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Halls Advertisement- Klein Kimmie

Humoristic adverts are always a guarantee to attract a large audience. See below.

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What does Prosper mean to you- Absa Bank- Prosper advertisment

What have you achieved this year? is it one step closer achieving your goal?

What do you wish for? a big house, a fancy car, a new job, or simply to live a better life through good health and exercise.

Every simple Dick, Tom and Harry on this planet have goals, dreams, desires and targets to reach. It is because of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs that we strive toward the top of the pyramid in trying to reach the ultimate goal of  self-actualization.

Bringing it closer to home.- What does it mean to you to prosper?

I love this advertisement simply because it captures the essence of every human being.

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Throwback Thursday- Brighten the corner where you are!

Today’s Throwback Thursday (TBT) post is one of a different nature.

Many people play a positive role in my life, and one particular person is very fond of quoting the words when inspiration is needed.

It serves as a reminder that no matter what you are doing or where you are, you must remember to brighten the space around for everyone to see and learn from.

 Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,
Do not wait to shed your light afar;

To the many duties ever near you now be true,
Brighten the corner where you are. Refrain:

Brighten the corner where you are!
Brighten the corner where you are!

Someone far from harbor you may guide across the bar;
Brighten the corner where you are!

Just above are clouded skies that you may help to clear,
Let not narrow self your way debar;

Though into one heart alone may fall your song of cheer,
Brighten the corner where you are.

Here for all your talent you may surely find a need,
Here reflect the bright and Morning Star;

Even from your humble hand the Bread of Life may feed,
Brighten the corner where you are.

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Corinne Bailey Rae- Call me when you get this

I just love the feeling I get when listening to this song. It soothes the mind while telling a beautiful story.

Often times it becomes challenging to be in a long-distance relationship, and to be able to keep it up as well as I have done for the pass six months. The words of this song tells a story of the many times that I’ve tried to put my feelings into words instead of just able to be there physically to hug it out.

Really enjoyed listening to this song by Corinne Bailey Rae.

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Strawberry dessert recipe

I simply cannot get enough of the amazing #StrawberryWeekend I had a few weeks ago. My day, weekend and week ahead of that has been made!
I promised a follow follow-up post to the hand-picked strawberries and exactly what they were used for. To catch up on what all the fuss is about you can read up of the first post- Throwback Thursday- Strawberry Weekend here, and the follow up post at Strawberry smoothie recipe.

The following dessert recipe is really nothing fancy but tastes absolutely delicious. no lies.

The picture does not really illustrate the ingredients  as clearly, simply because I was too excited to get going that I forgot to take before and after pictures. oops. I have however added a few pictures for reference purposes.

Frick and Frack’s strawberry dessert

Frick and Frack’s strawberry dessert

Firstly, a crust was made from regular tennis biscuits, or alternatively you could use Mari biscuits or anything that does not have cream or fillings. The biscuits (one packet) were crushed into fine pieces with a potato masher. You could also use a grater, depending on how fine you want the biscuits to be. 2 table spoons of butter/margarine was melting in the microwave until it was in a liquid form. The melted butter was then added to the crushed tennis biscuits. This served as a binding ingredient for the biscuits so that the crust does not fall apart when being served.

The biscuit and butter mixture was then placed in a shallow glass bowl which is safe for oven use (check the bottom of the bowl first). The biscuit mixture was spread out to cover the entire base of the bowl and pressed flat with a fork to create an even layer.

Secondly, the bowl was placed into a pre-heated oven for 20-30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.  Time varies for different ovens so keep checking on it so that the mixture doesn’t bake too crispy. Once completed, the crust should be golden brown and soft enough to poke a fork into it. Leave the crust to cool for approx. 15 minutes.

Seeing as though the recipe is really simple, the following steps are easy to follow and complete.

Thirdly, cut the strawberries into halves vertically and place in a bowl. Sprinkle sugar over the strawberries and leave to soak in while waiting for the crust to cool down. The sugar creates a syrup which adds a sweet flavour which contrasts the flavour of the biscuit crust.

Lastly, add the sweetened strawberries on top of the crust and add ultramel custard (as much, or little as desired). I opted for boxed custard which is ready-made and easy to use, but homemade custard is a suitable alternative.

As an extra treat I sprinkled flake chocolate over the custard to make sure that this really was a sweet treat.

Serve and enjoy! Bon appetit

If you have a recipe with strawberries included, feel free to share your tips and tricks by commenting, or let me know what you think of my strawberry treat. Enjoy!

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Strawberry smoothie recipe

I recently visited the Redberry strawberry farm where I got to hand-pick my very own juicy beauties. I promised a follow-up post (see promise here) with the recipe of the strawberries that were used for a quick and easy smoothie and dessert. Just to be cheesy and all I will give this recipe a name… because I can.

Frick and Frack’s smoothie mix

Frick and Frack's smoothie mix

Frick and Frack’s smoothie mix

Firstly, the strawberries were finely chopped up into small pieces with a TwisterPro (one of those fancy gadgets that does anything you want it to simply by the flick of your wrist), until the strawberries are nearly in the form of a puree. If you don’t have a twister/chopper then a knife will do just fine. Be careful not to have the pieces of strawberries too small otherwise it end up as a drinking yogurt instead of a smoothie with lots of texture.

Secondly, I added the yogurt to the chopped up strawberries. In this case I opted for 3 different flavours in smaller quantities… just to spice things up, haha. I added 2 tubs/servings of the strawberry flavoured yogurt and mixed it together with the strawberries.

Thirdly, I added 2 small glasses of the berry flavoured Crush fruit juice just to thin the mixture out a bit. There is no set measurements so add at your discretion. I only added two small glasses of juice to keep the fruity flavour and texture of the strawberries. I then repeated steps 1 and 3 for the two other yogurt flavours, which were apricot and granadilla.

Lastly, Once everything is in one bowl you may mix it through with the twister or a spoon for another 2 minutes.

Side Notes:

  • The best result for a sweet smoothie is to cut strawberries in half and sprinkle 3 - 5 table spoons of sugar on top and leave it to soak in for at least 30 minutes before making the smoothies. This will create enough syrup to substitute one glass of fruit juice.
  • The berry juice may be substituted with a tropical flavour to complement the apricot and granadilla yogurt, but seeing as though this is a very berry affair the berry juice worked well.
  • For best results, pop the completed mixture into the freezer for appox. 20 minutes before serving.

Once the smoothies and chilled, serve and enjoy! bon appetite

if you have tried this recipe or have any of your own to share, I would love to hear from you.

PS: the chocolates in the background is the secret ingredient for the following post of a dessert recipe which also includes strawberries.

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In this heart of mine…

You will find the walls built up tall and wide, from one end to the other.

Inside these walls
You will see the suffering of every argument and lie,
You will see the footprints of every person that has left this heart,
You will see the stab wounds of betrayal and hatred,
You will see the nicks and scratches of years of being taken advantage of by family and friends,
You will see the eternal bruises of hateful words that was spat straight towards this heart.

This heart has forgiven, but will never forget.

Although this heart of mine beats steady and fast

I praise it for
Hoping or better days to come,
Being optimistic about achieving all these goals and dreams that have been set out by this courageous body,
The vision of moving forward, while looking at back at all the bad things left behind,
And ultimately for the dream that love will eventually find a way to make it all work out in the end.

Though this heart of mine is merely one organ in this entire body, it has the ability to paint a picture so true.
A picture that no man has ever seen before…

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Throwback Thursday- Strawberry Weekend

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This week’s (TBT) Throwback Thursday post was of a recent occasion.

I spent the weekend in my second home town, George. Initially there was no plans set out beforehand but soon enough it turned into a weekend with fun filled activities.

Thursday and Friday was spent catching up on the month that passed, while Saturday was more of an adventure when my friends and I decided to visit the Redberry Farm, situated just outside George CBD.

The Reberry Farm specialises in growing and selling strawberries to the local market. The farm recently expanded by making it family-friendly. Locals are allowed to walk through the farm and hand pick their own strawberries at R25 per container.

My love for fruit, especially strawberries made this the perfect outing. Being the opportunist that I am, I only chose the best strawberries in the farm (even though it meant that my friends waited for me while I scavenged the entire farm area for the ripest beauties ).

The rest of the day was spend comparing recipes which included the fruits. The end results were three different smoothies and two desserts which was reserved for after Sunday lunch.(Stay turned for recipes in the following post).

Weekends in George usually meant shoving down large amount of (mostly) junk food, but this weekend was one with a sweet undercurrent. An all-round strawberry applause for  a weekend well spent.

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Throwback Thursday- Walk along Wilderness Lagoon

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Today’s Throwback Thursday (TBT) post is of one of the many happy days I spent in George, in the Southern Cape.

On a sunny afternoon my boyfriend and I opted to have a lazy day after spending the entire morning on running errands. *phew*

We drove to Wilderness which is approx. 15 to 20 minutes outside George and snacked munched down delicious milkshake and pizza at Bongos, a cafe close by.

We then spent the lazy afternoon at the Wilderness Lagoon and ended it with a chat on a bench which overlooked the lagoon.

#HappyDays <3

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