Best Play Dough Recipe

Leo enjoys playing with play dough. And when it’s not on his head (see pic) or in the carpet it makes for a fun activity.😊

This Play Dough is easy to make, feels nice, and lasts long. I originally got the recipe from Milene. Here it is:

1 cup Flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon Cream of Tartar, 1 tablespoon oil

Add ingredients in pot and heat on stove, mixing until it is the right consistency. (Mini arm workout!)

He had two separate colours for about 2 minutes.

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Let the Party be Gin!

We held a small Gin Tasting event for Marcus’s birthday this year. I’ve been wanting to post this for a while now… but election day is probably a good day to post about gin!

Gin is clear alcohol + juniper berries + other botanicals and spices. Nobis bought some juniper berries for us to taste. They are more like cones than berries. Even the word “gin” comes from old french for juniper.

What we did was buy a few different types of gin and a few different types of tonics. Some guests also brought gin. We had cucumber, lemons, rosemary, mint, tea-bags, lavendar, castor sugar, Angostura bitters and candy floss. We also made round ice balls. Everyone mixed and match some gin, tonic and whatever else tickled their fancy. I wanted to play some sort of queen’s hat game but Antonie looked so good in the hat he ended up wearing it the whole evening.

I found the research of gin very interesting and it was quite exciting tasting different pairings. Our favourite is currently Gordon’s Gin with Fitch & Leedes pink tonic.

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Lekker Butter Cookies

Peek-A-Boo here are some cookies for you!

Here’s an easy cookie recipe. Similar to the one my mom used to make with us when we were kids.

Ingredients:

250g butter

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 tablespoon vanilla essence

2 cups flour

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius

Cream together butter and sugar

Add egg and vanilla essence and mix well.

Mix in flour

Mould into desired shape (about half to 3/4cm thick depending on how thick you want the cookie to be.)

Bake for 10-15 mins depending on cookie thickness and desired crunchiness.

You are one smart cookie!😊

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Pork Belly with Gooseberry Glaze

We made pork belly for our annual “Christmas in July” this year. The meat was soft and succulent and the crackling was very crispy. It was delicious! (And it wasn’t just me who thought so.)

Ingredients: 2kg pork belly; salt; 375mls white wine; 8 garlic cloves; thyme; for the glaze: +/-250g Gooseberry and Ginger Jam (but any jam should do); 250g Maple syrup (or maple flavoured syrup)

Method:

Place pork belly in roasting tray. Rub generous amount of salt on the skin and leave for 15mins. After 15 mins dab excess moisture with paper towel. (Recommended: Cut the fat into your serving strips because crackling is difficult to cut when it’s done.)

Put oven on high (230-240 degrees celsius).

Put pork in oven for 30-40 minutes until skin feels hard.

When skin has hardened put oven on grill so that skin puffs up. Watch that it doesn’t burn! (About 15mins)

Take pork belly out of the oven; put grill function off; and allow oven to cool down to 180 degrees.

Add white wine, garlic cloves and thyme to roasting tray. Put pork belly back in the oven for 1 and a half hours.

Mix Jam and syrup together. You might need to slightly heat mixture just to make it runny enough. Spread mixture over pork belly as soon as it is out the oven.

Cut the pork belly and spread any remaining jam and syrup mixture over the pieces.

Geniet hom!

“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little more.” Dr. Seuss

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Hannes’s Tomato Soup

I haven’t put anything on this blog for a while… I was a little scared off by weird “outlook” followers. But this tomato soup is yummy! And easy to make.

Ingredients:

Thick (1cm) Sliced tomatoes (1kg), 1 chopped onion, 250ml cream, salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon sugar, butter to fry onions in.

Method:

Place tomato slices in deep baking tray and drizzle generously with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper.

Roast the sliced tomatoes in deep baking dish in oven at 220 degrees celsius for 1 hour. (Until tomatoes look a little caramelized)

Add 1 liter of boiling water to the roasted tomatoes.

Fry onions in butter. Add tomatoes with the water to the onions. Add your cream and more salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 teaspoon sugar. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

Blend.

Serve with some type of delicious bread.

Happy Birthday, Hannes!

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Koranna Camping

“Second Star to the right and straight on ’til morning. -Peter Pan”

The abundance of stars was one of my favourite things about our Koranna trip! I haven’t seen so many twinkling stars in a while. Wow!

We had perfect weather with clear skies for our weekend camping adventure. We were 4 adults, 2 babies, 4 dogs and Betsy. Our two doggies were really nervous on the day we arrived. Chilli just wanted to stay in the car. I think it was all the new sights, sounds and smells! Or, maybe it was the troop of baboons watching us from the top of the cliff!? Baaaa!

The terrain getting to and from the bush-camp is quite rough and a 4×4 would’ve been helpful. We did get stuck… but luckily managed to get unstuck…twice.It was convenient to have a flushing toilet close by, although I rather didn’t cross that bridge after the sun set… just incase.

Nobis and Danie prepared really yummy food on Saturday. For brunch they made an egg pizza in a pan- or was it a pan quiche? Marc and I tried to out do them the next morning with our pan-toasted cheese and charcoal buns.😝

We camped at Koranna 2 years ago with Hannes and Anashti. Here’s that Koranna blog post. I can’t believe 2 years have passed since then!

Reach for the stars!😊 (They seem much closer at Koranna.)

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Our Templehof Lion Encounter

Leo and I enjoyed an outing with the Dixies to Tempelhof Guest and Game Farm today. The farm is near Ficksburg so it wasn’t too far to drive and Chantal bought lekker snacks which kept me and the kids happy.

We saw hyenas, springboks, wild dogs, wild cats, tame rabbits, an owl and a tractor. But the lions were definitely the highlight for me. (Not sure if Leo’s highlight was the tractor, the owl or the lions.) It’s amazing how much faith we had in those fences which separated us from those kings of the jungle! Those giant paws, penetrating eyes and sharp teeth make you realize how much more powerful they are than us… and we would’ve been lunch if it weren’t for the fences. Ollie had a better idea to stay far away from that roaring, lip-licking lion.

It was a nice outing. One can also stay overnight on the farm and arrange to be hunted go hunting.

Happy 2018! I still plan on posting a few memorable moments of 2017… before I forget.

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