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I’m off galivanting around the world for a few weeks so I have lined up some some talented ladies to hold the fort while I’m gone. Hope you enjoy!

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It might be cold over here where I am at the moment, but back home I know everyone will be gearing up for hot New Year’s Eve parties by the pool or barbecue. I can’t picture a more appropriate drink for a summer cocktail soiree than this delish pomegranate margarita slushy by Jane from one of my fave online shops and blogs emerald + ella. Show us how it’s done, Jane!  – Alicia

Earlier in the year when I was in Mexico on my honeymoon I discovered a cute restaurant that drew me in with its enormous margarita menu outside. They had mango jalapeno, hibiscus, pineapple chipotle and tamarind flavours to name a few. I loved that they had taken an already awesome drink and somehow made it even more delicious!

So now that summer is upon us I thought I would try my own little variation on this sweet and sour classic – a pomegranate margarita slushy – no slushy machine required!

Pomegranate margarita slushies

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup caster sugar

2 cups pomegranate juice (I used POM Wonderful from the supermarket)

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

1/2 cup tequila

Lime slices and pomegranate seeds to serve

Place the water and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir to dissolve sugar. Bring to the boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the pomegranate juice, lime juice and tequila and stir to combine. Pour into a shallow 1.5L baking dish. Freeze for 3 hours. Break up any ice crystals with a fork. Freeze for a further 3 hours or overnight, until frozen. Scrape mixture into a blender and blend quickly until slushy. Pour into glasses and top with lime slices and pomegranate seeds to serve.

Makes 6

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Tips

  • If you don’t have a blender you can scrape the mixture into a large jug and blend with a stick mixer, or even break up vigorously with a fork.
  • You can substitute lime juice with lemon juice if you happen to have a glut of them.
  • Freeze any leftover pomegranate seeds in a small container or snaplock bag and use for fruit salads, chicken salads or on pavlova for a jewel-like surprise.

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About the guest poster:

I’m Jane, the girl behind the emerald + ella blog. I’m also a recipe writer, food stylist, shop owner, vintage collector, New Zealander, married to an Aussie boy, aspirational crafter, wine drinker, pulled pork sandwich lover and basically just a girl who likes pretty things.

In my blog I explore a world of beautiful, eclectic things to brighten up your day. We cover everything from lip-smacking recipes to sweet celebration ideas and some crafty little projects in between. I will also be getting input from some peeps that inspire me so hopefully they will give you some inspiration too. Don’t forget to check out my little shop! – www.emeraldandella.com.au.

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12 Days of Christmas crafts

Oak leaf garland

This is a foolproof project for those of you out there who say you don’t have a crafty bone in your body. It requires only two materials and no special equipment and you’ll be done in five minutes flat. How’s that for easy?

Oak leaf garland tutorial materials

You will need:

Instructions:Oak leaf garland tutorial

1. Tie on tags at even intervals along the twine.

2. Tie a loop at each end to hang.

I hung them on the stairs (using mini 3M Command Strips) but it would also look great on a mantle, window or tree. If you don’t want to shell out for the tags (sob!) you can easily substitute simpler freehand cut leaf shapes or any festive shape cut using a craft punch. For a more polished look, replace the bakers twine with satin ribbon.

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Since I have a different colour scheme for our Christmas tree each year, that leaves a majority of ornaments sitting on the bench. I still want to enjoy them so I put this reserves team to work in other ways, like in a silver dish on our coffee table:

In a bowl
This is the simplest way to add some festive sparkle to any corner of your home. Just place a pile of tonal baubles in a bowl or dish and place it on a coffee table, mantlepiece, sideboard, console or dining table. For extra impact, opt for one with a metallic surface (like my dish here) or glass.

bell window hanging  colourful baubles in window
Real Simple | Country Living

In a window
String up ornaments on ribbn tied to the curtain rod to let them catch the light.

Real Simple ornament chandelier 

pink christmas hall
Real Simple | Bower Power | House & Garden

Make a chandelier
Cluster together a bunch of baubles and hang in an entry way (as above) or over the Christmas table.

Christmas table setting  ornaments on mirror
Country Living

Incorporate into table settings
Make your table festive with ornaments at individual place settings, as a centrepiece or just scattered along the length. Place on a mirror to double the sparkle.

metallic bauble wreath
Living Artfully

Make a wreath
Go traditional and oh-so-elegant with a bauble wreath. Choose from classic tonal shades (as above) or have fun with contrasting colours. I love how they’ve mixed up matte and shiny to give added depth.

baubles on ladder and candlestick  green baubles on candlesticks
Better Homes & Gardens | Young House Love

Top candlesticks
Group tall candlesticks on a mantlepiece and top with a bauble each to add colour to your holiday mantle. Make them all-matching (right) or subtely different (left) but either way make sure they’re different heights so they don’t look too formal.

baubles in conche  baubles in lamp
Better Homes & Gardens | Young House Love

Fill a vase
… or conche cloche*, cake stand or even a hollow glass lampshade. For the latter examples you’ll need to turn fill the vessel upside down, cover the opening with a plate (or similar) and carefully turn right way up.  

framed baubles  framed bauble cake table
Country Living | Better Homes & Gardens 

Frame them
For something completely different. 

These are great ideas if you’re like me and have more ornaments than will fit on the tree, they’re also great if you like to bring Christmas into the rest of your home or if you simply don’t have room for a tree.

*Update: Thank you all for not embarrassing me by pointing out that I got this word completely wrong. A conche, I now know, is a “surface scraping mixer and agitator that evenly distributes cocoa butter within chocolate”. Yeah. That. Since I don’t like anything agitating about my decor, I will now use the right word (although I will feel like a pretentious twat casually dropping ’cloche’ into a sentence).

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