Sunday in pictures

I must be honest, I’m finding it quite difficult to find the time to blog regularly, with good content. Hands up: who works full-time yet still manages to have a blog going on the side? If you have the secret, please share! For now, I’ll give you a glimpse into my Sunday through my Instagram pictures…Now, how to create more hours in the day…

The garden…

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I felt like drawing tonight so…

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It’s Friday. Have a cupcake!

Happy Friday everyone! How are you planning to spend it?

I decided to celebrate the approaching weekend in the most appropriate way…


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Thanks to Carly at Happy Little Kiwi, I was able to create these naughty little cupcakes and share it with friends and family just in time for the weekend. Try the recipe here.

The only addition I made was to add Milo (dissolved in boiling water) to the icing mixture. Being in South Africa, I used Bar One as the topping, instead of the Mars Bar originally used by Carly.

 

Give these a go, you won’t be sorry.

No better way to celebrate the weekend ahead I say!

Pinterest inspiration – art

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             1. Face  2. A Painter’s Tools  3. Wolf Pack

 

Creativity – how I love thee (and loathe thee when you don’t deliver on command).

I love looking at artists at work, in the process of creating something so beautiful and personal to them. I find the messy desks, blobs of paint and chalky pencil lines super inspiring that I too want to create and play and make a mess in the process.

Pinterest is my favourite place for finding inspiring images, as you can see above. I especially love the wolf illustration created by Caitlin Clarkson – visit her blog here. I love how creativity can be expressed in so many unique ways.

I have decided to allow myself to be creative – to let the inner artist out and give it the freedom it deserves. I can almost liken this creative side of me to a child (a rather cheeky one at that). Yes, I can see my creative side as a dark-haired little madam with long, swishy hair and blobs of paint on nose. She likes to play and experiment, who am I to say no?

So, this blog allows me to satisfy the need I have to write.

Taking photo’s expresses my love for all things visual.

Painting and drawing (whether in  a class or in the comfort of my home) will certainly satisfy the artistic urge inside of me.

I’m looking forward to this…finally being true to myself.

 

Do you ever feel that you could be more creative? Do you want to be more creative? How would you express it?

I would love to hear your thoughts!

 

 

Don’t try this at home

Sometimes, when you think you’re being extremely smart, you’re actually being extremely stupid. This was me last week Sunday. I had a plan… oh what a clever plan. I was going to make five different pancake recipes in a day, shoot them and voilà – I would have posts for the next month. I was quite chuffed by my genius.

So, off I trotted to the shops, bought the ingredients I needed and came home full of energy, ready to conquer the humble pancake! I decided to try three separate recipes.

* An old school crêpe recipe that included melted butter in the batter

* A Donna Hay crêpe recipe that asked for cream and sugar in the batter

* A Nigella Lawson American-style pancake

I preferred the Donna Hay crêpe recipe, it wasn’t too oily – and I eventually got the hang of making them.

The Nigella pancakes didn’t turn out as well as I expected them to. Instead of being light and fluffy, they ended up a bit dense. I have made them before, and I remember them being absolutely delicious. Try them with this recipe if you like – I would just add a pinch of salt to the batter.

Why make so many different pancakes you say? Madness I know. This was my thought process behind it all.

Take crêpes – create a toffee soufflé version (recipe taken from Donna Hay) and two savoury versions (a savoury mince and butternut/ricotta filled  crêpe).

Take American pancakes – create a chocolate chip/nutella/honeycomb version and a tropical (coconut/lemon/granadilla) version.

So, while making the pancakes, I made the fillings/toppings at the same time. I cooked from 11.30am till 8pm non-stop!!! I did not sit down once. Let me tell you, by Monday morning my feet and shoulders ached so much it felt like I had done a Sweat 1000 class. (So ladies, if you hate the gym, flip pancakes for 7 hours).

I managed to squeeze a few photographs in before the sun completely disappeared. I’m afraid they are not my best attempt… but at least I have something to show for it.

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This was my attempt at chocolate chip pancakes with a nutella, honeycomb and mascarpone topping.

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Another creation – tropical pancakes. I added lemon zest and coconut to the batter. I topped them off with a granadilla curd and mascarpone topping.

It wasn’t a complete disaster. I learnt how to make a granadilla curd, crêpes and an awsome savoury crêpe bake. When I’m completely recovered, I’ll post the recipe for the granadilla curd and savoury crêpe bake.

Sometimes you need to do something stupid like this to learn a lesson. I learnt that it pays to make one recipe at a time and give it the love and attention it deserves.

Till next time…