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If you’ve been waiting all year to host Christmas in your beautiful new Hotondo home and show off that stunning new kitchen, elegant dining area, and enjoy relaxing in your living space with family and friends, we’re here to help. We’ve got some tried and true dessert recipes from some of our very own Hotondo team members that you can make ahead of time to help with your celebrations for Christmas Day!

Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Shortbread

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Who doesn’t love shortbread? It’s perfect to enjoy with a cuppa as you put your feet up and relax after a long day of celebrating. Best of all, it’s quick and easy to make a couple of days in advance! This recipe serves ten people approximately.

Ingredients
250g unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 & 1/4 cups plain flour
3/4 cup rice flour
1 & 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Icing sugar mixture, to dust (optional)

Method

Chocolate Ripple Cake Wreath

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A twist on an old favourite, this is another dessert you can make the day before you need to serve it, and just save the decorating for the day of your celebration! This yummy dessert serves approximately twelve people.

Ingredients
2 x packets of chocolate ripple biscuits
500g thickened cream for whipping
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 tablespoon icing sugar
Chocolate cream biscuits
Peppermint balls
Malteasers
Jaffas
Mint leaf lollies
Meringues

Method

Clootie Dumpling (Cloth Dumpling)

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This is a Scottish recipe that takes a little TLC to create, so allow some time a few days before you want to serve it to create this delicious pudding! Serves approximately twenty people.

Ingredients
500g self raising flour – for mixture
1 cup suet
1 cup sugar
500g mix of currants and sultanas (any ratio of your choosing)
25g mixed spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Treacle for taste (however no more than ½ cup)
Milk (up to 1 cup if needed)
Preferred alcohol of choice (that goes well with fruit – sherry, whisky, Drambuie, etc)
Some extra flour
Boiling water (from the kettle)

Calico sheet – you’ll need approximately 50cm2
2 large mixing bowls
1 large stock pot
Strong rubber band
Mixing spoon

Method

Tobler-Tastic Cheesecake

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Cheesecake is always a winning dessert especially on a hot Christmas day, and this one combines some amazing flavours. It serves approximately ten people and best of all, it’s no-bake!

Ingredients
1 ½ cups chocolate ripple biscuits, crushed to crumbs
100g melted butter
500g cream cheese, softened
¾ cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon gelatine dissolved in 2 tablespoons of boiling water
200g milk chocolate Toblerone, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup thickened cream, softly whipped
1 punnet raspberries pureed and sieved into 2 tablepsoons, combined with 2 tablespoons icing sugar
Toblerone shavings, for decoration
Extra raspberries for decoration

Method

Note that you can substitute strawberries and it still tastes delicious!

Ausukes (Little Ears)

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Best eaten when made or day of making

Ingredients and equipment
500g plain flour
2 sachets dried yeast
2 eggs
125g butter
½ cup sugar
½ cup luke warm water
½ cup milk (if necessary)
Canola oil for frying

1 large baking bowl (china or ceramic)
1 large frying pan
Paper towel
Serving plate or bowl
Rolling pin
Knife

Method
Note: in order for the mixture to rise, please keep ingredients warm.
This reciple makes about 48.

We hope these delicious dessert recipes help with your meal prep in the lead up to Christmas Day, and that the celebrations in your new Hotondo home are beautiful memories you and your family will treasure for years to come. From everyone at Hotondo Homes, we wish you a very merry Christmas, and a happy and safe new year!

For more home design and interior inspiration ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Create a stunning Christmas home this festive season with a few of our top tips. You don’t need to do a lot to create an amazing atmosphere!

 

Oh Christmas tree!

There are many alternatives to the traditional tree to help you create the perfect look for your Christmas home. We love this tiny Bonsai tree below. If you are looking for seeking something more traditional, try and stick to only one or two coloured decorations to create a theme for your tree. Don’t be afraid to step away from red or green either – pink, lime green and purple are just a few colours that have popped up over the years! Remember, different styled and shaped decorations help add some character to your tree and makes it look less ‘uniform’ and a lot more jolly!
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Deck the halls or table!

A centrepiece need not be expensive! A few beautiful candles tied together with a Christmas ribbon can add an instant touch of the festive season to your table. Pinecones are another popular addition. Spray paint them gold, or use them along with your candles to create a larger piece!
Your dining set need not be extensive either. A red tablecloth with matching napkins combined with your regular, neutral dining set, tied in with the centrepiece can make more than enough of an impact in your Christmas home!
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All I want for Christmas is a beautiful Christmas wreath!

We have two methods to hang your Christmas wreath this season without creating holes from nails in your door.

Command hooks

Command hooks allow you to hang a hook on your door without the risk or ruining the paint job. Simply stick it on the door, and remove once Christmas is over!

Ribbon or string

Thread your ribbon – or light coloured string if you are trying to hide it – through your Christmas wreath and bring it up and over the door, right through to the other side. Adhere in place with tack, and voila, you have a wreath without banging a hole into your front door!

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Carols by Christmas Lights!

Finish off your home with some stunning Christmas lights! You don’t need to go as full out as this home, trying lighting the pathway to your door or lining your eaves only with a few lights. First impressions count!

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Christmas time can be an expensive time of year due to parties, buying gifts for friends and family, the cost of food and alcohol and going on holidays.

It’s often a time when people find themselves under financial pressure, sometimes resulting in debt carrying over to the New Year.

While Christmas can be expensive, there are definitely some easy ways to save during this busy and often stressful time of year.

Presents

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Buying presents for friends and family is often the most expensive part of Christmas, therefore it’s worth thinking outside the box and coming up with some ways to cut back on costs.

Don’t be afraid to sit down with family and friends and discuss the issue of presents. Decide with some friends not to buy each other gifts this year or set a reasonable price to spend that both of you can afford.

When it comes to extended family, consider organising a Kris Kringle or Secret Santa. Not only is this a fun and exciting way to give gifts, but it will save you having to buy numerous gifts for your entire family.

In the spirit of embracing a season of simplicity, you can also consider making handmade gifts for friends and family. This is an inexpensive and sentimental way of giving gifts at Christmas.

Food & alcohol

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Buying food and alcohol for Christmas day can be extremely expensive, especially if you have a large family.

Start planning early and write yourself a list of everything you need to buy. Keep an eye out for special promotions and discounts. Be sure to shop around and consider buying your groceries from discount supermarkets such as Aldi. Check out some of their Christmas offerings here.

It’s easy to buy and cook too much food on Christmas day. To avoid this, plan ahead and know exactly how many people you have to cater for. Also look into purchasing your alcohol online prior to Christmas. This will give you the opportunity to take advantage of special online offers.

Money

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If you want to earn some extra money over the holiday period consider getting a holiday job.

Another way of earning some extra money before Christmas is to clear out old goods and sell them at the local market. You can make a few hundred dollars (or more) by selling old clothes, toys, video games and gadgets.

The month of December can be an incredibly busy time in the lead up to Christmas.

It’s often a time full of events, Christmas parties, catch-ups before the New Year, buying presents for loved ones, cooking and more. As a result, it’s often hard to find the time to get organised and do everything you need to do.

Whether it’s traditional, modern, a BBQ, picnic or a buffet you have on Christmas, be sure to get organised early to save last minute mayhem.

Write yourself a Christmas checklist and make sure it’s all ticked off before December 25.

Here are some things to write on your checklist to help you get organised this year:

  1. Have your Christmas cards ready to send out early
  2. Decorate your tree at the start of December
  3. Order your ham, turkey and seafood well in advance
  4. Consider doing a Kris Kringle or Secret Santa so you don’t have to buy numerous gifts
  5. Write a gift list and determine your budget
  6. Consider online shopping for certain presents
  7. Purchase non-perishable food items a few weeks before Christmas
  8. Set the table a few days before Christmas
  9. Take stock of your pantry and baking staples to ensure you don’t run out
  10. Buy batteries in advance for children’s toys
  11. Wrap gifts as you buy them
  12. Prepare the food you can freeze a week before
  13. Delegate some of the cooking to your family and get the kids involved
  14. Buy a few spare gifts (wine, candle or shortbread) in case someone pops in with an unexpected gift for you
  15. Make sure your bar is well-stocked prior to the big day
  16. Make a party calendar for the month of December to ensure you don’t run out of time to get organised
  17. If you’re going on holidays soon after Christmas start packing early

Deck the halls (and your home) in Christmas trimmings this year.

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Christmas is around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about everything from Christmas lights, how to cook the perfect turkey, buying your loved ones meaningful gifts and feeling festive.

Christmas time is about family, friends, yummy food and giving gifts. It’s also about decorating your home!

While there are many different ways to decorate your home this Christmas, we give you some stress-free, inexpensive ways to enjoy your home this Christmas.

Christmas tree

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Your Christmas tree is often the centrepiece of your home during the month of December. Therefore it’s important to decorate it with meaningful decorations.

If you can, position your tree in your front window. This will allow people from the outside to see your tree lit up at night time as they walk or drive past.

When decorating your tree be sure to hang your lights first, that way you do not have to do it in and around hanging decorations.

If you’re not going to have a real tree this year, consider some of these reasonably priced trees here.

Wrapping the presents under your tree in a creative way is also an easy way to add a Christmas touch to your home.

Homemade decorations

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Adorning your tree with homemade decorations is a sentimental and often inexpensive way of decorating your tree. You can use things like felt, sequins, cardboard and even pasta pieces to create special DIY ornaments. Check out some creative ideas here.

Your homemade decorations don’t just have to hang on your tree. You can use them as small gifts to friends and family, wrapping adornments for other presents or store them as keepsakes for years to come.

Be sure to get the kids involved too!

Outdoor ideas

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The outside of your home can easily reflect your Christmas cheer just as easily as the inside of your home can during the month of December. Consider using an outdoor wreath for your front door, outdoor Christmas lights or even a small display in your garden or on your front porch.

Décor

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There are many different ways you can include some Christmas décor throughout your home.

This could include a garland hanging from your staircase or mantelpiece, small ornaments on your dining table, Christmas holly in your vases or themed pillows on your lounge suite or bed.

Check out some home décor decorations here.

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Images sourced from Pinterest.


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