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Merry Fricken’ Christmas, yo!

24 Dec

holsbys christmas message

 

Guys, I just reread last year’s Christmas post and it feels like a gazillion Brazilians ago.

We’ve had a bumper year, you and I, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your love, support and kind words.

This whole shebangalang would not be a thing without youse.

You guys are funny. Your comments crack me up.

You guys are thoughtful. Your support and encouragement gives my wings wind (meant to sound profound but sounds slightly eggy. Stay with me.)

You guys are clever, insightful and weird.

Like me.

Thanks for recognising yourselves in me. Or allowing me to make you feel normal.

We’re in this together.

Have a wonderful Christmas.

Whatever you’re doing, with whomever you’re doing it with, do it with joy for we are the lucky ones.

 

 

 

The joy of giving.

19 Dec guilt free truffles (2 of 1)

guilt free truffles (1 of 1)I recently popped over to Woolies Babies and Toddlers for a little chat about giving, and Christmas, and I dropped off a couple of recipes for some homemade truffles.

I usually really love Christmas.

This year I’m struggling to get in the swing a little, it seems like Christmas has kinda snuck up on me and I’m not quite ready. I need another month, please.

I’m going to officially wrap presents today and stick them under the tree in hope of getting with the vibe.

Remember that feeling you’d get in your tummy on Christmas Eve as a child?

You’ve laid out some biscuits and milk for Santa, and a carrot or two for Rudolph. You get packed off to bed with wishes of sweet dreams, but you know full well that you are not going to sleep tonight.

No way.

You’re going to wait up to see Santa.

You don’t care about tradition, or religion. You care not for the family lunch your mother has been preparing for days. You’re not fussed about carols or cards, because all you can think about are those shiny, colourful packages under the tree with your name on them.

To check out the rest of this post pop over to Woolworths Babies and Toddlers here

guilt free truffles (4 of 1)

Cook Once, Feed All COVER_lr

Cook Once, Feed All is about making your life easier whilst preparing nutritious and quick food for your family. Hailed by Mouths of Mums as the ‘must have recipe book for all families’, this book is a collection of family friendly recipes, all accompanied by stories from my life.

If you subscribe now to the Keeping Up With The Holsbys mailing list you will automatically receive my new mini-eBook ‘A Bit On The Side’  – A collection of fabulous summer salads and side dishes.

I’m extending my freebie offer to keep up the Christmas spirit.

To order your hardcopy of Cook Once, Feed All ($35) head to the Holsby Shop right now. You will also receive the Cook Once Feed All eBook (worth $15), plus the new eBook ‘A Bit on the Side’ (worth $5) as a bonus gift in your inbox today.

Three for the price of one, and you save $20.

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2 course Christmas lunch for 4 for under $35

18 Dec table setting

pork finishedI have varying degrees of success with Santa photos. They seem to range from average to absurd.

One year my little man was so anti-Santa that I tried twice to get him on the fat man’s knee before I finally dressed up in a red dress and donned some elf ears. I sat on the throne and Santa, the good sport that he was, stood behind us.

I made a noble elf!

The following year I had two babies to cajole into compliance, the photographer tried to squeeze a rubber chicken to raise a smile.

Not content with simply looking at the rubber chicken, I now have a Christmas 2012 image of my son proudly holding a rubber chicken about a metre in front of Santa while my daughter drooledpon Santa’s arm fluff.

But it certainly marks the years, does it not?

I do love Christmas. The feeling of festivity is always a lovely way to end the year. It’s crazy easy to overspend though, and life just seems to get more expensive when you have a family.

I set myself a little challenge and fed 4 adults and two toddlers on a tight budget in order to share how easily you can still eat like Kings, but not over extend the budget this Christmas.

The menu looked like this –

  •  Apple and Thyme Stuffed Rolled Pork with Crackling
  • Crunchy Smashed Potatoes
  • Lemony Green Beans
  • Braised Red Cabbage
  •  ChocCherry Icecream Bomb

To see the rest of this post pop on over to Mouths of Mums here.

choc cherry bomb

 

Cook Once, Feed All COVER_lr

Cook Once, Feed All is about making your life easier whilst preparing nutritious and quick food for your family. Hailed by Mouths of Mums as the ‘must have recipe book for all families’, this book is a collection of family friendly recipes, all accompanied by stories from my life.

If you subscribe now to the Keeping Up With The Holsbys mailing list you will automatically receive my new mini-eBook ‘A Bit On The Side’  – A collection of fabulous summer salads and side dishes.

I’m extending my freebie offer to keep up the Christmas spirit.

To order your hardcopy of Cook Once, Feed All ($35) head to the Holsby Shop right now. You will also receive the Cook Once Feed All eBook (worth $15), plus the new eBook ‘A Bit on the Side’ (worth $5) as a bonus gift in your inbox today.

Three for the price of one, and you save $20.

If you like what you’re reading why not like my Facebook page now or subscribe via email, to be sure to always keep up with the Holsbys.

Edible (tightarse) Christmas gifts….

26 Nov

Holsbys rocky roadI make a lot of homemade presents at Christmas because I’m a total tightarse.

Not total. That makes me sound bad, but I do love making and giving away edible gifts.

Do you know Life, Love and Hiccups?

If not, you bloody well should. Sonia is awesome sauce personified. She’s actually the real deal in my eyes and I can’t tell you how amazed I was when she first commented on one of my posts. Not to be a butt-licker or anything.

Down to Earth,  funny and sharp, Sonia never fails to make me smile with her quirky cool sense of humor and always give me lots of pretty for my joy of aesthetics.

Basically, she’s well cool.

I’m a bit chuffed to be over at Life, Love and Hiccups sharing some of my best tightarse edible gift ideas today…

Can you believe I got dumped two years in a row at Christmas time?

Not by the same dude.

Two different dudes.

Perhaps they got cold feet because they were unsure what to get me for Christmas, or maybe they just thought I was a freak.

My mama was worried that I would start to dread Christmas but it never actually dampened my spirits. I’m a massive fan of Christmas.

I like getting together with my friends and family and eating great food and drinking booze, and of course, I’m a big fan of presents.

Some people like to receive big expensive presents, and others like to receive small expensive presents and whilst I’m a huge fan of all kinds of presents there is something to be said for the home made present.

 To read the rest of this, schwing on over here….marinated fetta and homemade muesli edible gifts

I am launching my new book on the 28th November.

2 more sleeps – EEEEP!

Cook Once, Feed All COVER_lr

Cook Once, Feed All is about making your life easier whilst preparing nutritious and quick food for your family. This book is a collection of family friendly recipes, all accompanied by stories from my life.

If you subscribe now to the Keeping Up With The Holsbys mailing list you will automatically receive my new mini-eBook ‘A Bit On The Side’  – A collection of fabulous summer salads and side dishes.

To pre-order your hardcopy of Cook Once, Feed All ($35) head to the Holsby Shop right now and you will be the first to receive the hard copy book after it launches on the 28th. You will also receive the Cook Once Feed All eBook (worth $15), plus the new eBook ‘A Bit on the Side’ (worth $5) as a bonus gift in your inbox today.

Three for the price of one, and you save $20.

Winning :-)

If you like what you’re reading why not like my Facebook page now or subscribe via email, to be sure to always keep up with the Holsbys.

 

Love Christmas. Christmas Love.

25 Dec

treeI’ve had such a beautiful day.

Too much food, just the right amount of wine, lots of laughs, tearing of paper and I’ve tripped over more toys than I could poke a turkey leg at.

A truly spectacular day.

I had lunch with four generations of my family today. The eldest was 87 and the youngest was 7 months. That’s a lot of life in between, huh?
Kiki cried whenever Great-Grandpa came too close, but he does tend to be quite loud in her face due to profound deafness. It was very cool, though, and I know that days like these should be cherished because they are numbered.

I hope all of you have had a gorgeous day too…….and I hope you’re sitting back rubbing distended bellies, yet still wondering if you can fit in another tasty morsel. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
A celebration of food and love and good dose of gluttony.

I’m totally not yet ready for the day to be over, whilst simultaneously hankering for my bed as I was up at 5.30 because the nipple monster is in our room as her bedroom is occupied by Nana.

I just wanted to let you, my friends, know that I’m taking a week off. I’ve had a mega year with a new baby, and the books and the blog and, and, and…..I need a little break. I’m just going to enjoy my family for a little bit while my Ma n Pa are here…..then I can recharge my batteries and come back in the New Year and, you know, start back on the world domination plan.

2013 is already shaping up to be exciting, and I can’t wait to tell you all what going to be happening……..so, stay tuned, my lovelies…….I reckon you’re all going to love this ride!
There’s going to be a dinner party that you’re invited to, like, literally, not figuratively. More books, more videos, more laughs and more tears.
More life.

Be sure to like my Facebook page as there will still be Holsby love there and I’d hate you to get withdrawals in my blog absence.

With that I wish you a lovely Christmas evening. Put your feet up (try to con someone into giving them a rub, if you’re feeling lucky) and bask in the glow of the day that was.

I’m off to have a little cheeky Baileys…….a good way to end the day.

See you soon, peeps. xxx

Christmas Wishlist

13 Dec

Ok, let me preface this entire post by saying I don’t actually need anything this year.

My children are happy and healthy, and the recent return of my engagement ring is really present enough for this year…..now that I have that lovely sentiment out of the way, there are maybe a couple of little things that would improve the quality of my life.

I would love to be altruistic and ask everyone to buy a village a goat and call it Mrs H, or send school books to impoverished lands, and, of course, I definitely  encourage this behaviour, but I do love to receive a little somethin’ somethin’ under the Christmas tree, so I can jump up early on Christmas morning and with bleary eyes and morning breath, tear into the brightly coloured paper and have just a few moments of magic before the gluttonous festivities commence.

I am a consumer.

I love to give gifts and I love to receive gifts.

The thing is, whenever someone says, ‘what would you like for Christmas?’ I go completely blank and I can’t think of a damned thing I want.
I thought I’d pop together a few suggestions, in case you wanted to put something under my tree……

Robo-Vacuum

Robo-Vacuum

ROBO-VACUUM

I have made no secret about how I feel about vacuuming. I’m also a bit sick of the cat. I wonder if this is the perfect answer???

Grass Thongs

Grass Thongs

GRASS THONGS

I love walking bare foot in grass, but I’m finding that the grass out here in the ‘burbs is a veritable minefield. If i’m not hobbling from bindis, I’m getting dog-poo between my bare toes. These are the perfect solution and they can be worn year round.

Finger Food Picker

Finger Food Picker

FINGER FOOD PICKER

Eating with your hands is soooo 2012. This year, when I host parties, I want to dazzle everyone with some finger-food pickers. Hell, I could still eat even if all my other fingers were broken. One must be most mindful of not picking ones nose though, as no-one wants to dash their hostess with the mostess to Emergency with a punctured septum.

Wine Glass Bottle

Wine Glass Bottle

BOTTLE GLASS

I don’t think this really needs much of an explanation, but I definitely need one of these, please, Santa. Tell those elves that I might even need two.

Oops, I Did It Again Apron

Oops, I Did It Again Apron

BRITTANY APRON

I’m not really one for role play, but I reckon I could channel a little Brittany with an apron like this. Ironically, instead of protecting my clothes whilst cooking, it’s more likely to hide the banana and vomit stained atrocity underneath.

Bacon Marmalade

Bacon Marmalade

BACON MARMALADE

I love bacon. I love marmalade. Hello, pig gastronomy.

Wine Rack Sports Bra

Wine Rack Sports Bra

WINE RACK SPORTS BRA

This is freaking awesome!!! I love exercise. It really helps me with my mood, with my energy levels and with my sanity. I love wine for pretty much the same reason, and now it’s entirely possible to do a high-intensity session without spilling a drop.

Result!

Toastie Hand Warmers

Toastie Hand Warmers

TOASTIE HAND WARMERS

This house was really cold last winter and I often found as I was typing my fingers were frozen…..not with these toastie little rippers.
You plug them into your USB holes and they are heated. Who comes up with the stuff? Totally awesome genius’, ya.

Eat Fit Cutlery

Eat Fit Cutlery

EAT FIT CUTLERY

Once again, I love to eat and I love to work out….with time being so precious, why wouldn’t I try to fit more of both into my day? I think it may be awkward when my Pop-Eye arms bust out of my clothes because I’ve done too many reps over the silly season.

Sound Proof Headphones

Sound Proof Headphones

SOUND PROOF HEADPHONES

I probably won’t even listen to music. Silence truly is golden…..or I might crank a little ‘Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough’ while I vacuum.

Oh, that’s right, I won’t need to vacuum with my Robo-Vac.

Can’t wait for Christmas morning!

What are you hoping to see under your tree this year?

Decking the Halls and Getting Jolly.

6 Dec

For 11 months of the year I have this hulking piece of plastic that is a pain in my butt.

Now that I live in a house (technically, an house,  but I always feel stupid saying that), with a shed, it’s a tad less of a rectal ache, but in apartment living when storage is precious, this thing nearly got itself thrown away so many times.

Then December rolls around and I buy a Christmas tree and with great smuggy smug pant pride, I can unpack my big, red Christmas tree stand and know my tree will stand sure……if a little lopsided because I never did master the mounting it straight part.

Now my house is scented with pine and my Christmas spirit is begin to blossom.

I’d love to wrap the presents and stick them under but somehow I think it would be stupid of me with a toddler in the house.
I only want to wrap things once!
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