Getting Into The Festive Spirit

In Sweden you can buy Mulled wine easily, but not here in Australia.  Luckily, IKEA, sells their version of Swedish Mulled Wine, so I always stock up with a few bottles and sometimes enjoy a glass in winter time (June/July/August) when it’s cold, wet and dark.  I heat it up in a saucepan, careful not to bring it to boil, add some almonds & sultanas and serve in small cups or glasses.

I couldn’t resist to buy this bottle of Smirnoff GOLD – Cinnamon Flavoured Liqueur.  It just looks so pretty with Gold flakes floating around in the bottle.  Perfect for New Years Eve – to add a little BLING to the glasses!

 

Baby Quilt Finished

Today I finished this little scrappy Baby /Lap Quilt that I have been working on this week.  This quilt measures 80cm x 105cm or 32”x 42” and would make a beautiful gift for a baby girl or lap quilt for an adult. It’s modern and bright, handmade with 100% quilting quality cotton, 100% cotton batting and thread.  I have listed it for sale in my Etsy store which you can find here!

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Some of the Fabric designers used in this quilt are: Alexander Henry, Denyse Schmidt, Amy Butler, Aneela Hoey, Heather Bailey, Heather Ross, Urban Chics, Moda, Riley Blake & Lotta Jansdotter.  It features pictures of dogs, fish, birds, apples, pears, bicycles, flowers and polka dots.

What 5am Sewing Looks Like

I’ve always been a morning person.  I love getting up when it’s still a little dark outside, light some candles, brew some coffee, sit on my computer for a little while or start sewing.  That peace is just to die for.  Once 7am comes along, the magic is all gone in this household.  That’s when I wake up three tired & grumpy kids (especially at this time of the year), all bumping in to one another, like sleepy zombies stumbling around in a daze, and my amazing nagging skills are switched on to 100…Meh.  So, at 5 am, I love nothing more than my coffee, a little music from my computer, sewing, & candles. This morning I nearly finished the quilt top for the baby quilt I am making. More photos later.

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All I Want For Christmas Is You

I love the little things around Christmas.  A cute little Pixie, an old candle holder, little Santas placed around the house, fairy lights.  Like this two candle holders.  The one above in gold says ”All I Want For Christmas Is You”.  I bought this one from LARK last Christmas and I love it, they still sell it – only $8.95 –  you can find it here.  The candle holder in the photo below is an old one from Sweden that I adore.  The little Pixie sitting underneath the candle is just too cute.  Next to it is one of my many Maileg pixie dolls that I have collected over the years.

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Coconut Lemon Slice

I love Coconut Lemon Slice and the fact it’s a no-bake slice, makes it a perfect sweet to prepare & enjoy on hot summer days. I found this recipe online a long time ago and thought I’d share it with you.  Perfect with a cuppa. Enjoy! 


Ingredients 

  • 1 cup Sweet Condesened Milk (I use a whole 395g can)
  • 200g Butter
  • 500g Granita Biscuits 
  • 2 cups desiccated Coconut
  • 4tsp Lemon Rind (2 lemons are plenty)

Lemon Icing

  • 4 cups Icing Sugar
  • 100g Butter, room temperature 
  • Juice from 2 Lemons

Method 

  1. Line a 3cm deep, 20 x 40cm oven tray (or your biggest tray/pan) with baking paper.
  2. Place sweet condensed milk & butter in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until butter is melted, about 4-5 minutes. 
  3. Place biscuits in a food processor and process to fine crumbs. 
  4. Combine crumbs, coconut & lemon rind in a large bowl. Add hot butter mixture and stir until well combined. 
  5. Press biscuit mixture into prepared pan, about 1,5cm thick, and refrigerate for about 2 hours or until firm.
  6. Make lemon icing: Place Icing sugar, butter and 4-5 tbs lemon juice in a bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon or electric whisk until smooth. Spread icing over base and sprinkle lightly with desiccated coconut. Refrigerate until set and cut into 4 x 4 cm pieces. 

Baby Quilt

I finished cutting my latest project yesterday morning and starting piecing it together.  It is the first project I have done in my new Sewing Room and it felt good!  I feel inspired in there and finally a spot that I can just walk away from and not have to see the mess when I’m not sewing.

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1st of Advent

So last night was the 1st Of Advent, meaning it’s only four Sundays til Christmas.  Each Sunday we light one more candle to count down and have some mulled wine & gingerbreads.  To me it’s the start of the Christmas season.  I have also hung a star in the window like most Swedish people do.  I buy the mulled wine from IKEA, but you can make it by yourself too, something I have not tried yet.  A craze started in Sweden a few years ago by serving Blue Vein Cheese on Gingerbreads, and although it doesn’t sound like it would go, it is divine!  It’s not the same having Christmas in summer time, but this year has been a very cold start to the summer season, so it almost works.  Happy 1st of Advent!

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