Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Monday, 28 November 2011

Saam-staan, wees-saam, jy en ek

gedig vir jou

vir jou wil ek 'n gedig skryf
'n gedig oor 'n reenseisoen
vir jou wil ek die wind gee
en wilge; koel en groen
vir jou wil ek so graag
net eenmaal in my lewe se
ek weet nie hoe dit werk nie
maar ek is besig 
om jou lief te he

Elrika van der Walt
A.P. Brink.  2000.  Groot Verseboek.  Tafelberg-Uitgewers.  Kaapstad

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Friday, 25 November 2011


Flowers in my garden



Both of these plants belonged to my late grandmother -
When we relocated to the farm, I started watering them daily...
They didn't look like much and frankly I didn't think that they did survive!
To my surprise!
We are now blessed with the most delightful blooms!

Resembling exactly how she was - bright, colourful,creative and beautiful!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

On a Sticky note

Can you still recall the last time chewing on one of these?

We found some at the Leipoldtville General Trader.


Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Our Miracle

We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.  Every day, God gives us the sun-and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy.  Every day, we try to pretend that we haven't perceived that moment, that it doesn't exist - that today is the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow.  But if people really pay attention to their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment.  It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front-door key in the lock; it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us.  But that moment exists - a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.

Joy is sometimes a blessing, but it is often a conquest.  Our magic moment helps us to change and sends us off in search of our dreams.  Yes, we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments - but all of this is transitory; it leaves no permanent mark.  And one day we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken.

Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks.  Perhaps this person will never be disappointed or disillusioned; perhaps she won't suffer the way people do when they have a dream to follow.  But when that person looks back - and at some point everyone looks back - she will bear her heart saying, "What have you done with the miracles that God planted in your days? What have you done with the talents God bestowed on you?  You buried yourself in a cave because you were fearful of losing those talents.  So this is your heritage:  the certainty that you wasted you life."
Pitiful are the people who must realize this.  Because when they are finally able to believe in miracles, their life's magic moments will have already passed them by.

Paulo Coelho.  1996.  By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept.  Clays Ltd, St Ives plc.  Great Britain.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Baked Cheese Cake

- Ingredients -

1 x 200g packet of biscuits, crushed (We used Tennis Biscuits)
60-100ml Melted butter
2 x 230g cream cheese containers
10ml custard powder
2 x XL-eggs
100g (125ml) sugar
125ml cream
30ml lemon juice
5ml vanilla essence
pinch of salt

Preheat Oven 180 degrees Celsius 

Crumble the biscuits into a ovenproof dish approximately 22-25cm
Pour the melted butter over the biscuits, do not mix, gently push the biscuits up against the sides of the dish.
Blend the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl, pour over the prepared crust.
Bake for 35min or until firm.

Serve warm, cold or at room temperature, with fresh berries, mint, or granadilla pulp.

It is the easiest Baked Cheese Cake you will ever make!
And the best: It is Nntha!

Recipe by Ina Paarman

Monday, 21 November 2011

A First Birthday

The past week I spent organizing our little
girls' first birthday bash...
She was so kind as to wake me every morning at 3:50am for her feed, and obviously mommy had to get up to prepare her 'big' day!
As Nikah was able to RHOAAR like a lion at the age of nine months we decided that the birthday party theme had to be influenced by animals.
Hence her LION Cake! That had the little faces covered in chocolate in seconds - 

On Saturday we invited her closest friends and relatives to join in the celebration, we had a scorcher at 38 degrees so it was inevitable that the drinks were going to flow and the pool came in handy - 

Laughter and chats filled the air, as we challenged every guest to draw her while playing with toys, you only had thirty seconds to come up with some sort of figure before your drawing was passed on to the next person, all the pictures will soon become a collage for her bedroom.  We also asked everyone to write her a little note, something that would grant her a successful future!

We are blessed with a healthy, joyful, magical girl -
We thank God for every moment that we are privileged to have her as our daughter, we know she will make Him proud in the days to come!

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!
We love you with every heartbeat!

The baking of the LION cake,cheese cake, biltong snacks, and drinks will follow soon - 

Thursday, 17 November 2011


lig in donker
l.i.g in tonnel
oe glinster lig
lig  flonker  in vers
dans lig, jy om 'n kers

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Time - - - - - -

This has been the shortest year of my life -  
In a few days our little-little will be one year old!

Watch this space, the party is starting soon!!!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Pizza Saturday

What you'll need:

1kg Self raising flour
2 x finger-pinch of salt
3 x XL eggs
Luke warm water, add until you are happy with the consistency!

Mix to form a dough - 
Roll out on a flour dusted surface



Tomato Paste, Mayonnaise, Sweet Chilli sauce, Mushrooms, Green Pepper, Chicken, Pineapple, Spinach, Caramelized Red Onion,
Garlic, Sweet & Sour Sauce, Feta, Ham, Mozzarella, Bacon, 
Olives, Italian Herbs, Pesto & Parmesan, Chorizo  

Thumbs UP to making new friends!