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Cocktail Friday – Cranberry and Raspberry Flirtini

by | Cocktail Friday, Made

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Ms Chinoiserie
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Cranberry and Raspberry Flirtini

This Cocktail Friday, we’re simply loving the Christmas and holiday spirit – and how gorgeously festive does Ocean Spray‘s refreshing Cranberry and Raspberry Flirtini look??! What better way to celebrate good times and summer engagements than with vodka, cranberry juice and bubbles; sublime!!! Season’s Greetings – and Happy Cocktails – to all!

Ingredients:
Serves 1

60 ml Ocean Spray® Cranberry Classic™ fruit drink
30 ml vodka
15 ml raspberry liqueur
15 ml champagne or sparkling wine
Fresh raspberries to garnish

Method:
Combine the Cranberry Classic™ fruit drink, vodka, and liqueur in an ice-filled martini shaker. Shake gently and strain into a large martini glass. Top with champagne and garnish with fresh raspberries.

White Chocolate, Pistachio And Cranberry Rocky Road Recipe

by | Made, Recipes

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Jessica Derrick
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The festive season always calls for yummy treats! Whether you need inexpensive presents for your co-workers or to take a hostess gift along to one of your many Christmas get-togethers, finding a homemade gift that is simple to create is a godsend at this time of year.

This recipe for white chocolate, pistachio and cranberry rocky road is super easy; no-fuss at all! And the finished product is something so delicious that those on the receiving end will inevitably end up asking you for the recipe (believe me!). The white chocolate mixed with the red of the cranberry, the green of the pistachio and the white of the macadamia just shouts ‘Christmas’ in all the best ways.  So pop on some Christmas carols, don a festive apron and discover why this is my go-to Christmas recipe, every single year.

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What you’ll need:
Makes approximately 24 pieces 

400g white chocolate
100g macadamia nuts
100g pistachios (shelled)
100g dried cranberries

1 x small lamington baking pan (approximately 23cm x 13cm)
Cellophane bags, ribbon and gift tags for packaging

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What to do:

Step 1. Line the pan with baking paper and set aside. Chop the macadamia nuts in half and roughly chop the dried cranberries. Place together with the pistachios in a bowl and mix evenly.
Step 2. Using a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, break the chocolate into squares and gently melt, stirring constantly until silky and runny.
Step 3. Pour the melted chocolate over the nut and cranberry mix.  Work fast and mix thoroughly.

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Step 4. Pour the combined chocolate, nut and cranberry mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Leave to cool for 30 minutes before setting in the fridge for at least three hours.
Step 5. Using a large sharp knife, cut the rocky road into thumb sized pieces.

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Step 6. Place four to five pieces in a cellophane bag. Tie with ribbon and attach a gift tag.

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Hints & Tips

  • You can mix up the ingredients however you desire.  A good rule to stick to is maintaining the chocolate-to-topping ratio at 4:3.  Dark chocolate works well with roasted almonds and coconut.
  • The rocky road will keep well in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a month (trust me, it will never last this long!)
  • Get creative with your packaging! Try using metallic accents, bright ribbons or jute twine depending on your aesthetic.  Use the gift tags to write a personalised message.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Super yummy and super easy! What a lovely gift idea – I’d need to stop myself from eating it all first!!!!

Pretty Native Christmas Wreath Tutorial

by | DIY Tutorials, Made

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Green and Bloom
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Nothing says Christmas more to us at Green and Bloom than a beautiful wreath; either on the front door or as a decorative detail on a wall, a wreath is all about festive cheer. Our easy Christmas wreath tutorial is super quick – and super fun – and with the wonderfully fragrant eucalyptus, is wonderfully Australian! Season’s Greetings to all!

What you’ll need:

  • Metal coat hanger
  • Gold spray
  • Green floral tape
  • Scissors
  • 2 bunches of gum/eucalyptus foliage
  • Ribbon

Christams Wreath DIY

Christams Wreath DIY

Christams Wreath DIY

Christams Wreath DIY

What to do:

Step 1. Bend the metal coat hanger out of shape to form a circle like shape. Don’t be too worried about having the exact perfect circle as you can always use foliage to hide imperfections.

Christams Wreath DIY

Christams Wreath DIY

Step 2.  Spray the end of the hanger in a festive colour as you may see this in the finished product. We sprayed ours with a metal brass tone spray. Allow paint to dry before next step.

Step 3. Cut up your bunches of foliage into small sections of bunches.

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Step 4. The next step is learning how to use floral tape. To use floral tape you will need to stretch it, so it looks like it is losing colour and is thinner. This is when it gets sticky and attaches well to one another. Your’re best to practise this step a few times before actually attaching to the wreath base. You can practise on some stems where the leaves are removed. One hand holds and stretches the tape and the other hand turns the item you are taping. If tape is too thick it will not attach well. Also if the tape is too cold it is less stretchy so leave in a warm spot before use. If you can’t do this step you could always try a glue gun, however floral tape does not burn the foliage or stems, and looks better as the end result.

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Step 5. To attach the foliage we started at the hook top and worked all the way around the wreath base, with all the foliage being attached in the same direction. Each time you add an extra piece of foliage you will need to make sure you cover the top and both sides, but no need to attach to the back as it won’t be seen. If you miss any gaps you can always pop some foliage in at the end, by taping that stem and then warm gluing into place. Continue attaching foliage all the way around the wreath base until you get to the top again.

Christams Wreath DIY

Christams Wreath DIY

Christams Wreath DIY

Christams Wreath DIY

Step 6. Create a festive sign by using a thick linen ribbon and permanent pen. Flora Lovely created this one for us, and they make the most gorgeous calligraphy stationery for events too.

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Step 7. To attach the ribbon, warm the glue gun and place a few drops of glue on the reverse side of the ribbon near the ends and wrap it around the wreath. Press into place on the back of the wreath. You can be creative and attach on whatever angle you like.

Step 8. Find the perfect spot to hang your gorgeous creation! And enjoy throughout the festive season –  as the gum dries out, the smell of eucalyptus will fill your house.

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Images by Terri Hanlon Photography
Ribbon by Flora Lovely

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: How pretty is this wreath – I just love it – and it’s so easy to make! A charming way to say Merry Christmas!

About Green and Bloom: Hi there, we are a Brisbane based boutique wedding business, creating romantic and magical flowers, styling and custom made props for hire.  Our business fuses fashion, art and floral design into our business brand, creating unique and exciting events for our clients.

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