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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!

Christmas Recipe: Cranberry Citrus Shortbread Cookies


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.

Christmas Recipe: Cranberry Citrus Shortbread Cookies


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!

Christmas Recipe: Cranberry Citrus Shortbread Cookies


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.

Christmas Recipe: Cranberry Citrus Shortbread Cookies




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
Ingredients
  • 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 Sundays Down Under linky party which starts on Saturday evening in the US and Sunday morning Down Under. Hope to see you this weekend!

Sundays Down Under Linky Party via www.natashainoz.com

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!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Say G'Day Linky Party {116} and Fabulous Features!

G'Day from Oz sweet friends. Welcome to the weekly Say G'day Linky Party, THE place for YOU to share your blog posts each weekend.


Say G'Day Saturday @ Natasha in Oz


I'm so thrilled you have been able to join me for another fun link up. Can you believe this is the first linky party for December? Where has the year gone?

Today I am so thrilled to be sharing some of my favorite posts from last week's party. I would normally be sharing these each Friday but I'm going to change things up for a while and start sharin them at the weekly link up....you know what they say about change right!

So, without any further ado, here are a few fabulous features from last week's Say G'Day Linky Party!


Fluffy Village Christmas Wreath via +Virginia Fynes of Fynes Designs 



How to Make a Dish Towel Apron via Little House Living

How to Make Dish Towel Apron via @LHLiving #saygdayparty

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere: Pomegranate, Peach and Lime Sangria!

G'day friends. Thanks for stopping by to visit me in my little corner of the world Down Under.  Summer has officially arrived and when summer arrives Aussies know that Christmas is right around the corner! To help us prepare for the festive parties that will be happening over the next few weeks leading up to Christmas, I am thrilled to welcome +Eliza Ellis  who is sharing her amazing recipe for

Pomegranate, Peach and Lime Sangria! 


Pomegranate, Peach & Lime Sangria by Eliza Ellis

 

 It's over to you, Eliza!


Guest Posting @ www.natashainoz.com

A few weeks ago I happened to read that the lovely Natasha in Oz was looking for some bloggers to guest post for her... let me tell you, I was on the email to her faster than you can say 'omgIwouldlovetodothisanditwouldbeawesome'!

And as luck would have it, here I am today!

Massive thanks to Natasha and you guys for having me, and since its such an exciting occasion, and our summer weather has been way too hot already, I thought I'd share my gorgeous Pomegranate, Peach & Lime Sangria recipe.

Sangria is something I've just recently discovered - it's not that common here in Australia - but oh my goodness....

Pomegranate, Peach & Lime Sangria by Eliza Ellis

Light and refreshing, it's just perfect for our hot summer evenings, and it's now one of my go to entertaining recipes.

I'm also a massive fan of supporting local vineyards, and this recipe features wine from another Aussie blogger -  my good friend Elisha from The Windmill Paddock - who kindly dropped around a bottle of her Sangiovese Tempranillo.

So here's how to make it.

POMEGRANATE, PEACH & LIME SANGRIA:

You will need:

2 small yellow peaches
1 pomegranate
1 lime
1 bottle of lemonade
1 bottle of Rose
2 - 3 drops vanilla essence

Pomegranate, Peach & Lime Sangria by Eliza Ellis

STEP ONE: Finely slice the lime and peaches, and add to the bottom of a large jug. Add pomegranate seeds.

Pomegranate, Peach & Lime Sangria by Eliza Ellis

STEP TWO: Add a few drops of vanilla essence to the fruit. I found a few drops weren't enough to make the drink taste of vanilla, it just softened the flavors and helped round them out.


STEP THREE: Fill the jug 1/3 full with the Rose - depending on how strong and alcoholic you want it to be. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop. Top the jug up with lemonade right before serving.

Pomegranate, Peach & Lime Sangria by Eliza Ellis

And there we have it - Pomegranate, Peach and Lime Sangria! 

The great thing about this recipe is it's so versatile - you can use whatever fruit is in season, your favorite local wines, and taste as you go to make your own unique, fabulous recipe.

Once again, I'd like to say a massive thanks to Natasha and you guys for having me today! I hope you try this recipe and love it as much as I do!

All the best,

Eliza.


Thank you SO much for this delicious guest post Eliza - I truly appreciate it!

If you aren't already following Eliza you really MUST! She shares delicious recipes, organisational tips, fabulous free printables and so much more. Please do stop by and say g'day to Eliza and tell her Natasha in Oz sent you!



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If you would like to share a favourite recipe, craft project DIY or tutorial in the form of a guest post here at Natasha in Oz please let me know!

Thanks again for visiting today. I hope you have a wonderful week.

Cheers and best wishes,


Natasha In Oz 


Please join me each weekend for the Say G'day Saturday Linky Party!
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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Say G'Day Linky Party {115} ~ Share Your Latest Blog Posts Here!

G'Day from Oz sweet friends. Welcome to the weekly Say G'day Linky Party, the last one for November!


Say G'Day Saturday @ Natasha in Oz


I hope you have had a wonderful week and if you celebrated Thanksgiving I hope that your day was beautiful.  We had a small Thanksgiving dinner at our place and I was so excited to have found a bottle of Californian wine to have with our roast turkey!

Say G'Day Linky Party, Chateau St Jean Chardonnay


It's also been another memorable week for our family and for +Madeleine Moore as she prepared for a service trip to India to volunteer at Amar Seva Sangam, a centre for disabled people. We waved goodbye to her this morning and we are so proud of all the amazing things she has accomplished.

Bon Voyage Madeleine!

Say G'Day Linky Party {115} ~ Share Your Latest Blog Posts Here, Madeleine Moore


Friday, November 28, 2014

Friday Favorites and a reminder about the Say G'Day Linky Party.

G'day and welcome to the last Friday Favorites post for November! I hope you have had a happy month and that Thanksgiving was fabulous for all of my sweet American friends!

Friday Favorites and a reminder about the Say G'Day Linky Party.


I have been busy pinning, tweeting, facebooking and googleplussing some fabulous posts that were shared at the weekly Say G'Day Linky Party throughout the week. As usual, YOU have shared THE most amazing things so it was incredibly difficult to choose only a few to feature this week but I managed to find a few that really caught my eye.

 Here are some of my favorite links 
from last week's Say G'day Party!


Friday Favorites @ www.natashainoz.com



Favorite Decorating Idea 
Word Art on Vintage Breadboard via Forever Decorating






Favorite Household Idea


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Say G'Day Linky Party {114} ~ THE Blog Hop for Bloggers From All Around the Globe!

G'day from Oz lovely friends and thank you for joining me for another





Well, after a very busy day, a long week and an even longer 12 years my darling Madeleine has finally graduated from secondary school! She has worked so hard and we are so proud of every single thing has done in her life. 



She is going to have a break for a couple of months and then she will be leaving us in February to attend the Australian National University where she has received a scholarship to study Law and International Relations. I'm going to miss her SOOOOO much but know that she is going to be SOOOOO happy studying something she is so passionate about.


Well done +Madeleine Moore We are very very proud of you!



I hope I'm forgiven for not posting my Friday Favorites this week! I did share some fun posts on making tea cup candles and making our homes smell like Christmas during the week so please check them out if you have a minute.




Thursday, November 20, 2014

25 Ways To Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas!

G'day lovely friends! Welcome to Natasha in Oz, my little bloggy home Down Under. Now, I'm sure many of you already know that I LOVE Christmas! 



My name means "Child of Christmas" and I think about Christmas all year long! I even have a Christmas blog, Christmas Twitter account a Christmas Facebook page and an Instagram account, all devoted to Christmas!

25 Ways To Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas!


You can imagine then, how excited I was when +Hometalk contacted me and asked me to curate a board full of wonderful ideas on how to make our homes smell like the Holidays! I'm sure you are all very familiar with Hometalk but in case you aren't it is a fabulous home and garden site for bloggers, professionals, and non professionals to post, share and comment on home projects. It’s free to use and the team at Hometalk are very good at sharing content via their social media channels, something I'm really impressed with.



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Tea Cup Candles

G'day lovely friend. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have time for a cuppa with me today!

Tea, Tea cup candles, Tea Time Tuesday, Tea Time with Natasha in Oz, Vintage tea cups, Tea,


One of my favorite places to sit down with a relaxing cup of tea in our house is our study or den area. This room houses books, one of our two computers, family photos and most importantly, a big brown leather club chair and ottoman. This room also houses one of our greenest, niftiest and thriftiest tables. The little side table used to belong to Mr Attorney's grandparents. It is made of silky oak and in its first life it was actually a cutlery box.

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Tea Cup Candles



When you open the little latch look at what you find inside! Isn't it great?

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Tea Cup Candles


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Linky Party {113} and an Invite to Guest Post at Natasha in Oz

G'Day from Oz and welcome to Natasha in Oz, home of the Sundays Down Under Linky Party!



Before we get on with this week's link up, I just want to give a quick shout out to the wonderful bloggers who are tweeting, tumbling, stumbling, pinning, liking and hitting the +1 button on Google+ about the Linky Party on their social media channels. I am also so appreciative of the folks who are helping to #payitforward and are visiting 5 new bloggers each week and sharing THEIR posts on social media. You guys are amazing!


Project #saygday @ www.natashainoz.com
#SundaysDownUnder

I would also like to invite YOU, my talented bloggy friends, to share some of your posts (old and new) with Natasha in Oz readers as a Guest Poster!

Invite to Guest Post at Natasha in Oz


Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Favorites, Pinning Blogger of the Week and a Vlog!

G'day lovely friends and welcome to another fun Friday Favorites postI'm so glad you have stopped by to visit today.

Thank you SO much to all the lovely bloggers who linked up to last week's Say G'day Party. I found some amazing posts to pin and share on social media this week. As always it was EXTREMELY hard to find this week's features as every single post was AMAZING!

In case you missed seeing all of the amazing links from last week's party I am sharing a few with you today.


Friday Favorites @ www.natashainoz.com


Favorite Holiday Idea
How to Create a White Snowman from a Green Tree via Project Goble

Friday Favorites, Pinning Blogger of the Week and a Vlog!


Favorite Decorating Idea 
How to Cozy Up your Home for Fall via +making it in the mountains 


Friday Favorites, Pinning Blogger of the Week and a Vlog!


Favorite Sweet Treat:
Orange Flavored Chocolate Bonbons by +Erlene A 


Friday Favorites, Pinning Blogger of the Week and a Vlog!



Favorite Parenting Tip
Fall Family Fun Activities You Can’t afford to Miss via +Domestic Mommyhood 

Friday Favorites, Pinning Blogger of the Week and a Vlog!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pecan Pie ~ A Treat for Thanksgiving & My for Birthday!

Today to help me celebrate my Birthday my sweet friend +Joanne T Ferguson  has whipped up a special treat just for you and me!

Thanks so much for making my FAVOURITE pie and for sharing your Pecan Pie recipe in this fabulous guest post.




It's over to you Joanne!





Sometimes Celebrations Are All About Pecan Pie, 

would you agree?


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First of all, I'd like to thank my friend and fellow co-host of our Say G'day Weekly Party Natasha from Natasha in Oz. This is a wonderful opportunity and one I am “humbled and gracious” to do! How Natasha and I met, can only be described as "food fate!" I immediately loved Natasha's blogging philosophy as her blog is about "creating a relaxed home full of love, music, comfort, grace, good food, and beauty." I love how Natasha "embraces family and friends" and makes them "feel special and loved when they visit." My name is Joanne aka Joanna aka mickeydownunder aka FANG and I am American born and bred (New York), now an Aussie who calls Australia home since 1997. As a PASSIONATE Home Cook, I try and “inspire” people one recipe and one event at a time! My food blog is called What’s On The List?

What's On The List?


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