Guys!! I am SO excited to introduce a new contributor to the blog, Rachel from Sweet & Savage! Humbly making the most delicious food, sharing recipes and beautiful photos, Sweet & Savage is a look into Rachel’s gorgeous family life in the country. You will die when you see her doughnuts, oh my goodness! Look through her Instagram!! Without further ado, here is Rachel and her recipe for White Christmas:
Christmas (like most social occasions where there are people around to witness the day’s events and remind you of them for years to come) is all about making an impression. Fortunately, I have demonstrated a clear gifting in this from a young age.
I had just turned three, it was Christmas of 1984. I was given a plastic doll. It’s name was “*#@%”, I declared! Despite numerous attempts at an alternate suggestion, I was absolutely unpersuadable. My parents were horrified. The extended family were delighted!
In thirty-plus years, I’m afraid not much has changed. Albeit, slightly a less cute version of my younger self- and we now have our own kids on hand to provide entertainment and ensure we are memorable. Oh, and THIS.
Our annual; tradition of three-whole-years; throw-together White Christmas.
Three words: it’s a hit.
(fills an oven tray approx 30 x 25cm, cut into 2cm pieces: about 48 pieces)
- 750g white chocolate
- 75ml coconut oil
- 75g coconut chips or shredded coconut, lightly toasted
- 100g marshmallows, chopped if required
- 150g soft berry jubes (and glo-harts if you can find them), roughly chopped
- 75g spearmint leaves, chopped
- 75g pistachios
- 100g macadamias
- 100g dried strawberries/cranberries/cherries
- Grease and line oven tray.
- Give yourself a bit of bench space. Measure dry ingredients and add to a large bowl. Once all ingredients are in the bowl, mix to combine so they are evenly distributed.
- Melt chocolate in heatproof bowl over saucepan with small amount of water in bottom. When chocolate is almost melted, add coconut oil and stir until combined.
- Pour chocolate into dry mixture and stir to combine. Once chocolate is mixed through evenly, pour into lined oven tray.
- Chill until set.
- Prior to cutting, leave to sit at room temperature to soften slightly, so it doesn’t crack when sliced. Cut into 2cm sized pieces.
- Place a few pieces in a box or cellophone bag (we made waxed fabric to line boxes). Everyone will love you.
Christmas: make it a memorable one. But for all the right reasons.
I hope yours is a lovely one – whoever you’re with and wherever you are xx
Written & photographed by Rachel Savage of Sweet & Savage
It is with great enthusiasm that we introduce you to the MOST beautiful baby blankets we have ever laid our eyes on! Clever Christine from Niche Textile Studio in Wellington is hand weaving a range of sustainably minded blankets from New Zealand wool, the result is incredibly well made and thoughtfully designed pieces which would most certainly be handed down for generations to come.
Naturally coloured wool (meaning no dyes are used and energy and water use in yarn production is reduced) complements the three different motifs available in the range. These motifs have been translated into a textured self-stitched double cloth weave structure with 2 layers of cloth on the loom woven together at little moments of pattern, creating loft and warmth.
Each blanket is available in either Wahakura (moses basket) size (65cm x 80cm) or Cot size (105cm x 120cm). We also spy Niche’s
equally beautiful range of hand woven cushions
) which would be just stunning in a nursery (or anywhere in the house)!! Come and look through the different motifs with us, I’m not sure I can pick a favourite (although the Ocean waves
is really speaking to me!)… Let us know your favourite in the comments!
Geotile – celebrates the universal language and elegance of pattern constructed on hidden grids of circles and ruled lines, and mastered by practitioners of Islamic design.
Ocean Waves (Seigaha) – derived from Japanese sashiko stitching, represents power, luck and resilience.
Seven Treasures (Shippo Tsunagi) – derived from the Japanese sashiko stitch tradition and symbolises good fortune.
We’ve talked about the fabulous Franjo’s Kitchen before and their Tanker Topper Biscuits (for breast feeding) as well as their Belly Bump Biscuits (for pregnancy). They now also have a range of cleverly coined crackers for your cans and crackers for your cravings (for both breast feeding and pregnancy). Yum!! We are so impressed with the quality of Franjo’s products, a must for pregnancy and breastfeeding mamas. These would also make a beautiful baby shower gift!! (See their amazing Christmas GIFT BOXES on sale this week ONLY!)
With all of the recipes are naturopath/nutritionist created and approved, Franjo’s biscuits and crackers are full of goodness for Mums and Mums to be. Both pregnancy and breastfeeding demand a lot from your body. Not having the time to prepare healthy snacks while juggling babies and lacking in energy is exactly where Franjo’s comes in! The pregnancy crackers are specially made (vegan, gluten free, dairy free, egg free and sugar free!) to be an easy, nutrient dense snack that can be eaten alone, dipped in soup or topped with any range of things (avocado & tomato, cheese, pesto… check here for more ideas). The belly bump biscuits are equally great, filled with superfoods for those minerals and essential fats needed in pregnancy as well as calcium while remaining dairy free AND free from refined sugars!
The lactation (Tanker Topper) cookies and crackers are also made with Mums in mind and full of goodness to keep that milk flowing, reduce sugar cravings and give you that extra energy you need while breastfeeding. Also free from wheat, dairy, egg and refined sugar, these really are an all round PERFECT snack for mamas! It is a must, must, MUST to take care of YOURSELF during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and these tick all the boxes! Speaking of boxes, we’d definitely recommend taking advantage of the one week only Gift Boxes on sale now! (or grab a box for a friend!)
Holy Moly! I think we have just found the cutest merino baby wear in all of NZ! Mamoo & Lou have created a truly magical collection where fun shapes and patterns meet natural fibres and a muted palette.
Mamoo & Lou create their baby and toddler garments using 100% merino wool in gender neutral designs (perfect for gifting – we LOVE the Newborn Gift Set!) which is ideal for handing down garments to siblings/cousins/friends etc! We are always looking for garments to stand the test of time and Mamoo & Lou DEFINITELY tick that box.
Baby knitwear has a special place in my heart. Every time a knitted piece is unwrapped at a baby shower there are cheers and swoons and a lot of ohhs and ahhs. Scroll through with us and get your knitted fix of the most gorgeous rompers, cardis, jumpsuits, beanies and more. Right now we are hosting a GIVEAWAY of one of the Shadow jumpsuits on our Facebook and Instagram – Be sure to enter! ALSO.. Head to Mamoo & Lou’s Facebook and Instagram to keep up with their weekly Christmas specials (currently Buy one jumpsuit, get one free!!) as well as enter to win vouchers!