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^^ Went for a hike on the hottest day….It kind of felt like I was walking around in hell, maybe its just because I’m 9 months pregnant and heat is just a no go.

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^^ Praying on the mountain.  After the terrible year we’ve been having, praying on the mountain seems like the only logical thing to do.

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^^ The view was nice.

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^^all you need on a hot day is some home made sushi…YUM.

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^^ Testing out lactation cookies.  These ones are definitely my favourite!  Sugar free and gluten free.  It reminds me of a seed cake.

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^^ Teff flour gingerbread men.  Sooooo good.

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^^ Christmas cookies!

Hi guys! How was your weekend?  We’ve been busy! We’ve had to open our house up to people interesting in buying and man! is it a nightmare.  People constantly walking in your rental while I’m just trying to relax before the birth, can kind of start driving you insane. Not to mention that you have to keep changing your plans to accommodate the realtor, but oh, well.  I’ve been preparing a lot of freezer friendly confinement meals, as well as little work treats for Carl.  You don’t realise how exhausting a whole day of cooking is until you’re covered in flour, have weird substances all over your clothes and you just wonder if you should just burn the house down instead of trying to clean it!  But I’m nearly done with my list, just finishing up a couple of my last recipes today and we are set!

I’ve been feeling so glum and excited these last couple of days.  Excited for the baby to finally be here, baby has been the best thing to happen to us this year and just glum about how this year really has kicked us down and brought me so low.  Sometimes it feels hard to smile through it and have faith that things will work out, but I do believe things will get better soon.  Sometimes we need these hardships just so we can see what we are made of.

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^^ A daily walk that ended up at the beach…again…. We’re not even beach people, but when its cloudy we love it!  I also took my new diaper bag out for a spin.  It held everything! Even my camera!

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^^ I accidentally painted my baby bump! Whoops

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^^ Carl turns into a model on windy days.

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^^ This seagull was walking so gently on the wet sand, it was like he really didn’t want to get dirty.  I feel you little guy.

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^^ Every morning its cloudy, but by the afternoon the wind seems to have blown away all the clouds, come on clouds! We need rain! stand strong.

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^^ I don’t know what was the deal with these geese, but Carl thought they wanted bread, I was convinced I saw murder in their eyes, while I ran away screaming this is the worst day!!!!

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^^ Pretty memorial flowers left behind on a bench.

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^^ Walking, walking, walking!

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^^ Pretty flowers on the side of the road.  Nature is always trying to prettify ugly things up.

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^^ Gluten free, Sugar free pumpkin bread.  This tasted delicious, but was a little bit too soft in the middle! Back to the drawing board!

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^^ Enjoying a watermelon lunch, wondering when will mangoes be in season! My craving is killing me! I can’t even find one overly priced out of season imported from who knows where mango lying around somewhere!

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^^ Always matching.  We found a baby pair! Soon baby will be matching to! Sorry baby.

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^^ Beautiful light.

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^^ Geese ignoring Carl.

Hi friends! How was your weekend? We’ve been busy, busy, busy! We’ve been in a slight panic mode, when we realised we basically have a month left before this baby arrives!  We still have so much to do and get, but Cape Town really does not make it easy for us. Everything closes before 2 on a Saturday or requires a long commute to get anything, and shopping on week days is just not an option for us, work keeps us busy!  Sundays we attend three hours of church that can sometimes feel like a million hours, and keeping the Sabbath day holy after that, doesn’t give us much time to sort out everything on our to do list!

We’ve started ordering stuff from amazon, just because delivery is faster than most of the South African online shopping experiences we’ve had! For all our organic needs we order from faithful to nature, they have been amazing and delivered within a day! Like it should be!  Stocking up on our biodegradable diapers has been easy with them by our side!

At my last midwife appointment, my midwife asked me if I’m ready for labour and I’m so ready, I don’t think she usually hears first time moms, being excited about labour. I feel like the pain we endure as expecting mothers in labour, prepares us, and shows us how strong we really are and that we can do this motherhood thing, but I’ll let you know how I feel when I’m actually in labour.   I’ve given Carl the heads up about the transitioning period and told him he should just remember I love him before I get mean, and he should just keep encouraging me if I feel like giving up.   I can’t wait to meet our little baby in a month, our midwife told us Baby A is thin and long, with a small head, after seeing Carl’s giant head as a baby and how he seemed to have grown into it as he got older, I’ve been really worried about what I’m in for, the head thing was a bit of a relief!

Happy Monday, Hope everyone has a lovely week and gets to everything they need to get done this week!.

 

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^^ Early morning walks everyday with this guy.  It feels like torture getting up so early to go for a walk, but this guy makes everything so much fun.

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^^ Baby nursery details.

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^^  During one of our walks, Carl demanded a after shave balm to ease his skin.  I made this and immediately after testing it on my hands ( I always have little cuts on my hands, not very lady like) felt extremely jealous.  It smells so good, and soothed my hands and just when I didn’t think it could get better, it left my hands softer than soft.

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^^ Beard oil for demanding husbands.

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^^ Vanilla protein shakes, enjoyed on days when the blender isn’t acting up.  We should just get a new blender, but we’ve just become so good at fixing it.

 

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^^ Rainy Saturdays with a green smoothie, fruit and raw buckwheat parfait.  So amazing.  I just love buckwheat so much.

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^^ Another day, another walk.

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^^ Walks backs home with the prettiest light.

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^^ Things are getting bumpy! Its been weird seeing some peoples reaction to my pregnancy.  From comments to it at supermarkets, to people just staring at my bump like they didn’t know humans came out of other humans.  Its been really funny.

Hi friends! How was your weekend? did you get up to anything?  We wen’t on a shopping trip to get our monthly food in hopes of avoiding our local supermarket for 2 – 3 weeks.  It gets way to crazy in that area when people get paid!  Instead we’ve decided to call our next two weekend, maintenance weekends.   Our little home was left in a state and we haven’t really gotten down to the real down and dirty cleaning.  We have to wash all the windows and mow the lawn of the most insanely overgrown garden ever!

We’ve been going for daily walks together that feels like the best therapy ever.  Our morning talks are just the best, even if I hate Carl a bit every morning when he forces me to get up for walkies, like a dog, but by the end of the walk I feel so refreshed!  Hope everyone’s week is lovely!

Creamy Cauliflower Leek Soup

Before I met Carl, I never knew people could be allergic to potatoes.  It just seemed like something so obscene to be allergic to? In so many households potatoes are a staple ingredients and can be served in a plethora of  meals.  The potato is just so versatile! but from what I’ve learned from completely cutting out potato from my diet , in a stance against silly allergies and so Carl wont feel tempted and be forced to suffer the consequences of eating delicious potatoes because I’m having it ; is that potato is a sneaky little fiend that really loves to keep extra pounds on your body.  When I cut potato out of my diet I started noticing my stomach bloat going away, unwanted pounds slipping away in stubborn areas, like my face and stomach and my skin felt and looked clearer.  Cutting out potato in the long run just made me feel so much better and I’m glad I can come up with healthier alternatives now.

Its been fun coming up with potato free recipes and surprising my little potato allergy weirdo with things he can eat and that tastes just as good.  Baked potato, how about a baked sweet potato! Crisps, try some vegetable crisps instead, mashed potatoes? Lets just replace it all with Cauliflower!

Surprisingly Cauliflower is the perfect substitute for potato, its got a creamy silky texture and is neutral in taste, but the best part about cauliflower is that its just so much better for you !  Cauliflower is filled with nutrients, minerals and antioxidants that can help you fight cancer cells from forming, boost your heart and brain health, is an anti inflammatory and its high in fibre. 

This soup is really nourishing and perfect for a cold crisp evening meal, its filled with leeks and garlic that’s great for preventing colds and will aid in your bodies detoxification needs.  Keeping you healthy and strong!

CREAMY CAULIFLOWER AND LEEK SOUPserves 4 – 6 

cauliflower leek soup

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cauliflower head, washed and cut into florets
  • 2 leeks, white and green parts only chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 – 1/2 cups of coconut milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chives for garnish
  • sprinkle of cayenne pepper for added heat.

Directions

In a large pot over medium – high heat add the coconut oil, leeks and garlic.  Saute until soft and wilted ( stir constantly).

Add in vegetable broth, bay leaves and cauliflower.  Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 – 30 minutes until the cauliflower is soft.

Discard the bay leaves.

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Let cool slightly, add coconut milk, salt and pepper and blend until smooth.  Adjust season and serve with chives.  Add more water if you desire a less thick consistency.

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^^ Weekends are made for gluten free, sugar free graham crackers.  These were so yum!

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^^ Our neighbourhood beach was way to bright for Carl.

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^^ The sand was so difficult to walk on, but so worth it.

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^^ Pretty mountains and such a blue ocean.  Wow.

 

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^^ Pretty flowers on our evening walk.

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^^ I love this little neighbourhood, it gives me such an old school European feel.  All the kids playing on the streets, people constantly walking around and just a wonderful sense of community, and the cutest little houses you’ve ever seen.

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^^ A bit of a commotion on the beach thanks to a dog running after this train trying to bite at it.  I’ve never actually seen a train slow down for a dog before.  The dog survived the ordeal.

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^^ Magical.

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^^ Pretty flowers on the beach.

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^^ A pretty sky right in front of our little house.

Hey friends! How was your weekend? Did you get up to anything interesting? We had a completely overwhelming weekend filled with all the house things we are still trying to get done.  I’ve painted baby A’s room, but have been confused about painting the wooden ceiling or not, I really think the roof needs to be painted white to open up and brighten up this space, but at the same time I’m wondering if the wooden ceiling will go more with the woodland theme we’ve got going on in there.   So far I’m 95% in favour of painting it white.  What do you think? Should I paint it?

We’ve had glorious cooler weather here, that we’ve just been loving!  It would have been even better if we had our couch by now.  Ordering stuff online in South Africa is such a pain, in America you’ve got drone deliveries here we have to wait an unnaturally long time for anything to arrive!  We’ve also been trying to get a telephone line installed for internet, but wow its turned into the biggest deal! We apparently have to wait 5 – 21 days.   What kind of timeline is that? It doesn’t even make sense to me! Oh well! Everything is a lesson, and right now I’m learning how to have patience.

Here’s to another week! I hope this one is just as great.

Smoked Paprika Black Bean Burgers

Ever since making these black bean burgers I’ve been craving them nonstop, that’s how good these yummy little things are.  Surprisingly we had some burgers left the next day and  I decided to  crumble it into a kale salad,  let me tell you guys something it was like heaven in my mouth! They were even better the next day and they made my daily salad go from bleh salad, to Damn! That’s one great salad.

This recipe all started when I made red lentil fritters one night and couldn’t stop thinking that it would make the perfect add along to a veggie burger, with the memory in the back of my mind and two tins of black beans in my basket, I decided it was time to get experimenting.  The smoked paprika adds a little oomph to these burgers that will make you feel like you’ve just taken this burger right off the grill and if you forger the last couple of burger in the pan and its just a tad burned the feeling will intensify.  I decided to give a burger bun a skip and just have it just like that loaded with salad, cucumber, tomatoes and avocado with a perfect dill pickle sauce to take it over the edge, but feel free to enjoy it anyway you want.

SMOKED PAPRIKA BLACK BEAN BURGERS – serves 6

Black bean Burger

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup split red lentils, covered in water to soak for one hour.
  • 1 can black beans, drained and washed
  • 1/2 cup panko or breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or more if you want added spice
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced

Directions

Drain the split red lentils and place in a food processor with the 2 cloves of garlic. Blend until coarsely blended.   In a bowl, mash the drained black beans and add all the spices.  Stir in the red lentils, onion and panko.

Refrigerate the mixture for 10 minutes.  Form the mixture into six patties.

In a large pan over medium heat, add 2 tbsp of oil.  Add the patties and cook for 4 – 5 minutes on each side or until browned on both sides.

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Serve with sweet potato and butternut fries.

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^^ Such an expert at walking over a stream that he can strike a pose.

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^^ Hikes all over the show.

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^^ an picnics afterwards.  I really prepared for this one! Raw veggies, salad rolls, crackers, dip, chips and my favourite of the moment.  Sparkling water.  So good.

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^^we saw these little guys while being lost.  The cutest little alpacas ever, just acting like dogs, walking around someones garden.

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^^ Pretty little flowers all around.

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^^ The bees were loving these flowers, I can’t blame them they look tasty to me too.

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^^ Beautiful beach days.

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^^ Clear ocean with minimal kelp.

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^^ This was actually a really hot day, but I was already committed to the beanie ( bad hair day) and the scarf was just meant to be.

How was your weekend? Get up to anything fun.  We’ve been neighbourhood scouting, looking for an area that’s more us and out of the city. It turned out to be a really fun adventure,  seeing alpacas, finding the best shop in the world that sold spaghetti squash and we even found a falafel shop.  Obviously its been a great weekend, hopefully its a sign of a good week!

A Picnic Date in a Forest

The other morning we set of to have a romantic picnic date at Tokai forest picnic area.  The picnic area is just amazing and is a great place to run around and act like a kid again, or let your kids be kids. It was a cooler day and just the perfect weather for a lovely picnic surrounded by larger than life pine trees, fat squirrels running everywhere and little flowers popping out all over.  I felt so under prepared sitting there with our little salad rolls, popcorn and one measly orange, while everyone was bbq-ing away a storm.  If I had binoculars I would have been ogling out everyone’s preparedness and delicious food.

It was a perfect day to be out in nature and just enjoying each others company,  I don’t know what it is about a nice cool South African winter ( Its like Autumn or Spring for the rest of the world) that makes me so giddy and just want to go explore and picnic everywhere.  I couldn’t wipe the smile of my face, while sitting on the tree stump bench, eating my popcorn and watching my selfish husband find some crackers in the bag and not even offer me one, while he devours the whole lot.  Next time I will definitely bring a little baggy of wood to make a fire and really cosy up to this beautiful weather, hopefully next time Carl will share a cracker with me.

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^^ Sandwich enjoyment face.

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^^ The cutest little face.  The picnic area is perfect for bbq-ing (braaing).

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^^ Nature is so cute.

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^^ Picnic food ready to be devoured.

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^^ Larger than life trees.

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^^ Yummy popcorn face.

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^^ Surrounded by trees.

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^^ Pretty little flowers everywhere.

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^^  a squirrel leftover picnic food.

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^^ Pretty green.

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^^ The yummiest, softest bread around.  I used the same knife that I was cutting swiss chard with to cut the bread, less dishes, but a lot of weird little green pieces on the bread.

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^^ It would seem that Alice was already here.

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^^ Big trees.

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^^ Unprepared picnic days.  We were still hungry after our treats.

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^^ Carl makes a pretty handsome knight.   Imagination has no age limit.

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^^ Little pops of colour.

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^^ Popcorn eating.

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^^ Little flowers and some rubbish.

Hey friends! I hope all my Canadian friends had an amazing Canada day and all my American friends had a wonderful Independence day!  We’ve been busy, busy, busy, trying to figure everything out, but in between all that we still had some time for a little picnic date.   My weather headaches are still here, sometimes stronger than ever, but nothing a good old slice of freshly baked bread can’t cure.   Here’s to another week, lets make this one even better than the last.