Thursday, September 25, 2008

Christmas is coming

Today felt like the first day in a long time that I didn't have to go to work and that I didn't have any children at home. To celebrate I finally got around to making this year's Christmas cake. For any of the Japanese readers... you are not misunderstanding the English - Christmas cakes in New Zealand are not simply sweet sponge cakes filled with piles of cream and decorated with strawberries, they are actually very heavy (mine is about 2.5kg) fruit cakes. 1.5kg of dried fruit, raisins etc., 6 eggs etc. are all mixed together and baked for about 3 and a half hours. For the best flavour they are supposed to be made well in advance, with some people making them as early as a year in advance. I figure 3 months is better than nothing... Roll on Christmas so we can eat it! And yes... after 12 years living here I did finally treat myself to a proper cake mixer this year. Heaven!

On Tuesday while I was at work our deck was also completed. It looks pretty good and just needs one more coat of paint - that will have to wait for a few more days though as another group of giggly junior high school girls will arrive tomorrow for 2 nights. Fun, fun, fun!

1 comment:

  1. deck looks great!!

    Think would look geater with bottle of vino!!

    Today way fun. Thanks to you and your sproglets for helping look after princess and devil child.