Well we had a complete soaking at the weekend. The rain came down all night and all day, and the same again the next day. Cyclone Marcia left us unscathed compared to northern parts of Queensland, we were lucky. We had a bit of localised flooding, with two of the three routes out from our place closed.
I kept the kids home from school friday, it just wasn’t worth risking it. I was glad to have an excuse to stay home in my slippers, safe and dry in my little haven. After supervising a few school homework projects in the morning, it was time to get creative.
Out came the Hama beads. These keep the kids entertained for hours. So much fun, I can get a few things done while they’re busy, all I have to do is have the iron ready for when they have finished their creations.
The girls made letters to make name signs for their rooms. Peace signs were popular too. And skulls! I made a little coaster for my desk.
Friday is the day I usually do my grocery shop. I deemed it too perilous to venture out to the shops in the floods. We fancied a sweet treat but I was low on eggs, flour and cocoa. I decided to try and make some fudge. I had condensed milk, sugar, golden syrup, butter and a pack of white chocolate melts hiding at the back of the pantry. I had never made fudge before and didn’t realise how easy it was!
I can’t remember where I found the recipe, but from memory it was:
1 can of condensed milk
1 cup brown sugar
120g unsalted butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
3/4 cup white chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add all ingredients except chocolate to a pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring continually. Turn the heat down and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring. Add chocolate and mix until smooth. Pour into greased and lined slice tin and leave to set in the fridge.
I added some natural coloured 100s and 1000s on top to decorate.
Cut the set fudge into tiny cubes. Not surprisingly this is very sweet, so you don’t want big chunks. This would make a nice gift or school fete treat. Its super cheap to make and goes far. We gave some to the neighbours and still had more than enough for the five of us.
On sunday the rain had finally cleared and we decided to head out. Hubby was keen to do a spot of fishing, and suggested hiring a boat on the river. I packed drinks, lunch and crochet and hubby packed the fishing rods and bait.
We set off under a threatening sky, but apart from a few sprinkles of rain here and there it stayed dry for us. Sadly we didn’t catch anything, not even a nibble, but it was fun to get out on the water and feel the fresh air again after two days of confinement.
Back on land the kids spotted a swing hanging from the trees at the river’s edge. They burnt off a bit of energy there before heading home. All in all, a pretty good wet weekend.
Have fun and stay safe and dry this week in your part of the world.