beverage, beverages, Cocktail

Looking for a Summer Cocktail? Try a Blue Lagoon

This one’s a punch bowl recipe:

4 cups pineapple juice

2 cups chilled lemonade

1 cup blue curacao

1 cup dry gin/vodka (your choice)

Pineapple wedges, mint, cherries & cocktail umbrellas to garnish

Mix all ingredients in a punch bowl

Serves 8

Christmas, Planning, Things to do in February

Things to do in February

February isn’t exactly a Christmassy month, and quite frankly, thoughts of Christmas are far from my mind. If you are keen on doing something for the next season, then we recommend the following:

  • Pick up cards, ribbon, wrapping and “non-fashion” item gifts in the post Christmas clearance sales.
  • Sort through your gift/present box, keep wanted items, and donate the rest to charity
  • Make any post-Christmas follow up phone calls and send emails and letters.
Christmas Hampers, Planning

TV Christmas Hampers

Should I order one of those Christmas Hamper deals I see advertised in magazines and on TV?

Are you one of those people who always seems to be short of cash at Christmas? Then maybe you would benefit from signing up with one of those companies which provide food hampers (and drink and gift hampers).  The companies involved offer a range of products on a lay-by type arrangement, where a person pays a set amount every week and receives a specific type of hamper in early December.

Pros

  • If you are on a pension or a low income and are not great at saving, this is a nice way of ensuring that you are well stocked at Christmas without having to worry about a large one off outlay.
  • The items are delivered to your door.
  • You can get meat, frozen vegetables, sweets, alcohol and even presents.
  • You know exactly what you are getting and can plan your Christmas meals around what you have.
  • It is always nice to receive a large parcel (of stuff you want) in the mail.  It is like getting a present.

Cons

  • It is actually a lot cheaper to buy all the items yourself.
  • You may get a number of items you don’t particularly want, or may not know how to prepare.
  • You are committed to buying the hamper when you sign up (Not sure on individual company refund policies – but you would be well advised to read the fine print before signing up).
  • Not for those who like personally selecting the items for Christmas

Download this fact sheet here: Lay-by Xmas Hampers

Planning, Storage

Things to do: Make an inventory of your Xmas Decorations

I promise myself that I will do this every year when I pack down the Christmas decorations, and so far I never have. So come late November when I am trying to work out what I need to buy/replace/make I have to pull everything out and sift through the boxes.

Make yourself a simple list (you can even do a paper one if you wish). Mine is broken down by category – e.g. decorations by colour, number, material (fabric, glass etc.), shape and size, placemats by colour, shape and number. Believe me it is useful when you are trying to work out if you have place settings for 15 people