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Monday, 24 December 2012

Easy Tirimasu - yummo!

the last thing I decided to make for Christmas lunch, was a Tirimasu :) yum!

I got this idea from a friend, who has a degree in hospitality... and is a fab cook! But this recipe is VERY SIMPLE!


Italian sponge finger biscuits - one large packet
600 mls thickened cream (not light cream - it won't whip)
drinking chocolate powder for sprinkling
teaspoon of vanilla
1 tablespoon of icing sugar or natural sugar replacement
one cup of cold strong black coffee
1/2 cup coffee liquor (I ended up using one that was a vanilla/chocolate cream liquor)

you will need a rectangular dish (I copied my friend and used a 2 litre plastic storage container with a snap lock lid)

1) In a flat dish or container, place the cold coffee & liquor
2) In another bowl, whip the cream, vanilla and icing sugar/sugar replacement until the cream is nice and thick - (but not too long or it will turn into butter!)
3) place biscuits on a tray ready to be dipped into the liquid...
4) get ready a small tea strainer or sieve to dust drinking chocolate powder
5) you are now ready to assemble your dessert!
6) soak each biscuit and roll around for about 5 seconds each in the coffee liquor mix... but not too long or the biscuits with fall apart!
7) place the soaked biscuits in rows until you have formed a layer, along the bottom of the container you are using for the dessert
8) place a layer of the whipped cream over the biscuit layer, then dust with the drinking chocolate powder
9) Continue to layer the biscuits, cream and choc powder until you fill the container... finishing with the dusted choc powder.
10) place in the fridge for 24 hours, and serve! Enjoy :)

Here's mine in the 2 litre container...

and served ready to eat, with some delicious strawberries and blueberries!

I also made this one, using cold drinking chocolate (with no coffee or liquor) and made it is similar fashion to the other one in the recipe above :)

Merry Christmas!! :)

Merry Christmas to all!! :)

Merry Christmas to all!!

It's at this time of year, that many like to have Christmas light displays, with some going all out - taking many months of the year to create something truly spectacular for others to enjoy and share in the Christmas spirit!

This pic is only a SMALL part of an incredible display - one of the best we found - with decorations, lights, nativity settings, raffles, lucky dips, and a donation collection etc - supporting a children's hospital (with their endorsement for her fundraising on their behalf)

It was quite a large property, with decorations and lights covering every part of it! Several people stopped to get out of their cars and walk into the place and check out the decorations, leave donations, buy raffle tickets and take photos...

What a wonderful way to share and care for others at this time of year! No doubt a bit of generosity and love goes a long way towards making the world a better place to live :)

It is easy to give to our loved ones - friends and family - and maybe even extend the Christmas cheer to a co-worker, perhaps even a boss, friendly neighbours etc... but to total strangers? Not a lot go to that extent...

Yet, the greatest love of all can never be surpassed... before we even cared to know of Him...

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life" John 3:16

May you know the greatest love of all this Christmas season!

Blessings xox

almost Christmas :)

hello again!

I've added some finishing touches to my table decorations for Christmas tomorrow... some neat stuff I found at an op-shop... with that old world charm!

The table runner - cost $5 and looks like it was lovingly hand made... the reverse side is a mottled purple design... very cool...

the angel candle holders spell out:    J   O   Y  and candles are a lovely addition to any table fare... especially at Christmas! I've used different coloured candles that match the rest of the decorations, but are also a bit funky rather than all the same colour :)

The other candle holders are solid brass and they were given to me by someone who no longer wanted them!

and the little ornaments with the seed pods with flowers and ribbon I made myself :)

Merry Christmas everyone!! I pray you will know the love of God in greater measure... which is His desire for you!

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace goodwill toward men!" Luke 2:14