Soup Series – Roasted Garlic & Pea Soup

You will love the bright colour this soup has,just looking at it brightens you up on a gloomy Winters day and the wonderful aroma and taste well it’s divine.

Plan ahead when making this soup as you going to have a whole head of garlic in your oven for about 40min to and hour.Slice off the top of the head of garlic place in centre of a well oiled Pyrex dish or do what I do (I use those foil mini pie dishes that can be thrown away when I’m done with them)and drizzle with olive oil and place in the centre of your oven and bake at 180C.

in a pot with salted water place 400g of frozen peas and cook until the water starts to boil.Remove from heat and drain the peas and liquidize them until smooth (I go an extra step further and sieve it into my pot).

By this time the awesome aroma permeating from your kitchen is amazing,remove the garlic head from the oven and allow to cool before you squeeze all that awesomeness onto the peas.Add 2tbsp of butter , 2 tbsp of hard cheese such as Parmesan or any other hard cheese you prefer, make 500mls of watered stock and slowly add the stock to the pea puree until you have the soupy consistency you like and the taste is to your liking, do this over medium heat and stir occasionally.

You can definitely add pouring cream before serving.

Accompany your soup with a divine slice of bread.

bon appétit

 

 

 

Soup Series – Alphabet Chicken Soup

Continuing with our Soup Series , by far the staple and most favourite of favourites is the good old fashioned Alphabet Chicken Soup anytime , it’s not just when we sick that this bowl of comfort food is served.

I make ours with one free range chicken breast,carrots and an onion and the favourite ingredient is definitely the Alphabet Pasta that’s used in the soup.This soup is always made when one of us is not feeling to great, my little boys expect it without fail but it’s also a any-day-of-the-week kind of soup, I either make it for afterschool lunch or a starter soup before supper.

I remember as a child lifting my spoon and scanning through the letters trying to scramble them to form a word before it went into my mouth.Oddly I still find myself doing this even now.My little boy eats his and try’s to scramble the names of everyone in our family before the spoon goes into his mouth.

I have gotten a little more adventurous and grated rainbow carrots just to add a little more fun and colour to our soup, but then without thinking I liquidized the whole thing ūüôĀ .

Once again soups are pretty easy to make.

I use one free range chicken breasr (with the skin).Boil chicken pieces in salty water (water and one tsp salt) until well cooked along with one large onion and a tablespoon of crushed garlic , add one large carrot sliced or grated (optional).Once the chicken breast  is cooked remove from the broth onto a soup plate and let it stand.Add a cube of Knoor Chicken Stock to the broth and simmer,stirring every now and again.This is the time to add the tiny pasta such as the ABC pasta or the little stars Рup to you but it has to be the small pastas.Cook until the pasta is soft.In the mean time shred the chicken and add to the soup.

Thats it!Serve hot and enjoy.

bon appétit

 

 

Soup Series – Roasted Butternut Soup

Organic Butternut soup just shouts “hello winter”! It’s by far the easiest Soup to make because all the veggies get tossed into a baking tray with a dribble of olive oil and plenty of garlic.This Roasted Butternut Soup is the easiest in the Soup Series but then again any soup is pretty easy to make and it’s a healthy meal.

I love the crispy bacon I serve it with as its the perfect marriage between the sweet roasted butternut and the saltiness of the bacon.Clean one or two butternuts depending on size.For my family I nice organic sized butternut is ideal for my family of 4.Remove the seeds and chop it up nicely, place this in a Pyrex along with one chopped onion an two tbs of crushed garlic.Season with salt and pepper along and drizzle olive oil all over.Place in a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes.Oven to be at 180 degrees Celsius.

Once all is soft and cooked remove from oven and place in a pot along with your liquid stock of choice.Mine is usually the organic chicken stock.

Liquidize the soup and cook for another 10-15 minutes on a medium heat.Add boiled water if you feel it is too thick.

Fry diced bacon and drain on a paper towel.Serve with soup.

bon appétit

 

 

Soup Series – Potato & Leek

Nothing says Winter more than a nice warm bowl of Soup, It got me thinking that over Winter I tend …(Like many households)to make soups.So over the course of the next few weeks I’m going to introduce you to my take on my family’s favourite soups with the Soup Series.

I first ate this soup way back when I was just a kid.We were on holiday in Germany visiting my aunt and uncle, I was a terrible fussy eater and so my awesome aunt usulaly had potato and leek soup as a starter knowing how much I liked it when I 1st tasted it, that way I could get away with not eating the main course or very little of it if I so chose to do so.

Its an asbolute firm favourite in our household.

What you going to need (Ingredients)

  • Leeks (200g)
  • Potatoes – about 3-4 medium size potatoes peeled and cut into same size pieces (for even cooking)
  • One Chopped Onion
  • 2-3 tsp of crushed garlic
  • 1 Litre of Organic Vegetable Stock ( I love the Woolies one)
  • 250 ml Pouring Cream
  • Butter – about 20ml when melted
  • Bacon pieces – optional
  • salt and pepper to season

Melt the butter and fry the leeks,onion and garlic until soft.Add the potatoes and the vegetable stock.Allow to cook on medium heat for about 40 minutes stirring every now and again.Fry the bacon in the meantime and drain on a paper towel.When the potatoes are nice and soft remove from heat and liquidize.At this stage decide if you want ot add a little water depending on how thick or watery you like your soup , its also at this stage you can add your cream and then season to take.

Serve with the bacon bits on top.

bon appétit

 

 

 

Keeping our family car clean

There have been times where our SUV looks like an explosion of sorts happened in there.At any given time there might be jackets , leftover crisps, little toys ¬†and I can’t begin to tell you about the amount of water bottles under the passenger seat.Ive been determined to changed this over the last few months and I’m proud to say so far so good and I’m dying to share with you how we keep our family car ¬†clean.

I roll my eyes every time I have to go to a car wash to get my car cleaned (even if I’m sitting there scrolling through emails it just feels like poor time management).I’m lucky enough that I’m able to get my car washed in my parking bay at the office (best idea ever) while I’m working my car is getting washed.I usually have them do both the outside and inside but these days I make sure to vacuum the inside once a month, this gives me the opportunity to clear out the junk.

I’ve always kept a microfibre cloth in the cubby because I can’t stand the dust that accumulates on the dashboard but no matter how many times I’d take the cloth to that dashboard once the doors opened a whole new family of dust particles rested on the dashboard.A while back I added my niffty little vinegar spray bottle and I’m so happy I did so.

Ive never been a let’s-clean-the-car-on-the-Weekend-in-our-driveway kind of girl , my husband loves to clean his own car , hoses it down , vacuums and polishes it , even gets the boys to join him.I clean the dashboard and doors in the time I sit at the school parking bay waiting for the bell to ring for the end of the day.

Thanks to Jill Nystul from @byjillee Blog I added the sponge brush to my car cleaning kit so I get to clean my aircon vents brilliantly.I can’t help but smile when I look down and see the clean vents #dustfree.

Happy Cleaning

xx

 

#superanimals – Are Back

Our 1st trip to @picknpay to get us some #superanimals , yup I’m that sort of mom , the one who gets the whole family involved , starts a WhatsApp swop group , goes to store swop days . Why? My youngest is a collector from little , if there were/are toys or things that come in groups we had to get the “vallection” (that’s how he pronounced the word collection when he was smaller) why I indulge in this whim……
‚ÄĘthey rather educational
‚ÄĘthey get to practice putting the cards in numerical sequence time & time again(that’s maths)
‚ÄĘthey learn to read & spell the animal names (that’s language)
‚ÄĘswopping makes for good camaraderie , making new friends , learning the art of being civil (that’s social skills)

#superanimals #picknpaysuperanimals #superanimalcards #momblogger #mommyblogger #picknpay

The Smurfs Blue Velvet Cupcakes

The Smurfs Blue Velvet Cupcakes

The Smurfs Blue Velvet Cupcakes

In honour of the new Smurfs Movie , Smurfs:The Lost Village we had a fun day baking these Smurfs Blue Velvet Cupcakes.

A friend of mine told me about the yummy Blue Velvet Cupcake Kit from Snowflake and I thought this was the perfect “blue” opportunity to give it a try and we loved them.

This kit is great it brings the cupcake mix, icing mix , sprinkles and paper cups…….#love it!

I jazzed them up by using the tiny McDonald’s Happy Meal Smurfs toys as cupcake toppers and they look just too cute.Let me know if you try it out they taste divine!

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Easter Treats 2017

Easter has definitely become my favourite holiday , we really do reflect on the meaning and celebration of Easter more so than Christmas in my opinion.Theres no rush to buy gifts ,there’s no pressure to tick off lists – there is just this sense of calm and togetherness…..well at least thats the case in my family.

We go to church the morning of Good Friday return home and have a late family lunch.We do glow in the dark Easter Egg Hunts (this has now turned into a tradition with loads of giggles and adults joining in on the fun – last year my brother-in-law thought it a hoot to bury them to make it more difficult for the kids.One egg is still missing lol). Sunday morning we go to mass, we meet have a big Easter Lunch and the kids get treats.

Now let me tell you about these treats! Before I had kids I had already , shall I call it petitioned for the move to small gifts instead of chocolates to be made (wink-wink,  nudge-nudge) its finally happened and we usually get the kids a very small chocolate along with a book or dvd or even an item of clothing.

I’ve put together a few of the items I’ve bought , have a look below:

Click on highlightered area for link to items

Top Row: Possibly the best buy ever…our Woolies Glow in the Dark Eggs ,¬† for older kids this DVD is just beautiful , we usually watch this during the Easter Break , my favourite find this year is pereft for mom’s , your bff or work collegue or even a teen – I came across these at Foschini

2nd Row: The perfect top of any little girl to wear over Easter , I love this little bunny ring holder from Umbra ,  this is another fun one from Woolworths; their Egg Decorating Kit is so a wonderful afternoon of fun (be sure to buy real white eggs at PNP).

3rd Row: The arts and crafts kits from Clicks are awesome , we love #veggietales and this DVD gets watched even when its not Easter . Egg and Spoon will keep the kids busy and its loads of fun.

Last Row: My fab find this morning comes from Chefs and Icers in Sandton, how sweet is this little Bunny Egg dish? Lastly by far the sweetest and cutest Easter item on my list is the Baby-X Easter outfit – one of the teachers just had a baby and we got baby an Easter Outfit .

What non-edible items have you found?Let me know via Instagram

Have a happy and blessed Easter.

 

My Eyelash discovery

I love Pinterest – I can honestly say I drop by at least once a day.Over December I came across an interesting post about growing eyelashes.

3 Ways to Grow Longer Eyelashes Naturally

This caught my curiosity as I tend to think my eyelashes were pretty normal as far as length were concerned, actually I know they were as both my boys were born with super luscious long thick eyelashes which I’m constantly in awe of.

Since my goal for 2017 was to take better care of my appearance both inside and out , the blog post spoke to me and I’ve been working those eyelashes at least once a week since Jan.

This was the 1st attempt just before bed that night with Vaseline

It didn’t cost and arm and a leg – I already had the products (Castor Oil and Vaseline) I needed at hand so what was the harm in trying it.

I’ve been jumping between the twp products I mentioned (whatever is at hand as and when I remember to apply them). This photo was taken last week and I was shocked when I saw the difference in my eyelashes.

Its definitely not the mascara as its a very plain waterproof mascara (Clinique).

I’ll definitely continue to use it and see how it goes.

Free Personalisation at Typo this Valentines Day

Im obsessed with stationery. So a visit to my nearest Typo falls under weekly routine for me really.I came across The Free Personalisation at Typo the other day and knew I had to do it….and I also know I’ll definitely be back to make one of those awesome candles.

Super easy to do, buy an awesome jarred candle or a Chocolate Slab or a card.

Fill in the form send your favourite pic via the WiFi in-store and let the pretty begin.

The Free Personalisation at Typo takes less than 5 minutes

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NB:This is NOT a sponsored post I just loved it and had to share with all of you.


Brag time:

As for the cuteness on the photo I used for the personalisation – If you follow me on Instagram you’d already see a few snaps of our fur-baby,Her name is Cheeky and she was adopted 10 days ago.She’s melted our hearts and is just the sweetest little munchkin.She is also the only other female besides myself in our home…we are totally surrounded by boys , blue and tractors and dinosaurs. So Yes I’m going pink crazy when it comes to spoiling her.