Riding Ducks

World War II amphibious vehicles called 'Ducks' that go from road to water 
are a  great way to tour of Rotorua.


Best Pound Cake

 I have gone through several recipes for Pound Cake and each one has its own pros and cons. Most of them have been a little dry...until this one!

Pound Cake Recipe

1-1/2 c butter

8 oz cream cheese

3 c sugar

6 large eggs

1 t vanilla

3 c flour

2 t salt

Combine butter and cream cheese.

Add sugar and mix until creamy. 

Add eggs, one at a time.

Stir in vanilla.

Add flour and salt and mix until incorporated.


Just before baking, spray two loaf pans generously with cooking spray. Pour batter into pans.

Bake at 300/150c for 60-70 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.




 It's been over a year since our part of the country was in lockdown, but that has changed.

There is one case of Covid in the Auckland community so we are all locked down for three days and Auckland for a week.

For me, that means....no changes to my extravagant life style (as she tosses her hair back and smiles coyly--LOL), like last time. Of course, we are only the size of small sections of most countries, so that makes it very much easier to deal with, but I am grateful that New Zealand is able to handle things well.

We had planned a trip to the Auckland area in a couple of weeks, but that is off for now. Hubby has 'Plan B' (he must have been a boy scout because he's always prepared!), so I'm sure we will find some place to visit when we are allowed.

Let's hope we can be rid of this plague soon.


I know things change...

 It's been fifteen years since I moved to New Zealand. I have adjusted to a lot of things that living on a small island presents.

I have learned to live without filter/drip coffee and drink instant. When I first got here, I could get a cup of filter coffee in a coffee shop while Hubby had some fluffy, strong stuff, but not any more. 

Before you ask, there are very few places to buy ground coffee and the ones we tried did NOT suit at all. Hubby recently found a place that will send us Folgers coffee, but over $100 shipping for 3 large cans is more than I can bring myself to spend, even if Hubby is willing.

Upon my arrival, I could buy grape jelly at any grocery store. Strangely enough, it has not been found anywhere for a few years now. A member of a FB group of Americans in NZ found some a while back and we were all jealous! I guess all those grapes they grow here are for fancy-schmacy wine now!  Actually, most of our stuff is imported from Australia since we are too small to manufacture very much for ourselves. So, I guess I can blame it on Aussie.

I am not sure how Pizza Hut and Dominos pizza in the US and other countries have changed in 15 years, but they advertise terrible abominations here.  Ground beef/mince, Peking Duck, smoked salmon, spinach, cranberries, prawns. And then there is the 'swirl' of sauces on top--aioli, hollandaise,  BBQ sauce. *shudder*  What happened to simple Italian sausage with cheese? Progress? This is why we make our own now and then, but I still can't find Italian sausage in the stores very often.

Twenty years ago, if you had told me I'd have these 'problems' I would have laughed. But, life throws you a curve ball sometimes, and you have to adjust your swing. But the biggest change is that I realize that many of the 'problem' I have are because I'm old and set in my ways.

Ah, life is always interesting.