Friday, February 26, 2010

Take rest

My morning started all wrong! A mix up at work, everyone wanting everything from me and pulling into every direction! SIGH.......
Then I opened our intranet to look for today's currency exchange rate, and this is what greeted me:

"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop"
(Ovid, ancient Roman poet 43 BC-17)

.... and then I remembered, that is exactly what we are off to do tomorrow...
See you in a bit more than a week.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Wednesday Edition

Welcome, thank you for stopping by.
Please come in, have some tea and cake and let's chat.
What is it that I like this week you ask?
Well, here it is:
  • These guys run in packs -  I love that they look like you’ve caught them in the act!
  • and another. Except, I actually would like to attempt to make this one
  • I love this rosette headband. Especially in this silver gray!
  • Natural DIY baby-wipes - go have a look. Not harmful to baby or the environment.
  • My new blog of the week: Frugal Home Designs. I love what this mommy does with ordinary around-the-house sorta stuff!
  • Yummy Chocolate cake that we baked to celebrate my sister's BIG news!

Sleep has become a myth in our household this week. Can you believe we are all too excited about our trip to even sleep? I tell ya!

If you do ever stop by this blog, please be so kind as to say hi or leave a comment, lest I feel like the crazy cat lady.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Colourful Little Market Bags

In honour of our upcoming trip I made all the girls a little market bag to tote around

Isn't this bug material super cute?
I added a pocket to the outside for collecting sea-shells, rocks or whatever else might need collecting.

... and beacause I enjoyed making them so much, I made an extra one (yes, that is 4 in total) for a friend at Jessica's school who has a birthday today.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Random Loveliness on Wednesday

So what is it that I love this Wednesday ?
  • Bread that looks so delicious that I want to bake it!
  • A blog I love. Such clean and fresh design ideas with just the right mix of edgy and cool
  • I adore this dress
  • Nooooo, it’s not just the dress, I adore everything in her shop
  • We are going on a trip in a fortnight, and will spend some time here. Yay! I can’t wait!
  • This post made me think long and hard about the messages we send to our kids.
  • Have a look at the awesome creativeness of this lady… I love what she does with secondhand linens.

    and a BIG HUGE Congratulations to two of my FAVOURITE PEOPLE in the whole wide world!
    I hope the journey that you started on yesterday will be blessed in every way!
    We love you... XXX


    Choo..... Chooooooooo

    We had a Steam train adventure on the weekend
    Waiting for the train to leave the station...
    We saw some varied scenes of our very diverse country... this is a vegetable lean-to shop in one of the townships we passed (excuse the poor quality, it was taken through the window of the train)

    We had so much fun on the train

    When we arrived at our destination, we had a lovely walk through the veld to get to our picnic spot

    After our picnic we strolled through the streets of the town and visited all the charming little shops and markets
    Here are some more scenes of our day:

    These awesome works of art was seen at a local arts & crafts shop where they also had the most beautiful renovated antique furniture!
    and I'll leave you with the above quote found on our day out.

    Hope your weekend was as interesting as ours!

    Wednesday, February 10, 2010

    Wonderful Wednesday...

    Scenes from Zanzibar taken by my very best friend that lives Island Style in Jambiani, Zanzibar

    A look around the web this morning has yielded the following:
    I hope you are also having a Wonderful Wednesday thus far..

    Monday, February 8, 2010

    What's Cooking... Creamy Chicken Pasta

    I love to cook and bake, well, I probably prefer baking to cooking, but will share some recipes with you in any case. Last week I was in the mood for a lovely creamy pasta, so came up with this recipe:

    What you need (enough for a family of 4):
    4       Deboned and Skinned Chicken Breasts
    A Chicken Rub (mine is made up of ground Garlic, Rosemary, Sage, Mustard Seeds, Chilli, Lemon rind, bellpeppers and Sea Salt)
    1       Peeled and Chopped onion
    1 - 2 Cloves of Garlic - chopped
    4-5   Large Black Mushrooms or any other quantity and variety of Mushrooms you have available
    A couple of handfuls of baby tomatoes
    1 Tub of Fresh cream (about 200 - 250 ml)

    How to:
    Rub the Chicken Breasts with your herbs and spices (I used my chicken rub in this case), and sprinkle with a bit of lemon juice to soften the flesh of the chicken.
    I let my chicken sit a bit while I fry my onions and garlic in a little olive oil. Be sure not to let the garlic burn as it will make it bitter.
    When the onion and garlic has softened, add the chicken bit by bit and fry until brown.
    Then add your mushrooms and let it all brown for a few minutes. I usually put the lid of the pot on at this stage, to help soften the mushrooms.
    Lastly I added the tomatoes, just to heat them through, and the Cream.
    Let it cook on low heat for a few minutes just so the flavours blend.

    Add some pasta of your choice and enjoy!


    Wednesday, February 3, 2010

    A peep into a little closet

    A Navy blue jumpsuit with Cardigan, booties, and fisherman's hat for those chilly mornings out fishing...

    The Green dress, with under garment and matching booties, perhaps for a special dinner out.

    A Breezy Summer Set for days filled with sunshine and swimming...

    and for sleepy nights, a gorgeous Nighty complete with a Pink Gown and Pink slippers.

    Jessica's Dollies received this closet filled with clothes sewn and knitted by my very talented Mother-in-law. It has already provided hours of fun dressing and fitting clothes, booties, hats etc.
    Isn't it just so beautiful...

    Monday, February 1, 2010

    A visitor in the garden..

    A little friend came to visit the garden this weekend...

    "A little tiny ladybug, mommy!"
    My granny's Vegetable Garden that Little Miss Ladybug visited
    Some garden fresh Radishes from the Veggie patch
    and on to other news...
    A fabulous bright Orange swing under the lapa at Mom's house

    My mom recently renovated her entire house, and and old tub was thrown out in the process. My mom's friend turned it into this awesome Orange Swing chair for the outdoor lapa!

    Hope your weekend was as happy as ours..