A Trip To NGV Open House

You may have noticed we’ve been “off the radar” lately and have missed a few regular Sunday morning blog posts… We’ve each had a turn being sick and have spent the past few weekends at home, rugged up on our couch, drinking Babushka’s Chicken Soup. Not much to blog about, except, last weekend, Daddy and Me thought we all needed to get out of the house and took a trip to NGV’s latest children’s exhibition – Open House: Tromarama for Kids

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Mini Room Makeover – Huset

There’s a little corner in our home in desperate need for a makeover… Tiger is almost 2 and no longer needs his change table that sits under the bookshelf in our family room, taking up valuable space that could be used more efficiently. I jumped online and found a fantastic new Melbourne furniture company, Huset, with beautifully designed modern Danish and Scandinavian products, perfect for our space!

2_HusetOur living room with Tiger’s baby change table

Huset Furniture www.cherryandme.comBefore and After

Huset Furniture www.cherryandme.com Cherry has graduated from her children’s table and chair to the “big table”

Huset Furniture www.cherryandme.comWe chose a White Ironica Round Kitchen Table designed by Tom Kelley for TON and paired it with 4 Wasosky Dining Chairs designed by by Enrique Marti for OOLand. 

Huset Furniture www.cherryandme.comWe love eating breakfast together as a family before we all head off to school and work

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Visit the Huset Showroom at 236 Centre Dandenong Road, Cheltenham and don’t forget to say hello from Cherry and Me –  www.huset.com.au

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Hamilton Island – For Two

Last week I shared the very best of our family holiday to Hamilton Island and this week is all about what Daddy and Me got up to while Cherry and Tiger were at Kids Club

Hamilton Island www.cherryandme.comFirst up was the Sunset Sail. A beautiful big catamaran picked us up from the Marina and took us out for a cruise amongst the Whitsunday Islands while the sun set and we sipped champaign on the hull netting

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Hamilton Island www.cherryandme.comThen we booked dinner for two at Coca Chu, the island’s newest and hippest Asian restaurant serving hawker-style street food of South East Asia

Hamilton Island www.cherryandme.comA highlight of our trip was kayaking from island to island on a private 3 hour tour

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Hamilton Island www.cherryandme.comFrozen Margaritas at The Pool Bar!

Hamilton Island www.cherryandme.comWe caught the Island Ferry to the Hamilton Island Golf Course Clubhouse for lunch, followed by a “drive your own buggy” tour around Dent Island!

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Hamilton Island – Family Holiday

Cherry, Tiger, Daddy and Me just arrived home for the most amazing 10 days away in tropical paradise… I could not recommend a more incredibly beautiful, relaxed, fun and safe destination for a family holiday, of any age than Hamilton Island on the Whitsundays, Queensland. Daddy and Me have visited Hamilton Island a few times, (before we were parents), and this was by far our favourite experience.

The weather was absolutely perfect – 30 degrees everyday, not too hot and defiantly not too cold for a swim, any time of the day. In fact I packed cardigans thinking the evening might get a little chilli but we never even wore them.

The island was very kids friendly. Cherry and Tiger loved the pool by the beach where they could splash in the shallow waters while I read magazines and Daddy practiced his underwater laps.

Hamilton Island www.cherryandme.com  Hamilton Island www.cherryandme.comGood morning sunshine!

Hamilton Island www.cherryandme.comBreaky on our balcony with the birds

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Hamilton Island www.cherryandme.comDown to the pool for a morning swim

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Hamilton Island www.cherryandme.comHamilton Island www.cherryandme.comHamilton Island www.cherryandme.comHamilton Island www.cherryandme.comHamilton Island www.cherryandme.comWe even walked next door the The Reef View Hotel for a swim in their long infinity pool

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Hamilton Island www.cherryandme.com We hired a double pram from the ClownFish Kids Club for evening walks to the Marina

Hamilton Island www.cherryandme.comWe found fabulous family friendly restaurants, a few where kids ate free! 
 Hamilton Island www.cherryandme.comWe loved Popeyes Fish and Chips takeaway by the marina but for a special night out we highly recommend Romano’s Italian Restaurant!

Hamilton Island www.cherryandme.comElle’s top pick – Beef Carpaccio

Hamilton Island www.cherryandme.comWe even caught the shuttle bus up to One Tree Hill for sunset mocktails.
“Let’s take a selfie!”

Hamilton Island www.cherryandme.comTune in next Sunday to see what adventures Daddy and Me got up to while Cherry and Tiger visited The ClownFish Kids Club!

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How To Make A Rainbow Streamer Garland

We’re still riding the high from Cherry’s 4th Birthday Rainbow Party and part of the reason was we enjoyed organising all those crafty and creative activities in the lead up to her big day. A few days before the party, my sister, aka “Aunty Nise” from Aunty Nise Crafts, came over to help create a colourful giant rainbow streamer garland to decorate the park rotunda. CleverPatch, our favourite craft suppliers, sent us a box of goodies to get the party started. This is what we made…

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Rainbow Streamer Decoration Garland cherryandme.comWe started by cutting the streamers into 1 meter strips

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How To Make A Rainbow Surprise Cake

Cherry and Me love baking together and thought it would be a super fantastic idea to make a birthday cake for her Rainbow Party! This week, we share how to make a Rainbow Surprise Cake!

Rainbow Surprise Cake cherryandme.comIt’s really much simpler than you think!

Rainbow Surprise Cake cherryandme.comBake 4 round cakes, any flavour or colour. You can use store bought cakes, packet mix or bake your own from scratch, as long as they’re all the same shape and size.

Rainbow Surprise Cake cherryandme.comIn the centre of 3 cakes, trace a knife around a small glass to cut out a circle

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Rainbow Surprise Cake cherryandme.comThe full cake (the one you didn’t cut) will be stacked on the bottom and the other 3 will be stacked on top to create a tunnel

Rainbow Surprise Cake cherryandme.comYou’ll need a round cake board to place your cake on. A good tip is to cover the cake board with two long pieces of baking paper, slightly over lapping. This way, you’re board will stay clean and the paper will be easy to remove by simply pulling the two rectangles of paper apart.

Rainbow Surprise Cake cherryandme.comMake a simple butter cream icing with:
250g softened butter
3 cups icing sugar
2 table spoons milk
1 table spoon vanilla
Using electric mixers, beat the butter in a bowl until pale and gradually add the icing sugar, milk and vanilla until combine. You can even ad food colouring for extra fun!

Rainbow Surprise Cake cherryandme.comSpread icing on top of each layer, (about 1cm thick), to stick them together

Rainbow Surprise Cake cherryandme.comIce the outside of the cake stack with a thin layer of butter cream

Rainbow Surprise Cake cherryandme.comThis is called the crumb coat to make sure there are no crumbs in your final coating

Rainbow Surprise Cake cherryandme.comThen ice a second layer again to completely cover the cake. Place your cake in the freezer for 5 minutes to firm up that sticky icing.

Rainbow Surprise Cake cherryandme.comIn a flat round dish, pour out a jar of 100’s & 1000’s

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Rainbow Surprise Cake cherryandme.comGently pat them down

Rainbow Surprise Cake cherryandme.com Place your cake back upright and fill with your favourite rainbow lollies!

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Rainbow Surprise Cake cherryandme.com Rainbow Surprise Cake cherryandme.com Rainbow Surprise Cake cherryandme.com Rainbow Surprise Cake cherryandme.com Rainbow Surprise Cake cherryandme.comTune in next week to see how we made our Rainbow Party Streamer Garlands

 

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