Red Velvet Cake + Peppermint Whipped Cream Layered Dessert

I’ve been thinking about a particularly quote lately: “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans”. If you’re a longtime reader, you’ll already know that both November and the beginning of December have NOT been anything like I had wanted them to be, but there is little that I can do about it.

I’ve been planning my Christmas content since December LAST year, and had planned to have it all completed before this December even came around, but life had other ideas! With awful colds plaguing Daniel and I, constant doctor’s appointments, hospital visits, AND a complete change in my diet against my own will, a lot of my ideas have been thrown out the window, or at least put on the back burner.

It’s already the tenth of December, and this is my first real Christmas content post – and even this didn’t turn out the way I had planned! You see, here in Australia, Christmas happens during Summer, which makes baking and creating in the kitchen a lot more difficult. If I had been able to make everything in November like I had hoped, it would have been fine because it was still freezing and thunder storming back then.

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But not anymore! I made these (delicious) guys a few days into December, and the cream was melting rapidly as I piped it into these adorable double-walled glasses because it was just so warm in my kitchen. So, they didn’t turn out exactly how I would have hoped, but I decided to post them anyway thanks to some encourage from my favourite baking brand, Queen Fine Foods.

Anyone who has ever read anything I’ve written will know how much I love Queen’s products. They’re the brand that I grew up with, and since sharing my creations online, I’ve managed to create a pretty great relationship with them (this may be a little sad, but I refer to them as “friends” when I talk about them to Daniel 😂) after learning what a great bunch of people this company is run by.

Even their Instagram bio says: “Here at Queen, we stand for apology-free baking. Celebrated your baked goods AND your good enoughs!” That really hit home for me. As a complete amateur baker, most of my creations are just “good enough”. They’re not amazing, they’re not breathtaking, but each one teaches me something, and I am pretty proud to say that I am yet to make anything that actually tastes BAD.

So, with Queen’s encouragements to share the good, the bad, and the ugly, here is my first Christmas recipe: my very first red velvet cake (which got its gorgeous colour from Queen’s red food colour!), and some slightly liquidly but still delicious peppermint-flavoured whipped cream (which, of course, was flavoured using Queen’s peppermint extract).

For the record, this post is 100% from my heart and nothing else. Whilst they HAVE sent me their products a few times, they have never asked me to post about them, I just do because I have so much love for this company. Plus, all the ingredients of Queen’s that I used in this particularly post, I bought myself! Now, let’s get onto the recipe 😋Read More »

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Christmas Tree Reveal + Our Busy Start to December

I know how much I sound like a broken record at this point, but man, life is crazy. I thought November was hectic enough, but it’s nothing compared to how December has been already. We’re only five days into this month and Daniel and I have already spent three of those days at the doctor/hospital/medical centre, had a house inspection, attended an event in the city, made plans to visit his family four hours away, AND are trying to navigate how to see my own family for Christmas when Daniel works so often.

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All year we’d been telling ourselves how relaxing Dec/Jan/Feb was going to be because Daniel wouldn’t be at school anymore, but it’s SO much crazier, and I’ve come to terms with the fact that we may have actually finally reached adulthood.

From what I understand, being an adult is really just trying to figure out how to do things that are inevitable and feeling like time is going fast every day, and that’s exactly how I feel. For example, every Sunday night I refill my weekly pill case, and I swear it has felt like I’ve done that every single day for the past week. THAT is how fast time is going by!Read More »

12 Unique Ways To Spice Up Your Hot Chocolates

I am a hot-chocolate-every-night-all-year-’round kind of girl, but there’s something about the month of December that makes my nightly hot chocolates extra special. I guess it has something to do with Christmas being associated with Winter, even over here in Australia.

We are less than a week away from Summer, yet I am currently surrounded by Christmas decorations that consist of many snowmen-shaped items and snow-covered house figurines.

Of course, it has been so cold over here in Australia that I’ve had the heater on every night, and Sydney just had three months worth of rain within a few hours, so it certainly FEELS like Winter, even though it isn’t.

Regardless of the temperature, I can never turn down a good hot chocolate. My favourite drinking chocolate powder is by Cadbury (pictured below), and I was OVER THE MOON when I realised it was gluten free, so I didn’t have to cut it out of my diet.

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Considering what a magical time of year it is, I can’t just have any ol’ regular hot chocolate (even though the ones Daniel makes for me are SO perfect – especially since we got a coffee machine so he can add frothed milk!) so I like to mix it up a bit throughout the month of December, and I thought I’d share some of my favourite flavour experimentations with you all.

Most of these just came to mind to me as I browsed through my pantry and baking shelf and decided to try adding in new ingredients to my hot chocolates, and boy did some of them surprise me!

I love trying new things and I am so glad I gave so many of these a try because they really are delicious, but I’ll stop teasing you now. On to the recipes!Read More »