I slept okay, as I do mostly these days, and woke up ready for the day. I like taking a walk through the garden first thing, to see if anything significant has happened during the night, you know, like seeds sprouting or tomatoes starting to ripen! 🙂 I find a walk through the garden early in the morning, is a calm and soothing way to start my day. There are also a lot of birds in my garden and in the area, so it is wonderful to listen to all the birds chirping away in the trees, watching them trying to get to the worms and bugs in the lawn.
I was on my way to throw some vegetable peels onto the compost heap, when I noticed a large avocado leaf lying on the grass. I stooped down to have a closer look, and saw beautiful drops of dew lying in perfectly formed little domes on top of it. I was immediately inspired to fetch my phone and take some pictures.
I love my garden best early in the morning when everything is still fresh and cool, so I took a few more pictures and thought that I’d like to share them with you. I hope you enjoy them!
Talking about sleep and waking up refreshed – remember a while back I wrote a piece on how I was battling to sleep? Well, I started implementing some of the suggestions I made in my post, and lo and behold, it worked!!! Happy days. Let me say first off, it doesn’t work every single night, but compared to how it used to be, I am happy at the success.
The things that work the best for me are going to bed at the same time each night (or as close to that as possible), and reading a few pages (sometimes only a few paragraphs!) of a favourite book. That tends to send me right off to dreamland! Maybe if you are suffering from sleeplessness, you can try a few of these suggestions in my post.
Have a wonderful, happy and healthy weekend! Stay safe! 😀
I often wonder about the way things are playing out in my life…
You know – why did this happen? How am I going to deal with that? Why don’t my plans work out? What am I doing wrong? What should I do next?
I always try and go back to my faith to keep me going. I know not everybody believes the same things I do, and I am not going to try and convert you or convince you of my viewpoint. But to me it is something I need in my life, and it works for me. If not for that, I might have run into the sea a long time ago! Or hit somebody with a baseball bat. Or I might have decided to go and live in a cave.
Sometimes it feels as if everything is working against me, to make life as difficult as possible. I don’t always know how to deal with that. I get emotional often, sometimes I talk about it, often I pray for guidance. I do allow myself a day to feel and emote, and then I have to carry on. Just because things aren’t going my way, does not mean the end of life – life carries on, and so should I.
Fortunately today is not one of the bad (emotional, sad) days, but I am wondering about the reason for certain important things being denied me (by outside influences, like Covid and the world’s hysteria about it) – it doesn’t make sense to me. I have to believe there is a reason for it, but for the life of me, I cannot imagine what those reasons can be…
Today is gardening day, so I will connect with Mother Earth, and hopefully that will soothe my ruffled feathers.
Whatever it is that you believe in (if not in God) – karma, serendipity, luck, bad luck, coincidence – I hope light shines on you today, and that you have a good one!! 😀
Or writing too much, or pouring my heart out, or getting rid of frustrations. Today I am a bit ‘gatvol’, which is a very South African thing to say, and it is not translatable, but let me try and explain – it means you’ve had enough (of whatever), or you don’t feel like making an effort.
Let me explain why I feel that way.
I write my heart out, and my fingers to the bone, and I get nothing back. Here and there somebody might make the effort to click on like, but I’m starting to get the feeling that it’s too much effort to even do that, so don’t even talk about the effort of maybe actually writing a comment (even if you disagree with me, which I don’t mind)! To those of you who do like and comment (two or three of you), I sincerely appreciate it. I am, after all, trying to start a conversation here, and feedback is always welcome!
I know I tend to go a bit controversial (I don’t think I do, but I can clearly see when you guys feel I’ve overstepped the mark), but has the world and its people been diluted and de-backboned so much that people cannot take a bit of controversy anymore? A bit of ‘testing’? Some needling?
I do enjoy the process of writing, so part of the reason I blog is to write. But believe me, I also blog for the interaction, to try and find out how other people manage certain situations. I talk about a lot of different stuff here, and I cannot believe that nobody has feelings or ideas on these subjects!!!!
I know I’m being a bit too feisty again for the general earthly population, but once again, these are my feelings. I get frustrated! So maybe someone out there can take the time to tell me what the reason is for the general apathy?
And just look at that – I did say a lot, without meaning to!
That is not to say that I never eat dessert. I would rather have a starter and a main, than a main and a dessert. I do, however, sometimes order a little somethin’ sweet when we go out, but then it has to be an unusual dessert, something you won’t make and eat at home. Or when we are invited for dinner, I’ll have dessert.
At home I’ve got tons of recipes, and I’ve tried a lot of them, but I normally make my “go to’s”, of which there is a handful.
At Christmas I thought I’ll make a little bit more of an effort, and since we have seriously hot weather over December, and I’ve canned some cherries shortly before, I searched for a good old fashioned ice cream recipe. I do not have an ice cream maker, but I decided to give a traditional recipe a try anyway.
And we were all glad I did! It came out beautifully, and was an absolute hit with the cherries. I took it out of the freezer when it was more than halfway frozen, and whisked it all up until smooth again, and put it back to freeze. It was possibly not quite as smooth as it would have been had I used an ice cream maker, but it was good enough for us!
Unfortunately not the best picture I’ve ever taken, but I was probably in a hurry to start eating! Or blame it on the champagne, I don’t mind! 😉
The recipe I used was from Pinterest, from the blog of homemadefoodjunkie.com. I tweaked it for countries that use the metric system.
VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM
500 ml whole milk
500 ml heavy cream
250 ml granulated sugar
1.5 ml salt
1 whole vanilla bean-halved and seeds scraped
5 large egg yolks
7.5 ml pure vanilla extract
In a large pot whisk together milk, cream, half of the sugar, salt and the scraped vanilla bean, including the pod. Bring the mixture just barely to a boil whisking constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.
Next combine the yolks and remaining sugar in a separate medium bowl with an electric mixer on low, until yolks are thick and pale yellow.
Add about 1/3 of the milk mixture slowly into the yolks, whisking constantly. Add another 1/3 of the milk mixture and whisk until blended. Add remaining milk mixture into the yolks and mix.
Return it all to the pot and set on low heat.
With a wooden spoon, stir the pot until it thickens slightly and coats the back of the spoon. Be careful not to boil it! (You will end up with scrambled eggs instead of custard.)
The thickening process should take just a few minutes.
Pour the custard mixture through a fine mesh strainer (discard the vanilla pod) and bring down to room temperature. Stir in the vanilla extract. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or overnight – until THOROUGHLY chilled to refrigerator temperature!
Follow your ice cream mixer directions and freeze until soft set. Five minutes before the mixer is done churning add in your favorite nuts, berries and candies as desired.
Freeze finished ice cream for several hours or until it’s hardened to your desired consistency.
And of course, if you are very industrious, you could make a pavlova with the egg whites left over from the ice cream, which I actually did this time! Yay me! But I forgot to take a picture… 🤦🏼♀️ I love pavlova with cream and fresh fruit (strawberries this time) – the combination of the sweet meringue, with the rich cream and slightly sour fruit is a winner every time. We had the pav on Christmas eve, and the cherries and ice cream after lunch on Christmas day.
Do you have a sweet tooth or not? And what is your favourite dessert?