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I do love Christmas time. Love the festivity of it, the warmth shared amongst family and friends and the generosity that you see.

These very cute watermelon Christmas trees make such an easy Christmas Treat. I can take no credit for the idea! The lovely Jessica from Apples and Jam, sent me a photo of a massive pile of watermelon Christmas trees someone had brought along to a kinder party as their Christmas treat.

We had some watermelon at home, so thought I would make afternoon tea for the kids a bit more special, by making some cuts in the watermelon to turn them into the trees. They were a hit, even the bigger boys liked them. They thought it made it easier to eat.

Tip: Make sure you have a decent size thickness to your watermelon slices so they are more stable.

Mini Ice Creams

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A few weeks ago I made this comment on a recipe post from Amy at The Misadventurous Maker:

They look amazing. Have never tasted it. Not sure I am brave enough to cook it myself though!

I was talking about gorgeous mini cones Amy had made from homemade Salted Dulce De Leche Ice Cream. On twitter after that Amy said next time she made a batch she would drop some in to me and this week she did!

I was so touched by Amy’s generosity. Not only did she bring a tub of ice cream for me, but had also made homemade frozen raspberry yoghurt for the kids.

Amy gave me mini cones as well to serve the frozen treats in. They were from Coles and came with the very cute stand you see in the photo.

If you are like me and not brave enough to make your own ice cream, these mini cones served on the tray with store bought ice cream, would still make a very cute and easy Christmas treat. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes to add some colour and you would be done!

In Amy’s post she actually lines the inside of the cones with chocolate (you can see how Amy does it here) and covers the ice cream with melted chocolate.

Even with out those extras the ice cream tasted divine – thanks Amy! The frozen raspberry yoghurt was devoured eagerly by the kids too.

Thanks to both Jessica and Amy for thinking of me – both were lovely surprises.

What lovely surprises have you had already this Christmas Season?

When this post goes live, I will be in Malaysia, so now menu plan this week!

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7 comments...read them below or add one

  • Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo December 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    want that icecream!

    My lovely surprises have been in chocolate form from lots of my readers. Nearly every day has been brightened by another parcel in the mail!

  • Corrin December 18, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Without ruining everyone’s good fun. The icecream recipe looks amazingly delicious! And nothing can beat a traditional one.
    My mum makes icecream (for the 8 grandkids) every year for Xmas by mixing 2 parts cream to 1 part condensed milk, and then add crushed biscuits or a crushed crunchy bar or whatever flavour you like.
    Just stir them well, pop it in the freezer and Voila!
    It’s REALLY good.

  • Deb December 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Yum, I have bought myself an icecream maker for Christmas (my dad always gives me money), this is great inspiration to have a go, maybe not as a first recipe but definitely soon. I almost want to open it now – just to have some ready for Christmas of course.
    As for lining the cones I have spread Nutella in them – the kids love it and I can almost convince myself it is a bit better for you than chocolate.

  • Amy December 19, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Hi Nic,

    It was so lovely meeting you! I just finished writing my post on all of my Christmas baking and gifts. I’ve definitely gone overboard this year but have made most 90% of the gifts we’re giving so it’s justified! Plus, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed making each and every bit.

    I mentioned in my post today how you are such a vibrant and inspiring and energetic woman! I love your blog and your book and am extremely touched that you’ve linked to my teeny, new blog.

    Most of all, I’m glad you and your family enjoyed my ice creams!!!

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.

    Looking forward to more inspiring reading here in 2012.xoxoxoxo

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