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Erika’s super butter cookies

In 2016 I was given an order to bake 700 mustache shaped cookies for Movember.  There was no way that I could have done them all on my own.  I baked the cookies and my friend Erika decorated them.  Her decorating skills are amazing.  She shared her cookie recipe with me that she was given at school.  I’ve tried similar ... Read More »

The dilemma when to replace a dead pet

Tragedy struck our home recently and rather eerily our chickens lived up to their names. Lucky and Angel joined our family in 2016 as fluffy chicks. They had a beautiful bond and were inseparable. A dog got into our yard and chicken cage. Angel was killed and the children pray that she is clucking in the choir invisible. Lucky lost ... Read More »

Pick and Paint, painting ceramics in Boksburg

Recently my friend Abbey arranged a fun Mum’s and kids workshop at Pick & Paint Ceramics in Parkrand, Boksburg.  Before going we selected items to paint from the catalog.  Acacia chose an elephant and Fjord a frog.  I didn’t join in as pottery is my passion and I love decorating my ceramics with glazes. Pick & Paint have a wonderful ... Read More »

11 Books / authors for 10 year olds

I believe that the best thing that we have done for our children is reading to them.  A story at bed time calms children, offers time to bond with them and is a foundation for all future learning.  Although Fjord (age 10) sometimes listens in on Acacia’sn (age 7) bed time story he is now an avid reader.  I’m always ... Read More »

When being hot in bed is a bad thing

When Cliff bought our new mattress a few years ago I loved the comfort of it, but a full night’s sleep became a thing of the past.  Every night I would wake many times, so hot that it felt like my skin against the mattress was burning.  I would wake and move off the hot patch many times during the ... Read More »

At last a hairdresser who I’m happy with again

Haircut before and after A post shared by Sula (@sulaskimmingstones) on Nov 16, 2017 at 2:22am PST Long ago I was really happy when I found a great hairdresser (Charne at Health Hydro in Boksburg) but when I was due for my next hair cut she was no longer there.  The easiest way for me to wear my hair is ... Read More »

Old Willow No7 Houseboats, kids ultimate fun times

At the end of last year we spent a weekend on an Old Willow houseboat on the Vaal river.  On seeing the houseboat the children exclaimed their joy with adjectives including “amazing” and “awesome”.  Being a boring grown up I noticed a few practical downfalls, still great family fun was had by all. The children couldn’t wait to try fishing.  ... Read More »

Quaggasfontein was an idyllic setting to welcome the New Year

Our journeys to and from Cape Town are often highlights of those holidays. Planning is not our strong suit. Sometimes we land up at truck stop quality places and sometimes we make wonderful discoveries. Our recent trip took an unusually direct route with no mucking about on roads less traveled (we saved that for the trip home). Our only one ... Read More »

The healing process of a black eye

Not the most sure footed human. Tripped on wooden steps last night. Now poor husband will feel people looking at him funny #shiner #blackeye A post shared by Sula (@sulaskimmingstones) on Jan 5, 2018 at 10:06pm PST Before I document how long it takes for a black eye to heal, I had better first explain how I landed myself with ... Read More »