Taking Stock – December 2019

taking stock december 2019

I’ve taken stock at the end of every month this year and as I’ve started, so I’ll finish! But before I jump head first into a new month, a new year and a new decade, here’s a sneaky peek back at the month that was!

Eating: A hot Christmas dinner, a cold one just won’t cut it!

Drinking: A glass of wine. Or two.

Snacking: On these Coles Beef and Mustard Crisps. They are crazy good! 

coles beef mustard crisps

Needing: To get back to the gym! 

Revamping: The recipe for this Slow Cooker Chorizo, Potato and Barramundi One Pot. I’d forgotten how good it was!

slow cooker chorizo barramundi one pot

Making: My own Christmas gifts – fudge, Shirl’s eggplant chutney and Skye’s Pear and Almond Christmas Mince have been produced on a grand scale this year!

Smelling: All the Christmas cooking!

Baking: This Christmas Fruit Mince Slice – it’s so good!

Sharing: The Top 10 recipes of the year.This Old-Fashioned Apple Crumble was 2019’s most popular recipe and for good reason! 


Reflecting: On 2019 here and here

Roadtripping: To Merimbula with Teddy.


Discovering: All the best pet friendly places to eat, play and stay in Merimbula.

Staying: At this fabulous pet friendly Airbnb in Merimbula.

Tasting: Delicious beer at Longstocking Brewery.

Exploring: The Sapphire Coast and loving it!

Sapphire Coast

Filling: The pockets of our advent calendars – even Teddy Roosevelt has one!

Counting: Down the days until Christmas.

Liking: The Christmas tree.

Disliking: Knowing that it will have to come down eventually. Wah!

Wanting: To keep the tree up for as long as possible.

christmas tree 2019

Pushing: Teddy around in the pram – he’s so full on at the park, he doesn’t have the energy to walk there or back.

Buying: This super cool Captain America style lead and collar for Teddy!

soapy moose captain america

Shopping: Online – it’s so much easier! 

Waking: Up to smoky skies. 

Thinking: Of all the people affected by the bushfires and the firies who are working so hard to keep everyone safe.

bushfire smoky skies

Feeling: Disappointed and disillusioned with our leader(s.) 

Wondering: How the government could stay silent when Australia is on fire? 

Wishing: For rain.

Deciding: Not to send Christmas cards again this year.

Donating: To the Rural Fire Service instead. If you want to support them too, here’s how.

Wearing: My Little Party Dress Christmas dress – I love it so much! 

christmas little party dress

Admiring: My friend Kim, who designed it, she’s so inspiring!

Meeting: Sanch – even though it was our first meeting IRL – it was like we’d known each other for years (well, we have known each other for years, just online!)

Checking: Out delicious dog friendly brunch spots. The hooman food at Naked Brew is top notch and it even has a dog menu! 

naked brew erskineville

Finding: Teddy’s tooth. Did you know dogs have baby (or puppy) teeth?

Walking: 10,000 steps a day – just another benefit of having a dog.

Reuniting: Teddy with his sister. They love each other so much!

Hosting: Teddy’s friend Bonnie for a play date.

Teddy and Bonnie cavoodles

Loving: Having a dog. So much. 

Taking: Teddy to the dog park. 

Laughing: At the Gavin and Stacey Christmas SpecialIt was televisual gold!

Watching: All the Christmas movies on Netflix. It could be my life’s work.

Reading:  All the Christmas books; The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas and A Wedding at Christmas

Listening: To all the Christmas tunes on Spotify. Still.

Singing: Along to Christmas tunes on Spotify, albeit badly! 

Seeing: Frozen 2. You’re never too old to watch a Disney movie!

Going: To the Theatre to see School of RockSo much fun.

Celebrating: Teddy’s first Christmas. He really is a gift that keeps on giving!

Teddy's first Christmas

Opening: Presents for Teddy from friends far away. He’s such a lucky pup! 

Having: Not one, but two meetings with Santa Paws.

Pet Santa Home HQ

Knowing: That time spent together is the most precious gift of all.

Enjoying: Spending time with my loves.

Gifting: Experiences not things (and pyjamas for the kids, it’s tradition!)

christmas presents pyjamas

Planning: On a quiet NYE and an early night. How about you?!

Looking: Forward to the new month, year and decade, although it’s all relative because every day is a new beginning!

How did your December pan out? I hope it was a December to remember and for all the right reasons! 

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