Light Sunday Supper

Some of you know that I’ve started a little confectionary business that specialises in special diets, but also caters to those with regular diets who just like extra care & quality ingredients in their treats. I’ll be posting more about CatTs TreaTs in future, but in the meantime I thought I’d answer a question that I keep hearing from those who know about my new business.

Q: So do you still cook dinner after spending the day in the kitchen?

A: YES! The dinners arent always complicated though. 

Above is a snap shot of our light Sunday supper in progress. Steak strips (seasoned with himalayan salt, black pepper & dried cellery) & carrot chips grilled on a skiller with melted butter & coconut oil (1/2 & 1/2), served with a freshly made garlic & mushroom cream sauce (thickened with oats).  A great way to end a weekend of over eating. Everyone loved it, even the hubby & kids. 

I hope to post the story behind CatTs TreaTs some time.


Red Lips for April

Those who know me, know that I don’t wear make up. None! Not of any kind, unless absolutely forced (like my wedding, my husband’s formal work functions etc…). But I have committed to wear lipstick for the WHOLE of April!!! & not just any lipstick, but bright RED lipstick. But why…? 

Why make myself want to claw off my own lips (I really hate make up!)?

Well, I decided that if men can endure Mo-vember even when they hate the feeling of a mastache, then I can wear lipstick for a good cause… Even though it has meant wearing red lips to e beach, the water park, the gym… & even on laundry days.

The cause is good! RedMyLips is a movement to educate people about sexual violence, in the hope that it will eradicate myths & reduce such behaviour. 

It is hard to believe when you think about it logically, but most victems of sexual violence are blamed & even persecuted for the crime committed against them! While many perpetrators feel vindicated & justified in their behaviour. This is an injustice that not only destroys individuals, but impacts whole communities.  

No one has the right to rape or sexually violate another person! Ever! No matter what ther arguement is… (Except maybe if a rapist gets his genetals destroyed in self-defence… I guess that could be considered violation, but could also be considered justified…)

So when you see me (or anyone else who does not normally wear red lipstick) sporting bright red lips during April, be reminded that we are speaking out against sexual violence, & not ‘asking for it’ like so many people (men & women) seem to think!

Advent Calendar: the meaning of Christmas

My pre-schoolers & I made these little advent cards last year in preparation for advent. We used clothes pegs to hang them & corresponding gifts, & each day they got to open one.

This year I thought I would do something a little different & easier to take with us when we go away for a bit before Christmas… I stuck each card over a hole in a muffin tin.
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Relationships, love & disaster

5 months ago, it seemed like quite a few friends (friends of friends/acquaintances) were having serious marriage troubles. So much so, that I wrote a post about marriage (Wedding or Marriage… & self ).

What I didn’t feel at liberty to post on until now, was the news I got with in my own family the Saturday after posting that piece. With this issue still plaguing me, I now poor out my heart before you…

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Belief, certainty, assurance… & fundamentalism?

Recently I was interrogated about what I believe, & one question struck me: Would you say that you are a fundamentalist?

I’ve been thinking about why SHE thought I might be a fundamentalist, or at least more of one than her; and what makes the differnce between a believer & a fundamentalist of ANY religion/philosophy/worldview.

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Me, Mine & Irene… An informal, formal dinner party

My friend Irene (fashion designer & lecturer) is doing a course in creative problem solving through coursera… & I got to join in the fun last weekend because she needed someone to document her assignment.

My introverted husband was stuck choosing between having the kids on his own over lunch time as well as the afternoon (I had an afternoon appointment), or joining our little spectacle. Everything was already set up by the time he & the kids arrived, so I think it was probably less traumatic than expected… But I found it thoroughly exhilarating.

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