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And so this is Christmas – Part 2


Today is Boxing Day (WOOHOOOOOOOO)…which is feel is the equivalent of Black Friday sales.  I have chosen to avoid them this year.

I have finally mustered enough energy to write the 2nd post of the 2 part holiday special.

Taking up where I left off, bought some Egg Nog last year, never having had it before and it turns out that I love it! So this year I bought some more, this time they had cinnamon flavour available too…now i didn’t like this as much as the regular Egg Nog, but all can be forgiven.  I have used these in a couple of recipes in the last couple of weeks.  First I made this Egg Nog Coffee Cake through a link to Mandy’s Recipe Box.  Now I did a couple of things different.  I used a tub of plain chobani 0% yoghurt instead of the sour cream, and i didn’t realise at the time I made it you are supposed to put it in the fridge for a while.  I wanted cake then and there so that didn’t happen….It still worked fine and was a hit with everyone!

Egg Nog Coffee Cake - pre baking

Egg Nog Coffee Cake – pre baking

We made these tiles a couple of days before we closed for the holidays.  Now the idea for these are all over pinterest.  I used Mod Podge to seal them then sprayed them with a can of acrylic to make sure they were fine to use with water as coasters.  The washi tape was on sale at Officeworks, I think I got it for about 70c -90c from a bin near the registers.  The red stars on the white background were much more popular than I anticipated!  Here is a couple of shots of the final products.

Here is a list with links to a few of the other recipes that I have used over the last few days

Maple Cinnamon Nuts

Bacon, Scallion and Caramelized Onion Dip

Martha Stewart – Classic French Toast

Ice-cream Christmas Cake

Pancetta and Sage Stuffing Muffins (we did ours in a loaf tin though)

Raspberry Frost Sodas

A couple of non consumable links are my present wrapping idea and my gift tags.  The gift tags that I used were just so cute.  They are from over at Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night. And there are so many more styles than the ones I used.  I also use washi tape and brown paper to wrap my presents.  I don’t have a link to the exact site where I got the idea from, here are 2 website that have similar ideas.  The first is Curbly and the wash tape idea is at number 2 and the second is this photo over at Flickr.

So between all these ideas and the gift tags this was the end product.

My gift wrapping for 2013

My gift wrapping for 2013

I’m not sure where we would have been without Pinterest this year.  It has certainly made this holiday season MUCH MUCH easier.

So from my family to yours, I hope you have had a very merry and blessed holiday season.



And so this is Christmas


Merry Christmas everyone!

Celebrations are well underway in Australia the Turkey is in, the Plum Pudding is getting re-boiled and we are just waiting for the rest of my siblings to arrive for present opening.

So while we are waiting I will fill you in on all the things that I have be doing at school and pinning in the last few days.

My Aunt from North Queensland has been visiting all of our family down here and stayed with us for a couple of weeks, so we cracked out a few choice recipes that she had never had.  Quinoa is one of those things that my Aunt had never had before so I made a Summer BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad from over at How Sweet It Is.  I used a smoked BBQ sauce by Masterfoods for the dressing.  It was amazing and my Aunt really loved the salad so I am really glad that we opened her eyes to the world of Quinoa.

BBQ Quinoa Summer Salad

BBQ Quinoa Summer Salad

Now i’m not sure if I found this on Pinterest of if this is something that I posted myself.  During the last week of vacation care I introduced the kids to Code.org and their Hour of Code.  This project is all about introducing children to computer science and the beginnings of JavaScript.  Some of the older boys really enjoyed it, especially because they got a certificate at the end, the younger kids I think just wanted to certificate.  I found some other great tutorials that I actually completed, and it was super fun.  I think I really love computer science!  This is the snowman that I drew using JavaScript with a tutorial from the Kahn Academy.





Everyone is here so I will continue the extensive list of things I have done in the last week later during everyone else’s snoozy bear time later this arvo..

Christmas Freebie – for Teachers


Greetings everyone!

This post comes to you in the middle of cooking and burning the sushi rice for our Christmas lunch tomorrow.

Here is a quick freebie that I have up on Teachers pay Teachers at the moment.

My kiddos love playing hedbanz, so I made some extra ones for them for during these 1st two weeks of vacation care, because lets face it , the cards that come with the game are a little random especially for a bunch of 5 year olds.

So here is the link to the freebie I hope you will pop over and download it.  If you are not a member of TpT here is a link to sign up at.


Christmas is coming to Town


Things have been so busy since my last post.

We have finished school for the year, nearly finished the 1st 2 weeks of vacation care and Chirstmas shopping craziness is in full swing.  At about lunch each day I’ve had enough and think about going home.  Today its 12:13 on the apple clock and I am just about done…and so are the kids!

About a week ago the kiddos decided they wanted to do some cooking so I found a nice easy recipe that we could crack out without tooo much hassle.  These cookies came up while I was trawling though pinterest the other day and caught my eye with their pop of christmas colour.  They are from over at Parent Pretty and look amazing! (and they were so simple).

I thought it would be easy enough to find a small packet of Christmas m&m’s but no 😦 I had to buy the MASSIVE tub of full sized candy.  Not that i’m complaining or anything :).

We made them up and they were just as fantastic to eat as they were to cook.  They were chewy if you left the just the right amount of time and they were crunchy if you left them just a little longer.  They looked really oily during the mixing process, but in the end it seemed to kind of absorb it.  They were a lot less oily then I had imagined they would be.

Here is a quick photo to finish off with before my computer goes to ‘sleep’

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

Enjoy and look out for a Christmas Freebie this afternoon 🙂

Elf Antics


Our Elf, North, has been up to more antics during the last week.  While I have taken photos of most of them the one that I missed was him sitting in the sleigh with the reindeers.  This week North has been hanging in a sign, having hot cocoa in the dolls house and fishing off the exit sign above one of the doorways.  I have been using instacollage to make my cut photo collages of his antics.  I love that you can change the colour of the background and the text and the size of the boarder and just about anything!

Photo not currently available.  😦

Elf Antics

Elf Antics

Our other fun craft of the week has been putting the kids names in lights! The pin I found went over to this blog here.  It is such a cute and easy idea especially with the little kids.  I just googled christmas lights outline to find a suitable shape to use, unless you are super creative and can draw your own.  The kids coloured in the lights in Christmas colours, multi coloured and patterned.  They looked amazing! Here is one of the light strings that one of the 3rd grade kids did.

Name Light Strings

Name Light Strings

I think I have some more to put up, but we had our last day of school for the year yesterday and I am pretty sure I was still drunk at lunchtime today!  I will save that for a post for tomorrow.

Elf on the Shelf


We started a new tradition at OSHC last week.  Our Elf (now called North) arrived from the North Pole.

I had wrapped the book and the elf in the box that it arrived in from The Book Depository (just quietly the best book website around).  They have free delivery WORLDWIDE!! I then put the box into the fridge for a couple of hours for it to cool down to the temperature of the North Pole.  When I pulled the box set out of the wrapping I got a better than expected result and the plastic over the elf had frosted over.  The kidos all felt the box as I said it was still cold from the North Pole, and I was met with oooh’s and ahhhh’s about its temperature.  The sat so silently to listen to the story and then we spoke about the rules the book mentioned.  He happily sat on a chair all afternoon in his box while the little kidos chatted to him.  When the last 2 girls for the afternoon were watching TV the elf ‘disappeared’, I’m guessing back to the North Pole.

The Parcel and Letter Santa left for us

The Parcel and Letter Santa left for us

My next issue was “What is the elf going to do tomorrow?????”.  This is where Pinterest comes in!!  There are so many boards and idea floating around in cyber space that so far (3days in mind you) I haven’t had any issues with ideas.

The first day the elf was swinging from the door to the toy cupboard.  We have had a couple of mishaps with falling off from there so we told the Kidos that the teachers could pick him up with tinsel and put him back up.  After he fell off the swing he sat on the top of the cupboard for the rest of the day.  They all swear that he moved that afternoon!

The second was Monday morning, and I had propped him up on top of my modem next to my computer.  Now I had put him there to keep him safe over the weekend, but because I didn’t work on Monday morning that is where he stayed.  The Kidos suggested it was to keep an eye on me! During the afternoon several kids took the opportunity to sit in the air conditioning, the office to talk to the elf and start telling him what they wished for for Christmas. It is SOOOOOOOO cute but I have a feeling the parents are less than excited as the kids are wanting to come to care more frequently.

Today the Elf was on a date with one of the barbies in the barbie convertible on a road in the toy cupboard.  Now he appears in here a lot as our hall is a shared space with our parish.  He is really in there to keep our preparation safe from the renters!  We had a mishap today when one of the children with ASD happened to accidentally pick up North and bring him outside, some of the other children nearly lost it.  I have taken North out of the car and put him in the freezer for the afternoon session and left a cute note on the car saying he was at the North Pole getting better and he would be back in the morning!  I hope the kids aren’t too disappointed this afternoon.

Tomorrow brings another day and another Elf antic.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas


Over this past week at After School Care we have started cracking out the Christmas decorations and crafts with the kids.  We do it this early as we have 9.5 days of school left.  Not that I am counting or anything! I always do 2-3 weeks of Christmas craft before the Christmas/Summer Vacation starts as if we don’t, the kids who don’t require care during that time miss out on all the fun.

We started by putting up all the regular decorations, tinsel, the wooden sleigh set with the fake insta-snow and christmas lights.  At the moment we are using up all the craft supplies that have been hanging around since I started at the service in 2010.  So thats a long time to have been sitting in the storage cupboard.  To supplement this craft I found a few cute and easy things, that may involve taking more paint chips.

So far we have painted wooden tree ornaments, made ornaments with foams balls, pins and sequins, painted cotton ornaments with water colours, decorated giant reindeer heads, stars and Christmas trees, beaded Christmas trees and Christmas trees made from (you guessed it) paint chips!.  As you can tell its been non-stop since we started.

Paint Chip Christmas Trees

Paint Chip Christmas Trees


Some interesting trees


Blinged up tree, using off cuts from the other trees

The Christmas trees are so far the only craft from Pinterest, as we get closer to the holiday there will be more though!