Possibly in a bid to cheer myself up after the last post, I found the following images of black women and it made me insanely happy so enjoy!!
Black is beautiful
Black is strong
Black is me and I love it!!
I went by this past weekend and it was truly the best use of my time. I enjoyed it and would happily recommend it to anyone. Below, some of the bits that best stood out for me.
- Quick lunch/snack recipe: Chickpea “tuna” salad
- Cooking with lentils & beans
- Don’t really like vegetarian burgers but these lentil meatballs sure look yum!
- This article made me realise why people do not share the names of their babys before birth, but clearly once they are born, the name is not safe either!!
- Pics of the beautiful Cape Town.
- Beautiful pics of the Festima Festival in Burkina Faso.
- Some non-traditional baby gift ideas.
- Breaking up is hard. Breaking up in the day of Facebook, is something else altogether.(NY Times Article)
- A better way to think of your to-do list.
- Get Tested. Be Faithful. Remain Faithful. Otherwise, always use protection.
- On buying friendship in Japan. Read this and thanked God for my genuine (free) friendships.
- This lady did what I always say to my single pals about putting themselves out there in order to meet a guy!
- Sad that the recently legalised Marijuana business in the states has a colour preference.
- How do you feel about motherhood?
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Tagged AIDS, break-up, Burkina Faso, Cape Town, cooking, design, Facebook, friendship, gifts, Heart matters, Japan, life, lists, motherhood, parenthood, racism, recipes, relationship advice
We all have those days when we need a little boost, each one help one!
Happy Human Rights Day South Africans.
- Google for kids? Kiddle
- Yummy tamarind chicken.
- Yummy Lemony Cream Cheese Pancakes with Blueberries.
- This colour thesaurus is so beautiful to behold.
- On how female friendships change with time.
- This is what it means to truly love someone. It’s a verb.
- Of the first AIDS patients and how most of them are now are in their late 60s and 70s.
- Oatmeal latte, anyone? REALLY not sure.
- Carrot cake for two?
- Welcome to poaching fruits.
- I happen to live with someone that could eat eggs for three main meals and as snacks in between. Here are some lovely dishes to try out.
- Sometimes our best motivation is external.
Often, our best work happens when we’re in a situation we wouldn’t have chosen for ourselves. The hard part is choosing to be in that sort of situation in the first place, the uncomfortable one where we have no choice but to do better work.
- Which would you want in a job, freedom or responsibility?
Freedom and responsibility aren’t given, they’re taken
- I have friends with whom I share goals.
A common trait among successful people is that they have friends who expect them to move on up.
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Tagged AIDS, Chicken, cooking, design, eggs, female friendship, Google, home, kids, life, motivation, pancakes, recipes, Seth Godin
In keeping with my 2016 theme to be more rooted and connected, this is what I hope to do in March.
- Reach out to close friends via calls, emails or messages to talk about what’s really happening in our lives. I mean group communication and Facebook is great but not all the time. Also, to get into the habit of praying for friends and family.
- Do more outdoorsy stuff and enjoy the last of the Cape Town glorious weather.
- Cook more and enjoy that time.
- Get data and finalise topic for school.
- Read more African literature (more on this later).
- Host a high school friend and her family for lunch.
- Hang up more pictures around the house.
Will post at the end of the month how it’s all going.
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Tagged 2016 Theme, African writing, books, Books reading, cooking, design, entertainment, friendship, Heart matters, home, home decor, PhD, school
Some lovely reads this week as you can see below.
- Goodbye Downton Abbey
- A Vietnamese coffee cake
- Cooking with cauliflower. Ten recipes.
- … specifically this cauliflower risotto. YUM!!
- Go big or go home in relation to Nigerian Weddings. Thank God we did not have that pressure way back when …
- Restoring the world’s oldest library.
- This broke my heart this week. Teenagers who kill in order to become famous or get a following. JUST SAD!!
- I am really keen for Fuller House. Nostalgia, much?
- Again, why women friendships are the bomb diggity!
Historically, friendships between women provided them with attention, affection and an outlet for intellectual or political exchange in eras when marriage, still chiefly a fiscal and social necessity, wasn’t an institution from which many could be sure of gleaning sexual or companionate pleasure.
For many women, friends are our primary partners through life; they are the ones who move us into new homes, out of bad relationships, through births and illnesses. Even for women who do marry, this is true at the beginning of our adult lives, and at the end — after divorce or the death of a spouse.
Enjoy and have a lovely Sunday.
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Tagged cake, cauliflower, design, Downton Abbey, egomaniacs, Fuller House, good, library, life, Nigeria, recipes, Risotto, teenagers, TV, weddings, women, women friendships
Below see some pins that have been getting some love on my different Pinterest boards.
I love their glasses first of all and then the beautiful locs styles – low maintenance but stylish!
I loved the curls and the size of the locs.
This actually challenged me to colour coordinate my bookshelf. So beautiful!
I would cut my hair this short if I got bored of my locs.
I love Nidhi’s cartoons and I love how she expresses love between herself and her husband. ❤
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Tagged about us, design, dreadlocks, dreads, hair, Heart matters, home, home decor, love, Pinterest
This year I fired the Mr from Valentines Day and decided to plan a three course in-house dinner for the both of us. #iSlayedV-Day. I totally did. I obviously took no pictures but below is the selected menu.
Warm winter greens with Ceasar dressing, smoked bacon and a poached egg.
Steak au Poivre, Creamy lentils with rosemary and tomatoes and sauteed rosemary and garlic potatoes.
Poached pear with lemon sorbet
I used Rachel Allen’s Entertaining at Home for inspiration.
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Tagged about us, books, cooking, design, food, Heart matters, home, marriage, recipes, relationships, Valentines Day
Happy Valentines Day all … Something warm and fuzzy!
- Healthy pumpkin and oat bread
- Finally government and ruling party comment on the evil virginity bursary schemes.
- Loved this story about second hand booksellers in Joburg.
- Simple enough DIY involving a wok that turns into a lamp.
- Childhood obesity is on the increase. In Sub-Saharan Africa *GASP*
- Fascinating read on a river that actually boils.
- Lunch club anyone?
- Always in life it helps to be a unique individual. Always. Be Unique.
- This cooking project in Delhi just warmed my heart for some reason.
- On the schooling options for Black children and the issues to consider: One and Two.
“The paradox of elite education in SA is that it breeds an economic elite with very little social literacy, and who display contempt for the idea of social intelligence.”
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Tagged Africa, baking, books, Brazil, children, design, DIY, education, enviroment, girl child, Heart matters, home, lunch, traditions
Also known as what happens in the real life that almost always constricts a great blogging schedule!
- Upcycling old kitchenware beautifully!
- Weep for this generation 😦
- Great (and practical) ways to teach your children about money.
- Yet another lentil recipe.YUM!!!
- Another chai recipe – cupcakes this time.
- Vegetarian biryani. YUM!
- Something we also learn about marriage on the grind.
- Because she is that bit close to John Legend.
- On testing teenagers for AIDS.
- I know someone whose Dr could not tell her the right size of her baby. Very scary and confusing for the mom-to-be.
- Some things to do for yourself this year. I like the bit about having therapy, kinda feeling that vybe this year. Also, exploring your new city or going to a totally new place.
- Five strategies to get your academic writing “unstuck”.
- Youngest person to buy a Gulfstream Jet is a Malawian Pastor. Will leave that there.
Happy Sunday and reading!
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Tagged AIDS, cooking, design, growing up., home, interior design, John Legend, life, loves, marriage, motherhood, recipes, school, Sunday Reads, teenagers, working, writing
- The pitfall of comparing yourself with others
- More on female economists and their returns to solo vs group publishing of papers (Hint: publish solo or with mixed genders)
- … and a follow up of initial thoughts and opinions on the article.
- A healthy alternative to eating wraps!
- Slay Taraji, slay!!
- As a follow up to last weeks post on what the Brady/ Bundchen bunch eat, here is a list of recipes to adopt.
- Free downloadable calendars: one and two.
- The NYT recently published a list of 100 Notable books for 2015.
- Good to know that Uganda doing well on the front of palliative health care – effectively and cheaply.
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Tagged books, calendars, design, economists, Feminism, Gisele Bundchen, goals, health, healty eating, home, life, palliative care, reading, school, Seth Godin, Taraji P Henson, Tom Brady, Uganda, working
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Tagged books, cooking, design, home, life, motherhood, Nidhi Chanani, PhD, Podcasts, rape, reading, recipes, Russia, school, surrogacy, The Atlantic, working
- A simple way to think of writing, in three parts.
- Now I am even more confused about Westgate,Nairobi (37 minute audio recording)
- Ten ways to help you improve your eating habits. Particularly #1 on doubbling up on veggies.
- A quick tuna chickpea salad.
- Light quick read on the history of Vlisco making fabrics for Africa (Won’t talk today about my feelings of appropriation where this is concerned)
- A longer history of Vlisco here …
- So Rachel Dolezal does not get it at all! Still, six months later and with a baby on the way!!
- “what’s the danger of not training the people who stay?” Another classic Seth Godin post.
- The NYT’s best pics for the year
- Pleased to hear there are measurable and positive benefits to the show 16 and Pregnant coz I really like the show!
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Tagged 16 and Pregnant, Africa, cooking, cultural appropriation, design, economics, life, madness, Nairobi, NY Times, Rachel Dolezal, recipes, Seth Godin, Vlisco, writing
I have enjoyed posting so much this year and pushing myself to write more, write in different formats or on different topics than the typical ones I would. Thanks for the reads, sharing and comments!
- My theme this year was on obedience.
- Listened to great music too!!
- Took care of myself!!
- Really got into podcasts.
- Ten little things I enjoyed this year (the first of many similar posts)
- I hurt when the Xenophobic attacks broke out! In February. Twice.
- Read a lot about women struggling with infertility.
- Cooked some nice things.
- Read some good and bad books!! The invention of wings was easily my book of the year.
- Made a personal announcement too!!
Enjoy and looking forward to 2016!!
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Tagged about me, books, Cape Town, cooking, design, dot, good, Heart matters, home, life, little things, madness, marriage, motherhood, music, Podcasts, reading, school, theme verse, working, xenophobia
This past weekend in preparation for hosting family over Christmas, I decided to finish up some of the little bits of left over ingredients in the kitchen and whip up something interesting for breakfast for the Mr and I. I took some pics to help with restating the recipe.
You basically need a pan, ramekins, mushrooms, spinach, eggs, cream, cheese, nutmegs, salt and oil/ butter.
Start by melting the oil/butter and add the spinach and mushrooms and cook until they wilt slightly.
Then add the cream and nutmeg to spice.
Once done, remove from the fire and line the ramekins with the mushroom, spinach mixture.
Into the well, break the eggs gently and sprinkle with cheese.
I cooked these at 180 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes in the oven but that was probably too long. Next time, I would do it for half that time and then serve. Once done though, they should like this below.
Serve on toast and I would suggest bacon and/or vegetables on the side and enjoy as you can see from the empty containers below!
Again, the recipe was adapted from Entertaining at Home by Rachel Allen but you can also use this recipe from Smitten Kitchen.
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Tagged baked eggs, books, breakfast, cooking, design, home, mushrooms, Rachel Allen, recipes, Smitten Kitchen, spinach
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Tagged books, design, economics, foreigners, giving, healthy-living, Heart matters, home, home decor, life, lunch at work, miscarriages, motherhood, working
Please join me in welcoming Scarcity to this here blog. She blogs over at Scarcity’s Notebook where she is trying to reinvent her blog by writing about herself, life and her creative side. See her brief bio below:
Hi people thanks for stopping by. I’m fun-loving, creative and love being artsy I desire to design on a dime because that’s where I draw my design challenge from. I strive to be clean neat and tidy but most of the time its work in progress. My family and close friends are very dear and important to me and most of all I draw my strength, faith and hope from God.
I’m a working mum and happily married. In my spare time I spend it with my family, reading blogs, cleaning and tidying up.
Imagery speaks volumes and Pinterest just does it for me, most for new projects I want to work on. I gather my inspiration and findings from there.
Currently I’m more interested in DIY projects as I’m accumulating a lot of clutter in my house so I’m reading about what to do with what I have.
The holidays are coming up as well and I have a preschooler at home, so craft ideas are welcome to keep us busy during the festive season. My biggest resource is what I have, for example toys like Legos, disposable birthday cups, tissue paper rolls and the like.
Here are some of the resources I’m going to use for these craft tutorials.
When it comes to design I like the minimalist approach to clean lines and less is more.
I combine that style with personal finds that I like to have around the house. Example the picture above is a good example of a minimalist home with a personal touch.
I don’t vow by one interior design style but I have preferences here and there. In any interior space cleanliness and order is key. Being clean, neat and tidy comes naturally for me and I can’t function or operate in a messy space.
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Tagged Clutter, decor, design, DIY, guest post, Holiday Fun, home, interior design, lifestyle, motherhood, parenting, Scarcity
- Discipline, nature or nurture?
- In case you love Longreads and want to catch up on some of the year’s best readings.
- As if I did not already want to go to Turkey,this beautiful post here for you!!
- Oh dear me, I can comfortably say I will never be an insta-mom!!
- On the prevalence of C-sections in the US. Interesting to note that it varies with Mothers ethnicity, age, day of the week and that something like having more on cal obstetricians would keep it within the WHOs 10% target.
- The low rewards to thinking short-term!
- On using simple household items to tell the story of global inequality!
- For all the word ninjas out there – the 58 most mistaken words in the English dictionary.
- Maths and Colouring Books if ever you wanted to combine the two!
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Tagged books, C-sections, ceasarians, Colouring Books, Debt Crisis, design, English, home, inequality, language, life, Longreads, Mathematics, motherhood, parenthood, parenting, planning, Rewards, Sunday Reads, Turkey, who