Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
This is my darling goddaughter wrapped in her quilt celebrating her 2nd birthday. We gave her a 'Curious George' dvd, a little monkey purse and her quilt - yes there was a monkey theme! She immediately wrapped herself in the quilt and wore it as a cape and then later snuggled under it watching her dvd - what more could I have asked for? She is a very bright and intelligent child (must take after me) but will give her parents a run for their money in the years to come. Her Mum is my best friend who I have known since kindergarten.
After the birthday celebrations we made our way to the airport to put Sebastian on the plane home to Hong Kong. He has lived with us for the last 15 months and had become one of the family. Although he frustrated Aunty and Uncle to distraction at times he was a very young 11year old with a wicked sense of humor. We will enjoy having just our own family unit back ( especially being able to make the dash from bathroom to bedroom without having to wonder where he is!) but will miss him. He cried saying goodbye and so did I. It was a rewarding experience having him stay with us and taught us all a lot about patience, sharing, and understanding a different culture, it also taught us all children are basically the same no matter what their culture and appearance. I feel for his Mum who has only her 5 children together for a few weeks each year. She will never get those missed years back.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Please say a prayer for 'Olivia' and her family. Olivia is the sister in law of one of my closest friends and has just been diagnosed with numerous secondary cancers, the future looks very bleak. Olivia is the mum of two gorgeous girls aged 2 and 3.
(Just so you know I am not in any of the photos! They are Robyn, Rex and my Mum)
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
PEAR AND GINGER CAKE
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
250g butter, melted, cooled
3 (600g) packham pears, peeled,cored, cut into 2cm slices
1 cup golden syrup,
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, sifted
2 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
2 teaspoons ground ginger, sifted
1 teaspoon mixed spice, sifted
200g light sour cream
Preheat oven to 160'C / 140'C fan forced. Lightly grease a 6cm deep, 23cm(base) square cake pan. Line base and sides with baking paper.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar over base of prepared pan. Pour 1/3 cup butter over sugar. Arrange pear slices in a single layer over butter and sugar.
Place remaining butter in a large bowl. Whisk in syrup, eggs, soda, flour, ground ginger, mixed spice and remaining sugar. Stir in sour cream. Pour batter over pears.
Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Stand for 10 minutes. Turn out on to a platter. Serve and Enjoy!