It is December, 31st and as I am awaiting the dawn of a new year and decade; I am doing a 2019 reflection. Now I’ve never been one to set New Year’s resolutions. I don’t believe in the hogwash “New Year, New Goals, New Me”. Instead at the end of 2018 I decided to select a word that would guide me through the new year. Inspired by One Little Word, that word for me was LIGHT. (more…)
This week we received the Hairdorables Series 2 plus a new Hairdorables Pets Series 1. Mika was super excited to unbox it all.
Hairdorables form part of the surprise doll craze that has hit the toy market over the past few years. Hairdorables are based on Noah the social media personality whose passion for different hairstyles led her to start a vlog where she invites her friends to join in on the Hairdorables Youtube channel. (more…)
You always say that you have to wait so long for your birthday to come around. Even though it’s the same for everyone else who has to wait another year. Perhaps it’s because yours is in December and it feels extra-long. You have counted down the months and then the number of sleeps and the day is finally here.
Mika today you are 10 years old; that’s a whole decade. Or like you would say I have gone 10 times around the sun. (more…)
Homemade toffee apples brings back fond childhood memories of me attending our annual church bazaar. It was always the first thing I would buy at the bazaar, carnival or any other market I attended as a child. Eating the sticky homemade toffee mixed with the sourness of the apple was heavenly.
Sadly my own children have never experienced the delectable taste of a toffee apple. Our church no longer host an annual bazaar and whenever we attend other markets; it is always sold out when we get there. So when Lea (my daughter) told me that she needed to sell a product for her grade’s annual market day; I suggested we make toffee apples. This was the first time my daughters tasted it and they absolutely love it. I made 39 toffee apples which she took to school and it was sold out within the first half an hour.
This recipe that I am sharing with you is for 25 toffee apples. The method is available on my Yutube Channel. Feel free to head over to my channel and have a look and how I tested the mixture and coated the apples.
Homemade Toffee Apples
It is sticky and absolutely delicious.
25 Granny Smith Apples (small size)
4 cups Sugar
1 cup Boiling water
2 tsp Red food colouring
1½ tsp Cream of tartar
Spray and Cook
Prep your apples by washing it thoroughly and remove the stems.
Dry your apples with a clean cloth.
Insert the sticks at the stem area and make sure that it goes through the cork.
Spray a baking tray with Spray and Cook.
Use a large pot or a large saucepan.
Add the sugar to the saucepan.
Put your stove on medium heat and place the pot on it.
Add boiling water to the sugar and stir.
Then add the cream of tartar.
Add the food colouring and stir continuously until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Once the mixture starts to form bubbles; turn up the heat of the stove.
Boil the mixture for a further 5 minutes.
To test the readiness of the mixture; you can use a sugar thermometer by placing it in the pot and it should reach up to 150°C.
Alternatively place a little bit of the mixture in cold water to test the readiness.
Touch with your finger and the mixture should feel hard. If it is still soft then continue to boil.
Once the mixture is ready, turn the heat down slightly to keep the mixture warm.
In order to coat each apple completely, tilt the pot/saucepan to the side.
Make sure that you work quickly.
Place the coated toffee apples on the baking tray, leaving enough space between each to prevent it from sticking to each other.
Allow to cool and then package or eat and enjoy.
Negativity, selfishness, arrogance, refusal and rejection is associated with the word “no”. Therefore it is always so easy to say “yes” as we don’t want to hurt people’s feelings. However saying no can be liberating especially if the opportunity that arises brings no value to your life. I have taken up the NO-vember challenge to actively test and embrace the power of saying “NO” to certain things. (more…)
Peppermint Crisp Tart anyone!! Tell me who is not crazy about this dessert. Apart from the Milk Tart and Malva pudding; I personally think that the Peppermint Crisp Tart is one of the best and most loved South African desserts. An absolute favourite whenever I make it for my family. It is one of the must-have desserts for Christmas lunch and compared to my mom’s famous trifle; the peppermint crisp tart dish is empty before we know it. That is how popular it is. But why wait until Christmas when you can have it anytime, all year round. (more…)
It has been eleven weeks since my father passed away. The phone calls and messages have stopped. No more flowers, cards and visits. In fact, life has returned to normal as if nothing happened. However, my father’s death did happen which caused a ripple effect of grief.
Life as I’ve known it before 6 April 2019 will never be the same again. Removing one person from a family unit which has always been a supportive structure; changes the entire dynamics. Although our family structure is not falling apart; the foundation has slight cracks. Perhaps those who don’t have that kind of unit won’t understand. (more…)
There are some of us who can afford to purchase expensive gifts for our loved ones and friends; and then there are others who simply can’t afford to splurge. Christmas is a time for giving but not at the expense of getting yourself into debt and being cash strapped come January. Let’s face it this year has been tough on consumers. But hey, don’t allow the economy to be the Grinch who spoils your Christmas. Giving doesn’t have to be extravagant and cost a fortune. However do put some thought into your gift giving. Allow me to share 10 Affordable and Thoughtful Christmas Gift Ideas that won’t break your budget. (more…)
You know that awkward feeling when you meet someone for the first time. That feeling when you suddenly need to step out of your shell and fill the air with some chitchat. Now here’s the thing, making small talk to cut through the stiff atmosphere is common. We all do it – right. Ok perhaps not all, unless you hide in a corner to avoid people entirely – but most of us do. So here is what really gets my goat; when someone start a conversation and immediately revert to my least favourite question.
And that question is “What do you do?”
Somehow that is the first default question that tends to pop out of people’s mouths. To me it is an immediate conversation killer and it is not a question I find welcoming.
Today, my husband and I celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary.
I can say with assurance that we are no longer the same two people who made our vows in front of family and friends 14 years ago. We’ve grown together in so many ways. And looking back over the past 14 years, our relationship has transformed so much.