Hi everyone :)
I’m a little late with this post but I have a really good reason! It was Mum’s birthday yesterday and I wanted to surprise her by taking her out for dinner. After talking to Loreen’s husband, Keith, I decided that ‘The Flying Burrito Brothers’ in Tauranga sounded like a good place to go for dinner… and it was AWESOME!
They had a wonderful atmosphere, fantastic service and staff and best of all the food was delicious, quick to arrive and reasonably priced. I couldn’t fit the ‘food’ photos in this weeks pages so I’ll share them here instead.
We started off by ordering PLATO GORDO -an entree platter to share. There were so many little treats on the platter and everything tasted good… and we ate everything… even the jalapeno chilli's which were corn crusted and filled with a jalapeno spiced cheese!
Each item came in it’s only little dish so we could swap them around and get to try everything. After sharing that we decided to skip straight to desert because we knew we’d be too full otherwise.
Mikayla had CHURROS which are Mexican style donuts… but these were not like any donut I’d ever tried (yes we shared our desserts around too!) They were crisp, light and really ‘melt in the mouth’!
Mum had BANANA CHIMICHANGAS – which were bananas wrapped in a tortilla and fried with cinnamon and sugar. Amazing flavours!!
And I had AZTEC TREASURE – layered chocolate cake smothered in chocolate ganache and then covered in a chocolate sauce… a chocolate lovers dream!
I have to say we had a brilliant night… and I even went online this morning and left them a review. There was also a little ‘serenading’ happening… but more about that later!
So on with my week! We had our final week of the term and it was a real push to get everything I wanted to get done finished but somehow by Friday most of it was actually done. Here’s an overview of the week:
This term we’ve been learning about ‘Communication’ and we’ve done a variety of things including making letterboxes, writing formal letters and learning a bit of Morse code. We also decided to make her own paper. You might remember that last week we had a ‘ripping’ good time… well this week we turned all our paper pulp into real paper and the kids were fascinated with it!
They’ve decided to turn them into treasure maps so we can put them up on our class wall. Unfortunately we didn’t get the maps finished but we can still re-visit them early next term.
After my success with making jam I decided that I’d have a go at making plum relish… YUM! It’s got a bit of chilli in it and it does pack a little bit of a punch but it’s super nice with cheese!
And while we’re on the subject of food… Peter (the Principal) still owed me a cake for taking over the NZEI rep job and this week he actually came through with something for me. It wasn’t a cake… but it was delicious! It was all broken into shards (a bit like peanut brittle). There was a layer of caramel, a layer of chocolate and a layer of something else… I could taste a little salt but couldn’t figure out what it was. At morning tea time I asked him and he laughed! It turns out that it’s Salada crackers… honest! There is even an online recipe if you want to try it out!
Later on in the week we had a Duffy Assembly and the kids were thrilled to each receive two books to keep. It’s a fantastic programme that really benefits our kids a lot!
On Friday we had a great last day of term. We watched the DVD of James and the Giant Peach since we’d read the book as a class during the term and the kids really enjoyed it although they were a little disappointed that the ‘cloud men’ weren’t part of the movie.
I made some little owl cakes for the kids but was a bit let down by how they turned out. The cakes rose too much and I had to cut the backs off to get them to sit right and unfortunately the detail of the owls was lost. The kids didn’t mind too much though because I put some icing, pebbles and icing sugar on them. If you know of a good cake mix that doesn’t rise too much and gives great detail when they come out of the moulds then I’d love to hear from you!
On Friday afternoon we did the second part of our letterbox activity that we didn’t get to finish when Whaea Charlie was with us. Trey decided to be my helper and get it all organised and he did a great job! It was really neat to see him get stuck into it… although at one point he decided that teaching was a ‘breeze’ and he could sit back with his feet up! If only!!
Which brings me to the end of the week and Mum’s birthday again. Since it was her first birthday without Richard I really didn’t want her to be by herself for the evening so going out for dinner looked like a possible option. Thankfully she was keen on the idea!
As I said earlier, we had a great night. Remember I said there was some ‘serenading’? Well, just after we got our desserts Jose came over with a HUGE sombrero for Mum to wear and then he grabbed his guitar and sang her happy birthday. She was pretty tickled by the whole thing!
As we came home she kept saying ‘thank you’ over and over because she really had had a great night. I was so pleased that Mikayla, Toby and I could all be with her.
Toby thought it was pretty cool to stay over at Grandma’s house too! He especially liked it when I made up the sofa bed and put ‘our’ blanket on it. He snuggled up there for the night and made himself quite at home.
So that’s been my week. I’m doing this post from Mum’s place (i.e. pinching her internet) because I want to go to the education centre here in Tauranga before heading home. I’ve got a few things for school I want to get LOL
I hope you all have a fantastic week xx
p.s. If you do have a recipe that would be good to make in my owl tins I really would love to hear from you!!