Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Arniston & Kassiesbaai gems of the Southern African tip

Wow, what a beautiful discovery!  We've found this quirky restaurant between the white chalk homesteads just over the hill of Kassiesbaai! A few weeks ago we set out on a Saturday morning to the Southernmost tip of Africa.  I've been meaning to post these back then, just couldn't let it slip!

Probably the best 'Kerrie-vis' I've ever tasted, except our own interpreted version also made with Yellowtail. Totally 

Our beautiful daughter, enjoying the rays of sun

Enjoying the view over Arniston

This cultural fishing village, is so refreshingly beautiful, it is a 'must see' if you ever travel WAY-DOWN-SOUTH! :)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

First Birthday Party for a beautiful Boy

On the 5th of April our little boy turned one! Already - Just can't seem to get my head around it!
His been such a blessing in our lives and we are truly grateful for every moment we get to spend with this bundle of joy!! 

So, we had a PARTY!

Family and friends joined us for a morning of laughter and a few snacks -
But first the birthday cake

The party was inspired by Baby Einstein, a educational show Khai absolutely love!  If one needs to give him any medicine we turn on the show and he is totally zoned in - Just love this about him - 
Thus the Panda and other friends you'll meet a bit later

Back to the cake, my mother baked four layers sponge cake, two white and two chocolate.  The layers was stacked with caramel condensed milk in between, the cake is covered with butter icing and then draped in a layer of white rolled fondant icing.

I've cut the letters of his name from black fondant icing and decorated the cake with stars and a baby panda bear which I built from tin foil and fondant icing.

I must admit it was my first attempt with fondant icing, but an absolute magical product, resembling potters clay, super easy to manipulate... A must try for anyone decorating cakes!

The cake was left overnight to 'dry', and oh boy, it was hmmm DELICIOUS!

The rest of the menu:

Biltong & Blue Cheese tarts
with fresh seasonal figs
Spinach Quiche
Rolled Cheese Mini Pancakes
Cinnamon $ Sugar Mini Pancakes
Peppermint Crisp tarts
Monster Jelly's
Ostrich & Beef Meatballs
Homemade Hummus
Homemade Dukah With Olive Oil and Olive Ciabatta
Olive straws, Rosemary & Olive Crackers 
with Brie, Camembert, Cream cheese, baby tomatoes,
Biltong and Buttered Popcorn

Then we also had:
White Easter eggs
Caramel Chocolate Shortcake
Giant Ginger Biscuits
Oats Crunchies
Marshmallows & Liquorice

Our folded flowers fitted into the theme like a charm!

An idea we used on Nikah's Birthday as well was to ask each guest to write Khai a wish for his future!
It is so special to read them a few years later to see how they unconsciously grow to those wishes - 

To drink, we had:
Fruit Iced Tea
Red Wine 
Coffee or tea

Inspired by our theme, we made hand-puppets from white socks and felt, to play with at the party, Khai's little face lights up as soon as he sees one... They brought out the child in each person and smiles all around as the characters came alive! 

As Khai started walking a week before his birthday we got him a Pewi Y-bike to assist his new skill

The sweetest sister!

my sweet boy!

We love you more than words! 


Saturday, 22 March 2014

Origami Flowers - Handmade for a Hermanus High School Dinner

So, we (my mom and I) have been commissioned to do the flower arrangements for the local High School grade twelve dinner a week ago... It was held at a restaurant called The Classroom, which has a formal interior but also touches of a traditional old school classroom, black boards, chalk, rulers etc.

We've been playing with the idea to make hand folded Origami Kusudama flowers form old telephone guides with the old traditional interactive fortune teller.  Which the learners could pick and play with during their evening.  We've designed our own template with general knowledge questions on the leaves, to encourage them to take note of their environment and world around them as their almost entering the adult realm ;) This was encouraged by a pencil with a small 'Pick me' flag on it.  No one was told to pick the flowers otherwise, so we thought it would be interesting to see their reactions!

Folding a 150 flowers!

We've designed a Afrikaans and English version of the fortune tellers - 


Our theme also focused on sustainability and recycling.  So we've used mayonnaise glass jars, filled it 1/3 with white sugar, wrapped a linen bow around it holding the pencil -

Let us know what you think - We had a blast!
If we could only inspire a few individuals to think outside the box, I think it was a job well done -