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Sunday, November 25, 2012

My dad xx

Two years have past today but we hold onto our beautiful memories of you, dear dad!

2 Corinthians 5: 1
We know that if the heavenly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made of hands, eternal in the heavens.

Go upon your journey, dear soul, to love, light and life eternal!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Caramelised onion marmalade and bacon quiche

Something a little different in these quiches today~
A few things I had on hand and someone extremely hungry ~

 The recipe~

for the pastry
equal amounts of melted butter and AP flour. Add salt, ground pepper and a dash of paprika.
Once all incorporated I add a handful of sharp cheddar ~ (this can be to your taste)
Bake blind for 5 minutes in the greased quiche pans.

for the filling.
1 tsp of onion marmalade on the bottom of the pastry
then a few small pieces of crisp bacon, some fresh thyme.
Then I make a thick rich cheddar cheese sauce, remove from the heat and allow to cool down.
I then beat one whole egg and an egg yolk into the sauce and spoon delicately over the bacon and onion marmalade. Crumble goats cheese/feta over and a sprinkling of thyme.
Bake for 15 minutes at 180deg C approx.
Serve on a bed of rocket and a crisp salad.

Nicely puffed and golden brown~


Some young man enjoyed this whole platter for lunch!

Enjoy! ♥

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Blueberry coffee cake, easy peasy pasta and my roses~

A great weekend of sun at last ~
Time with special friends♥, yummy food and our first swim of the season....
I'm first showing off more of my beautiful roses!

Double Delights in a very special little hessian bag all the way from Canada

 the easy peasy pasta ......

here is my recipe for a delicious quick and easy pasta~
1 pkt of Knorr dry "Chicken Ala King" sauce
fry a few chicken boneless thighs, a touch of garlic with some sweet peppers, an onion (or a few shallots), mushrooms, brocolli tender stems and about 150g of streaky bacon (panchetta is better)
Add 250ml cream to pkt of Knorr sauce and mix well. I also add 250ml  fat free milk.
Toss this sauce with pasta of your choice.
Serve with shavings of parmessan cheese
Delicious for someone studying ♥

Then onto a lovely refreshing pound cake I found here

Now onto more of my roses ......

  ♥ this rose called Blue Moon!

 little tussie mussie  from my garden for a dear old friend ~

Take care!

I'm sharing my roses with Saturady Showoff.
A Return to lovliness!
and Teatime Tuesday

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Food for my Soul~


            “Each of us will have to give a personal account to God.” (Romans 14:12 NLT)

I am back from a lovely break in my other home~ Cape Town.
This past week has been quite harsh~

A lot of tears, a lot of grief, a birthday in heaven...
How I have battled to focus....yet life must go on.....and dear ones left behind just somehow have to cope with it all~

I love this particular phrase from a poem of compassion~ 

"I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other
That we are still"

To my mother ♥ , my darling friend, my beautiful cousin and her family members~ I am so glad I was and am still a part of you all!

We are here for each other and remember that God wants us to learn to love and serve others unselfishly.

Love Shel

The most beautiful craft show at the foot of the mountain~

Hello, it's been a while again since posting here~
I've been at my other home for a while and this was real food for a girl's soul
Cape Town and the Winelands were most kind to me and my travelling partner~
on the way, the weather was not kind to us but once arriving in the Mountain City, we had awesome weather~

On to the much anticipated Lourensford Kamersvol geskenke that I had promised myself all year!

The stalls were amazing...just far too much to process in an afternoon.....and we had gotten lost on the way into Somerset West  and ended up in a strawberry field!!~ we also had 4 seasons in that afternoon with the cloud and rain eventually lifting and giving way to a  stunning day in the winelands.
I had also planned to visit two beautiful bloggers from Cape an exhibitor, Colette....I'm sure you have heard of her beautiful blog....Labrocanteuse   and the other, an equally talented girl, lover of fine things...Veronica. What a gorgeous blog she also has can meet her at Tassels and Twigs.  Well, due to my being so late, I got to meet Veronica and Colette's lovely assistant.
Wow, and Colette had put on a fine exhibition of all things Brocante. Next year I will take 2 days to absorb all this beauty.

Here are a few pics of what was on show and the magnificent setting with the mountain in the background on which mother nature had sprinkled loads of cotton wool!

these strangely decorated tree stumps caught my eye.... as did the magnificent window displays......

What really grabbed my attention was how the exhibitors had arranged their stall with such finesse.
The next two are from Labrocanteuse....

Then these were also random ones that caught my attention.... the board covered in newsprint was the centrepiece on the tables laid out for your lunch or tea....

this was an outside exhibition below by Willie from thr Pasella programme (for those in SA)

then inside to more of the creative stalls.....



original pieces...a chair made from a suitcase and the origami tealight holders....

gorgeous pottery in all shapes and sizes to dress makers with a difference

yummy cupcakes and I bought one of these gorgeous butterflies...

and my favourite items, you might ask....well it's the collage below.....

the phrase on the cushion which we all do so well in my house, the candle for peace,the bottle of wine for sanity and Colette's only regret, I didn't get to meet her in person.....maybe next time!

See you all soon with a recipe next time!!

Shel x
 (my grateful thanks to Louise for joining me on this trip  )

I'm joining Sandi for tea today. Hop along  to Teatime Tuesdays to visit her beautiful blog and
then head over to A return to loveliness!