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December 31, 2008 in Uncategorized

Browniegirl and family want to take this opportunity
to wish all family, friends, blog friends & readers
a very, very




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May 2009 be a good year, filled with God’s rich blessings for everyone!!
Reach for your dreams and goals!!
Live life, be happy!
Love, and be loved!

Browniegirl’s New Year Prayer

God give me eyes, that I might see

The work that can be done by me


God give me ears, that I might hear

The cries of those who need me near


God give me lips, that I might speak

Comfort and peace to all who seek


God give me a mind, that I might know

To help the ones who need me so


God give me hands, that I might do

Some large or simple task for You


God give me prayer, that I might pray

For help and guidance every day


And to all these things above

God give me a heart, that I might love


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Have a wonderful celebration tonight everyone, be responsible and above all else, be safe.

I want to see you all next year :o)
Much Love and Hugs,

browniegirl xxx


December 29, 2008 in Uncategorized


My two babies, youngest son D holding  his nephew Jay,
my youngest grandson

Jelly Baby Jay Toes

Morning Blogland, it’s a rather nippy dull Monday here today so browniegirl is off to the freezer to see what sort of curry she can rustle up…….it will have to be 2 pots tho coz the rest of the family really are not brave enough to eat more than a very mild “stew” and I like fire breathing blow the sinuses clear CURRY!!! Of course……it being DETOX day for me……..mine will only be consumed tomorrow…..just as well seeing as the flavour is always so much better the next day or so!! There is some serious detoxing and dieting that needs to be done in the brownie house now….Christmas feasting does take its toll and that wedding is fast approaching – March is no longer 8 months away :o( so serious Low GL/GI lifestyle it is for da browniegirl from now on!!!


Soooo, while I go hang the laundry and sort out the curry ingredients, here is my last family picture posting for 2008, especially for


who, BTW has no phone or ADSL line today so no blogging for the Gossip Girl :o(


I babysat my sunshine boys last night so that the parentals could go to a party……so it was an all nighter and boy, were these little guys stars??? You betcha!!! Good as gold………

I can really recommend PLANX as a toy for keeping kids entertained

Righteyoh then….I’m outta here
Have a great week everyone
browniegirl xxx


December 28, 2008 in Uncategorized

 … and I’ll show you mine!
“Nur-Ich’s Challenge”

Post a pic of your Christmas tree

It’s as simple as that!

Let’s see some more……

Have a blessed Sunday everyone,
browniegirl xxx


December 27, 2008 in Uncategorized

 Sooooo, as previously posted for after Christmas….my new Avatar!!! I do hope you all like it. It is a beautiful wall hanging for my kitchen, specially painted and made just for MOI MOO by my blog soulsista


Thankyou so much once again Griet for my lovely gift which is now my new avatar..I do love it!!!

And, as promised to blogabyebaby …………..

a bit of a hit n miss with the amounts Im afraid …..pimped as usual by browniegirl
but based on the taste that I grew up with

5-6 Med-Large Potatoes -
boiled in their jackets then cooled, peeled and chopped up
1 Small Onion, quartered then sliced very fine
1/2 Tin Condensed Milk
6 Tbs Mayonnaise – I use Cross & Blackwells Tangy one
A splash of Red Wine Vinegar
A splash of Milk to thin it
1 tsp Hot English Mustard Powder
Salt & White Pepper to taste
2-3 Small Dill Gherkins – chopped finely

Mix the ingredients together for the dressing. I cant stress enough for this that you have to taste, taste, taste to get it just perfect. a little bit more sweet than sour with a little hit of mustard and seasoned just right
Place chopped potatoes and finely sliced onion in a large bowl, add the dressing and toss gently until all mixed together.
Taste……it will need more salt for the potatoes
Spoon into a clean salad bowl and sprinkle with the chopped gherkins
You can top with a bit of chopped parsley or chives and sliced
hard boiled eggs if you wish.

BTW….for those who are confused by the browniegirl/Moo connection…. sweet daughter and son in law always call me Moo, hence the name on my recipes :o)

browniegirl xxx


December 27, 2008 in Uncategorized

Soooo, Boxing Day is under the belt for another year and so the slippery slide into the New Year is happening fast…I must say I will be very happy to get to around the 5th January so that I can start relaxing a little bit and have my home to myself and hubs again….and so that Ty and I can have a return to our regular Pinkie Friday fun….I have been missing that.
Boxing Day in the house of Brownie was rather delightful. Had guests in the form of 2 siblings (yes the youngest ones – twins), SIL and friend S…… sweet daughter, son in law and my 2 rays of sunshine. I did a gammon and another of my famous potato salads, sis brought a boneless roast and stuffed chicken courtesy of a cousin (thanx cuz!!), and some fresh bread rolls, I did a quick mixed bean salad (that was the Low GI friendly part of the meal hehe) and a garden salad and for the rest of the meal……..left overs!!!

COOKING IN COKE                               GLAZED GAMMON


It was wonderful, lots of fun and laughter, sis took around 350 pix of the chicklets.

TYLER                                                  JAYDEN
SWEET DAUGHTER                                         SON IN LAW


I think I am overtired……..I mean look at the time Belinda…………even the ever wakeful  

seems to be in lalaland but here sits browniegirl, unable to sleep while all through the house sawing wood sounds are to be heard………..even my constant 4 legged companion, Tasha, is contributing to the snoring chorus!!! Anyway, I am off to my bed in the hopes that I can get a bit of sleep now……but before I go………hmmmmmm my very early morning snack…..Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce

browniegirl xxx


Very simple……..2kg prepared gammon, just bring to boil in 2 litres of coca cola with 1 onion, peeled & quartered, then simmer, covered lightly, for about 2 1/4 hours – rule of thumb is 30 min/500g plus 15min if out of the fridge
Remove from liquid and allow to cool for awhile or overnight
Remove the skin but leave some of the fat layer on. Score with a sharp knife in diamond pattern
Brush with glaze (bought or homemade with apricot jam, a bit of cider vinegar and hot english mustard powder)
Pop on the middle shelf under the grill for about 15 minutes, basting half way through with a bit more glaze
Allow to rest for at least 15 minutes before carving
I serve it cold
Enjoy xxx


December 27, 2008 in Uncategorized

It was a romantic full moon, when Pedro said, “Hey, mamacita, let’s do Weeweechu.”

Oh no, not now, let’s look at the moon!” said Rosita.

Oh, c’mon baby, let’s you and I do Weeweechu. I love you and it’s the perfect time,” Pedro begged.

“But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon.” replied Rosita.

Please, corazoncito, just once, do Weeweechu with me.”

Rosita looked at Pedro and said, “OK, one time, we’ll do Weeweechu.”

Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang…..

“Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.”

browniegirl xxx


December 25, 2008 in Uncategorized


Experiencing the wonder and joy of Christmas through the eyes of children is a wonderful experience to this tired old browniegirl grandmother…..and today with 2 grandchildren the experience was twofold. It was Jay’s first Christmas…and despite his visual problems he had so much joy, laughter and happiness. I am truly blessed!! And after all the feasting……..over-satiated and very spoilt with so many pressies…I must’ve been a very good girl this year :o) We celebrated on Christmas Eve for the first time ever this year. Usually we would have a lunch at the brownie home for everyone but Moo felt like enjoying a quiet, gentl Christmas day this year hence the change. It was wonderful, we set up two long tables and decorated the room with lots of tinsel and candlelight and the Christmas tree glittered in the background. The food was wonderful, the company excellent, carols playing in the background, glasses clinking and laughter…….loads and loads of raucous laughter at old childhood memories :o) Everyone left just after midnight and brownie blogged a bit to settle all the excitement before falling exhausted into bed. This morning we started off the day as usual with the family gathering at our church and taking up a whole row :o) brownie was in her element…..the old mother hen surrounded by her chicks and chicklets, singing old familiar carols and listening once again to the story of Christmas. Then, after the service, much hugging and wishing between friends and family. Wonderful stuff. And always, in the back of my mind, thoughts spared for those who do not have what I have, those who are lonely and neglected, abused, ignored……always those!!! After church we gathered up all the pressies that Santa dropped off last night…….phew that guy works hard hehe… the mince pies, Christmas cake and Ty’s gingerbread men and we trekked over to sweet daughters home to have coffee and eats and open pressies…..Ty’s favourite part of the whole experience :o)

Here, chosen randomly, are some photos from my day

Jay with his first Candy Cane         Stepson with Jay                          Yummy for teething

The crawler…for Dinx ;o)                    My baby big son D                Hmmm pressies

Sweet daughter and her beautiful boys

Ty & Dad building the racing track

And then……….how could this be a post without food??? All of last night I was dreaming……not of a white Christmas although that could’ve been nice……no, browniegirl was dreaming of that left over corned beef and the sandwich she was planning for lunch… was seriously deeeelummy!!

Corned Beef on Rye with Rocket & Homemade Mustard….hmmmmm!!!!

Have a lovely Christmas night everyone, Im off to bed early.
Tomorrow its another raucous celebration with other members of my family :o)
browniegirl xxx


December 24, 2008 in Uncategorized

 Luke Chapter 2
1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.

  4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 

© 2006 Jaimie Trueblood/New Line Productions

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

© 2006 Jaimie Trueblood/New Line Productions

To all my family, old friends & new bloggie friends who celebrate Christmas…




To everyone reading this, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, happy holidays, merry feasting & stay safe!!


browniegirl xxx,_The/gallery/Nativity-Story-movie-27/


December 23, 2008 in Uncategorized

I went back to my doctor this afternoon and am on another, stronger, course of antibiotics to treat the bronchitis and laryngitis that seems to really love me. I am not alone though, a lot of people have the same thing…’s no fun being sick at the height of summer!! Thankyou so much to everyone for their good wishes………

Seeing as the weather has somewhat turned the corner for the worse……depends who you are actually, a sick browniegirl, hot from fever and cooking, doesnt mind the cool north wind and the odd bout of rain but the holidaymakers….well, beach weather it aint right now kids!!! Anyway, my thoughts turned to a delicious cool weather meal that I made about 2 weeks ago just after MIL arrived.Those who cant, wont. will not or may not eat pork better go play somewhere else…….mind you, on second thoughts, stay and read the recipe, you can use it with other cuts of meat as well…..:o)

I had bought a nice big portion of pork neck a month or so ago and popped it into the freezer, not quite sure what I was going to do with it or when……………I had in the back of my mind a yummy potjie occasion. Anyhoo, the other evening I decided I would do a slow roast seeing as I had house guests. WOW! It was soooo delicious, and sooooo tender. It went down very well with everyone and especially Ma-in-law :o) hmmmm brownie points………funny how you still need those after 30 years of marriage eh??? I also gave her a little bit of Limoncello in a shot glass the other night because she was so interested in what I was doing with all that alcohol and lemon skins…….she LOVED it… fact she says it was the last thing she remembered before passing out HAHA!!!

Here is my recipe for slow roasted pork neck with apples and apricots……….



1kg Pork Neck

Juice & finely grated zest of 1 Lemon or Lime

1tsp Hot English Mustard Powder

¼ Cup Runny Honey

Pinch Salt Flakes

Good grinding of Black Peppercorns

Glug of Olive Oil

Knob of Butter

2 Large Onions Sliced

3 Garlic cloves – finely grated

1tsp Dried Thyme

¼ tsp Chilli Flakes (or more if you want it hotter)

½ tsp Ground Coriander

½ tsp Ras El Hanout – optional (make your own, mine was a gift from Morocco :o)

Handful (about 10) dried Apricots – each cut in half

4-6 Dried Apple Rings (leave whole)

1 Glass White Wine

2 Glasses Hot Water or Stock of choice

Chopped parsley or coriander


  • Mix together the lemon juice, zest, mustard powder, honey, salt & pepper and rub all over the washed and dried piece of pork. Cover and leave to stand about an hour
  • In a large ovenproof roaster or dish (with lid) heat up the olive oil and butter, add the pork and brown on all sides then remove and set aside to keep warm
  • Add the onions, chilli flakes & thyme (you may need to use a bit more oil or butter) and saute only until glazed and limp
  • Add the garlic and spices and sauté until the aroma wafts out and people start asking whats for dinner :o)
  • Deglaze the pan with the wine and cook until almost evaporated
  • Add the pork and the stock or water
  • Bring back to the boil, cover and simmer on low for about half an hour
  • In the meanwhile heat up the oven to 2000C
  • Place the covered roaster  or dish in the oven and continue cooking for an hour
  • Remove lid, turn down heat to 1800C, add the dried fruit to the roast, season to taste and continue cooking for another hour until the meat is very tender
  • Remove from oven, place meat on a board to rest for 10 minutes (cover with tented foil)
  • Place the dish of gravy on the heat and reduce rapidly while stirring, until thick, stir through the chopped parsley and serve


Serve the sliced pork with steamed rice and veggies, make sure everyone gets some thick fruity sauce over their meat and rice. YUMMY

Serves 4 hungry adults

browniegirl xxx

PS Well done to blogland………see a previous post…..Simon got his 400 comments so anonymous made their R400 donation to Bathabile Charity Fund. thanx to all who visited One Eye Only via my blog. Much appreciated!!


December 23, 2008 in Uncategorized

Yesterday was a busy day in browniegirls kitchen…..Tyler came to spend some time with me and we decorated the gingerbread men and stars that we made the other day, using the recipe from this blog We had so much fun…….a friend sent me tubes of icing from the USA a couple of months ago and they came in soooo handy yesterday. Thanx so much Chez. You are a STAR!!! Even my adult mentally challenged step-son entered into the fun and games and did his own gingerbread man…now all we hope is that they don’t jump off the counter and run away before we can eat ‘em!!! Well, Ty couldn’t wait, he ate a man and a star and says they are delishy!! We also put the finishing touches to the Christmas tree

I also made a batch of mince pies…….used a recipe that I got from this blog again, that I pimped….just a tad…….thats what browniegirl does best :o)

So all is almost ready for Christmas Eve…the brownies are going to be celebrating the night before Christmas this year for a change. All the family will be gathering here, each family will bring a cold roast, a salad and a pud! Yummyyyyyy!! My contribution this year will be a corned beef that I will cook tonight, my traditional steamed Christmas pudding with brandy sauce and my famous potato salad….

My friend DINX is winging her way back home to Joburg this evening, gonna miss you my friend, It has been wonderful getting to know you. I love you!!! Go take a look at some MOB photies on her blog. Seems like it was a lot of fun :o)

Have a great evening everyone……..
browniegirl xxx