“Just love yourself and you’re set.”

This post is dedicated to all my single friends out there who need a little love this Valentines day. As we all know, the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. This is why I decided to make use of the fantastic box of cookie cutters I received, from my lovely friend Mathapelo, for my birthday.

To all my single buddies out there (And to a couple not-so-single friends. I won’t name names, just in case there is any animosity among the singles.);

Have a Happy Valentines day, stuffing yourself with COOKIES!

I found quite a yummy sounding sugar cookie dough recipe from foodie blogger Annie’s Eats and decided to try it. It was a really nice dough to work with and the cookies seemed to come out really well. My sister tasted them and has now been eating them non-stop since the moment they came out the oven. So they must be at least halfway decent. The piping, on the other hand, needs some work. But I’m almost certain my second try will look much better. Those of you who are to see me this weekend; I hope you enjoy my baked treats. May they fill the loveless void that Valentine’s day brings.

On a related note, (By related, I mean there are baked goods involved and I eat them.) I went to Wolves for the first time today. Soooo lovely. Reminds me of the Camden market days, with vintage decor and quirky people. I had the scrummiest Red Velvet Cupcake ever and a perfectly yummy homemade lemonade. Five star rating people. I really loved the whole vibe. I’m definitely going back. (Soon)

Vivi and Mary-Anne also got themselves a chocolate mustache, which comes with the aptly named, Excuse me sir, but there is a mustache in my hot chocolate. A very cute idea and quite delicious too! If you’re ever driving around the Illovo area in Johannesburg and you suddenly feel like something tasty, please do yourself a favour and drop by Wolves.

A great start to what I imagine is going to be a fantastic weekend! Brunch and Karaoke Glee Revolution tomorrow! What could be better?!

Zozette

xoxo

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“Happiness hit her like a train on a track.”

Greetings, greetings; what few readers I have.

It’s another glorious Wednesday in my little world of unemployment. But, alas, I do not let it get me down… For, though I am poor, I am also resourceful. I have found little things to do to pass the time in between interviews and such.

First and foremost, I’ve been bitten by the cooking bug. I’ve surfed so many food blogs and recipe books, that when I close my eyes to sleep at night, my dreams take on the appearance of little blogs and books, filled with cupcakes and macarons. I can do nothing but give in to this power that food has over me.  In the upcoming days/weeks, I’ll share a few of my most recent endeavors. However successful/unsuccessful they were.

Other than my obsession with food, I have also dug up my grandmothers sewing machine from storage. Been fiddling with that for the first time and managed to get an entire handbag out of it. (Please ignore the EXTREMELY skew stitches. I am ashamed enough already. What will the towns-folk say? “The grand-daughter of a seamstress?! Preposterous!”)

Also, my cashlessness hasn’t stopped me from keeping my style up to date. I got a free birthday haircut from my hairdresser (How cool is he – right?) and I bought myself a little home-dye to shake things up! (And cover up the blonde. Contrary to popular beliefs; while blonde, I did not have more fun.)


I now resemble (unintentionally, I swear.) Agnes from Despicable Me. I still can’t decide if this is a good or a bad thing. Oh well. As Shakespeare would say in times like these, “What’s done, is done!” (Although, I can’t imagine that ol’ William used to dye his hair and go for free haircuts and… what.. what… yes, you know what I’m saying.)

Tomorrow, I bake! (Again)

People who are to see me in the next few days are in for a treat! (Unless everything flops… In that case I can only offer a spoonful of sugar – Which is not all that bad. Apparently it helps the medicine go down.)

Until next time!

Zozette

xoxo

“…Let the world spin madly on.”

If you’re a fan of Contemporary dance and animation, you HAVE to watch this beautiful piece. It’s an animation called “Thought of you” by animator Ryan Woodward. It is one of the many figurative pieces that make up Conte Animated, an exhibition exploring artistic mediums and movement. Quite stunning and rather deserving of much more recognition. You can find out more about Ryan here.

Quite tempted to take the footage from my Jazz dance recital and try something with it. Hmm…

Zozette

xoxo

“Happy Birthday to ya! Happy bi-irth-daaay…”

Happy Birthday to me!!! I am 22 now… and so I think that I must be old.

My most amazingest cake EVER! (Ok, it was from my 21st last year – but isn’t it amazing?)

“All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, ‘Oh, why can’t you remain like this for ever!’ This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end.”

– J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)

Peter Pan and Wendy


Zozette

xoxo

 

 

“Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic…”

What to do while one is unemployed (and willing to spend the last few pennies in their wallet…)

Have a picnic!

Grab a handful of close buddies, a blanket, board games, some yummy goodies – and stick em in your picnic basket. Skip off to your nicest botanical garden (In our case – The stunning Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden) and enjoy a nice day in the sun.

Heeeey! Look at me! Imma picnicing!

Get everyone to bring something to cut costs and make sure you take your student card with! Discount!!! – YEAH. (Let’s not mention that my student card is actually not valid anymore. I graduated over a year ago….)

Check out the spread!

Danica and Taboo (The bestest, noisiest game for a bunch of Europeans and an American to play)

Who’s happy she came on a picnic?! Vivi is! Vivi is!

I can see you Megan… (Taboo brings out the ninja within)

Yummy yummy peanut butter cups!

See? Picnics make you happy. Even when you’re broke. Join us!

Extreme Super fail at a multiple jump shot. Danica’s all “High School Musical” and Viv’s kinda celebratory. I, on the other hand, seem to be squatting. In. Every. Single. “Jumping.” Photo.

What fun indeed!

Zozette

xoxo

“Our house, in the middle of our street…”

Here are the little gingerbread houses I made for our Christmas Eve/Day hosts. I’m really quite proud of them. I didn’t expect them to turn out so well. (We’ll omit the fact that I had a catastrophe house prior to these cuties.)

I’m most definitely making more next year. 🙂 I would have posted these piccies earlier, but I couldn’t let the internets see them before the receiving parties…

Made out of my traditional gingerbread, iced together with royal icing and topped off with my little hand-made fondant decorations. Let me know what you think!

Zozette

xoxo

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…”

Imagine my surprise when my dream of a white Christmas came true this year…

In summery South Africa!

Ok, mind you, it wasn’t snow…. It was actually hail… But honestly now, marshmallows could have fallen from the sky and I still would have been happy. (Actually, probably happier…)

Anyhow, back to hail.

It fell. From ye sky. In buckets.

Hours later, there were still piles of it in my driveway… so my sister and I went out and played in it, while singing Christmas carols. It was little bit sad, but we felt festive all the same.

Ch-ch-check it out:

Our “snowy” garden. 🙂

HAIL FIGHT!

I hope everybody had a fantastically superb Christmas and ate themselves into a coma. (I definitely did.) – Now for the New Year celebrations tomorrow! (Can you believe it’s 2011 already??? – WHAT?!)

Zozette

xoxo

“We get to carry each other, carry each other.”

I had quite the enlightening experience a few weeks ago when I went with a few lovely people from Virgin Atlantic (The South African department) to a very underprivileged, but very deserving school in the middle of Ennerdale Johannesburg, Sibekiwe primary School.

The few days before our visit, I sat with the family in our dining room making up 600 Christmassy packs to hand out to the children. The packs were made up of different candies, crisps and a cool drink. Quite a mission, but once we got our production line going, it went quite quickly.

The full reward, however, came when we got to the school. It’s in the middle of a township and is nothing more than a small plot of land with two or three small classrooms on the property. (For 600  children!) A few months ago, Virgin Atlantic had visited them and organized a bore-hole water pump and the start of a vegetable garden for the community. Before that, they had no running water for kms. We visited their veggie garden and helped fix up a few of the plants that needed attention and a bit of watering. It’s amazing how much good a community can do with a positive attitude. The school’s choir performed a few songs for us and then we got down to planting a few trees in their barren yard with Trees for Africa.

After a morning in the sun and 16 new trees in the yard, all the children lined up patiently and received their little Christmas packages from us. It was so much fun meeting some of these kids. They’re filled with so much ambition and eagerness, I can only wish that their futures are as bright as their dispositions. Very inspiring to hear from the future doctors and policemen of our country.

In a few months Virgin is taking a trip back there to see how everything is going and I’m definitely eager to tag along again. Very rewarding experience. Especially this time of year. 🙂

Here are a few photos from our trip:

Sibekiwe Primary. “Any school is better than no school.”

The awesome choir.

Fixin’ up the veggie garden!

Michael from Trees for Africa explaining what the teachers could do with all those wonderful herbs.

The classrooms.

Myself, not looking very farmer-like, with the kiddies.

The loot! (Well, a very small part of it.)

Beautiful children.

Zozette

xoxo

“There are people dying, if you care enough for the living.”

You may have noticed the banner for “Free Rice” on the right hand border of my blog.  If not, please take the time to check it out. It’s a really clever little initiative that was created in association with the United Nations World Food program, which, through it’s many ventures has fed over 90 million beneficiaries, in 73 countries, about 3.7 million tonnes of food.

It takes almost no effort and nothing but a little brain power. All you have to do is click on the link and put your vocab to the test. For every correct answer, a new advert banner will load, paying for a few more grains of rice towards the hungry.

Clever, huh?

Zozette

xoxo

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“I got the magic in me…”

In light of current events, I thought I would theme my new post to the likes of the wonderful, wizarding world of Harry potter. This doesn’t refer to the fantastic-looking theme park (Which I NEED to visit), but the fact that the movie was released yesterday. I have yet to see it… which is a first for me! I always watch the HP movies on premiere night and I’m afraid my 30 seconds to Mars concert last night spoilt that tradition. HOWEVER, 30 seconds to Mars blew my mind and the new Harry Potter movie will be seen VERY soon.

In the meantime… I have found a rather… er… interesting person who has entered himself in a “Biggest Harry Potter fan” competition. Let’s just say this dude better win, because he has dedicated his life and a lot of time to this phenomenal series. (I thought I was a fan… but really… Wow! This guy is either the king of all Harry Potter nerds OR totally creeptastic. You decide.)

Zozette

xoxo

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