28.11.14

Friday Funnies

I hope all of you had a wonderful a wonderful week? Now that the weekend is here, I’m excited to spend time with friends celebrating all kinds of things. But before we head off into the weekend, here is a round up of my favourite funnies from the week…





Have a lovely weekend everyone.

26.11.14

I'm thankful....

Thanksgiving is almost here, and this weekend we’Il be having a little friends-giving lunch. Planning the dessert and what I’d like to make for said lunch, got me thinking about all the things I’m grateful for. This last year has been the best one yet. I’ve taken a lot of time to sit back and reflect on my life and where I want it to go, how it’s changed and where it’s at right now! I am incredibly lucky to be able to do what I love and have so many special people in my life. So basically there is a whole lot to celebrate this year.


So in the spirit of being thankful, here is what I’m grateful for

My blog and the being able to share my creative ventures.

My amazing friends.

My wonderful family

The beautiful places I've visited 
over the last couple of months.

My health and love of yoga.

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving? 

24.11.14

Choc fudge square delights

This past weekend was another gloomy, overcast and rainy one here in Johannesburg. Now if there is one thing gloomy and overcast days make me want to do, it's nothing but veg on the couch, drink coffee and eat sweet treats (it's a deadly combination I tell you). So when it came to baking for this very active weekend, my first choice was of course something with chocolate (rain = chocolate; right?). I was however craving not your ordinary chocolate treat but a fudge filled one at that. So I decided to make these delicious Choc fudge nut squares. 


Method:
Preheat oven to 180°.

In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients.


In another bowl, combine oil, eggs and vanilla.

Add the wet ingredient mixture to the to dry ingredients 
and combine it until it's thoroughly mixed. 
Spread the mixture into a square or rectangular baking tray. 
Bake for 20-25 minutes.


Remove from the oven and cut into squares. 
The size of the squares is your own choice. 

Allow to cool, and serve.

What did you get up to this past weekend? Make any delicious treats of your own?

21.11.14

Friday Funnies

Friday and another overcast and gloomy day here in Johannesburg. But that won't stop it from being another awesome weekend. I have a feeling this is set to be yet another brilliant one, jam packed with all the special people in my life, because like I just read on Twitter: "Psychology says, friendship is not about who you spend the most time with, it’s about who you have the best time with."





19.11.14

The secret to smooth summer legs

Summer is here and now we all know what that means, lots and lots of summer dresses. Coming straight out of winter and if you’re anything like me, your legs are looking a little on the pale side; but that’s nothing a good tan cant fix. As for getting your legs smooth and keeping them that way (for a little while longer) I have just the solution.

Ingredients
¼ cup sugar
½ cup coconut oil
3 tbsp. lemon juice


Method:
  1. Mix together the sugar, coconut oil and lemon juice.
  2. Spread the scrub all over your legs, do this in a circular motion.
  3. Work your way down from your things to your feet.
  4. Repeat this on the other leg.
  5. Gentle rinse the scrub off your legs and shave your legs as you normally would.
  6. Remember to moisturize afterward.



The coarseness of the sugar will get rid of the dead skin, while the lemon juice and oil leave a residue that aids against razor burn.

Do you have any summer beauty routines you've used time and time again?

12.11.14

Tea time brownies

Two recipes in one week, I sure am spoiling you this week (lol), but with the weather in Johannesburg being the way it is (dull, gloomy, chilly and wet) all I want to do is bake! Today's recipe is filled with chocolatey goodness, I mean who doesn't love chocolate? The chocolate brownie is one of those very versatile treats - you can have it for tea, serve it as dessert with some ice-cream, cream or even sneak it in as a midnight snack.  


Ingredients
180g dark chocolate
125g butter
2 eggs
125ml castor sugar
1 tablespoon strong black coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
100ml cake flour
2ml salt
½ cup chopped nuts (optional)



Method
1. Preheat the oven to180°C.
2. Melt the chocolate and butter together over a double boiler. If you would like your brownies to contain nuts then add them to the melting chocolate. Once melted, add the vanilla essence, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
3. Beat together the eggs, sugar and coffee until creamy.
4. Add the chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and mix well.
5. Gentle fold the flour and salt into the chocolate mixture.
6. Pour the mixture into a greased baking tin and bake at 180°C for approx. 20-30 min.
7. The top should be set and may have started to present some cracks and the insides slightly gooey, but cooked. Allow to cool and then cut into squares.


Ok, now I have a chocolate craving!

10.11.14

A South African favourite

Another weekend done and dusted, and we’re one step closer to December holiday...I’m doing my happy dance right abut now. A while ago (and by a while I mean a couple of months) my sister and I decided to try our hand at one of South Africa’s most loved sweet treats, Koeksisters. At first it felt like quite the daunting task, but in the end turned out to a whole lot easier and way more fun than I thought it was going to be. Oh and not to mention they were absolutely divine. If it weren't for the trying to eat healthy part, I would make these all the time.  


Ingredients
Syrup
750ml brown sugar
600ml water
5ml ground cinnamon
2.5ml ground ginger

Dough
500ml white cake flour

1ml salt

10ml baking powder

40ml butter or margarine
7 ml castor sugar

1 large egg

125ml water


Vegetable oil for deep frying

Method

The syrupy needs to be made the night before.
This because it needs to be COLD when dunking the hot koeksister plaits into it.

1. Place all of the sugar, water and spice in a pot on a medium heat setting on the stove. Bring it to a simmer until all the all sugar has dissolved.

2.Transfer the syrup into a heat proof dish, cover and leave in the fridge overnight to cool.


3.Sift together the dry ingredients.

4. Add the butter to the dry ingredients. Rub the butter and flour mixture together between your finger.

5. Beat the egg and then add it, along with the sugar, to the flour/butter mixture. This should create a soft dough.

6. Sprinkle your work surface with some flour. Roll the dough out until its between 5-10mm thick.

7. Cut the dough into strips and divide the strips into 10cm sections.


8. Divide each 10cm strip into three strips and plait these strips (as if you're plaiting your hair).


9. Get your syrup put of the fridge and place the container in an ice bath - this will ensure that the syrup stays cold, even when the hot koeksisters are added.

10. Heat your oil on the stove till it reaches approx.150-160°.
Slowly lower the koeksisters (in batches of two) into the hot oil and fry until golden brown.

11. Once the koeksisters are nicely golden brown take them out of the oil and dunk directly into the syrup for a couple of minutes.

12. Remove from the syrup and place on either a wire rack or some kitchen towel to allow excess syrup and oil to drain.


Have you made any scrumptious sweet treats lately? I'd love to hear about it. 

5.11.14

Love it - hate it

Lately I've been going through these love and hate stages. One day I absolutely love something and then a couple of days later I either still love it or I've found something which I hate. So this up and down and constant changing of my mind, got me thinking about all the things I'm either totally in love with or really not feeling right now. 

Crop tops - hate! They're everywhere!! Like a friend of mine said "What person our age would wear them?"
Taylor Swift - love! Her new album is on repeat in the car, which drives certain people mad. 
Baking - love! Who am I trying to bluff here? I'll always love baking. 


Cooking - hate! Not being home most nights and working all day. I'm just not feeling the culinary inspiration. 
Dresses - love! Summer, means lots and lots of summer. We just need to get some kind of tan happening though. 
Crafts - love! Two words, festive season. It's like an endless supply of ideas. 
My hair - love! For once it's actually doing exactly what I want it to do everyday (miracles do happen). 
Money - hate! Debit orders, house payments and having to live. You're taking away all my shopping money.
Pool parties - love! It's the ultimate symbol that let's face it, it's summer!
Kale - hate! It's just trying to be the "cooler" version of lettuce. And let's face it, lettuce was never cool.


Holidays – love! Because the thought of having three weeks off is all that's getting me through silly season.
Studying – hate! Deciding to study (again) while working is seriously kicking my ass.
Lazy Sundays – love! Everything is at home that you'll need for the day (food, comfort and entertainment).
Heels - hate! They may look stylish but man they hurt.
TV series - love and hate! So many TV shows, so little time...

Anything in particular you're loving or hating right now? 

4.11.14

Procrastination 101

This was the post I had lined up for yesterday but due to internet issues, I wasn't able to post it.

Lately I've been doing a lot of online research (well more than usual) and during this research I've come across some rather interesting things. I do have to warn you, only carry on reading if you're willing to let all productivity fly out the window and possible not get any work done.


The Wilderness Downtown
Follow the link.
Type in your physical address (it's important that it has a street view). 
Don't minimise or maximise any of the windows that pop up. 
Add a little bit of volume 
and enjoy....

I lost a good hour or two to this website, it's just too fun. 

Because who doesn't love Mr. Men Little Miss?


Design your own case for your specific device.

If you're an online gaming addict, this one's for you.

Take a unique behind the scenes of this incredible film. 

Do you have any websites, you often wonder to when you're trying to pass the time?