Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Lemon butter and a Minecraft Birthday cake.

Our neighbour has been bringing bags of lemons and oranges over regularly which has had me adding them to almost everything. Everyone has been posting their favourite recipes, however I just ended up using this recipe below, as the lemon's were HUGE and I though it would be best to use cup/millimetre measurements rather than counting lemons.
4 eggs
3/4 cup caster sugar
125grams butter
1/2 cup lemon juice
Lemon zest if desired
Place eggs and sugar in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and whisk until sugar is dissolved, add butter and lemon juice and continue whisking until mixture evenly coats the back of a wooden spoon. Avoid over heating or mixture will curdle.
Pour into oven sterilized jars and seal immediately, store in the fridge for up to 2 months. This made three small-ish jars.
 The only problem with the homemade lemon butter, you tend to spread twice as much of the creamy, lemony mousse than you would the store bought stuff.

Those beautiful Iboza flowers I bragged about back a few posts ago. Well this is what the backyard bush looks like now, after a heavy downpour the brittle branches snapped under the weight of rain soaked flowers. This has happened to one branch before and after a trim it grew back fine. I should remember this (I probably won't) and tie it to the fence next year.

It's been an expensive time of the year for us with $2000+ worth of rates and water/sewerage for two properties paid. Our new mower died yesterday, just when sticky beaks are taking over the backyard. The first mower served us well for more than 16 years, the next, three years and this one just over three months! A few weeks before the last holidays Mr CH bought a new flatscreen TV to sit on top of the formerly "super ugly sideboard". We sat down and watched all eight episodes of "Hornblower" over ten nights and then the TV died, it was two weeks old! Must have been too much swashbuckling adventure for it.
 The hard drive on this computer has been playing up and needs to be packed up and sent off to Brisbane for repairs under warranty. A new phone arrived recently and worked but wouldn't connect to the Internet and had to be sent back, this coupled with computer server issues and us getting used to the buttons on a new microwave after our "spare" died and we are beginning to wonder why, don't they make 'em like they used to! It's not that we are hard on the things we buy, we don't buy a lot of "stuff" to begin with. Who wants to be bothered with taking things back for refund/replacements all of the time? Is this the sad reality of our chuck-away society?

On the plus side Mum gave me this cute though battered planter which has found a temporary home in our little hideaway spot.

Our fireside buddies. Penny dog will tolerate having the cat's tail "patting" her back for the sake of fireside warmth. Fire lighting was a blink-and-you-missed-it affair this year. Our warmest winter in twenty years. Lets hope summer is kind.


Flowers lately have been shades of red.

 I finally got my mitts on one of the new two dollars coins commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation, aren't they pretty with the purple centre? 2 million of them in circulation and only our second coloured coin.

Finally, my attempt at a "Minecraft Birthday Cake" for no.3 son. There was some serious procrastinating with this cake and I started the day before, cutting lots of squares, most chanced to end up roughly the same size, had no idea what I was trying to make. I had half a block of fondant left from the last Birthday cake and I was determined not to buy more as no one likes to eat it anyway, so I was a few squares short. 
Any parent of a pre-teen/tween boy might have some idea of the whole Minecraft obsession of building empires of your own design block by block, sometimes with the aid of TNT etc.mind you. Poor Steve he's not much of a looker is he? Apparently the green "Creeper" needed to be much taller and the sheep was "cool". He was very happy and I will never need to make one of these again!

He was just miffed he had to go to school on his Birthday.

Getting behind on those renovating posts, must get my butt into gear.


  1. It never rains but pours doesn't it? Hope you have it all sorted soon, but it never helps when it all happens at the same time :(

    Oooh, my kids LOVED your minecraft cake! All things Minecraft are VERY big thing in this house ;)

    I must keep my eye out for the new $2 coin, but with only 2m in circulation, maybe I won't hold my breathe.

    A big happy birthday to son #3 :)

    Enjoy your weekend, Tam x

  2. Great pics! I am very much out of my depth when it comes to boys and had to read "minecraft" several time before it clicked..oh yeah that's that video game right? Amazing cake as usual. I should show my oldest, she is obsessed with making cakes...volunteers " I'll make the cake" to every birthday party and event she is invited to. I love the dog and kitty shot and the spider web one...which is not like me to favor animals and insects.

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