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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 »

Her Majesteas Salon, Regal charm with a twist of humour

Whilst inarguably genteel and refined, Her Majesteas Salon in Heidelberg presents gracious hospitality, with a tongue firmly placed in the cheek.  I like that.  HMS has the feel of a smile not a stiff upper lip.  Royally wallpapered walls host Tretchikoff prints and wire chandeliers are adorned with tea cups , champagne corks and other bits and bobs.  Tannie Evita ... Read More »

Jani Confidential by Jani Allan, is a MUST read

Jani Confidential is a fascinating memoir by one of South Africa’s most (in)famous columnists, Jani Allan.  Her story is captivating.  Hers is a tragedy of near Shakespearian proportion, a tale of dazzling potential wasted and lost for decades.  It is a deftly drawn portrait of South Africa in the 1980’s.  It tells of wealth, power and betrayal.  These elements make it a ... Read More »

2 Months without cigs

Two months have passed since a ciggy touched my lips. I must have been ready to quit smoking this time. Cutting down to 1 or 2 a day the month before certainly helped to break the ‘I must light up at every trigger’ pattern. I feel liberated, cigs were like a demanding lover who sulked when not given attention. A ... Read More »