I know, vodka and pooches aren’t two things that you’d ordinarily see together, right? But tomorrow night, Saturday August the 4th from 4pm – 8pm, they will be! Capetonians, you’re invited to an all out fundraising Pop-Pup evening of divine cocktails at Orphanage with Tito’s Handmade Vodka in aid of Cape Dachshund Rescue and you know I am anywhere there are cute pups and some good drinks.
I have been dying to do this project ever since I was still pregnant and readying the nursery (I still need to do a reveal of our little girl’s room!). After struggling for an age to find a foam playmat that wasn’t entirely hideous, I sought an alternative method to paint one myself. But then I got sick and the project just ended up on the enormous pile of discarded things to do. So since I am finally well enough and since Gia is really starting to become mobile, I decided now was a good time to get cracking on my DIY Playmat at last!
“I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that’s me.” ―Maya Angelou
It’s Women’s Month here in SA and here to celebrate and spoil the phenomenal women in your life is a lovely round up of exciting and luxurious things happening around the country:
So we’ve had a thankfully rainy winter here in drought-devastated Cape Town, and that’s let me do the things I love to do, ie. nothing. Lazing in bed with plenty of cuddles and blankies and hot chocolate and watching movies and simply melting in love with our gorgeous daughter (who has two tiny little teeth poking through now!) has made this the best, most luxurious winter yet! And then, of course if you’re like me, comes the online shopping… uh-oh.
All the baby books and apps talk about your little one reaching those all important milestones, but I think they fail to discuss the parents’ milestones too. All those firsts for baby are firsts for us too! The first time your tiny tot smiles is also the first time your heart will explode from joy for such a simple yet momentous achievement. So far the biggest milestone for me as a new mommy right now is this wonderful / daunting experience of navigating solid foods. Weaning off breastfeeding is so bittersweet and I’m not quite ready for that particular milestone yet, but transitioning to solids is exciting! Every step forwards for your little one is such a dichotomous moment – it’s both another opportunity to celebrate their growth as well as reminisce about them slowly leaving behind their littleness.
I can hardly believe we’re starting on this new milestone already! Wasn’t Gia *just* born five minutes ago?? I can still remember every second of it, and yet six months have already flown by. It’s beautiful and shocking how quickly time passes, watching your precious baba grow and develop before your eyes. What a miracle that we surely don’t deserve.
Guys, this dish is like striking gold. Toasty, gnocchi-shaped gold. I tried this simple, little concoction only once as an experiment with a random punnet of wild mushrooms I had in the fridge, and that little fry-up resulted in my being begged for multiple repeats from both my mom and hubs. It’s been through a few variations and some trial and error, but I think I got it! Also, by now you should know I have a deep
affection obsession with gnocchi, so trust me, here’s a goodie…
Nothing for me says ‘winter is coming’ more so than risotto. Warm, luxurious and moreish, this Italian dish is comfort food to the T, heralding just in time the oncoming of Autumn in this southern half of the hemisphere. But no matter where you’re from, risotto is heavenly. Unctuous layers of indulgent creaminess and that tiny bit of bite from the Arborio rice make for a divine and decadent dish that is also incredibly easy to make. Rubbish to all those who say you need to labour over the stove, stirring endlessly for 45 minutes to produce this classic dish! Nothing could be further from the truth, and with the subtle, dreamy flavours of Thailand in this simple yet sunny midweek meal, you’ll have dinner on the table in no time at all.