Yep the decorations are out and the pumpkins are on the doorstep. Still deciding if I will be carving them or maybe making some faces with Vinyl? Hmmm…
I love these Vintage Actions by Pioneer Woman.
The weather is freakishly warm and it is so weird especially since we had such a cold summer. But there is no doubt in my mind fall is in the air…it is just so peaceful with the wind blowing in the leaves.
With the recent Challenge at DSA for the Established Designer Contest I had to create a kit that showcases my home town. Well although I do live in Napa, CA and it is very beautiful here my heart still yearns for home – Gordons Bay. Also most of my family also lives there so there is more than enough reasons for me to miss it so much!
So I decided to share some pictures of the Town and Surroundings. These were the last photos I took before we left in 2008…so very Nostalgic to me.
Chrismari is ready for the beach…sunglasses in hand!
View towards the Naval Base and Old Harbor. Simons Town is far in the distance.
View Towards the Old Town and Shopping Center…lots of Restaurants and Shell Shops. Great place to go for a stroll.
Harbor Island in the Distance.
Footprints…aaah I so miss these moments!
Park Bench overlooking the sea.
More of the old town…
Kitty and the Penguins…look how tiny she was here! Only 3 years old…man oh man, where has the time gone?
View from the Main Beach…if you look closely you will see ‘Moeder Maria’ i.e. Mother Maria. It is the back of Table Mountain aptly named after Jan Van Riebeeck our founding father’s wife.
Beautiful NG Church..lots of Weddings are held here in these scenic surroundings.
Last one of the old town and the Majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains in the background.
Need I say more? I hope you enjoyed these pictures. It did my heart good to share it. Thank you for stopping by!
Christian is a sleeper…anywhere and everywhere is a comfy spot to just catch a few minutes of shut eye.
Just yesterday he had 3 different spots, first on the floor – not very comfortable so he crawled onto the lazyboy. Now he was in prime position with his face all smooshed up and those baby lips begging for a kiss from Mommy.
I love his little bum bum sticking out like that! Aaawhhh!
And lastly onto his favorite position which looks so much more comfy to me too!
I love this so much…he is so like his Mommy, I just wish I could curl up next to him and nap! But how will I ever take photos?
Chrismari not wanting to be outdone ‘posed’ for me, pretending to be asleep.
lol! Not for long this little busybody of mine was up and running around before I could even put the camera away. She loves to play with her Strawberry Shortcake dolls and is telling me that this year she wants to dress up as Strawberry Shortcake (again!) for Halloween. Hmmm…already wondering about what we will do this year. I saw Target had some great costumes for only $20 – need to do a Target trip soon.
Cellphones and Keys are the BEST TOYS EVER! I think they win the award for BEST TOY found around the house each year. But really dont you just think this little man is so cute looking like a big boy with his phone?
I have been having so much fun editing these photos…although they are not the greatest (most of them are blurry) I used the Pioneer Woman’s Actions (Thanks Nicole for the suggestion!) for these photos and I just love the darling effects! Thanks for looking!
Eek! And I totally forgot to add look what is growing in my garden…
Yay I am so excited after months nagging DH I want Heirloom Tomatoes (They are soooo Divine!) we found a plant and just as it was sprouting some really cute tomatoes Chrismari picked it for her fruit salad. I just hope she stays away from this one!
Oh yes it has officially started…Christmas time is almost upon us!
I want to do some Photo CD’s to send to my family back home, just a recap of our year and brainstormed this template. You can print it out and use the lines version to create a card out of scrapbooking paper or you can do it on your computer. You can get the template HERE
So I used Jolly by Golly by Cosmo Cricket to make these cards. Isn’t that snow man the cutest? I just traced the original snow man onto some cardstock and pop dotted him on the card. I had the perfect brads to do the eyes but they were bronze so I used a permanent marker to color them in. I am very happy with the results!
Oh and I just loved the cute remark at the bottom of the paper strips and used it for my cards! Its is so adorable!
I am currently without a camera since a certain sweetie pie ‘accidentally’ broke it! lol! But I have a Christmas House and a Christmas Planner to share…so hopefully next week I will have some pretty pictures for you!
Lastly I will leave you with the ‘before’ shots…of our planned (but due to circumstances i.e. a broken camera lol…I know I know!) Christmas Shoot. I am crossing my fingers we will have some really good Christmas Photo’s as soon as the mail man has been here! Ha ha! I cannot wait…a very early Christmas present for me!
my sweeties! TFL!
Isn’t this just such a pleasant way to spend an afternoon? Love my DS insiting on sitting on my arm (he loves the ribbons!)
Not the best photos but it so captures the warm and fuzzies I get!
Enjoy those special moments!
We made our very first batch of ‘Boerewors’ today. It is a pure beef sausage regarded as an everyday staple back home in South Africa. Trust me if you have carnivore in the house (like I do…it is something that will be missed!).
So onto the recipe and how easy it actually is to prepare:
Ouma Hessie se Boerewors
- 3 kg Beef (We used Chuck and Brisket)
- 500g Pork Fat
- 50 ml Whole Coriander
- 150 ml Brown Vinegar (Substitute with Red wine Vinegar)
- 150 ml Worcestershire
- 25 ml Salt
- 5 ml Fresh Crushed Black Pepper
- 9 g Sausage Casings
Dry Roast the Coriander in a frying pan (do not spray or add oil) until it turns a light brown. Crush the spices with a mortar and pestle.
Cut the meat into pieces to fit into your meat grinder. Coarsely grind it together.
In a flat large container mix all the ingredients together making sure the meat is very well mixed with the spices, vinegar and worcestershire sauce.
Clean the Sausage Casings by running water through them.
Fit your sausage making tube to your grinder and feed the meat mixture into a sausage casing.
Look at DH…he sure does enjoy these!
It is preferable to let it stand overnight but if you cannot wait to test it out put it on the grill and enjoy!
perfect on the grill or even as a weeknight dinner with some good old mashed potatoes or even some ‘Pap en Sheba’.
Hope you try this one out!
Well hello again! I just wanted to share my awesome find this weekend. We went out for some breakfast and came back with this…
Finally after more than a year I have furniture in every room in the house…that was probably the hardest thing for me not having all the stuff I have gotten used too, I know I cannot complain we are so blessed. And I think waiting actually paid off. We got this set for $ 500 which is a lot but it is an 8 seater with the extensions, a special cover to protect the table and 2 bookcases. Not really my color but I must say even though it still looks bare I think after I jump in and add some pretty curtains and a nice table runner and some more photos along the fireplace it will look quite snazzy!
Also I have been so busy the past few weeks with some hybrid goodies…but this is such a sweet and fast project that is a sure fire winner! I know that once you have made one you will be hooked! lol! Literally!
See more details on The Hybrid Chick Blog…
We did not do much, Chris just came back from Washington and was tired – he had such fun helping Chrismari with her eggs. It was the first time we did the dyed eggs. It is sad to think a year ago we were still in South Africa and the Kids hid easter eggs together…Chrismari did believe there was a Easter Bunny this year! Gotta love their imagination!
My Boy and Me…
Dad and his brood…