This weekend just past I went to Tauranga to spend some time with visiting family friends. We got up to quite a few things. There were 23 people staying in a four bedroom house. It was overflowing!
On Saturday afternoon we played laser tag and I was awful at it. There were two very young kids (2 and 5) so they got to run around with lighter guns that didn’t have the lasers attached. They really enjoyed it. After wards, everyone had two pairs of shoes at the door. There were more inside than there were outside!
That evening we played older kids against parents in cranium and guess who kicked ass. Us! The young ones. My dad and I both had to do charades for bellydancing. I could hardly act it out for laughing.
The next day a fair few people ccame around for lunch. There were over 80 at its highest. Thankfully it was a lovely day and everyone could go out into the back garden. In the morning we prepared some salads and chicken for the barbeque and pot luck catered the rest.
It also happened to be a fiftieth birthday celebration. I made a three tiered hummingbird cake with cream cheese icing. I used Bakerella’s recipe but left out the nuts.
It was pretty delicious. If you don’t like banana cake don’t worry, you will like this cake. Somehow the pineapple neutralises the banana flavour and the cake is just sweet, moist and fruity. And cream cheese icing is always a good choice. ALWAYS.
It was about 27°C when I was icing the cake and it just kept melting! I had to keep it in the fridge and ice it for five minutes at a time. I tried to do that whole makeitlookrusticsoitsbeautiful thing. Not sure how successful it was.
I thought that fifty candles would be a bit much so instead I used 44. Makes total sense. The flames grew so big that it was difficult to carry. The birthday boy had a good time and everyone enjoyed themselves and that is what matters.
Today is Waitangi Day in NZ. It commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 and is a day for New Zealanders to reflect on our heritage, culture and ourselves.
The boy and I took the holiday as a chance to sleep in and spend some time together. We talked about the Treaty and its importance today over breakfast. A bit heavy for people still half asleep but good none the less. There was a pretty good AskHistorians thread on reddit about New Zealand’s history. You can check it out here.
Other things that happened this week was that the boy and I did a spot of shopping. We got some new loofahs and I got some body butter. They had some christmas stock left over which included the most delicious smelling chocolate body butter. I still have some strawberry left so I can make myself smell like chocolate dipped berries! I am strangely excited about that idea.
We also picked up a new tea strainer and it is great. I really want to have a tea party sometime soon!
What have you been up to for the past week?