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Monthly Archives: December 2009

different-country cousins

I don't know about you, but cousin-ness has always been a special relationship in my family. I have lots of cousins and I love love love them. I love seeing them at weddings, Christmas, christenings. I've never lived close to many of them, we're always spread out, but it just […]

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Surprise wedding!

  So you know how I mentioned here that my beloved brother Tim was visiting from the States with his fiance and we had an engagement party for them a fortnight ago? Did I mention they were planning to get married next July? Well on December 23rd the fellas all […]

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all starred out

Goodness me how many of THESE have I eaten this week? Mowielicious's Gingerbread Stars. Quick and delicious, perfect with egg nog or whisky or espresso, I love these biscuits.  I made about 100 stars per batch but that depends on the size of your cookie cutter and how many family […]

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Totally Cheating Christmas Trifle

So what is a festive dessert you can make a couple of days before Christmas when you have a bunch of people coming for dinner and visitors staying and you're still hoping the last online toy order you made will be delivered on time and where on earth is all […]

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Merry Christmas!!

Don't you just love Christmas? Families and friends clinking glasses, sparkling lights, tinsel, fabulous food?  Every year I think: why don't I make Christmas pudding in July sometime? It would work perfectly in Australia, it's cold in July. I love ham, cold, kept in a pillowcase in the fridge. An […]

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missing the yum in yum cha

I used to LOVE yum cha. In fact, Adam and I used to go all the time, together, sometimes with big groups of friends. We had one memorable birthday for Adam at Marigold a number of years ago that ended, just as we'd finished our last dish, with black smoke […]

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last days of preschool

Preschool is so interesting to me because it's such an amazing chance to see a kid in a social context of peers. It's very different than one on one friends play sessions. I love it.  I love watching Henry follow directions and participate and cooperate.  Such a novelty. (Love him, […]

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heaven-sent cheesecake

I have a proclivity to fixate on a food and make it repeatedly in varying versions until I get it right.  You saw this here. I admit I have also done this with cheesecake. I don't know how many cheesecakes I've made in my life. Many. Oh so many.  But […]

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more family weekendiness

On Sunday, at my parents' place, we had a bit of a party. {Fabulous niece Georgia. Totally takes after her mother.} The party was variously referred to as an engagement party or a meet and greet or (by my Mum) as The Betsy Fiesta. It was to introduce my brother's […]

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family weekending

{cousins: Jim and Henry} I know big family weekends are primarily the subject of sitcoms and therapy, but damn we just had a fun one. We really don't all get together that often. My sister Naomi lives with her family in Germany and my brother Tim lives in the States. […]

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