Monthly Archives: July 2012

50 shades, a short review

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Before i start please forgive me for spelling mistakes etc, i am  typing this on my galaxy tab and its all very new. Im meant to be writing a post thanking cupcake mummy and miss preggy for my ‘thank you for writing award’ but i cant figure out how to put pics in and link to others or copy and paste! So that will wait for tomorrow. Thank you both in advance for the kind words!

Right, so back to ‘mommy porn’.

When i started the first book i was very hesitant. I loved twilight and now that i know that 50 shades was written as a fan fiction of twilight, I find more and more similarities.  I didnt like all the sex though. Seriously, no one has that much sex. No one. And i battled with the violence. It is violence, to want to hit your lover doest sit well with me. The second and third books are much better though and have a much better story line. I hate to admit it but im addicted to it now! I kinda skip through all the sex scenes and roll my eyes a lot when Christian is absurdly controlling and annoying and clingy. I kinda want to shake Ana and tell her to stop being a crazy person.  Then i remember the money…im kidding im kidding!

So what im saying is dont judge it until you try it. Oh ya, haha, Shaun knows im reading it but when he picked it up and read a few pages he was shocked! Hahaha. I don’t think i’ll be reading it again or start reading other erotic novels, its not really me.

I think I’ll stick to Harry Potter!

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attachment parenting and my magical child

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I recently met @cathjenkins in real life after she discovered that we live on the same road. How small a world is it? Not only do we live in the same area but walking distance from eachother! So anyway we hit it off immediately and as she was walking me out she said “you do the whole breastfeeding, cosleeping thing hay”. Uh oh. I braced myself for the judgements. I waited for her to say “how are you ever going to get her out of your bed?” “How can you breastfeed someone with teeth?” “How will you ever wean her?” Or my all time favourite, “you’re spoiling her”. None of these happened though and instead I got a heartfelt high 5 and a ‘well done’! Its so awesome meeting like minded people.
See, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I don’t care what you do with your kids. I don’t care how you parent or where your kids sleep or if you bottle feed or formula feed. So why do you care what I do? Its insane how often I get the flabbergasted response of ‘you what? You let her sleep in your bed???’ Haha its crazy. But we’re happy. All three of us. Shaun and I have an amazing bond with our daughter and she is the happiest baby you will ever meet.

Onto my happy baby. She is seriously a magical child. I know all parents think their kids are special but seriously. Mine is. Seriously. Stop rolling your eyes, she is! She is ALWAYS happy and if she isn’t she has a good reason. She smiles at everyone and will hold out her arms to give people a welcome hug whenever she meets them. She does this to people wherever we go, to the woolies cashier, the lady at the biltong shop or even the car guard. She is open and friendly and welcoming and people are so drawn to her. I’ve never been out anywhere where I haven’t had people stop and talk to us. Everyone has a smile and a kind word for us (usually about how gorgeous her red hair is, followed by how happy and cute she is). She is happy 10 seconds after waking up, even if I’ve woken her up and very rarely wakes up grumpy. If she does a snuggle with mommy or her monkey and she’s happy again.
This child has big things in store for you World. I hope you’re ready for all her awesomeness.

baking for the domestic goddess

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I am not a baker. At all. I love to cook and do it pretty well but I’m a terrible baker. So when I find recipes that work and are delicious I make them often. Here are the three things I make well, and they are so easy that they very rarely flop. Admittedly I have flopped Sarahs Lemon Loaf but that is because my pink food colouring spilt into my sugar so I decided to make a pink lemon loaf, which then for some reason didn’t cook through and sunk in the middle. could have been because I was making it with a baby on my hip, or because the baking parchment I used to line the pan caught fire a few mins into baking and I had to open the oven!

Sarahs Lemon Loaf

125g Butter

1.5 cups of flour

3/4 cup Sugar

2t baking powder

2 Eggs

1/2 cup milk

2t lemon zest

1t vanilla essence

1/4 almond essence

mix all ingredients until well combined, pour into a lined and greased loaf tin and cook on 180 for about 45 mins, until a skewer comes out clean.

Icing:

1 cup icing sugar

2-3 tsp lemon juice

mix it so that its pretty runny, pour over loaf. This is really optional, the cake is divine without it.

Variations I’ve tried:

leave out the lemon. Add cocoa powder to half the batter and swirl it through the other half. Marble cake!

 

Family Chocolate Brownies

I’m not sure whose recipe this is originally, it’s in my family cook book so I’m giving the family credit! I’ve changed it a bit.

1 cup Sugar

3T cocoa

pinch of salt

3/4 cup flour

2 T milk

2 Eggs

1 heaped tsp of good strong coffee (I used Douwe Egberts instant espresso, please don’t try use Ricoffee or something equally disgusting! Erm yes, have I mentioned I’m a coffee snob?)

Mix the coffee into the milk

Sift cocoa, four and salt. I don’t have a sieve so I don’t do this but you should. Add sugar, beaten egg, milk coffee, and melted butter ( I love it when a recipe uses melted butter because I always forget to lift the butter out before so its always to hard).

oh you can fold in some dark chocolate chunks here if you want, or some nuts, or marshmellow pieces.

pour into a greased pan (this recipe says 15 x 25cms, I just always use the same one and not sure the measurements).

Bake at 180 for 25mins or so

cut into squares and cover with chocolate icing if you want, or melt a bar of chocolate and drizzle over it (before you cut it obviously).

I usually serve them with vanilla ice cream and bar one sauce and call them home made chocolate brownie avalanches.

Nannys Crunchies 

1 cup flour

125g butter

3/4 cup syrup

1 1/2 cup sugar

1 cup coconut

1 tsp bicarb

2 cups oats

1 tsp almond essence

melt butter and syrup. add bicarb and essence. Pour mixture into dry ingredients. Press into a tray about 20 x 30cms and bake at 140 for 20 mins (I usually turn off the oven and leave them in there a bit longer) 

Variations:

Substitute half the oats with muesli or granola (put less sugar in then as well)

Use Whole wheat Flour (I always do this)

Add some cranberries and mixed seeds (also lessen the sugar, the cranberries make it very sweet)

Add some chocolate chips.

 

Tanyas Red Velvet Cupcakes

1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup Sasko Cake Flour
1/3 cup oil
2 Tablespoon cocoa powder
1- 2 tablespoons liquid red food colouring (can adjust to your desired colour)
2 teaspoons vanilla essence (or one teaspoon vanilla extract)
1/2 teaspoon Moir’s Baking Powder (I use a whole tsp because they really don’t rise much)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Combine buttermilk and vinegar in a bowl and set aside.
Combine sugar, oil and extracts/essences in a large mixing bowl. Add the buttermilk mix and combine thoroughly.
Add the rest of your dry ingredients, mix until all lumps are gone. Lastly add your red liquid food colouring. Mix thoroughly
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.
Bake for 17-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a cupcake comes out clean.
Wait at least 30 minutes, or until completely cool to frost.

Recipe will make 12 regular-sized cupcakes, or 24 mini cupcakes.

Butter cream icing
75 Grams butter
3-4 cups icing sugar, sifted
2-3 Tablespoons milk
1 Teaspoon vanilla essence

Cream butter, milk and vanilla essence. Gradually add icing sugar until smooth and creamy and forms peaks. Decorate cupcakes as desired.

yes I copied and pasted that recipe from Rattle and Mum because I cant be bothered to type it out, thats why it sounds much more professional! 

Will post some of my food recipes when I have a minute. I have to go and get Lily and I showered and dressed now! 

Please send me your favorite recipes and I’ll post them on my blog for everyone to try! you can send them to shannondawnrichards@gmail.com (please internet, don’t spam me!)

50 Shades of…twilight?

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I’ve just started the very popular 50 Shades of Grey, like seriously just started. I haven’t even gotten to any sexy scenes yet. I just wanted to talk about my newest theory. I think that it’s been written by Stefanie Meyer. Seriously. yes yes I know shes Mormon and all that, but there are such similarities its crazy! I think its twilight for grown-ups, and well, as far as I know its without the vampires. So here’s the similarities:

Isabella (Bella)/ Anastasia (Ana)

Both are clumsy, shy, pale, small and brunette. 

Both have a love of the old classic books

Both have mothers who are a bit off the rails and who they don’t live with.

Both fall in love with an older, rich, gorgeous man

Both are spurned by said older, rich and gorgeous man at first, ‘for their own good’.

Both are saved by their sweety, Ana almost gets hit by a cyclist and Bella by a car.

Both have other men in their lives who love them but they spurn their advances

Both have never had a boyfriend before

Both work in ‘manly’ jobs. Ana works in a hardware store and Bella works in a Camping goods store

Both suck at sports.

That’s all I’ve got so far, but I”m sure I’ll find some others!

Have you read the book? What do you think of my conspiracy theory?