Archives for the month of: August, 2012

As I write this I am watching the Olympic opening ceremony. I’m loving it. Okay it is a couple of weeks late (we taped it on our TV) but I”m loving it nonetheless. It’s so creative and exciting. JK Rowling just appeared and now they’re making the stories come alive. The 101 Dalmations, Harry Potter characters. Of course I loved the Queen scene which everyone’s talking about. It’s just so much fun. And I’m in need of a bit of fun, considering everything that’s been going on. It feels like the three weeks again. All I want to do is spend time with the Princes. So this is lovely quality time, as we chat through the opening ceremony.

Loved James Bond and the Queen. What a Good Sport she is!!!

Below is some thoughts I penned down last week during the Olympics.

 

This has been a busy week indeed with all the Olympics to watch. At least that’s the way it’s been for the Princes and my hubbie. Every night it’s been another evening of watching the athletics, 100m semis, 200 m finals etc etc etc. Now I’ve never been very much interested in the Olympics, however in order to spend time with my family I had to join in the Olympic watching. Now guess who’s reaching for the control and demanding to watch the synchronised swimming. Prince No. 1 complained the other day that he wish he hadn’t called me to watch.

Here’s why I love the Olympics

1. Good quality time with family. We have something to talk about that’s fun and interesting.

2. Follow your dreams – every athlete has trained for hours upon hours. Seeing the tears run down Chad Le Clos’s face was such a lovely, inspiring moment. A person who’s given it their all and has conquered their dream. It inspires me and I want it to inspire my children. We can achieve anything we set our mind to, as long as we have the courage and perseverance.

3. The human story of try and try again. When you see that runner have a false start and be disqualified from the race. When you see the human stories in the Olympics. Of Felix Sanchez from the Dominican Repubic who was a gold medalist in Athens, 2004 but wasn’t considered as a potential gold medalist when he came back as the 400 m gold medalist  and see him sobbing his eyes out (making Le Clos’s tears look robotic  in comparison) For my hubbie it’s all about the stories. And we learn from other peoples stories and weave it with our own. Inspiring us to better ourselves, just like the SA rowing team were inspired by Le Clos’s gold to row beyond what they believed possible to gold too!

4. There is such a thing as good television

We only allow our Princes a limited amount of TV per week. An hour on Friday, a movie or an hour on Sat night and an hour on Sunday. Sometimes they watch more than this, sometimes less. We want to teach them that there is such a thing as positive TV, and I think the Olympics falls into that category. It’s about teaching them that everything can be used for the good rather than bad.

5. We Are All Gold Medalists

We just need to find what we specialise in. I realised how we all have our unique talents and how specialised they are, when I watched the women’s 200 m finals. My hubbie explained that it’ll be interesting who wins, the 100 m or 400 m gold medalists. It turned out that the 200 m was won by neither of them. It was won by a 200 m runner. If each distance is specialised, how much more so with everything else in this world. Each of us are so unique, and contrary to the way school subjects are taught, it’s better to be brilliant at one thing, rather than average in everything. When we excel in what we love, we are unique, special and often win GOLD.

6. Geography

It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about the different countries with their flags, cultures and anthems. Prince No. 3 has already asked me, ‘How do they make the anthems?’ It’s something I never thought about. Thank God for google.

Just to conclude, the down side of the Olympics that Australia didn’t do so well, but South Africa did amazingly, especially compared to the Beijing Olympics, where they only won a silver medal. London shone, it made me realise what a fun city it is. I want to go… but that’s where my hubbie puts his foot down. No more traveling for quite a while with Prince No. 4.

(Speaking about my hubbie I need to relate what he said after he read one of my blog entries. He said he’s going to start his own blog and it’ll be all about the princes and his drama queen. 🙂 )

Mr Bean just appeared he is hilarious. Apparently you can watch it on UTube. GO watch, laugh with your loved ones. Smile, smile, smile, life’s too short to do anything else.

Love and Light to everyone. Have a wonderful weekend!

Love British Humour!!!!

 

I have to smile at the heading of this blog because this week I’m burning out from ‘can do’.

Anyway last week I had a hectic week of ‘To Dos’ which included some writing and teaching prep. I felt totally, absolutely overwhelmed. Working plus mommying a small baby and three small lads is no small feat. I don’t know how working moms do it with a 9-5 job. I’m not brilliant at handling stress, especially when my times not my own and I don’t know where my next spare half an hour is going to come from. So why do I do it to myself? Why take on jobs when my plate is already full? The truth is I love to write and do. If I just mommy I feel like I’m not truly in the world, fulfilling my potential. I know a lot of mothers battle with the same issue. We love being mothers but we don’t want to give ourselves up.

So here’s where the heading comes in. My dear, sweet mother-in-law phoned me up and heard the frantic tone of my voice. Instead of saying, ‘Why do you take so much on?’ She said something that helped me breathe easier and understand why I put so much on my plate. ‘The more you do the more you can do. The less you do the less you can do.’

And she’s so right. I may not do everything I take on perfectly – wait there’s no such thing as perfect so let’s just say as well as I’d like to. On disrupted sleep and a rigorous breast-feeding schedule thanks to Prince No. 4, I’m not completely myself. Yet I’m doing what I love, and as my heart rate goes up at the thought of my deadline and another lesson to prepare for, this keeps me going, keeps me breathing, keeps me sane.

So cheers to all moms out there doing what they love. Cheers to all moms out there who may not be doing what they love, but are supporting their families. There is such value in being responsible and raising a family. However another important point that was raised for me is NOT TO FORGET TO HAVE FUN! When I just work and mommy and forget to smile and laugh, do silly things and get in touch with my inner child, my stress levels rise further. My inner child is clamoring for a release, for time out, for  mind free fun, like kicking a ball with Prince No. 1, or going for  a walk, or baking a cake.

Which brings me to my Ferrero Rocher Cake – I baked it last week on a total whim. It was from the internet so quite a risk really, and that’s where the fun was. So take a risk and make it too, it’s quite fun! Plus its gluten-free. (For those who are intolerant.)

Delicious Ferrero Rocher Cake – Well Worth It

Ferrero Rocher Cake

Ingredients

300g butter

300g sugar

2 tsp vanillasugar (I think you just put vanilla in sugar. I left it out.)

8 eggs

400 groung hazelnuts (I used almonds, which worked very well.)

2tsp baking powder

Cream Ingredients

26 Ferrero Rocher (This makes it quite expensive. I would say you could probably blend another chocolate with nuts and it would do the trick perhaps. You could really play with it. Further I had left over cream filling so maybe you could just do with 20 Ferrero Rocher balls.)

700 ml cream

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 180C

2. Grease cake pans. (I should note here that this recipe is intended for two cake pans so that you have a layered cake. I rather made one cake and used the cream with the chocolate as the icing. I think it would be amazing to make it into two cake tins though and use the cream as the filling. And then cover with a chocolate ganache, you could google a good recipe. I’ve never made a ganache.)

3. In a large bowl, cream the butter. Add the sugar and vanilla sugar and beat until light and fluffy.

4. Beat the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture, one a time, beating well after each addition.

5. Set the mixer on low-speed and add the hazelnuts and baking powder to the egg mixture.

6. Pour the batter into the prepared pans (they use 32cm, I think any decent round pan will do) and bake for 45-50 minutes.

7. Cool the cakes

8. Crush Rocher balls with a fork or blender. (But don’t crush too small.) Whip the cream until stiff (but watch it cream is so easy to over beat and curdle), mix with chopped Rocher.

9. Option 1. Fill the two cakes so it’s like a sandwich and put in fridge so it can harden. Cover with chocolate ganache or buttercream.

Option 2. If you made one cake, frost it with the chocolate cream and decorate with chocolate as you see fit.

And enjoy this decadent, yummy cake. Everyone who tried it loved it. It’s worth the risk!