Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A taste of (new) Mexico! Re: Larry

Christmas came early for Larry yesterday when we received a care package from his Mom in New Mexico. His christmas wish came true ... now he doesn't have to eat primate New Zealand food for christmas.

Excuse his closed eye. He had to shut it to keep it from falling out when he saw the giganto bottle of Franks hot sauce come out of the box.
Not really. That's his X-Files eye.

Burritos with Hatch's green chili this morning.

And Salsa verde.

Fish Tostadas for dinner with a Lemonade Ceviche.

Good Stuff.

Re: Larry
Despite the fantastic last couple of days culinary-wise, the happiness came to a halt this evening when we received an array of phone calls from the hospital.

He had an ultrasound this morning for the catheter that doesn't work. That was a complete waste of time. Nurses called all afternoon to make arrangements for his admission to hospital tomorrow afternoon post-dialysis. Fluid drained from his exit site a few days ago bought back traces of infection. Peritonitis. He is on the list for emergency surgery to go in and check out the catheter, probably remove it and replace it. This wouldn't have been an issue if they had done the job properly the first time. When he had his first catheter installed they waited 4 weeks for it to heal before using it. Here we waited 10 days. It's been a circus. He'll be in for a few days. That sucks.

He has an eye surgery on the 7th to remove the oil from the front of the eye to make it look less freaky.

My poor husband.
He deserves a lifetime of Hatch green chili quesadillas.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Friday & Saturday

The christmas tree went up on Friday night at my parents place.

Kids were all excited about putting it up.

The excitement didn't last that long and they both went to bed with the tree incomplete and looking like ten drunken christmas elves had just vomited on it.


Larry & Carlos.

The wind has done some damage to some of my plants, but the cherry tomatoes are doing ok.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Long day. A Larry post will follow at the end.

Cherries are usually expensive this time of the year. I planned Boysenberry Tarts/Mini Pies. Found morcello cherries when I went to the store to buy boysenberries.

Wine cookie base. Similar to Marie cookies.

Tart filling.

Fondant lattice.

I tried my luck with pumpkin pie. The only way you eat pumpkin here in New Zealand is roasted and salted. Anything else is pure abomination.

The wind changed our plans during the week from a gazebo on the front lawn to the garage in my back yard. The size of my garage changed that plan to taking Thanksgiving 5 houses down the street to my Mums house. We were set to have it outside in her car port when it rained this morning and we went inside.

On the menu was:
Cranberry Sauce
Korean style mashed potatoes (cold with kewpie mayo)
Mokato Asparagus (green beans aren't fresh this time of the year and I didn't want frozen ones)
Sweet Potato Salad

Smashed Pavalova with a Feijoa Coulis
Cherry Tarts/Pies
Mini Pumpkin Pie

It was all fantastic. I have sore feet and next year we'll go to Tommo's for a Turkey Burger.

Re: Larry
Believe it or not, Larry missed Thanksgiving tonight. We had an 11am appointment with the renal nurses in the AAU where they tried to flush his non-working new catheter. It wasn't happening. As she pushed the flush through there was a push of pressure against the inflow and as she withdrew fluid from it, everything turned pink. Blood. The appointment was to push some Urokinase through his catheter to unblock a possible blockage. That didn't happen after the initial flush bought back blood and gave Larry some internal discomfort.

He had dialysis today and I had a turkey to cook. I left him with the hospital and came home. 4.30pm, I send my brother to pick him up. Larry said once I left everything went down hill for him. They had to take him off of dialysis a few times so he could vomit and if he hadn't of fought his way out of it, they would have admitted him to the hospital because he wasn't doing too well. Just another addition to the growing list of, "When is it a good time to call the spouse and advise". Useless.

He's going back in for surgery to try and manipulate the catheter or insert a new one completely. It's not bad news, but it's not news to be thankful for either.

He had a fever, felt like crap and slept from 5pm - 9pm tonight missing Thanksgiving completely. So 24 Maoris had a US Thanksgiving tonight while the American slept. It's ok, we saved him some turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving USA.
I have sore feet.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Went for a walk to the marae yesterday.
You'll be surprised how much scenery is in this podunk town.

It's still home.

Monday, November 21, 2011

School Photos

Shot the school photos today. Took 2 hours in humid weather. Most of the kids are related one way or the other, but it was my nieces and nephew that were especially evil.
Shai's class (she's 5th in the back row from coming in from the right)

They all had individual photos.
57 of them.
These are the ones from our immediate family that I can share.
(You are welcome Nina!)






Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Weekend

The centerpieces are done. After Dinner Mints were my first candy preference, but I couldnt find any suitable to stick a skewer in successfully. Pineapple lumps instead.

Lights off - LEDs on.
Due to the weather for the week, we may not put up the gazebo like I had originally planned. Weather permitting.

Possums are pests in New Zealand .. so this is ok.
A family of possums have been living in my brothers roof. His kids got use to the horrific sounds they make.
RIP Possum #2.


Not only do we RIP the possum, but also the eel Jeston & his Dad caught at the creek tonight. This is a runt compared to the giganto's you can catch around here.

Our ward had their Primary Presentation today. Not everyone came, but we still rocked it. My piano playing was pretty tragic today because of my shoulder.

Carlos in her pretty church dress.

The many faces of our Carlos.

Zimma Pere had her debut shoot today at church.

She is cute.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Feijoa Cupcakes

We'd (Michelle & I) been stewing on the idea for a few months now. Since feijoas (pineapple guava) are seasonal in NZ, I preserved some this year. Fortunately my family haven't raided my house and found the 12 bottles..

Rome helped. Not really.
There were a few secret ingredients we added, which will remain secret.

Added green to the batter.

Used a basic chocolate icing recipe and added chunks of feijoa.

Also a feijoa icing!

These don't do actual feijoas justice, but they were for decoration.


Here's Miss Piggy on her 3rd cupcake.

Summer part 2

Nessa envisioned this shoot with my nephew Ellis. They pulled it all together very well. Hubs was supposed to be in it, but got stage fright...