Saturday, December 13, 2014

Say G'Day Linky Party {117} and Fabulous Festive Features!

G'Day from Oz sweet friends. Welcome to the last Say G'day Linky Party for the year!

Say G'Day Saturday @ Natasha in Oz

+Joanne T Ferguson and I have truly enjoyed hosting this link up each week and are so honoured that you choose to share your amazing posts with us each weekend. We are both ready to have a bit of a break from the linky party for a while and will be back, bigger and better than ever in January!

I am so thrilled to be sharing just a few posts that caught my eye from last week's party. It was extremely difficult to choose only a few as each and every single post was remarkable!

Here are a few fabulous festive features from last week's Say G'Day Linky Party!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Recipe: Cranberry Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Welcome to Natasha in Oz, dear friends! Thanks so much for stopping by to Say G'day.

I'm sharing a Christmas recipe this week for Cranberry Citrus Shortbread. I have shared this recipe before at my Christmas blog but realized just this week that I hadn't posted about them here!

These cookies are the perfect Christmas treat and, with the tangy zest of orange and sweet cranberries in the mix, they look so festive and jewel-like when served at the Holidays.

The base recipe is so easy and I use it for all of my shortbreads. I have posted about my Caramel and Cashew Shortbread Cookie Recipe here and my Chai Tea shortbreads here.

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This shortbread recipe is so versatile that you can actually add whatever you like. I have added things like dried fruits, nuts, citrus zest, choc chips, lavender and ginger. The options are endless!

The other great thing about this recipe is you can freeze the cookie dough ahead of time then slice and bake for holiday parties when you need them.

Cranberry Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Recipe by Natasha in Oz

These cookies are the perfect Christmas treat and, with the tangy zest of orange and sweet cranberries in the mix, they look so festive and jewel-like when served at the Holidays.
5/5 stars
Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 12-15 minutes
Total time: 1 hr 15 minutes
Yield: Approximately 40
  • 2 sticks or 225 grams unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' or icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Cooking Directions
  1. Beat butter with a mixer on medium speed until creamy and smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Add vanilla, almond extract, orange zest and dried cranberries and beat until combined. Reduce speed to low.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter beating at a low speed until blended.
  3. Form dough into 2 logs, each about 1 1/2 inches in diameter; wrap in parchment, and refrigerate 1 hour (or up to 3 days).
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 just as the cold cookie dough comes out of the refrigerator and you are ready to bake. If the dough is frozen, let the logs stand at room temp for 10 minutes. Now remove parchment and slice logs into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Space each cookie about 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment. Bake until pale golden, about 12 minutes. Keep an eye on the at all times-they can overcook very quickly!
  5. Let cool.and enjoy! They can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week but I doubt they will be around that long!

These Cranberry Citrus Shortbread Cookies would be make a wonderful gift and a perfect addition to your Christmas celebrations, cookie swap or holiday party. I hope you will give them a try these holidays!

Don't forget about the Say G'day linky party which starts on Friday evening in the US and Saturday morning Down Under. Hope to see you this weekend!

Best wishes,

Natasha In Oz 

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Easy Christmas Craft for the Kids: Personalized Candles using Sharpies.

Today, to help us get into the Christmas Spirit, I am thrilled to introduce you to Coco from Homeschoolapalooza  who is sharing her tutorial on how to make... 

Personalized Candles using Sharpies!

Coco is a home-schooled teenager who loves to work on DIY crafts. Coco also loves to blog and it is a passion she would really like to pursue. If you haven't met Coco please drop by and say g'day. She would LOVE to hear from you!

It's over to you Coco!

Hey there everybody! My name is Coco from Homeschoolapalooza and I am super excited and happy to be a Guest Poster for Natasha! Today, I am going to show you how you can make a Personalized Christmas Candle. It's super easy, fun, and a great gift to give for Christmas. Let's get started!
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