Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Little Miss Kayla...

...will hardly ever keep bows on her head anymore. Every now and then, I can stick one of these flowers in her hair and she'll forget about it. Luckily she has enough hair to hold it. But I'm going to miss the cute little headbands. Maybe if I keep trying...

last day of school

2nd grade is over! This is a picture of Tyler with his teacher, Mrs. Lusk. She became the long term sub for his class when Mrs. Johnston went out on maternity leave. She did a great job. I loved that she taught the kids random stuff that had nothing to do with school.

pics from South Africa week

My scary hunters

Loving their dinner
They both drew a giraffe because that's what they'd want to see if they went to Africa.

The flag

We also learned some facts and history which I'm pretty sure they've forgotten by now. But hey, at least we made a memory.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

around the world

For something fun to do this summer, we're spending each week learning about a different country. The boys both voted for South Africa for the first week and boy, was it fun! We looked up facts, learned some history, listened to music, watched traditional South African dancing, made masks, and cooked their food. This dinner was the best way to end a week of South African fun! It was sooo yummy! I'll be posting pictures of everything else soon.

  • 750 grams (1.5 lbs) ground beef or lamb
  • Olive oil for shallow frying
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 slices of bread, crusts removed
  • 2 large eggs
  • Salt, pepper and barbecue spice to taste
  • Flour for dredging

  1. Heat oil in a large, lidded frying pan and saute the onion for about 5 minutes.
  2. Soak the bread in a little water and then squeeze dry. Mash in a large bowl with a fork until almost breadcrumb consistency.
  3. Combine the onion with the ground meat, bread, eggs, salt, pepper and seasoning. Shape into balls, each just slightly larger than a golf ball. Roll each ball lightly in flour.
  4. Heat a bit more oil in the frying pan and brown the frikkadels, a few at a time, for about 5 minutes on each side.
  5. Once all the frikkadelle have been browned, return them to the pan, add a half cup or so of water and cover with the lid. Turn down the heat slightly and continue cooking for about 10 minutes or until cooked through.
  6. Serve hot with mashed potatoes and either gravy or train smash (onion and tomato bredie).

Putu Pap and Train Smash 20mins

Makes about 540ml/18fl.oz. Hot Savoury Sauces Accompaniment S. Africa

1 tbsp Oil
3 Onions, chopped
3 Tomatoes, chopped
240ml/8fl.oz.Tomato Sauce
120ml/4fl.oz. Water
5 tbsp Vinegar
5 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 tbsp Sugar
½ teasp dry Mustard Powder
Salt and Pepper
1 teasp Cornflour


1. Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onions and tomatoes and sauté gently until softened.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for 2 minutes.

3. Mix the cornflour with a little cold water to form a paste then add to the saucepan and continue to cook, stirring constantly until thickened. Serve as a sauce with meats, fish or putu pap.

South African Marshmallow Dessert


  • 1/2 lb marshmallow
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Spray a tart plate with nonstick spray.
  2. Cut the marshmallows into smaller pieces, and put in a heavy-bottomed pot with the orange juice and vanilla.
  3. Heat and stir constantly, until the marshmallows start melting. Do not boil! You only want them to melt completely. Add and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm.
  5. Beat the cream until stiff, adding the salt, and then fold into the marshmallow mixture.
  6. Scrape into prepared plate, and leave in fridge to set.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The rest of the pics...

This is my FAVORITE!

This picture made me realize that Jeff and I both have chin dimples! Do we always have chin dimples? So weird. Do our kids have chin dimples? It's funny the things I don't pay attention to. I've lived with my chin for 32 years and never noticed. Actually, I think it's just the picture...right?


What a lucky girl to have the most entertaining brothers.