DIY Seashell Napkins Rings

I just love dressing up a dinner party. I absolutely love adding little trinkets to make my guest feel like I went out of my way for them, whether it is little beaded strings on the wine glasses or just some fancy napkin rings. These little extra鈥檚 do聽not need to be hard to make either. Today I鈥檓 going to show you how easy it is to make these little clay napkin rings. Here鈥檚 how on simistrinketsandtreats.com

Please click on the link above to see the tutorial on my new blog 馃榾

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How to make your own essential oils and… transferring my blog

Hi everyone, for the last 2 weeks I’ve been busy transferring my blog from wordpress.com to wordpress.org. Unfortunately I could not take my name with me and had to change my URL to simistrinketsandtreats.com. I would like to invite you to rather follow me on my new blog. I have transferred most of my old posts onto that one and will be blogging from there from now on. I will also still be posting on this blog until April but it will just be snippets. Thank you for supporting me and I really hope that you enjoy the new blog as much as you liked this one

XOXO Simonette!

Please go to simistrinketsandtreats.com for to learn how to make your own essential oils.

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Curried bunny-Chow

I’m so exited to share this recipe with you. When I was living in South Africa I wasn’t really a fan of rice dishes so this recipe was perfect for me. Instead of rice you have bread as a carb base.

This curry dish can be made with either chicken, beef or lamb. This particular one was lamb and personally I prefer lamb curry because the meat isn’t as dry as the chicken or beef. Its a basic curry recipe but instead of the rice you’ll use bread. The bread is cut into 4 equal sized squares, then cut out the soft bread on the inside and save it for later. This is a must try recipe and its super delicious.

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Bunny Chow ( Serves 4)

INGREDIENTS
  • 1kg lamb pieces
  • Little oil to cover base of pot
  • 2 large cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 green cardamoms
  • 4 cloves
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • 1 tsp crushed green chillies
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 陆 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbs crushed ginger and garlic mix
  • 聽3 level tsp medium chilli powder
  • 2 tsp dhania-jeeru powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbs vinegar (your choice on type) I normally use white vinegar
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tomatoes, blended
  • 5 small to medium potatoes, quartered
  • chopped fresh coriander
  • salt to taste

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Heat the oil in a pan. Add the cinnamon, fennel, bay leafs, cardamoms curry leaves and cloves. Then add the chillies, onions, turmeric, ginger and crushed garlic, Braise the mixture for about 4-5 minutes.

Then add the chilli powder, dhania-jeeru and garam masala. Add the vinigar and sugar and mix the mixture well. Then add the meat and stir until all the meat is covered with the spices. Braise the meat until a little browned. Then add the potatoes.

Cut a loaf of bread into 4 equal parts. Cut out the centre of the bread square to form a bread ‘bowl’

Cook on a medium heat until the potatoes are almost fully cooked. Remember to check the mixture often and add water so that it doesn’t burn out.When potatoes are about 3/4 cooked 聽add the tomatoes . Once the potatoes are cooked you can add the coriander. Add salt to taste. Scoop the mixture into the bread ‘bowl’ and enjoy.

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50 Shades food ideas for Valentines Day

If you’ve decided to go for the 50 shades theme for Valentines day instead of the Vampire or Witch聽themes for Valentines day then this is for you.

Since you’re more likely to spend your day under the covers you wouldn’t need a big feast to keep you busy, therefore I have chosen a simple blueberry muffin for breakfast. According to E.L James, Christian Grey wanted Anastasia Steele to eat healthy food so for the dinner I have also chosen a homemade chicken salad and no-bake Cheesecake with fresh ingredients for dessert.

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Blue Berry Muffins.聽

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My mother in law recently made these muffins and they were wonderfully soft. She absolutely loves eating them with cream and jam and I thought that that would be a great breakfast option. Who doesn’t like blueberry muffins?

These blueberry muffins are box muffins, so you can just use the instructions on the box, add some fresh blueberries if you like and garnish with whipped cream and strawberry or blueberry jam.

Chicken salad

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INGREDIENTS

  • Fresh Chicken Salad ( serves 2)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 chicken Breasts
  • 1 large tomato
  • 4 leaves of lettuce
  • 1/2 sweet red or yellow pepper
  • Cheddar cheese cubes (optional)
  • Croutons (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Honey and mustard dressing

First fry the chicken breast in the olive oil.Then chop all the vegetables and tear the lettuce into pieces by using your hands. You can add cheddar cheese cubes an croutons if you like. Mix in the honey and mustard sauce and salt and pepper and its ready to serve.

No-bake Cheesecake

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This no-bake cheesecake is one of my favourite recipe’s it is so easy to make and it doesn’t take long at all. It is a light desert with a lovely cheese flavour.

Have a happy Valentines day tomorrow and I hope you all get spoiled!!

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Girl on a train- Review

Girl on a train is a psychological thriller adapted from a novel聽by the same name written by Paula Hawkins. On my way back from South Africa my husband watched this on the plane and told me to watch it too. He’s usually not into drama type movies but he said that it was good and that I would like it, so that’s what I did then.

I have to admit that I really liked the movie and the story telling manner of the movie. You are almost just as clueless about the events as the main protagonist.

This review might contain some spoilers

The story is about a woman (Rachel) who rides the train to and from work everyday. She sits in the same cart everyday. She started to notice a woman( Megan) on her porch who looked very happy.The-Girl-On-The-Train-First-Look-haley-bennett.jpg Megan was married and looked content in her little life. Rachel on the other hand is an alcoholic who is trying to recover from her own failed marriage. Her husband Tom, left her for another woman called Anna. One day Rachel sees Megan on her porch with another man, not her husband, and this infuriates Rachel. She feels that the Megan is throwing away her perfect life and some of her own emotions from her own failed life 聽comes to the fore. Rachel in a drunken rage decides to go to Megan and bash her head in because of her stupidity to throw away her life. On her way home Rachel sees Megan in the street and runs after her screaming that she is a whore and Rachel blacks out. She does however wake up in her own home covered in blood leading us to believe that she killed Megan. Especially after Megan is reported as missing on the news. Since it is a first person narrative, we don’t know if she’s guilty or not until the very end.

During some scenes of the movie you really think she is guilty, since she can’t remember what happened during her blackout she herself is unsure whether or not she killed Megan. She even goes as far to befriend Megan’s husband claiming to be one of Megan’s best friends.

A story of deceit, lies and uncertainty, The Girl On The Train is a must see if you like psychological thriller.

If you’ve seen this movie or read the book, leave me a comment and tell me what you thought of it 馃榾

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