Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The best grilled cheese sandwich is made in a skillet pan. Just the right size, for grilled cheese. My husband made this for our kids and then our toddler requested it as wel. It’s very easy to make and the cheese just melt in your mouth. You will need: About 4 – 6 Slices of…

French Toast – Bacon & Cheese – Pastosties

My husband made this for us, and it was delicious especially with the melted cheese and who doen’t love cheese. We are family who will add cheese onto just about everything. This meal is a very easy kids meal and the kids will not stop eating it, it’s that yummy. You will need: A few…

I’m a Plant Mom

Since me and my husband started dating years ago, we would get herbs and grow them, eventually getting seeds and grow them too. My love for growing things really kicked off when I started our veggie garden here in New Zealand. Not only did it spark my passion for growing even more, but to pass…

Easy Wrap Pizzas

Our 2 toddlers enjoyed this easy lunch so much. It’s cheesy and yummy. You can use 1 or 2 wraps and spread some tomato sauce onto the base. You can add any topping and of coarse lots of cheese. Place 1 to 2 wraps on top of one another. Spread some tomato sauce on top….

Friends Grow Apart & That’s Okay

The older I get the more I realise that not everyone we know, whether it’s friends or loved one’s. We begin to see them for who they really are. The day I became a mom, my whole world changed. My whole perspective on everyone I once knew, changed. My protective and mother instinct took over…

Piggies in a Blanket

Piggies in a blanket is a very easy and fun dish for the kids. It’s a quick lunchbox meal and dinner meal. You can add cheese as well and anything your little one’s enjoy. You will need: 4-6 Cheese Sausages 1 – 2 Flaky Pastry Sheets 1 Egg Mixed Tomato Sauce Method: Cut up all…

Tortilla Cheesy Steak Bowl

My husband made this dinner for us, it was very delicious, easy and a quick family dinner without any utensils needed. Our toddlers didn’t really understand it, but they enjoy eating it with us. For the steak marinade: You will need about 2 steaks, which is about 800g of steak. Marinade the steak in a…

Muffin Pies

While making dinner, yesterday and after a long busy day with two toddlers. I wanted to make something that would be easy to eat and not make a lot of mess. I love eating pies and especially the crust, that is golden, crispy and yum. I used beef with veggies and gravy as a filling….

Town Mouse

Right before we went into lockdown, me and my husband discovered this gem while taking a walk in town. It was our first date out since having kids and immigrating. The staff is very friendly and the food is simply delicious. We had great quality food and the service was exceptional. The atmosphere is great…

Golden Syrup Sugar Biscuits

I made this biscuit recipe while we were in lockdown, as you have read in the news we are back in lockdown. This is a sugar biscuit recipe, with a twist. I would add just 1 tablespoon of golden syrup, than 2 like in my recipe. It’s quick and a really simple and easy recipe…

Chocolate Sauce Cake

I had so much fun making this cake. While we were in Kerikeri, my friend asked me to make this for her. It was so much fun making it, and trying it for the first time, her oldest boy also helped me, and he loves learning about baking and food. We had so much fun….

The Married Life

Married life is fun,It’s exciting and amazingAs wellAsOverwhelming, hard work and endurance It’s build on what you make itAnd every decision that follows It’s build on thesePrinciplesTrustLoveRespect&Friendship A marriege ge between two peopleCannot exist without the other In the bad times you see the flawsYou see the person’s good side as well as how they…

Mexicali Burger Wisconsin Fresh

Since me and my husband arrived in Auckland, New Zealand, we loved Mexicali Fresh. The one in Pukekohe is a must go! Me and my husband enjoyed the double taco very much! Yum, packed with flavour and very generous serving.

Robert Harris

Robert Harris is a lovely restaurant to hang out at. The place is big with open spaces and delicious hot chocolate. A great place for a quick pop in or catch up with friends.

Lemon Milk Tart

I have been wanting to make lemon milk tart for ages. It is yummy, maybe a little bit too lemony, but you can add less or more lemon curd to your preferences. For the Lemon Curd Recipe: Home Made Lemon Curd For the Biscuit Base:Crush up 250g of vanilla biscuits. Melt 50g of butter and add…

Garlic Butter, Paste & Oil

There are so many uses to garlic. Garlic is a versatile ingredient used in everything from food to health benefits. This easy recipe with many uses, will come in handy when you need it the most. From the beginner homecook to star chef. Anyone can make this recipe and apparently it had been used for…

Starting a Veggie Garden

Seeing and experiencing how plants grow in your own garden, is amazing. We used to grow herbs back in South-Africa, and I took the next steps and started to grow and maintain our veggie garden. Some veggies did not make it, others just bloomed from the beginning. How I started was taking a whole vegetable…

Instant Dark Chocolate Mousse

Easy chocolate mousse, you can add less or more dark chocolate according to your preference. This recipe uses alot of egg whites, I know. You can use as many as you’d like. You don’t have to use the exact quantity. Ingredients:1 x 70g Instant Chocolate Mousse250ml Fresh Milk for the instant chocolate mousse dessert +…

Sticky Sweet & Sour Slow Cooked Chicken Drumsticks

I made this delicious, mouth watering recipe. It reminds me a lot of the ribs we recently had at Dixie Browns in Taupo. It’s falling off the bone. It’s sticky and yummy. Unfortunately there was nothing left by the time that dinner was finished. Ingredients:8 Chicken Drumsticks1 Packet Sweet & Sour Ready Mix Sauce 1…

Home Made Lemon Curd

I made this home made lemon curd, from all our leftover lemons in our fridge. I added a normal cup of lemon juice as well. This delicious recipe makes 1L lemon curd. Ingredients: 7 Lemons, depitted and juiced (makes 250ml – 1 Cup) of Fresh Lemon Juice250ml Lemon Juice500ml Caster Sugar60ml Condensed Milk4 Egg Yolks2…

All the Cakes I Made (so far)

My passion for cake baking really started when I was in high school. It’s not the quantity that matters, but the quality that you want to set. I was that little girl that dreamed of having my own website, to showcase what I was upto and for my own preference what I am baking and…

Caramel Mint & Chocolate Mousse Tart

I made another version of this tart, using the new mint thins from Griffin’s. The mint is not overpowering and with the biscuit texture it reminds me of cookies and cream. It is really yum. Base:250g Crushed Biscuits mixed with 50ml Melted butter. Press the biscuit base into a prepared glasss serving dish. Set aside…

Turning 30

I just turned 30, it’s such a liberating age. My younger, 20 self, would be bothered by what people think and said about me. Now that I am 30, passed my early 20’s and early adulthood, I realise that what people think of me is less important and doing what is best for me is…

Dixie Browns

After our snowday, me and my husband was craving ribs, not just any ribs. The mouth watering ribs that falls off the bone and are covered in sauce. As we drove to Taupo, I went on google maps and searched for a good rating place to eat. I read hundreds of reviews and found the…

Mount Ruapehu – Whakapapa

We were looking forward to visit this mountain, since we arrived in Taupo last year. Due to Covid19 we couldn’t visit it, this year we got the chance. Our kids enjoyed the snow so much too. We went on the Gondola, the cable car and our oldest daughter was a little scared but enjoyed looking…

Taupo DeBretts Hot Springs

Hot Springs is situated next to the De Bretts Spa Resort. It consists of natural mineral pools that is warm and relaxing. We had so much fun swimming in the pools, they have a kids play area as well. The surroundings of nature makes it a perfect spot to relax and soak in the goodness…

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort

We went on holiday in the middle of winter to explore the snow mountain in Taupo. It’s something we wanted to do since last year. The days leading up to our mountain exploring were pretty warm and then it became windy. We stayed at a lovely resort in Taupo. As soon as we went inside…

Meringues

I finally made meringues and it came out better than what I expected. After two failed attempts I went back to the drawing board and did some more research and reading. They are crunchy and soft in the inside, fluffy and perfect. A nice treat or as a decoration on cakes and cupcakes. Ingredients:30ml Cocoa…

Silky Smooth Home Made Custard

Silky smooth, yummy home made custard made by me. My own recipe! Enjoy! Ingredients:500ml Fresh Milk3 Eggs Yolks100ml White Sugar40ml Cornflour150ml Extra Fresh Milk45ml Butter40ml Vanilla Essence Method:In a microwave safe bowl, add in the 500ml milk. Place in the microwave and heat up for about 10 minutes till warm. In another bowl, whisk together…

Dark Chocolate Mousse

Delicious and decadent dark chocolate mousse. Perfect for any occasion. Ingredients:100g 92% Dark Chocolate Block3 Eggs Seperated120ml Caster Sugar for the Cream 30ml Caster Sugar for the Egg Whites250ml Fresh Cream1 Tsp Condensmilk Method:In a glass bowl add in 92% 100g chocolate block. Break up into pieces and melt in the microwave for 1 to…

Triple Chocolate & Banana Brownies with Nuts & Dark Chocolate Chips

I made this brownie mixture, using a box of the Betty Crocker triple chocolate brownie mixture. I’ve added some two ripe bananas and tripled the recipe, adding some nuts and dark chocolate chips. It turned out delicious and not sickly sweet, and also not bitter, super crunchy and delicious delight. Ingredients:2 Ripe Bananas, mashed 240ml…

The Unthinkable

We always think the unthinkable will never happen to us. Since Covid19 started it has just been creating chaos wherever it spreads. In South Africa the third strain of the Covid19 have reached new high numbers. Gauteng in South Africa is currently under lockdown, and the vaccine is slowly being rolled out. While all that…

Out of Our Comfort Zones, We Grow

Growing up was the easy part, getting older and being responsible for the decisions you make that have consequences for your actions. You don’t grow when your comfortable, you grow when you are in deep water, swimming to catch your breath and living to survive another day. The same works in the book of life….

I am who I am

I made a lot of mistakes as a mom. I mostly say the wrong things at the wrong time. I do not have an amazing figure or flat tummy, I am certainly not the most beautiful woman in the world, but I am me. I like food. Have more than enough curves and maybe more…

Two is Better Than One

We set up 3 houses together, we traveled half way across the world to a small island with only 4.8 million people, we started a family and went on so many adventures together, we have gone through so many tough times and chewed on many packets of salt together and we always strive for a…

Becoming a Mom

Becoming a mom has changed my whole perspective and outlook on life. How I see the world now, through a different perspective. Seeing the world through a child’s eyes, changes the way you see everyone. To protect them at all costs, to look out for them and only wanting the best for them. After the…

Gem Squash Plants getting Bigger

My gem squash seeds have not only sprouted, but all of them have grown into seperate plants on their own. We got big leaves on all of them and they are very happy. With all this rain we are receiving, they are growing really good.

Home made Caramel & Chocolate Custard Tart

Yummy caramel and chocolate custard tart. Original recipe from BBC Food. I adapted it and doubled it and added a few things to make it caramel custard and chocolate custard. Ingredients for home made Custard:1L Milk30ml Vanilla Essence240ml Caster Sugar8 Eggs, yolks only90ml Cornflour90ml Butter Ingredients for the Caramel Custard Layer:1 Can of Caramel Ingredients…

Double Dipped Crispy Golden Teriyaki & Ginger Chicken Nuggets

My first try with my own mixture of chicken nuggets dip, it was yummy and there weren’t any leftover. Double Dipped Crispy Golden Teriyaki & Ginger Chicken NuggetsIn a bowl add in:30ml Cornflour30ml Lemon Juice 1 Egg, mixed40ml Ginger Powder40ml Teriyaki SauceSalt and Pepper to tasteA little bit of oil and some soya sauceMix everything…

Exploring the Last two enclosures at Auckland Zoo

Our last two explorations at Auckland Zoo, was so much fun. The zoo was packed as usual. Full of kids laughter and kids running everywhere. We saw some alligators and otters as well as some monkeys and big birds and the biggest tortoises I have ever seen, our toddler was so fascinated by them. Here…

The 90’s Kid

The era I grew up in is long gone but the memories are there, where tamagotchi was a thing and wearing pink eyeshadow was a thing. Where movies was made of VHS tapes and you couldn’t stream movies or series but can get them in a video shop. The 90’s was a simple era, where…

The Immigration Journey

Every immigration journey starts different and also somewhat the same, in the sense that we all start with a suitcase, a new job in a new country and some cash in the bank and a dream to start fresh, all from scratch. The hard part is, leaving all the things you grew up with and…

Old Bee Photography

The older bee, is much more lighter in colour. The older bee is slower in speed as well compared to the younger, faster bee.

Young Bee Photography

The younger bees are the brighter one’s while the older bees are lighter and somewhat a gray colour in my observation of taking photos of them.

Two Bees Photography

It is very interesting to watch two bees on the same plant fighting for territory while giving pollen to the lavender plants. These are the photo I took using the Super Macro function on my phone.

Close up of the Bees Photography

I decided to zoom in on the bees and take some more close up photos of them. It’s amazing the technology of today. I had so much fun taking photos of them, the bees got annoyed with me but it so interesting to learn about them.

Lavender Bees Photography

I had so much fun taking photos of all the bees in our garden, flying between the lavender growing in our garden.