* Harry is loving learning to read and write. He is practicing all the time. Kevin was busy cooking dinner one night and Harry wrote this letter to my mum by himself. It really is amazing what children can do when they are interested.
* Oh the joy of setting up the Christmas tree and decorations. It is so exciting with the boys being that little bit older now and explaining where all the Christmas ornaments came from. We got our tree from a friends farm and it is just perfect. Thanks guys!
* We celebrated Gail's birthday in early December. Melanie and I made her a frozen yogurt cake. It was pretty yummy and easy to make. I got the recipe from a book my mum gave me years ago "purely Golden Door". She got it at this amazing retreat called the Golden Door and they had a cook book filled with their yummy low fat treats.
almond and fig torte with mango & tropical sorbet
¼ cup carob powder
1 cup apricots
1 cup died dates
½ cup of shelled whole almonds
1 cup best quality dried figs
1 teaspoon orange zest
½ tablespoon orange juice
2 litres of low fat sorbet/frozen yogurt (2 different flavours, 1 litre of each)
1½ punnets blueberries, frozen
1. Blend almonds, apricots, figs and dates in a food processor until resembling rough breadcrumbs. Add zest, orange juice and carob and blend for a further minute.
2. Remove and place mixture between 2 pieces of greaseproof paper approx 40cm x 40 cm.
3. Using a rolling pin, roll the mixture to a 2 mm thickness.
4. Remove the top sheet of baking paper and cut 2 discs to the diameter of the spring-form tin you are using.
Cut a piece of greaseproof paper to cover the bottom of the spring-form tin. This dessert is made upside down in the tin. Firstly, lightly cover the bottom with frozen blueberries, then spoon 1 litre tub of slightly softened sorbet on top of the berries, add one disc of fruit and nut mixture on top of the sorbet and freeze for 1 hour to firm up the sorbet. Repeat sorbet, then fruit and nut disc and freeze for 4 hours. Remove from mould and turn up the right way. Garnish with extra tropical fruit and mint leaves!
* The boys took me on a hike last weekend to their new 'spot'.
You see, while I was away they were exploring the mountain that backs onto our soon to be new home. They have picked out the perfect spot for a cabin that daddy is going to help them build.
We explored a place beside it too that they have named Monster Rock Gully. It was a fun but very cold hike! I think the thermals are definitely coming out of the box this week.