My Dear Boy Started School 

My dear little boy,

It’s been a week since you started school. I was so worried that you would be too young. Daddy and I talked to you a lot about school leading up to the big first day. We were worried that you would be scared, confused or lonely. We were worried that you would not understand why we left you alone with strangers in a new scary place. Continue reading “My Dear Boy Started School “

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Changes I’m Making in 2017

I love lists. They make me feel calm, determined and happy. If ever I feel overwhelmed just ask me to make a list. Surely I am not the only one? Okay, maybe I am a little crazy. Anyway, here is my list of things that I plan to do differently next year: Continue reading “Changes I’m Making in 2017”

Watermelon Salad with a Festive Twist

This is a firm family favourite and seems way more complicated than it actually it. My sister gave it a cute South African Christmas vibe by turning it into a Christmas tree. Perfect for a hot summer’s day. Continue reading “Watermelon Salad with a Festive Twist”

Delicious Easy Gammon Recipe

With Christmas coming up I thought I would share my super easy and delish gammon recipe. After some Googling and combining a few recipes to get the desired result I wanted this is the final recipe that I ended up with.

Ingredients:

  • Smoked gammon – the kind with the elasticated mesh around it
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Cloves
  • Bay leaf
  • Honey
  • Dijon mustard
  • Tooth picks
  • Glaze cherries
  • Apple sauce

Directions

  • Put gammon in pot and fill as much of the space around it with carrots and a quartered onion (max two).
  • Then pour in cold water so that it only covers half the gammon.
  • Put cloves in the water and one bay leaf.
  • Bring to the boil.
  • For each kg of gammon it needs 20min boiling time on each side.
  • Remove from the water.
  • Remove elastic from around gammon.
  • Cut the skin off but try not to remove any of the fat (this will keep it tasty and moist). For those that hate fat rather remove the fat after serving it or you risk the gammon drying out.
  • Score the fat into diamond shapes.
  • Glaze the gammon – I used equal parts honey and Dijon mustard for the glazing.
  • Using toothpicks put glaze cherries in each of the points of the scored diamonds.
  • Press cloves into the gammon all over the other sides.
  • At this point I normally pour the water from the pot into containers and freeze it to use as a stock for soups at a later stage.
  • Place the onion and some of the diced carrots on the bottom of the roasting dish and place the gammon on top of it. I don’t let the gammon actually touch the bottom of the roasting dish.
  • The roasting dish should be lined with tin foil if it isn’t metal. Shiny side facing out.
  • Roast the gammon for about 40 minutes per kg. For best results use a meat thermometer and take the gammon out the second the thermometer says it is cooked.
  • Let the meat rest for 15 minutes then carve it and serve it with apple sauce. Some people also love to add extra mustard to their gammon so that’s also nice to have on the table.

 

*Sorry that I do not have a better photo of the gammon. I was totally wrapped up in hosting that I never got a decent shot. But I was too proud of how it turned out not to share the recipe.

What are your go to Christmas recipes?

Get Real About Your Finances

I think that this is in part a lecture to myself. It has been an insane year. I am sure I am not the only one feeling the rising cost of goods weighing on them? Also since our first child was born we have loosened up our spending habits mostly where it means that we get to buy convenience and save time. With life becoming more expensive and another kid on the way we definately need to relook our spending habits. The ways I see things, is that I can become negative about the rising cost of living or be proactive about building the life I want.   Continue reading “Get Real About Your Finances”

The time we thought we had miscarried

I don’t know why I am writing this. Maybe because it has been on my mind a lot lately. It happened 2 years ago. 29 October 2014 to be exact. I have never shared this story in as much detail before. I suppose maybe because it’s a side of pregnancy that I never expected or gave much thought to before I fell pregnant. That the symptoms are not the difficult part of pregnancy, and if they are then you are lucky. There are other scary things like miscarriage, birth defects, what they call high risk pregnancies, premature labour and so on.  These types of issues are not really something people often discuss.

Don’t read on if you can’t handle graphic information.

Continue reading “The time we thought we had miscarried”

I’m Okay – Appropriate Alternative Ways to Respond to an Apology

I have this awesome friend who gives each parenting decision such thought and she recently ask me what I would be teaching my child is the appropriate way to accept an apology. Honestly I had not given it much thought yet despite the numerous playdate situates where one kid does something they shouldn’t and the mother tells the child to apologise. I had automatically always said, “It’s okay” as I imagine most people would. But this is definately not what I want to teach my child. Continue reading “I’m Okay – Appropriate Alternative Ways to Respond to an Apology”