all i want for Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! Regardless of whether you’re religious or not, Christmas is a time where families and friends gather together and enjoy some great food, something that I am always down for. This year, I had three Christmas meals lined up.1Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

Firstly, I had a Secret Santa night with my friends from law school, we made roast chicken, roast vegetables, and some crispy skin salmon for my Pescetarian friend (we all stole some haha). I was on dessert duty, and I made a salted caramel apple pie from a recipe I saw on Sally’s Baking Addiction, it was my first time making a proper pie, and I gave lattice a go too, although not the neatest pie around, it was still delicious.

Next up, I spend Christmas Eve with my high school friends, we realised that it was the third year that we had celebrated Christmas together, and that seems all sorts of crazy. We had Korean BBQ, but unfortunately, given the nature of KBBQ – i.e. cooking meat the whole time, I didn’t manage to snap any photos. For any KBBQ fanatics out there, doing it at home is super easy! We have a stovetop BBQ pan, and there’s a Korean grocery store close by that sells a variety of marinated meats, making everything a breeze!

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I spent Christmas day with my mum. She had to pick someone up from the airport, which meant I cooked everything myself – which I’m pretty darn proud about tbh. I made roasted pork loin, roasted carrots and pumpkin, green bean casserole, also a recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction, mashed potato, and for desserts, I made some of my mum’s favourite cookies, cinnamon roll cookies, a recipe from the Domestic Geek. There were so much food though, which meant we never made it to the cookies, but they do make for a pleasant afternoon pick-me-up with a cup of coffee, so I ain’t complaining. It was my first time roasting pork loin, and only half the crackles turned out well, better luck next time haha.

The highlight of the meal was actually the gravy, it was my first time making gravy from scratch using the drippings from the roast, and it was so so so black and full of flavour and delicious and omg I can’t even.Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

Oh yeh, I also dyed my hair purple, originally I was going for a purple ombre, but it kind of turned out more of a reverse ombre if anything? I do like it, although it’s weird having dark coloured hair again.

The holiday season has just begun, I’m going to Japan and Korea at the start of January, which I am both excited and nervous about. However, that does mean that I am going to spend the remainder of this year writing up an essay for my intensive, since it’s due while I’m overseas, and I really don’t want to be writing it on my trip.

I hope you all enjoyed Christmas, whether you spent it with friends, or family, or just chilling by yourself, it’s definitely nice to finally have some time off! Hopefully I can get a more reflective post up in the next week or so, 2016 has been such a weird year, and for better or worse, it’s almost over!

PHOTO DIARY | Christmas 2014!

Merry Christmas everyone! When this post is up I’m probably already on a family road trip to Apollo Bay, we decided to do things a little differently and celebrate Christmas on the road! Anyway, that trip should be in another post, but today, I just wanted to share some photos of the lights and decorations that people put up around their house during the holiday season! Seriously, some of the houses are insanely decorated, it must’ve taken them days, even weeks to set things up! Every year, one street in particular, the Boulevard, Ivanhoe, gets into the Christmas spirit and turns the street into a light show that is truly one of a kind, these photos were taken there a few days ago. Hundreds of people walk up and down the street to see the lights every night, and there are carol singers, buskers, sausage sizzle, and everything else, so it was a pretty great experience! Okay I think that’s enough rambling from me, here comes the photos! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Boulevard Ivanhoe, the lights go on from dusk onwards pretty much, and it usually runs from 13-24 December, so tonight’s your last chance to see the light extravaganza this year!