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Holiday Wishes, A Break, and A Raspberry Mojito

With cuppas and mince tarts at hand, Bear and I are nearly ready for our little Aussie Christmas here on the farm.

We picked up our mulberry Christmas tree and she will go up today, festooned with bells and stars and little tin hearts. After Christmas we will plant her in our growing orchard alongside our Christmas pears, crabapples, and citrus trees from past holidays.

We had a jolly day trip together this week, driving to Brisbane on a bright, sunny morning to visit our favorite Croatian and Russian food shops. We stocked up on delicious smoked Croatian hams, Danish salami, Aussie corned beef, Hungarian sausages, Danish cheeses, a smoked pig’s tail for scrumptious bean soup, an array of new Aussie teas, Russian ajvar spread, and a whole kilo of Brazil nuts to roast with sea salt and fresh rosemary. Such happy, delectable food. Add all that to fresh bread rolls, apricot pie, peach crumble with walnut streusel, fresh mangoes, and homemade liqueurs, and we have marvelous celebrating ahead of us.

We are both really looking forward to utter relaxation this holiday, with new books and movies and fun little projects and day trips to keep us from getting bored. I will teach Bear how to play Settlers of Catan and he will teach me how to use the new power tools we got for wood-working.

I will be taking a blogging break until mid-January and am so excited to implement some changes here that I will unveil then.

We wish you a wonderful holiday, wherever you are, filled with all the people and experiences that make your heart soar. XO See you again mid-January!!

Raspberry Mojito


6-8 mint leaves
5 raspberries
3 half lime slices
1 tsp lime juice
1-2 tsp simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water heated until sugar dissolves)
2 ounces white rum


  1. Muddle leaves, raspberries, and lime slices in a glass.
  2. Add lime juice, simple syrup, and white rum, stirring to mix.
  3. Serve immediately.
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Jeanne Horak - Sounds like a good plan to me πŸ™‚ Wishing you, Bear and your friends and family many blessings and much joy in 2014!

Krista - Thank you so much, dear Jamie! It has been such a good time of rest and restoration. πŸ™‚ XO

Jamie - Your holiday sounds perfect… and much deserved. Wishing you both a very happy new year full of joy, good health and happiness xoxo

Krista - What clever girls we are making such delicious things to drink, @GourmetGetaway:disqus πŸ™‚ Wishing you a fantastic New Year! πŸ™‚

Krista - You make me smile so big, dear @disqus_rUfbuuJCjV:disqus , for you do the very same thing for me. XO Love you so much and hope that we can find a way to visit this coming year, on your continent or mine. πŸ™‚

GourmetGetaway - WOW!!! How funny, I just finished drinking a Lime Mojito!
I love the colours in your raspberry version… YUM. Have a Merry Christmas.
Thanks for sharing.

Robin Davis - You continue to inspire me to be dedicated to thriving. Thanks so much Krista. I am making some changes in 2014 in an attempt to pursue passions. Thanks for staying true to yours. Love to you!

Krista - Thank you so much, dear Sosae! It has been so good thus far, restful, healing, inspiring, a time for cocooning and working through things. πŸ™‚ XO

Sosae - Oh, you’ve succeeded in making me totally hungry! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Krista! Much joy and all good things to you in the New Year. Looking forward to your return to the internets. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you so much, dear Hila! I’m SO thrilled with the exciting things happening in your life and can’t wait to hear about your adventures across the pond. πŸ™‚ xo

Hila - I hope you had a brilliant Christmas Krista! Wishing you a wonderful New Year. xx

Krista - It has been absolutely wonderful, Hotly Spiced! πŸ™‚ So relaxing and peaceful and happy. πŸ™‚ How fun that you have these placemats as well! They are so cheery. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you so much, @karenbackroadjournal:disqus !! Wishing you a beautiful holiday too. πŸ™‚ XO

Hotly Spiced - Merry Christmas Krista! I hope you had the best one ever. I was given a set of those placemats for my wedding many, many years ago. I had forgotten all about them until I saw them on this post. What a beautifully festive-loving drink xx

Karen (Back Road Journal) - Merry Christmas Krista, I hope you have a wonderful day.

Krista - Thank you so much, El! πŸ™‚ I really, truly am. πŸ™‚ XO

El - Looks wonderful. Enjoy the holiday!

Krista - Thank you so much, dear @inspiringtravellers:disqus πŸ™‚ Wishing you so much happiness and good health this year. πŸ™‚ xo

Andrea and John - Merry Christmas, Krista! Hope 2014 is just wonderful for you xo ~Andrea.

Krista - I thoroughly am, @ken_powell:disqus πŸ™‚ And I will definitely be back in a few weeks. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, @budgetjan:disqus πŸ™‚ I’m excited to change things up a bit and make it easier to navigate and share things. πŸ™‚ XO Happy Christmas!!

Krista - Thank you so much, @disqus_2yjJojmJOE:disqus πŸ™‚ Wishing you an absolutely fantastic holiday too! xo

Krista - Two is definitely required during the holidays, @jenny_atasteoftravel:disqus πŸ™‚ A very, very Happy Christmas to you! XO

Ken Powell - Enjoy your break, Krista. I hope you keep those cheery posts coming in 2014

budgetjan - I am looking forward to your blog changes in the new year. I was planning on making Mojitos on Christmas Day, and now I am thinking of adding raspberries – it looks so festive. Have a lovely Christmas and Break πŸ™‚

Margaret | DestinationHere&Now - Have a happy one Krista. Health and happiness in 2014 xx

jenny_atasteoftravel - Your raspberry Mojito looks so delicious I might just have to have one..or two! Best wishes to you both for a very Merry Xmas and a great 2014!

Krista - Thank you so much, dear sis-friend @breannemosher:disqus XO Maybe next year you will be here to celebrate with us!!! πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you so much, dear @disqus_WseMqaTPwi:disqus XO I wish you a wonderful holiday and really look forward to connecting upon my return. πŸ™‚

Krista - A very happy Christmas to you too, @OrgasmicChef:disqus πŸ™‚ XO

Breanne @ This Vintage Moment - Happiest of holidays to you dear friend!! Your break sounds delicious and refreshing, I hope it is all you need it to be. XO =)

Jackie Smith - Merry Christmas to you and Bear, Krista. Your blog is a joy as is, so I can hardly wait to see the changes you have in store for it! xo Jackie

Maureen | OrgasmicChef - Have a very Merry Christmas break and we all look forward to the news when you get back.

Krista - Thank you so much, @wanderingsheila:disqus πŸ™‚ Wishing you a fantastic Aussie holiday!!! XO

Krista - Thank you so much, @lizposmyk:disqus πŸ™‚ I’m so glad we can be here for each other as we soldier on through these awful health issues. You always cheer me. πŸ™‚

Cathy - Krista, have a fabulous break and look forward to seeing you back here in mid January πŸ™‚

Liz Posmyk - Season’s eatings to you Krista, enjoy your break and thank you for your friendship and support : )

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