I don't know about you, but I am addicted to chocolate. I seems I can go cold turkey on alcohol, coffee, pasta and potatoes, but if there is chocolate, I will find it and devour more than a recommended portion in one sitting, without batting an eyelid.
Well one thing is for sure, Justin Hemmes sure knows how to throw a party. Last time I was at the Newport Arms, or The Newport, as it is now officially known, you could have shot a cannon into the beer garden. What you would have hit, was a couple of tables of Bogans in singlets, slamming scooners and my kids playing in the sand pit, whilst intermittently downing chocolate milk shakes and over priced banana bread.
There are always a million things to do around The Beach House. I have no problem coming up with ideas for improving our house, but as a busy mum, it's just mustering the energy to execute them, that gets me every time.
To think these garden beds were beautifully coiffed when we bought the Beach House 11 or so years ago. A couple of babies later, which zapped all my energy for gardening and a husband who would rather sail on weekends than garden. Accordingly, they were a real mess.
One of the best things about getting out of bed at 6am for Saturday sport, on the other side of Sydney, is that it really gets you out of your comfort zone. And we all know what that means, when we dare to take a step outside the usual.
If you are here for the Chocolate Ripple Christmas Wreath, which is the simplest Christmas dessert ever, it's right at the bottom, so scroll down. My daughter wanted me to say it tastes like Cookies and Cream Ice Cream too.
But first a bit about our Christmas 2015.
I'd love to tell you the click bait version of Christmas, but that would irrevocably damage relationships, so we shall stick with the G rated one. Go on admit it, we all have a click bait version of Christmas, it's just not the one we put up on Facebook. That version is what I call the Christmas Show Reel.
Hi I'm Carolyn coming to you from a sweet little beach house on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Desire Empire is my passion and I love all things vintage, interiors, food, travel and family. Come and join me on my journey in paradise.