Simple Christmas Pudding Cookies

The Christmas season brings joy and warmth to our hearts. One of the best ways to celebrate this festive time of the year is by baking or creating delicious Christmas cookies.

 Easy Christmas Cookies

Christmas cookies are a delicious tradition usually homebaked.  But these simple Christmas pudding cookies are created using store-bought chocolate-coated round biscuits.

The fun part is in the dipping of white chocolate and decorating them using sweets in green and red colours so they resemble a Christmas pudding.

Gathering family and friends together to make Christmas cookies is a fun and creative way to celebrate the holiday with loved ones.

Simple Christmas Cookies

 It is a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. The tradition of baking cookies during Christmas dates back to medieval times, when people used to bake cookies and exchange them as gifts. 

Simple Christmas Cookies
Today, people still bake or create cookies and gift them to their friends, family, and neighbours. It is a way of spreading joy and warmth to those around them.

Easy Christmas Cookies
You will need:

One packet of chocolate-coated round biscuits (I used Digestives).
1 and 1/4 cups of melted white chocolate.
Soft green sweets for the leaves.
Red M&M's for the berries.

Simple Christmas Cookies
Cut your green lollies into leaf shapes.
And put aside the red M&M's in a dish.
Simple Christmas Cookies
Melt the chocolate over hot water in a pot.
Or you can do this step in a microwave if you wish.
Simple Christmas Cookies
Make sure the melted chocolate is smooth and runny.
Simple Christmas Cookies
Dip half of each biscuit into the melted chocolate.
Simple Christmas Cookies
Decorate with the sweets to create a topping of berries and leaves.
Simple Christmas Cookies
Set aside on a parchment paper-covered tray to set.
Simple Christmas Cookies
Once the chocolate is set, plate and serve.
Or store in an airtight container in the pantry until needed.

#christmascookies #easychristmascookies #christmasbaking

Alstroemeria Summer Breeze

 Let's chat about Alstroemeria's.


Also known as Peruvian, Christmas, princess or parrot Lilly.

Some gardeners love them, and some dislike them with a vengeance.

Personally, I love them.

You just have to be very selective about where you plant them in the garden design.

You buy one to add to your full sun, good drainage aspect plantings, and the label says width - 60cm...

But here's the thing about the (especially the larger height varieties) is that they tend to expand year to year.

The alstroemeria in Mia Bella Passions Homestead garden of the past was proof of this!  

I had two particularly rambunctious varieties in the borders. Those being the varieties psittacina , and Fougere. 

Oh my gosh, what a battle it was to control them. A losing battle actually, as the expanding mass of the tubers literally took over the small spaces I had them planted in.  In actual fact, the Fougere tubers uplifted the concrete edging! 

I'm not kidding!


But I adore the flowers. Probably because I am a 'must have flowers' in the home decor kind of person.

Over the spring, summer and autumn seasons, they are long-lasting and beautiful in a vase, on their own or with other blooms.


There are so many varieties and colours available now.

Some dwarf-height varieties are included.

So now at the Lake garden, I have planted them. The tall varieties at the back of the borders, where I can easily use a spade to chop their naughty rampantness back into control at the end of flowering.

And some dwarf varieties.


But the one I want to tell you about today is a variety called 'Summer Breeze'. 

Suggested for the back of borders and for long-stemmed picked flowers.

It's a unique cross between the original cut flower size and a dwarf variety.

The blooms are tall (75cm) strong stemmed that will last for up to four weeks in a vase.


The dark foliage is interesting with a subtle variation in a lime green, so it looks fabulous when it's not flowering.


The flowers are a strong yellow colour with darker red outside petals and classic alstroemeria markings.

They say on the plant label that it has a compact tidy habit with a width of 60cm.


Let's hope the notorious original Alstroemeria invasive spreading habit has been bred out!

Needless, I am playing it safe by planting in my raised brick garden the border with 'lots of space' so I can do spade control if necessary.  

I'll update this post in a year to let you all know how we fare.

#alstroemeria #gardenflowers #gardenborderplants #pickingflowers #gardenplants


Fabulous Art and Photographic Inspired Gifts for Christmas Giving

Pansy FlowersVintage Floral Tote Bag

After the soon to happen Thanksgiving time, comes the Christmas Season, and if you are anything like me, you are busy crafting, baking, decorating the home and enjoying time with family and friends, so gifts for Christmas giving are purchased well before mid-December. 

Art Coffee Mugs  Seascape Coffee Mug

Lakeside Coffee Mug          Blue Seascape Coffee Mug


But if you are one of those who partake in the last-minute shopper madness, I strongly suggest you try the pre-organised route, because oh my gosh, it makes for such a stress-free Christmas!

Especially if purchased online and delivered directly to your front door!

How easy is that?

Ladybird Gifts

Bird gifts

 If you have a friend or family member who loves art or photography, then you're in luck because plenty of fabulous gifts are available that are sure to please.

Rose Throw Pillow

Beauty Throw Pillow


Here you will find a selection guide for great gift ideas available online for art and photography lovers. Whether it's a framed art print, a canvas or metal print, a mug, a t-shirt, a cellphone cover, a notebook, a tote bag, a beach towel, or something for the home decor.

Art print beach towel

There are so many options to choose from:

Art Posters Online

Dew drop notebook

A Moment In Time Spiral Notebook


No matter which gift you choose, any art or photography lover is sure to appreciate the thoughtfulness that went into selecting something that speaks to their passion or interest niche. 

Yoga Mats

Happy shopping for a meaningful unforgettable gift for your special person.

  Rose Duvet Cover Dandelions
Ghost Rose Duvet Cover               Dandelion Magic Duvet Cover                                                                    

Giraffe Gifts

               Giraffe Blues Fleece Blanket          Internal Spirals Fleece Blanket

Tracey Lee Cassin Art and Photography
For the full selection of ALL the GIFT goodies
available in my shop on Fine Art America

Click HERE.

#onlinegifts #onlineshopping #artprints #photographyprints #christmasgiftsonline #fineartamerica

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