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6-7 Christmas ham and prawn recipes 8-9 Christmas day lunch venues 10-11 Markets guide 12 The ultimate Christmas cake recipe 14-15 Naughty and nice recipes 16-18 Christmas nut recipe 19 Gifts galore for kids, home, him and her 22-25 Great experiences for Christmas 26 Shopping tips 27 Christmas movie musts 29 Christmas giving 30-31 Christmas style trends with Danni Murray 32 Real Christmas trees 34 Wellness tips for the holiday season 36 Give a living gift 38 Events and Christmas lights

Family, friends, food and festivity; whatever Christmas means to you, we have compiled a guide of everything you need to make it a cracker this year. Celebrating Christmas on the Sunshine Coast is an especially joyous time as we enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather that summer has to offer.

To make the most of our beautiful climate and this glorious holiday, we have put together a list of events to get involved in around the region. Inside, you’ll also find a guide to where to find the best Christmas light displays on the Coast and the best markets to shop for some unique and thoughtful gifts. Check out the delicious recipes to create a naughty or nice Christmas feast or if you’re not up for cooking at home, we have a list of venues offering lunch without the hassle. Stuck on what to buy that certain someone for Secret Santa or do you have a family member that is impossible to buy for? Check out our gift ideas for some inspiration. Fake or real; we show you how to style the perfect tree with tips from design guru Danni Murray. And if you’re in the spirit of giving then we have a list of charities doing their part this festive season to ensure everyone experiences the Christmas cheer. So dive in and discover how to make the most of this wonderful time of year with the Ultimate Guide to Christmas on the Sunshine Coast.

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Nambour Community Carols 3pm to 8pm at nambour showgrounds celebrate christmas early with the nambour community. You’ll find free rides, tea and coffee stall, market stalls, food stalls, animal farm, carols concert and fireworks. Fireworks at 8pm.

Peregian Beach Christmas Carols 3pm to 8pm at peregian Beach park. santa arriving by parachute. Fireworks at 7.30pm. Doonan Community Christmas Carols 4.30pm to 8pm at Eumundi showgrounds. santa arriving on a convoy of fire engines, courtesy of the Doonan Rural Fire Brigade.

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Carols at Cotton Tree 4.30pm to 8pm at Cotton Tree Park The Esplanade, Cotton Tree

Yandina Christmas Carols under the stars 6pm to 8.30pm at Yandina historic house

You’ll find: entertainment, food and fun, santa and fireworks. Bring a blanket or chair and join in for a night of great local talent, christmas carols.

Buderim Community Carols by candlelight, 6pm at Buderim village park, Kings street, Buderim

DEcEMBER 14 Christmas Boat Parade from 7pm sharp, public boat ramp, 51 parkyn parade Mooloolaba. come and watch residents from all over the region ‘deck the sails.’ Coolum Christmas in the Park, 7pm to 9pm at Tickle park, coolum Beach. Get ready for a night of family-friendly carols under the stars. Carols on Kings Beach 4.30pm to 8pm, Kings Beach Amphitheatre. You’ll find: entertainment, local talent singing carols, santa, fireworks. Bring a blanket or chair. Glasshouse Country Community Carols 4.30pm to 8.30pm at Beerwah sports Grounds. celebrate christmas Aussie style.

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DEcEMBER 6 Bli Bli Community Christmas Carols 4.30pm to 8pm at Bli Bli state school The fun starts early with rides and entertainment before the carols kick off at 6.30pm. start the festive season with a bang - the event will finish with fireworks of course!

USC Solar Nights 6.30pm to 9pm solar nights is an ethereal, interactive light trail on the University of the sunshine coast campus. It is a celebration of environmental sustainability after the university partnered with energy experts veolia to solar power its entire campus.

DEcEMBER 15 Noosa Carols by Candlelight, 7pm to 9pm at Noosaville Lions Park You’ll find: live carols, food vendors, glow products, and of course santa will be there at this beautiful riverside park to say hello to the children.

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Lights how to have a perfect evening christmas light looking The festive season is not complete without a tour of christmas lights or a picnic in view of one of the best. Most lights displays are lit up from December 1, but the numbers grow through December. The best viewing time is usually mid-December. If you leave it till the week before christmas, when word will have spread about the most impressive displays and their locations, traffic will be busy. we’ve listed some of the streets where festive neighbours went to great lengths to celebrate in sparkly style, last year. Our top picks for spectacular streets year-on-year: Rainsford Place in Buderim, Bainbridge Circuit in Sippy Downs and Chevallum Rd in Chevallum.

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16 Enfield crescent 14 coraki street

Maple street (from Garnet st to Emerald st)

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62 Alfs pinch Road 33 Old Landsborough Road

2 Tibouchina place

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9 Trundle street

school Boat place 22 Ariel place 9 Riverview street

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BOKARINA 11 Meridan street 3 honeysuckle Drive BUDERIM 15 Rainsford place 9 Lynd court 42 Jingellic Drive 186 wises Road 120 Golf Links Road CALOUNDRA WEST 65 huntley place 21 northcote cresent

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37 Don napier Road GLASS HOUSE MOUNTAINS 119 Marshs Road GOLDEN BEACH 68 palmer Avenue KINGS BEACH 32-36 Queen street

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4 Island court (canal view Only)

9 Dominica place

14 william street LITTLE MOUNTAIN

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1 Gum view place 41 Mon Terre Drive 9 vaymont place

5 Kanooka Avenue

MAROOCHYDORE 6-8 Kuran street

SIPPY DOWNS

MOFFAT BEACH

42 chesterton cresent

32a Edmund street MOUNTAIN CREEK

126 University way PELICAN WATERS

17 Mountain close 37 Lurnea cresent 13 Osmanthus close

24 Oxford parade PEREGIAN SPRINGS

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Ham

Who doesn’t love old-style Christmas ham? Seriously, they are delicious - perfect on your plate next to some potato salad, roast lamb and pretty much any side dish in existence. But every year the Christmas ham seems to be the gift that keeps on giving, with leftovers well outlasting their due by date.

GRaND MaRNiER, ORaNGE & applE ciDER ViNEGaR GlazED chRistMas haM Ingredients:

✩ 10-12 kg Double Smoked Christmas Ham ✩ 1 tbsp whole cloves

✩ 250 ml Grand Marnier (or cognac)

✩ 5 tbsp apple cider

✩ 250 gm quality orange marmalade

✩ 1 tsp sea salt

✩ 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

✩ 2 tbsp unsalted butter

Method: 1.

Preheat oven to 170C.

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Cut rind below the hock and peel off. Lightly score fat in crosshatch pattern with knife tip, approximately 2cm by 2cm.

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3.

Stud each square with cloves.

4.

Place ham in large roasting pan and bake for 2 to 2½ hours, loosely covered with foil.

First and foremost, be sure your fridge temperature is below 4°C. If your fridge has cool patches wedge the ham in these areas. The colder the temperature the longer your ham will last.

5.

In a small saucepan, combine Grand Marnier, marmalade, vinegar, apple cider and salt. Bring to a boil then simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally until syrup consistency. Remove from heat and stir in butter well. Cool completely.

6.

Check on ham. When thermometer inserted in centre of thickest part (not touching the bone) is 60C, generously glaze all sides using half of the glaze.

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Bake for another 45-60 minutes. Once turkey is removed from oven, use remaining glaze while roast is resting. Cool, carve and serve!

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The glaze can be prepared the day ahead. Cool completely before refrigerating in an airtight container.

To ensure your ham doesn’t dry out in these ‘chilly conditions’, wrap the leftover meat in a clean moist tea towel. When dampening the tea towel add a splash of vinegar. This is where many people go wrong. Wrapping a dry tea towel around the ham won’t protect it from the temperature – the moistness combined with the vinegar will seal in the freshness. After you have wrapped your ham place the entire bundle in a re-usable seal bag or alternatively a clean pillow case. Be sure to change the tea towel and bag or pillow case every couple of days! Follow these simple steps and your ham has no chance of outlasting your stomach. It’ll stay fresh for weeks to come –ensuring you get to eat every last bit.


Prawns KiNG pRaWNs With tOMatO DREssiNG Serves 8 as starter/side Ingredients:

✩ 24 king prawns or tiger prawns, peeled, tails intact ✩ 3 avocados, sliced thinly (use lemon juice to prevent discolouring) ✩ 3 baby cos lettuce, outer leaves torn, hearts quartered ✩ 3 inner celery stalks with leaves, thinly sliced ✩ Watercress, for garnish ✩ 200ml extra virgin olive oil ✩ 300 gm cherry tomatoes ✩ 1 garlic clove, finely minced ✩ 2 tbsp red wine vinegar ✩ ¾ tsp cayenne pepper ✩ ½ tsp brown sugar ✩ Dash of brandy or cognac

Method: 1.

For dressing, heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan on high.

2.

Saute tomatoes until softened (4-5 minutes).

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Add garlic, rind and vinegar.

4.

Cool slightly and transfer to blender.

5.

Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

6.

Season to taste and refrigerate in an airtight container. Will keep for up to 5 days.

7.

Arrange prawns, avocado, cos and celery on a serving platter, season to taste and drizzle lightly with extra-virgin olive oil. Pour on dressing to taste then scatter on celery leaves and watercress.

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If you need a break from catering this year, venues across the Coast are offering Christmas Day lunches. Get in early, as they book out fast!

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David Low Way, Coolum Beach

270 Ocean Dr, Twin Waters

Buffet-style lunch from $110 (early bird price– book by December 1). Kids under 5 eat free. For full price list and menu search “Christmas Day Lunch at the Coolum Beach Hotel” on Facebook.

Minyama Christmas Feast Buffet Lunch from 12pm to 2:30pm Adults $189 Teens (13-17) $109 Child $59 kids under 4 free

caFE lE MONDE

52 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads

Lily’s On The Lagoon Christmas Treat Buffet Lunch from 12pm to 2:30pm Adults $219, 18+ only event

Adults $110 Kids $45. For the full menu and to book visit www.cafelemonde.com.au/christmas-day-2019

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123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba

Adults: $209pp, Kids: 13-17yrs: $149pp, Kids: 2-12yrs: $79 pp For the full menu and to book visit noosaboathouse.com.au/christmas-lunch-4-course

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FlaXtON GaRDENs

313-327 Flaxton Drive, Flaxton

Adults $150 Kids $75 For the menu and to book visit flaxtongardens.com.au/event/christmas-day-lunch/

Flaxton Gardens

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Adult $153 Kids (4-12 years) $82.65 Visit jamessquire.com.au/brewhouses/the-savvy-squire The Wharf, Parkyn Pde, Mooloolaba

Adults $150 including drinks for three hours Kids 12 and under $40 For information visit thedockmooloolaba.com

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Nicklin Way, Kawana Waters

Adults $110, kids $34, kids under 3 free For more information and to book visit oztix.com.au

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Mary St, Noosaville

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Links Drive, Noosa Heads

Adults $170 Teens (13-17) $110 Kids $70, kids under 3 free Visit noosasprings.com.au/christmas-celebration-buffet-lunch/

pElicaN WatERs taVERN

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BUDERiM taVERN

81 Burnett St, Buderim Adults $127 Kids $35 Children under 4 eat free For the menu visit buderimtavern.com.au To book call 5453 3777

Adults $245 To book phone 5449 4730 or visit noosabeachhousepk.com.au/christmas-lunch/

thE lOOsE GOOsE

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Markets

Find the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy friend or family member or pick-up the freshest local produce to whip up the perfect holiday feast.

coolum twilight markets

twilight markets caloundra

4pm to 8pm, november 22 to January 17 Tickle park, coolum Beach visit: coolum.com.au

5pm to 9pm, December 8 to January 26 (each Friday) Bulcock Beach Esplanade, caloundra visit: caloundrastreetfair.com.au

Big pineapple markets

6am to 2pm, every saturday The Big pineapple, nambour connection Rd, woombye visit: bigpineapple.com.au

caloundra street fair

8am to 1pm, every sunday Bulcock street, caloundra visit: caloundrastreetfair.com.au

nights on ocean carnivale twilight markets 5pm to 9pm, December 6 Ocean street, Maroochydore visit: facebook.com/oceanstreetprecinct

cotton tree markets

sunshine coast collective markets

8.30am to 12.30pm, December 8 and December 22 at coolum primary school 7am to 12pm, December 14 at Alexandra headland visit: sunshinecoastcollectivemarkets.com.au/

kawana farmers market

7am to noon, every saturday Kawana waters state college, sportsmans pde, Bokarina visit: kawanawatersfarmersmarket.com.au

eumundi night markets

5pm to 9pm, December 6 and December 20 80 Memorial Dr, Eumundi visit: eumundimarkets.com.au/whats-on/

7am to 12pm, every sunday King street, cotton Tree

fishermans road market 6am to 12pm, every sunday Fishermans Rd, Maroochydore visit: fishermansroadmarket.com

everything Boho christmas market 9am to 12pm, sunday December 1 Millwell Rd community centre, Maroochydore

Baringa twilight markets 4pm to 8pm, Friday December 13 Baringa Town centre, Baringa

artisan markets for great christmas gifts Support local artisans and include Sunshine Coast Collective Markets in your Christmas shopping itinerary. Located at Coolum Beach State School with occasional beachside appearances at Alexandra Headland, near the skate park, the market has more than 70 stalls. Designers, musicians, artists, foodies, creators, vintage wares collectors and lifestyle lovers are among the eclectic mix. The market started three years ago. “Overall, as a culture right now we’re all really interested in where our product is coming from, and a lot of us want to buy sustainably and make sure the background is ethical,” founder and organiser Kelsea Cheetham said. “When the person making the product is the one who’s selling it, that information is given to you straight away. “I think that as a market, to solely just focus on that has been really cool…it’s different.” She said every market on the Coast had its own vibe, and that was hers. The markets had been very popular and Coast people had shown they wanted to support small-scale makers. “It’s been so interesting, just encouraging people to find out about what’s around you...like, can you support a small family from up the road who’s just pursuing a dream?” December will be packed full of market dates, with one at Alex Headland and two at Coolum Beach. “We’ll have a lot of Christmas deals and Christmas products,” she said. She said the small stallholders changed their products regularly and adapted to the time of year, and a heap of unique gifts would be on offer.

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The woman behind one of the most alcoholic Christmas cakes you’ll likely ever taste has a good reason for its decadent liquor content. Carol-Anne Millar and her husband Cedric own winery and distillery Castle Glen Australia on the Granite Belt, and Montville Cellars in the Coast hinterland. Carol-Anne admits her cake is “decadent both in the amount of chocolate and whiskey.” Christmas cake was a favourite tradition, she said, as it brought family together and helped build the excitement of the festive season. “The great thing is with it, lots of our customers have fed it with different liquors – they really make it their own.

castlE GlEN chRistMas caKE Serve small portions as this cake is very, very rich Ingredients:

✩ 340g pitted prunes and/or figs

✩ 1 orange, zest of, finely grated

✩ 375g currants

✩ ⅓ cup treacle

✩ 375g raisins

✩ 1½ cups Plain flour

✩ 1 cup Chocolate Fortress or Liqueur Cab-Shiraz Fortress

✩ ½ cup self-raising flour

✩ ¾ cup aged Brandy Liqueur

✩ 1 tbsp mixed spice

“Some have gone with Whiskello, I’ve done Orange Brandy it can be anything.”

✩ 1 cup Whiskello Liqueur, or Queensland Delight Liqueur (for feeding the cake leading up to Christmas)

For the Millar family, Christmas cake comes out after Christmas lunch as a pudding dessert, but for many it’s on the table for guests, well before the big day.

✩ 250g butter, chopped ✩ 1 tbsp Butterscotch Liqueur

✩ 200g dark cooking chocolate, chopped

“Some people have Christmas cake as part of entertaining,” Carol-Anne said.

✩ 1 cup dark brown sugar

✩ 250g glace cherries

✩ 4 eggs

✩ 200g walnuts, halved

✩ 1 orange, juiced

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Method: 1. You will also need: greaseproof paper - enough to wrap a double layer around the cake tin. Use a pair of scissors to cut up the prunes. 2. Combine prunes, currants, raisins and 1 cup of the Chocolate Fortress (or Liqueur Cab-Shiraz Fortress) and ¼ Cup 18 YO Brandy together in a large bowl and mix well. Allow to stand overnight, stirring occasionally. 3. Meanwhile, spray a deep 23cm-round (9") cake tin with cooking oil, then line the base and sides of the tin with two layers of baking (silicone) paper- bringing the paper 5cm (2") above the rim of the tin.

11. Add the butter and egg mixture to the fruit and mix well. 12. Next, add the flour mixture to the fruit, and stir lightly with a wooden spoon until just combined (do not beat the mixture or the cake will be tough - a light hand ensures a good cake). 13. Call in the family and have everyone give the cake a stir while they make a Christmas wish.

4. When the fruit has completed soaking, preheat the oven to a slow 140C - 160C (310F).

14. Spoon the batter evenly into the cake tin. Run your hand under the tap and then use it to smooth the top of the cake.

5. Add the orange rind, juice and treacle to the fruit mixture and stir to combine.

15. Now, wrap a double thickness of brown paper around the tin and secure it with string.

6. Place the chopped chocolate, cherries and walnuts into a mixing bowl. Add the sifted flours and spices to this bowl and stir lightly to combine. 7. Now, chop the butter into smallish pieces and transfer to a small bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until the colour of the butter changes to pale yellow. 8. Add Butterscotch Liqueur and beat for an extra minute. 9. Add sugar and beat until the mixture looks light and creamy and all the sugar crystals have dissolved. (This is an important step - if the sugar crystals don't dissolve your cake will develop a crusty top). 10. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

16. Place the cake in the centre of the pre-heated 160c (310F) oven and bake for 2½ - 3 hours, or until a skewer, inserted into the centre of the cake, comes out clean. 17. Remove the cake from the oven and, while still hot, pour ¼ cup Whiskello over the cake. 18. Now, wrap the cake (tin and all) in a thick, clean towel. Keep wrapped for at least 24 hours, or until the cake is completely cold. Store the cake, well covered, in its tin in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator if it's really hot where you live. 19. Each week before Christmas, use a skewer to poke several holes in the top of the cake and pour over a little more Whiskello or Queensland Delight Liqueur - this is called ‘feeding' the cake. 20. Close to Christmas, you can ice this cake with the traditional Royal Icing, if you wish, but it will still be spectacularly good without it.

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Naughty and Nice Recipes

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Ingredients:

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

✩ 250g pkt Arnott's Arno Shortbread

✩ 125g unsalted butter, chopped

✩ ⅓ cup mixed dried fruit

✩ 1 ¼ cups desiccated coconut

✩ 125g dark chocolate, chopped

✩ 1 cup powdered milk

✩ ⅓ cup cocoa powder

✩ 3 eggs, lightly whisked

✩ ½ cup icing sugar mixture

✩ 395g can sweetened condensed milk

✩ 335g (1 ½ cups) white sugar

✩ 1½ cup desiccated coconut

✩ ¼ cup dark rum

✩ 125g (1 cup) plain flour

✩ 1 ½ cups puffed rice cereal

✩ 375g pkt dark choc melts, melted

✩ 30g (¼ cup) Dutch cocoa powder

✩ 125g copha

✩ Shredded coconut (or extra desiccated coconut), to decorate

✩ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

✩ 90g white chocolate, roughly chopped

✩ 120g macadamias, chopped

✩ 76g packet Turkish delight chocolate bar, roughly chopped

✩ 125g white chocolate, chopped

✩ Silver cachous, to decorate

Method:

✩ 1 cup fresh raspberries

1. Place the shortbread biscuits in the bowl of a food processor and process until they are finely crushed.

Method:

✩ Pinch of salt

2. Transfer the crushed biscuit to a large bowl. 3. Add desiccated coconut and cocoa. Stir until well combined. 4. Add the condensed milk and rum. Stir until well combined. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up slightly. 5. Roll level tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls.

Method:

1. Line two 12-hole (1½ tablespoon-capacity) mini muffin pans with paper cases.

1. Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan forced. Grease a 20cm (base measurement) square cake pan and line with baking paper.

2. Combine dried fruit, powdered milk, sugar, coconut and cereal in a heatproof bowl.

2. Place butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (don't let the bowl touch the water).

3. Place copha in a saucepan over medium heat.

3. Stir with a metal spoon until melted. Remove from heat.

6. Place, in a single layer, on a tray lined with baking paper. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up slightly.

4. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until melted. Remove from heat. Add chocolate. Stir to combine. Add to dried fruit mixture. Mix to combine. Add Turkish delight. Stir to combine.

7. Use a fork to dip the balls, 1 at a time, in chocolate. Return to tray.

4 Quickly stir in egg, sugar, flour, cocoa powder, vanilla, macadamias, white chocolate, raspberries and salt until just combined.

8. Sprinkle with shredded coconut.

5. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes.

6. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Serve.

9. Set aside for 5 minutes. Store the rum balls, covered, in the fridge.

6. Set aside to cool completely.

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5. Working quickly, spoon mixture into paper cases. Top with cachous.

chRistMas tRiFlE With hONEY ROastED MacaDaMias Ingredients:

Method:

✩ 2 x 85g Raspberry Jelly

1. Make jelly according to packet directions. Pour into 1 large rectangular tray

✩ 400g Swiss Jam Roll, cut into 3cm cubes ✩ ⅓ cup orange juice, sherry or orange-flavoured liqueur ✩ 1L vanilla custard ✩ 425g can mixed berries, well drained ✩ 300ml tub of cream, whipped ✩ 170g can passionfruit pulp ✩ 100g Honey Roast Macadamias (or raw macadamia if preferred)

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or two smaller trays. Refrigerate 3-4hrs, until set.

2. Cut jelly into pieces. Place half Swiss roll cubes in base of large glass serving

bowl. Sprinkle over half the orange juice, sherry or liqueur. Top with half the custard and half the jelly. Scatter over all the berries.

3. Repeat layering with remaining Swiss roll, orange juice, custard and jelly.

Spread over whipped cream. Cover with plastic wrap and chill 3-4 hours.

4. Drizzle over passionfruit and scatter with Honey Roast Macadamias to serve. For more great recipes visit www.nutworks.com.au


/Nice hEalthY BROWNiEs Ingredients:

✩ ⅓ cup almond meal

hEalthY RUM FREE RUM Balls Ingredients:

✩ 2 cups raw cashews ✩ 1 cup desiccated coconut

✩ ⅓ cup desiccated coconut ✩ ⅓ cup melted coconut oil ✩ ⅓ cup dark cocoa powder ✩ ¼ cup arrowroot (tapioca flour) ✩ ¼ cup brown rice flour ✩ 2 ½ tablespoons xylitol

✩ 2 cups soaked pitted dates

✩ 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

✩ 4 tablespoons cocoa powder

✩ Large pinch of sea salt

✩ 3 tablespoons rice malt syrup

✩ ½ cup maple syrup, plus 1 tablespoon, extra

✩ 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

✩ 2 eggs ✩ ⅓ cup Greek-style yoghurt or coconut yoghurt ✩ 150g fresh cherries, pitted, halved ✩ 1 tablespoons brandy ✩ 100g dark chocolate (85% cocoa), melted, cooled ✩ 2 tablespoons flaked coconut

clEaN EatiNG WhitE chRistMas Bliss Balls Ingredients:

✩ 2 cups raw cashews ✩ 1 ½ cups desiccated coconut ✩ ¼ cup rice malt syrup ✩ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ✩ ½ cup cranberries ✩ ⅓ cup pepitas

✩ Option; 3 tablespoons of a good rum

Method:

✩ ⅓ cup shelled pistachios

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 170C/150C fan forced. Grease base and sides of a square 19cm (base measurement) cake pan. Line with baking paper.

✩ 2 teaspoons melted coconut oil

1. Blitz cashews, dates and coconut together in small batches until you get a nice fine crumb. 2. Pour into a mixing bowl and add all other ingredients and mix well. Mixture should stick together when squeezed in the palm of your hand. 3. Roll into medium sized balls and place onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and freeze to set. 4. Option is to drizzle with melted dark chocolate or roll in coconut. 5. Store in an airtight container in fridge or freezer. Recipe by Odette Burns www.mummao.com

2. Combine almond meal, desiccated coconut, cocoa, arrowroot, rice flour, xylitol, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Whisk maple syrup, eggs, oil and yoghurt in a jug. 3. Place cherry, brandy and extra maple syrup in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High for 1 minute 30 seconds. Stand for 2 minutes. 4. Strain liquid into egg mixture, reserving cherries. Add egg mixture and melted chocolate to dry ingredients. Stir until smooth and combined. Spoon into prepared pan. Smooth surface. 5. Sprinkle with cherries and press slightly into batter. Sprinkle with flaked coconut. Bake for 30 minutes or until just firm, but still slightly fudgy in the centre.

✩ 100g Lindt 85% dark chocolate Method: 1. Blitz cashews and coconut together well until you get a nice fine crumb and pour into a mixing bowl. 2. Mix in all other ingredients, except the chocolate and mix well. 3. Mixture should stick together when squeezed in the palm of your hand. 4. Press and then roll into small sized balls gently and place onto baking tray lined with baking paper and freeze to set. 5. Whilst your bliss balls are setting, melt your chocolate in a double boiler and then use it to half-dip your balls.

6. Cool completely in the pan. Cut into squares.

6. Once again freeze to set, and store in an airtight container in the freezer or fridge.

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Recipe by Odette Burns www.mummao.com

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Naughty and Nice Recipes NUtElla aND BailEYs MaRtiNi Ingredients:

✩ ⅓ cup milk ✩ ⅓cup thickened cream ✩ 2 teaspoons Dutch-processed cocoa ✩ ⅓ cup Nutella ✩ 2 teaspoons finely chopped toasted hazelnuts ✩ 1½ tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream ✩ 1½ tablespoons vodka ✩ Ice cubes, to serve

saNta claUs pUNch Ingredients:

✩ 1 x 250g punnet strawberries, hulled, washed, halved ✩ ½ x 125g punnet raspberries ✩ ½ x 150g punnet blueberries ✩ 1 ripe kiwifruit, peeled, finely chopped ✩ 4 cups chilled cranberry & raspberry fruit juice (Ocean Spray brand) ✩ 4 cups chilled lemonade ✩ 2 cups chilled bought pineapple juice ✩ ¼ cup loosely packed small fresh mint leaves

Method: 1. Place milk, cream, cocoa and 2 tablespoons Nutella in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until melted and smooth.

Method:

2. Set aside for 20 minutes to cool. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until chilled.

1. Divide the strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and kiwifruit evenly among 2 ice-cube trays.

3. Place hazelnuts on a plate. Spread the remaining Nutella on a small plate. Dip the rim of 2 x ⅔-cup-capacity martini glasses into Nutella. Dip in hazelnuts to coat.

2. Cover with cold water and place in the freezer for 4 hours or overnight until set.

4. Place Nutella mixture, Baileys and vodka in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice cubes. Secure lid. Shake vigorously until well combined.

3. Combine the fruit juice, lemonade and pineapple juice in a large serving jug.

5. Using a cocktail strainer, strain mixture into prepared glasses. Serve. Source: Taste.com

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4. Add the ice cubes and mint and stir to combine. Serve immediately. Source: Taste.com

WatERMElON ‘NOjitOs’ Ingredients:

✩ ½ cup caster sugar ✩ 1.5kg watermelon, peeled, chopped ✩ 2 limes, sliced ✩ 2 cups chilled soda water ✩ ⅓ cup lime juice ✩ 1 small bunch fresh mint, sprigs picked ✩ 1 tablespoon caster sugar, extra ✩ 2 teaspoons finely grated lime rind ✩ Ice-cubes, to serve

chERRY RipE MaRtiNi Ingredients:

3. Bring to the boil. Boil, without stirring, for five minutes. Remove from heat. Set aside to cool completely.

✩ Chocolate topping (or dessert sauce), to serve ✩ 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut ✩ ⅔ cup coconut milk ✩ ¼ cup creme de cacao liqueur ✩ ¼ cup cherry brandy ✩ 40ml vodka ✩ Ice cubes, to serve ✩ 52g Cherry Ripe chocolate bar ✩ Maraschino cherries, to serve

4. Place watermelon in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Method:

5. Place lime slices in a large jug. Using the end of a rolling pin, slightly crush lime to release juice.

1. Drizzle a thick ring of chocolate topping onto a plate, about the same diameter as the rim of your cocktail glass.

Method: 1. Place sugar and one cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat. 2. Cook, stirring, for five minutes or until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high.

6. Add watermelon, soda water, lime juice and cooled sugar syrup. Stir to combine. Add mint. 7. Combine extra sugar and lime rind on a small plate. Place ¼ cup water in a separate bowl. 8. Dip the rim of serving glasses into water, then in sugar mixture. Divide ice among glasses. Add watermelon mixture. Serve immediately. Source: Taste.com

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1. Spread the coconut on a separate plate. Press the rims of 2 glasses into the sauce to coat, then press into the coconut. 1. Drizzle a little chocolate topping around the insides of the glasses. 1. Combine the coconut milk, crème de cacao, cherry brandy and vodka in a jug with some ice cubes. Stir briefly. Discard the ice and pour the drink into the glasses. Source: Taste.com

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ROast chicKEN With MacaDaMia cOUscOUs stUFFiNG Ingredients:

Stuffing

✩ 1 teaspoon ground cumin

✩ 1 lemon, zested

✩ 1 tablespoon honey

✩ ½ cup couscous

✩ ½ teaspoon cinnamon

✩ ¾ cup chicken stock

✩ 1 teaspoon sumac

✩ 1 cup macadamias, toasted and roughly chopped

✩ ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, extra

✩ ¼ cup macadamia oil

✩ 6 dried dates, pitted and finely chopped

✩ 1 egg, lightly whisked

✩ ½ teaspoon ground cumin, extra

✩ 1 medium brown onion, peeled and finely chopped ✩ 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped ✩ ½ teaspoon ground coriander

✩ 6 dried apricots, finely chopped ✩ 1 preserved lemon, rinsed, flesh removed and finely chopped

✩ ½ cup mixed herbs (tarragon, thyme and flat leaf ✩ 1 teaspoon sumac, extra parsley) finely chopped Chicken ✩ 1.8kg whole chicken, rinsed and patted dry

Method:

season with salt and pepper. Spoon the couscous mixture into the cavity of the chicken. Tie the legs together with cooking string.

Preheat oven to 200°C, fan-forced. 1. To make the stuffing, place couscous in a heatproof bowl. Bring the stock to the boil and pour over couscous. Stir to combine and set aside for 3 minutes. Stir with a fork to separate the grains. Stir in 1 tablespoon of macadamia oil and allow to cool completely. 2. Heat 1 tablespoon of macadamia oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and add the onion and garlic and cook for a few minutes or until softened. Stir in the spices and cook for a further minute. Add the dried fruit and cook for a couple of minutes or until tender. 3. Add the dried fruit mixture, preserved lemons, zest, macadamias, egg and fresh herbs to the couscous and

4. Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Whisk the honey, cinnamon, cumin and sumac and remaining macadamia oil in a small bowl and brush over the chicken. Roast the chicken, basting every 20 minutes with remaining honey mixture for an hour or until juices run clear when thigh is pierced with a skewer. Remove from the oven and allow to stand covered for 10 minutes. Serve with roasted vegetables. For more great recipes visit www.nutworks.com.au

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Christmas Movies ElF starring will Ferrell the film tells the story of Buddy, a human who was adopted and raised by santa's elves. when he finds out about his biological father, he heads to new York to find him and spread some christmas joy along the way.

hOW thE GRiNch stOlE chRistMas Based on the Dr seuss classic, the movie tells the story of a green, revenge-seeking Grinch (Jim carrey), who plans on ruining christmas for all the citizens of the town of whoville. This one is great to watch with the whole family.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means it’s time to cosy up in front of the TV and crack out all the festive classics. From stories of a grown man dressed as an elf to a little boy left home by himself, there’s something for everyone’s taste with this list of must-see Christmas movies. So, grab yourself a glass of eggnog, a candy cane or two and settle in for a night of magical cinematic crowd-pleasers.

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The 1990 classic tells the tale of little eight-yearold Kevin (Macaulay culkin) who accidently get lefts behind at home when all his family go on vacation. The initial excitement of having the house to himself wears off when he discovers two con man are trying to rob him and he must do what he can to fend them off.

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Christmas Giving BasKEt BRiGaDE Sunshine Coast Basket Brigade will be delivering hampers filled with food and gifts to local families doing it tough over the Christmas period. Those who join the brigade are provided with a shopping list and are asked to buy one item between $2-$5 each week for the hampers, leading up to Christmas. Co-ordinator Emma Wright said she and her committed volunteers “try and do the best we can to help people”. “Sometimes they might have a lot going on in their lives and they just can’t think of Christmas at the moment … it’s the last thing on their minds,” she said. As families are nominated anonymously for the gifts, Mrs Wright said the reactions were always priceless. “A lot of the time we have people burst into tears because it’s so unexpected,” she said. “We often have people say ‘are you sure you’ve got the right house?’, because they have no idea where the gift has come from. “We just say it’s someone who loves you who wants to give you a gift.” A packing day will be held on December 14 at Noosa District State High to create the hampers. Mrs Wright said the event was perfect for children to attend. “It’s been nice to get the kids involved and just show them what Christmas is all about,” she said. Those unable to give their time can also donate funds to the charity or a gift for the families. Head to eepurl.com/grFC_H to sign up.

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thE GiFt OF GiViNG BacK this chRistMas Christmas is a time for giving so why not help spread some festive cheer to those in need this year? Here is a list of charities you can help support this Christmas; sMith FaMilY chRistMas appEal The Smith Family is a children's charity helping disadvantaged Australian children to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves. By donating to their Christmas appeal you will be helping them provide gifts to children who would otherwise miss out. To donate visit www.thesmithfamily.com.au thE sUNshiNE cOast DailY aDOpt a FaMilY Each year the Sunshine Coast Daily Adopt-A-Family for Christmas appeal makes a real difference to lives of people in our community. The campaign works with local charities to identify families in need that the community can "adopt" by donating gifts, hampers or food. For more information visit www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au thE salVatiON aRMY chRistMas appEal This Christmas, The Salvation Army want to give hope to Australians battling tough times. A donation to the appeal can help provide support for the homeless, gifts for children who would otherwise get none, hampers for people struggling to afford food and support for those struck by disaster. To donate visit www.salvationarmy.org.au 2019 chRistMas tREEs OF hOpE The Shack at Nambour, along with many other generous sponsors, aims to deliver more than 200 hampers to families in need this Christmas. The 2019 Christmas Trees of Hope appeal will run through to December 20. Eleven Heritage Bank branches across the Sunshine Coast, Gympie and north Brisbane will be accessible as bag collection and food drop off points. For more information visit www.theshackcommunitycentre.com.au shaRE thE DiGNitY chRistMas appEal You have the power to make life better for a woman or girl experiencing homelessness or poverty this Christmas with Share the Dignity’s #itsinthebag collection. Provide pads and tampons, personal hygiene products and everyday luxuries to homeless women, women at risk or women experiencing domestic violence. To donate visit www.sharethedignity.com.au

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By Danni Murray

The weather is heating up, school holidays are imminent and the shopping centres are gearing up for the influx of shoppers. Christmas is upon us and trends in seasonal design are particularly rich this year, yet have taken a more pared back and organic approach to what is normally a complete styling overhaul of Christmassy delight. Let’s explore what’s hot in festive décor to ignite and rediscover the joy and excitement this holiday brings. Arguably the biggest style trend focuses on sustainability and respect for our environment, introducing new materials and natural elements to Christmas design. Natural beauty will inspire the decorations and is reflected in the surfaces, while the mantra “less is more” takes precedence. Simple, rich, elegant and light, the use of timber, stone and greenery will reflect these qualities, acting

as the main statement in Christmas decorating. Hang greenery of twigs, pinecones, eucalyptus or palms from lights, shelving and walls, leave timber and stone surfaces exposed with minimal decorations allowing their natural element to be the hero. Metal hues and metallics are still proving popular this year, however they are not excessive or flashy, the shine has been reduced and aged glow is taking over. Patina, oxidised and rust finishes not only complement the trending organic vibes, but offer a more vibrant and warm texture to decorations. Let’s talk colour. If you consider that Christmas this year is pared back, organic with an abundance of natural beauty, it would make sense that our colour palette follows suit. Think opulent, bold and expressive with metallic elements to bring a certain cosiness and an energising hint to your Christmas festivities. Rich blues and greens are the perfect hues to create these dramatic combinations. On the other end of the spectrum, we are seeing pastel shades come into favour, following a neutral and subtle colour palette. Suited more for light and bright interiors, pastel hues blend with trending light and natural elements, instead of creating a bold statement. Supporting our desire for sustainability, a huge trend this year will be introducing heirlooms and vintage pieces into Christmas décor. Vintage is an inevitable part of Christmas - it is a celebration of tradition and family, after all. Consider the divine craftsmanship of classic glass ornaments for a touch of traditional, or DIY motifs made by adults and kids alike which exude a sense of love and family within every home. Nordic and Scandinavian influences remain popular as contemporary simplicity and sophistication stands to be the overall trend objective this year. While I may talk about Christmas design and trending styles, what really matters is what we can give and how we spend Christmas. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe festive season. Design by Danni, Sunshine Coast. www.designbydanni.com

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You can’t beat the smell of a real, live Christmas pine. For many people, it isn’t Christmas unless that smell greets you as you open the door to your home in the lead-up to the big day. For owners of Merry Christmas Trees, Viktor Molhanec and Jordanna Rosenbrock, it’s a deep sentimental connection to their childhood that led to their business’ birth 11 years ago.

“As soon as you have a real tree you’re never going to go back to plastic again,” she said. “It’s part of that whole tradition - it’s the first thing you do, pick the tree, go home and set it up together. It signifies the beginning of the Christmas season, really.”

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“A lot of our customers are European, and they can’t really understand the concept of a plastic tree – it’s just not a thing people have over there,” Jordanna said.

The trees are four to six years old and range from five feet to eight feet tall. The cost ranges from $90 to $135 according to size.

“Having the real tree, the smell brings back childhood memories for people.”

Most Christmas tree services offer delivery and disposal. Merry Christmas Trees offers delivery for $50 for central Sunshine Coast. Disposal is the same cost, with pickups at the end of January.

The year they launched the business was also the year they welcomed their first child, and as she’s grown bigger so has their fan base. “The first year, we had a dusty gazebo set up on the side of the road selling about 80 trees, and it’s just grown from there,” Jordanna said. They now sell 1000-1400 per season, and have a second location at North Lakes. Many families make a tradition of trouping down to select their Christmas tree together, Jordanna said.

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caRiNG FOR YOUR tREE Before you decorate, water your tree! The tree can last at least four weeks. Make sure the vendor shaves off the base of the trunk when you buy, so it will absorb as much water as it can Use a proper tree stand, not a bucket with rocks. The stands sold by Merry Christmas Trees have a little reservoir for water and will keep the tree healthy, just check it every day and top it up to a finger width below the lip.

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As soon as you have a real tree you’re never going to go back to plastic again

Beware of over-watering – check you put in just enough or your presents might get soggy! Add a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of salt or a dash of household bleach to keep the water fresh. Just like with cut flowers, the water can get old but this will keep the water clean, and doesn’t affect the tree.

ORDERiNG Trees can be home-delivered or picked up from a central Sunshine Coast depot, the location of which will be announced on the business’ Facebook page this month, ahead of its first pickup day on November 27. For more information visit Merrychristmastrees.com.au


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By Odette Burns

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Just because you may have some extra time off work, it doesn’t mean you sign off from life. Embrace the extra time, go for a bike ride, a swim or a walk and enjoy some fresh air and time to yourself.

If you are partial to a festive drink or three, then help yourself and let your health be some part of the equation before you grab whatever is being offered.

If you are a Mum with kids at home like me and wonder what on earth you could do each day (or how you may even survive another day with everyone at home), then make a plan to get everyone out of the house. Head down to the beach or park and have running races, do some stretches, or kill time with lunges, squats and push ups while the children play.

Drink a small glass of water in between each drink to rehydrate. If this will spoil your festive vibes, then perhaps a sparkling mineral water or soda water with a wedge or two of fresh lime or a splash of Young Living Grapefruit, Citrus Fresh or Jade Lemon essential oils which are great for digestion and detox.

If you are at home, put some music on and dance! It is fun and the kids will love it too. Alternatively, find an express 20 minute program online you can do each day. 20 minutes is nothing out of your day, especially if you get it done early.

#2 DRiNK WatER Drink more water please. Your body needs it at this time of year more than ever. More rich food, extra alcohol, less sleep and warmer weather can leave us parched and our poor bodies are crying for hydration. Your body is already dehydrated if you feel thirsty. Set yourself a target. Have a 1 litre water bottle on hand each day and refill after lunch to stay on track.

#3 Eat MORE NOURishiNG FOODs Common sense isn’t it, but golly gosh it can be hard during the festive season. My trick is to always fill your plates with the most nourishing foods first. So pick the greens, veggies, meats, eggs and nuts before the breads, potato bakes, deep fried goods and so on. The more good food you eat when you are hungry, the less room you will have to fill up on the food that contains very little nutritional value, including desserts.

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Try and drink your wines, ciders and ginger beers with ice, as you will end up drinking less alcohol and consume a little more water. If you end up completely overindulging, then before you get to bed or first thing in the morning, drink lots of water and flood your body with wonderful antioxidants from good wholesome foods. We use Ningxia Red made from Wolfberry Pulp for hangovers and it works a treat.

#5 DiY hEalth FOOD Have you tried eating healthy sweets? Not boring ones made from carrots and mung bean sprouts. Ones that taste so decadent you wonder how on earth they can be good for you! Check out my healthy rum balls and bliss balls recipes on page 17 for inspiration. Founder of Noosa-based business Mumma O, Odette Burns helps everyday families make better choices about their health and lifestyle, with homemade, refined sugar-free healthy snacks, essential oils and recipe e-books.


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By Maree Curran I hope everyone gets at least one plant for Christmas this year. It's my firm belief that everyone, not just avid gardeners, will enjoy having at least one plant in their life. Of course, more would be better, but one is a great start. So, here are some super-easy-to-grow plants that will make a great gift even for the complete novice. Indoors, I like Zanzibar Gems, because they live for years, need hardly any water, and are slow growing so they don't keep out-growing their container. Their glossy green leaves are quite dramatic, and they can survive pretty much anywhere with the occasional drink. I also like peace lilies, all the indoor figs including fiddle leaf figs, bromeliads, devil's ivy or pothos, phalaenopsis orchids, snake plant (sanseveria), anthuriums and monsteras. Though maybe not quite as easy as Zanzibar Gems, they are all still so forgiving that you can almost guarantee success. For outside, fruit trees are a fantastic gift, rewarding a bit of care with bountiful produce year after year. Citrus are really easy to grow, even in pots. They take a couple of years to fruit but will then live for at least 20 years. If you want something more decorative, there are plenty of plants in bloom at this time of the year, including frangipanis, dwarf eucalypts, hibiscus, gerberas, bougainvilleas, mandevillas and dipladenias. Even cheap and cheerful potted colour is blooming wonderfully now. Wrap it up like a bunch of flowers or cram it into a pot for a simply lovely offering. Kids have a wonderful affinity with plants and the whole growing process is a fantastic experience to share with a child. Try carnivorous plants, strawberries, blueberries, cactus, or even some seeds to sow and grow. Look for kid-sized gloves, trowels and watering cans to make caring for the plants easier to manage. If you do buy some plants to give as gifts, check with the experts at the garden centre about the best way to care for them before sending them off to their new home. We want these babies to be looking their best when they meet their new family.

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