Friday Favourites – Holiday Edition

Hi all,

Happy Friday!

I’m not too sure whether or not I am going to continue Friday Favourites. I like being able to recap my going’s on with you all and things I like, but maybe in a different format. Watch this space. In the mean time if you have any ideas please let me know – do you like my posts on a Friday or should I change it up? What do you want to know from me?

However,  I thought I would do a favourites today. I realised that my last two posts have been more serious and also that I haven’t shared any holiday photos with you all, so I need to change that!

David and I had a quiet two weeks off over Christmas and New Year and it was perfect. We needed to relax and just chill out after a busy year but also to do some of the things we have always wanted to do but ‘never have the time’. I think we managed a perfect balance of doing and relaxing though.Friday - chase the red grape

From walking in the bush, going to the zoo, playing games, cooking, cinema time and even fitting in a puzzle (which we are still working on… it’s hard!), we simply had fun. No expectations, very little actual plans and no routine! I loved it.

So here are my Friday Favourites, holiday style, to which, of course, I couldn’t stick to simply one answer!

Favourite… Moment – Celebration, tradition and Pilateschase the red grape

I love celebrating Christmas and New Year just feels like a little added extra bonus. Christmas Eve we spent seeing Star Wars and going out for dinner. Christmas Day we carried on our Aussie tradition of walking along the beach with an iced coffee and then our British tradition of turkey and all the trimmings. New Years Day we spent together cooking a delicious meal as always. For me, tradition makes a celebration even more special… with a few new twists always thrown in!

And a big mention to Pilates, which David and I did over the 2 weeks instead of CrossFit. My body and mind loved it. We needed it. A challenge but in more of a kind way to our bodies.

Favourite… Feeling – Rest and joy

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The Escape Roon may not have been restful but it sure was joyful!

2 weeks of rest and joy. It really was! As I mentioned above every Pilates session gave me joy. Spending time with David gave me joy even if all we were doing was sitting down with our puzzle! I took 2 weeks out from writing and blogging and the rest has left me inspired.

Favourite…Purchase – Breakfast out!chase the red grape

David and I love breakfast and I cook every day for the both of us. As a result we very rarely go out, mostly because I refuse to pay for what I can cook so much cheaper at home #Scottish. But we treated ourselves to brekkie out after Pilates one day at a café we have wanted to try for a while. Those eggs, perfection. That freshly baked sourdough bread, heaven. A side of bacon, necessity.

Favourite… Food/Drink – All the food!chase the red grape

How could I chose? We love real, fresh, quality, flavourful food and that’s exactly what we ate the whole time. Highlights include that breakfast above, of course, but also my dosa at Fremantle markets, Christmas pudding and ice cream and of course the many incredible meals I made with LEFTOVERS!chase the red grapechase the red grape

Updates – 2018? + Back to what?chase the red grape

I posted twice this week. The first on Tuesday looked at the year ahead and my approach to it. Goal setting ain’t easy if you don’t know what you want!chase the RG

Thursday’s post was one for all those folks out there who work from home/ spend a lot of time at home. Everyone else was back to their work schedule this week… what about us?!

And a quick podcast update… we will be back with episode 55 next week! Subscribe to make sure your device automatically downloads the new episode when it is released on Wednesday! On both iTunes and Sticher, just search Chase the Red Grape Podcast. Excited to be back!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Out for coffee and lunch… possibly a movie… my only draw to the cinema right now is its air con! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, out for coffee, podcasting and chilling!

Have a fab weekend folks!

What was the best thing you ate all holidays?

Did you get a gift that took your breath away?

Have any ideas for the future of Friday Favourites?

8 thoughts on “Friday Favourites – Holiday Edition

  1. Cora says:

    I vote you do what you feel like doing, whether that means changing something up entirely or not. I like what you like to do because it shows through.

    This was my first Christmas EVER not having out traditional Christmas pudding. My mother is very adamant about her British traditions, but this year my sister-in-law’s mother was with us and so she made a trifle. It was lovely!! Even if it was a stray from tradition 🙂
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    • Jen says:

      Thanks lovely. It feels so good to know that you have my back no matter what direction I take 🙂
      A trifle is always good… apart from the soggy sponge at the bottom. I hate soggy cake/sponge, one of my pet peeves! Ha! When I was growing up I did not like Christmas pudding at all. I thought that was that. Then I tried it again about 8 years ago and haven’t looked back. Does your mum make it? We just buy ours but one day I will make one for sure.

    • Jen says:

      Thanks Meg! I never really had much yellow in my wardrobe but I am loving how bright and cheerful the colour is!
      WIR is on my list of options actually. Monday was always a funny day for me getting the post done but I suddenly realised, write on Friday, upload Monday. It’s as easy as that! I hope my brain kicks into gear again soon! Ha!

  2. Juli says:

    Looks like you guys had an awesome Christmas break 🙂
    Mine was so different from usual but I really enjoyed it! It was a bit weird at first to have Christmas in summer but I couldn’t say I felt more or less Christmassy. The only real difference was that we didn’t do gifts at all. Only the kids got something. So no breathtaking surprises 😉 But we skyped our families, had Christmas dinner and a Christmas Day morning walk. It was all I wanted.
    With regards to Friday Favorites, I think if you enjoy writing those kinds of posts don’t change it for the sake of changing something. But if you don’t enjoy writing then anymore just try a few other things and see what you keep wanting to write! Regardless what you write I will read it 🙂
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    • Jen says:

      I think with being away and it being so completely different to normal there was no way for you to compare it to the Christmas of home. I miss everything about the Christmas from home apart from the Christmas morning walk along the beach. There is just something so magical about it.
      And I think I might change things around and do WIR instead of Friday Favourites for a while. Break that routine! 😛

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