Harry Potter Home Inspiration – Gryffindor

Its time for another Harry Potter home inspiration post! and today’s inspiration comes from GRYFFINDOR!  and the crowd goes wild.

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Gryffindor was founded by Godric Gryffindor,  the characteristics for Gryffindor consists of; courage, chivalry and determination.  Personally I don’t think I would have landed a spot in Gryffindor, but I think we all have a little Gryffindor inside of us.

Finding home inspiration from Gryffindor is rather easy.  With all those velvet couches, big pPersianrugs, dramatic fireplaces,  reading nook and huge wooden cabinets.  You just want to become a star quidditch playing, brave, but ever so reckless, with just a hint of arrogance Gryffindor.

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Now lets take a look at my version of the Gryffindor dormitories!

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^^ Now these are a great take on the Gryffindor couches and they still look comfy enough, for a long relaxing nap after learning about spells and potions.

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^^ It just wouldn’t be Hogwarts without a fire place and the Gryffindor dormitories are no different.  These fireplaces range from the overly dramatic to minimalistic, but yet all of them have that drama you want.

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^^ Lets just take a second to talk about how incredible this sliding bookcase is.  Its magical just to gaze upon it! Sign me up for one of those, right now!

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^^ Big clunky bookcases have never looked so good, right?

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^^ I’ve always had a thing for large Persian rugs, but boy, do they have a large price tag to go with the largeness of the carpet.  These are absolutely breathtaking, I truly believe that blue one should be in my house right now.

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^^ The one thing I love about Harry Potter, is the way it can make you giddy and these fireplace reading nooks, just speak to my heart.  They SPEAK to it!

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^^ You know you can’t go to Hogwarts without your trunk, and with all those outrageously small side tables in the Gryffindor dorm, you will have to use your trunk as a pretty table.

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^^ This was the only red bedding I liked, it suits the room so well and you know you have to represent your colours.

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^^ and the best for last the four poster beds that just bring out the Prince an Princess inside of us.  I mean wizard and witch.

Happy Friday everyone.  I hope you have found some home inspiration, if you are going on a shopping spree this weekend, if not have fun!

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Caramelized Onion, Sweet potato and Spinach Quesadillas

Its no secret that I love Mexican food.  I’m all the way in South Africa, but hot damn I love me some good Mexican food.   We even have a quesadilla song.  Yes, an actual song.  Played on ukulele that’s just about quesadillas, that’s how much we love them here.  The song is also really catchy and I find myself singing it randomly during the day.

Great meals come from having no inspiration and wham you have something delicious all up in your face.  This quesadilla is so delicious you will just want to keep eating, I made a salad to go with it, but I didn’t even bother eating it, that’s how good they are.  You can also add vegan cheese or regular cheese.  I refuse to buy vegan cheese in this country, because its just so expensive and taste like a side order of meh.

CARAMELIZED ONION, SWEET POTATO AND SPINACH QUESADILLAS4 quesadillas

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Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes, boiled till tender, mashed with a little margarine and milk. Seasoned with salt and pepper.
  • 4 small tortillas
  • 1 cup spinach, washed and chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled, sliced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • salsa and avocado to serve.

Directions

In a large skillet add the olive oil over medium high heat.  Add the onion and cook until translucent.  Lower heat and add the balsamic vinegar and wait till it thickens, continue stirring and add the sugar.  Cook for 2 minutes.  This is my fast/lazy version.

Lay out the tortilla, and start assembling.  I half my quesadillas, because I like to overfill them, they  also feel sturdier in my hand that way.

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Add spinach.

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A couple tbsp sweet potato mash.

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Caramelized onions.

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Fold

Heat a little olive oil in a pan and fry each side until golden.

Let cool slightly and serve.

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We always have some after dinner conversation that turns into Belphie sneaking on Carl’s lap, and both of us wondering when he got there.

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This never ends well, because when you try to nudge him off, he gets really angry and bites your boobs or under arms.  He’s been banned from sitting on my lap, because of this.

This is Carl telling Belphie he needs to go study.  He got bitten.

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What I Wore Wednesday…and a side note on kindness

The boyfriend jeans, may just be the  pair of pants I live in forever.  Hot damn! These are comfy!  Its also great to be nice to my body  sometimes and say no skinnies today! Paired with a t-shirt and some blue shoes, I’m ready to go kick the days bum or just chill at home listening to records.  The point is this is a really comfy yet versatile outfit.

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Boyfriend Jeans: Similar here

Tshirt: similar here

Shoes: Similar here

Pleather Jacket: similar here

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After reading some rather disturbing comments on a vegan humour page, that made me cringe and feel ashamed of people, I’ve decided to just get it off my chest.   What’s happened to kindness? Kindness towards humans? I have so much faith in people, and the willingness/ability to change.  I Know there is a lot of bad stuff, but I try to focus on the good,  because there is a lot of good if you’re willing to actually look.  I’ve had some horrible things happen to me, but I’ve forgiven, not only people, but myself.  Everyday I’m working on changing myself to be the person I want to be.  Living with kindness in my heart, being able to forgive (and forget), believing in peoples ability to change, because we all make mistakes ( I blame our silly brains),  patience and understanding (not just reacting) and being happy, because happiness makes you shine brighter than any star.  I made the decision to stop acting like such a cool kid and actually be who I am and I realized I like being “good” and I really like who I am.  Yes, I’ve lost some friends,  they are on their own path and still like the drinking, crazy life, maybe one day our paths will connect again, but for now I like being good.

Thanks for letting me get my rant out! That felt good!

How To Keep Your Plants Happy and Healthy

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I’m not an expert when it comes to gardening, but I have had great success with my gardens so far.  Gardening has become my zen place, the place I can just get my hands dirty and grow beautiful flowers, vegetables and herbs.  Believe me once you’ve planted your first garden you will not want to stop.  Growing your own vegetables is such a rewarding experience, harvesting your first tomato or any other vegetable just gives you a sense of pride.  It has not been an easy journey, I’ve had my share of pests ( aphids, I hate you), bad luck and just bad research on my part.  In the end the rewards out weigh some failures.

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR PLANTS HAPPY AND HEALTHY

  1. RESEARCH:  Its easy to go to a nursery and just pick a bunch of pretty flowers and vegetable seeds, but you have to do your research.   Start googling that specific type of flower and see how to take care of it.  Some plants require special care so its best to research.  When it comes to choosing  vegetable seed varieties, always make sure you choose a variety that will flourish in your climate.
  2. LIQUID FERTILIZER:  Your plants will thank you for giving them a little nutrient boost once a week.  I get my liquid fertilizer from a nursery close by, the stuff smells so bad, but a little goes a long way.
  3. SOIL: Well drainage soil is a must for plants,  they want a shower not a bath.
  4. MORNING WATERING:  Water your garden in the morning so it will conserve water and not get mildew.
  5. GIANT FERNS: I love our giant hanging ferns and keeping them looking great is not as hard as it would seem. Get a large bucket add 2 tbsp epsom salt and a gallon of water.  Let your fern sit in the water for 10 minutes before you hang it up.  You only have to do this once a week.
  6. LEFT OVER WATER FROM BOILING OR STEAMING VEGETABLE:  Use this water for watering your garden.  Its just the nutrient soup your plants will love.
  7. INDOOR PLANTS:  Over watering is your enemy! Just don’t do it!  Wait till the soil is dry and give you plants a light water shower.

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I hope you found these tips helpful in some way. If I can grow a garden with a bunch of mean horses trying to eat everything, you can too.

an instant of life captured for all eternity

Happy Monday!

Weekend are a fabulous thing aren’t they? Its the time you can get out the house or just stay in and cuddle the day away, if its with your special person, pet or blankie, just get your cuddle on.

Our weekends will mostly consist of being really frugal till early December, we are trying to save up some money for a fun trip somewhere (can you guess where?).  With Carl studying for his CFA exam in December, saving money will be easy, passing his CFA exam is priority one right now.

I wish I could show you everything I got up to this weekend……Oh, wait I totally can! Get ready for the photo dump of the century.

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^^ These beautiful sunsets! They just keep getting better.

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^^ This dog keeps following me around.  I’ve renamed her, because secretly we both know we are besties and should just live together.

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^^ Home time sure is pretty.  Who wouldn’t want to stay at home with a view like this.

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^^ Study Study Study

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^^ Hiking becomes ten times better when you get to see tiny rainbows everywhere.

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^^ Hooray for HAYFEVER! I actually said that.  I was struck down with terrible hay fever on our hike.  At one point I couldn’t even open my eyes any more, but after a nap at home I felt so much better.

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^^ This photo is part of series Carl took, of me putting on my bag, beanie and sunglasses.  The last photo is me laughing and saying NO!

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^^ Beanie buddies!

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^^ Striking a pose, even with tiny hay fever eyes.

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^^ Taking a photo of me taking a photo.

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^^ Sometimes you just have to cool off in a sprinkler.

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^^ pretty river.

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^^ I think we should take up swing dancing, because dang look at that swing.

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^^ I just love these flowers.

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^^ This is the face you make when your seat is covered in spider webs.

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^^ What you don’t know about this photo is, my hat and sunglasses fell off but I still got this pretty photo.

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^^ HIKE.

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^^ Dreaming of cobblestone paths and mystical lands.

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^^ A rainbow at every corner.

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^^ You know.  Just riding a mosquito like you do.

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^^ Blue skies and amazing clouds.

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^^ Hiking sure is fun.

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^^ The tree in our garden finally decided to embrace Autumn.  Good job tree.  You did it.

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^^Tofu scramble on rye bread with basil pesto…The best.

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^^ This guy has so much style and flute skills.

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^^ Finding a road that has made Autumn its b*?@#.

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^^ Driving snacks.

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^^ Belphie has finally stopped pretending he can’t jump and now just chills in the sun.  Learn how to cat!

What did you do this weekend?

Raw Strawberry Porridge

I have this odd relationship with oats, I will be all excited to make it and after taking two bites realize it could never be as delicious as a piece of crunchy toast.  That’s when the oats sadness sets in, and I literally start feeling like I’m eating the worst thing in the world.  I’m sorry oats, maybe one day you will take toast place.  My solution to my need for toast when I wake up, is to keep the bread out of sight, and make something super yummy.

This raw porridge is that yummy.  Its a great way to start your morning of right, with that really delicious taste that will make you want to kick the days butt!  To put the strawberry on the top, its really easy to make.

RAW STRAWBERRY PORRIDGE –  serves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1 large apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 pear, peeled and chopped
  • 4 large strawberries, washed
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup non dairy milk
  • sweetener to taste

Directions

Place everything in a blender and blend until its a porridge consistency.

Serve Immediately.

Is that Catty Potter?!

Due to camera issues yesterday What I wore Wednesday did not happen, but to make up for it I bring you a mash up!  What I wore Wednesday mixed up with I just finished my first hogwarts house scarf! YAAAAAY! GRIFFINDOR!

I think if I were accepted to hogwarts I would never be in Griffindor.  I think I’m more of a Ravenclaw/Hufflepuff kind of girl, but I’m determend to knit all the hogwarts house scarves so one day when I have a child, I can convince it that Carl and I both went to hogwarts.

Belphie is included in my griffindor scarf fashion show, because he makes such a wonderful little Harry Potter!

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^^ A born Griffindor.

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^^ Byyyyye, I’ll see you guys on the Hogwarts Express.

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^^ This is my ” Oh NO! I still have 3 more scarves to goooooo!” Face.

Happy Thursday guys.

Banana And Pear Muffins

I don’t have a big sweet tooth, but I do enjoy baking.  I also live with the biggest snacking machine on this planet.  Carl’s snacking is intense, he will eat dinner, go for seconds, finish seconds, sit still for a couple of seconds, go look in the pantry, look in the kitchen, ask me what can I make as a snack.  My usual reply is you just had dinner with a shocked face, his reply tends to be “its not that I’m hungry.  I’m just snacky, I just want something.”    I usually laugh and make popcorn, but now I try to have snacky things ready.

These are a delicious snacking muffin.  Made with a freak banana that  I let ripen.  Why was the banana freak? It was one banana, but with a surprise of three bananas on the inside.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 pears, washed and grated
  • 1/4 cup flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup non dairy milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/180C.

In a large bowl combine the flours, sugar, salt,baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.

Add the vanilla, oil and milk.  Stir until well combined.

Fold in The banana, pear and flaxseeds.

Grease a muffin tin and pour in the mixture.  I overfilled mine a little, but filling 3/4 of the way will give you more muffins.

Bake in a preheated oven for 30 – 35 minutes or until golden brown and when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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Go get your snack on!

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an instant of life captured for eternity

Dear Weekend

Please come back! I miss you already!  We had an interesting weekend, thanks to car troubles and Carl having to bring work home, because of it, but hey we try to make the best of any situation and we still had fun.

Here are some of my weekend photos.

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^^ I bought Carl a new coat.  He obviously loves it and thinks he’s in some old school movie.

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^^ Work with a view.  I was busy making a fire.

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^^ This is my I just made a fire smile.  Its really hot here and does not feel like Autumn at all, but I will dress for Autumn if its the last thing I do!  I need to move to another country with better seasons.

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^^ Chai Tea outside.

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^^ Mushrooms and garlic bread.

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^^ The delicious end result.  I dropped one.

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^^ Belphie does not know how to cat.  He hates boxes and never wants to play.

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^^ When your cat doesn’t want to play with you.   You stick by yourself!

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^^ I’m in love with this photo and this handsome fellah.

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^^ dips. whoooo

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^^ I’m  a great jumper.  For such little legs, I really know how to bunny hop.

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^^ Early morning cuddles with Belphie.  He steals cuddles from me.

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^^ He’s always so dirty!

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^^ I just love this lamp.

How was your weekend?

My Darling Clementine Smoothie!

Its Friday!  Yaaaaaaaaaay.  Let’s all do the Friday dance.  Shake it!

I’m actually not dancing….Sorry guys! You know one of those days when your recipes just do not work? Yeah, I’m having one of those.

I tried making flaxseed crackers, and I find it rather strange that no one has mentioned the fact that they taste like cod liver oil, times a million.  I have to admit it is taking me back to my childhood, when my parents would give me one of those little squishy pills, and I would bite into it for the millionth time, regretting my decision immediately afterwards,  I don’t know if every time I expected it to change its horrible flavour, or if it was just to test out my teeth strength, maybe it was just that tiny pill explosion in my mouth.  One thing I do know is, that look my parent would give me was priceless,  you know that I think this child might be dumb look, that overpowering frustrated look.  Needless to say I got rid of those crackers and have been trying to air out the house with extreme urgency.

This smoothie on the other  hand, was a great treat.  Nutrient packed and just put a smile on my face.

MY DARLING CLEMENTINE SMOOTHIE –  serves 2 

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Ingredients

  • 6 peeled small clementines
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 green apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ice
  • stevia to taste

Directions

Place everything in blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into glass and enjoy