Monday, 29 September 2014

Baking Series : Apfelkuchen

Welcome to the start of my baking series.

The first recipe I am going to share with you comes from the wonderful Ideas magazine. I love getting Ideas as it is filled with all the things I like : stationery, craft, food and decor. This particular recipe comes from their October 2014 issue on page 49 and 50 and I have made it twice.


Serves : 8

Preparation time : 15 minutes

Baking time : 40 minutes

Oven temperature : 180C

Cake :

125g (135ml) butter
210g (250ml) sugar
3 large eggs
140g (250ml) cake flour
6ml baking powder
Pinch of salt
65ml milk
1 can pie apples, drained
Fresh cream, to serve

Syrup :

250ml milk
210g (250ml) sugar
110g butter

1.          Beat the butter and sugar together. Beat in the eggs one at a time.

2.          Sift the dry ingredients together with a pinch of salt and add to the butter mixture,   alternating with the milk.

3.          Butter a casserole dish or a pie dish. Pour in the batter mixture. Press the pie apples into the mixture. Bake in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes.

4.          Put the syrup ingredients into a saucepan and heat for 10 minutes.

5.          Take the cake out of the oven. Pour the syrup over it and then return to the oven and bake for a further 10 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream.

Notes :

I baked the Apfelkuchen in a square dish the first time and it rose right to the top. It was better the
second time when it was baked in a rectangular dish.

I heated the syrup ingredients in a glass bowl in the microwave. Be careful if you do this as the glass can get very hot. Watch carefully as the mixture can boil over.

Instead of buying two small cans of pie apples, I bought the large can as I usually do when I make apple crumble (coming soon).

The pudding was served with custard.

The recipe was very easy to make.
First time made in the square dish

Second time made in the rectangular dish

I would love to see your pictures if you make this delicious recipe.

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Are You Procrastinating? My Trip to the Gyni

Ladies, when last did you go and see your gynaecologist? I had last seen mine about three years ago!

I have always been good at going for my yearly pap smear and check up as it is so important. Every year the time would come and I would groan, make the appointment and then go to see my gyni. Unfortunately my gyni (he delivered my daughter) is also an obstetrician and is extremely busy tending to pregnant ladies and helping others with the birth of their kids. So, to get an appointment with him is very difficult. I was having to book months in advance and also drive from Kloof to Westville Hospital. As a result I became very slack and missed a year, then two and finally three. Last year I turned 40 and said to myself you need to see the gyni and go for a mammogram (I didn’t listen).

So finally at the beginning of September I made a list of all the things I had been putting off. I have gradually been going through that list and one of the items I achieved was to go see a gyni. A decision was made to look for a new gyni, closer to home and this time I wanted a woman. The internet does make life so much easier and you no longer need to phone around. All I did was Google the Hospital – click on their doctors list and saw that there were three gyni’s. Oh joy! A woman who is a gyni and not an obstetrician. I phoned immediately and it was so nice to be able to get an appointment for the next week.

So, last Thursday (11th) I drove to my appointment. Why is it that when you have to be somewhere at a certain time you get stuck behind a slow vehicle! Alright so slow vehicle, finding a parking fine but then couldn’t find the suite, more time wasted looking. Suite found and sit down with paperwork as I was a new patient. Sign my life away!

In I go to see the gyni who asks me all the questions eg normal births, smoke, drink etc. Then of course it is time for the fun part – NOT! Undress and get into the gown and lie on the bed. Before the examination began she took my blood pressure and found it to be rather high and said she would check it again at the end. Then I had my examination etc etc etc (won’t go into detail). Although the ultrasound was interesting – never had one of those with just a normal gyni check up. She took my BP again and it was still too high. Everything done so off the bed and get dressed and then meet with her again at her desk. She starts by telling me that I can’t stay on the pill with high blood pressure as it is too dangerous, and recommends that I have the Mirena inserted. I tell her that I don’t usually have high blood pressure and it is probably the stress of me making a change of gyni etc. But I do agree that it would be better to have the Mirena as I don’t know whether I could develop high blood pressure in the future.

So this Thursday I have another appointment with the gyni to have the Mirena inserted and I also need to get the paperwork to go for a mammogram. Oh yes! My pap smear was normal, which is a great relief when you haven’t been for so long. I have also been taking my blood pressure with a monitor we have at home and it has been normal. As my hubby said it was probably white coat syndrome that caused my BP to be high. Although, I am going to continue to monitor my blood pressure.

The whole point of this post is to ask you what you have been procrastinating about?? Have you put off your visit to the gyni or to another doctor? DON’T!! Your health is very important and you know how your mind builds worst case scenarios. Make the appointment and tick it off your list.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

I'm A Crazy Cat Lady

Are you a crazy cat lady like me?  Why not spoil your precious with Hill’s Science Plan and get a cute storage tin.
From September, vets will be giving away cute, collectable ‘kitty’ tins with selected purchases of Hill’s Science Plan Feline. Purchase a bag (1.5kgs or larger) of any Hill’s Science Plan Feline and you can choose from a selection of four differently designed storage tins. Valued at R85 and large enough to hold 2kgs of food, it will be a colourful addition to your home.  The #hillskittytin is only available from September at participating veterinary outlets, while stocks last.

Hill’s Science Plan is naturally preserved, completely balanced and scientifically-formulated to meet the nutritional needs of all breeds of cat and dog. Offer available while stocks last. Terms and conditions apply. To find your nearest participating veterinary outlet contact Hill’s on or 0800 228 783. For more info visit

Become part of a community passionate about pets and learn about Hill’s latest special offers on Facebook and Twitter.

During September Hill’s are hosting a fun Facebook photo contest on crazy places some cats like to sleep – there are #hillskittytin prizes and food to be won.

Sparkle is very happy with her food and tin, but of course she feels it is only what she deserves!

Thanks Hill’s!!