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I may not be much of a cook, but I absolutely ADORE watching cooking shows and reading recipe books! One of my favourite South African recipe books has to be Bitten by Sarah Graham - and breaking news is that her brand spanking new book, Smitten, is just as good!
My saintly sister-in-law, Amanda, made this cheesecake for us last week, and I am happy to report that it is absolutely sublime. And so easy. And uses very few ingredients!
My older (thinner more beautiful) sister phoned me from Perth one Sunday JUST to tell me that I had to put down whatever book I was reading and get my hands on Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight as soon as was humanely possible. Needless to say, I obediently popped down to the shops that very afternoon (okay, I sent Stephen because I was still in my pajamas) and began reading it that same night. Two nail-biting days later, I was finished - and have been thinking about the harrowing story ever since.
I get sent so many beauty products to review, and the reason you don't see me publishing my feedback is because hardly any of them work! I have to admit to becoming overly suspicious that we are all paying stupid amounts of money for products that do very little to improve our skin.
Well, the good news is that I have found THE best exfoliator in the history of ever. And while I am very aware that we each have a unique skin type, I feel this one deserves a special mention.
I have been battling to find a good book for ages - I have so much on my mind that if a book is not really gripping, I find myself drifting off and battling to concentrate. Well, on Friday afternoon I struck gold when browsing at my local Exclusive Books! I was seated at one of the tables, paging through a stack of novels, when the lady seated next to me asked the store manager for help in selecting books for her book club. I shamelessly eavesdropped and ended up getting some fantastic suggestions, one of which was "The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles" by Katherine Pancol.
My GFD (Glamorous Friend Debbie) sent this to me yesterday, and I thought it was absolutely HILARIOUS. Needless to say, this is a series of Survivor that I would actually WATCH!
I am a shameless fan of Martha Stewart (except for the jail bit, of course) and would LOVE to have my own TV show like hers where I host chefs, landscapers, craft gurus and decor experts. The only difference would be that I would sit on a chair in my pajamas and sip coffee! Hey, it could work!
Seriously, what I love most about Martha Stewart, is her recipes - especially those that work perfectly every time and are so easy that you are tempted to make them over and over again!
I hate to be overly dramatic, but I think I am in serious danger of becoming schizophrenic. Stop laughing, I am being deadly serious.
You see, ever since the beginning of the year, I have been working tirelessly on simplifying my life (and yes, I am aware of the irony in saying that!) Stephen and I are cutting unnecessary costs, we have managed to identify things that add stress to our lives and are either fixing or eradicating them, and we have both joined the Hands-Free Revolution and now spend a lot less time on our phones when we are at home.
Between you and me, I am starting to get a little concerned about Stephen. He has developed this rather odd look on his face, one in which he looks deeply concerned and completely bewildered. I am hoping it's not the onset of some weird syndrome where he starts drooling out the side of his mouth or licking windows.
*Disclaimer - this is not a funny post - just something I have been thinking about for a while!
I had a bit of a sombre moment this weekend. To be honest, it is something that has been brewing for about a year (I know, I am a slow learner!), something I thought about quite a bit while we were overseas this December, and something I keep MEANING to action, but never quite get around to doing. Because it is inconvenient. Because I don't REALLY want to do it. And because - like going to the gym and booking a dentist appointment, it's something that I always keep putting off until tomorrow.