In My Kitchen December 2015

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It’s the final In My Kitchen round up for the year, we seem to have packed quite a lot into one year but especially this month.  How has your month been? I’m joining in again with Fig Jam & Lime Cordials monthly peek into other people’s kitchens.

Here we go…

In November I had one kitchen, then no working kitchen, 2 kitchens and then one brand new kitchen and a lot of boxes to unpack.  It’s not completely finished but nearly there and usable for the moment and I’m loving it.  Here is the old kitchen…

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perfectly fine, but we wanted something a bit more open and now a staircase is going to be where the kitchen sink used to be! I sold the whole old kitchen on Gumtree, how good it that?!

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the makings of the new kitchen it’s on the complete opposite side to where the old one was and I’m mixing the white up with some wood finishes to tie in with the floor.  We are having a window splash back this time.

Your Weekly Feed my meal link up has been going for 31 weeks now and I’m loving that it challenges me to think up new meals each week to try out on the family, makes making dinner a bit more interesting!

I’ve served up a Lentil, Tomato & Vegetable Fettuccine for a meatless midweek meal

Lentil, tomato & vegetable fettuccine

and a “Naked Turkey Burger” which we will doing again I’m sure with Christmas leftovers (naked because no buns!)

"Naked" Turkey Burgers

There was some citrusy sweetness with Lemon Macadamia Biscuits

Lemon Macadamia Biscuits

there were some product reviews …

Frico Cheese platter

Frico Landkaas cheese which is a Dutch brand and was rather nice! We were also introduce to CapriLac Goats Milk Yoghurt

Mango lassi with CapriLac Goats Milk Yoghurt

and made some delicious mango lassi’s with it, really worth trying out. While we are talking about drinks we utlised the local produce and made

going local with paw paw watermelon juice

paw paw, watermelon, orange, lime and rockmelon, coconut water juice with a touch of mint!  So good for you and if necessary an excellent way to clear out your system!!!!  It was extremely hot that day (as is every day up here at the moment!) so a perfect way to cool down.

And then there was a special birthday…Miss 6 is now 7! On her actual day we had an marshmallow ice cream cake

marshmallow ice cream cake

which had to be eaten very, very quickly so that it didn’t melt in the sun, she has an obsession with marshmallows!  For her pool party I did the Womens Weekly Swimming Pool cake complete with a new style of Kit Kat’s, Kit Kat Swirl and looks quite “fence” like don’t you think?

pool party birthday cake

We also served up a pretty looking platter of fruit waffle cones

fruit waffle cones perfect party food

Gotta love Pinterest for party idea inspiration! (That’s my new island bench top too btw)

and it would be remiss of me not to mention that Buddy our Elf on the Shelf has arrived for the first time and is creating lots of fun around the house.

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So signing off from In My Kitchen for the year.  I hope you have some festive delights up your sleeve and please pop on over to Fig Jam & Lime Cordial to have a look at what’s been going on in other people’s kitchens all around the world.

What’s been cooking in your kitchen?

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28 comments on “In My Kitchen December 2015

  1. Nancy | Plus Ate Six
    December 9, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    You have beautiful light in your new kitchen – or maybe i’m just struggling with jealousy from the Northern Hemisphere 🙂 I saw your pool party post – what an amazing cake and party. You’re a cool Mum 🙂

    • Vicki
      December 9, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      Why thank you I will tell them you said that!! The light is pretty good and I’m putting in more windows where the old kitchen was so will be even brighter – the heat is something else though!

  2. Mandy
    December 9, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    What a wonderful installment Vicki – such a beautiful cake an I cannot wait to see your new kitchen.
    Have a wonderful December.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Vicki
      December 11, 2015 at 7:36 am

      Thanks Mandy, you too

  3. Gretchen
    December 10, 2015 at 4:30 am

    Pinterest is indeed a great source for party inspiration. I haven’t seen those new Kitkats, how wonderful looking on your gorgeous cake. Your new kitchen is looking wonderful, great light.

    • Vicki
      December 11, 2015 at 7:37 am

      Thanks so much, the Kit Kat’s were a surprise find! I think the new kitchen is going to be my favourite place!

  4. Fiona @TIFFIN bite sized food adventures
    December 10, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Well, whether she wanted it not, I’m glad you did the Woman’s Weekly pool cake. I always wanted one so I can live vicariously through her! So close. So, so, close with the kitchen. I hope your’s is done and I hope mine is not far behind. Let’s see in Jan hey?! xxx

    • Vicki
      December 11, 2015 at 7:38 am

      It’s never too late for your own swimming pool cake! Yes fingers crossed on both our kitchens I look forward to your “reveal” soon.

  5. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    December 10, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I have kitchen envy! I just love it and that cake is so gorgeous and perfect for a little girl.

    I need to make those lemon macadamia biscuits!

    • Vicki
      December 11, 2015 at 7:39 am

      It’s shaping up to be a bit of a dream kitchen (it’s where I spend all my time so hoping so!). She was very pleased with the pool cake and I do hope you like the bickies.

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    December 10, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    How cute is that pool cake? I’ve always wanted to make one of those. And that papaya smoothie sounds amazing! 😀

    • Vicki
      December 11, 2015 at 7:41 am

      We are loving experimenting with all the tropical fruits up here. I think everyone needs a swimming cake in their lives at least once!

  7. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    December 11, 2015 at 6:51 am

    So much excitement happening with all your kitchen renos! Just think of the fun you will have in your new kitchen! Ooh yes those turkey burgers are a great idea for leftovers. Yum! Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party xx

    • Vicki
      December 11, 2015 at 7:42 am

      I can’t wait for the new kitchen to be finished, nearly there, I don’t think I will ever leave it then!

  8. Say Little Hen
    December 11, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    I love those waffle cones – what a great idea! The woman’s weekly cakes are great aren’t they?
    Everything in your kitchen looks so summery. It’s scorching up here today too!

    Have a merry Christmas,
    Sarah x

    • Vicki
      December 13, 2015 at 10:50 pm

      I think we have just come from up your way, we did a road trip to Port Douglas and back over the last 5 days, such beautiful country and yes hot! WE are going to Millaa Millaa soon too! Hope you have a Merry Christmas as well.

  9. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    December 11, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    I hope you are surviving the TNQ Summer. I can’t wait to see the end result of the new kitchen!

    • Vicki
      December 13, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      It is hot & steamy, will be escaping south for a bit. New kitchen nearly there!

  10. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    December 12, 2015 at 11:46 am

    The new kitchen looks such an ace space – I have serious kitchen envy! I can’t wait to see the big reveal – maybe in January – in my NEW kitchen?! I’m still in awe of the pool party cake and that juice looks delicious!

    • Vicki
      December 13, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      The kitchen is shaping up nicely, I’m putting extra fans and air con in though!!!!!

  11. Hotly Spiced
    December 13, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I love your new kitchen! And how lovely to have a new kitchen for Christmas. I love the dark floorboards. It looks like your daughter had a fantastic birthday. I like the idea of those waffle fruit cones and the two cakes are fabulous xx

    • Vicki
      December 13, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      Thanks Charlie it’s coming along nicely, we got lucky to inherit the floorboards.

  12. Napoli Restaurant Alert
    December 17, 2015 at 8:12 am

    All that beautiful sun and light! Have a lovely Christmas.

    • Vicki
      December 20, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Thank you I hope you have a lovely Christmas too.

  13. sherry from sherrys pickings
    December 18, 2015 at 10:19 am

    a kit kat swirl? haven’t heard of that one.. I wish we could get hold of all the mad japanese kit kat flavours here. what a great looking cake and yes very fence-like. how marvellous to have a new kitchen. on my wish list…. have a great xmas and festive season.

    • Vicki
      December 20, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      I hope you have a great Christmas too. I was just luck I came across that Kit Kat swirl at the time I needed them!

  14. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts
    December 20, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Oh, the swimming pool cake! It looks great. I had one for a childhood birthday – you can’t beat the WW birthday cakes 🙂 Your biscuits look great too, as does the makings of your new kitchen.

    • Vicki
      December 23, 2015 at 6:12 am

      Thank you so much. Everyone needs a swimming pool cake at least once in their lives don’t they!

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