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Christmas with Freedom



When Freedom asked me if I'd like to check out their new range that's out in time for Christmas, I was more than happy to oblige. If you are anything like me, you'll have more than one festive catch up pencilled in to the diary. I love a decorated table (no matter how small the occasion), so instead of decorating the classic long lunch table that's expected on the 25th, I thought I'd have a play with a more casual table setting that could work for some Saturday afternoon drinks with friends. The idea for this post came about when I spotted the Iced Tea Recipe card in-store. The drink not only looks pretty (in Freedom Screw Top Jars and paper straws) but is super easy to make. Other items that caught my eye were the little spice jars with yellow lids and a handy blackboard label, ($12.95 each) I simply used my chalkboard paint marker and penned guests names. Parsley shoots from our herb garden added an inexpensive shot of colour, but puffs of Hydrangea would also look great.

I placed the jars on baby oak chopping boards ($29.95 for a set of 4) with soft linen napkins that softened the look with twine napkin rings, and goes perfectly with the natural linen table cloth. The only thing you see here that's not from Freedom is the paper centrepiece, hired from The Propery -  but would you believe -  is hand made from coffee filter paper. Read great DIY instructions on this gorgeous blog

To celebrate the beginning of Summer and the official countdown to Christmas, Freedom have generously given me a $250.00 gift voucher to giveaway to one of my readers*. Just let me know a dish you always like to see at your Christmas Day (or Eve) feasting table. Me?  I't's all about my Mum's glazed ham with cranberries. 

I'll let you know on Wednesday who the lucky winner is (using my online random number generator). You gotta be in it to win it peeps!

I hope you all had a great weekend,

Briar x
*This competition is now closed. Winner is #19, Cherie. Congratulations!

59 comments:

  1. My mum's chicken liver pate has been a feature of Christmas for nearly 40 years. It is delicious on toast as a Boxing Day breakfast. Merry Christmas Briar.

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  2. I always make a gingerbread house - a perfect way to end a Christmas feast is to watch the kids (and adults) smash it up and eat it - yum!

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  3. My Brother in-laws Trifle.... DELICIOUS!

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  4. Wouldn't that be a fab Christmas pressie? Good work Freedom and thank you Sunday Collector!
    Our must have for Christmas dinner is a delicious frozen pudding with berries and meringue absolutely divine! Perfect for a hot Australian Christmas it think... http://weliketomakestuff.blogspot.com.au/2011/12/christmas-2011.html

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  5. oh wow, that would be a lovely Xmas treat. The Canadian in me can't live without maple pecan tarts on Christmas. Divine- even better Boxing Day bright and early with a coffee! Xx

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  6. My mum always makes a sticky date pudding, for those if us who are not so inclined towards the old fashioned Christmas pud. Drizzled in butterscotch sauce it's my Christmas favourite!

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  7. Looks lovely, Briar! I love to make brandy butter for the desert table each year. Although only my mum and I indulge - apparently I'm a little too heavy-handed with the brandy for everybody else's liking :)

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  8. Love the more casual table to celebrate around.. as for Christmas , its the Turkey that gets me .. it definatly has something to do with the tradition and presentation of it , ( its not the added heat from having the oven on all afternoon on a 40 degree plus day lol ) and the creativity we use trying to come up with different ways to cook it and present it ... or it could simple be that somehow in all my 34 years i allways end up lucky enough to get a Drumstick ... ( could have something to do with me allways "helping" with the serving ..lol

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  9. I think a must at any (Australian) Christmas table is a perfectly made pavlova! There is no other dish quite like.it and I look forward to it every year.

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  10. Brandy butter with Christmas pudding. Soooo good!!

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  11. I love my mums fresh seasonal potato salad. It's full of yummy ingredients like avocado, bacon, sour cream, shallots and garlic - it's a winner and family favourite every year

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  12. It's all about home made custard for me - yum!

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  13. My family has a seemingly peculiar tradition of including canned half peaches plated hole side up with cranberry sauce dotted in the centre along side the traditional English spread! While it certainly isn't a mind blowing delicacy (although my affection grows for it year after year) I haven't experienced it at any other Christmas in the world. It makes me look forward to coming home to my mum and dads and reminds me of all the shenanigans at Christmas pasts! I think it's those sentimental Christmas traditions that make the time of year so special! All thanks to a can of peach halves and a jar of cranberry sauce!!

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  14. Mine is Hayden's mum Liz's Hawaiian Salad. It's very retro and is made from marshmallows, mandarin segments, pineapple pieces, shredded coconut and sour cream. It's sounds a bit naff I know but is so delicious as a cool dessert for Christmas. Always served in vintage parfait glasses with a cherry on top :)

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  15. Plum pudding! Nothing says Christmas than fruity plum pudding and brandy custard :)

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  16. Hi There, the one thing that makes Chirstmas day for my is my mother's trifle. It's old school with jam scrolls, sherry, custard - the works! Trifle gets a bad wrap these days but you haven't tried this one :)

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  17. Rocky Road! Each year brings about a new challenge of achieving the best combination - White/milk, pistachio/macadamia, marshmallow/red liquorice, scotch fingers/honeycomb - You name it, we've tried it!

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  18. Christmas Pavlova x This year I'm thinking raspberries and mango (kids current fav fruits)!!!!!

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  19. Christmas Pudding ... no Christmas is complete without this gorgeous dish my Mum first made in 1954.
    As a kid we all had a stir of the mix "for luck" before it went into the cloth, was boiled in the old copper then hung in the laundry for six weeks prior to the big day! I still use the same silver threepences & sixpences Mum used that she repeatedly traded with the Christmas lunch finders with the advent of decimal currency.
    The tradition is alive and well. This year my Great Grand Daughter's Bella & Millie stirred the pud for luck:)
    Loving your blog year after year Briar. Merry Christmas to You & Your beautiful family. xo

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  20. I most look forward to my grandmothers christmas pudding :)

    Love your casual dining setting - the little blackboard jars are the cutest.

    xx
    jess

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  21. Christmas, such a fabulous time for eating, drinking and handmaking of things. I have several favourites but I think the winner has to be what my family makes for the starter, every year.. I wish I was kidding. It is prawn cocktail! As my family are in the UK I am not talking the delicious prawns you get here either, I am talking frozen teeny tiny things in cocktail sauce on an iceberg lettuce. As we now live here we have adapted it to bring it up to speed with modern times... It now is a big prawn & chorizo skewer done on the bbq with avocado and lime dressing.Ohh yes! Merry Christmas! Katy Dee x

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  22. Crispy Pork Belly Roast with sticky sweet sauce!! I'm drooling just typing it out! :)

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  23. Chocolate coated nuts are something that is truly Christmassy to me that I never eat at any other time of the year! Also my Nanna's pineapple cream cheese dip - sounds gross but its delicious on a Jatz!

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  24. violet crumble ice cream sandwiches on Christmas eve :-)

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  25. It would have to be Granny's trifle - Yum!

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  26. There's nothing like my dads fresh seafood spread of fresh-caught fish, squid, octopus, crab and prawns surrounding by big bowls of summer salad and fruit platters. So colourful and yum!

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  27. Anything from the sea. We always sit down to a feast of freshly shucked oysters, tiger prawns, scallops in the half shell and a whole steamed barramundi on the BBQ. I love how "Australian" it feels. We may not have snow outside or a roast turkey on the table but a seafood smorgasbord with ciders and sparkling is what Christmas is all about.

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  28. I think it's Fruit mince pies made by Mum. Misshapen, crumbly and delicious :)

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  29. My mums famous ice cream with all our favourite lollies mixed in. Still a favourite with all kids (youngest is now 24!)

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  30. It just has to be a beautifully decorated Pavlova! Get's me every time! x

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  31. It's all about the fresh garlic prawns straight from the BBQ at our place! Served with an ice cold beer of course. Yum!

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  32. It has to be mums' plum pudding which she makes every year and gets eaten no matter what the weather. The past few years we have had it with my husbands home made custard which is a match made in heaven .

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  33. It would have to be my dads Brandy butter/hard sauce - I'm still yet to make my pudding (whoops!) and it's 40 degrees today so it'll have to wait another day but I've always loved my dads hard sauce. So many memories of Christmas' past!
    Abbe

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  34. My grandma's pavlova. For some reason she can never get it to stay 'up', so it's more like a giant meringue but you can't go past the taste!

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  35. My roast turkey which I brine overnight and then cook in the BBQ! Always a hit. (missgourmetchick[at]gmail.com)

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  36. For me it's ham too - my mum glazes it with pineapple. I could eat that whole oinker it's so delicious! (no wonder my brothers nickname for me as a kid was 'hamhead'!!)

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  37. It has to be my Mum's Orange & Macadamia-Crusted Ham - washed down with a couple of icy cold cocktails, naturally! Merry Christmas!

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  38. Fresh seafood is a staple at our Christmas lunch, prawns and oysters with a champagne vinegerette. Isn't Christmas without them.

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  39. My dad makes fantastic butterflied garlic chili prawns on the BBQ. I cajole him to make them every year. I was devastated when I went off prawns when I was pregnant...it just didn't feel like Christmas and as much as I tried, I couldn't eat them. This year I am pregnant again but joy, oh joy, my love of prawns hasn't dissipated so prawns are on the Christmas lunch menu. I'm so looking forward to sharing them with my little two year old girl and bump at Christmas lunch this year!

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  40. Christmas is a 6 course feast in our house and it's very hard to pick one meal as a favourite. On top of that is all the Christmas treats eaten in the lead up, during and after. I would have to say it is the rum balls, shortbread and white Christmas that make it for me!

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  41. Champagne and fresh fruit platters for brekkie & Honey glazed ham for lunch!! Yum Christmas food is the best!!

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  42. Marshmallow fruit salad! A mixture of sweetness and fruity goodness, this concoction of pineapple, mandarin, sour cream marshmallows and coconut flakes is always a treat!

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  43. I love seeing my grandma's passionfruit flummery sitting on the table in it's cut glass bowl. It has been a Christmas desert for a long as I can remember!

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  44. It's has to be a glazed Ham otherwise it's just not Christmas!
    VX

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  45. Summer Berry Trifle in mum's depression glass bowls and champagne with strawberries. Perfect summer Christmas food.

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  46. Definitely my Mum's delicious glazed ham….it's mouthwatering!
    Love the styling of some of Freedoms new range!!!! Thks for sharing….

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  47. An enormous bowl of fresh raspberries with good cream. Best ever.

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  48. Trifle, trifle trifle! What other time of the year could you get away with eating a concoction like that?

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  49. Has to be the ol' gobbler! Turkey doesn't get much of a run during the 'other' part of the year and it's certainly not my favourite meat in the world but I just couldn't imagine Christmas lunch without it. My family are from western NSW where we would cook it in 45 degree heat every year. Now we usually celebrate at our holiday house on the South Coast and we just can't tear ourselves away from it, even though we're right near the sea!!! We save the seafood for Boxing Day and still roast the turkey!

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  50. Moreton Bay Bugs are always a Christmas favourite. We have them a different way every year as part of our Christmas starter. This year we shall have Moretob Bay Bug cerviche .

    Carolyn

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  51. Champagne with wild hibiscus flowers in syrup and pavlova of course!

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  52. Beautiful styling Sunday Collector. My mum's hazelnut meringue covered with strawberries and cream is a favourite for our family Christmas celebrations.

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  53. Love the spice jars and the way you used them. A huge pavlova loaded with fresh berries is what I am looking forward to

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  54. Oh I love Christmas!! And all the food that comes with it :) But I always leave room for ice cream pudding for dessert!! The best way to end a delish meal whilst surrounded by wonderful family & friends!

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  55. It's not Christmas without my mum's home made lasagna!

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  56. You can't beat some fresh Aussie prawns

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  57. oooooh, I am huge fan of the Christmas Turkey. It is such a shame that it isn't a more regular occurrence all year round. YUM.

    Jamie

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  58. My Nonna's gnocchi.
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