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.
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 »