Back to Work – The Perfect Daily Planner

Back to Work – The Perfect Daily Planner, I don’t know about you but I love to start my year with a planner I’ve carefully selected to get me through the year, to jot down my appointments , important dates and things to do.

Back to work the perfect daily planner

I found this beautiful planner at the Cum Book Store .The hunt for the perfect planner started last year in late October as I wanted to get a beautiful planner from overseas , I searched and found I liked part of one planner and something from another.

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Its perfect and it looks beautiful.Its the 1st time in years I haven’t utilized a spiral bound planner but the pages on this one easily open.

Back to work the perfect daily planner

Its now the end of January and I can honestly say I love love love my daily planner.

Visit my Instagram page to view the video.

What planners do you use? Please share I’m always looking out for the perfect planner.

 

 

Christmas Pandoro with Apple Sauce

This Christmas Pandoro with Apple Sauce was inspired by blogger MammaPrada and its fab.I got a huge two thumbs up from the boys in my life (hubby and the two kids).

I’d made the apple sauce sometime ago when I was watching (in aggravation) the apples in the bowl being ignored.It made alot so there was a whole container full that I froze and I’m glad I did.

Its perfect for the busy mom who will be entertaining this festive season or ideal for the surprise guests dropping by.

What you will need:

  • A Store bought Pandoro or Panattone
  • Filling of your choice
  • A good knife
  • Icing Sugar
  • Sieve

What you need to do:

Cut the Pandoro into sections.

 

Spread the filling in between each slice.

Place each slice in different angle to the bottom one in order to create the “peak” effect.Once constructed and all slices have completed the Pandoro ,dust with icing sugar and serve. (Click on pic to watch video)

 

 

 

CHATBOOKS – The App

This Chatbooks ad completely sold me, just watch, you be the judge. (Click above).

After researching and downloading the app on my phone I was ready to start it was just that easy, and I was so pleased that #chatbooks delivered to South Africa and at $10 what a bargain!

The app is super easy to use and since my 1st book I’ve actually created one ever month with ease.

The arrival of the book was like Christmas coming early.Its beautiful my photos look stunning , they great quality prints and the feel of the paper is amazing. A photoboook with top quality prints and paper without the expensive price tag thats for sure.Everyone I’ve shown the book to is totally hooked.

The only drawback from this whole exercise was not from Chatbooks but our South African Postal Service , because of the #aliexpress and #wish parcels it took a tad longer than expected to get my hands on it.The wait was worth it because they are truly the easiest photobooks I’ve made as well as the cheapest.

Click below to go directly to their website.

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I’m thinking with all the wonderful list of “things-to-do” over the festive season I’m definitely going to need to create two volumes for December.

Visit the blog  and my Instagram account over the next few days to view what we will be up to and creating.

Happy Holidays, be safe , be blessed

xx

Holiday Fun – Tin Can Telephone

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We into our thrid week of the Winter Holidays and its been Holiday Fun all around.Hubby came up with this idea when he saw me rinsing the tomato and onion tin cans heading for the recycling bin.

We’ve had such giggles playing with these. My youngest even gave us code names, I’ve been given MamaBear and Jules our Nanny has the code name NannyBear lol 😂.

Wikipedia describes this fun tin can phone in a very Wikipedia way……(I love the drawing)

Tin can telephone

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A 19th century tin can, or lovers’ telephone

A tin can telephone is a type of acoustic (non-electrical) speech-transmitting device made up of two tin cans, paper cups or similarly shaped items attached to either end of a taut string or wire.

It is a form of mechanical telephony, where sound is converted into and then conveyed by vibrations along a liquid or solid medium, and then reconverted back to sound.

 

This easy and fun activity is simple and cheap.All you needs is:

  • Two empty tin cans (washed and cleaned.Make sure there are no serrated edges)
  • String (twine or wool will suffice)
  • A nail
  • Hammer

Hammer a hole into the tin, pull the string through and knot it,measure out the string to your desired length and snip.Pull the other end of the string through the other tin and knot it.

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and

start playing!

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Two Minute Noodles (Without The Scary Ingredients)

You’ve come across the stories on social media.Two Minute noodles are not a healthy option for anyone let alone kids.
Its holiday time so not only are you having to entertain ,spend time with and run around to play-dates for your kids , you also have to think about being clever with your left overs or make new meals for lunch for your children (and friends).

Two Minute Noodles

Who remembers when two minute noodles came out? My brother and I were in high school and it was the best lunch to make when we got home, quick and easy, my mom used to buy those by the trolley load.If you ever looked at the ingredients on the packet of two minute noodles and all the “e-numbers” they have it will definitely make you think twice and put them back on the shelf.I have to admit still buying them even after I learn’t about E-Numbers and only fed the boys the noodles.Then I came across the information that the noodles were just as bad so its probably 2-3 years since I haven’t bought.

two minute noodles

In saying that I also know parents need a easy and quick meal to make for their kiddos – its not like they eat noodles everyday.

Enter the new Egg Noodles from Woolworths.All natural ingredients and you can get clever with the stocks and additionals you add to the noodles.

I simply added a teaspoon of Dehydrated Chicken Stock to mine for flavour , cooked it in boiling water for two minutes and that was lunch with our Woolworths Crumbed Chicken Breast.

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See moms – they still super quick but without the scary ingredients.

A few more ideas:

  • Add x1 tbs of dehydrated beef stock – for a beefy flavour
  • Add 2tbs of frozen peas and carrots
  • Boil and add to your leftovers for flavour
  • Boil and drain – add x1 tbs of melted butter and sprinkle with garlic powder
  • Boil ,drain and allow to cool – add to your salad
  • Boil,drain and add to your stir fry

Enjoy –  if you try them let me know what great ideas you came up with.

 

Easy Bread Sticks

I learnt  this easy way of making fresh bread at home in a matter of 30 minutes.Easy bread sticks are made using store bought bread dough.My Checkers always has stock in their fridges closest to the bakery and if you look at the pic below you will see how cheap it is.

Easy Bread Sticks

Plus there isnt much mess.Simply take out of the bag and divide dough in two.For a family of four half the dough is perfect. Dust your area with some flour and roll out into a  rectangle.

easy bread sticks

Place 3 – 4 tbs of butter or margarine in the microwave for 30 seconds and then add garlic powder and stir.Using a bastig brush cover your rolled out dough with the butter mixture.

 

Divide dough in the middle and begin to slice dough into long finger like bread sticks.Place in a preheated oven on 180C for 20-25 minutes.Remove from once they are done and brush them again with the butter mixture (Optional – add fresh or dried parsley to mixture before you brush it one).

Easy Bread Sticks

They best served warm but really they great anytime.

If you have been following my #soupseries you will know they ideal to accompany any soup instead of croutons.

Easy Bread Sticks

Bon Appétit

 

 

 

 

Soup Series – Prawn Soup

This is the ideal soup to serve when you hosting a Winter lunch or dinner , there’s  no word but divine when describing the last soup in my Soup Series.Its a pretty expensive soup to make seeing as I spent close to R 200.00 for 800g of prawns but like I said its well worth it.

  • 750g of Prawns ( I buy the already headless and peeled prawns)
  • 2 Onions (Med)
  • 4 Garlic Gloves
  • 1 Pkt of Carrots
  • 2 Turnips (Med)
  • 1 Tomato (Med)
  • ¼ Red Pepper
  • ¼ Green Pepper
  • ½ Chili
  • Sprinkle with Black Pepper to taste
  • Parsley
  • Olive Oil

Method:

Cook deveined prawns in water and salt for +/- 10 minutes, peel skins and cut into pieces (stock – you can make fish stock out of the skins and prawn heads)

Chop veggies into same size pieces in order to cook evenly.

Add a dab of olive oil to the bottom of your pot and fry the onions and garlic until transparent, add a little water and add the carrots, tomato, turnips and peppers until soft.

Liquidize all the vegetables once cooked. Then add the prawn stock (sieve leaving behind the skins and heads) and prawn pieces, bring to the boil and add the parsley. Allow to stand for a while.

Serve with toasted bread cut into small squares (croutons) or Woolworths Toasties.

Watch out for the next post when I show you how easy it is to make bread sticks (see above photos). or Click on the this link – Bread Sticks

Bon Appetite!

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 🙁 .

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 – up 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