Archive for June, 2008

What happens at the end

Beetle said matter-of-factly tonight “I’m going to die very soon”

“No, no” we said, “People die when they are very, very old – you can’t even imagine how long it will be”

She was silent for a minute, looking at us skeptically, then she spoke up again.

“One day, I will stand up and wave my magic wand. And I will say ‘Yee-ha, I love New Zealand and everybody and love.'”

“What happens then?,” I asked.

“Then,” she said, “I will die with a great reception.”


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My brother requested that I make a batch of chocolate and peanut butter slice for his engagement party last weekend, and I thought I’d up the ante by trying to make something more peanutbuttercuppy.

That was very convenient because I have been reading Amazing Trips* and the author speaks frequently and reverently about these whopping great jars of peanut butter cups which made me very jealous.

New Zealand Sorta Peanut Butter Cups

(adapted from Alison Holst’s Peanut Butter Slice, which is the same thing except in a slice tin)


  • 100g butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used a mixture of smooth and crunchy, the kind with salt)
  • 1 cup biscuit crumbs (which is about 100g of plain Wine Biscuits)
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • (original slice recipe has a few drops of almond essence in here but we do not like almond essence)


  • 1/2 cup chocolate melts or 90g dark chocolate in bits
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter


  1. Fold up a bit of baking paper and cut out little circles that will fit in the bottom of your mini muffin or cupcake cups. (I have a love affair with the Chicago Metallic kind which has magic non-stickitude and is also quite shallow, making it ideal for peanut butter cups)
  2. If you haven’t already made your biscuit crumbs, chop them up in the food processor.
  3. Put your peanut butter and butter in a microwave jug and cook for a minute or so till melted. Stir till well combined and tip into food processor.
  4. Add icing sugar and vanilla essence. Process to mix well.
  5. Scoop out measuring tablespoons full of mixture and put one scoop in each cup of the muffin tray, on top of the paper circles.
  6. Flatten a bit – I put a bit of my leftover baking paper over each and squashed them down with my fingers.
  7. Put the chocolate and peanut butter for the icing in the jug you did your melting in before and put in the microwave to melt. Stir together till well combined.
  8. Spoon a teaspoonful of the chocolate mixture onto the top of each peanut butter cup and spread out a little
  9. Put the tray in the fridge to chill and set. When they’re firm enough, pop them out and peel off the paper. Keep them in the fridge in a covered container.


These were very popular at the party and I kept hearing the words “Peanutbuttercups!” as I flitted about being the life of the party quickly ducked out of (and back into) the room where all my introverted relatives were hiding to get another sausage roll and handful of chups.

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First thing: How Autumn Works

Beetle: “So there’s a guy with a bowl, and he picks up all the leaves that fall off the trees.

Then he gets a table and another table in a pile that is tall as a tree! And a ladder and he gets up on the tables and gets the sellotape and his bowl and he sticks the leaves back on the tree”

Me: But you know? the new leaves are green and the old leaves are brown.

Beetle: So you get a box that’s like a fireplace, with no sides or back but it has a bottom. And you… you paint the leaves green. Then put them in the bowl and climb up and stick them on the tree with sellotape.I want to do that when I grow up.”

Second Thing: Old McDonald Had a Native Plant

At the children’s rhyme time at the library, the kids volunteer animals for Sean-the-Librarian’s rousing version of Old McDonald Had a Farm. It’s usually very diverse and we’re lucky if farm animals get to elbow hoove in amongst the dinosaurs, crocodiles and lions.

But then Beetle has her hand up, waving around.

Sean: What are you thinking of, Beetle?

B: A Pohutukawa!

Sean: A pohutukawa? What sound does that make?

B *wiggling fingers* “LEAF LEAF LEAF”

That was last week’s story… until she did it again this week.

It turns out she is highlighting the pohutukawa because there is a tiny shrub of a one in the front yard she wants to show off.

Third Thing: The Lorax

Bear has read The Lorax a couple of times this week at bedtime story time.

This evening Beetle asked if we could chop down one of our trees, so that the Lorax guy would come out.

She says “I love those Loraxes”

Mostly, I think, so she can watch him pick himself up by the seat of his pants.

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