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.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.

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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.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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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

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Cherry’s Rainbow Party! + GIVEAWAY

We always look forward to Cherry’s birthdays and celebrate in style with a fun and happy theme. For her first birthday, we had a Polka-dot Picnic in the park, for her second, my aunty hosted a Kewpie Doll party in her home and for Cherry’s 3rd birthday, we invited her playgroup friends over to our place for a Garden Party.

This year, we thought we’d make it a big one and invite everyone round to Caulfield Park for hotdogs on the BBQ and a visit from Mr Whippy! We had a rainbow theme with a home made rainbow surprise cake and asked our guests to dress in rainbow. We pimped up the rotunda with our DIY rainbow streamer garland, invited an incredibly talented face-painter and even created a rainbow craft table!

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Appel + blackcurrant or
Mango + pineapple + grape

Rainbow Party www.cherryandme.comMy sister, aka Aunty Nise, setting up the craft table with products from CleverPatch. Remember those rainbow scratch cards where you scraped away the black layer to reveal the colour underneath? We decorated paper crowns, glasses and wrist bands!

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Rainbow Party www.cherryandme.comTune in next week for our Rainbow Surprise Cake recipe and the following week for our DIY Rainbow Streamer Garland.

Thank you to CleverPatch for helping us make our party super colourful and creative! And thank you to Cocobella for the delicious fruity coconut water drink packs! Yummy!

And now for the Giveaway…

CherryandMe.com Rainbow Giveaway

This week we’ve teemed up with Naughts and Crosses for a Rainbow Toy Giveaway!

To be in the running…
1. LIKE the Cherry and Me Facebook  page
2. SHARE our giveaway
3. Leave a COMMENT to let us know you’ve entered

Entries close 30/05/15 midnight.
Prize: Wooden Stacking Rainbow, Medium size – 17cm x 7cm x 10cm, valued at $54.
The winner will be selected at random and notified privately. If the winner does not respond within 4 days, a second winner will be chosen. Open to Australian residents only. GOOD LUCK!!

Click here to visit the Naughts and Crosses website

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Happy Easter and Passover from our holiday house!

What a fabulous long weekend we’ve had! Delicious home cooked Jewish food for Passover dinner; an early morning Easter egg hunt; brunch at Merricks General Wine Store; a drive to our favourite local winery, Merricks Estate; and we even dropped into Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm for strawberry ice-cream!

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