Glittery White Chocolate Christmas Trees

Glittery White Chocolate Christmas Trees

Yo, this is how I do Christmas! Whatever is easy and fun, that’s my gig. Like these GLITTERY white chocolate Christmas trees. Pebble only eats white chocolate (personal preference, strange child), so she thought these were fabulous. The kids had fun stirring and pouring and licking and sprinkling. Here’s how to make these cute glittery trees (though they barely need instructions!).

Glittery White Chocolate Christmas Trees

You will need:

  • 250g good quality white chocolate (I buy it in blocks and break it up, but it’s up to you, melts are good too)
  • edible gold glitter
  • Christmas tree chocolate mould

Method

  • Melt your chocolate using your chosen method. I am a bit old school and put the chocolate in a metal bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. I’ve had mixed results with the microwave!
  • Pour the chocolate into the chocolate molds* and leave in the fridge to set. Or if you’re super impatient, like me, put them in the freezer.
  • Pop the set chocolates out of their molds and onto a plate then sprinkle them with the edible gold glitter.

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* I totes confused myself about the correct spelling of ‘molds’ and I hate getting spelling wrong. The internet says ‘mould’ and ‘mold’. Who knows? Help a girl out, please!

Note: if you’re thinking of colouring the trees green, like I was, be careful with water based food colourings. I used the squeezy bottle kind and we had to throw away a whole block of chocolate because it seized. Boo hoo! I hear that gels work well but I haven’t tried it. Good luck!

Don’t you think these would make a super sweet Christmas gift?

{Christmas Party Planning} All That Glitters is Gold!

{Christmas Party Planning} The Ultimate Foodie Platter and a All That Glitters is Gold Champagne Cocktail

Sponsored by Woolworths

{Christmas Party Planning} The Ultimate Foodie Platter and a All That Glitters is Gold Champagne CocktailSomebody pass me a drink! Christmas and end of year celebrations are sweeping our little family off it’s feet. We’ve got back to back parties and catch ups and drinks and dinners. It’s fun and exciting and exhausting!

I’m taking lots of plates of food to these functions and with two littlies biting my ankles (one of them quite literally!) I am jumping at any opportunity to make catering as easy as possible. One of my favourite ways to please a crowd is to share a generous and delicious platter of amazing food. it only takes a few minutes to chop up bits and pieces but it looks great and is always appreciated by a crowd over a few drinks. For the most impressive platter I like to choose quality ingredients with unique flavours. Try these combinations for your next party.
{Christmas Party Planning} The Ultimate Foodie Platter and a All That Glitters is Gold Champagne Cocktail

The Perfect Christmas Foodie Platter

Thinly sliced, smoked Waygu beef
Truffled salami
Farmhouse cheddar
Brie
Fig and walnut paste
Sicilian green olives
Sesame and black pepper wafers
Edamame, wasabi and sour cream dip
Fresh cherries
{Christmas Party Planning} The Ultimate Foodie Platter and a All That Glitters is Gold Champagne CocktailOf course, some people are always looking for a little something sweet on the side…

Sweet Treats Foodie Platter

Salted Caramel Chocolates
Mince Pies with Single Malt Scotch Whisky
{Christmas Party Planning} The Ultimate Foodie Platter and a All That Glitters is Gold Champagne CocktailI know what you might be thinking. Who’s got time to run around to specialist food stores to buy all this stuff? When am I supposed to make mince pies? And doesn’t all this cost a fortune?

Um. No. That’s the best part! I picked up all these ingredients at my local Woolworths thanks to their new Woolworths Gold range. It’s all about affordable indulgence. Yes, please! And if you haven’t got time to get to the shops you can shop online to get it all home delivered – including a lovely tipple or two to go with it!

Speaking of drinks, don’t forget to have something to wash all those delicious treats down. I have been having fun making the prettiest, sparkliest cocktail for Christmas gathering. It looks super special but takes nothing at all to pull together.

All That Glitters is Gold Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients
Prosecco
Brandy
Edible gold glitter*

Method

  1. Pour a small amount of brandy into a medium sized ramekin, so that it is just deep enough to dip the rim of your champagne glasses in.
  2. Pour a little edible gold glitter into a separate ramekin.
  3. One by one, dip each champagne glass in the brandy, then into the glitter, to create a sparkly, gold rimmed effect.
  4. Drop one raspberry into each glass, followed by ¼ teaspoon edible gold glitter.
  5. Fill each glass with Prosecco.

*Edible gold glitter is available from speciality cooking shops.
{Christmas Party Planning} The Ultimate Foodie Platter and a All That Glitters is Gold Champagne Cocktail

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{Christmas Party Planning} The Ultimate Foodie Platter and a All That Glitters is Gold Champagne Cocktail

{Christmas Party Planning} The Ultimate Foodie Platter and a All That Glitters is Gold Champagne Cocktail

{Christmas Party Planning} The Ultimate Foodie Platter and a All That Glitters is Gold Champagne Cocktail

{Christmas Party Planning} The Ultimate Foodie Platter and a All That Glitters is Gold Champagne CocktailThe bubbles create a gorgeous glittery display as the raspberry bobs and spins. Each sip gives a tiny hint of brandy, bringing a little extra Christmas cheer. These beautiful cocktails are very hard to resist.

Well, don’t I feel all fancy pants?! Now, somebody pass me another slice of Waygu beef…

What’s your favourite foodie indulgence? Read more about Woolworths Gold to find out what you’ve been missing.

Christmas Survival Kit

Christmas Survival Kit

Christmas Survival Kit

I’m limping along through the Christmas season this year. We still don’t have a tree (I’m working on a baby friendly option for that), I haven’t started my Christmas shopping (ok, I bought two presents), we have enjoyed just two Christmas crafts so far (gasp!) and one Christmas cooking effort.

Perhaps it’s because I’m {always and forever} severely sleep deprived, or because it’s the first Christmas since Ryan died, but I’m kinda in struggle town, to be honest. So I thought I’d look back over the Octavia and Vicky archives for some Christmas cheer and inspiration. And look at this! I was FULL of Christmas spirit last year :) Here are some fun things to play, make, eat and share over the Christmas season – a little survival kit for you and me. Enjoy x

Christmas Survival Kit

Simple Christmas Wrapping

Cool things to make and do

Christmas Gloop

Melted Crayon Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Tree Gift Tags

Christmas Lantern Wreaths

Laminated Christmas Baubles

Recycled Christmas Card Display (great for an advent calendar)

Advent Calendars you can make tomorrow

Christmas Gloop

Yummy stuff to cook

Christmas Tree Mini Pizzas

Cheesy Christmas Stars

Christmas Crunchies

Christmas-Tree-Gift-Tags

Party pleasing treats

12 Super Awesome Cake Recipes

Pizza Dip

Bumble Bee Treats

Best Ever Potato Salad

Watermelon, Haloumi and Mint Salad

Christmas-Cooking-with-Kids-Christmas-Crunchies

Homemade gifts

Cocoa mix (free printable labels)

Jingle Jangle Socks for Babies

Coconut Ice

homemade coconut ice

Christmas Tips and Tricks

Christmas Eve traditions

Christmas shopping tips

Wrapping paper ideas

Christmas Quiet Time

50+ Christmas games for kids

How are you surviving this Christmas?

St Patrick’s Day Fun

St Patrick's Day Playdate from B-InspiredMama.com and Octavia & Vicky

I’m very lucky to have a helping hand from some awesome blogging friends while Paul, Pebble and I prepare to welcome the newest member of our family. Today Krissy from B-Inspired Mama is sharing her fun St Patrick’s Day ideas.

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Hey y’all – I’m Krissy. I’m thrilled to be here sharing some B-Inspired Mama love with you while Kylie is busy being the super mama that she is. If you haven’t visited me at B-Inspired Mama, it’s a welcoming place for moms to share and find inspiration for kids crafts, easy recipes, learning fun, and creative parenting. I thought I’d bundle up some of our St. Patrick’s Day fun from last year to bring you the perfect plan for a St. Patrick’s Day Playdate. Here’s everything you need to get planning…

A St. Patrick’s Day Playdate for Kids

DECOR:

FOOD:

GAMES:

CRAFT:

I hope you can use some of these simple ideas for some St. Patrick’s Day fun. I know my little ones and I sure loved every one of them. Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your kids? Are you planning a St. Patrick’s Day party or playdate? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

B-Inspired MamaKrissy is a former art teacher turned mama on 3. B-Inspired Mama allows her to connect with other moms while sharing inspiration for kids crafts, recipes, learning ideas, and creative parenting. Follow along with her by subscribing to B-Inspired Weekly and on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Christmas Tree Mini Pizzas

I have a toddler who is quite a big fan three foods – bread – tomato sauce – cheese. She is also obsessed with all things CHRISTMAS right now. That’s how these Christmas Tree Mini Pizzas were born :) If your child is a little more adventurous they could help decorate the tree with tiny pieces of chopped capsicum, olives, [pineapple, tomatoes or ham. For Pebble, these trees were perfect when left ‘untrimmed’. This yummy child-friendly snack barely deserves a recipe, but just in case you need it, here it is:

Christmas Tree Mini Pizzas

Serves 1 hungry child

1 English muffin
1 tablespoon of tomato sauce
2 slices of cheddar cheese

  • Cut the English muffin open. Depending on whether your child prefers a soft or crunchy pizza base you can leave the base as it is, or toast it lightly. Pebble likes hers soft.
  • Spread half the tomato sauce on each of the open muffin pieces.
  • Cut the cheddar cheese slices into tree shapes using a cookie cutter and place one Christmas tree shaped slice of cheese on top of each ‘pizza’.
  • Place the pizzas on a baking tray under the grill until the pizzas are warm and the cheese has just melted.
  • Serve with a side of Christmas cheer :)

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