Friday, September 28, 2012

Cinnamon Crumpets

(Note: For plain crumpets, leave out the cinnamon)

Cinnamon Crumpets


  • 250ml (1 cup) cake flour (140g)
  • 10ml (2 teaspoons) baking powder
  • 1ml (1/5 teaspoon) salt
  • 30ml (6 teaspoons) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 200ml (4/5 cup) milk
  • 15ml (3 teaspoons) margarine, melted
  • 5ml (1 teaspoon) cinnamon (optional)


  1. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together.  Add sugar.
  2. Beat the egg, milk and melted margarine together and add to dry ingredients.
  3. Beat until smooth and leave to stand for 30 minutes
  4. Fry spoonful's of batter on a hot greased griddle or frying pan.
  5. Fry until golden brown, turning when bubbles appear on the surface.
  6. Serve with butter, jam or honey.  (also nice with peanut butter and syrup!)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Carrot Salad


  • 1 large carrot per person
  • 10ml orange or pineapple juice per person
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar per person
  • 1 teaspoon crushed pineapple per person (optional)


  1. Grate the carrots into a bowl
  2. Mix in other ingredients thoroughly
  3. Chill for an hour then serve

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Light and darkness, good and evil

Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.” – John 3:20

While reading God’s word this week I came across the verse above.  This isn’t the first time I have heard this verse.  As I grow, I begin to see more in certain verses than I did in my youth.  Maybe I’ll never be a completely mature Christian, but each day I feel I am closer than I was previously.

So let me tell you my thoughts on the above verse this time when I read it.

Let’s paint a picture.  A person does a horrible deed, a terrible sin, what is the number one thing a person with a conscience is worried about? That person is worried that the horrible deed will be found out.  Even a person without a conscience won’t advertise a murder they committed to the police force, and if they do they usually don’t sign a name…

Let’s think about something a little closer to home.  Think about your reputation with those at your church, or around you.  I can guarantee that there is something you haven’t been completely open with regarding your past.  Something that maybe you have put behind you, that you have asked God to forgive in you, but still don’t want to advertise to the public at large.  I know I have a few things like that in my past and only the people closest to me know about those things.  I know that if I open up about those things nobody will think any less of me, they will know they were my past and won’t hold them against me, but I still won't bring those things up unless necessary to help somebody else through a similar circumstance, probably because they are my past.  Learn from the past, but put it behind you.

What I want to talk about though are the things you are hiding away right now.  The ones that you are still busy doing and don’t want to be exposed.  That is the easiest way to identify sin in your life.  Are you doing something right now that you wouldn’t want anybody outside your inner circle finding out about?  Are you doing something right now that you wouldn’t even want your inner circle finding out about?  Are you hiding something that you wouldn’t want to be brought to light?

That is almost definitely a sin.  It is something that you are doing under the cover of darkness.  It is the easiest way to identify a sin your life.  You need to be honest with yourself.  Ask God for forgiveness and turn away from your sin.

Remember Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:11).

Once before I posted a quote from a TV show I enjoy, it goes:

There is only one thing in life you can truly control, and that is whether you are good or evil.

I still believe that quote holds true, only you can control your actions, nobody else.  Others can guide you, and make it seem like there is no other choice, and all choices will have consequences, but ultimately, you still choose.

If you want to read my first post with that quote in, you can find it here: Red pill or blue pill?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Peas–how they have grown!

Thought I would quickly post a picture of how the peas have grown.  I’ll be putting in proper rods for them to climb soon…


And this is the picket fence Mark helped me put around them to stop Zoey from digging them up:

Picket Fence

When the peas are done I think I’m going to grow Strawberries next.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

On my mind… 18 September 2012

Trusting in God is easy.  Trusting in man is difficult.  At least that is how I feel. 

Let’s say that you promise a child a sweet if they sit down and be quiet, but that sweet never comes.  Time and time again you promise the child a sweet and never give the child the sweet.  Let’s pretend more than one adult uses the same promise on the child.  Then one day, an adult comes along that is trustworthy.  The adult promises the child a sweet.  Will the child believe them? No…  Children learn quickly.

The same thing happens to us in life.  People make us promises, we believe them, then we land up heartbroken when the person doesn’t follow through.  The easiest way to prevent yourself from being heartbroken is to guard your heart from trusting too easily – no problem…


That one person comes along who you can trust… and what happens?  All the other people who broke your trust ruin it for the one person who deserves it.  That person has to work double as hard to earn your trust.  Is that fair?

There comes a point where we have know when to break down the walls around our hearts.  Yes it is scary.  Yes you will feel vulnerable.  When the time is right, you know it needs to be done.

10,000 Reasons, by Matt Redman

Last week I bought the latest Matt Redman album called 10,000 Reasons.  All I can say is that the song that was taken for the title of the album is amazing!  We sing it in church regularly.  So here is the basics of the album:

Artist: Matt Redman

Album Title: 10,000 Reasons

Genre: Christian/Gospel

Track List:

  1. We are the Free
  2. Here for you
  3. Holy
  4. 10,000 Reasons (bless the Lord)
  5. Fires
  6. Never Once
  7. Where Would We Be
  8. We Could Change The World
  9. Magnificent
  10. O This God
  11. Endless Hallelujah

My favourite 3 songs:

  1. 10,000 Reasons
  2. Endless Hallelujah
  3. Fires

And here is a YouTube video of 10,000 Reasons (my favourite song and the reason I bought the album)

Monday, September 17, 2012

On My Mind… 17 September 2012

Something has been on my mind since this past weekend, and I cannot seem to get it out of my mind.  It sprung from a comment made by an acquaintance at a braai that Mark and I went to…

The comment was “Women are full of S___” (see I censored it).

The general consensus was that men don’t understand women and women don’t understand men and that is the way it is so we need to live with it.  It seems like the human race was just looking for a partner who appears less full of nonsense than other options.

My thought is “Have you ever tried to understand the other half of the human race?”

How can you say that women are full of s___ if you haven’t tried to understand them?  And how can women say that men are impossible unless they have tried to understand them?

Mark and I chatted about this on the way home (very briefly), and actually we both had the same feeling when the topic of conversation headed this way.  It showed both of us how special our relationship is.  We are truly best friends.  We are able to talk about anything. There are things we have spoken about that we couldn’t open up about to anyone else.  Mark builds me up, and I like to believe I do the same for him.

I know a few couples who share what we share with each other, so we are in no way unique.  But I cannot believe how many people are willing to settle for less than a God written love story.

Something that I have learned in my 12 years of dating experience is that if God isn’t with you in the beginning of the relationship then it isn’t going to work when God becomes involved.  But if God is with you in the relationship from the beginning, if you build your relationship on him, THEN it is going to be a love story worth making a movie about…

I like to compare my relationship with Mark to the relationship in the Pixar Movie called UP! <- check it out  - Because honestly, that is where I see it going.

Now, normally, I wouldn’t reveal too much about my relationship online and openly like this, but I cannot see this ending any other way.

Going back to the original statement… I was truly offended by it. And his wife was sitting right next to him and took it like a gem, not saying a word.  All it made me wonder is what is going on in their home life?  I didn’t see any love between them, maybe it is a different kind of love that I am not familiar with, I don’t know.  Each to their own, but I wouldn’t be able to live with a man who can disrespect his queen in that way.

It’s really been bothering me.  I want everyone close to me to experience the wonderful God-written love story that I am experiencing.  And it kills me inside when I see people settling for less because they have taken matters into their own hands and are not trusting on God.

I cannot tell you how much Mark and I prayed, and how close we got to God before we started dating.  When we started seeing each other, it was truly because we were 100% sure it was what God intended to happen.  And the longer we are together, the more certain we are of this.

And my heart is aching for my friends who have not experienced something this wonderful.  I keep praying that they will find God’s will, and God’s way through their love stories.  But all I can do is pray, they need to seek God themselves, the same way I did.  They need to learn to trust God in the storms so he can bless them when they reach the safety of the harbour, then they can enjoy the sunshine on the beach just like I am.

Long post, but I have a lot on my mind tonight.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

My Favourite Day

Pooh's Favourite Day

As I was browsing Facebook the other day I stumbled across this image.  It gave me something to think about.  Could I say that today is my favourite day?  Could you say that today is your favourite day?

Well, today is very different from yesterday.  Yesterday has already past, and there is nothing you can do to change it, but today you can think back on yesterday and remember it.  Today you can learn from yesterday.

Tomorrow is also very different from today.  You don’t know what tomorrow holds, and in a strange way, tomorrow never arrives, because until the world ends there will always be another tomorrow.  Today is the day that will affect tomorrow.  Today you can plan for tomorrow.

In essence the only day we have is today.  So, is today your favourite day?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Spaghetti With Tuna

Serves 3-4 people


  • 250g spaghetti (8.8 ounce)
  • 25ml (1 tablespoon) Margarine
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced
  • 125g mushrooms (4.4 ounce)
  • 1 clove garlic (or teaspoon garlic flakes) – peeled and crushed
  • 75ml water (0.3 cups)
  • 1 x 410g can tomatoes, chopped with juice (15.8 ounce)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 x 185g tins tuna, drained and flaked (2 x 6.5 ounce)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and cook spaghetti until tender, (approx. 15 minutes)
  2. Melt Margarine and sauté onions
  3. Add mushrooms, garlic, water, tomatoes and juice and cook fast for 10 minutes to reduce the liquid.
  4. Season and add fish, cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Drain spaghetti and transfer to heated serving dish
  6. Spoon the fish sauce over spaghetti and serve.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

In my day… 13 September 2012

Well, I finally got around to looking for the charger for my camera (it was in the TV cabinet’s middle drawer).  So my camera batteries are now on charge.  Hopefully this means that I will be able to post some photographs this weekend!

In the meantime, here is a photograph taken at work when they gave me a birthday present.  Thank you to everyone at Ouch! for the teddy bear, I’ve named her Cream-Puff.

And in case anyone is wondering, here is the picture on the teddy bear’s t-shirt (it was a casual day at work with a rock theme in 2011)

And in other news, my dog Zoey has been to the vet to have her female parts removed.  I felt really bad about it, but I don’t want her to accidentally have puppies since I cannot afford the time it would take to find homes for them.

She was so cute last night.  I allowed her to sleep on my bed.  In the middle of the night a thunder storm started.  I woke up with her cuddling into me, she was scared of the thunder.  The moment the rain/thunder stopped she crawled down to the foot of the bed again.  So cute!

And that is a basic update from me (at least until my camera batteries are charged!)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Plan for the day… 3 September 2012

It’s spring here in South Africa (finally!)  I know I am 3 days late on the spring post but I have had a busy weekend.

Just a quick update:

Mark is still out of town, he will be back on 9 September (my birthday).  It was his mom’s birthday last week Thursday, and his brother’s birthday last week Friday.  I had a great time at parties held for them both.

Thank you Pieter for walking me to my car, I can always count on you for being a gentleman when Mark’s not around.

And Thank you Leon for cooking my chicken sosaties so perfectly.  Great to know that men are willing to help.

As for today, so I have the outfit planned (it is the new one I bought last week).  I still don’t have a photograph because I still haven’t found the charger for my camera’s batteries.  Honestly, I haven’t looked very hard.  I’m going to try and find it when I am done with this post.

Here are the pictures from the clothing website where I bought the outfit:





As said, it is a bit different from my usual style since it includes Jeans, but I think it looks gorgeous.  All the clothes were bought from Mr Price online store and delivered to the shop where I collected and paid for them.

What is my plan for today?  I already had a little Quiet Time this morning, but I would like to sit and meditate on what I read ( Luke 24 )

Then it is the morning routine to get ready for work.  I need to drop Zoey off at Mark’s parents (they have been babysitting during the week).

She has got so big!


Then it is off to work and back home again tonight.  Not sure what will happen then, only time will tell!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Friends for a season and friends for life

The first best friend I remember having was a red head boy whose name I won’t mention on this blog.  At 4 to 5 years old he was the fastest runner I had met and he was my “boyfriend” in the way a 4 to 5 year old could be a boyfriend.  I remember meeting him at play school and then we were in the same class again in what they now call kindergarten or Grade 0.  In Grade 1 we went to separate schools.  I went to a girl’s only school (Balmoral Girl’s Primary School) and he went to a boys only school (Queens College Junior School).  We lost touch after that and haven’t spoken since my birthday party in Grade 1.  Last I heard he moved to Australia with his family.

That was my first experience of a best friend for a season.  Over the years other friends have come and gone and I have lost touch with them.  I’ve seen some of them again and I’ll admit it was awkward in many cases.

Then there are friends that I see as friends for life.  Maryann is one of them.  We became friends in Grade 3 and she moved away with her parents in Grade 5.  Every time we talk to each other or see each other it is as though we have never been apart.  It is just the way it is.

Another friend who I had this experience with is a boy who became like a little brother to me from Grade 2 to Grade 6.  He was 2 years younger than I was, so there was never any awkwardness between us (of the boyfriend-girlfriend variety).  His family also moved away, and when my dad suggested we go and visit them during my first year out of High School.  It was like we had never been apart.  It was fun riding motorbikes with him on their farm.  I haven’t seen him since then, but we are friends on Facebook so I keep an eye on what is going on in his life.

I believe God brings these people into our lives for a reason and for the season.  The people I feel are the closest friends to me are the ones I don’t have to text/phone every week, or even every month, but when we do speak again it’s like we were never apart.

The friends for a season all serve their purpose though.  The toughest thing is to realise which friends are for a season and which friends are for life, and making sure you don’t feel hurt when the friends for a season drift away. 

New friends usually come along pretty quickly, so don’t worry, learn what you need to from the friends for a season and move on from them. 

Build friendships instead with the friends for life – you can recognize those friends because they are “Low-Maintenance”.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

On My Mind … 29/08/2012

My new clothes arrived yesterday.  I’m so excited about it.  Definitely not my normal style, but after trying them on last night, I couldn’t wait to wear them to work today.

It’s deviating from my dresses only policy a bit, since the outfit includes a pair of dark pants, but I love it, and I feel pretty wearing it.  I even gave myself a French Manicure last night.  Zoey was not happy because I locked her out of the bedroom while I did it.  She didn’t stop scratching at the door the whole time.

I’ve been wanting to take so many pictures to share, but my camera’s batteries are dead and I can’t find the battery charger (story of my life!). 

I redesigned my kitchen a little.  I put all the glasses onto the book shelf, as well as the plates.  I moved the coffee mugs above the kettle.  Mark helped me hang the paintings I got from Aunty Molly.  I filled the book case with the lead glass doors that I got from Aunty Molly.  I also want to take photographs of the outfit I bought so I can show everyone.

Now I need to get ready for work.  I just know that today is going to be a great day!

Cooking Hints and Tips

A few things I learned this week:

  • If you find a recipe with anchovies in it, but don’t like anchovies, you can swap them for sardines and vice versa in most cases.
  • Crushed Cream Crackers can replace breadcrumbs in a recipe.
  • Got lots of leftovers bits and pieces of fresh foods?  Stir-fry it in a wok and serve on cooked rice with salt and pepper.
  • Minced/Ground beef can be replaced with vegetarian mince in any recipe, and vice versa.
  • Tomato Soup can be switched for Cream of Mushroom Soup in most recipe’s to vary the flavour a bit (and vice versa).
  • Marinate meat the night before use (and store in a fridge) to allow it to fully absorb the flavour.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Grocery Cupboard and Fridge Basics

Today I was reading a magazine which listed a couple of basic items that should be in your grocery cupboard.  I noticed a few differences on that list compared to mine, so I thought I would share my list with you.  With these items you will be able to make at least 3 decent dinner meals from scratch…


  • Frozen vegetable mix
  • Frozen stir-fry mix
  • Minced / Ground beef
  • Chicken Fillets
  • Fish Fillets


  • Milk
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Bread
  • Margarine / butter
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Fresh Baby Potatoes (they last a week or two in a fridge)
  • Fresh Carrots (also last a week or two in a fridge)
  • Lemon Juice
  • Peach Chutney

Dried Herbs and Spices:

  • Italian Herbs
  • Thyme
  • Sweet Basil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Garlic Flakes
  • Mild Curry Powder


  • Can Shredded Tuna
  • Can Tomato and Onion Mix
  • Can Peach Slices
  • Spaghetti
  • Ramen Noodles (two-minute noodles)
  • Macaroni
  • White Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • 1 Box long life milk (for emergencies)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bovril
  • Honey / Syrup
  • Custard Powder
  • Jelly Powder
  • Can Condensed Milk

And with these items I can make the following meals:

Sunday, August 26, 2012

In my thoughts… 27 August 2012

Saying goodbye is a hard thing to do, luckily this time it is only for 13 days, or 12 nights.

Mark has left to go and play guitar in a concert in another city.  There will be 1 week intense practice and 1 week of performances.  The final concert is on 8 September, the night before my birthday on 9 September.  Mark’s promised he will be leaving at the crack of dawn on my birthday so that he can at least spend the afternoon with me.  So sweet of him!

Otherwise, I have a long To Do list of about 16 things for work.  No need to worry that I am not busy there.  Seems that I tick one thing off the list and I am given 2 more items to put onto the list.  I know that I’ll get there eventually though.

In other thoughts, I ordered some clothes over the weekend.  They are a bit different to my usual style, but I love the look so I thought I would give it a try.  I’ll post a picture when I receive it, but as a warning, it includes Jeans.

I say this is a warning because I’ve been trying to move over to wearing more dresses/skirts for a few months.  I feel more feminine in them, but when I saw this outfit online, I loved it and I have decided that I was going to buy it.

Final thoughts… I think it’s time to get dressed and ready for work.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Recipe: Breakfast Scones

Makes:  about 8 (depending on size)


  • 1000ml (4 cups) cake flour
  • 2ml (half teaspoon) salt
  • 30ml (3 heaped teaspoons) baking powder
  • 80ml (4 tablespoons) margarine or butter
  • 1 egg
  • 250ml (1 cup) buttermilk
  • 125ml (half cup) water


  1. Preheat oven to 240ºC (460ºF)
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together.
  3. Rub in the margarine, handling as quickly and lightly as possible.
  4. In a separate bowl beat egg together with buttermilk and water.
  5. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients about half a cup at a time, mixing with hands or a wooden spoon. 
  6. Do step 5 until all the liquid has been added or until a medium to firm dough is formed. 
  7. If the dough becomes sticky then add flour until it is neither crumbling or sticking to your fingers.
  8. Pat or roll (with a rolling pin) the dough on a floured surface and cut scones 3cm thick.  I use a drinking glass coated with flour instead of a cookie cutter.
  9. Place on a greased baking sheet some distance apart (the scones rise) and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
  10. Take out of oven and allow to cool enough so they can be handled with your hands.
  11. Cut in half, spread with butter and serve with jam and whipped cream or grated cheese.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Egg & Cheese Toast

I made these for breakfast some time back. It is really nice, much like a fried egg on toast, but without all the grease from the oil.

Ingredients (this is per person):

  • 1 slice of bread

  • 15ml Margarine/butter (1 tablespoon)

  • 1 egg (separate yoke from white)

  • salt to taste

  • 25ml cheddar cheese (grated) (about 2 tablespoons)

  • Parsley and paprika (optional)


  1. Toast the bread lightly

  2. Spread the bread with margarine (or butter)

  3. Beat the egg white until stiff

  4. Spoon the egg white over the bread, sprinkle with salt and hollow the center of the egg white (like a little valley!).

  5. Place the egg yolk in the center/hole and spread the remaining white over the yolk.

  6. Sprinkle with cheese.

  7. Place the bread under the top element of the oven and toast until brown and the egg yolk is cooked.

  8. Garnish with parsley and paprika.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Biting off more than you can chew

Don't bite off more than you can chew.

No, this is not a blog post about food. Although it is advisable to not put more food into your mouth than you are able to chew because you will then look like a barbarian as the pieces of food drip down your mouth and onto your lap. Definitely not the behavior expected of a gentleman or lady.

This blog post is rather about not over committing yourself.

Has anybody noticed how when there isn't all that much to do, and you are becoming slightly “bored” with life, you start to find things to do. You create commitments to activities and then suddenly, instead of finding yourself in a light drizzle of activity, you are in a downpour and seem to not get to everything you are now committed to doing?

This happens to me time and time again. When I was younger, I started pen palling. I made friends with people all over the world through snail mail letters. I was bored during a December holiday and I wrote a letter. Then I read somewhere that only 1 in 10 letters you send out generate replies, so I sent out 10 letters. After a month, I was coping quite nicely with my 2-3 pen pals, and decided I wanted more letters in the post, so I sent out 10 letters to new people again, and then suddenly I had 14 pen pals before I knew what happened. You see, about 7 from each batch of 10 replied. I did not expect that.

I was coping quite well with the 14 pen pals, until I started working and studying at the same time. So I was faced with a scenario where each pen pal demands 1 hour of my time once a month to write a decent length letter, I was spending all my free time (the time I wasn't studying or working, writing letters to pen pals. It became more of a chore than a fun experience and that is when I said “ENOUGH” and cut off my pen palling.

But I still missed writing, and hence why I started this blog. I love writing. I express my thoughts much better through written word. And here is a little secret... I dislike talking on the telephone. I'm much more comfortable talking in person or through an email. That is why you won't catch me phoning somebody “just to chat”. I'm not sure why this is, I just prefer it that way.

Back to biting off more than you can chew. Yeah, I sort of did that with this blog. For a while I was trying to make an update or new post every day. You know what? That isn't working for me. Life moves quickly, a person needs to live in the moment. I'm busy all the time, and I'm blessed that the things which make me busy are things I love to do.

I love the work I do. I love programming and solving logical puzzles. I love finding creative and fool-proof ways of doing things. I love the time I spend at home, I even love doing the laundry and washing dishes (not too fond of ironing clothes though). I find that working with my hands is relaxing for my mind and working with my mind is relaxing for my body.

I'm sure everyone has experienced moments when they have bitten off more than they can chew, so I'm just asking readers to put up with me on this! I'll be sure to have a recipe every Friday, but until further notice, all other posts will come up as I feel inspired and as I find the time to write them.

We need to live a life in order to have a life worth writing about!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Developing a Princess Character Part 1: Sing with Joy

This is the first in my series on developing a princess character within yourself.  Some of you may know that a while ago I did a series on Disney Princesses.  I mentioned some admirable character traits of Disney princesses.  Well this series is going to expand on that series.  I’m going to be mentioning Bible verses that encourage the traits I mentioned in the Disney Princess series, as well as some hints on how to develop them within yourself.

The first trait is one that many of the princesses shared, and that was singing.  They would sing with joy, sing with longing and sing with love.

The Bible says that we should be joyful always:

“Be joyful always”

1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NIV 1984)

Most of the Psalms are songs.  There are songs of praise and songs of desire, songs expressing thanks and songs expressing heart-ache.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

- Psalm 100:4 (NIV 1984)

Something I have noticed is that people are the music they listen to.  I don’t know if you have noticed how much music can change your mood.  I’ve noticed a few things with regards to the music I listen to:

  • Praise and Worship – makes me feel closer to God’s heart.
  • Old school hymns – make me stand in awe of God’s glory.
  • Alternative Rock music – makes me feel confident and strong, like nothing can break me down.
  • Soft romantic music – makes me feel in love
  • Celtic folk music (and big band music) – makes me want to dance
  • Music with heart-ache lyrics – makes me want to reach out to people who feel that way and be there for them.

If music makes such a difference in my heart and mind, how much can it influence everyone else on a daily basis.

So my recommendation to develop a heart of joy, is to do this one thing:

Limit the music that makes you feel negative. Listen to music that makes you feel joyful.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Cheesy French Toast


  • 4 slices of bread
  • 25ml cheese (grated)
  • 2 eggs
  • 200ml milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 125ml Margarine (for frying)


  1. Place cheese on 2 slices of bread, sandwich with the other 2 slices.
  2. Beat eggs. milk, salt and pepper together.
  3. Dip sandwiches into egg mixture.
  4. Melt margarine and fry slowly on both sides until bread is golden.
  5. Serve hot!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Plan for the day… 9 August 2012

Well, I’m already half-way through the day here.  So far I’ve done the grocery shopping.  It is a public holiday in South Africa so I’m not really up for too much in the lines of being productive.  I’ve done my menu planning for the week.  With every intention to sticking to it.  So here is the plan for the rest of today:

12:30 Pack away the groceries I bought
Organize the kitchen towels and turn holey ones into rags
Toss old sponges and rags from the kitchen
Shine the sinks
13:00 Make the Apricot Cinnamon Cake for tonight
Read and reply to emails while it bakes
14:00 Shine all the sinks in my home
Sweep kitchen floor and mop
Organize and declutter pantry
Declutter food storage containers
Clean out under the sink
15:00 Scrub kitchen counters
Wash the window in the kitchen
Straighten kitchen drawers and cupboards
Wash knicknacks in the kitchen
Clean stove / Oven
16:00 Get ready for the Braai
16:30 Enjoy the evening with friends.

Well, that is the plan for today.  I’m looking forward to it!

Menu Plan for 9 August 2012 to 15 August 2012

In my attempt to be a better homemaker, I’ve come up with a menu plan for myself for the week ahead.  Here is what will be cooking in my kitchen.  Recipe’s can be found by following the links.
Breakfast Lunch Supper
Thursday Cereal / Toast / Yoghurt Sandwiches Braai with friends
Apricot Cinnamon Cake
Friday Cereal / Toast / Yoghurt Sweet and Sour Noodles Macaroni Cheese
Saturday Cheese Puffs Easy Savoury Tart Leftovers from Saturday Lunch
Sunday Farmhouse Omelette Potato Bake
with Braai Meat and vegetables
Leftovers from Sunday Lunch
Monday Cereal / Toast / Yoghurt Leftovers from Sunday Lunch
Leftovers from Sunday Lunch
Tuesday Cereal / Toast / Yoghurt Leftovers from Sunday Lunch Mashed Potato and Chicken Casserol
Wednesday Cereal / Toast / Yoghurt Mashed Potato and Chicken Casserole
Broccoli Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Women's Conflict

Lately I have been researching a topic that is extremely interesting to me. I've noticed an unspoken trend. Modern women, who are married with children, appear to have conflicting hearts.

On one side they wish to be stay at home moms, dedicating their time to maintaining the home and providing a safe-haven for their husbands and children.

On the other side they feel guilty about this desire because they feel it unfair that their husband is the only one out their earning a living. They feel guilty because quite often they are more qualified than their husbands (academically) and could probably earn a larger salary. Women feel guilty because the slightly older generation puts so much emphasis on being independent and being able to provide for yourself.

I'm sure that any woman who becomes a wife and mother will go through this conflict. I've been reading blog after blog written by women who either want to be stay at home mothers, but financially they cannot afford it, or alternatively have given up a career outside the home to care for their families.

Many women in the second group still work, and work extremely hard, just in different ways, in ways that society doesn't always deem acceptable for a well-educated lady.

These women are up at the crack of dawn preparing breakfast for their families. Can you imagine sitting down to a healthy full breakfast every morning rather than just a bowl of cereal and some toast?

These women pack lunches for their husbands to take to work with them so that their husbands don't have to spend money on buying a meal (and I'm sure the packed lunches are much healthier).

Many of these women home school their children. Who can know a child better than a parent? Where in the school system the teacher has only a year with the child to learn their likes, dislikes and learning style, a parent can learn these about their child and build them up over 18 years!

None of the women who live at home, working in their household have maids / domestic workers to help them. The woman is solely responsible for cleaning and doing the laundry. Some of these women even maintain the gardens.

And who is always available to listen to the problems of those in the household? Who is available to advise? Who comforts the sick? These wonderful women who stay at home to care for their families.

Some of these women, even run small businesses from home for extra income, cleaning, baking, making and selling stuff online, writing blogs, writing books etc.

So in essence these housewives have more than one job... They are chefs, maids, teachers, psychiatrists, business women, managers, nurses and gardeners! A woman who stays at home is many things.

Sometimes I wonder if this is why women have a harder time (in general) focusing on a specific career. Women seem to want to do it all because they were made to do it all, and they know they can do it all.

Now, in this post I was speaking of married women, especially married women with children. I didn't mention anything about single women.

I personally don't think you can compare a single woman's duties to that of a married woman. A single woman needs to be able to provide for herself, so as not to be a burden on her parents or other male relative. This post is specifically about married women.

So if you are single, I feel that it is your responsibility to be able to live independently. However, I feel that a married woman's number one priority is to be a help meet to her husband, in whichever way that may be.

Well there you go, that's my opinion on this topic out in the open!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Luke 18:17 - Child-like Faith

Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” ~ Luke 18:17

Have you ever met somebody who has a child-like faith? A person who just seems to believe in God without questioning?

I remember a friend from grade 1 who firmly believed that raisins were made from dead flies because her brother told her so. She trusted her brother without questioning him at all.

Our faith in God should be of a similar kind. We should have a child-like faith that God exists, that God only wants the best for us and that God is in control of everything.

Naturally we should question everything that teachers of God's word say, and we should be weary of false teachers and prophets, but we need to be sure in God's word as we read it. Trust it and have faith in him.

Jesus himself said that if we do not receive the kingdom of God like a little child, full of child-like belief and faith, we shall not enter it.

Trust God unconditionally. Love God unconditionally. And receive him like a little child.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Week 4: Keeping your house tidy

Today I want to bring up the topic of keeping your homes and possessions neat and tidy.

You may ask why you should keep your house clean. Well, a Queen / Princess won't live in a messy house would she? Think about it like this. You walk into a person's house, there is a pile of dishes in the sink, shoes and socks all over the living room floor and the toilet hasn't been cleaned for weeks. What does that tell you about the other person? It would tell me that they cannot be trusted to look after the possessions they have. It tells me that they cannot manage their time effectively. It also tells me that the person doesn't expect to be treated in a respectful manner.

Many women in the modern world don't have the luxury of having servants to clean their house. Most women are working a full day job, then coming home to a second job as a housekeeper.

Some people wonder how are they supposed to have a clean home without a servant and with children and husbands messing it up all the time. I don't have a perfect system for this. The best system I have found though is FlyLady. A lot of the system needs to be adjusted to suit your needs, but I strongly recommend taking a look.

It is also vitally important to make sure that everyone in your household contributes to keeping it neat and tidy. You are all living in the house so everyone needs to contribute to keeping it clean. A list can be found here on chores according to a child's age. You'll notice that children as young as 2-4 years old can help with certain chores already.

Now, I cannot give advice on how to convince children to do chores, or even another adult in the house (since I am a family of 1 right now). What I can do is give you a few tips on motivating yourself to keep your household tidy.

  1. Pick a spot and keep it clean at all times. Flylady's spot is the kitchen sink. I use this spot too, but I've heard of people using the dining room table, the coffee table in the living room, the spare room bed or even the dressing table in their bedroom. Make sure that whenever you go into that room, or see that spot then it is clean. Most importantly it must be clean before you go to bed at night.

  2. Pick a spot in each room. Once you have your key spot to keep clean. Pick a spot in each room of the house that gets messed up quickly. Work on keeping that spot in each room clean at all times. In my bedroom, it is my bed. In the living room, the coffee table. In the study, my desk. In the bathroom, the shelf behind the bath. In the kitchen, the sink and table. Your spots don't have to be the same as mine, but they can be if it helps you.

  3. Work outwards from that spot. When you clean the room, clean the spot first then work outwards in a spiral from that spot.

These 3 steps usually get me into the mode where I can start cleaning. There are numerous resources out there that give advice on the details of cleaning. A little research through Google will bring up lots of tips and tricks.

Good Luck! I'm struggling along with you on this one!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Chocolate Peppermint-Crisp Fudge

Chocolate Peppermint-Crisp Fudge

Makes: 20cm x 20cm x 1.5cm slab


  • 375ml (1.5 cups) sugar
  • 150ml (0.6 cups) evaporated milk
  • 30ml (2 tablespoons) butter
  • 500ml (2 cups) marshmallows cut into smaller pieces
  • 300g (roughly 3 slabs) dark chocolate
  • 5ml (1 teaspoon) vanilla essence
  • 1 bar Peppermint Crisp (broken or grated into pieces)


  1. Line a 20cm x 20cm (7.8 inch) tin with foil.
  2. Heat the sugar, evaporated milk and butter together in a saucepan / pot
  3. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly.
  4. Boil for four to five minutes then remove from the heat.
  5. Stir in marshmallows, chocolate and vanilla essence until melted.
  6. Pour into the lined tin and sprinkle the peppermint crisp over the top.
  7. Leave to set in the fridge for 24 hours.
  8. Remove from tin and peel off the foil.
  9. Use a sharp knife to cut into blocks of the desired size.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Persistent Widow

This morning while reading Luke 18, I came across The parable of the persistent widow.  It brought my mind back to another blog post I made over a year ago.  since I have many more readers now than I did then, I would like to bring your attention to that blog post.

As an advanced note.  God did move the chess pieces into positions at exactly the correct time.  My prayer was answered in ways I could never have imagined at that time.  I wrote the blog post in May 2011.  He answered the first part of my prayer in June 2011 (work-related).  He answered the 2nd part of the prayer in November 2011 (heart-related).  He then answered the third part in April 2012 (home-related).  I am still waiting for him to answer the 4th and 5th parts.  I have no doubt in my mind God will answer all 5 parts of the prayer, but only when his timing is absolutely perfect.

Without further delay.  Here is the link to:

God's Will vs. Relentless Prayer

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: Ubuntu 12.04

Yesterday I bought a laptop.  It came with Windows 7 Starter Edition, which is a really limited version of Windows 7, I couldn't even change the background of my desktop.  I was already planning on putting Ubuntu on the laptop, but I wasn't sure if I was going to dual-boot (run 2 operating systems for those who are not geeks) or remove Windows completely and put Ubuntu only on the system.

Well, when I saw that the supplier had installed Windows 7 Starter without giving me the option of any other Operating System, but also partitioned (separated) the hard drive into 2 parts (one for the OS and one for Data - I hate that).  I decided I was going to run Ubuntu exclusively.

I downloaded the install and a little application to turn my flash drive (pen stick) into an install disk.  Plugged it into my laptop and presto, the PC picked it up and asked me how I wanted to proceed.

I chose the option of completely removing Windows, and the partitions on my hard drive, then I just filled in my information, hit the continue button a few times and within 20 minutes I had a fully functioning Ubuntu notebook.

Setting up my 3G Internet connection was even simpler than it was on Windows.  I didn't have to install any software.  I just plugged in the 3G stick, clicked on the connect option and off I went.

What is more, is that Ubuntu is completely free, and there is so much free software so easily available.  This strongly appeals to my rebel side because I am against any organization which makes me feel as though I have no other option but to buy their product.  I like options.

So go to the Ubuntu website:

Take the tour, and perhaps consider it the next time you buy a PC.  I strongly recommend.

Monday, July 30, 2012

In My Day... 30 July 2012

Today, I had a great day.  My new mini-laptop arrived.

What I accomplished:
  • Was up at 4:30am
  • Went for a walk with Zoey at 6am
  • Mopped kitchen floor
  • Read/replied to emails (cleaned my inbox)
  • Installed Ubuntu on my new laptop (and took off the stupid Windows 7 Startup Edition that was installed by the supplier)
What I am grateful for today:
  • My new laptop
  • A safe walk
  • Lunch date with Mark
  • All my awesome friends (online and offline)
  • A warm bed

Exercise Benefits and Tips

Why should I exercise regularly?

  1. Countless health benefits:
    1. Good for your heart
    2. Prevents osteoporosis
    3. Lowers High Blood Pressure
    4. Prevents Colds
    5. Reduces the severity of asthma (just start a lot smaller than other people and increase a lot slower too!)
    6. Reduces diabetic complications
    7. Promotes a healthy pregnancy
    8. Plays a role in preventing cancer
    9. Promotes brain health
    10. Helps prevent strokes
    11. Helps manage arthritis
    12. Helps prevent back pain
  2. To loose weight
  3. To de-stress
  4. Has anti-ageing effects
  5. Improves sleeping patterns
  6. Good for the mind and soul (combats depression)
  7. Improves oxygen and nutrient supply to all cells in your body.
  8. Improves muscle strength, joint structure and joint function
  9. Boosts energy levels
  10. It can improve your physical relationship with your spouse (see how well I kept this PG13?)

(Sources:,31214.asp,, )

What is the right exercise for you?

You can do a great quiz over here:

My result was to do outdoor exercises.  So as a thought for myself, running, walking or cycling would be good options for me.  Running and walking cost the least amount of money.  I’m going to focus on running in my life.

What is the best time of day for exercise?

I read this in a magazine a couple of years ago, and I’ll never forget it:

Morning: Cardio exercises (running, walking, cycling etc.)
Late Morning to Midday: Co-ordination and balance exercises (Yoga, Dance etc.)
Afternoon: Team sports
Early Evening: Strength Training

Tips for sticking to an exercise routine:

  1. Get exercise clothes you are proud to wear.
  2. Schedule it into your calendar as a non-negotiable appointment with yourself.
  3. Start slowly – do less than you feel you are capable of doing for the first few days and build from there.
  4. Get your family and friends involved in your fitness.
  5. Allow yourself to slow down if you feel you are not coping, but never give up completely.
  6. Set goals that you think are just out of your reach.
  7. Have fun with it.
  8. Make it a routine… remember it takes 30 days to make something a routine.
  9. Always exercise on the first day of the week.  If you miss the first day you will miss the rest of the week.
  10. Reward yourself regularly

(Sources:,, )

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Week 3: Exercise Regularly

I have a new challenge for you this week.  I want you to develop an exercise routine that will suit you.

You see a Queen or Princess doesn’t have all that excess flab, they are not lazy because they are royalty, they look after themselves.  Kate (who married Prince William) played field hockey (among other sports).  Even doing some stretches and walking on the spot for 5 minutes is better than nothing.  My grandmother has a very simple morning exercise routine and she climbed a mountain at 87! Granted, it was a small mountain, more of a large hill really, but she still did it!

Now, I admit, that I have never been one for jogging or any form of exercise really.  I enjoy walking, but I dislike walking while it is still cold and dark.  I enjoy Wii Fit, but I keep putting off doing it.

I am taking a challenge however.  I am joining Shape Magazine’s challenge to train to run 10km in 12 weeks.  Wow – this is going to be a big one for me, especially since running is the sport I have enjoyed the least in my lifetime.

My dad was a jogger though, he finished the Comrades Marathon and the Two Ocean’s Marathon 6 times each!

While I have no intention of doing any marathons yet, I’m definitely going to try to start jogging.  Especially since we are heading into summer here in South Africa.

So here is my challenge to you.  Find an exercise routine that works for you in this next week, then I want you to do it at least 3 times a week.

If you want to join me on the Shape Challenge here is the link to the challenge website: 

Shape 10km in 12 weeks challenge

You don’t have to do this one, but let’s do something.  Remember, treat yourself like a Queen and the world will follow.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Plan for the day… 28 July 2012

I woke up feeling as though my head was swollen this morning.  This is the first sign I experience of seasonal Flu / Cold.  The difference is that when I start experiencing this I drink lots of water and overdose on Vitamin C.  Within 24 hours I am feeling healthy again.

But, because I am not feeling so great now, I plan to stay indoors today and take it easy.

My goals for today:

  1. read and reply to emails – I want a clean inbox!
  2. Read all the blogs I’ve subscribed to and comment as necessary.
  3. Knit while watching a movie
  4. Clean up my kitchen
  5. Play the piano for 15 minutes (just a little bit of practice daily is all it will take)
  6. Read my Bible and go through my prayer list.
  7. Write my blog posts for the upcoming week.
  8. Explore Facebook.
  9. Spend some time organizing my week ahead.

I’ve decided that I’m going to try and start jogging.  My intention is to get to a fitness level where I can jog 5km – I don’t even know if I can jog 100m right now!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Creamy Vanilla Fudge

Creamy Vanilla Fudge

Makes:  20cm x 20cm x 1.3cm


  • 470ml (1.9 cups) sugar
  • 150ml (0.6 cups) evaporated milk
  • 65ml (3 tablespoons) butter or margarine
  • 25ml (1.5 tablespoons) golden syrup
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 5ml (1 teaspoon) vanilla essence


  1. Heat the sugar, evaporated milk and butter together in a saucepan.
  2. Stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add syrup and condensed milk.
  4. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the mixture reaches the soft-ball stage.  (Drop a small ball of the mixture into a bowl of cold water.  The mixture should form a soft ball when you roll it between your fingers.)  Stir continuously.
  5. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly (1-2 minutes).
  6. Stir in the vanilla essence and then beat with a wooden spoon until the fudge begins to form crystals and to thicken (basically – stir until you get to the point that you wouldn’t be able to pour it out the pot if you stir anymore)
  7. Pour into a greased square tin (20cm by 20cm or 7.8 inches by 7.8 inches) and leave to set.
  8. Once almost set, turn out onto a work surface and cut into squares with a sharp knife.

Note from the cook:

Mine turned out tasting like a mixture of toffee and fudge.  I believe that is how it is supposed to taste because everybody who sampled it says it was the best fudge they have ever tasted.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Luke 17:26-35 - What will you be doing?

26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.

28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. 32 Remember Lot’s wife! 33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.”

Luke 17:26-35

This is a short post today.  But just ponder about this.  When Jesus comes back… where will you be and what will you be doing.  If he came right now, would you be ready?  Keep asking yourself this week.  If God came back now, would he find me glorifying his name?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Why I won’t be buying an iPad

I’m annoyed at Apple, actually I’m a little worse than annoyed.  I bought an iPod Touch during it’s first generation (about 3 years ago).  The iPod is still in perfect condition.  I still have excellent battery life and I have had absolutely no problems with the hardware.  To me this indicated amazing value for money. 

I had my Kindle application, and many other useful ones, so it was completely customized to my needs… then came the application updates.  One by one my applications were updated to versions that required iOS4 and higher.  The iPod Touch only goes as high as iOS3.1.3 – which I feel is acceptable because it is an old device.

My problem is that my applications stopped working after the upgrade and I cannot find the older versions of the applications anywhere, so now my iPod cannot do anything except the standard things which come with iOS3.1.3.  The older versions of the applications were working just fine, why was an upgrade even suggested if the upgrade was incompatible with my iOS?  Why am I now not able to downgrade?  I have no need to buy another iPod because this one’s hardware is still in brilliant condition, it’s the software that is no longer available. 

I was considering buying an iPad.  I was thinking about it very seriously today, but now I’m going to look for something running with and Android operating system.  It has become a matter of principle.  I’m not going to be buying another Apple device until I am provided with a place where I can install the older versions of software when my device becomes out-dated.  I feel like I’m being forced to discard my older device and buy a new one.  Well excuse me for being the opposite of this throw away culture and want to use something until it is completely and totally broken.

I’m ranting, but this is how I truly feel…

I’ve been hearing good things about the Samsung Galaxy Tab… I’m definitely going to be looking into one of those now that the Apple iPad is out of the question.

Garden Update

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. ~ Genesis 2:15

My peas are growing beautifully in my garden.  I’ve been watering them before leaving for work each morning.  Here are some photographs:

Peas, 2012 - 2.5 weeks

Peas, 2012 - 2.5 weeks (2)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

In my day… 25 July 2012

It’s early morning again.  I’ve been up early 3 days in a row now.  I will say it is getting more difficult to get out of bed so early.  I believe it is because I went to bed a little too late last night. 

Bible Study: This morning I read this from Luke 17:

7 “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”

I don’t recall reading these verses before.  Perhaps I have and haven’t taken them in like I did now.

Things that made me laugh:

Below, the electric egg beater of a real man:


Things that made me think:


Things I thought were cool:


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


Jane Eyre is by far one of my favourite novels.  Set around 1840 (soon after the Jane Austin novels) a person can already see the difference between the generations.

Jane Eyre is an orphan who was first being raised by an Aunt through marriage.  She was ill-treated in the house and often beaten by her cousin.  Jane was then sent to a school where she wasn’t treated much better.  Finally, as an adult she get’s a post as a governess and that is where the love story begins.

The book is an easier read than Jane Austin’s and it has a sense of darkness and mystery to the story.  There are many twists and turns throughout the novel, and the author captured the emotions of the characters beautifully.

If you enjoy romance and mystery, then I strongly recommend this novel.  And what could be better than knowing it is a free download for Kindle from Amazon!

Monday, July 23, 2012

In my day… 24 July 2012

It’s 6:17am,  I’ve been awake since about 4am I think.  I was awake before my alarm went off this morning (4:30am).

I’ve been reading Luke 16 this morning.  Verses that stood out for me:

13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

It reminds me of the blog post I made a while ago called What are you living for?

People will either serve God or another master.  The master can be anything, it doesn’t have to be money.  It can be a career, status, power, wealth or numerous other things.

Last night I started reading a certain book.  It described how when a person is confident and stands up for themselves then they earn the respect of others.  To me that is in complete contradiction to the Bible.  The meek shall inherit the earth.  God calls us to be humble, to turn the other cheek, to seek his love and respect above earthly respect and to serve one another.

Personally, I would rather have God on my side than man on my side.

Now it is 6:30am.  Time to put the keyboard away and get ready for work.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

How to wake up early…

You know the saying “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, happy and wise” ?   Why don’t more people apply it to their lives?  I’m reminded of the classic advert where the son walks into the house in the early hours of the morning.  His father is sitting on the sofa and says “Morning Son”, the boy walks past on his way to his bedroom and replies “Night Dad”.

So here are some quick tips on training yourself to get up early:

  1. Wind down before bed.  If you are relaxed before going to sleep, you will go to sleep quicker and also sleep better.
  2. Get enough sleep.  Most humans need 8-9 hours of sleep.  Try not to sleep more than 9 hours though because it may make you more sleepy.  Some people don’t sleep as much as others.  Figure out how much you need and sleep for that amount of time.
  3. Avoid caffeine drinks at night.  Caffeine keeps you awake, so even if you can sleep with Caffeine in your system the sleep won’t be as sound. 
  4. Get an alarm clock and put it out of reach.  This is a classic example.  I know somebody who has a really loud alarm clock and it is next to the kettle in the kitchen.  I heard of somebody else who put it in her cupboard with her slippers and gown.  Make sure you get out of bed to turn it off.
  5. Avoid the screen.  Don’t use anything with a “white” light (like a TV or computer screen) before bed.  A human body is set to feel tired in a red/yellow light, white light keeps you awake.  Use natural lighting around your house too.

In my day… 23 July 2012

Today is the first day back at work after being on leave for 3 weeks.  I will say that it I have a set of mixed emotions.  Eager to get back to a regular routine, but also slightly sad.  It’s not fun leaving the house when it is dark and getting home with only 15-20 minutes left of daylight.  It leaves hardly any time to work in the garden, walk Zoey or do other outdoor activities.  I find I get really depressed if I don’t see the sun.  I can only imagine what the people in England feel like.

Luckily the daylight hours are getting more and more now so I’ll be able to take advantage of them.  Sunrise at 7am today and sunset at 5:34pm.

6am and I’ve made my coffee, done my morning prayer and Bible reading, and packed away the washed dishes.  Next on the list, make the bed and do my morning hygiene routine.

All in all, I think today is going to be a good day.  I didn’t oversleep, any day I don’t oversleep is bound to be a good day.

Week 2: Look your best

Due to my holiday, I skipped last week’s post about treating yourself like a Queen.  Remember, you are a Queen or Princess in your household and you need to treat yourself like one then other people will follow and also treat you like one.

Today I want to talk about looking your best every day. 

This is a big thing for me because I’m the sort of person who will take whichever shirt is on the top of the pile of shirts, then find a skirt and shoes to match it.  If it is winter I’ll throw on a few layers to keep warm, but my entire clothing decision usually rests on what shirt is at the top of my pile of clothing that morning.

Some things that I think I should mention about myself:

  1. I don’t wear make-up unless I am going on a date or I have to dress up for some reason.
  2. I don’t wear heals unless I am going out for dinner or I’m going to a wedding.
  3. I very seldom wear pants.  Once I was a tomboy and wouldn’t be caught dead in a dress/skirt, but I’ve changed my thinking on that recently.
  4. I don’t paint my nails in any way other than a plain French manicure unless I’m dressing up for something.

I have personal reasons for these decisions that are rooted in my beliefs regarding woman and modest dress.  I am not here to lecture you, and I don’t expect everyone to believe the same as me, so I’m going to drop the topic now.

Now I am wanting to talk about us, as Queens/Princesses and dressing/looking our best every day.  Why should we look our best? 

  1. If we take the time to dress and take pride in our appearance in the morning, it will overflow into our daily lives.  If we know we made an effort and we look our best, then the people around us will pick up on it and treat us accordingly.
  2. Renew love with your husband (or turn heads if single). 
    1. Many of the women reading this are married to loving husbands, you owe it to him to dress in a way that he will be proud of.  If you are in your sweatpants the whole day, don’t you think he would be unwilling to bring friends or a business partner home with him unexpectedly?
    2. Many of the women reading this are single and looking.  You don’t know when your husband will be brought into your life.  I’m sure that the right man for you won’t disappear because you are wearing sweatpants to the grocery store, but how embarrassing would it be if you are in your pyjama's and he shows up at your door with a bouquet of flowers and an engagement ring? 
      1. Story Example: I heard a story about a single woman who was running a day care, normally she was in her most comfy clothes when the mom’s brought their children in the morning.  One morning a different man stopped by with one of the boys, he was the single uncle who was babysitting the kids while the parents were off on vacation for a week.  That specific morning the woman had decided to dress up nicely to pamper herself.  He fell head over heals for her, later the week he offered to stay and help her in the day care, a few months later they were married, last I heard they were still happily married.  Later he said that he may not of even taken notice of her if she was wearing her comfy clothes, and he fondly describes the ankle length denim skirt, flower blouse and ballet flats she was wearing that day.  It was only on the second day that he noticed her beautiful personality that matched the outfit.

So now comes the next question: What can we do to look our best?

  1. Practice good hygiene
    1. Bath/Shower regularly (daily if possible)
    2. Brush your teeth morning and night
    3. Wash your hair as often as it needs it.
    4. Wear deodorant / perfume
  2. Take pride in your outfit (but don’t become vain)
    1. Choose your clothes the night before
    2. Make sure there are no holes in your clothes (unless they are button holes)
    3. Clothes should be crease free
    4. Clothes shouldn’t be too large or two small
    5. Cover up! – I cannot stress this enough.  If you go outside looking like a street corner business woman, then people will treat you like one.  Dress respectfully and you will be treated respectfully.
    6. Wear something feminine – A pretty bow, a floral skirt, a pink shirt etc.  Just one feminine item or accessory will make you shine in your womanly glory and make you feel more lady-like.Ashleigh Langhein - Valentine's Dance 2003
    7. Make an effort with your hair and make-up (if you wear make-up).  If you don’t wear make-up (like me) try simply a moisturizer or face cream that is not noticeable, just doing that can make you feel like you have had a professional make-up artist do your face for the day.
  3. Dress appropriately
    1. A woman in a red formal dress will turn heads at the grocery store, but it isn’t really suitable to grocery shopping occasion.  The same with a woman wearing jeans to a formal dance.  Dress in a way appropriate to the occasion.

And that is my advice.  Remember you are a Queen / Princess.  If you treat yourself like one, then other people will treat you like one.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Knitting: Single Bed Blanket–Week 2

I’m 2 weeks into my wool blanket project.  The design can be seen here…………..

Here is the progress on the first rectangle.  It’s just over 100cm in length and needs to be 150cm. The photograph was taken on Aunty Di’s table!

Wool Blanket - Week 2 (1)

It is a long way from complete, but I’m really enjoying the process of creating it.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Recipe: Brown or White Bread

For this recipe you can use brown bread flour or white bread flour.  The images are of brown bread.

Home Baked Brown Bread


  • 7 cups (1kg) bread flour (brown or white)
  • 10ml salt
  • 10ml sugar
  • 10g (1 sachet) instant dry yeast
  • 20ml (1 tablespoon) Margarine
  • 650ml (2.4 cups) lukewarm water

The ingredients

Bread Ingredients


The bread dough after step 3

Bread Dough

  1. Sift flour, salt and sugar together.  Add dry yeast and mix.
  2. Rub margarine into dry ingredients and gradually add lukewarm water to mix to a soft dough.  Add more water if needed.
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and kneed the dough vigorously for 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  4. Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rest for 20 minutes.
  5. Knock down the dough and divide into two.
  6. Place each portion in a greased 23cm loaf tin, cover with oiled plastic wrap, and leave to rise in a warm place for 30-40 minutes, until double in size.
  7. Brush top with water and bake in a preheated oven at 200ºC (400ºF) for 35 minutes.

Total time: Approximately 2 hours.

Quantity: 2 loaves