31.10.12

Fancy face

I love strawberries, avocados and grapes they are some of my favourite things about summer. What I love even more about them is that not only are a great edition to any meal, dessert or snack but they can also be used for revitalising face masks.


Strawberries are great for oily skin

Ingredients:
2 Egg whites
a little bit of honey
1 cup mashed strawberries
A few drops of lemon juice

Method:
Mix the lemon juice, egg whites, honey and mashed strawberries together in a bowl.
Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 10 minutes.
Rinse it off with warm water and pat dry with a towel.


Grapes are another great alternative for a face mask. 

Ingredients
10 grapes mashed
2 teaspoons honey

Method:
Mix the grapes and honey together in a bowl. 
Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. 
Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel.


For a great luxury mask try banana and avocado. 

Ingredients:
½ an avocado
½ a banana
1 tablespoon natural yogurt
1 tablespoon cucumber mashed

Method:
Mix the avocado, banana, yogurt and cucumber together in a bowl.
Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 30 minutes.
Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel.

29.10.12

Dirt cups

Halloween, the time of year when everyone across the globe dresses up, trick or treaters roam the streets, houses become decorated with skeletons, pumpkins, fake cobwebs, spooky lanterns; and movie channels start screening every thriller or horror movie known to man.

For Halloween this year my sister and I decided to make a rather interesting desert. This particular desert is called dirt cups, now I know what you're thinking, what on earth is a dirt cup? Well being the blogger that I am, I took a few photos and I'm about to show you how you can make your very own dirt cup.  


What you'll need:
Plastic cups
A cake, already made (for this we used a gluten free recipe as the cake doesn't rise as much)
Brains, eyes and snakes (the candy versions that is)
Chocolate mousse
Chocolate chips
Wafer biscuits (or any biscuits will do)
Icing (we used both chocolate and green icing)
An icing pen

Method:
Crumb the cake into a large bowl or tub.

Make the chocolate mousse.

Spread the chocolate icing over the front, 
sides and top of the biscuits.

Using your icing pen and the green icing, 
write RIP on each biscuit

Place some of the chocolate chips at the bottom of each cup. 

Layer the crumbed cake on top of the chocolate chips. 

Into each cup place a snake, brain and eyeball.

Place the chocolate mousse into each cup. 

Push a wafer biscuit into the chocolate mousse of each cup. 

Finally, layer the cups with some more crumbed cake.

There you have it, your dirt cup is complete. I hope you have as much fun and get as creative as we did when we made these dirt cups. 

24.10.12

Pumpkin decor

Whenever you watch a movie about Halloween or a scary movie surrounding Halloween, the one thing that always seems to feature in these movies, is decorated or carved pumpkins. There will be a scene of either the characters carving pumpkins or various scenes showing the front of people's houses with carved pumpkins lining the porch steps or patios. 

Carving and decorating pumpkins for Halloween is not as popular here in South Africa as it seems to be in other countries, but it has always represented Halloween to me. I think it could be something fun (and probably harder than it seems) to try. I predict though, that if I were to give it a try my pumpkin would end up looking a bit lopsided (yes carving wasn't my strong point in grade eight and nine art classes). These are some of the carved or decorated pumpkins that I would like to try though. 







22.10.12

All the colours of the rainbow

In about a month’s time my brother-in-law will be turning 30 and in honour of this milestone my sister wants to bake him a special and out of the ordinary cake. So off she went on an internet search for some inspiration. It was during this search, that she came across a rainbow cake. 

This particular cake had about 30 different layers, but we thought this would be a bit over kill, so we settled for something a little smaller. We decided upon a cake with six different coloured layers. We went off to Jodee’s Baking and Packing Supplies in Strijdom Park, Johannesburg to get all our rainbow supplies.

This shop is just amazing as they have everything and anything you would need for your baking delight. Cupcake cups in every colour, shape and size you can imagine; gel colours in all the shades of the rainbow (and more), as well as an array of moulds because why settle for an ordinary shaped cake.


We used my usual cupcake recipe (these cupcakes come out like mini sponge cakes), it’s by far the best baking recipe I own.

Ingredients
4 eggs
250ml castor sugar
1 ½ cups flour
15ml baking powder
½ tsp salt
125 ml oil
125 ml boiling water
1 tsp vanilla essence


Method:

Whisk the eggs and sugar together until light and pale.

Fold in the sifted dry ingredients.

Combine oil and water. Beat in and add the vanilla essence.
Add your colours (the amount you add depends on what shade colour you want).

Fill the paper cups about ¾ of the way.
Bake at 180° for approximately for 12 minutes.

Leave to cool and do the icing.

We used a vanilla icing from Jodee’s and all that was required is that we add water to the packet contents. This icing is ideal as its perfect for shaping or designing your icing in any way you want.

We decorated the cupcakes with stars and multi-coloured sprinkles (also purchased at Jodee’s).

I do have to say, they turned out even more awesome than we thought they would. 

17.10.12

Smooth like...

Summer is all about wearing beautiful dresses, skirts and shorts with a cute pair of sandals or wedges. With these outfits comes a need for smooth and healthy looking legs, because the better your legs look, the more comfortable you will feel wearing that pair of shorts or that knee length skirt. Having to shave your legs can however can be a massive pain sometimes, with some women saying that they shave as often as everyday. Over the years I have picked up various tips from various magazines and online articles about how to keep your legs smooth and looking healthy during summer. 


Try exfoliating your legs before you shave them. This will result in longer lasting smooth legs because exfoliation brings the hairs out of their follicles and gets to those tiny hairs trapped under dead skin as well as removes any oils that can be concealing the hairs.


Razors that have multiple blades are the best for the job. Make sure that the blades are always perfectly clean and try to shave in the opposite direction to which the hair is growing. 


Your diet can even affect the growth of your leg hairs, so try to include foods that contain vitamin B6 – like fish and meat, bananas, cabbage and broccoli in your diet.


The most important tip though is moisturize after each and every shower/bath as the skin is still moist and your cream is therefore absorbed properly. Body butter containing soy helps to stunt the growth and shrink the diameter of the hair shafts. With these tips and tricks you should have summer days filled with smooth and hair free legs. 

15.10.12

Frozen delight

One of the highlights when it comes to summer is getting to eat yummy things such as frozen yogurt, ice cream and frozen fruit lollies. This past weekend I felt inspired to make frozen yogurt, but not just any old frozen yogurt, I wanted to make frozen yogurt lollies. I have to say they turned out great and taste way better than I thought they would (bonus). The recipe is so simple and easy to remember. 

Ingredients: 
1 cup strawberries (chopped)
1 ½ cups of yogurt (i used Greek yogurt)
⅓ cup honey


Method:
Mix all the ingredients together in a blender.
Pour the mixture in to your cups/lolly holders and allow to freeze for four or so hours.


Ta da...the finished product, yummy

12.10.12

The sound of music

You listen to it on the radio, your iPod  online or a CD. That’s right folks, I’m talking about music. Music can either set the mood or break it when it comes to weddings, dances or any social occasion for that matter. You hear a certain song and it reminds you of someone or a particular situation. Music is all around us and so involved in our lives that we don’t even realise it. Recently I have had a few songs stuck in my head (otherwise known as ear-worms), so it got me thinking and pinning as I do when I constantly think about something. These are some of the pictures I have pinned. 






10.10.12

Adventures in the sand

For the past six years my parents have been living aboard. They have spent a few years in Dubai, some in Hong Kong and they have recently moved to Zambia. Although they have always been so far away and it has made family time a bit challenging, the benefit has been visiting them and getting to see all of these wonderful places. 

Dubai was an experience and a half, such a lavish and beautiful place. Everything is done in such a big and over the top manner, to the point where you just stand there amazed and unaware as where to look first and what to absorb. The one thing my dad would keep saying is that things literally change over night (it felt like you would wake up in the morning and an entire road would have appeared over night). The rate at which they build is something you have to see to believe. While I can't show you all the photos (because lets face it, that could take a lot of time) I will show you just a few, so that you get the idea.


Driving into Dubai

A beautiful sunset

The view from where my parents were staying, the Burj Al Arab

The 'old" architecture style

How some of the cargo arrives

We did a desert safari





and got henna tattoos

New Years

Atlantis on the Palm

Some of the decor inside Atlantis

The apartment blocks where my parents lived

Some of the 'villas' on the Palm

For some more travel stories have a look at The happiest place on earth, Happy 4th of July and The travelling bug.