Wednesday 23 December 2015

Christmas lights, trees, pancakes and local decorations

So it feels like we are well and truly in the home run of Christmas preparations.  Here is a little glimpse into our Christmas before I head into a day of baking tomorrow!

 Locally I have been interested to see that the bins are decorated with festive greetings.

We have also been to Coburg Night Market.  The last day of the market was mercifully cool after 37 C for Sylvia's last day of school.  I had Mac and Cheese followed by a Ferrer Rocher ice cream.

We went to my mum and dad's on Monday to help decorate their tree (see top photo).  The above top photo is a cute little Christmas tree my mum bought recently.

And here are more photos of mum and dad's Christmas decorations.  I forgot to take a photo of he decorated tree or my gingerbread house at their place.

I have taken a photo of our tree and a few other Christmas sights.  Santa at a carols service.  Christmas decorations at a vegan buffet at Krishna on Barkly.  And a little angel made out of a champagne cork.

School holidays have begun and Sylvia wanted squeezy bottle pancakes.  We made these Christmas pancakes yesterday morning before making dips, cheesecake and mince pies.  I need to work on my stars!

Last night we went driving around Coburg North (above) and Preston (below) to see Christmas lights.  Sylvia just loves seeing them - "the best lights ever" was uttered a few times.  It was nice to get out of our local area to see lights featured online though I missed being able to drive around streets I know to find smaller but fun displays.

Tomorrow I plan to make nut roast, panforte and cranberry nut rolls, even though it will be 33 C.  And deal with the excitment of a 6 year old!  I am looking forward to Christmas Day with my family and will be back here afterwards to share some photos and recipes.  I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy holiday.


  1. Wishing you a very wonderful holiday!

  2. Gorgeous! You definitely look ready for Christmas. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas with best wishes for 2016. And good luck cooking in all that heat! xx

  3. Hope you all have a great Christmas Johanna-- we're going out to see lights tonight and I did get a sneaky look at the Myer windows completely by accident when I exited DJ's and walked right alongside the windows (coming from the opposite direction of where people enter when they queue). Had to jump over a barrier when I got to the end though! The windows look great, I couldn't stop and look properly as I had effectively jumped the queue but the Hopetoun Tea Rooms looked marvellous!

  4. Merry Christmas to You and Yours Johanna! Everything looks so festive:)

  5. Great photos. Merry Christmas Johanna!

  6. Have a brilliant Christmas Johanna! I hope that it's wonderful and those pancakes are so cute! :D

  7. I love that you and your family do so much together! Christmas lights, carols, tree decorating...I love it all! And omg those pancakes are incredible :O I need to try the squeezy bottle method sometime!

  8. Thanks everyone for your christmas wishes

  9. Love your tree!! It looks so cute =)
    And the little champagne angel is adorable.
    The christmas pancakes are awesome! I love all of your Christmas pictures - especially the lights.
    I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday Johanna =)


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