Martin van der Merwe
Siesta with Martin van der Merwe
A Slice of Life
#THROWBACKTHURSDAY - Dawson's Creek days :)
Let me take you back in time – playing you the songs that disappeared, the songs that will bring back memories you almost forgot about! We go back to the year 1996. Here are a few clues.
 
 
 
Today's artist got her first big professional break when she was invited to perform on Peter Gabriel's 1993-1994 Secret World Live tour. Her hit single “Where have all the cowboys gone” made us all take notice of her vocal talent.
 
Today’s song spent 56 weeks in the top 50, is among the list of the 32 songs in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have had a chart run longer than 50 weeks. VH1 ranked it as one of the 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s at #81.
 
Today’s song may be from 1996 but it really shot to fame in 1998 as the title song from the teen tv series “Dawson’s Creek” which aired till 2003. The show was part of a new craze for teen-themed movies and television shows in America in the late 1990s, and catapulted its leads to stardom.
 
 
Paula Cole was born in Rockport, Massachusetts in 1968. She wrote, produced and performed her song "I don't want to wait" from her 1996 album “This Fire” and in 1997 she won a Grammy Award for “Best new artist” - here is the video! Take a look!
 
 
The Wedding Planner - Think twice about these foods on your menu!
There is a reason why having a great menu on your wedding day, costs more than one would be willing to pay - but it is worth it because besides the bride's dress and the flower girls, there is only one other thing that leaves a lasting impression - and that is the food! So make sure your wedding menu is one of the first things you budget for. In the South African context this is crucial as we love great food and food is what brings us together. Here are a few foods you should rather not include on your wedding menu!
 
 
 
Bruschetta
 
Be warned: this involves a high splatter risk. Whoever thought it would be a good idea to take a piece of hard, crusty bread, pile it high with tomatoes, and then expect people to eat it while standing up has never worn a silk dress. That said, if it's made with summer tomatoes and your guests are sitting at a table (with utensils), bring it on.
 
 
Seafood Bar
 
On a warm afternoon, an array of mussels, clams, and oysters fanned atop a bed of ice might seem tempting. But if a caterer handles raw seafood carelessly, watch out. "For safety reasons, oysters need to be kept cold from the moment they're removed from the water until the moment they hit your tongue," says James Beard Award-winning author and oyster connoisseur Rowan Jacobsen. Even if no one gets sick, only true pros can assemble an outstanding seafood bar. "If clams or oysters have shell bits or get unintentionally scrambled, it ruins the whole experience, so I just tend to steer clear of them at big events," Jacobsen says.
 
 
Carving Stations
 
Every time we wait on a carving station queue, we can't help but feel like we've been teleported to a cruise ship or "Formal Night" at an all-inclusive resort. Beyond the heat lamps and the blood-spattered cutting boards, the big issue is with the inevitable line that starts to snake around the room. There's just no quick way to carve meat to order.
 
 
Shrimp Cocktail
 
Contrary to what many caterers think, building a mountain, a fountain, or a volcano of shrimp on a buffet table does not necessarily make them more appetizing. And when they are prepped too far in advance, which is what the venue staffers usually need to do for a big group, taste can suffer as well, leading to soggy and limp shrimp.
 
 
Cheap Wine
 
Okay, it's not food, but booze is highly important to the whole wedding experience. Big event venues often charge an exorbitantly high mark-up for fairly uninspiring wines. Instead, book a space that allows you to bring in your own alcohol; then buy in bulk from your local liquor store (make sure to request a case discount) or find a wholesale distributor who sells to the public. Many stores allow customers to set up tastings with the managers so you can discuss your wedding menu and sample several wines before you place an order.
 
Steamed Vegetable Medley
This side dish typically has some combination of peas, carrots, and green beans. We can't fathom why it's still served at so many weddings. Are people just suckers for the word "medley?" Are caterers opposed to braising, roasting, or sautéing? There is so much more that can be done with veg – do not opt for the easy steamed medley option!
 
 
Chocolate Fountains
 
Repeat after me: More choclates, fewer chocolate fountains. They can be unhygienic, difficult to manage in the summer and you know someone is double-dipping!! Gross!
Source: www.bonappetite.com
Mommy Matters - Take some time off & try some DIY decor
Being a mom is hard work and often we forget to take some time off for ourselves. We tend to forget that we can be creative in our own homes and we don't need to break the bank. Take some time off to identify a corner of your house that needs a facelift and find these items at home to do it yourself! Almie Louis is originally from Bloemfontein but now resides in the UK. She has a passion for crafts and wants all moms to take the time to be creative again. Listen to her podcast below for a step-by-step guide on how to make your own string heart.
 
 
REQUIRED ITEMS:
heart-shaped balloon
string
ribbon (as decoration)
 
YOU WILL ALSO NEED:
Materials for papier-mache
bulldog clip
awl
10cm light-weight galvanised wire
craft knife or scissors
fabric glue
 
1. Follow your basic papier-mache method, using a heart-shaped balloon as a mould. Leave the mouth of the balloon free of papier-mache and attach a bulldog clip for gripping later.
 
Figure A
 
 
2. When the papier-mache heart shape is completely dry, pop the balloon with an awl and remove what you can through the opening left around the mouth. (Figure A & B)
 
Figure B
 
 
3. Bend the wire into a horseshoe-shaped hook and cut an opening at the top of the papier-mache heart with a craft knife or scissors. (Figure C) Insert the hook into the opening, then cover the opening with more paper and glue, with the hook in place. 
 
Figure C
 
 
4. When the papier-mache heart is completely dry, start coiling the string/wool of your choice around the heart shape from the top to the pointed base, applying fabric glue as you go. Decorate the heart with ribbon or trimmings around the hook. (Figure D)
 
Figure D
 
 
Fore more great DIY ideas, get yourself a copy of Almie Louis book "From drab to fab" also available in Afrikaans "Van saai tot fraai"

Podcasts

Mommy Matters - Get creative and make your own string heart
Die Glam Guru - Alles wat jy nog altyd oor haarverlies wou weet!
Amper elke week ontvang Hannon eposse uit die streek van mense wat moedeloos is vir hulle hare wat uitval. Hoe gemaak? Gaan alles uitval? Help!! Gelukkig is die Glam Guru hier om sy raad met jou te deel. Vandag vertel hy jou presies wat haarverlies veroorsaak en hoe jy dit kan behandel. Die goeie nuus is, daar is hoop en oplossings! Luister gerus na sy raad in die potgooi hier onder.
 
 
Hannon wil jou graag help en wag om van jou te hoor. Stuur gerus 'n epos met jou vraag na hannon@ofm.co.za Tot volgende week - bly mooi!

Podcasts

Die Glam Guru - Alles wat jy nog altyd oor haarverlies wou weet!
The Wedding Planner - How to pick a day that suits you?
You're engaged?! Congratulations! When's the date? This delicate decision is different for each couple, but a year-long engagement is often about right. It gives you time to get your dream wedding dress (which can take six to nine months) and your dream wedding reception venue (some are booked a year in advance!), yet doesn't drag out the engagement. Consider the following to pick a day that is both practical and personal.
 
 
 
Symbolism
 
How romantic would it be to marry on the date your eyes first met, on the date you officially became a couple, or on your grandparents' anniversary? Some cultures use traditional methods to choose a date -- Japanese families use the koyomi, an ancient astrological calendar, to pick the most propitious day. You may not be able to marry on the exact day you want -- the venue you want may be booked or that special date could fall on a Monday -- but you can probably get pretty close. Make sure you tell your guests about any significance of the timing in your ceremony programs!
 
Season
 
Weather not only affects your wedding's style and location, but may set a completely different mood. If it's snowing outside, or it's 30 degrees, people will behave differently. Consider your wedding personality, then choose your season accordingly. Free-spirited fun, sun-dappled settings, wild and sweaty dancing: Stick with a summer wedding. Freshness, pastels, a daffodil bouquet: A spring wedding is your thing.
 
Price
 
Budget may affect your choice. The popular months are always more expensive. Sept – Dec. But if, for example, you're planning a wedding in January, March, or April, it may cost less because 50 other couples aren't lined up behind you offering to pay a lot ore. Days of the week also matter: Saturday nights carry a hefty price tag, but marry during the week and the price is often halved.
 
 
Holiday
 
If you've always wanted a Nutcracker wedding, or you're hot for a heart-covered wedding cake, sounds like you're a holiday wedding couple. If you're Irish, opt for March, when everyone is already in the St. Patty's Day spirit. Try a wedding party in pastels and an Easter egg hunt in March or April. Some holidays fall on long weekends, which might make it easier for out-of-town guests to attend. On the flip side, some guests may not want their holiday weekends upended by a wedding, so take that into consideration as well.
 
VIP Preferences
 
Speaking of guests, but only of the top-tier, wouldn't-get-married-without-them variety: If you have limited preferences, you may want to ask your nearest and dearest about date conflicts and plan accordingly. Be forewarned that this is a slippery slope if you ask anyone outside your essential circle of parents, siblings, and close friends. Keep it simple and don't budge once the date's set.
 
No-No Days
 
There are definitely wedding dates to avoid.! No matter what your career, you probably have your own crunch time at work (inventory always happens in March, the new fiscal year begins in Arpil), so don't marry then. You'll either be stressed or you won't be allowed to take off for your honeymoon. Keep big sporting events in mind, you don’t want everyone rushing after the wedding ceremony to catch a big rugby game and then they are all late for the reception.
(Source-- Tracy Guth from tietheknot.com)
Mommy Matters - Is your teen suffering from depression?
Often parents see the mood swings and tantrums of their teens as bad behaviour and yes, this may be true at times but needs to be monitored closely. Is your teenager displaying violent behaviour or has he/she withdrawn themselves from family life? Gavin Fish explains that this may be the signs of teenage depression. As adults we can not ignore the fact that life is hard for teens and that a broken heart hurts as much as it would an adult. Take a listen to his advice in the podcast below.
 
 
 
Gavin Fish is a father, high school principle and author of the book "Taming the teenager". He explains that we do not talk to our teens enough and that when they do not want to talk us as parents, we just go on. But leaving issues unresolved will result in your teen blowing up.  On the opposite end of a tantrum is your teen not saying a word, which one is worse? That is difficult to say, but parents need to make time to sit down and talk to their teenagers!
 
Mommy Matters is there to help you, the parents in central SA. If you need help with a specific topic send me an email yolanda@ofm.co.za

Podcasts

Mommy Matters - Your teen may be suffering from depression
Die Glam Guru - Hannon se top 3 wenke vir hare wat jou jonger laat lyk
Die Glam Guru het altyd raad en gelukkig is Hannon reg met 'n antwoord vir elke skoonheids- of mode dilemma! Die week deel hy sy top 3 wenke vir hare wat jou jonger laat lyk. Moet nie bang wees vir grys hare nie, hy deel ook 'n wenk of twee indien jy bekommerd is oor die grys wat begin wys. Luister gerus na die podcast hier onder.
 
 
Hannon wil jou graag help, stuur vir hom 'n epos hannon@ofm.co.za en volgende week antwoord hy dalk jou vraag net hier op OFM gedurende "a Slice of Life".

Podcasts

Glam Guru - Top 3 wenke vir hare wat jou longer laat lyk
The Wedding Planner - Inspired by spring
Spring is here and it is so refreshing to see colour return to our wardrobes, gardens and homes! But it does not have to stop there, why not be bold and be inspired by spring when planning your wedding. From a soft pastel palette to bright coloured decor, there is something for every bride out there. Let's start with the groom for once :)
 
 
 
A lightweight suit, accessorized with a pastel bow tie, is a refreshing choice for spring. Avoid overheated groomsmen by opting for light-colored suits.
 
 
 
 
A tea-length dress is a charming choice for the season.
 
 
 
Be prepared for spring showers with rain boots (gumboots) that match your colour palette.
 
 
 
Cobalt bridesmaids dresses are a fit for every season; add a touch of whimsy with bright lollipops.
 
 
 
Add a touch of whimsy with butterfly-covered dresses or let each of your bridesmaids choose her own pretty pastel dress.
 
 
 
 
Have your bridesmaids carry Easter-inspired baskets down the aisle instead of bouquets.
 
 
 
Your flower girls will look adorable in a floral wreath. Too cute!
 
 
 
 
Take your flower girl and ring bearer for a ride in a decorated wagon.
 
 
 
A unique mix of hydrangeas, peonies, ranunculus, Queen Anne's lace, and brooches.
 
 
 
A vibrant yellow bouquet stands out against a pale blush dress or create a pastel-hued bouquet with paper flowers, and you'll have a lovely keepsake post-wedding for decorating springtime tables.
 
 
 
 
From the hanging lanterns to the lush flowers, this enchanted garden ceremony is ultra-romantic. A garden is a stunning choice for your ceremony — and a crystal chandelier instantly adds glamour.
 
 
 
 
Adorn a ceremony arch with lanterns overflowing with wildflowers or punch up your ceremony space by alternating pink and orange chair cushions.
 
 
 
 
Tulips are a classic choice for spring. An all-white color palette adds elegance. A rustic
wood box with sprouts of wheat grass and cotton, topped with assorted flowers in an apothecary jar, was the perfect fit for this sweet spring wedding.
 
 
 
 
A bouquet of cupcakes works double-duty as a sweet centerpiece and a creative dessert display. Submerge orchids in cylinder vases of varying heights.
 
 
 
 
Take your centerpieces up a notch with a suspended arrangement.
 
 
 
Take advantage of the pristine weather with open-air transportation. Why not try a scooter or a bicycle made for two.
 
 
 
 
 
Info and images: bridalguide.com
Mommy Matters - Tired of serving rice?? Try this recipe!
Being creative in the kitchen is tough! How often do you serve rice at supper time? Today I have a great recipe that your kids will love! Debbie Wareham is a mom who is passionate about food and loves being creative when it comes to supper time with the kids.
 
 
 Her book “Mealtimes made fun” is filled with easy yet adventurous ideas for the whole family. Today she shares a recipe that will take you 15 minutes to prepare but will be a nice alternative to normal rice and veggies. Here is all that you will need, listen to her tips in the podcast below.
 
Pasta rice with creamed spinach sauce
 
Makes 4 baby portions
 
125 ml (1⁄2 cup) uncooked pasta rice
1 large bunch Swiss chard spinach, washed
15 ml (1 Tbsp) salted butter
15 ml (1 Tbsp) cake flour
200 ml full-cream milk
50 ml fresh cream
salt
 
 
 
Cook the pasta rice according to the packet instructions. Half fill a deep saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Blanch the spinach for 2 minutes. Immediately after removing the spinach from the hot water, hold it under running cold tap water, then squeeze out excess moisture and chop up finely.
 
Place the spinach in a blender and chop some more.Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking until a thick sauce has formed. Stir in the cream, spinach and pasta rice and cook for 1–2 minutes before serving.
 
Mommy Matters aims to help you – the moms in central SA – if you have a question or a burning topic – send me an email yolanda@ofm.co.za - I look forward to hear from you.

Podcasts

Mommy Matters - Tired of serving rice?? Try this recipe!
Die Glam Guru - Hoe wend mens blosser aan?
Alhoewel dit heel eenvoudig lyk om blosser aan te wend, is dit belangrik om te weet hoe, sodat jy dit nie oordoen nie. Gelukkig is ons eie Glam Guru, Hannon Bothma hier met 'n paar wenke spesiaal vir jou. Hy is mal oor blosser en gebruik dit as geheime wapen gedurende sy mooimaak sessies. Luister gerus na sy wenke in die podcast hier onder.
 
 
 
Hannon verduidelik dat blosser wat korrek aangewend is, jou nie net ’n gesonde gloed gee nie, maar ook help om jou gelaatstrekke te beklemtoon.Moet nooit 'n een kleur gebruik nie, meng eerder twee kleure om 'n te pienk of te rooi voorkoms te voorkom. Hier is 'n oulike blosser borsel wat jy aanlyn kan koop, net betyds vir lente!
 
 
Onthou Hannon wil graag jou mode of skoonheidsvrae beantwoord. Stuur vir hom 'n epos hannon@ofm.co.za Volgende week antwoord hy jou dalk! Tot dan, bly mooi!

Podcasts

Die Glam Guru - Hoe wend mens blosser aan?
First 1 2 3 4 5  ... Last