Heidi's Lemon Snow Ball Recipe

My sister Heidi loves to bake and she comes up with some really great little recipes! This lemon snow ball recipe is a great one to quickly whip up around Christmas time, it takes less than half an hour and can be packaged in a jar with brown paper to give as a gift to family and friends. This is a great recipe to make with kids as it’s not too messy and there is no baking/cooking involved.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lemons
  • 1 packet of Marie biscuits
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup of shredded coconut

Method:

  1. In a bowl place the rind of 2 lemons
  2. Crush up Marie biscuits (in a food processor or with a rolling pin) and add to bowl
  3. Add in the can of condensed milk and shredded coconut
  4. Mix together and roll into balls
  5. Once balls are all made roll them in coconut
  6. Pop in the fridge for one hour and your done!

Note: Recipe makes approximately 30 balls

Healthy Christmas Snack Ideas

It doesn't have to be hard when you are trying to eat healthy over the Christmas and New Year period, it can be tempting to fill up on sugar and fatty foods but not if the table is filled with healthy AND yummy treats instead! I’ll be bringing a feta, pumpkin and pine nut salad to my next Christmas party along with a Christmas tree fruit platter. I was pleasantly surprised at how well these two dishes go down at a party (people do actually like healthy options I promise!) and when you can make healthy food that looks as good as these pictures how could your friends and family resist?

So here’s a little collection of some of my favourite healthy snack ideas for Christmas...

Only 4 days to go!

1. Fruit Christmas Tree  /  2. Chocolate Dipped Strawberries (okay this one is only semi healthy!)  /  3. Grinch Fruit Kebabs  /  4. Tomatoes stuffed with chicken salad  /  5. Christmas Quiche  /  6. Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding  /  7. Cranberry Feta Pinwheels  /  8. Skinny Eggnog Fudge  /  9. Pita Tree Appetizers  /  10. Christmas Tree Roll-Ups  11. Christmas Tree Vegetable Platter  / 12. Vegan Christmas Rum Balls

Christmas Time In Melbourne

A Christmas in Melbourne isn't complete without carols, festivals, colourful light displays and a visit to the Myer Christmas Windows. I have been really impressed with the amount of decorations and great free events that have been happening around the city this year. It’s great to see so many people get in the Christmas spirit and gather together to celebrate.

If you haven’t ventured out and been to any events then don’t stress you still have time! Here is a list of must see and do Christmas events in Melbourne this year..

Have you been to any of these? Do you have any recommendations for amazing Christmas lights or places to visit? Leave them in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!

6 Days Till Christmas!

100 Blogmas Post Ideas and Tips

100+ Blogmas Post Ideas | The Wild Hideaway

For those of you who don’t know what blogmas is it begins start of December and goes for 25 days. It's when bloggers and vloggers post at least once a day and every post is dedicated to, you guessed it, Chrismas. I recently noticed the gap for a great list of blogmas post ideas so I decided to put one together just for you.

In this post I have included 100 blogmas post ideas as well as 30 of the most searched for keywords about Christmas, these two lists should get you on the right track for creating your own blogmas calendar in no time!

100 Blogmas Post Ideas:

  1. Christmas gift ideas for her
  2. Christmas gift ideas for him
  3. DIY Christmas Gifts
  4. Favourite Christmas Recipes
  5. Healthy Christmas Snack ideas
  6. How to make a gingerbread house
  7. What to buy for your Secret Santa
  8. Favourite Christmas songs
  9. What are your Christmas traditions?
  10. Volunteering at Christmas time – document the day
  11. How to make Christmas pudding
  12. Christmas cocktail recipes
  13. DIY Christmas stockings
  14. Christmas wish list
  15. Top 10 Christmas cookie recipes
  16. Practical gifts for bloggers
  17. Holiday outfit ideas
  18. Things I love about Christmas
  19. Shop locally this Christmas
  20. DIY Christmas ideas for kids
  21. Favourite childhood Christmas memory
  22. What does Christmas mean to you?
  23. Christmas day menu ideas
  24. Last minute gift ideas
  25. How to cook the perfect Christmas turkey
  26. How are you counting down to Christmas?
  27. 10 Ways to celebrate Christmas in style
  28. Christmas tree reveal
  29. Stocking filler gift ideas
  30. Christmas through the years (showcase photos from past Christmases)
  31. Favourite Christmas Story
  32. How to have “The Santa talk” with your children
  33. Christmas party playlist
  34. How to survive the boxing day sales
  35. DIY Christmas cards
  36. The perfect Christmas cookie recipe
  37. 3 amazing salads to make on Christmas day
  38. Who will you be spending Christmas with?
  39. Top 10 Christmas movies
  40. Letter to Santa
  41. Holiday bucket list
  42. Ugly Christmas Sweaters
  43. DIY Santa Hat
  44. Christmas eve Traditions
  45. Christmas platter ideas
  46. Christmas cake recipe
  47. Homemade Strawberry jam
  48. Christmas poems
  49. Printable Christmas tags
  50. Where to shop online this Christmas
  51. How to make shortbread
  52. The true meaning of Christmas
  53. Events happening at Christmas time
  54. A reflection on the year
  55. Christmas cake recipe
  56. DIY advent calendar ideas
  57. The perfect Christmas stuffing
  58. How to host the perfect Christmas party
  59. Christmas Jokes
  60. Christmas rum ball recipe
  61. Top 10 Christmas YouTube videos
  62. Christmas card ideas
  63. A Christmas road trip
  64. How to make a Christmas wreath
  65. DIY Christmas nativity
  66. Elf on the shelf pictures and ideas
  67. Christmas Fonts
  68. What does Christmas day look like in your household?
  69. Chocolate Bark Recipe
  70. How to make the perfect Christmas Pavlova
  71. What is your least favourite thing about Christmas?
  72. Favourite Christmas book
  73. Christmas decor inspiration
  74. Christmas items you can’t live without
  75. Grandmas Christmas Recipes
  76. Christmas Quotes
  77. DIY Christmas wrapping paper
  78. Christmas on a budget
  79. Christmas punch recipe
  80. Christmas gift ideas for dad
  81. Christmas gift ideas for mum
  82. Christmas gift ideas for grandparents
  83. Christmas crafts
  84. The best eggnog recipe
  85. Could you be on the naughty list?
  86. Christmas decoration wish list
  87. What is the best Christmas present you have ever received? 
  88. DIY Christmas bon-bons
  89. Printable table settings
  90. Why family is important at Christmas time
  91. Christmas in your community
  92. Annual family Christmas photos
  93. Favourite Christmas treat
  94. Blogmas post ideas
  95. Host a Christmas giveaway
  96. Christmas games for kids
  97. The history of Christmas
  98. Inexpensive Christmas gifts
  99. DIY Tree Topper
  100. Downloadable Christmas wallpaper

Top 30 Christmas Keywords:

Below is a list of the top searched for Christmas Keywords around the world. Hint: use these as a basis for your blogmas posts.. if people are searching for this stuff then you should be writing about it!

  1. Christmas - 1,220,000 average monthly searches
  2. Christmas songs - 450,000 average monthly searches
  3. Christmas tree - 301,000 average monthly searches
  4. Christmas decorations - 246,000 average monthly searches
  5. Gifts for men - 201,000 average monthly searches
  6. Christmas movies - 165,000 average monthly searches
  7. Christmas cards - 165,000 average monthly searches
  8. Christmas lights - 135,000 average monthly searches
  9. Christmas pictures - 135,000 average monthly searches
  10. Ugly Christmas sweaters - 110,000 average monthly searches
  11. Christmas countdown - 110,000 average monthly searches
  12. Christmas wallpaper - 110,000 average monthly searches
  13. Christmas quotes - 90,500 average monthly searches
  14. Christmas cookies - 90,500 average monthly searches
  15. Christmas games - 90,500 average monthly searches
  16. Christmas gift ideas - 90,500 average monthly searches
  17. Gifts for her – 74,000 average monthly searches
  18. Best Christmas movies - 60,500 average monthly searches
  19. Christmas crafts -49,500 average monthly searches
  20. Christmas jokes - 40,500 average monthly searches
  21. Gifts for boyfriend – 40,500 average monthly searches
  22. Christmas poems – 40,500 average monthly searches
  23. Gifts for dad – 40,500 average monthly searches
  24. Christmas cookie recipes - 40,500 average monthly searches
  25. Christmas recipes -40,500 average monthly searches
  26. Christmas wreaths – 33,100 average monthly searches
  27. Christmas songs list – 33,100 average monthly searches
  28. Christmas desserts -33,100 average monthly searches
  29. Christmas crafts for kids – 33,100 average monthly searches
  30. Christmas cake recipe – 33,100 average monthly searches

The above data was taken from the Google Keyword Planner tool in December 2014. The data shows average monthly searches in the world for each keyword… it shows how much people love and search for Christmas!

Hopefully you can take some inspiration from this post and put together your own little blogmas calendar (let me know how you go!). If you have any more great Blogmas post ideas then please add them below in the comments, I love hearing from my readers!

Happy Blogmas!


The Penisula Picnic - Tickets on sale now!

The Penisula Picnic March 2014| The Wild Hideaway

News Alert: Victoria just got a new Summer music festival and it looks pretty damn cool!

I was a bit excited when the tickets went on sale yesterday for The Peninsula Picnic that is taking place on March 29th 2015. This brand new event is going to be the most extensive food, wine and music gathering ever created on the Mornington Peninsula, showcasing the very best local chefs, resident restaurants, expert vignerons and vineyards. Picnickers will discover the hidden gems from the region’s leading producers, growers, orchardists and gourmet store owners set to the serene soundtrack of some of Australia’s finest live music acts.

I absolutely love the Mornington Peninsula and am really excited to be going along to this great showcase, it’s going to be the perfect spot to listen to music, feast on food and wine and lounge on picnic rugs with family and friends! 

I think the crew organizing this event have really catered for a cultured musical palate. The Waifs will be bringing their beloved mix of folk, blues and rock sounds, Something for Kate’s Paul Dempsey will be performing his new solo material, The Pierce Brothers will showcase their energetic and exceptional stage presence and then Tinpan Orange and Hayden Calnin will complete the soundtrack to this event.

The line-up of chefs and restaurants also looks pretty amazing! There’s Terre chefs Rowan and Janine Herald, Montalto, Ian Curley,  Craig Gorton,  Terminus at The Flinders Hotel, Matt Wilkinson from Pope Joan, Andrew and Samantha from The Long Table, Dees’s Kitchen, Max’s at Red Hill Estate and DOC Mornington.

I am really excited about this line-up as I have only sampled food from Matt Wilkonson, Pope Joan is around the corner from my place in Brunswick and it’s one of my favourite places to go. It’s quirky, a little bit indie and has some pretty stand out food! So if that’s anything to go by I think this is going to be a pretty cool day.

To find out more about the Peninsula Picnic head over to the website here or check out the Facebook page. Tickets are nice and cheap for what you get and can be purchased through Ticketek now.

Will you be heading along?

Stand together Aussies. Be brave.

I was going to write a life update today. I was going to write about how great it is that Christmas is just around the corner. Maybe share some photos from my recent trip. But I sat down to put the post together and I just couldn't. Not with everything that is going on at the moment. 

So, I'm going to leave my thoughts here, and save all that other stuff for another time. 

It is understandable that all Aussies are shaken up due to the horrible siege that took place in Sydney yesterday. It’s times like these that we need to rally together and realize just how precious life really is. 

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, the NSW Police and all emergency services personnel. The two innocent people who lost their lives will be forever in the hearts of all Australians. 

Sure you can be angry, you can scream and speculate why this man was walking the streets freely, but in the end nothing will take back time. Nothing will take back the two innocent lives that were lost and nothing will explain why on earth this man choose to do such an evil thing. 

So today I am choosing to be Proud. Proud of our police force and the bravery and courage they showed throughout the whole ordeal. They showed to us that Australians won't sit passively and allow terrorists a free hand.

I am proud of the people who offered to accompany Muslim Australians in public places if they feared racist backlash, using #illridewithyou hashtag. We have some choice about which fights we are dragged into and we can choose to keep riding with each other.

I look through my Twitter and social feeds, and I am proud of the support people have shown for the victims and all involved. The #illridewithyou campaign isn't just heart-warming, it's also smart for counterterrorism. Inclusiveness is our best defense. Stand together Aussies. Be brave.

Rest in Peace to the two beautiful lives that were lost in this horrible siege. Your families and all Australians are incredibly proud of the courage and bravery you displayed. 

Please Note: For all people wanting more information on the Sydney Siege I strongly urge you not to turn to social media or word of mouth for facts. There is a lot of false information floating around. Two of the the most reliable sources for information are ABC News or the NSW Police.

5 Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Jams and Chutneys
Last year my eldest sister and I made homemade strawberry jam and packaged them in mason jars, brown paper and twine. We gave them out to colleagues, parents and grandparents and found that people really appreciated it when you spent the time to make a homemade gift. 

Shortbread biscuit bag
Homemade shortbread biscuits are a great and inexpensive gift idea at Christmas time. You can get really creative with packaging them in quirky tins, jars or wrap and creative homemade gift tags to go with them. 

Polymer Clay Necklaces
Polymer Clay Necklaces are so popular at the moment but at the same time quite expensive. Why not make your own Polymer Clay Necklaces to give as gifts this Christmas? This post shows you how to create them. 

Chalkboard Mugs
Chalkboard paint can be used to create so many cool and quirky gifts. Buy a cheap white mug from your local supermarket or $2 store, coat in chalkboard paint and voila you have a great little gift! Wrap up in brown paper and clear cellophane and include a some chalk and a pre written message on the mug.

Picnic Gift Hampers
I love putting together hampers for my mum and grandparents! They are simple, eays to create and you can fill the hamper with all your favourite goodies!

Will you be making any Homemade gifts this Christmas?

Christmas Gift Ideas For Her

I really like the idea of creating Christmas guides on my blog and this year I have 3 articles planned for you all. This first one is kind of like a little wish list, it contains gift ideas for your sister, friend, mother or girlfriend. Still to come I have posts planned on stocking fillers and DIY Christmas gifts, stay tuned!

Everyone needs a treat once in awhile, right? :) 

1. Sportsgirl Honey Panama Hat - $29.95
2. Karen Walker Harvest Black Sunglasses - $349.00 
3. Mimco Pouch - $69.95
4. Seafolly Beach Towel - $59.95
5. Marc Jacobs Blade Chrono Watch - $337.00
6. 2015 Travel Calendar by Rifle Paper Co. - $39.95
7. Copper Gem Wire Light Shade - $49.95
8. Coffee Yeah! Mug - $24.95
9. Original Salt Water Sandals - $85.00
10. Wire Wall Shelf - $220.00
11. Frankie Diary 2015 - $36.95
12. Glasshouse Manhattan Candle - $39.95