update pics of our kittens

Hi all! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Our last kitten went to Sunnyside (in Clarens) and now belongs to my mom's good friend. But I wanted to post some more pictures of them a bit older.


First picture is Cayenne, second is Cairo and last is Canberra. :) Cairo was the first one to go. He's the oldest. His personality is so sweet! Every morning when we used to come through to the cat room to give them fresh water and food, he would jump out of his box and come running to us, and as soon as we started to stroke him, he would purr and purr. He went to our Afrikaans tutor, who says that she loves him so much! But she kept his name as Cairo.
Cayenne went next. My mom put ads on the internet here and there, and then one day while we were shopping, her phone rang. It was an message asking if they could have a kitten. So my mom and the 'stranger' (we never knew her name and still don't) stayed in touch. The next day Cayenne was taken. Cayenne is a quiet and calm beauty. She loves human company and is very playful. But anyway, her name was changed to Misty, which I think suits quite well! ;)
Canberra was last. She was the one who went to Sunnyside, and now lives on a farm. Canberra was a very cute and cuddly kitten. She was always getting into trouble and being adventurous! Her new name is Cammy.
So all our kittens are gone now. :( But they were well loved while they were around.
Tane xx

Reilly's birthday pics

Hi all! I hope you are doing well.
Reilly's birthday and party took place last Saturday, it was so much fun, and he really enjoyed it! Perrin, me, mom and Grace made a cake for him, he loved it! :)
Reilly was actually born on the 18th of December 2008, but since Mom is going to have another baby in December, close to his birthday, she figured that she should make his birthday earlier. So she did. (We're not allowed to say "happy birthday" on his real birth date, lol!)
Here are some party pictures!

Little Reilly Jack...now three years old.
Tane xx

cheesy chicken tortilla

Hi everyone,
I've entered Heidi-Mari's baking challenge for the second time!
A delicious and easy snack. You can get your younger siblings or children to help you, they would have fun! You may even want to make it for your mother on mother's day, as I made it for my mom, and she loved it! So, cook, eat and enjoy!

This time, I've made a chicken, and cheesy tortilla with salad, out of my head! It was really fun, so, thanks for making the challenge, Heidi-Mari! So... Here's how I did it.

What You Will Need:
Half a chicken breast, cut into anything, strips, cubes or chunks.
Some pickled chillis - optional!
4 pieces of cheese, preferably grated. (don't make them to thin, remember, this recipe is supposed to be cheesy!)
10 grams crushed chilli and garlic (you can put less in, but it gives it a lot of taste).
20 grams capers, don't used if not liked!
Pinch of pepper.
A tortilla (use a favourite or traditional recipe, or go to this one, but I made my one it out of my head, with help from my mom!)
7 baby rosa tomatoes.
Shredded lettuce (use how ever much you want).
13 slices cucumber.
Any type of salad dressing, homemade or shop-bought.
6 slices red pepper.
And... I think that's it! :)

What You Must Do:

First thing first, flavoring the chicken. You will fry the chicken later, but you must first throw some flavor in. :)
Put the crushed chilli and garlic, capers, pepper and pickled chillis. Mix well, and leave to marinate.

Next step, the salad. Cut the baby rosa tomatoes in two, and set them aside. Then shred the lettuce and set that aside, too. Now it's time to slice the cucumber and the red pepper. Slice them anyway you want, be creative! ;) Place neatly on a plate, and then sprinkle droplets of salad dressing all over it. Once you are done with that, put the plate with salad on in the fridge, put something over them to try and keep it fresh.

Now, back to the chicken. Put the chicken on to fry, and place all cheese in with the chicken. Fry the chicken and cheese mixture until the cheese is all melted and the chicken well cooked. Get the tortilla on a plate. Put the chicken on the tortilla, and toll up the tortilla. Place the tortilla next to the salad on the plate. Here's a tip, grate a little more cheese, and put it on top of the tortilla, to make it more cheesy, yummy and decorative! Now you have your tortilla special, enjoy!

If you feel like entering a challenge, then get up and cook or bake! Heidi-Mari is just waiting for you to enter!
Lots of love

six word story

Have you ever heard of a six word story? Well, here's a link with a lot of information for you! Click here. And here is a very cool website on it: http://www.sixwordstories.net/  Check them out! Anyhow, Mom looked it up on the internet, and I was interested.
Here's a sad six word story made by Ernest Herningway.

For sale: baby shoes, never used.

Here's my own, for a little special, new guy:

Baby brother born, it's a miracle.
Or it could be: Baby brother born, girls outnumbered now.

Cool, hey?
Why don't you guys be creative and put some six word stories in your comments? I would like it!
Tane xx

a poem for Tess

Author's Note: This is a poem for my dog, Tessa. She was a Labrador cross Basset and she was 4 years old when I lost her... I was about 7.

so sorry you're gone
so sad you had to go
time I had with you wasn't long
but I loved you so.
my best animal friend
loved your droopy ears
why did it have to end?
and end in tears?
why did it have to be?
I still love you
and I'm sure you still love me.
maybe, up there
you're still missing
your best human friend.
so sorry you're gone
so sad you had to go
time I had with you wasn't long
but I loved you so
and I don't know
why you had to go
my best animal friend
my sweet companion
why did it have to end?
and end in tears?
I loved your droopy ears
and your deep brown eyes
and your comforting slow sighs
when I was sad
you'd come to me
and put your head on my lap
I miss that.
I miss you
so sorry you're gone
so sad you had to go
time I had with you wasn't long
but I loved you so

♥Love you Tess♥ 
What did you think? I miss her so much.

my castle cake

Hi everyone. I made a castle cake for Heidi-Mari’s fortnightly baking challenge.
Here’s the recipe!

What you will need:
A vanilla cake baked and cooled (You can use your favourite vanilla cake or any other flavour, but I recommend this recipe)
A packet of yoghurt jelly tots
A packet of jelly beans
3 cones, one short flat bottom
Blue sugar edible crystals
A packet of princess sweets (any girly or princess-like sweets will work)
A packet of white chocolate buttons
Ginger biscuits
Yellow icing (or your choice, but I used butter icing) & green icing (once again, your choice)
1 Mento (this goes on top of the flat bottom cone)
100’s & 1000’s

Ice the cake with the yellow icing, once you are done with the first layer, put it in the fridge and wait for 10 minutes. Continue this until the cake has three layers of icing.

Pipe a plus sign on each of the ginger cookies, and put them on the side of the cake making windows. Then ice the cones (except for the flat bottom one) roll both the cones in a plate of 100’s & 1000’s. Place then together in the middle of the cake. Blob a bit of yellow icing on top of the flat bottom cone, and then place the Mento on top. Blob more icing on top of the Mento, and place a jelly tot on top.
Put the flat bottom cone on the cake behind or in between the other cones. Put the cake in the fridge and wait 10 minutes.

Take the cake out of the fridge, and pipe green icing in between and under the ginger windows. Using jelly tots, make flowers at the top of each green line. Or be creative and make little buds on the sides of the piped green lines.

Put in the fridge again, but only for 5 minutes. Once the cake is set again, stick princess sweets, jelly tots, jelly beans and white chocolate buttons wherever you want on top of the cake. Then sprinkle the blue edible sugar crystals on top. Eat all the cake you want or share some with the kids!
They’re sure to love it... J Lol.

Here’s some pictures of my cake.

That's my little brother, Reilly, just waiting for us to finish photographing so he can have a piece of cake!

Remember, this is for Heidi-Mari's fortnightly baking challenge, "Something For a Child" So if you're up for baking, click on the image below.


Bye for now,
Tane xoxo
P.S. If you're not up for baking, and you've got a spare moment, please go and vote for my entry!

just a hairstyle

I'm not a big hairstyle person. But this one I did enjoy wearing...here's how I got it. Last Monday, I saw Perrin playing with my Mom's hair and putting it into funky hairstyles while Mom was busy on the computer. As soon as I saw that, I wanted to have my hair done, and done in a different hairstyle. I usually have my hair tied up with a parting in the middle. (okay, not exactly in the middle, and not exactly the height of fashion!) And I wanted something new, well, I felt like something new. So Perrin kindly agreed to my request, and played with my hair... Making it look very different from how I usually wear it.
Here's three pics.

Dark lipstick, does it suit me? (Btw, I am not in the habit of wearing lipstick normally! This was just for fun, for the photos)

On that picture, you can see the rose that Perrin added.

Did you enjoy the pics?
Well, that's all... Comment and tell me what you think of my wacky hairstyle! (Perrin says it suits me)
-Tane xx