Raining Eggs (Wordless Wednesday)






Nice Buns!

Not something one really wants to hear being said to their ten-year old daughter but on this occasion it was more than acceptable. Why?

An Easter Sunday tradition at our house is freshly made Hot Cross Buns and this Easter Miss Ten was front and center in the kitchen to help with the baking so that we could enjoy this… a wonderfully hot, Hot Cross Bun with smeared with butter, yum!

A Fresh Hot Cross Bun - deelish

We LOVE freshly made hot cross buns, having made them a tradition now for each holiday but it’s only for Easter that the crosses are piped onto them!

Easter Crosses

As the last bun of the batch is consumed, the entire family is asking… “mum dad, how much longer?”

Let the Hunt Begin!

Late last week I was “informed” we needed to change things up when it came to the Easter Baskets. This was fine by me as I was much of the same thinking but turns out what I heard and what I was told were two VERY different things, lol! 🙂

What I should have been told was that instead of a basket beside the bed, the contents would be left here and there around the house, with each clue leading to the next treat. The first treat beside the bed would be a small one then with each clue the treats would gradually become larger.

Instead what happened was I made up five little bunnies for each child. These I filled with jelly beans, M&M’s and a cryptic clue.

Easter clues for the Easter Baskets!

This was the first clue for Miss Ten…

Easter Clues for the Easter Baskets!It was fun watching and listening to how the children interpreted my clues. Initially all they wanted was a note saying EXACTLY where to look but they soon came ’round, changing their way of thinking in order to find the next clue.

What was funny though was how they’d guess the hiding place for their sibling’s next clue before they guessed their own!

The Easter Hunt was deemed a great success with the challenge now set for me to do it all again next year. Now I simply have to consider another ten clues for next Easter, eeh gads… “mum, how much longer?”

Last Day in Vegas…

Yesterday was our last day in Las Vegas so we took it rather easy by staying close to the Bellagio and only visiting nearby shops. Mind you, with a coffee shop like this at the bottom of our elevator, why go anywhere far I say!

Chocolate fountains in stereo!

Along with the most delightful chocolates and pastries there were the most amazing cakes to admire. These were my favs!

How pretty is this?

A Ladies Cake!

Toy Story!

With the sun shining outside the children couldn’t wait to play in the many swimming pools of the Bellagio.

What a lovely day for a swim!

Ah yes, it’s a hard hard life!

Its a hard life!

When you first enter the Bellagio you can’t help but notice the chandelier at reception called Fiori di Como by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. This stunning piece is comprised of 2,000 hand-blown glass blossoms, extra-ordinary!

What an extra-ordinary glass schulpture!

And as stunning as this glass sculpture is, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is equally incredible.

Just so creative!

The scale of some of these displays is mind-blowing!

Everything is on a large scale!

Each morning you would see many of the flower pots being changed over. There was just so much attention to detail in maintaining this living piece of art.

Part of the Bellagio Botanical Gardens

The Butterfly Conservatory was no piece of demure construction either!

Butterfly Conservatory

Flying back today was not easy having enjoyed our stay in Las Vegas so much. We all want to return, the question is… “mum, how much longer?”

Another Bucket List BIG Tick!

To wake up Easter Morning in Las Vegas seemed quite surreal, then to go down to breakfast to see this… WOW!

Happy Easter

We were presented with these wonderful little tasters to begin our breakfast at the Fountain Room.

Breakfast Bellagio style

Darling Hubby was in food heaven!

Happy Hubby!

Master Eleven acquired more than his fair share in a very short time!

Love my Boy!

Miss Nine was eating as daintily as her gorgeous new Easter outfit allowed!

Gorgeous Girl!

Breakfast with dessert – who could be unhappy with that! This is just a small portion of the ROOM containing desserts.

Beautiful Breakfast Dessert

Outside every 15 minutes during breakfast the fountains danced to a different tune. There were so many varying music genres it was incredible to see how the fountains coordinated with the music. Simply brilliant!

But the fun didn’t stop there. After breakfast it was another stretch limo ride to obtain a missing tick on Mama’s Bucket List. This afternoon we were taking not only a helicopter ride out to the Grand Canyon, but we were also having a late champagne lunch IN the Grand Canyon. Oh… My… Gosh!

Master Eleven couldn’t believe his good fortune when he was told he was sitting in the front!

Our new co-pilot!

Seeing Hoover Dam from above was amazing.

Hoover Dam - another tick!

Before we knew it the Grand Canyon was simply there!

Grand Canyon getting closer

In front of that larger building below is the Skywalk over the Grand Canyon. Before booking this  adventure I put it to the family which they’d prefer – to do the Skywalk or fly down into the Canyon. It was unanimous (thank goodness), “why see over when you can go under” was their reasoning. Good choice!

Grand Canyon walkway is a long way up!

And down we went – what an amazing experience – we were all impressed!

Mama's Grand Canyon

Moo's Grand Canyon

Miss Nine was as happy with her trip as her Mama was I think?!

One happy little girl!

What an absolutely amazing, one-of-a-kind days. When it comes to the Grand Canyon no longer shall I be asking myself… “mum, how much longer?”


This is what I’ve been staring at the last few days on the corner of our dining room buffet, the remainder of someone’s Easter egg. Naturally each time I walked past I’d “sneak” a little piece.

 Thank goodness I was taking just little pieces as today I wondered who the egg belonged to so turned it over on the off-chance either a pink or blue flower may still be on it. Oh, the flower was still there alright, as well as this…

Phew… talk about a lucky escape! Obviously Master Ten was saving the bunnies on the front either to show us or perhaps even saving it as a keepsake, who knows. No doubt it will eventually be eating but it will be his decision to do so, it won’t be his mother sneaking pieces each time she meanders past the chocolate until it’s finally extinct. He best be quick though as I have to ask myself… “mum, how much longer?”

A nice surprise!

Not long after our guests arrived for lunch yesterday, some neighbors dropped by on their way home from church with Easter gifts for the children. Well, I assumed it was just for the children as all I saw was a huge bag disappearing into the house whilst I chatted to the neighbors outside.

It wasn’t until I was clearing up late last night I discovered the biggest slices of Portuguese bread I’ve ever seen. How I missed these earlier in the day I’m not sure but are they enormous or what?! Those two slices are sitting on a regular sized dinner plate thank you!

I simply adore Portuguese bread. It’s a very sweet bread, not really something that can be paired with a savory dish. Especially not like the Tex Mex slowed cooked beef we had for dinner this evening but we gave it a try and shan’t be doing that again. On its own however, slightly warmed… delightful.

Sadly I’m alone with this passion so hey, more for me but it’s going to take a while given the size of these bad boys. I can hear the children now come week’s end… “mum, how much longer?”

Happy Easter!

And what another beautiful day it was today, Easter Sunday. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, the snow was melting!

The day was off to a fabulous start with the sound of rustling from each child’s bedroom as they quietly went through their Easter treats from the bunny. There were no audible groans so obviously all was up to standard.  Master Ten has had doubts of late about whether or not the Easter Bunny was in fact “us“, questioning me as to whom it really was that dispensed the treats but I left it with him by saying the Easter bunny only comes to those who believe, just like Santa. You don’t believe, then you won’t receive. Naturally he “believes” but so what? I’m not that insecure that I can’t give credit to either a bunny or a jolly old man for mystery treats once a year. How sad would I be if I couldn’t?

One hiccup on our morning though was that we didn’t hide the eggs last night for the Easter egg hunt this morning… oops! We were in BIG trouble which sadly lent itself to a few minor altercations resulting in Darling Hubby declaring this to be the last hunt EVER but fortunately it won’t be and next year… we’ll hide the eggs the night before!

It did however mean we were running slightly late for our lunch guests. That and the fact I was onto my THIRD pavlova, oh dear! Who knew thawed store-bought egg whites weren’t quite as magical as fresh eggs? They are just fine for cakes and biscotti but when it comes to a pav, there’s nothing quite like the real thing, especially once they’ve been frozen. Live and learn but check out the delightful miniature roses our guests brought… how gorgeous are they?!

Our guests arrived to us obviously still in the kitchen having just put the Mediterranean Quiche and the ham in the oven, we were still making salad dressings whilst attempting to defrost the prawns but once they arrived and the drinks began flowing, our pace slowed immensely. Thank goodness for children though as I think we would have happily just stayed chatting and sipping, not too concerned about lunch, that was until little voices slowing began infiltrating our conversations… “mum, how much longer?”

So far so good!

Here it is only Easter Saturday and already the children are most impressed with Easter. Who wouldn’t be though as last night we gave them each their combined early Easter and birthday present each from their Nanny… new bikes!

This is Miss Eight looking’ mighty pleased with herself!

Master Ten is mighty impressed with himself also!

I, on the other-hand, whilst they were riding was re-organizing the kitchen shelves. Do I know how to party or what?!

The shelves look so good now but how long will they last I wonder… “mum, how much longer?”

Easter equals…


Being that time of the year, it’s our family tradition to make hot-cross buns as we can never get enough of them!

Darling Hubby had to work today so last night he and Miss Eight prepared our hot-cross buns for baking this morning, Good Friday.

This was our tray of fruit hot-cross buns (although I’m no current fan, I’m a golden-sultana fan myself, hubby does like them) and there was a fruitless batch for the children. As soon as Miss Eight had completed her tray she was keen to consume… “mum, how much longer?”