December – In My Kitchen

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Wow, how did we get to the end of the year so quickly?  The last few weeks have flown by and they have been busy!  How about you?  This is my round up for Fig Jam & Lime Cordial’s monthly “In My Kitchen” link up.

I’m only just getting into the Christmas spirit as there has been so much going on but it was helped by taking part in Fat Mum Slims Gift Exchange where people from all over the world get matched up to someone they don’t know and have to send them a gift.  There is a whole lot of Facebook stalking going on so that you can try to find out more about your partner.  I found out that my partner loves to sew, is very crafty, would like something homemade, likes vanilla candles, loves fabric, ribbons and rainbows and has 2 little girls!  This is what I came up with for her, do you think she will like it?  I also added a favourite biscuit recipe, my “Oaty Chia Biscuits” which are great in lunch boxes.

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Those are not nasal hair clippers but candle wick cutters (cute huh?) and of course I had to give her home made egg cosies!

But before getting Christmassy I was getting into the sunny vibe and made a healthy version of an Avocado Lime Cake. Keen to try it?  I love it.

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I then had a lovely few days in the gorgeous Noosa, had some amazing food and came home with a jar of this Salsa from the Noosa Beach House.  We put it to good use on this super easy roasted rack of veal that had been lurking in the freezer taking up much needed space!

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I have been creating some really quick and easy mid-week meals that can be made in minutes, this Sweet & Savoury Pork Stir Fry was a winner with all the family and so easy to do.

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Still on pork we also had Sang Choy Bow also really quick and easy to make and full of flavour.

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We had a momentous birthday celebration with Queen Elsa in attendance and all things “Frozen” happening!

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It’s very special turning 6 (I wrote a post about it here)!

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After all of that I decided that I needed a week of “clean” eating so went all healthy and did these delicious things

healthy eating collageHomemade Almond Milk (so easy in the Thermomix and so much nicer than the store bought stuff), Vanilla Cinnamon Chia Pods, Oh She Glows Balls and a yummy baked trout and vegies dinner.

A friend challenged me to come up with something as a treat in the kids lunch boxes that is made from pantry staples.  I did this Honey & Cinnamon Cake (not part of my “clean eating week!).

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And now, rather than melt like a snowman in the sun (this jelly was a big hit at the party)

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I had better get onto some Christmas baking (little gingerbread people & Christmas trees as gifts for class mates)

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Please also pop over to Fig Jam & Lime Cordial to check out some other posts of what has been going on this month in other people’s kitchens all around the world.

What’s going on in your kitchen?

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23 comments on “December – In My Kitchen

  1. Jennifer from Milk and Honey
    December 3, 2014 at 10:04 am

    OMGee your post is making me hungry. I haven’t stared Christmas baking yet. Your lovely gingerbread treats are adorable. Lucky are those you are on the receiving end.

    • Vicki
      December 3, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you. The kids love the gingerbread although I’m not sure whether it’s the biscuit or the lollies!

  2. Joanne T Ferguson
    December 3, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    G’day and oh my goodness, can you invite me to be a taste tester in your kitchen?
    Love your avo lime cake and love gingerbread!
    Thanks for this month’s kitchen view too!
    Cheers! Joanne

    • Vicki
      December 3, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Ha! thank you Joanne I just looked into your kitchen and would love the satay recipe!

  3. Mandy
    December 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    What a magnificent IMK post! I would love a pair of candle wick scissors.
    Have a beautiful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Vicki
      December 3, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you Mandy. The scissors were a bit of a find I thought! You have a great day too. x

  4. Nancy | Plus Ate Six
    December 3, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Your family sure eats well Vicki:) The Frozen party looks like a lot of fun – and a lot of effort but I’m sure it was worth it x

    • Vicki
      December 3, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Thank you Nancy. I try!!!!

  5. Gretchen
    December 4, 2014 at 10:54 am

    What a wonderful peek in your kitchen! We also had a 6th birthday this past month, looks like you had a great Frozen party! I haven’t even started Christmas baking, those gingerbread boys look adorable and delicious.

    • Vicki
      December 4, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Oh happy birthday to your 6 year old too. I know Christmas is fast approaching and I’m way behind!

  6. Elizabeth
    December 4, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    WOW! everything looks so delicious and I like the balance between healthy and not so healthy! I think your gift is perfect, where did you get the wick cutter as I would love one! Thanks for sharing! Liz x

    • Vicki
      December 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Hi thanks so much. I got the wick cutter from Papier D’amour http://www.papierdamour.com.au. I bought a few as I thought that they would make great presents!

  7. Tania @My Kitchen Stories
    December 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    You are very very busy indeed. I love your 6 year olds cake very nice . Your gingerbread people look amazing

    • Vicki
      December 4, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks so much. I’m looking forward to a quiet January!

  8. Robyn
    December 4, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Oh my gosh, how cute is that frozen jelly with Olaf in it. My girls would LOVE it. I might have to make it for them. I am intrigued by the avo and lime cake too. I love both so it must be good but would never have thought of them in cake. YUM xx

    • Vicki
      December 5, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      The jelly was a big hit at the party, gotta love Pinterest! Let me know if you try the cake. x

  9. Sarah @ Chantille Fleur
    December 5, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Oh my I love the jelly! So cute! There is so much happening in your kitchen, it all looks fantastic!

    Sarah x

    • Vicki
      December 5, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by. x

  10. Fiona @TIFFIN bite sized food adventures
    December 6, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Gosh! Where would six year olds be without Princess Elsa? It’s a phenomenon that’s for sure. I know what you mean about having to take a break and do some clean eating. Next week is shaping up to be a big one for me so the following week will be very restrained. Thanks for the tour. See you for next year’s IMKs. cheers Fiona xx

    • Vicki
      December 6, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by Fiona. I hope you have a great week ahead, sounds interesting!

  11. celia
    December 26, 2014 at 6:54 am

    How wonderful is that snowman jelly! Such a clever idea! And I love your handknitted egg warmers! All looks delicious at your place! 🙂

    • Vicki
      January 5, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks so much Celia. Hope you are having a lovely summer.x

  12. Jacklyn
    August 16, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Marvelous, what a website it is! This blog presents helpful facts to us, keep it up.

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