Happy New Year to all my readers!
I can’t believe we’re into another year or even that it’s time for another IMK post but there you go!
December was an absolutely massive month for me as I’m sure it was for so many of you and I still feel very much caught up in the whirlwind of it all but as it does every year, it will settle down.
In my kitchen I have a gift given to me by Liz from Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. She made all these gorgeous things, packaged them up so carefully, then sent them from the Gold Coast to me in Sydney. I was really touched by her generosity and thoughtfulness. It was so lovely to receive an unexpected gift in the post.
In my kitchen I have these gorgeous earrings given to me and made for me by Celia. Okay…so they’re not technically in my kitchen unless I’m in my kitchen wearing them but I wanted to show them to you because this just confirms that when it comes to talent, Celia has a lot of strings to her bow. These arrived very unexpectedly and I just fell in love with them as I am drawn to anything with a sparkle.
In my kitchen tis the season for chocolates. I have so many chocolates I can’t see us slimming down any time soon. Okay…so one box is nougat but I doubt the calorie-count is any lower. There are some firm favourites here but I particular like the box at the back that contains chocolates in Christmasy shapes given to me by very good friends. The box with the round flat discs that Em bought in Paris is very special as they’ve traveled from Paris to LA and then to Oz. So many miles!
In my kitchen I have a gift given to me by Rebecca, The Intolerant Chef. This was another very unexpected gift and it’s so amazing because on the morning it arrived, I was reading Lizzy’s blog and she had a recipe for pea and ham soup that sounds so much better than mine so I thought I would make it with my leftover ham bone. But then the recipe said you needed to add smoked rice and I did wonder where I would find it. Can you believe an hour or so later there was a knock on the door with a guy delivering the smoked rice!
In my kitchen I have some old coins. I have a sister-in-law who works at the Royal Australian Mint and she gave me these coins that are from long ago. It was a tradition to put these half-pennies and sixpences into Christmas puddings and so everyone would eagerly await the arrival of the pudding onto the table and hope to be given the slice with the lion’s share of the coins. I was really touched by this gift as I think it’s a lovely tradition. I have to confess to have never actually made a Christmas pudding but it’s now on my must-do list for 2015. Maybe Christmas in July!
In my kitchen I have new tongs and measuring spoons. All I asked for this Christmas were tongs that don’t pinch and a complete set of measuring spoons (my old set was missing some vital components).
In my kitchen I have two lovely ladies who are looking a tad nervous. That’s because the suitcases have come out of the closet and they know that doesn’t spell ‘good news’ for them. We’re going away very soon and I can’t take the girls with me so they’re going on a two-hour car trip back to the breeder who I know will look after them very, very well. I just hope she’s not shocked at the size of them! Christmas has affected their girth badly, especially as Arabella left a box of chocolates on her bedroom floor. They might be deaf but there’s nothing wrong with their sense of smell!
In my kitchen I have a new cashmere wool wrap that came in this lovely paisley bag. I won it in a competition on Monique’s blog, The Urban Mum. It’s beautiful and soft and is coming with me on our upcoming holiday.
And welcoming in the New Year I have a magnum-sized bottle of champagne. Can you believe this has been in the fridge since Archie’s 21st. Unbelievable. I thought a good way to welcome in the New Year would be to share this with friends and family.
I hope you all have welcomed in the New Year in grand style and I wish all my readers a fabulous 2015.
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