Say G’day To The Featured Bloggers Today


December 18, 2014 by Joanne T Ferguson

Now that you are here, I hope you will Say G’day To Our Featured Bloggers Today!

First of all, Natasha in Oz and I, would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support and friendship, as we truly enjoyed “meeting and greeting” everyone and your submissions each week!

We always appreciate how you thank us as hosts, leaving comments, as it truly demonstrates how sharing is caring!

As 2014 winds down and the New Year will be upon is soon, this will be the last featured post of the year, but you can rest assured the party will be back in 2015 to welcome you into the New Year full of hope, promise and of course party fun!

There are so many exciting projects going in “behind the scenes” that we are just
B-U-R-S-T-I-N-G to share, but those will have to wait for another day, as let’s get onto the features, okay?

From top left to right, when I saw Aubrey from Homegrown & Healthy‘s Red Velvet Crinkle Christmas Cookies, I thought I have never made anything red velvet nor crinkle cookies as both have been on my list; to combine the two, caught me eye!

I also like things “different and unique” like me and for some reason associate crinkle cookies with a Shar pei; a China breed of dog known for its distinct features and the name translates to sand skin; kind of like these wonderful cookies!

I love crafts that can be made economically and Bonnie from The Pin Junkie‘s Washi Tape Gift Bags and Gift Tag, Dawn from Homemaking HacksMake Your Own Snowflake Gift Wrap, Phyllis from Grandparents PlusDIY Gift Bags, Robin from Redo it Yourself‘s How To Make A Candy Cane Basket, Jessica from Living Chic on the Cheap‘s DIY Peppermint Plate, Kira and Michelle from sunshine and HURRICANESRudolph Snack Mix, Emilie from Oh My! Sugar High‘s Frosted Holiday Reindeer Cookies, Sarah from Little Red Brick House‘s Grain Sack Stripe Christmas Sled, and not necessarily in order, but am sure you can figure it out…Mary-Kate from Christianity Cove‘s “Using-What’s Available” Snow Globe Christmas Craft so reminded me of crafts with my friend Annie via Fridays Are All About Features, Food and Fun {Pay It Forward}.

Princess Svetlana (my real best friend from primary school called elementary school in the States) and I used to always look forward to Annie’s classes on Saturday!

Do you THINK it’s a coincidence that our Say G’day Party is on Saturday too?

I don’t believe in coincidences…YOU?

When I saw Jen from Feather PixelsItalian Style Slow Cooker Meatballs, they transformed me back to childhood while attending the Feast of San Gennaro Festival in New York City every year; a one day religious ceremony which started in 1926 when immigrant families started a feast and continued the tradition!

My mum used to make meatballs very similar too and I now salivating these meatballs right now!

I WISH I had a dollar (to donate to charity of course) every time someone has asked me worldwide what to do with eggnog and or left over eggnog!

Jamie from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom provided JUST the answer with her unique Sugar Cookies with Eggnog Frosting!

Did you know Vietnamese Pho could be made in a Crock Pot?

I didn’t, until I saw Billie from Menu of Musing‘s recipe!

Let’s jump around again and am sure you can follow my lead!

Ronni from Sassy GirlzAndes Mint Chocolate Cupcakes so reminded me of childhood nights when my mum and I would hop in the car and get ice cream!

My favorite was Mint Chocolate Chip, Pink Bubblegum and the third scoop always varied!

Honestly, who can go past Saucijzenbroodjes aka Dutch Sausage Rolls?

Joy from Joy Love Food‘s recipe made me want to reach through the screen and try one or two, okay, but three is my limit!

Joy from Yesterfood‘s Rich Holiday Fruit Bread just “oozes of Christmas, festive times” in my head!

I love holiday traditions and Joy’s recipe make me smile!

Talking about traditions….

With a joyful tear in my eye, Amanda from Dwelling Happiness10 Unique Ways to Display your Christmas Cards caught my eye as every year it was “a tradition” with my mum and me to display all the Christmas cards received around the living room (back in the dinosaur age when most people still sent Christmas cards).

Some days, we would re-read them aloud, especially if there was a personalized message; there usually was.

While all the cards were special (as you know I don’t play favorites), there were two Christmas cards we both always looked forward to, as the card and message always made both mum and I “feel special!”

They were from two “extremely special” people who my mum worked with and were my elementary school teachers.

As an adult, my mum would phone me to “Come quick! They arrived”; she would wait until I “came home” to open each one!

Even as I am writing this, I have the biggest smile, as due to “beyond extraordinary circumstances,” bordering on two miracles, after mum’s death in 2010, I was “through FATE” reconnected with BOTH of my primary school teachers; we were destined to be lifelong friends!

Thank you Amanda for allowing me to relive this memory today, as it really is priceless to live in the present, but “treasure the precious past!”

I would LOVE to hear from you something that was special about this blog post today!

I know each and every person who stopped by and shared a bit of themselves at our party took a time out and enjoyed saying G’day virtually!

Thank you again and look forward to seeing our first 2015 Say G’day party!

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41 thoughts on “Say G’day To The Featured Bloggers Today

  1. Amira says:

    Just stopping by to check on you dear. I hope everything is ok with you.

  2. Our first time to visit :). Looks like there was a lot of good things here last year. Looking forward to more goodness this year!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  3. Oh my goodness!! So many fantastic links here… I think I’m going to spend hours getting lost on all of these now!!

  4. milkteaxx says:

    what a lovely collection of recipes and bloggers you have here!

  5. Hi Joanne, Merry Christmas! I’m a first time visitor but look forward to dropping by again soon. Happy New Year too. Kate

  6. Just popping by to wish you a very Merry Christmas, Joanne, to you and all your family. I hope 2015 is a great year for you xx

  7. Excellent round up, I have no idea where to look first 😀

    Happy Holidays!
    Choc Chip Uru

  8. Jessica says:

    Thank you so much for the lovely feature! I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  9. glamorous glutton says:

    Fab round up of delicious dishes and projects. I love the crackle cookies perfect for afternoon Christmas Tea. GG

  10. jeanne says:

    Hi joanne, going to make those choc crackle cookies they look realllllly goooood. Just finished cooking gingerbread people with my daughter and will decorate them later today. Brings back lots of memories when i use to make them with my mum, all sorts of xmas biscuits and chocolates. Using my mums recipe for gingerbread. Thanks for the memories and wishing you and chef georgio a merry xmas and a great 2015. X x x

  11. debi says:

    What a lovely round-up and a great way to introduce new bloggers to people. Thanks for all your hard work on this.

  12. great bloggers and great selection! congrats to all!

  13. this is a terrific selection of holiday treats and recipes. Always enjoy visiting new blogs.

  14. What a great variety of tasty recipes. They all look so delicious!

  15. Holy Cow! So much goodness in one post. I’m starving now.

  16. Those Dutch sausage rolls certainly caught my attention but then most of the photos are absolutely outstanding.

  17. I have witnessed the talents of many of these bloggers and am always in awe of their creativity. They deserve to be spotlighted.

  18. joylovefood says:

    Hi Joanne, thanks for featuring my Dutch Sausage Rolls! This is such a wonderful collection! Pho in the crock pot? Yes, please! And I am so with you with wanting to try red velvet AND crinkle cookies, together they sound wonderful, I have to try them :). Happy Holidays!!

  19. Tara says:

    Love this roundup and that it is sweet and savory!! Happy Holidays!!

  20. Amira says:

    Look at this breath taking collection… very lovely. Happy holidays.

  21. It’s such a shame the act of writing Christmas cards and sending them is on the decline. I do love the sentiment of personal Christmas cards. I still write mine every year but I seem to receive fewer and fewer as the years tick by. I don’t think my kids will send Christmas cards – they’re not a generation that will queue up in the post office xx

  22. Joy @ Yesterfood says:

    Thank you, Joanne and Natasha, for including my Holiday Fruit Bread in your wonderful features this week! I’m so happy you liked it. I took some to my mom and dad on Monday, and they were thrilled- my mom said she had been wanting some, and had her recipe out to make some! Pinning and sharing your post!

  23. Thank you SO much for the feature of my 10 unique holiday card holders, Joanne!! Such a sweet surprise! I’m so glad to help bring back those special memories, too! Those are just the best. 🙂 Thanks for hosting a great party each week! Merry Christmas!

  24. Great holiday collection of crafts and recipes! Thanks so much for including my washi tape gift bags and gift tags! Happy holidays!

  25. Good morning, Joanne!
    I’m honored to be featured among so many lovely features! Thank you so much for hosting and sharing all of us. I hope you have a very merry Christmas and I look forward to 2015 with you!


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