The Roses in my garden.

Published December 1, 2012 by Madhatter

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I just want to show off my roses this year. After the rain this summer this bush got so heavy with flowers

that I had to support it as it fell over.

The smell is also beautiful. I don’t buy roses that don’t have a strong perfume.

If I close my eyes my nose must tell me it’s a ROSE!



A cute something for your Christmas lunch!

Published November 26, 2012 by Madhatter

For all you strawberry lovers, here’s something cute for the Christmas table! 


1 lb large strawberries
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3-4 Tablespoons castor sugar (or sugar substitute – to taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Few Lynn/flax seeds for eyes

1. Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry. Remove the top, (enough for a hat). Clean out the whole strawberry with a paring knife, if necessary (some of them are hollow already. Prepare all of the strawberries and set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add cream cheese mix to a piping bag or Ziploc with the corner snipped off. Fill the strawberries with cheesecake mixture.
3. Once strawberries are filled, top with the ‘hats.’ Decorate according to photo.
4. If not serving immediately, refrigerate until serving.



Published November 21, 2012 by Madhatter

Ek raak soms erg omgesukkel omdat die kwaliteit van vars produkte so afneem.

So stop ek Saterdag by ‘n baie bekende groentewinkel. Dis heerlik koel binne en die groente en vrugte lyk heel vars. Ek koop nie gewoonlik daar nie maar omdat my tyd baie beperk was besluit ek dis op my pad.

Ek pak my mandjie vol en beweeg na die betaalpunt. Ek moet byvoeg dat ons baie vrugte en groente gebruik, m a w dit kos my heelwat per week.

Maandagoggend wil ek van die kaal perskes inpak en kom agter die vrugte se velletjies is verrimpeld. Die stywe halfgroen piesangs is nou baie geel met bruin spikkels op.  Vanaand wil ek die brokkoli gaarmaak en dit het so erg gelyk dat ek dit by my komposhoop moes voeg.

Nou wonder ek hoe is dit moontlik dat dit so vinnig verlep? Wat maak hulle daarmee voordat ons dit koop?

Kyk nou na hierdie foto. Sou jy dit wil eet?


A quick translation for my English friends

Don’t you get fed up with the quality of fresh produce you buy these days?

I bought fruit and vegetables on Saturday at a well known grocer and by today the broccoli looked like this.

I couldn’t stomach it and made it part of my compost heap.

My question now:

Why does it look so healthy in the store and a couple of days later out of my fridge it looks so gross???

Now on WordPress

Published May 13, 2012 by Madhatter

A great day promised!

For some time we have been told that where we currently blog will be closing down and that we would be moved over to WordPress as this happened. Nearly a year later we are still waiting in great anticipation for this to occur.

I blog about anything and everything that takes my fancy. I enjoy trying new recipes which are easy to prepare and to date my family haven’t complained! The garden has always been my place of refreshing my soul as I potter around in the dirt.

I enjoy interaction from other bloggers as long as it doesn’t take to becoming personal attacks on each other.

I have decided to try move over myself and see if I can find my feet here on WordPress. So please lets hear from you all there.

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