Caramel Christmas Cookies

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What’s better than delicious Christmas cookies? HOME-MADE Christmas cookies. Yes, that’s right- we baked something that tastes and looks good (‘we’ being my boyfriend and I). We decided to impress his family by whipping up a batch of festive sweets for their Christmas party, and these photographs are the result!

I don’t know about you, but baking during this season seems to make the kitchen experience 100% more exciting. Between the carols playing in the background, the reindeer oven mitts and the limitless number of deco-inspo posts floating around Pinterest, cooking is transformed into a festival of festivity. Even if the finished product doesn’t quite resemble a Betty Crocker wonder meal, that touch of home-made-ness just serves to add an extra tablespoon of sweetness.

We switched up your average choc-chip recipe by sneaking pieces of caramel Cadbury bar into the middle of the dough. To learn how to replicate our dessert, have a wander through this article, and if you enjoy it, please let me know in the comments below.

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RECIPE

YOU WILL NEED: 

125 grams of melted butter 
1 cup of brown sugar 
1 egg 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 cups of self raising flour 

250 grams of choc chips
1 block of Cadbury caramel chocolate

Coloured Icing

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WHAT TO DO: 

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C fan-forced
2. Beat butter, brown sugar, egg
& vanilla essence in a mixing bowl
3. Lick beaters *optional, but recommended*
4. Stir in flour & choc chips
5. Roll mixture into balls & press one piece
of caramel chocolate inside
6. Flatten dough & use cookie cutters to
shape mixture into whatever your heart desires!
7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown

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DECORATING: 

We experimented with a few different versions of decorating… Try to spot these styles throughout the photographs:

  • Christmas trees 
  • Bells with holly
  • Angels
  • Baubles with holly
  • Santa’s belt & Santa’s head

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Merry Christmas & happy baking! 

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Polaroid Album

Every photograph posted on this blog is the phenomenal result of a Canon 550d camera. Recently, the clarity and blur on my lens had been out of whack, so I’ve turned to my canary yellow Instax mini polaroid to fulfil all of my shooting desires. There’s something a little bit sacred and heartwarming about polaroids: every shot is purposefully selected based on the aesthetics of the environment, the golden feeling in the moment or the significance of the event.

Both candid and posed polaroids make an appearance in my films… There are shots where friends smile at the lens, and others where they don’t even realise their picture has been taken.  Nevertheless, each small rectangle transports me back to a moment in time, allowing me to appreciate the magical blips of memory that they are.

And so, I present the first of my polaroid albums. vines6

Specific themes emerged from the blend of white frames blu-tacked on my wall. SURPRISINGLY, the number one most-photographed subject was FOOD.

Licking spoons, eating breakfast, cooking dinner, drinking margaritas, sitting down for family meals… all of these instants make an appearance over and over again. Food isn’t just sustenance, it’s an integral part of humanity. As sharing a meal brings people closer together,  I’ve chosen to tell the stories behind a handful of my favourite foodie pics…

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LEFT:  Bianca and Holly across from me at the breakfast table the morning after our first university ball. Ashleigh is sitting by my side, and we’re sharing pancakes, fruit and tea in our pyjamas.  

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Holly and I both had time off from work, so we decided to spontaneously visit a friend we made in Europe… he lives in Sydney. This photograph is of Holly cooking pasta in his apartment, right before I knocked a full bottle of olive oil off of the bench (I’m ridiculously clumsy!). After the clean up, we drank cheap pink moscato and played cards with new friends.

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Brae and I hadn’t seen each other in years after she left our theatre group. We caught up in a cute cafe/bar in Brisbane where we ordered cocktails and chatted about her films and my writing.

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This polaroid was taken on the Sydney road trip: Glenn & Jake sharing a milkshake in a diner.  

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LEFT: Zak’s family at breakfast outside by the pool.
RIGHT: My family on Mother’s Day, around our dinner table.

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Ashleigh came over for an ‘art day’ – of course we had to cook brownies to fuel us for hours of painting! 

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Our first meal together! Zak and I cooked a rice curry for his parents one evening when we had a day off. Aren’t our aprons cute??   😉

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I saved the best for last: Zak attempting to cook pancakes but nearly burning the kitchen down instead. He cheekily sprayed olive oil onto the flame directly after I warned him not to: classic boyfriend behaviour, right?! 

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My wall of white rectangles is constantly expanding, so
keep an eye out for plenty more polaroid articles.

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Christmas tree party!

CHRISTMAS HAS ARRIVED!! And with it comes carols, happy Christmassy movies, food food food, overall good spirits and SO MUCH MORE. I’m not going to pretend I haven’t already been watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation or humming Run Run Rudolph under my breath… because I definitely have.

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For the Love of Florence

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It didn’t take long to find joy in the city of flowers.

My first impression was through my hostel’s window, as the sun set over the city’s rooftops like butter melting across the sky. That’s how each hour felt in the Italian town, as though a radiant warmth was seeping further through my body with every passing moment.  Every place you visit leaves you with something, whether it’s a cuisine you’ve never tasted or a simple life lesson, but Florence was different… Florence introduced me to a new emotion.

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Rome: Top 10

img_3417(Much love to this Italian chef who posed for my photograph while baking a pizza base!) 

‘Wheennn the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore!’ This song played in the back of my mind for the duration of our stay in Rome, the Eternal City. The city earned it’s nickname from the ancient Romans, who believed that no matter what happened in the world, no matter how many empires came and collapsed, Rome would stand the length of time. To this day, the ancient Roman belief has not withered, as the capital of Italy remains a city of both warmth and energy. There were so many things to do, monuments to see, food to devour and experiences to live that we were constantly on-the-go.

Read on for my ten favourite experiences in the Eternal City.

Rome: Top Ten

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Prague: 5 Fun Facts

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Czech Republic is the kind of country you read about in fairy tales. From enjoying the sunset over Prague Castle to eating traditional spreads on a river cruise along the Vltava, Prague proved itself to be one of my favourite cities in Europe. Miluji tě, Czech Republic!

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5 Favourites: Breakfast in Brisbane

Breakfast all day every day! I shout from beneath piles of blankets with the sun pouring through the window and my head filled with last night’s dreams. To me, breakfast can make or break the day, and it’s not just the food, but the circumstances too.

For those of you who aren’t morning people, I’m here to help! I’ve found five great Brisbane cafes tucked away in hidden suburbia that will 500% change your mind about sleeping through the loveliest meal of the day. Even if you can’t bring yourself to roll out of bed until noon, never fear, these cafes serve breakfast ALL DAY long, so waking up in the PM isn’t even a problem. I love each and every one of these alcoves, so make it a mission to check them out with a friend or a book. They’re worth waking up for.

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Noosa Through A Lens

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Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a plane ticket, why not jump in your car with a bunch of friends and explore somewhere you’ve never seen before? For my way too short mid-term break (that’s actually 3/4 of the way through the semester because uni is weird), this is exactly what I did. Here’s to four days at Noosa Heads!

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