14/05/2017

Mother's Day lunch for Toddler


I know on mother's day it is supposed to be the mother's that gets spoiled but I decided to deviate from the normal toddler lunch and included some goodies.


I added meatballs, raspberries and red grapes.





Made sandwiches with strawberry jam and cream cheese filling.


And added nuts and some chocolates. Nothng fancy really, just different.

 
The sad part? She ate the meatballs and fruit and 1 of the 3 sandwich hearts - didn't touch the chocolates! Kids...

27/04/2017

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Hi guys. I haven't been able to share as much lately, mainly because I have been promoted to senior management. Not only have this impacted heavily on my free time but also on my ability to access the blog.




However I am on instagram where I share the latest and greatest part of our lives: romantic or family getaways, food and restaurants, raising a Toddler and just surviving everyday life (and maybe losing a few pounds!).




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13/02/2017

Valentine's Biscuits - Toddler Activity



Valentine's day is here again (boy does time fly!) and the Little One is another year older so this year she can help create something for the lunch box. We chose decorating some biscuits. As always I cheat and buy some finger biscuits. You can bake your own but at this age I always end up doing most of the work when it gets to baking and the Little One looses interest so quickly...


This is however a great activity whenever you want to keep them busy indoors. Using a tray also limits the amount of spillage that is usual with these types of activity. It's also a nice cheap activity as you only need a few things in order to make this successful.



What you need:

  • finger or any shop bought biscuits
  • icing (super fine) sugar
  • food colouring
  • sprinkles
  • water


I let the Little One choose their own biscuits and the sprinkles as it makes it so much more fun. I used the pastel circles (I added the colourful circles later), some blue and white mini sprinkles and chocolate sprinkles. 



To make the icing I take 1/2 cup of icing sugar and add 1tablespoon of water and 1 drop gel food colouring. I then mix it and add 1/4 teaspoon water until it is a thick spreadable consistency. If it is too watery add more icing sugar.


To add to the fun I made 2 colours. You can do more or use only one colour. It really is up to you.



Place the biscuits, sprinkles, icing and spoon or mini spatula on a tray. I use a tray with a big edge as this will avoid any sprinkles rolling onto the floor.



Then sit back and enjoy the silence. I helped with the first one justto show in what order to add the icing then the sprinkles. Then stood back and watched.



 These are so cute and the icing dries hard so you can pack in a lunch box the next day.

10/02/2017

BBG Hummus Sandwich



How can a meatless sandwich be this good? I am in love with this wonderfully filling sandwich that I am convinced I can eat this every day!



What do you need:

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread (I buy Tante Anna from Woolworth's)
  • 1/4 cup hummus (I buy the low fat one from Woolworth's)
  • lettuce
  • 1 medium carrot sliced into ribbons (don't grate as it will go soggy)
  • 1/4 cucumber, sliced and quartered
  • 1/4 small red onion sliced and quartered
  • 6 baby tomatoes halved
  • fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper
 What to do:
  1. Spread the hummus on the 2 slices bread.
  2. Top with shredded lettuce.
  3. Add the carrot, cucumber and onion with the tomatoes.
  4. Top with fresh parsley and salt and pepper.
  5. Cut in half and enjoy!


How pretty is this? So good looking. Such pretty colours.

09/02/2017

BBG Whipped Peanut Butter


So no ordinary peanut butter on toast here. No way. Here we add some tangy yoghurt and whip the crap out of it before spreading it on lovely warm toast. Add an apple and you have a great snack ready to go. Its 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1/4 cup yoghurt, whipped with a whisk until smooth. That's it. Easy right? Even I can do this.


08/02/2017

BBG Greek Chicken Wrap


How good is this? So quick to make and really delicious. I used smoked chicken instead of making this especially for lucnh.

What you need:

  • 1 whole wheat wrap
  • 150g cooked chicken breast, diced
  • 1/4 cucumber sliced 
  • 1/4 red onion sliced
  • 1/2 medium tomato diced
  • 1 hadful of lettuce
  • 1/4 cup tzatziki (or yoghurt with garlic and fresh coriander, salt and pepper)
What to do:

  1.  Chop everything into equal sized pieces.
  2. Place lettuce on top of the wrap.
  3. Top with chicken, cucumber, red onion and tomato.
  4. Top with tzatziki and enjoy!

Less than 5 minutes to pack, less than 5 minutes to assemble. Just slow down when you are eating this delicious wrap! You can add feta cheese or some olives to the mix if you want, but I add enough salt to the yoghurt sauce to make up for any other additions.


07/02/2017

BBG Banana Spinach Smoothie Bowl



My first ever smoothie bowl. What an experience! It's like a smoothie but thicker, you add toppings and eat it like a cold soup. So good. This one  had baby spinach, a banana, some strawberries and low fat yoghurt with cocoa granola on top. I pack it all separately and use a small cheap blender at work to ensure it is freshly made. So quick and easy! I mus admit I am using so much yoghurt at the moment. Might need to start making my own again...





06/02/2017

Bikini Body Guide



I, like every women out there, hate dieting. I really ready do. Most diets require you to avoid massive amounts of food groups (No carb, low fat, no diary not this no that) and I am one of those people that will only concentrate on that food I am not allowed to eat. I have now found an amazing book that makes it so much easier to concentrate on what I can eat. And the eating is good! It's Kayla Itsines' 28 Day Bikini Body Guide. The book itself is what I love! You get 4 weeks of daily menu's each beautifully photographed and set out as in the picture, plus a whole bunch of swap out meals if you don't like the ones included.




Now don't get me wrong, the food is good but I am not going to gym 6 days a week (one of Kayla's requirements). I have to work, raise a kid and look after a home and a husband! But I do believe limiting my calories to 1600 a day would also do me some good. I try to exercise twice a week (which is 2 time more than before so another good step).  The thing is that, while it is a reduced calorie meal plan, it doesn't feel like it! It is so much food!




The best part? Carbs are included! So I start the day with oats made with milk and yoghurt, some maple syrup and a banana.I like snacking while working so having hummus and rice crackers is fantastic as it satisfies the crunch element without going off plan. And the hummus is surprisingly filling.




Lunch is a chicken and veggie wrap with carrots, peppers and baby spinach with a bunch of Moroccan spices.  So good! While the afternoon snack is a frozen berry and yoghurt smoothie. I make this just before I leave from work and then have something to sip on while I drive home. this means that snack-attack I have just as I arrive home is eliminated as I am so full from the smoothie. It also helps to fill me up with protein (apparently very important) before going to gym.




The best part is the dinners. They really are good. From marinated chilli chicken kebabs or sweet and sour chicken and rice. Every meal so far has been delicious and Hubby even loves them all! That is an added bonus. The biggest surprise so far was the fact that I can leave Hubby with a page number and when I get back from gym he has supper ready. That in itself is the best excuse to go to gym - 2 days off from making dinner while still staying on plan! 




One of the things I do every Sunday is do a meal plan. This helps with budget, grocery shopping and eliminates the dreaded "What's for dinner?" question. I love the book, the outlay and the beautiful pictures. Each week looks delicious and you can't help but get excited. Contrary to everything else connected with Kayla Itsines, the book is actually surprisingly cheap. Don't even try to use her App or try and get hold of her exercise guides. they are just too expensive. But the book is really good. I would suggest you give this a try.

Let me know how you do!

23/01/2017

My Little Herb Garden



I have been helping and harvesting from my Mom's garden for so long. She made a homemade one where she build it specially in the back of her house. However not everyone has space (or the funds) to do that. So what other options are there? The first one is to use a veranda that is being used just for storage or is a bit useless for anything else.




The first we did was to get some rubber mats. Water drops from the containers and if not cleaned everyday (who has time for that!) can stain your tiles. This is a quick way to stop that. I also bought some of the ready made containers from the Garden Centre at Joostenbergvlakte.




First things first: I line the containers with special gardening felt-like material. This ensures that all the sand does not just fall through the drainage holes in the bottom. I also add a small layer of stones to help with drainage. It's not necessary but it does help your plants not drown.




Second step is to pour in some proper soil. Take something that already has the necessary nutrients added or ask your garden centre what else to add.To make it look neat I cut off any felt that was still visible before topping up the soil all the way.




Now the fun part: planting! The box in the corner received the plants that will take the longest to grow: corn and butternut. I planted them close as they are still small but I intend to add to my garden and then replant them as necessary.




Next I planted onions and beet. As they grow low I added eggplant plants in between that grows high. At the back next to the trellis, I planted 3 cucumber plants that need a space to hang.




Near the edge I planted spinach and tomatoes. The tomato plant was bought from Woolies and was already big with many fruits. While I bought it with the intention to keep it on the counter top, I was scared that it will die so decided to add it to the garden.




Next come the rest of my tomatoes. I bought Roma tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. The Little One loves tomatoes and eat so many during the week that I ensured i have a couple of plants. I will get more of these elongated one and just place it in front and replant some of them later.




I also planted a couple of green pepper plants. The tend to only have 1 or two peppers to i planted a few. They also didn't have any lettuce, so I bought rocket instead.




Then lastly I planted the 2 herbs I use the  most: parsley and coriander (cilantro). I am more fond of flat leave parsley than the curly variety as i feel the curly ones are more hard in texture.




Since I had the space i also added my 2 "hanepoort" grape trees. the can get nice and big and will add to the healthy living idea. I also recently planted 4 blueberry bushes, 1 gooseberry bush, a mango tree, an apricot tree, a Cara cara orange tree, a lemon tree, a paw-paw tree and a naartjie tree. they are all very small but the bushes are already giving us some fruit!




So what if you don't have the space to do the above? Well then the second option is to get a table, a bunch of small pots, and plant a small herb garden there. I didn't have space for all my herbs and truthfully, these herbs (majoram, oregano, basil etc) are herbs I don't use regularly. I also have my own chilli collection from paprika, jalapenos and my latest addition: the black pearl!

Everything to make the grocery bill smaller at the end of the day!


20/01/2017

Giuseppe's Pizzeria in Somerset West




We found the cutest little Italian restaurant with some really good pizza and thought I just had to share it with you: Giuseppe's Pizzeria. It's small and intimate and very clearly family run. The pizza were good and this place gives you some interesting combinations. Just check out their menu:





 Go give them a visit this weekend!




16/01/2017

Quick Nachos for mid-week dinner



Hubby's favorite dinner: Nachos! This really is so quick to make these Nachos. And use whatever is in the fridge. You don't have re-fried beans? Add baked beans! No cream cheese? Add cottage cheese! No spice packets? Add a combination of: ground coriander, cumin, paprika, chilli powder and a pinch of cinnamon. Just enjoy. And remember to cover the baking sheet with foil. It makes for a quick clean afterwards.





Poolside snacks



I know, I know. It has been awhile. Can you blame me? It is summer and was a summer holiday for me here in Cape Town. Switching on a computer was just too much like work so I didn't! We spend some of our Christmas holiday in Bali (I will post a comprehensive review later) and the rest lounging by the pool. Our biggest concern was what to eat while lounging poolside (such first world problems I know...)




It was too hot for something big but you still get hungry from all the swimming. I decided to do a platter instead. It's also a great way to check for any leftovers in the fridge. I had some roast chickens from the previous day so I added the wings and drumsticks to the platter. i also made some roll-ups using asparagus and ham for one and salami and cheese for another. I added some cucumbers (straight from the garden!) olives, pickles and grapes. Quick and easy.


 

For the Little One I made her own with more veggies (less salt). She had some chicken breast, salami and cheese rolls, sausage, tomato, cucumber, sugarsnap peas and a peach. Everything can be eaten while still in the pool.

We had a great holiday. How was yours?