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Cowboy cookies (Oat and Raisin cookies)

A long time ago my uncle, his Canadian wife and children packed up their tobacco farm in Rhodesia* and moved to Canada.  As a farewell family gathering we spent a weekend together on the Natal South Coast before they left Africa.   That weekend aunt Marg made a batch of cookies which we all loved, she called them Cowboy cookies and ... Read More »

Please don’t choose suicide – You matter!

Before I start, I have a request.  To my parents and older children, please don’t read this, you don’t need to, and it is of no relevance to you.  I am tackling this subject because I am hoping that it will strike a chord with a specific person.  I feel that I would be out of line to contact her ... Read More »

Incredible Hulk – Choc Chip mint cookies

Sometimes experimental baking does not yield what you have in mind but works out in a different way.  I’ve been looking at the new bottle of mint essence wondering what type of cookies can be made with it.  I chose to adapt a choc chip cookie recipe to fit the bill.  The cookies taste good but the green colour really ... Read More »

Odd One Out by Lissa Evans – book review

Remember the Fiat Palio Ad, the one where the owner gets uppity when his car is described as nice?  Well I’ve come to a point where there is a space for nice.  Nice is comforting, and … well, nice.  I’ve just read Odd One Out by Lissa Evans, and it was nice.  Reviews on the cover used words like “hilarious” ... Read More »

Roasted Red Bell Pepper soup

Last night my husband made the most incredibly yummy 3 course supper.   Our starter was this Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup, made from his own recipe.  This may be the most delicious soup that I have tasted.  Lucky you, he agreed to share his recipe. INGREDIENTS 3 large red peppers 1 tin tomato 1 onion chopped 2 rounded tsp crushed ... Read More »

The big Boksburg Roadhouse Roundup

Sampling the top 3 roadhouses in Boksburg, was a good dose of fun and adventure. Retro is in, but in Boksburg (not a fashion capital of the world) for many it never went out. Not when it comes to roadhouses anyway. Boksburgians have a point here.  The Fireplace, Kota Joe and Orama were all better than, or equal to take ... Read More »

BIC Kids Super Soft pencils, the best for colouring in

Scattered around our house there are umpteen broken wax crayons and unused pencil crayons.  My children love colouring in but until now lacked the ideal tools to do so.  Until this weekend I discovered BIC kids Super Soft Crayons, they were R24.99 at our local Checkers Hyper. Normal thin wax crayons break when children look at them, the jumbo ones ... Read More »

How to make a quilted, laptop, tablet or e-reader cover

My daughter Domi had no case or bag for her laptop (It disappeared when she loaned it to a ‘friend’).  This amazing and generous daughter of mine bought me a laptop recently.  This month we attended a bloggers book evening at Scoobs at Monte Casino, there she won a Kobo Glo e-reader, sponsored by Books Live.  I decided to make ... Read More »

Saving Grace by Jane Green – book review

Reading Saving Grace by Jane Green was rather a rollercoaster.  I enjoyed it, then I was annoyed, I was interested in the characters, then I didn’t give a darn,  I liked one aspect of the ending and not another, and so on.   Frequently I had the same feeling as when watching a movie where the good guy enters a house ... Read More »

Amazing prices at Hardy Plants Nursery

When shopping there are 3 pricing categories, rip-off, good value and bargain.  The pricing at Hardy Plants Nursery is bargain at its best.  On our way home to Boksburg from breakfast at Her Majesteas Salon in Heidelberg, we stopped in at Hardy Plants Nursery on the R23.  We were amazed by the low prices, if you’re looking for very reasonably ... Read More »