baked goods, My Recipes

Nina and I had a party

August 4, 2015

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On Saturday I threw a combined birthday slash cake party for myself and Miss James. My idea was to bake a whole lot of cake and then have a bunch of friends over to eat a whole lot of cake. So that’s exactly what I did, I baked for a day and half straight and I tried my damndest to fill our dinning room table with as many icing covered goodies as possible.

I managed to make a Strawberry Cheesecake, an Apple and Pear cake, a Red Velvet cake, Oreo cupcakes, Boston Cream cupcakes, a Brooklyn Blackout cake and a dark Lindt Chocolate cake. I actually baked the Red Velvet twice because I wasn’t happy with the first one. So I think it’s safe to say that I baked my behind off, but it was worth it because it was a lovely afternoon spent with lovely people and I’m happy to report that there were no sugar coma casualties on the day, but I’m almost positive that I may have awakened diabetes in some people.

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COOL STUFF, photography

What my Nina James is like at 1 year and 2 days old

July 30, 2015

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Oh my Nina, this is what I chant every chance I get whether I’m with her or not. I know it sounds strange but I really do, this child is literally on my mind all the time no matter what I’m doing or where I am. Nina turned a whole 365 days old on the 29th of July. On that day we received a whole bunch of calls and messages congratulating us and we felt so blessed to have so many people sending such good wishes to our baby girl. Thanks to everyone who did, Shane and I really appreciate it!

The last time I wrote one of these was over 3 months ago and since then she has changed a bucketload. First of all she has hair. Hooray! If I could add all existing celebratory emoticons to this sentence I would. Gone are the days of her hardly having any locks at the top of her head, she now has little tiny curls that are starting to form and if I try really hard I can make the world’s tiniest ponytail at the back of her head. She’s fair like her dad and definitely doesn’t have my yellow tinge, yes I have a yellow tinge to my skin, when Shane and I hold hands it looks like a Simpson and a pink jellyfish are being romantic. Anyway….. Neens is fair, but her eyes are dark like mine. She is super alert and sees and hears everything. I think her favourite sound in the world is the the Skype ringtone and the front door being opened, she gets so excited that every now and then she snort laughs (which she totally gets from me).

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PLACES, Restaurant time

Bistro Michel

July 22, 2015

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The other night I went out for dinner with some friends of mine, we went to Bistro Michel in the Blu Bird Centre. I’m not sure how many of you have heard of this restaurant, I only discovered it a couple of months back, but I really like it so I thought I would share it with you here.

Bistro Michel is a French style bistro owned, by you guessed it a gentleman named Michel, who has been a chef for over 33 years and is actually a former owner of the first restaurant in South Africa to be awarded a Five Star rating by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. So if you were wondering if the food is good, wonder no more.

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GIVEAWAYS, home stuff

Sodastream

July 20, 2015

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Yesterday was my birthday and I got to spend it with 2 of my favourite people in the whole world, my Nina James and my Shane. I got so spoilt by Shane and Nina (I’ll save that gift for another post), but I also got such a cool package from the guys at SodaStream. They sent me one of their new metal and wood veneer machines, which is absolutely beautiful and goes so perfectly in my kitchen, it’s like it was made just for it. I set it up over the weekend and every time I pop in there I shoot it a little smile because it looks so damn good. It’s like a mini trophy wife that can add fizz to water. Amazing.

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clothes, FASHION

Zara

July 17, 2015

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I love buying stuff and I’m not just talking about one thing in particular, I love buying clothes, kitchenware, art, plants, you name it and I probably have a slight obsession in one way or another. I really like coats, but I try not to buy too many because they take up a lot of space and we don’t exactly live in a climate that justifies owning tons of them. But sometimes when you find something that you like, you just have to buy it right? Right. This is how I felt about this brown/green coat I found at Zara a few weeks back. Well I call it a coat, Shane doesn’t seem to think it’s one because of it’s lack of arm coverage. His first question to me was “where are the sleeves?” I guess he has a point.

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COOL STUFF, packaging

Melissa’s Food Shop

July 15, 2015

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I am such a sucker for things that are nicely packaged and that contain nice things to eat. I could literally spend a small fortune on stuff like that and then feel a bit sad when I’m tearing open the wrapper to get to the goods inside. But there is something so nostalgic about things that come in considered packaging. Back in the day everything you bought came in something that you probably wanted to hang onto afterwards, which was so clever of the manufactures if you think about it because then their logo was always in site and in mind. Now days sweet wrappers or boxes are normally the worst thing about chocolate.

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