Had a great weekend!
Friday I made fried chicken, rice and salad for dinner, which went down a storm. Gotta love fried chicken!
Saturday we had our evening with friends - pizza, cannelloni, dough balls with garlic butter, salad, plus fudgecake and chocolate and banana cake for pud, if you had any room! All washed down with a few bottles of wine (or soft drinks for the kids,of course!)
After eating we played Grab a Banana, among other things. For those who are interested I will describe it.
Take a pack of Snap cards that has 4 of each card in it. The aim of the game is to collect a set of 4 cards the same.
Sit around a table.
Put objects that must be grabbed in the middle of the table - the set provides plastic bananas, but you can use just about anything. The number of objects should be one less than the number of players.
Dealer gives each player 4 cards.
Dealer then picks up the first card, looks at it, decides whether to keep it or discard it. If he keeps it he discards another card from his hand. Discarded cards are placed in front of the person to the left, who then picks it up and decides whether to keep it or discard it. The cards gradually work their way around the table until they get back to the dealer who will have to use these cards again once the main deck runs out.
Got it so far?
OK, now the fun begins. This checking and discarding of cards should be done as fast as possible - no waiting for one card to move around before you pick the next, just goo for it.
Finally, when one player gets a set of 4 he grabs a banana (or whatever) from the middle of the table. This is the queue for everyone else to also grab a banana, whether they have a set or not. One person will not get a banana and gets a point against them.
Play until you run out of time or until someone reaches a set point limit, say 3 or 5. Alternatively you could play knockout games, where the person without a banana leaves the game and the next round has one less player and one less banana. The final game would have 2 players and 1 banana!
Give it a go - it is great fun, especially with kids and/or after a few drinks!
Sunday, WAS a lazy day - I spent a few hours painting some Saxon peasants for my Hastings game: