Sunday, November 24, 2013

Here we go round the mulberry bush...

Things have been a bit frantic here at Chez Kek. December is a pretty full-on month for us, by virtue of the fact that our family has THREE birthdays to celebrate. That makes for some crazy times, fitting birthday shenanigans in between Christmas shopping, Christmas parties and Christmas preparations.

This year the craziness has gone up a couple of notches because it's The Middle Child's 21st birthday, quickly followed by The Baby's 18th. I know: terrible planning, right?  So we have two parties to organise and host, two weeks apart. That necessitates getting our outdoor entertaining area ship-shape, but the weather has not been at all cooperative. Luckily though, the last two weekends we've had a respite from driving rain and gale-force winds, so Bike Boy and I worked like mad to get through our long, long to-do list. Clean pavers, prune and weed garden, oil outdoor furniture, spruce up the bar, spread mulch and on and on and on....

We're almost there, and this weekend with rain constantly falling AGAIN, I've concentrated on the neglected inside of the house. Ugh. Not my favourite thing. Anyhoo, it's done now and I'm about ready to fall into bed. At 5:30pm.

I did make time today for a couple of culinary experiments though. This mulberry and coconut slice is fabulous. If you don't have a supply of mulberries, you can make it with blackberries, blueberries or pretty much any berry you like. I'm sure it would work with apricots, apples or other fruit too - although you'd probably have to stew them first. Just make it, I promise you'll love it.

There's nothing like home-grown produce to make a recipe extra-special
The recipe is over here.

I've also made a lactose-free cheesecake today, which I have very high hopes of. If it's a success, I'll share that recipe too, as soon as I get a minute.

Back to the housework for me!



Sara said...

Mmmmm. Yup, that is definitely happening, but with raspberries... :)

Miss Positive said...

Yum that looks good!
We have NINE December birthdays in our combined family, plus my parents wedding anniversary. December is an expensive month here!

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