a bit of this, a bit of that

10:49 PM

Serene Sunday!!

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It seems crazy 
to think of this Sunday 
being any where close to serene
 given the events 
of the past couple of weeks

Our hearts and prayers 
are with the families and friends 
of the victims 
of all of the violence
that has occurred 
throughout the world recently




This candle glows in Memory

I hope you find peace 
and serenity deep within

~~

Peace Love and Hugs

My Friends

Nerina
xOxO



2:59 PM

Spirit...

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You've 

got

the

Spirit



 Don't 

lose 

that 

feeling

~~

Peace Love
and
Hugs 

Nerina
xOxO 



11:25 AM

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

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Hi everyone

December has risen it's festive head

So much going on, so many things to do, 
so much excitement

I know that I finally settle into the season 
once my Christmas tree is up and decorated

I can do the entire house inside and out

but, until that tree is up, it's just not happening

I thought we could get you in the mood by visiting 

my favorite spot for inspiration


4.bp.blogspot.com












My colour scheme this year ready for the tree
and the bannister



This is my tree taken in the dark 
with my BB, not too clear, but you get the idea



~~




Santa is exercising the reindeer for their big night

So so exciting!!

Are you ready for the big day

~~

Happy Wednesday!!
and don`t forget to follow
me on Pinterest

Peace Love and Hugs
Nerina
xOxO



8:32 PM

Thankful Thursday

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I remember when I was growing up 
and this time of year rolled around, 
I wore the biggest grin until the big 
Thanksgiving day meal arrived. 

Our home was full of the most amazing 
scents known to man. 

You see, my Mother was and still is
an incredible baker, 
every morsel consumed in our home 
was lovingly created from scratch by her. 

She made donuts, cakes, pies, flaky pastries,
cookies, sweet and/or savoury, 
you name it, she created it 
AND I was the lucky taste tester. 

I suppose this is where I acquired my sweet tooth. 

One of my ultimate favorites has to be "koeksisters"
 (pronounced cook-sister and meaning cake sister) 
a traditional South African treat, 
wickedly sweet and messy as heck 
because after it is baked,
it is, get this, dipped in or soaked in SYRUP,

I know, right….HEAVEN! 

I have not had these for, I cannot even remember 
the last time. This seems like the perfect opportunity
to scout out the recipe and give it a go myself. 

I’ve attached the recipe 
that I found on CapeTownMagazine.com
and I am going to try these this week, 
we will see how it goes. 

Koeksisters
Ingredients

For the syrup:
  • 530ml water
  • 800g sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2,5tsp cream of tartar
  • 1tsp ginger
  • 1 tblsp lemon juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
For the dough:
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 200g corn flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 25g baking powder
  • 1\4 cup sugar
  • 200ml milk
  • 50ml cream
  • 2 eggs
Method:
For the Syrup (prepare the syrup the day before for best results)
In a pan, heat up the water. Add the sugar, salt, cream of tartar, ginger, lemon juice and cinnamon stick. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. Stir occasionally. Simmer for 10 minutes. Allow to cool. Transfer to the fridge.
For the Dough:
Add the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix them together. Add the milk, butter, eggs and cream, mixing it all together. Knead with your hand for a couple of minutes. Wrap in cling film, and store in the fridge for 30 minutes. Roll out to a 1 cm thickness. Cut into strips thin strips and then short strips. To plait, tuck three strands together at the top. Fold the outer strips over into the middle, repeating until you reach the end and tuck them together.
To Fry:
Heat up half a pot of oil on a low flame. Place the bowl of syrup in a larger bowl of ice to keep it well chilled. Deep fry the koeksisters, don't put too many in at once. When golden, transfer to the syrup using a slotted spoon, draining off as much oil as you can. Leave to soak in the syrup for a while. Transfer to a cooling rack. Cool completely before eating.

I am off to give this recipe a try

What is your favorite childhood tasty treat?

Bon Appetite

~~

Peace Love and Hugs
xOxO
Nerina



9:17 AM

Fabulous Fall {Little Things I Love about Fall}

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This is my favorite time of year
So many things to love
and bring me JOY

I know some of these will 
make you smile as well

~~


Chrysanthemums



Morning Dew on the Grass

Bonfire with S’mores

Chunky Knitted Scarves

PIE

Cozy Layers

SOUP

“It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”



Porch Sitting

Family Gatherings

Crisp Leaves scattered everywhere

Giving Thanks

Nesting

Pleasant time for Crafting

Snuggling under a cozy throw

Fall TV Premieres

Football

Crackle of the Fireplace

Warm Cider with Cinnamon

Caramel Apples

Boots

Scent of Fireplace in the evening air

Gratitude

Bountiful Harvest

Fire in the Sky



Fingerless Gloves

Colourful Root Veggies

Raking Leaves

Jumping in Leaf Piles

Scarecrows

Pumpkin Patches

Indian Corn



Hay Rides

Socks

Country Markets

Corn Dogs

New Fall Clothes

My Birthday

~~

I knew it, your smiling

~~

Be sure to pop over and visit


for more Fabulous Fall Favorites

~~

Peace Love and Hugs

xOxO
Nerina


3:10 PM

Fun at the Falls

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How are you doing on this lovely September day

~

I mentioned last week that I would be 

travelling to

Niagara Falls, Ontario last Friday

with my ball team

Take a look at this beautiful sight

Spectacular

In person the sound of the rushing water
and the intensity of the crowds

Amazing






two lovely ladies enjoying the outdoors

Once we settled into our rooms 
we waited for all to arrive

Later we descended on the strip for
a super-fun
and well executed
Scavenger Hunt

The lovely lady on the right in the photo above
executed something that 
only her brainchild and organizational skills 
could pull off

So much fun
It really is amazing when a group of highly
competitive women hit the streets with a challenge
Look out, those poor tourists did not know what hit them

Needless to say
we had a blast


We were given clues to various attractions
 around the Falls
and we had to verify the answers with a photo

Below is a sampling of the sights 
we took in during this world wind adventure





































When we arrived back at the rooms
in the manner 
not unlike the the Amazing Race

This fabulous work of art was waiting for me



A giant cooler basket full and I mean full of candy
all hanging from individual posts
all labelled within a star
all of my favorites
Blown away I was



Get a load of these
Our resident party planner, scavenger hunt
organizer extraordinaire
at it again

Cheesecake pops, hand formed, dipped and wrapped

Individual Neon cupcakes in jars

Oh my goodness, she is amazing 
and
if I did not express my immense gratitude

Thank you so much for all the time 
effort you expended to make this
the bestest birthday ever



Dinner in a tasty Italian Resto
before we hit the town
to dance till we drop






You cannot fake these smiles of JOY!!!

(That's me on the left)

No photos of the casino
and absolutely no photos
of the ladies getting their 
grove on at 'The Wrinkle Ranch'
dancing like it was 1999








A successful weekend, we cannot wait for next year!

~~

Enjoy yourselves
 with those that bring 
YOU JOY !!!!

Peace Love and Hugs

Nerina
xOxO



12:00 PM

Brrrrr.....

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Fall is just around the corner

It was a chilly one last night
Have you turned on your furnace yet?



I love the cozy
 layering of clothes at this time of year



What could feel better 
than wrapping yourself in a delightful scarf



Layering a pair of fabulous boots over some jeans
or below tights with skirts



The cuddly feeling of a handmade oversized cardigan


just kidding





These are the lovely items that make me smile right now

~~

What items bring you JOY
 when the Seasons change?

~

 Peace Love
and 
Hugs

Nerina
xOxO


9:32 PM

Half Century

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No matter who you are or where you live

 we all have something in common

Give up….did you even try to guess…really…

We all came to this world the same way
we are all born on a specific date
 and 
because of that 
we all have one special day a year

Our Birthday

Well, that day, for me, is coming up on Friday



Usually, I don’t like to mention my birthday to people
yes, I know, I’m social, I’m outgoing
I’M A BIT LOUD, BUT

 I am also, private and a bit shy and don’t like the spotlight placed on me, more, kind of a background girl 
(fine, a loud background girl)

It’s just that, well, this is a pretty big one 
the big half-century….seriously….half-century

OMG…how did I get this old!!




I am going with my ball team on Friday morning 
to Niagara Falls, Ontario
to hang with the girls 
laugh our faces off 
scavenger hunt
gamble a bit at the casino 
maybe shake our thing at a club
 (you know, for mature women) 
and just chill
 pass out
 and drive respectably home
 in the morning  

The perfect way to spend my special day
 in my opinion anyway!

How did you spend your special day this year 
or what plans do you have
 to raise the roof in 2012?


Peace Love 
and 
Huge Birthday Hugs Everyone!!

Nerina
xOxO



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