Sunday, 19 September 2010

Fudge it!

There's this guy I used to live next door to Under a  house in Hospital road. 
His name is Tim and he's a chef with an evil hobby!  "Fudge making!"

This Chef friend "Tim" and I keep in touch via Facebook, where I do the majority of my socialising these days!  Anyway I started to notice that he began posting more and more pictures of fudge.... and he was happy sharing both his success stories and his "fine tuning" with us all.  Of course the more and more he posted, the more and more I salivated this side of my computer goodness I swear I could almost smell those babies!!  :)
Imagine my sheer joy when he offered to let us sample some of his delectable fudgey goodness!!  I (and my household) was over the moon! 

So we got the call that our batch was ready....and as Warren was passing Tims place of work, he opted to pick it up..................(Im not sure how much was consumed before making it home...but there was still loads to savour).

Unfortunately I don't have photographic evidence of this fudge that we got to sample, as photographing it was the very LAST thing on our minds that weekend.  We had my parents and an aunt staying that weekend and it kind of became a "first in first serve" type frenzy!  (I have stolen the pictures that Tim took of his fudge to put on this blog.... Thanks Tim!).
We tried to make ourselves feel better by saying that we were overindulging for "research purposes"... so we could give Tim some feedback about his fudgemaking skills....but to be blatantly honest, we were just being piglets!!   I had a gig on the night we picked it up, and I snuck some in my music bag and nibbled on it that evening...heehee... (that was a confession by the way!).  Anyone taking any notice of my movements that night may have thought that I was continually going to my bag for a "fix"!

The fudge that we tried was:  "Intense dark chocolate and Raspberry" (one of my faves), Hunnypot Fudge (Homemade Nougat and lightly toasted almonds suspended in a White Choc fudge) (Mum and Auntys faves), Banana Milk Choc fudge, Coconut Milk Choc fudge (my other fave).
Now I have to rave about this was outta the park awesome!!  I am a "Fudge Farm" freak, but this fudge by Tim is different.. dare I say "BETTER"! (yes I dare!) is gorgeously smooth, the flavours are wicked!!, it is very very more-ish!
I will update everyone on facebook and on my blog when this guy starts to sell his amazing product because I am telling you, you will thank me for it!! :) (your dietician might not thank me though!)

Ashers "KIDSCLICK" entry for "animals animals animals"

I took this  picture of my pony. Her name is Kitty and I love her she is 9years old and 3 yyears older than I am. I love to ride her and she can go really fast. She is so funny because she thinks that she is the Mummy of our 3 goats! She always calls out to them and rounds them up. When they are naughty and try to steal her food she gives them a little bite. She never bites or kicks me. She loves her nose and head scratched. I love how she smells. She is my friend.
By Asher Bassett
6yrs old.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Tribute on Tuesday (what's left of it)

It's my Dads birthday today, and I think it only fair that I use todays blog as a tribute to him. (Especially since I forgot to post both his fathers day card the week before last, and then his birthday card as well!)  Luckily this morning Master 6 said " is Tuesday today isn't it?" "Yes" I replied a bit off handed.... "Well why haven't we rung Papa to say happy birthday then" he asks...boy I felt  terrible!!  So, I rang my Dad and we did the birthday thing of singing at the top of our lungs, and adding in a few humorous words here and there...and all was well with the world :)

Anyway... my Dad is an awesome bloke.  He is loving, caring, Extremely Cheeky!, he gets away with all sorts, he has a wicked sense of humour, He's a family guy....fiercely proud of our Maori heritage, easy to warm to, social, outgoing, witty, a talented upholsterer, protective, understanding, fair, and an all round top guy :)

Love ya loads Dad and are so blessed to have a wonderful Dad like you!

Sunday, 12 September 2010

A weekend away........

So...we had a free weekend no prior committments, so Warren was roped into playing in a squash tournament that was being held in Cambridge.  Cambridge is great for us as that's where Warrens Mum and Dad live, so it just made sense to "make a weekend of it" and go spend some time with the in-laws, as well as watch my hubby chase a very small black ball around a small box-like room :)  So off to Cambridge we did trek!

Hubby (being the very organised type), arrived home Thursday night with "travel snacks" for our Friday journey.  Of course within half an hour of arriving home with them the whole of the family had made short work of various items (none of which are particularly good for your health!)...

Friday morning saw the "last minute" packing.... jamming various items which we "may" use.  Extra shoes, extra jerseys...soon we just about needed an extra bag just for the "last minute" entries!

............and then we were finally off.

Kendyl decided pretty early on that she needed to quench her thirst (Thanks Dad for choosing the 50/50 just juice option which is great and diluted for kids, so not nearly as sugary!! (Of course Master 6 thought this sucked as there was "hardly any flavour man").  Of course when faced with the choice of that or H2O...the just juice really wasn't "too bad" :)

Ash settled in watching DVD's in the back (ahhh the peace and quiet!!)Dad just did what Dads have to do...
I zoned out after having to listen to "talkback radio" where the racial issues were driving me in went my earbuds, and my ipod was set to "random" and I closed my eyes .....(no pics of this as I was too zoned out).

Very soon we had one quiet school aged boy...........One very fast asleep toddler with a belly full of crap food  (I always thank God for a family that does not get car/motion sickness!!!) and then one "in and out of consciousness" mummy, while Dad continued to drive. 
And then we were in Auckland...
Bye bye Sky tower...and Vicky park markets ... Bye Harbour bridge...
Soon it was time to stop for a late-ish lunch in Huntly....hmmmmm Maccas it was, as there really was not a great amount of culinary choice going on in Huntly.  Ahh well the Kids were happy...(more crap food)...

And before long we had made it to Cambridge. ((Hugs for Nana Bassett))  Warren played his heart out on the squash court...representing Whangarei!  (Naki boy having to represent the dilemma!).  Watching the game was very tiring, but I'm sure it was worse for Waz. lol  He did awesomely.
((Photos courtesy of Asher, hence the "fuzzy" touch!))

We had another blessing too... Warren's Auntys from Taranaki were also coming to stay the night at his parents cool!  So we had a delicious meal (My Mum in law is the most awesome "feeder of people"....and so hospitable)...and we had great conversation, tons of laughs, stories and the night just flew by too quickly!  After dinner Joy (Warrens sister) joined us for the evening, and it was nice to catch up with her too.

I took these few pics of Cambridge for a blogging friend who's from Cambridge (has parents here) and she's now living in the States... so Jennifer from Little Kiwi Chick blog...these are for you!  (I sneakily took them while at the intersection!).

We had a good time :) and all too soon it was time to ome home.  So we loaded up and headed home again. 
We had one stop at "Sheep world" where they have the pink sheep on the side of the was pretty cool, but we just had to get moving again and home....
So...that was our has your been?? 

Saturday, 4 September 2010

IM A WINNER!!!! really I AM!!! :)

Well well well....after a particularly trying and hard couple of weeks, I finally managed to log in to my blog to find that I was the very LUCKY WINNER of a giveaway by Gail from "Delightfully Diva-ish".  If you want to see the "exciting mysterious" prize Im winning then go HERE to see what's coming my way... :) Yay!!

Thanks Lovely Gail for this giveaway.... you really made my week (or 2)!
Luv Neetz x