30/05 Sunday 2010

I was really bad with taking pictures today... only took 1! But it was a really productive, fun day. Took Ethan to the barber to get his hair cut, did a grocery shop, went to Dave's where I had a 10 min guitar lesson (was enough - sore fingers), walked to Mimmo's, ate pizza, walked back, climbed a wall (ow!), went home... Fun!

29/05 Saturday 16h30

One of Dave's friends, Kam Naidoo decided to have his birthday party as The Rainbow Children's Village. The kids their are just amazing - they have absolutely no fear and are so lively and friendly. Am going to try and stop complaining about my life - I have so much to be grateful for!

29/05 Saturday 14h00

Went to Jared's 9th Birthday party - bowling at Brightwater.

29/05 Saturday 13h30

My nerd came to tune our guitar - he had quite a little following by the end of it

29/05 Saturday 12h30

I found the nicest, warmest, cosiest place to sit in my home. It's on the floor in my bedroom with my back against the bed and my feet up on the window. I was wearing a brooch which made beautiful little baby rainbows everywhere... very pretty!

28/05 Friday 19h00

Ethan made a yummy desert: jelly, custard, choped up sweetie pie.

28/05 Friday 16h30

Went to buy Jared's birthday present today. Found this BIGGEST toy store EVER! I wish I were a kid again.

28/05 Friday 16h00

Have finally decided to take this snake home and give it to Ethan. He looks cute in the car though.

28/05 Friday 15h00

Tea time! Charlene gave me the most delicious pastry filled with Belgium chocoloate (which you melt in the microwave). No you can't share with me Charlene!

28/05 Friday 08h30

Stepped out of the house this morning to be greeted with a beautiful sky. Thought, "this is going to be a wonderful day!"... then got stuck in traffic... but saw a digger which is a good omen, except it was travelling in the same direction as me, which is apparently not such a good thing. Of well!

27/05 Thursday 20h00

I spent the night watching "He's just not that into you" and knitting! I am trying to knit a scarf for Ethan - if he'll wear it. So far it's skew and has a hole!

27/05 Thursday 17h00

I finally went and bought AA batteries to go with the charger my sweet nerd bought for me - so that I can keep on taking pictures for my blog. YAY

27/05 Thursday 13h00

Sat in crappy parking lot traffic coming out of Sandton City. Why was I at Sandton City? I was buying knitting needles and wool *blush*

PS. I am trying to play cupid and this cars number plate is a sign that they're meant to hook up!

27/05 Thursday 12h00

I am strong like bull. Managed to eat this healthy meal even though Cathy had bangers and mash on the menu today! Well done me.

27/05 Thursday 06h45

Nothing like a little traffic croissant first thing in the morning!

26/05 Wednesday 17h30

This evening is the Autumn Soiree at Ethan's school. The grade 3's and 4's showed off their musical talents. They all had to buy a flute at the beginning of the year and this is what the are learning to play at the moment.

26/05 Wednesday 14h00

Have decided to make myself a "June" cookbook... so that I never wonder what to cook for dinner

26/05 Wednesday 12h30

Just had our little "Karen hasn't smoked for a year" party. FUN-ny!

26/05 Wednesday 11h00

Was given this sticky slimy snake to pass on to Ethan but am growing rather fond of it!

25/05 Tuesday 19h00

Whilst Ethan got busy with the jelly I baked some Barbie cupcakes. My friend Karen has stopped smoking for a year now (I know it's sometime at the end of May) so I decided to make some "Happy New Lungs Birthday" cupcakes... can always find an excuse to eat pink cupcakes!

PS. The Barbie icing is so amazing. It starts off white and boring and then with just a few drops of water turns pretty and pink!

25/05 Tuesday 19h00

Ethan decided to make us some jelly... in wine and tot glasses.

25/05 Tuesday 18h00

This is one of my all time favorite dinners! It's supposed to be Ostrich Thai Salad but I use a beef steak instead. YUM!

60 ml sweet chilli sauce
zest and juice of 1 lime
30 ml fish sauce
200 g ostrich steak / beef steak
a little olive oil to brush
1 cucumber, cut into strips
1 red onion, thinly sliced
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 carrot, cut into thin julienne strips
100 g sugar snap peas, sliced very thinly lengthwise
handful mint and coriander leaves, torn

1.Preheat the oven to 200°C
2.Combine the chilli sauce, lime zest and juice and fish sauce. Keep aside.
3.Heat a griddle pan over high heat. Brush each steak with olive oil. Fry the steak on each side until it loosens itself from the pan ± 2 minutes each side. Season to taste. Transfer to a baking tray and roast for about 8 minutes to your liking. Leave to stand 5 minutes before slicing thinly.
4.Combine the ostrich with the rest of the salad ingredients and couscous. Serve with the sweet chilli dressing.