29 April 2011

Sticky Cinnamon Scrolls - Soul Food

Tom Papier recently had a "hankering" for Sticky Cinnamon Scrolls.  We trolled the web for a suitable recipe and came up with the following creation.  I say "we" but in actual fact Tom pretty much did all of the work himself.

Cinnamon Scrolls  - unadorned and filled with choc chips

We found a recipe on Taste.Com for Hot Cross Buns that we could use as a starting point.  We omitted all the dried fruit and added during and after the process a syrupy concoction of sugar, water and cinnamon.  It was a great excuse for licking our fingers afterwards!!

What's your food of comfort?

28 April 2011

Gifts of the Unexpected

I sometimes feel that the most beautiful gift, whether it be material or intangible, is one that is given when you're not expecting it.  Either your not expecting a gift or favour from that particular person, or you're not anticipating anything at that particular time of the year.

A hug from someone, because they love you and haven't told you for a while.

A card from a dear friend, reminding you that they are always there to lend a hand, when things are not going according to the big plan of "life".

"Thank you" for the thankyou
Thank you Kerry and Nic for the gift of chocolate eggs and the "handmade" cracker.  It was kind of you to think of me at a time when you would have had many such gifts to hand out to others.  I can see that you have put a lot of time into making the cracker and I really appreciate the gesture.

Who has surprised you recently with a Gift of the Unexpected?

27 April 2011

Last Entry in The War of the Rabbits

Now Dad is getting involved.  Yes, I've actually got three children - didn't you know?

Two squat Rabbits

How does the "man" in your life upset the equilibrium you painstakingly assemble each day?

26 April 2011

25 April 2011

The War of the Rabbits

You Take the High Road, and I'll Take the Low Road - and so it begins . . . .

Every Easter I try and decorate the home, not to the same extent (read madness) as I do for Christmas, so that it takes on something of a festive feel for this time of the year.

Several years ago I bought for Sally Cakes and Tom Papier a pair of Rabbits (actually I buy them a rabbit for Easter each year) that had metal legs.  These particular creatures, with their metal legs, allow one to make same Rabbits tall, short or something in between.

Here Tom Rabbit is shorter than Sally Rabbit
This has now begun something of an added Easter tradition in our household.  As well as collecting the hunting eggs on Easter Sunday morning, put out by the beautifully, svelte and attractive Easter Bunny herself, my children take much mirth in "agitating" one another with a new pastime.

Over the ensuing days/weeks (depending on how long I keep the home decorated for Easter), my children rejoice in making their sibling's Rabbit as short as possible, whilst keeping their own as tall as possible.   You will notice from the above photograph that poor "Old Tom" is not just stunted in the legs, but his ears "do hang low"!!

Last year it reached completely new "heights" when they started putting their own rabbit onto higher ground.  First the window sill, then the display table and then on top of the drapes.  It all culminated in the winning rabbit being placed in a hollow in the ceiling, created by a recently removed air conditioning system.  Dirty rabbit, but winning placement.

Please tell me that I'm not the only parent of children with manic traits!!