Outfit of the week #64

Cape Town weather can be a little unpredictably, especially in the evening so I wanted to make sure I had some holiday outfits that would work well for inbetween days and evenings. That’s where this kimono style dress comes in. The sleeves provide coverage from the wind but it’s lightweight enough to keep you cool.

I am wearing a blue and white floral kimono dress with tan, jewelled Egyptian style sandals both from River Island with a white and gold beaded necklace from H&M.
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Things I have been cooking lately #109: Rice Krispie treats/Peanut butter Rice Krispie treats

As most of you know I love baking and creating tasty treats for friends, co-workers (and obviously myself). Baking takes loads of time (and a little skill) though and sometimes you want to be able to make something delicious really quickly. Behold… Rice Krispie treats. Whether you’re taking a break from more complex baking or you’re not a confident baker if you need to produce sweet snacks for a bake sale or a children’s party, these are perfect. Plus, I have found a way to pimp them with peanut butter!

Unfortunately I can’t find the picture I took of these but I am going add one as soon as I make them again

Rice krispie treats… two ways

For the plain version

5 cups Rice Krispies (or similar generic brand cereal, which is what I used and they were great)
110g butter
300g mini marshmallows
1/2 a teaspoon vanilla extract
A pinch of salt

Measure out the Rice Krispies and set aside.

Line a large, deep baking dish with foil and spray with non-stick spray.

Melt the butter in a large pot over a low heat. Once the butter has melted add the vanilla, salt and marshmallows and stir until everything is melted together.

Pour the marshmallow mixture over the Rice Krispies and stir until they are completely coated. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking tin and press down with a spatula.

Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares with a sharp knife.

For the peanut butter chocolate version

5 cups of Rice Krispies (or similar generic brand cereal)
75g butter
2 heaped tablespoons smooth peanut butter
100g dark chocolate chips

Measure out the Rice Krispies and set aside.

Line a large, deep baking dish with foil and spray with non-stick spray.

Melt the butter and peanut butter in a large pot over a low heat. Once melted add the marshmallows and stir until everything is melted together.

Pour the marshmallow mixture over the Rice Krispies and stir until they are completely coated. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before stirring in the chocolate chips. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking tin and press down with a spatula.

Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares with a sharp knife.

Each recipe makes about 24 squares

10 Great Road Trip movies

Having grown up in a large country with vast interior and a very limited public transport system, the road trip was a mainstay of my life from when I was very small. My grandparents lived at the seaside ten hours drive from my home town Johannesburg, which meant the whole family made the trip by car at least once a year. I applaud my parents for doing this since a car journey of that length (especially in our Renault 5 in the 80’s – a car no larger than a Fiat Punto) can’t have been that much fun with two kids under five. When I got older I went on numerous holidays with friends that involved a road trip on the way there and on the way back. Even now although I don’t drive myself, the idea of hopping into a car and heading out into the open road is something that fills me with a little frisson of excitement. I don’t think I am the only one since the road trip movie is a bit of a Hollywood staple. Here are some that I love.

Beavis and ButtheadBeavis and Butt-Head do America (1996)

Starring (voice actors): Mike Judge, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore
The journey: Across the USA
The purpose: To retrieve their stolen TV
The vehicle: Greyhound bus
“Little Old Lady: Oh, hello, there. Are you two heading for Las Vegas?
Beavis: Yeah. We’re gonna score.
Little Old Lady: Oh, well, I hope to score big there, myself. I’m mostly gonna be doing the slots.
Beavis: Yeah, yeah. I’m hoping to do some sluts, too. Yeah. Do they have a lot of sluts in Las Vegas?
Little Old Lady: Oh, there are so many slots, you won’t know where to begin.
Beavis: Whoa. Hey, Butt-Head, this chick is pretty cool. She says there’s gonna be tons of sluts in Las Vegas.
Butt-head: Cool.
Little Old Lady: It’s so nice to meet young men who are so well-mannered.
Beavis: Yeah. I’m gonna have money and a big screen TV and there’s gonna be sluts everywhere. It’s gonna rule.
Little Old Lady: Well, that’s nice.”

Thelma and Louise

Thelma & Louise (1991)

Starring: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel
The journey: From Oklahoma to Mexico
The purpose: To get away from their boring lives… and Thelma’s awful husband.
The vehicle: A 1966 Ford Thunderbird
“Thelma: Driiive Louise! Drive! Drive the car! Go! Go! Go go go go go go!
Louise: What is it? What happened?
[Thelma holds up money]
Louise: You robbed the store? You robbed the whole damn store?
Thelma: Well we needed the money.
Louise: Oh shoot!
Thelma: It’s not like I killed anybody for God’s sake!
Louise: Thelma!
Thelma: I’m sorry, we needed the money, now we got it.
Louise: Oh shoot! Oh shoot, Thelma!
Thelma: Louise, get us to damn Mexico.
Louise: Allright, oh shoot! Oh shoot! Oh shoot!”

Sex Drive

Sex Drive (2008)

Starring: Josh Zuckerman, Clark Duke, Amanda Crew
The journey: From Chicago to Knoxville
The purpose: For virgin, Ian, to meet up with a girl he met online and hopefully pop his cherry
The vehicle: A 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge “borrowed” from Ian’s brother, Rex
“Lance: Dude, what the fuck?
Ian: I don’t want her along.
Lance: Oh, really? You don’t want to bring Yoko on your sex trip? Yeah, no shit. She’s always cock-blocking you.
Ian: No, she isn’t. She doesn’t even have a…
Lance: Okay, twat blocking. Professor.”

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Road Trip (2000)

Starring: Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Amy Smart
The journey: From New York to Austin
The purpose: For Josh to retrieve a sex tape he inadvertently made with Beth and than accidentally posted to his girlfriend, Tiffany.
The vehicle: A borrowed car followed by a stolen bus for blind school children
“Rubin: I just said we’d make it across. I didn’t say anything about the wheels staying on.
Josh: What the hell are we gonna do now? I’m totally screwed! I don’t have time to be walking through the woods right now!”

Proscilla

The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994)

Starring: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp
The journey: From Sydney to Alice Springs
The purpose: to perform in a show and for Anthony ‘Tick’ Belrose to be reunited with his son
The vehicle: A battered tour bus
” Felicia: [in sweet voice] Mummy, maybe a trip to the outback will help me get over this little… phase I’m going through. And you never know, I might meet some lovely country girl.
[in tough voice]
Felicia: I hereby christen this budget Barbie camper… Priscilla. Queen of the Desert!
[smashes champagne bottle against bus]
Bernadette: That’s gotta be the understatement of the century.”

On The Road

On The Road (2012)

Starring: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart
The journey: From New York to California
The purpose: For the sheer joy of being on the road
The vehicle: A car… but I have no idea what kind.
“Sal Paradise: The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Starring: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear
The journey: From Albuquerque to Redondo Beach
The purpose: To get eight year old Olive to the Little Miss Sunshine Beauty pageant
The vehicle: A bright yellow mini-bus
“Richard: I can’t slow down. I can’t slow down.
Sheryl: Come on, Olive.
Frank: Come on, sweetie, jump. Jump in the car.”

Everything is Illuminated

Everything is Illuminated (2005)

Starring: Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, Boris Leskin
The journey: From Odessa to Trachimbrod
The purpose: For a young American Jew to find the woman who helped his family escape the Holocaust
The vehicle: A tiny blue car
“Alex: Please, don’t be scared. Cars are totally safe now. They even have airbags, crumple zones… Maybe not this one… but most!”

EuroTrip

EuroTrip (2004)

Starring: Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Michelle Trachtenberg
The journey: Across Europe to Germany
The purpose: For Scott to find his German pen pal who he has fallen in love with
The vehicle: Train, bus, truck…
“Scott: Let me handle this, I speak better German. Hello!
Truck Driver: Hello!
Scott: [in German] My German is ill, but I can understand on you if the speaking is slowly.
Truck Driver: [in German] German! I have been driving for 14 hours straight and I haven’t slept in three days and I am wired on schnapps, benzedrine, and those little chocolate covered peanuts.
Cooper: What did he say?
Scott: He said he’s driving, something…
Scott: [in German] Do you know where is Berlin?
Truck Driver: [in German] Berlin? Yes, I know it well. I stabbed a woman in a bar in Berlin. But I am going nowhere near Berlin.
Scott: Berlin!
Truck Driver: [in German] Berlin! I also sexually assaulted a horse in Berlin.
Scott: He’s going to Berlin.
Jamie: Awesome.
Truck Driver: [in German] Nowhere near Berlin.
Scott: All right, come on, let’s go.
[the group get in the back of the truck]
Truck Driver: [to self, in German] I’ll drive this truck off a cliff before I ever go back to Berlin.”

Easy Rider

Easy Rider (1969)

Starring: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson
The journey: From Los Angeles to New Orleans
The purpose: To experience Mardis Gras and as much of America as possible on the way
The vehicle: Two Harley Davidson Hydra-Glides
“George Hanson: I mean, it’s real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace.”

Outfit of the week #63

When Mr O and I left London it was 8 degrees and pouring so you can imagine my delight at finally getting to actually wear some summer clothes. Not that it was easy to find anything to buy before I left since the shops were all full of kind of in between stuff because it seems like Spring is never going to turn up in the UK. Fortunately there is always Internet shopping to fall back on especially my new favourite, Forever 21.

Today I am wearing a rose print dress from Forever 21 Plus with black leather gladiator sandals from Topshop and my gold seed pearl pendant that Mr O bought me for Christmas.

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Break time!

It’s about to get a little bit quiet around here since Mr O and I are flying off to Cape Town tonight to visit my family, catch-up with friends and see our beautiful friend, Barb, get married. I have scheduled a couple of posts so you don’t foget me completely but here are some pictures of other times I was in Cape Town so you can picture what I might be up to.

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