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Baked Fig and chocolate marbled cheesecake

Acacia’s 4th birthday party is next Saturday.  I need to be vaguely organised and have discovered that baked cheesecakes freeze very well.  Just as well I decided to make it a week early.  Arrggghhh I made a mistake, my first cheesecake cracked, I searched for reasons on this page which has a selection of tips to prevent cracking and realised ... Read More »

Jamie Oliver Pizza Stone my lovely birthday gift

Once a week we have pizza for supper, usually because left overs make a great school lunch the following day for Fjord.  I have 3 metal pizza pans and make the dough in my bread machine.  For Christmas we were given a white pizza serving plate which was bought at PnP Hyper, when I went looking for another there were ... Read More »

PnP Kids Foam Blast

Sometimes I really like to share when I find a great new product.  PnP Foam Blast is my kids product of the month.  A while ago my Mum told me that my nieces in Durban love the PnP Foam Blast.  I had not noticed it in the Pick n Pay stores but found it at my local store an a ... Read More »

Pinings

Today writers bootcamp are being ambiguous, the prompt is ‘Pinings’.  I’m not sure if they are referring to the warm, sad, hollow feelings which echo in memories, such as the smell of lemonade on my grandparents copper bar counter, or the way the sunlight caught drops of water from the spray of our little motor boat on Lake Kariba.  Or ... Read More »

A love letter to my pet hate

Ah the writers bootcamp are being extra tricky today, I would far rather be mean to my pet hate, but a love letter!!  This is a tough one.  I hate the response “You’re welcome” to the words “Thank you”, it really winds me up.  I have been told that I am a pedant on this subject but we all have ... Read More »

Windows and Doors

Today’s writers bootcamp exercise did not  come easy, but they got me writing and that’s what counts.  There is no wheat without chaff.  The topic today is Windows and Doors.  I started out writing prose but it was not working so switched to poetry. Some People are Windows, Some people are Doors Some people are windows gazing  through glass Invisible ... Read More »

Writer’s Bootcamp, ‘I just couldn’t live without …’

Today I came across Writer’s bootcamp and wanted to play, was surprised that this was written in about 15 mins. I cannot live without music The very pulse of life The blood and the blade which cuts like a knife I cannot live without harmony The magic which it weaves The stuff of reality and the stuff of dreams I ... Read More »

Mellerware Ma Baker bread machine – review

For a good few years I deliberated regarding whether to buy a bread machine, my primary concern was that it would be a white elephant. I heard tales from friends who have bread makers and don’t use them. In 2010 Cliff bought me a Russell Hobbs Breadman Jnr and I was in love from day 1. On average I used ... Read More »

Ribbon gloves, a fun kitten toy, easy to make at home

Apparently I am now a grandmother, fortunately my 1st grandchild is a very sweet kitten named Sakiko.  I am not particularly a cat person, primarily because I am more a bird person and seldom the twain do meet without tragic consequence.  Sakiko is however a very sweet member of her species.  Her new mother, my daughter Domi is besotted.  Domi ... Read More »