It is summer in Australia and the colours around where we live during the lead up to Christmas are vibrant - the yellow of the Candlestick Bankisa, the yellow-orange of the Australian Christmas tree and the purple of the Jacarandas.
And my front garden this time of year in particular looks a treat - with the yellow and green kangaroo paws flowering in profusion with the backdrop of red Coral Bush and purple agapanthus.
I've been to a few Christmas crafting free workshops lately in our local library, handprinting gift wrapping paper and making twig decorations,
On Friday I went to another short workshop - floral gift wrapping toppers. This one was run by lovely Francine Metcalfe from Pollen Nation Floral Studio. Francine makes the most glorious wreaths and bouquets from Australian natives and she is partners at the Green Depot floral studio and gift shop. We simply wrapped boxes in brown paper, tied with string, and topped with florals. Inside the boxes we popped an inspirational card - a present to ourselves or to a special friend when you or they might need a boost. I spent a lovely hour with the ladies in the workshop.
This time of year there are parties and get-togethers with family and friends. We live in a small cul de sac street, and every year we have a "street party" on the front lawn, rotating which lawn hosts the party. We all bring our own chairs, drinks and a plate to share. This year I made Cranberry Brie Bites, which someone had shared on Facebook, from Delish.com - they really were delicious and oh so easy to make. Here is a link to the recipe - Cranberry Brie Bites.
I used almond slivers instead of the pecans and didn't use the rosemary springs. I used puff pastry sheets and the recipe made about 30 small tarts. They are just as good cold.
I am yet to do my Christmas baking - but will have to get to it this week!
This is also the time of year for cherries - yum!
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