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Wintry Comfort at Home

As we move into the colder months, have you started to feel the shift in moods around your house? Here are some suggestions to beat back those winter blues, by focusing on some of the more comforting aspects of winter.

Let’s start with winter in the kitchen

Have you pulled out the slow cooker and started planning your soup recipes for winter? Don’t forget to add Tim Bone’s roast tomato and basil soup with crispy cheesy croutons to the list. Try out this twist on the favourite tomato soup and along with some of his other recipes that are now available at Wilson’s Fruit and Vegetables. Also, don’t forget to share the love and follow Tim Bone on Facebook while you’re there. 

If you’re a fan of Carboni’s pasta, pizza and delicious Italian food, then you’re in luck! Carboni’s has been filming video recipes to share. Follow their Facebook page to be the first of your friends to see them drop – then don’t forget to share! 

Are you missing those big nights out with friends and family? Why not try a big night in. Here’s some guides to help you start planning your feast. 

Connect with the World


Be Kine Be Creative

How do you stay entertained when outside is blowing a gale? We’ve put together these ideas to inspire you to keep going through the winter months.  

Support your local creatives by following the Arts & Culture Ballarat page on Facebook, and checking in to the various virtual events, workshops and studio tours being showcased as part of City of Ballarat’s Be Kind – Be Creative initiative.  

Even though you’re inside, it doesn’t mean you need to go into hibernation. Stay connected with community, friends and family – even just to share your newest sourdough creation. 

The Victorian Government has also launched the Victoria Together website to share some of the best that Victoria has to offer for music, entertainment, nature and art. Get lost in the wonders of our home state. 

Even though it may look a little dreary outside your window at the moment, we recommend bringing the natural world inside: 

A book, a cup of tea and a warm blanket are the key to armchair travelling where you can roam the desserts, forage in the Blue Mountains or walk through the streets of Melbourne and Sydney.  

For those that enjoy listening to the rain on the roof, now is a great time to pull out the mindfulness activities such as colouring in, paint by numbers and cross stitching. 

If you’re tea supply is running low or you’re feeling adventurous, have a look at Blossom Infusion’s website. Why not order some Blossum Infusion tea from local stockists, Kittelty’s and the Turret Café and Catering, and add some cakes to your order too.