the season to be jolly

My favorite thing about the silly season: the flurry of end of year dinners and drinks with friends, they way people seem to dress in their summer best and the planning and anticipation of Christmas and New Years Eve.

Modern or Traditional: modern. I love the food over the Christmas period and just summer in general in Australia; the fresh prawns, the delicious stone fruit, plump mangoes and succulent cherries. I love cooking the turkey and ham on Christmas Eve so the preparation is minimal on Christmas day, and the meat is nice and cold to go with the abundance of salads and compliment the heat of the weather.

My contribution to the Christmas feast: This year, it was the ham basted in a maple syrup, orange juice and brown sugar glaze, a colourfully layered trifle and a red cabbage and dill coleslaw.

What I received for my Christmas loot: books (from Mandy, Gracie & Tam), an infant Protea tree (Gracie) little bowls and scented candles (from E & Neen), bottle of Verve (from the family Kris Kringle), and (from Jay) a groovy laptop carry case, a creme brulee set and a candle making course!

Favourite place to celebrate Christmas: somewhere away on the beach where I don’t have to make my own bed and can drink copious amounts of ridiculously expensive cocktails with garnishes of mini umbrellas & tropical fruit while sunbaking and reading! (sounds very much like Fiji…)

Five things in my NYE shopping trolley: champagne, ingredients for a cheese platter, Red Rock chips, cherries & sparkling water

Best thing about ending the year: seeing it end with great friends in a great location, making plans for next year and the ability to start fresh in 2011

My 2011 resolution: the most common cliche of all….get fit & lose weight!

maple syrup & orange glazed ham
all carved up
red cabbage & dill coleslaw
my kickarse trifle
Col & the Xmas lunch spread
from Mandy
from Gracie
from Tam
from E & Neen
from E & Neen
thanks Kris Kringle (Juzzy!)
from Jay
course from Jay


We arrived, laden with goodies galore, at Mum & Col’s on Wednesday evening.

Thursday we spent waiting for tradesmen (new king bedroom setting for Mum & Col and locksmith who fuc&ed up and had to come back – seriously, how unprofessional is it not to test the lock after you’ve changed it??) and then cooked and prepared Friday, picked up Juz & his girlfriend Larnz from Williamtown airport and then had Xmas eve BBQ with Gracie & Rob and the family.

Juz & Larnz

Christmas day began, sun blazing, with a walk on the beach with Harley who ended up covered in burrs and cobwebs from running through the bush! We created a production line to assemble bagels with either cream cheese/smoked salmon or bacon & egg. We listened to music while we finished off the Christmas lunch preparations and finally sat down on the balcony table to eat around 3.30pm.

Col & Mum
Jay chillin
Larnz & Melly

Boxing day we went to the beach, had a nanna nap and ate more food….Monday we went to the little Nelson Bay cinema ($11 tickets!) and saw Little Fockers before having lunch at Hogs Breath Cafe at the wharf. “Monster” is uber happy running around the back yard chasing bugs (he chomped a fly mid-flight right out the air!) and snuffling for phantom underground things. Yesterday Mum came down to drop Juz & Larnz off in the city and then picked up Harley (sans stitches & his manhood!) to take back to hang out with her for the next 5 days! FREEDOM!!! We’re both already missing the little monster though…We’ll go up on Monday 3rd Jan to collect him.

monster under the tree

Coming home on Tuesday, we popped in to see the Dawes (pressie swapping, chocolate and cute little princesses) and watch Harley & Pippin playing non-stop for the entire duration. They were hilarious!

Harley & Pippin

So, all in all, despite my trepidation, I have survived the festive season without incident – no fights or tantrums or Christmas depression. It’s unbelievable for me to say, but it’s been a good Christmas!

philanthropic love from the Dawes girls

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