Halcyon Days

Monday, January 9, 2012
I am in denial that we have to be out of our beloved home in 2 1/2 weeks, so we have been enjoying some lovely, long summer days at home doing some non-moving things, peppered in between sorting through the attic and the cupboards, finding a house to rent in Tauranga and getting packig and moving quotes.

One of the things I've been trying is a little bit of candy-making. I have had a recipe stashed in my recipe box for years and everytime I go there to look for something else, I see it sitting in there. It is for Sea Foam Candy. A friend from Oregon once sent some over to New Zealand for us and I was hooked. It's a delicious sweet that melts in your mouth, but it has been years since I tried it. I think it is called Sea Foam because it has a light and fluffy texture. I just used vanilla for flavouring, so I need to experiment with some more flavours. The candy is surprisingly easy and quite quick to make. You do need a candy thermometer though. I plan on getting my son to take photos of the process when I make it today, so I might post a tutorial..

Today, I plan to make some more. I hace also been making alot of cordials and drink concentrates for my family. The raspberry cordial we had at Christmas is a huge favourite and lasts a long time, even with my four thirsty camels. And the Chai is becoming a tradition with us to have a cup before bedtime.

In the latest Good magazine, there is a recipe for Rhurbarb fizz and Ginger Beer. They both take around a week or so to brew, so I'm starting that today in the hopes that it will be ready next week to enjoy.

When you have packers coming in to pack up the house, it does take a lot of the stress out of moving. So mostly we are just sorting through things and deciding what we want to keep and what we can live without. We arrive in Tauranga on January 28 and the children start school on the 31st. So these weeks before the chaos begins are precious and I'm treasuring them in my lovely big house. We are going to a much smaller rental for awhile until we can sell this place - there is no section basically at the house we are renting, but it is a new, spacious home, so that makes up for it and only 5 minutes from the school and my brother-in-law's house.


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Shearer's Girl said...

The texture of those sweets looks amazing. I hope all goes well with the move.

Cate said...

The candy sounds interesting Rachel. Hang in there with the packing and moving. It is a bittersweet process but I know that you guys will love Tauranga x

Rebekah S. said...

Thinking of you dear friend and you move. Pray for a swift and safe transition. See you here when you get back!!

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