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festive marzipan with cranberries and pistachio

Growing up very close to my German granny meant all kinds of great things at Christmas time. Not only did I get to open some of my presents on Christmas Eve, but we also had the best food…  Stollen (with thick butter), lebkuchen by the bucketload, rumtopf (was rarely allowed to try this due to overproof alcohol content!), and of course tons of marzipan. I have very vivid memories of making marzipankugeln – rolling marzipan into balls, covering it in cocoa powder and giving them out as gifts. A pretty gourmet effort for a five-year-old. 26 years later, I felt like it was time to up my marzipan game. I’ve coated these in dark chocolate and topped them with cranberries and pistachios for a grown-up version of my childhood favourite. So easy to make, so easy to eat. Scroll down for the how to. You will need: – a block of marzipan – dark chocolate, 85% cocoa – Chopped pistachios and dried cranberries Cut your marzipan block into equal sections, then roll each one into a …

diy eucalyptus floral garland (+ video tutorial!)

  Last weekend was the annual ‘lose your mind at the flower market, make 47 wreaths and eat loads of food‘ day! The obligatory 47 wreaths were indeed made (more on that later), and banana split was eaten. After everyone left my place I decided to put together a festive garland with my floral leftovers. A garland makes a great alternative to a wreath when you need something to fill a bigger wall space, and if you can’t hang things you can use it on a sideboard or table. It is festive but not super-Christmassy, y’know? In fact I could see myself making these throughout the seasons. This garland is still hanging in my lounge room a week later, and although it has mostly dried it still looks good. I also decided to make my first ever video tutorial, which I am slightly nervous about… Please watch it and tell me what you think. Is it too long/short/weird? It was fun to put together so I expect I’ll do a few more in the future. This first …

happy monday links | six

Just stopping by to share a few favourite links from the past few weeks – enjoy and happy Monday! – I will be making some of this in the next couple of months. – Grow your own pineapple?! – We don’t need to do all the things. – Such a sweet surprise. – Snowy bliss. Photo by me, see more iphone snaps on my instagram.

happy monday links | five

Before we get into the links, let me start by making a confession. Back in November I boldly stated that the ice cream series was back for summer, and exactly how many ice cream recipes have I posted? That would be ONE. I can’t believe I’ve let this slide, you guys. This is bad news for the blog and my stomach. I have all kinds of excellent excuses; I’ve been away a lot, I’ve been focussing on other aspects of the blog, the dog ate my ice cream maker etc etc. None of this is going to fly, I just need to get in the kitchen and make some ice cream immediately. Nothing should get between me and my ice cream. This will most definitely be rectified in the coming weeks! Ok, onto the links. Here are some things I have been enjoying around the interwebs of late: – A genius way to use up shredded paper. – This dress. Gimme. – Tiny horses and lots of snow. – Straight up stunning photography. – Hippo …

wreath-making

Last weekend I got together with a few friends to make festive wreaths. This meant an early start (which always seems worse on a Saturday somehow!) to head down to the flower markets to get supplies. To say we went overboard would be an understatement. The words ‘kid’ and ‘candy shop’ spring to mind, except imagine four definitely grown-up women losing their marbles over three bunches for $10. Yep. We literally had to wedge ourselves in the car with flowers and greens stuffed around our legs and on our laps. Flower-geddon, as it shall now be known, was followed by a very necessary breakfast and coffee break. One of the girls has a lovely garden so we laid out a few beach towels, threw all the flowers in the middle and got to work. Now there are are already approximately 7,434,613,059 wreath tutorials online so I thought I would share a few tips instead. – Try to get to a flower market for supplies. This will keep costs down considerably, and you will have a lot more …