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Simple White & Gold Christmas Sugar Cookies

Simple White & Gold Christmas Sugar Cookies

Every Christmas I love to make sugar cookies for my friends, family, and kids school classes! I calculated that I needed to make 160 this year, so I started making and freezing them right after thanksgiving to avoid the “last minute hustle” I always seem to very-stressfully get myself into, days before Christmas! Well, I got 30 made, and then was hit by a horrible sickness that set me back a couple of weeks! Long story short– that stressful hustle I wanted SO badly to avoid this year, got me again! And I now had a day and a half to get 130 sugar cookies made. I needed a design that was really simple if I was going to pull this off, so I decided to stick with a “White Christmas” theme, and make them a little extra beautiful and fancy with some gold embellishments. I am really glad I kept to this sweet and simple theme. I didn’t need to make several different colored icings, or sprinkles, or mess with fondant. Just one big batch of white icing and some sprinkles, and I was good to go!! I hope this inspires other busy momma’s out there, who are as last minute as I am!
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Coconut Panna Cotta with Nutella Sauce & Strawberries

Coconut Panna Cotta with Nutella Sauce & Strawberries

I fell in love with panna cotta when I tried it for the first time in Greece last summer. I came home and recreated a couple of different recipes–both of which were full fat and full of cream, but this week I decided to make a slightly lighter, healthier version. Lately I have been obsessing over coconut, so I decided to make a version with low-fat coconut milk, and top it with nutella and strawberries– just because that’s one of the most delicious combinations I could think of! The coconut panna cotta was smooth, creamy, sweet and subtle, and the rich chocolate and strawberries were just so divine with it! I love recipes like this, that are so delicious, pretty and elegant, but are SO quick and easy to make! I hope you guys love these as much as we do!
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The BEST Raspberry Jam & 5 Gourmet Desserts to Make with it

The BEST Raspberry Jam & 5 Gourmet Desserts to Make with it

My mother in law makes the BEST raspberry jam EVER! It’s so good that the entire family won’t eat any other kind, which is kind of a problem when you have a husband that always tells you: “You should make the kind my Mum makes!”  I kind of despise making jam, so I procrastinated it, then one day my mother in law surprised us with enough jam to fill half our freezer, and last us the year… {or at least half a year with the way we use it!}
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Fool-Proof Raspberry Panna Cotta

Fool-Proof Raspberry Panna Cotta

I fell in love with Panna Cotta last summer when my husband and I stumbled upon one of the most fantastic little restaurants we have ever been to, in Skiathos, Greece. It has been in the back of my mind to learn how to re-create one like that ever since, but I think I have procrastinated the ‘challenge’ out of pure intimidation. I have watched Master Chef judge, Graham Elliot, and his contestants make them — some with great struggle, and some with such finesse, that I didn’t know which would be worse… not being able to make one as pretty and as perfect as Graham Elliot’s, or not being able to make one at all, like the contestants.

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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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