My Recipes, RECIPES

Scones with vanilla pouring cream and apricot jam

May 22, 2018


Did any of you watch the Royal Wedding on Saturday? I did and I couldn’t help but wonder what was going through Meghan Markle’s mind. The whole thing is so grand and out of a storybook that I wonder if it felt real to her in anyway, if you know what I mean? What did you guys think of her dress and how beautiful was her tiara? My goodness, it was such a piece of art.

All this Royal wedding hype really got me in the mood for nice pillowy scones, so I thought that seeing as the Royal Wedding fever is still going strong and it was World Baking Day a couple of days back I’d share another recipe from my baking series that I’ve started with Royal Baking Powder. So everyone say hello to my foolproof recipe for soft Scones with Vanilla Pouring Cream and Apricot Jam.

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COOL STUFF, Travel & Restaurants

Joburg Textured Buttercream Workshop

May 17, 2018


Let’s talk about cakes and how super amazing some people can make them look with some imagination and a skilful flick of a pallet knife or two. Now I have never been one to overdecorate my cakes, but it’s because I’m not 100% sure how to do certain techniques, plus half the time I’ve eaten way too much of the icing and I don’t have enough to go from ‘nicely iced’ to ‘grand extravagancer’. I really need to work on some self-constraint, maybe I’ll make that a 2019 resolution. Maybe.

I always see these beautifully decorated cakes on Instagram and think, I’m sure I can do that if someone just showed me how slash slapped my mouth every time it went anywhere near the icing bowl. A perfect example of the types of cakes I’m talking about are the ones the amazing ladies from Sweet Lion Heart put out. I think if I lived in Cape Town I’d properly stalk them. Goodness me their cakes are always so pretty, they’re like works of art that you can eat with a fork or your hands.

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Clothing swap and good times

May 16, 2018


Quick question, have any of you ever bought something for yourself or your kids and only worn it once or not at all?! I’m 100% guilty of doing this all the time and with my kids, it’s the age-old problem of them growing out of things really quickly. I’m always thinking to myself – Oh no this is way too nice to wear to Kindergarten, but then before I know it it’s two sizes too small and been worn once to a second cousin’s birthday party! When it comes to my stuff I’m also often guilty of buying something that I will convince myself in the shop that I’m going to wear, but then three months later it’s still hanging in my cupboard wishing it could see the light of day one last time. I think half my wardrobe may be made up of pieces like this. Sigh.

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Little Dear Rae

May 16, 2018


I’m so excited to tell you guys about this beautiful little project from the awesome ladies who run Dear Rae Jewellery. They have just launched their very first ever collection for little ones called ‘Little Dear Rae.’ I mean how awesome is that?! So now not only will you be converting every piece that they put out for adults but you’ll be doing the same for the kiddies collection too. Made up of beautiful, timeless little collectable treasures, these pieces teach girls and boys from an early age about the value of kindness, courage and self-love. I absolutely loved the way they describe them as little treasures because that’s exactly what they are and when I was younger, things like this used to make me so happy! 

Not only has this collection been created in line with the brand’s adult aesthetics, but every trinket has also been paired up with a little watercolour print and a verse from the Little Dear Rae poem. They even have little drawstring backpacks to match, which I may or may not steal when Nina James is sleeping! It’s so super cute!  Continue Reading…


Skinny la Minx

May 9, 2018


This next post of mine is quite a fun one because it’s all about how to give a space in your house a quick makeover just by adding a few key pieces to the room, and refreshing it in a way that will not only make it feel cosier but more considered too. I will also be giving away TWO sets of 3 x Skinny la Minx designer cushions (six cushions in total) to one lucky winner and a friend. Details on how to enter at the end of this post!

Now there are a lot of ways to do this that can and will cost you loads of cash, which will make your room nice and happy but your face really sad! There are however some quick, not-so-pricey ways to add to a little something to a space that will instantly change it up. I’m going to start by introducing you to a fantastic local label (which I’m sure many of you are familiar with already) called Skinny la Minx and their very cool and brand spanking new Pillow Lab and range of Colour Pop Pillows.

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My Recipes, RECIPES

Swiss Roll get in my mouth

May 3, 2018


There is nothing quite like a good old-fashioned Swiss Roll, the sponginess of it, the jam centre and the way it just makes you want to sit in the sun and drink sweet sweet tea while you wish you could nap like a fat spoilt cat. I love myself a slice or three of Swiss Roll but to tell you the truth I have never ever made one. Ever. So I pulled a recipe out and together with NJ we whipped up this vanilla flavoured apricot jam Swiss Roll.

This cake is really not hard to make, I thought that the rolling of the sponge might freak me out a bit but it rolled up just like the recipe said it would and it didn’t break! Hooray. It was also a great recipe to make with Nina because it’s a fun and easy cake to put together. She unrolled it, spread the jam, rolled it up again and then sprinkled it with icing sugar, so she basically made the whole thing 🙂 Rex was the official taste-tester on this project. It also didn’t require too many ingredients, which is a huge plus!

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