My 5 Festive Favourites 2014

by Sammie on December 19, 2014

in Blog

There’s so much to love about Christmas in general but here’s 5 things that are really tickling my fancy this year.

1. Personalised Christmas Bauble

This was my first purchase from Down That Little Lane, and I don’t think it will be my last. These baubles are totes adorbs and can be personalised in so many ways and in so many colours. This one makes my Christmas heart beat a little faster! These babies were so popular that they actually sold out, but I’m sure there’ll be back in stock for next year. In the meantime, you can check out more of Julia’s wonderful work here.

DTLL personalised bauble

2. Christmas Jumpers

You can take the girl out of the northern hemisphere but you can’t take the nothern hemisphere out of the girl. There are so many things I love about living in Australia but a hot Christmas isn’t one of them. This year I’ve been obsessed with Christmas jumpers and the only reason I haven’t got one yet is because I can’t decide which one to buy. I really wanted one with puddings because I figured that if I don’t stop eating ALL the things, I’m going to be just like a pudding by Christmas; that is round, sweet, a bit fruity and full of booze. Alas, by the time I hit the online shops, all the ones with puddings had gone. In the end I settled for this one. Very festive, no?

ASOS Christmas JumperASOS Christmas Jumper 

Rest assured, I’ll be wearing this on Christmas day, whatever the weather, and no doubt,  I’ll be the one more roasted than the turkey!

3. Christmas Earrings

I have my mum to thank for my yuletide earring obsession. She bought me some shiny Santas a few years back. This year, I added these subtle snowflakes to my Christmas jewellery collection. I got them from Lovissa and got change from 10 bucks. Huzzah!

Lovissa earringsDo my earlobes look big in these?

4.  Christmas Rocky Road

I’m a sucker for Rocky Road, I’ve posted some of my favourite recipes here, here and here. However, Lucy from Bake, Play, Smile has taken Rocky Road to a whole new level with a Rocky Road Wreath! This is one recipe I have to try.

Bake Play Smile Rocky Road Wreath

5. Giving good

Sonia from Life Love Hiccups  and Bele from Blah Blah Magazine posted about the UNICEF programme Give Good where for as little as $16 instead of giving each other stuff (we  don’t want or need,) UNICEF will deliver goods to children who need it the most. I love this so hard.

Enough Stuff


If you want to splash your cash a bit closer to home, Bianca from Bigwords put together an awesome charitable gift guide.

For me, giving is what Christmas is all about. We’re not buying gifts or sending paper cards this year, but instead will be giving money to charity, where the money will be much better spent.

So tell me, what are you loving this Christmas? Will you be wearing a Christmas jumper this yuletide? Are you a fan of  Christmas jewellery too? What do you add to your Rocky Road? Tell me ALL the things!

Thermomix White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

Makes 24

‘Tis the week before Christmas and in this house, red and white is all right! These colours look like Christmas, taste like Christmas and are the colours of all our favourite football teams! This is a conversion of a  Nigella recipe  which you can find here. However, these cookies are such crackers that I had to convert the recipe to the Thermomix. The verdict? Cookielicious!


150g plain flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

75g rolled oats (not quick oats)

125g soft butter

75g brown sugar

100g raw  sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

75g dried cranberries

150g white chocolate chips

How to

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Mill the raw sugar to caster sugar for 3 seconds on speed 9.
  3. Add the brown sugar, butter and vanilla extract  to TM bowl and mix on speed 4  for  1 minute.
  4. With the blades running on speed 4, add the egg through the hole in the top of the lid. This should take about 30 seconds.
  5. Add the flour,oats, baking powder and salt. Set the dial to the closed lid position  and knead for 30 seconds  on interval speed.
  6. Add the chocolate chips and cranberries and mix for 10 seconds on reverse speed 3 using the spatula to assist.
  7. Roll tablespoons of dough into balls with your hands, then gently place on the tray and gently press down with a fork.
  8. Bake in batches for about 15  minutes until golden at the edges. The cookies will be too soft to lift off straight away so leave them to cool for 5 minutes on the baking trays before using a spatula to  transfer them to a cooling rack.

Other info

Prep time: 5 minutes     Cooking time:  15 minutes


If you want to have a Christmas colour trifecta to your cookies, you can go green by adding 50g pistachios at stage 6.

The cookies can be baked up to 5 days ahead – just store them in an airtight container with sheets of greaseproof paper between layers. The cooked cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months, and simply thawed at room temperature.

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