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SOLID WOOD CAKE POP BOARDS MADE TO ORDER

Every time that I have made cake pops, the biggest hassle has been standing them upright while the chocolate coating or icing sets.  In the past I’ve jammed them into a sliced watermelon or polystyrene, but not been entirely happy.  My husband Clifford, learned woodwork from his father who was a carpenter by trade.  Cliff has made some beautiful items ... Read More »

Blyde River Cabin, thoughtful, tranquility

The walls of my childhood bedroom were adorned with prints and posters, and of course my mother’s art.  One poster print captured my imagination, it was a Heath Robinson illustration for A Midsummer Nights Dream.  The same elusive feeling captured by the artist, stirred at Blyde River Cabin.  The misty, rainy weather during our stay did not detract from the ... Read More »

HUGO – THE MOVIE

In December I was enchanted by the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  This week, we found time to watch the movie, Hugo.  Previously this had slipped under my radar despite winning an Oscar. This was the first family movie which we have watched together (over 2 nights).  Parts probably went over Acacia’s 4-year-old head, but she still enjoyed it.  ... Read More »

Excellent Easy Play dough

The last time we had a good play dough recipe I managed to lose it.  This one I’m putting here for safe keeping.  This recipe came from Fjord’s school last year.  It is very quick and easy and makes a great play dough. INGREDIENTS 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 1 cup water 1 TBS cooking oil 2 tsp cream ... Read More »

Slumdog Deja Vu, in The Accidental Apprentice

I read the first pages of The Accidental Apprentice by Vikas Swarap with a sense of deja vu.  Q & A (Slumdog Millionaire) by him, also started with the protagonist being under arrest.  Both books deal with situations where a fantastical amount of money is within reach of our hero or heroine.  Don’t get me wrong both are good books ... Read More »

Symptoms and treatment of Gastritis

Last week I felt decidedly short-changed, almost a month after quitting smoking.  Instead of being the picture of radiant health I was more ill than I ever remember being.  It started with a tummy pain between my navel and breast bone.  I thought that I would get better, but I didn’t.  Our 10th wedding anniversary was far from romantic.  I ... Read More »

The Olive Branch Cooking School

Involving my fussy children with cooking, has been the best way to get them eating.  It also helps if the food looks fun and appealing.  At home the children started with making their own pizzas, a great success.  It also helps when they see exactly what is going into their meals, children get suspicious when you sneak certain ingredients in.  ... Read More »

Brilliant upcycled seedling watering can

If you’re planting Pansies in Jo’burg this is pretty much the last week to do it without them developing too late.  Ideally seeds should have been planted in the last week of Feb.  The children love being involved with gardening activities.  Once the seeds  are planted they need daily watering.   Perfect timing, this week when looking at another craft idea ... Read More »

Nostalgia and Good food meet at The Fireplace Roadhouse in Boksburg

If nostalgia were a musical instrument it would be an oboe.  Conveying weighty, beautiful music tinged with sadness.  Certain places and memories bring a smile pared with an ache somewhere near my solar plexus.  I have oboe memories of The Gremlin Drive in roadhouse, when visiting my grandparents in Salisbury as a child.  My mother remembers going there with school ... Read More »

My Son Heath, travelling light to a new destination

    Right now my 24 year old son Heath is on a plane, as he moves from Jo’burg to Cape Town.  His worldly possessions fit in a backpack, he’s travelling light toward new horizons.  Change needs a catalyst.  The chemistry to create something new, is not found in the ingredients of a comfort zone.  Change happens when we step off ... Read More »