Merry Christmas!

We would like to wish you and yours a very Merry and blessed Christmas! Even if happiness feels like a pipe dream during Covid; even in the darkest of times, there is still good to be found. Moreover, 2020 hasn’t been universally bad. Indeed, our family has experienced much worse, and we’ve actually had some significant breakthroughs. This has included having Geoff working from home, giving him at least an extra three hours at home, saving us money and enabling him to get some work done on the house.

It’s now the day after Boxing Day. So, Christmas Day is done and dusted. We had a wonderful day. My parents drove up from Sydney. I did all the cooking and we had roast chicken with stuffing and gravy, roast potatoes and pumpkin baked in duck fat, leg ham, thyme damper rolls and Avocado, Mango and Cashew Salad. For dessert, there was Macadamia Nut Caramel Tart, Honey Biscuits straight out of the oven, and my Christmas Cake. I was so proud of myself for timing everything well, and relieved that lady luck was on my side, and everything worked out. You can never assume a dish is going to work out perfectly, even if you’ve made it 20 times without a hitch before. There are no guarantees, although the more you cook, the better you get at masking your mistakes.

Dessert: Honey Biscuits warm straight out of the oven, Caramel Macadamia Nut Tart, Christmas Cake and extra caramel sauce.

By the way, the weather here deserves a mention this year. Firstly, you need to remember that we’ve Australian it’s Summer here, and that usually spells HOT. Indeed, it’s often so hot, you could fry an egg on the footpath, and you almost get sunburnt just looking outside. Usually, when we’re having the big family Christmas at my auntie’s place, half the family ends up in the pool and you can almost see the steam rising as they’re hot and bothered bodies cool off. However, this year it was wet and cool, and my Dad was actually wearing his jumper. That was pretty exceptional, and definitely blogworthy.

How has Christmas or the holidays been for you? I hope you and yours have had a Merry Christmas, and now it’s time to start thinking about resolutions for the new year. Now, there’s something that’s going to be complicated.

Best wishes,

Rowena and Family.

8 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!

  1. gaiainaction

    Thank you dear Rowena. So nice to hear that things have been going well for you and your family. That’s wonderful. Wishing you a good year too in 2021, that you may be very blessed ♥️

  2. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Dan. I hope you had a great Christmas and are keeping safe and well and that the New Year goes well.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

  3. Tails Around the Ranch

    Such a handsome family! I’ve watched your children literally grow up on your blog and what a treat to see them now as they move quickly into teenage-hood. Merry (albeit belated) wishes for Christmas and Boxing Day.

  4. maxwellthedog

    Great family photo and great food spread. Can almost taste the Macadamia Nut Caramel Tart. I did Christmas dinner on the BBQ which I believe qualifies me as an honorary Australian. No snags, it was a rib of beef. Stay safe in the New Year!

  5. Rowena Post author

    Geoff and I are still eating the Macadamia Nut Tart. It was rather exquisite but I had too much tonight and am feeling ill…another part of Christmas unfortunately. I hope you are doing well there and staying safe. The spread of the virus is a nightmare over there, while the avoidance of the virus is getting us here. I tend to take a rather withdrawn approach. I figure it’s temporary and so it doesn’t take a lot to make sacrifices short term. Meanwhile, there a lot of things I enjoy doing at home, and we’ve made great inroads on fixing up the house. So, it’s been good too. Just consistently weird.
    I like the sound of your BBQ and that’s something I’d like to do more of in the New Year.
    Take care and best wishes for the New Year. Goodness knows what it will bring?
    Best wishes,
    Ro

  6. Rowena Post author

    I think I started the blog in 2012 eight years ago when our son would’ve been 8 and our daughter only six. That’s a very long time in terms of their development. Unfortunately, we’re also seen Bilbo and then Sam pass away in that time. It makes you realize just how fast dog time is.
    Wishing you all a much better year ahead in 2021.
    Love,
    Ro

  7. Tails Around the Ranch

    Yes, I began my blog in 2014 and you were one of the first people I discovered (through Max). We’ve been through a lot in those passing years.

    Wishing you a healthful Happy New Year to you as well. Hugs and tail wags❣️

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