Here's my recipe for the best dry season evening. It's how we spent the Queen's Birthday long weekend and is really just all the best parts of a great camping (but with a hot shower and a good night's sleep in my own bed at the end of it!)
Step 1. Make something fruity and delicious.
I made Lemongrass, Lychee and Lime White Sangria - just throw ice, a tin of lychees, a sliced lime and a few stalks of lemongrass into a jug and your favourite sav blanc in a jug. Easy!
Make the kids their own version with soda water instead of wine. Fancy! Step 2. Drink it in the pool
With the warmer-than-usual weather we've had the pool is the perfect temp - cold at first but perfect once you're in. Step 3. Watch the sunset
Or the sky change colour depending on your vantage point. We had the added bonus of bats flying overhead - lots of counting practice! Step 4. Wish upon the night's first star
Then have your kids whisper their wishes in your ear. There's nothing better than a special insight into how their minds work. We found Venus too. Step 5. Snuggle up around a fire
The best part about a cold pool is getting out, being wrapped up in a big towel and snuggling up in front of an open fire. We substituted the Kamado. Step 6. Plan to eat something that can cook on the fire while you're relaxing in the pool
Our pick? Grilled Kransky sausages which we then piled into rolls with grilled onion, sauerkraut, grated cheese, pickles and sauces. All prepared before we headed outside for fun. Step 7. Enjoy!
Delicious food and great family conversation. Doesn't get much better.Step 8. Prepare your marshmallows
...like a ninja!
My big boys loved being in charge of the marshmallow roasting and took their role very seriously. Dad is a great teacher.
We like to squish our mallows between choc-chip cookies. Mmmmm.
We loved this so much we did it all again the next night! Hooray for long weekends!
What's your secret for the perfect weekend?