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Simple Christmas Tree….

So Christmas is all done and dusted but I thought I would share about our “tree” .

This year as I was due to have surgery on the 20th (it didn’t happen by the way much to my relief…right before Christmas I mean…really!)…we decided we would go for a minimalist Christmas. Couldn’t face the thought of getting the tree up and down from the loft..not that my neck in it’s current state would have allowed such activity…so after seeing the effect at my lovely neighbour’s house we decided to do the same thing.

A string of lights and some Command hooks (these are in NZ and are the type you can peel them off after)…we had some Christmas deccies that hadn’t made it into the box last year and a load of Candy Canes …job done …no dogs knocking things off or trashing the tree and easy to put up and take down….I think I might be hooked although I don’t think our son was Thinking smile

Maybe next year I’ll see if I can get away with doing it again but using more lights with different colours perhaps and a bigger jar at the bottom to make the light “trunk” …still not sure the small person will buy it a next time but you never know.



The Great New Zealand Pavlova

It would be rude of me not to include one of New Zealand’s greatest gifts to the world ….
4 egg whites
1 1/4 cups of castor sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
3/4 teaspoon of white vinegar
  • Beat the egg whites until soft, 
  • Add one third cup of sugar and beat, gradually add remaining sugar, beating well. 
  • When all the sugar has dissolved (about 8-10 minutes with a hand held electric beater) add vanilla & vinegar. Beat for 1 minute. 
  • Line an oven tray with foil, draw an 18cm ( inch) circle and spoon in the mixture. Build up sides to 7cm ( inches) smooth top. 
  • Bake at 150 degrees centigrade for 1 and a half hours. Turn off the heat and cool in the oven with the door open. 
To serve….
Cover with fresh whipped cream and fresh summer fruits. traditional at xmas we use kiwifruits and strawberries.