Homemade fresh roasted pumpkin seeds

Today Aaron and I carved our very first halloween pumpkin.  There were a ton of seeds and instead of throwing them away, I roasted them.

Fresh pumpkin guts


  • Pumpkin seeds (or any squash seeds)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt


  • Preheat your oven to 140ºC and line a baking tray with tin foil
  • Rinse off any pulp or strings from your seeds
  • Pat dry with a cloth and place seeds in a bowl
  • Pour a tablespoon or so of olive oil over the seeds and sprinkle with as much salt as you like
  • Spread the seeds on the baking tray in an even layer
  • Roast seeds for about 15 – 20 minutes or until they start to pop
  • Allow to cool and enjoy!
Yummy roasted seeds

Proud mommy!

This weekend Aaron decided to do #2’s on the toilet.  No fuss, no arguments.

It may or may not have something to do with the fact that we told him that when we stop buying nappies for him we will get an iPad.

This weekend Aaron decided to not have a bottle at bed time and to sleep without a nappy AND he woke up dry.

It may or may not have something to do with the fact that we told him that when we stop buying nappies for him we will get an iPad.

All I know is he has finally decided that he is ready and that makes me so happy and so proud!


Saw the funniest thing in the car just now…

The biggest meanest looking guard dog playing fetch with a guy on the pavement outside his house!

Big mean dog brings his chew toy to the gate, guy takes it and throws it over the wall, big mean dog fetches it and brings it back. Rinse and repeat.

Every time the guy tried to walk away the dog barked at him and shoved the toy through the gate.

The guy was pissing himself laughing but he kept throwing the toy back over the wall anyway.

He laughed even harder when he saw me watching (and laughing) while I was stuck in traffic 🙂

Made my day!

African Fashion International

Oh my!  Was I spoilt.  I was invited to the opening night show of African Fashion International (AFI) by Intel SA along with Jenty, Angel, Heidi, Zinhle and Danielle .  We got treated to a hospitality lounge, drinks and food and got tickets to see all 5 opening night shows.

The evening started off a little rocky with the organisers at the Sandton Convention Centre being a little disorganised (oh the irony) but once we were inside it was VIP treatment all the way 🙂

The shows did run about an hour late so I didnt stay for all of them but the first three shows were fantastic.

Jenty from Jeanette Verster Photography very kindly let me use some of her amazing pictures.

First up Klûk CGDT


The 2nd show was Marianne Fassler

The next show featured Tart and Mataano

Up first: Tart (I just adored their clothes!!!!)


You can see more of Jenty’s amazing photos on her site or on Facebook.

There were also exhibitors and while we were waiting for the first show to start I snapped a few photos with my iPhone…


Then I found these amazing hand made childrens outfits from KIKI Clothing

And the most beautiful jewelry from Unknown Collection

Thank you once again Intel SA for organising an amazing evening out.






More and more I find myself experimenting with baking and cooking and then sharing the successes on my blog.

So much so that I decided to create a separate space for those successes.

I will be adding all my current posts here and I will try take as many pictures of the process and finished products too, something I have been a bit slack with.

Im also going to be having guest contributers so if you want to add a recipe please leave a comment and I will be in touch.

Happy cooking!

Seasons Greetings

To all that celebrate, may you have a blessed and peaceful Christmas.

And to everyone, a safe and happy festive season!


Paul, Gina and Aaron


I ovulated!  Or at least I did according to the pee-on-a-stick test thingy . About 5 days ago…

So now we wait.

And wait.

And wait.

I hate waiting, I have NO patience.

I also have very erratic cycles so I really don’t know exactly when I should be peeing on the pregnancy stick.  I figure that Monday will be the first one, if its negative I will wait (again) for a few days and then try…

Did I mention I hate waiting?

Happy New Year

Wishing all my family, friends and readers a Sweet, Safe, Happy and Prosperous New Year! La’Shana Tova!!

Shana Tova
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