One of our lovely customers bought in this cake for us as a Christmas thank you for our help over the past 12 months. How adorable are they & how cool is the cake!!
I did manage to sneak away the Sunday afternoon before Christmas to head down the coast to Warrnambool to see my sister & niece, who's 14th birthday was on the 23rd. I was able to spend the whole day & night with her as she hitched a ride back to Melbourne with me & stayed the night before her Dad collected her on Wednesday afternoon.
I don't get to do that very often, as some times she's at her Dad's & work doesn't allow; but this year we decided to close the office & she was at home so it worked well.
She had 7 of her friends over for lunch plus my sis, her man, his daughter, myself & her Dad's mum (Nanna). My parents were in Melbourne & came over that night so we had 2 birthday cakes that day!! My sis, Tess & I cooked up a bit of a storm with an Italian themed lunch for her party.
Tess made her own birthday cake, the fruit kebabs, the antipasti platter & helped with the salad & sides. She loves cooking a whole lot more than my sis does!!! The teenagers ate themselves stupid & then had a good run around playing hide & seek on my sis's 20 acre farmlet. At one stage there were 3 in the tray & 3 hiding in the backseat of my ute. My sis & I were out in her veggie patch picking stuff for me to take back when we heard the giggling & then spotted the heads bobbing up & down. Was really cool to see them all running around outside having fun rather than being glued to the TV or other technology if you know what I mean! Or generally just being too cool for hide & seek..........
I was super slack this Christmas & didn't send out a single card or email. But I cooked on Christmas day at home for PB, my parents, his Mum & sister in law. Turkey, Pork & Lamb with all the trimmings + veg. Mumsy made the Christmas pud.
We ate ourselves into a food coma. I was doing pretty well until I decided I was ready for desert. After that, I had to lay flat on the floor as I was about to explode!
MIL is no longer allowed to drive & SIL had just come out of hospital the day before so PB had to drive 45 -1hr across town to pick them up & return them. He was rather tuckered by the time he got home!
Boxing day was spent with more family for lunch (they hosted) & we were given some French Cider. Bloody good I must say. Possibly the nicest cider I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. And the label is super cool :-)
Then onto friends for dinner with Sis & tribe to test out their new swimming pool/spa/sauna. Bliss!!!!
New Years was spent at my cousin's partners farmlet towards central Victoria. A gathering of 10, BBQ & drinks out under the stars. Was a lovely way to bring in the new year.
As was the early morning start that day.............PB & I went hot air ballooning!!!! You'll have to wait until next week for that post!!!