Monthly Archives: December 2012

From a Blizzard to Surf Beach in a New York Minute.

Today, the 28th of December we left our Country House upstate in NY in Rhinebeck in the middle of a snowstorm, where around 8 inches of snow had fallen. Being the first major downpour for this season, Miles Storm loved being in the cold. Personally, I am not the biggest fan of the cold, and I default that back to my Australian roots. Most Australians do not experience the snow often, and we are more-so brought up spending a lot of time outdoors in the sun and on the beach. However, my husband, is a native New Yorker and was more than happy to show Miles Storm the ropes and help him build his first snowman. Grateful for that!

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An Australian “White Christmas” recipe to enjoy in the USA.

What I used for this recipe

Christmas 2012, marks my 10th Christmas in New York City, away from my home country of Australia. I cannot believe it has been that long. Christmas time could not be anymore the opposite between the two – in the Southern Hemisphere (Australia) it is now summer time, and in the Northern Hemisphere (USA) it is clearly winter time.

I miss Australia a lot around this time. There is nothing like having Christmas BBQ’s and break up parties with friends/family in the sweltering heat on the beach and in the beautiful parks that adorn my home city of Melbourne. Christmas time is both a sad time and a very exciting new time having a vibrant 2-year-old!

For many years, I have tried to make this traditional seasonal Australian desert called “White Christmas”, (which is ironic because unless there is a Blue Moon the last thing that will ever be experienced in Australia around this time is a White Christmas), but it never eventuated.

This year, having Miles Storm, I finally made my very own White Christmas Slice. Very exciting. I guess, now that I have a family it is important to me to start incorporating as much as an Aussie Vibe as I can into our life, so he can learn about where his Mummy originates from.

The thing is to make “White Christmas” you need an ingredient indigenous to Australia called – Copha. Copha is made from solidified coconut oil. It is not easily obtainable in the USA, in fact the only way you can get it is if you order it online from an Australia distributor like Californian based Aussie Products or Cincinnati based Simply Australian. Keep in mind though around Christmas Time it is really hard to find Copha at either of these places so I recommend ordering at least 6 weeks in advance to keep ahead of the demand.

This is a very decadent dessert which, if in an airtight container, will last a long time.

It is also really pretty to give as presents wrapped in some clear cellophane.

This is my Vegan take (no-animal products used) on the traditional “White Christmas” recipe!

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 packet or 250g Copha
  • 1/2 cup pure confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup roughly chopped organic turkish apricots
  • 1 cup roughly chopped organic cherries
  • 1 cup of roasted unsalted organic almonds
  • 1 cup finely shredded coconut
  • 1 cup soy milk powder
  • 1 cup rice krispies
  • 1 Teaspoon of vanilla essence

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Inspirational Vibes – TOMS shoes and eye wear One for One

 

She explained that those 3 boys were her sons, and for the past year her sons had been sharing a single pair of shoes. Her oldest son had been walking to school, coming home, giving his shoes to his brother, and he had to wait until Thursday to go to school again. Now all of her sons could go to school every day and they got to walk there together. Blake Mycoskie

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Let’s Chat about the super-cool MomTrends!

With my friend & fellow mummy blogger Kris who writes “My Strange Family”

Being a NYC Mummy Blogger you are exposed to all kinds of wonderful opportunities; one of them is being on MomTrends radar and receiving invites to all of their marvelous events that they hold throughout the year.

MomTrends is the brainchild of Brooklyn based Super-Mom to 2 little girls, Nicole Feliciano. She started MomTrends.com as a Go-To-Webpage for hip cool fashion inspired Mummies. MomTrends.com is bustling with information like fashion tips, trend reports, advice on living a healthy life, as well as profiles of inspiring “Momtrenpreneurs”, not forgetting their constant giveaways and reviews. If you haven’t checked out their site you should do so, just as soon as you finish reading this posting!

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