{Saturday Snapshot} looking for beauty ….

Joining my dear friend Marcia for this month edition of saturday snapshots (late though)

Beauty… I’ve always believed beauty is in the eye of the beholder and if we look well we might see something beautiful in the ordinary

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Just an ordinary map of Africa? Naaaa it’s made from leaves of a book (or books) I was super impressed!

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My sis saw this as messy. I saw a bowl of yummy dessert! Carefully put together with so much attention to details – ice cream with meringue, raspberries, edible flowers, nut brittles edible gold dusts, nectarines and peaches – YUMMY

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Best pic of K I could get with the Santa hat on properly. My phone decided to act up so that’s what I got but I love it

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Ordinary street signs! Yes but I can’t help but notice it’s B and C (I’m
Nerdy like that) plus down the road there’s Amanda and Diana streets

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This must be a lot of hard work. This plant’s Mohawk is always in place all year round not to talk of the eyes, nose and mouth and currently the Mohawk is adorned with some Christmas lights!

And there are my five.

Hope you had a great weekend and you are not caught in all the “crazy” of this time of year?

Don’t mess with a good recipe…

You know the drill, you get a good recipe, follow the recipe to the letter (ok maybe not quite) but you stick to it as much possible and you end up with one of the best home made cookies you’ve ever made. Then you get smart and think why not double up and make even more that you can share with others. Calories taste better when you share. I’m sure you know that. Plus there’s love in sharing (that’s my line when I take a spoon or two or more out of my hubby’s food or my sister’s). Shared meals just taste more delicious (wink wink)

Big mistake! Don’t double up, rather make multiple batches, not only would you save yourself the hassle of trying to figure out how to get more butter into a stiff cookie dough resulting in a good kitchen bicep workout, you will save time in the long run

Yes I’m guilty as charged. I got a fantastic cookie recipe (see final result below when I wasn’t my usual non-recipe following self) and thought why not double up.

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Not Pinterest worthy but they are yummy :)

BIG MISTAKE – especially considering I know most recipes can’t be doubled up to perfection but I still did it. Remember I was trying to save time and being SMART. What was supposed to take 30 mins from ingredients to end result ended up taking an hour! So much for saving time. The end result was ok but no great.

Moral of the lesson – rather stick to the recipe. You can get away with less or more sugar here and there. I reduced the sugar in this recipe and still got wonderful results when I left everything else as the recipe called for. The double up recipe is not picture worthy at all

Please tell me I’m not alone in mixing things up when you get a recipe, and coming up with your own twists.

In case you didn’t know now you know to rather make multiple batches than doubling or tripling recipe quantities. You can thank me later for the tip LOL

Any big baking plans for Christmas? Do you even like baking?

{Friendship Friday} One-sided Relationships…

This topic has been on my mind for sometime now. I’ve always wondered why certain relationships are one-sided. You know the type where you give give give and give but get nothing in return. Of course I’m not talking about physical giving but time, love, affection and you get nothing in return.

A few years ago I made the decision – if I give I need to be given too. Imagine being in a relationship where you are always the one to make the first move, it does become exhausting and probably makes the other person feel less loved.

I’ve always thought that in life you give what you get but I’ve learnt the hard way that it is not always like that!

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Picture taken earlier today – a rainbow in our concrete jungle

I’ve actually cut out a few people from my life for that exact reason. And I’m doing that on a regular basis. Hard core but it works for me. With 2 friends I actually went through our chat history and I realised they had never ever ever ever ever sent me a message to check up on me or say hello. They only say hello if I say hello first! And yet another friend only ever says hello when she needs something. Said friend sent me a message last December and said she would come see Kanyin, it’s November and in still waiting!!! Hopefully before Baby turns 10 she will come.

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View from the train on the commute to work today

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Sunset on the way home yesterday

I have a big love tank but it needs to be replenished

Of course I know once in a while people have stuff going on in their lives and just need space to deal with whatever they are going through but I believe if someone is dear to you, you WILL and CAN find a few seconds to send a quick message to say hello and let a friend know you are thinking of them

Are you like me or you have a tank so full and overflowing you are ok to give give give and get nothing in return. Please tell me I am not alone. And if you are that type of friend to someone make time today to send a quick sms or email to say hello – it might just be what they need t make their day that much better

Hope you have a nice and restful weekend xxx

{Monochrome Monday} on Wednesday…

Marcia is currently doing a monochrome Monday theme. She has some stunning pictures up (definitely more variety than I do) :) :)

Before I knew better I used to take lots of black and white pictures, then a photographer friend told me to rather take it in colour and use available software to change colors if I want to. Now that’s what I do…

Enough talking, some pictures

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And yes I love selfies…. Please tell me I am not alone :lol: :lol:

Hope you are having a good week?

Deprivation…

I had a long conversation with another mom last week on a number of baby related topics –

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This was the picture that started a 45 mins conversation. I showed her pictures of K and she was shocked that she had a plate of vegetables in front of her and seemed to be eating it too. I was shocked that she was shocked. Of course as parents we started talking about food and her next question to me was what variety of pur.ity K eats. K doesn’t eat it and as long as I have a choice she won’t eat it. Cue more shock. She said I was depriving my child of knowing tasty food! I’ve tasted two or three varieties and aside from not liking the way it looks I hated that I couldn’t tell what flavour I was eating. Pur.ity is a local brand of off the shelf baby purées

I proceeded to ask her a few questions which I hope convinced her that home cooked meal must be better than any store bought jar food for more than one reason but most importantly how I know what goes into what my child is eating and how it definitely is more affordable to make my own food. I prefaced my conversation with her that I don’t judge anyone because we all make choices and decide what works for us.

I love cooking so making apple purée or baked pumpkin or steamed peas or bean pudding for my child is not hard work in my books. Each to their own

Then she asked if K drinks warm water, yes she does. And she was shocked to know that she drinks the water plain like that and without added brown sugar. I’m still yet to understand why I need to add sugar to water to make it tasty for a child when I drink plain water everyday! Again I was told I am depriving my child by given her plain warm water and not sugar infused water – hmmmmm

I showed her pictures of K enjoying homemade food and while she commented on it being good she said she couldn’t deal with the mess. Mess is the least of my worries, if I have to choose between a picky eater and a messy eater that eats, I know what I would choose.

BEFORE

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AFTER

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Content face after having lactose free plain yoghurt

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That’s the only kind of yoghurt I can take so usually what I’ll have at home when I can find it

I’m no food police, but while I wont consciously feed my child junk I’m not averse to her eating it in every blue moon. She had flings 2 Saturday’s ago, Marcia and Robyn laughed at me because I didn’t have any idea what flings what. She did have a “cupcake” on her birthday with loads of sprinkles. What I make sure of is that the majority of what we consume as a family is wholesome home made food.

Miss K was here…

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And you know this conversation had to end with talk of poop ! Yes that’s when you know you are a mom/dad (a dad joined us during this conversation) when you go from talking about food to talking about poop and how to relieve constipation! Ha joys of parenthood

That my friends is how I found out my poor K is deprived :)

Saturday Snapshots {TEXTURE}…

Only more than a few days late! I’m using the mantra better late than never. Joining Marcia as usual for this month’s challenge

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IMG_2256.JPG the sky is so smooth I feel like I could rub my cheeks against it

Hope you are having a good week? I am but I’m exhausted and need the weekend to be here like yesterday.

Enjoy what’s left of the week xxx

Good things happen in threes…

Well then it seems bad things happen in fours (or maybe it is just me)

Yesterday was an interesting day.

Woke up bright and early, got some early morning cuddles with baby (daddy was out of town)

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IMG_0150.JPG morning selfie with the little miss before getting ready for work

Got ready for work, was rushing to be able to get in good time since I had plans to leave work in good time… Wishful thinking man proposes God disposes…

Thing 1: press the remote to open the gate it didn’t work, no big deal I know how to override, get down on my knees , open gate motor, press override nothing, tweak a few buttons, still nothing. Push, shove, pull gate wouldn’t budge! Hmmm I call the office PA to tell her I would be late need to get the technician to come fix gate. While chatting to her I notice thing 2!

Thing 2: I have a flat tyre – weird how did that happen . I must have picked up something that punctured the tyre because it was completely flat. So I tell PA I will try get a taxi and head to work. PA says “my dear, that’s a sign stay home and get your work done” I shall let the boss know you are working from home. Good thing I have access to be able to work from home. Granted I can do an ok job of fixing the tyre I did learn at 15 because my dad made me, in his words if you can drive you have to be able to change a tyre .

Technician is running late, fault with his car!!!

What did I do

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I stayed home and got lots of work done. Though I had to use my data (not cheap) but I can’t eat my cake and have it. I was not ready to take a taxi. It was a busy work day and I blazed through it with minimal distraction ( food for thought, all those side office chit chats while good for human interaction means less efficiency )

And being home I got to see this child wake up from her nap and I think she was happy to see me too

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That was her attempt at smiling when she woke up. Isn’t she just too cute!!!

Thing 3: after work was all done I decided to take a walk, I was getting cabin fever. Pack baby up in stroller check, change into work out gear check, open pedestrian gate to get out check. Lock pedestrian gate, no check – twist and turn – key broke into the lock! Damn . Hubby is still not back . Call locksmith he can fix it but needs to be paid in cash. BTW I saved the locksmith’s name in my phone as Locksmith Expensive – ha I’m sure there was a reason for that. Call out R450 , lock R295 after lots of exclaiming he gave me a whole R45 discount ($1=R11.1) . It doesn’t sound a lot but who carries so much cash around. These artisans need to move with the times and get pocket pos so they can accept cards for payments.

So my little companion and I head out for a quick 5km (through and fro) to the ATM to draw cash – then thing 4 happened

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Thing 4 – ATM not working!!! Luckily there was another bank’s ATM (I don’t know about you but I hate drawing cash and I even hate it more drawing from another bank’s ATM). Get cash rush back home, mr expensive is there. He fixes the gate in a whooping 5 minutes or less . I shuddered when I handed over the cash but I felt safer knowing my gate was locked again and won’t be left opened overnight!!!

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Beautiful sunset while walking back from the ATM!

And that my friends was how I spent my Friday and how I concluded bad things must happen in fours :lol: :lol:

Hope you are having a nice weekend

Ps: technician only made it to fix the gate today!