Christmas Plaid and a Christmas Treat

I can’t believe it’s only ten days til Christmas! Yet I’m surprisingly organized for the big day itself (of course it helps that my aunty is hosting Christmas dinner whereas last year I cooked it all myself.)

Yesterday I spent all day making my annual Christmas chocolate box. It’s not as fancy as it sounds though – I make a large quantity of white Christmas and rocky road and send my partner into the office with an enormous six litre container to share with his colleagues.

I posted a few pictures to Instagram yesterday and an English friend who has only lived in Australia for a couple of years asked me what White Christmas is and how to make it. Traditionally it’s a white chocolate version of rocky road made with rice bubbles, dessicated coconut, slivered almonds, raisins, glace cherries, icing sugar and copha. My version is a bit simpler though and the “method” (if you can even call it that) barely requires any effort – simply melt chocolate and add “bits”, I don’t even measure anything out, just add as much or as little as I want then spoon into ice-cube trays and refrigerate until set. I like to use the ice-cube trays as it means you don’t have to cut anything, simply pop the chocolate out then attempt not to eat it all.

Recipes

White Christmas: 2 bags (450g) Cadbury white chocolate melts, rice bubbles, glace cherries (halved), slivered almonds, dessicated coconut.

Milk Chocolate Rocky Road: 2 bags (450g) Cadbury milk chocolate melts, peanuts, mini marshmallows, glace cherries (halved).

Dark Chocolate Extreme Rocky Road: 2 bags (450g) Cadbury dark chocolate melts, biscuit pieces (I broke up some plain milk arrowroot biscuits), peanuts, toffee caramel pieces, macadamias, pistachios, glace cherries (halved), berry jubes (lollies/candy), rice bubbles, mini marshmallows.

End result – six litres of chocolatey goodness and a large amount of compliments. ūüôā

Rocky road

Now onto digiscrap goodness! I found a bit of time yesterday (mainly while chocolate was firming up in the fridge) to create a new paper pack to compliment my Northern Christmas pack. It’s Christmas Plaid, Tartan, Gingham and Check. You can find it here.

Christmas Plaid, Tartan, Gingham and Check.
Christmas Plaid, Tartan, Gingham and Check.
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Let’s Get Festive!

I’ve been toying with getting involved in the Pixel Scrapper¬†blog train for awhile now and decided to jump right in with their December train that features (of course) a Christmas theme.

I love Christmas – most of my family traditions revolve around food which is great as I love to cook (and eat!) Fruit for the Christmas cake needs to be soaked, the ham and turkey need to be bought before all that’s left in the supermarket is dust, I need to forage for the ingredients for my Extreme Rocky Road (if I don’t start early then the ingredients are as hard to find as genuine Christmas pixies) and – most importantly¬†– I need to cajole my mother into promising me she’ll make her rather famous chocolate rum slice for her annual Boxing Day shindig. (Eating this rich, creamy and slightly boozy slice is honestly a religious experience and I MUST get my yearly fix.)

Anyway, back to the blog train –¬†I saw that many designers took advantage of Marisa’s bold and bright colour scheme to create some fabulous mod/mid-century designs so I knew I needed to do something a bit different, to add a little variety. I decided to play around with some great textures I’ve got in my little “texture” library and go for the imperfectly dirty/grunge look.

Patterned papers

Plain and textured cardstock

You’ll have to forgive me if I didn’t exactly follow the file naming rules (the PS forum thread got a bit confusing for a moment there) or have done anything a tad untoward – I’m a complete newbie!

The download files are split in two – the first is the cardstock/plain paper file – five colours come in both a plain cardstock and a textured grunge cardstock. The second file contains ten patterned papers using the same five colours.

Download cardstock (DropBox – 23mb)
Download papers (DropBox – 45mb)

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I hope you enjoy my first contribution to the PS blog train. Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s a mince pie with my name on it.

It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas

Living in Australia there are two main indicators that the Christmas season is well and truly upon us – the cricket season begins and the supermarket runs out of glac√© cherries when I try to buy all the ingredients for my rocky road. (EVERY year Woolworths! C’mon – get your act together!)

It’s this time of year I need to start soaking dried fruit in frighteningly large quantities of brandy for the Christmas cake, hoarding the super-sized jars of fruit mince for the mince pies and creating my rather famous Extreme Rocky Road (it’s pretty epic – I’ll try to remember to share the recipe soon.)

In paper crafting news I’ve got three Christmas-themed paper packs to share this year. One will be part of the Pixel Scrapper blog train (available soon) and two more will be available in my Etsy store in about a weeks time. I’ve called them A Northern Christmas and A Southern Christmas.

To me, I see the northern hemisphere as being a lot more traditional. I was brought up in an English family with English traditions – red, green and white decorations, a huge turkey dinner with plenty of cranberry sauce and roast veggies, fruit mince pies, a traditional fruitcake, memories of snow and cold weather, etc.

Yet as we live in Australia, newer Christmas Day traditions are making themselves known – there’s a definite preference among many for brightly coloured decorations, fresh prawns for Christmas dinner, plenty of swimming (in pools, rivers or at the beach), much more cricket and a lot less tobogganing.

So my Northern Christmas paper pack will be a lot more traditional and my Southern Christmas pack will be a bit brighter and a bit more modern.

You want a sneak peak?

DSD A Northern Christmas

In store very soon.

PS: If anybody sees any glac√© cherries in the Perth metro area, let me know – if I don’t make rocky road there may be¬†few (a lot) of complaints. A small riot isn’t out of the question…..