Chocolate dipped mandarin slices for Christmas

What a great idea for a light refreshing dessert

Cooking Without Limits

mandarin dipped in chocolate

With all the heavy foods on Christmas is nice to have an easy dessert. When I make my Raw vegan chocolate I always end up with chocolate left in the bowl. Instead of eating it from the bowl, this time I decide it to put it on some mandarins. I like this fruit – chocolate combination and is also very healthy.

You can use mandarin, clementine or orange for this recipe. If you want to be bold try it with lemon or lime. A banana is a must especially if you use peanut butter and chocolate. This is also an excellent snack and very healthy to eat between meals or after effort.

Your kids will fall in love with this snack. They will get plenty of Vitamin C and antioxidants for the day. You can substitute your granola bar or crackers or any other snack you usually eat with this…

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Wordless Wednesday : Which Way to the North Pole!

Lost in the Woods

Lost in the Woods

Time to start Decorating

It's a start

It’s a start

Judging by a lot of posts in my reader, I am WAY behind with my Christmas preparations, only taking my boxes of decorations down from the attic a few days ago!    I have started wrapping presents though, so that’s one thing that I am making progress on!

Check back next week….things should be a bit more organised, and I will definitely be ready for the BIG DAY!!




Don’t forget to write your Christmas letter…..

Harrods at Heathrow

Harrods at Heathrow


Wordless Wednesday :Merry Christmas from Africa



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Weekly Photo Challenge : Twinkle

While out and about last night and this morning, I came across many twinkling lights, as all the towns and houses around make a very special effort to put up lots of cheery lights to welcome the Christmas season.

My first two photos were taken in Kinsale harbour, where some of the boats had run twinkling lights up and down the masts, making everything very festive. Then this morning, outside our main Post Office, the postbox was all in sparkly red, just waiting for our letters to Santa Claus/Father Christmas!

Linked to Weekly Photo Challenge : Twinkle


Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge : Preoccupied

now where can I find some cartoons!

now where can I find some cartoons!

I love this photo taken on Christmas morning, of my little grandson studiously studying someone’s unattended tablet!

And these girls were so busy and preoccupied in the Elf Workshop, making something for Santa Claus, that there was no time to waste smiling for Nana’s camera!

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Tivoli Trees all dressed up for Christmas

The people in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, make a very special effort all year round to make the place welcoming for visitors, and this is especially true at Christmas time.    Here are some of the trees ready and waiting for you to visit.

hearts growing on trees!

hearts growing on trees!



aned more hearts…


The weeping willow is happy with all the lights around it.


Tivoli welcomes you.


More hearts by the roundabout of happy elves

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen- In the Mood for Christmas!

I had a 5 hour stopover in Copenhagen,on my way home from Norway yesterday, and rather than spend it dragging myself around the airport shops, I hopped on a train to the city centre.    It only takes about 15 minutes to get into the city, and the Tivoli Gardens are only about 5 minutes walk from the train station.  The gardens are so full of Christmas cheer, with lights everywhere, a Christmas market and fun fair, and it was so nice to stroll around and take pictures of all the amazing sights,   If only my grandchildren were with me, they would have had eyes like saucers as there was so much to see and do, and it was a lovely mild day, about 12 degrees, which was a nice change after being in about zero degrees in Norway, with snow on the ground.

This is the main entrance – time to go and explore!


Presents, presents everywhere -, and look, someone left some parcels besides the Brussels Sprouts!   No turkeys hanging around though!






It’s going to be a White Christmas!

I am visiting my family in Norway at the moment, and this is what we woke up to this morning.  The untrodden, fresh snow looks so pretty and it is surprisingly mild and calm outside,  the first snowfall always brings lots of excitement to children and adults.  We spent some time tramping through the snow, making fresh footprints, clearing the pathways and steps,  and maybe later we will build a snowman! 




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