here’s how for all you crazy-busy, last-minute mommas-like-me, out there!

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Oreo Truffle Figgy Puddings

Oreo Truffle Figgy Puddings

Last week was kind of a crazy week, which might account for why I have fallen off the planet lately! We had 5 christmas parties to attend in 4 days, then my daughter Gemma and I went to see the nut-cracker ballet together on our first mummy-daughter date over the weekend. I have been having a blast, but amidst the constant chaos of running around, a part of me just wanted to snuggle up under a blanket with some hot chocolate and watch Elf! {Probably a sign that I am getting older… I turn the big 3.0 in a couple of weeks! So just a heads up, I might just fall off the planet again!} For one christmas party I was assigned to bring something yummy! I love excuses to bake, and since my mother in law gave me the biggest box of Oreos you have ever seen in your life, the other day, I thought I would make some delicious Oreo truffles! I made them a little more “fancy” by putting a raspberry inside, and covered them in even more chocolate on the outside– chocolate on chocolate is my kinda dessert! I decorated them like cute little figgy puddings, so they were the perfect thing to take to a christmas party! But they’d also be the perfect thing to snack on whilst snuggled up watching cheesy christmas movies too! So whatever the occasion, I hope you enjoy!

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Festive Salmon Parcels

Festive Salmon Parcels

The other day my four-year old son asked if we could have salmon for dinner– which kind of sent me into a state of shock, because the only thing he only ever requests and eats is mac n cheese! So of course, I jumped at the chance to make him something a little different, and a lot more healthy, {and I love salmon too!} I found the idea for this recipe in my all time favorite food magazine that my mum and sister brought over for me from England last year, and I got to cross of just one of the hundred recipes I wanted to try from it! I made my little guy a plain lemon and butter salmon filet, but I wanted something less boring  a little “different!” I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off, and make the filo frills look pretty, or taste good, but I was shocked at how fun and EASY this was to make! Dinner was ready in under 30 minutes, although it seemed like I had put a lot more time and effort into it! I LOVE that! We need to have salmon more often, and i’m also excited to play around a lot more with filo too.
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