Instructions for opening a young drinking coconut

Easy way of getting into a drinking coconut

You don’t need special tools or special skills to open a young drinking coconut – just a knife and a minute or so. Put the coconut on its side. Cut slices off the wide end until you see the ‘eyes’ – they look like bowling ball holes. You are only looking for the ‘soft’ eye,…

Yoda cake

It’s a Star Wars party!

Everything was Star Wars for Cameron’s fifth birthday party. The cake: Yoda, lime flavoured as requested by the birthday boy. I tried a white chocolate and fondant mix to cover the cake. It was nice, but it didn’t go that well with the lime cake (a white chocolate mud cake would be a perfect match…

Chewbacca cake

Easy Chewbacca birthday cake

If you need to make a quick but effective Star Wars cake, try something like this Chewbacca cake. It’s a rectangle cake, with the top corners rounded off. I covered  it with a chocolate butter cream (I used the Crabapple Bakery’s chocolate fudge frosting). It’s a simple outwards motion with a cake spatula or butter knife for…

Abby's T Rex drawing

Conversations with my kids from 2013

Some more insightful words from my kids, because they have so much to say. So, so, too much to say. Abby: Daddy is a working man. Mummy is a working girl. Abby: Happy Father’s Day daddy! Cameron: Happy Birthday! Me: It’s “Happy Father’s Day”. Cameron: HO HO HO! Father Christmas? Abby: I have a vajama. And…

Cameron's faces

Conversations with my kids from 2014

I love talking with my kids. They say the craziest things, and I think the preschool years are just awesome. I apologise in advance for their toilet humour – it’s mostly unintentional. Me: I love you to the stars and back. Cameron: I love you to the moon. Me and Daddy: Aww. Cameron: And then the…

Elsa and Olaf birthday cake

A Frozen birthday party

I think I was more excited about Abby’s Frozen party more than she was. There was so much to do, including making the costumes. What a great idea to sew your own Frozen costumes I thought – at the time. In the end I only had time to make three – Cameron’s Kristoff vest, my…

Super moon.

Super moon

Even though I’m a tad late, the rise of the super moon prompted me to get out my camera and do a bit of photography practice. What a perfect night for it. Bit chilly outside in my pajamas, but a jacket and ugg boots helped with that. I didn’t do too badly – after I remembered which numbers…

Cam wearing a fireman helmet and bucket on his head, with a play sword.

Things only parents of young kids will say

Some of the following things are phrases I never expected to use before I had kids… Don’t lick the CD Don’t put your willy on that Don’t touch the dog’s bum Stop riding your trike naked Take that book out of your mouth Stop sucking on your sock Stop eating your shoe (literally, Cam was…

Playing in their penguinbags

PenguinBag review and booties giveaway

Congratulations to Kat! I will be in contact and sending those booties out to you shortly. Winter finally hit Wellington. To be honest, it’s been a rather mild winter, but we’ve had a few extra nippy nights. And just in time, we received these awesome sleeping bags for the kids. The kids were thrilled with…

Mee kola

Mee kola

I love food like this. I love how it reminds me of mum’s cooking, and the mix of Cambodian and Vietnamese elements (although it originates from Burma). Mee kola is not hard to make, but you need to have all the right ingredients. There are different ways to make mee kola, but it’s traditionally vegetarian.…