Floral Friday : Protea scolymocephala

Protea scolymocephala is a dainty shrub bearing abundant pink-tinged, creamy-green flowerheads in winter/spring, ideal for small gardens on the sandy flats.

Protea scolymocephala
Protea scolymocephala

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Home-Style Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni with chunks of Cheddar cheese is baked until bubbling for a soothing and satisfying supper.

200 g  uncooked elbow macaroni
50 g butter or margarine
45 ml plain flour
500 ml milk

225 g  softened cream cheese

2 ml salt

2 ml pepper

10 ml country -sty le Dijon mustard

225 g  cubed 1 cm Cheddar cheese

125 g  fresh breadcrumbs

30 g   butter or margarine, melted

30 ml chopped fresh parsley

Heat oven to 200°C . Cook macaroni according to directions; drain.  Meanwhile, in a saucepan melt 50 g butter; stir in flour. Cook over med. heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth and bubbly (l min.). Stir in milk, cream cheese, salt, pepper and mustard. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened (3 to 4 min.). Stir in macaroni and cheese. Pour into casserole dish.

In small bowl stir together remaining ingredients; sprinkle over macaroni and cheese.
Bake for 15 to 20 min. or until golden brown and heated through.

Microwave Directions:

Cook macaroni according to  directions; drain. Meanwhile, in casserole dish melt 50 g butter on HIGH (50 to 60 sec.). Stir in flour.

(I used a packet of creamy mushroom soup to make the sauce and did not use salt or pepper .)

Microwave on HIGH until bubbly ( about 1 min.). Stir in milk, cream cheese, salt, pepper and mustard. Microwave on HIGH, stirring after half the time, until thickened (4 to 5 min.). Stir in macaroni and cheese. ( I added  pieces of bacon too!)Macen cheese

In small bowl stir together remaining ingredients; sprinkle over macaroni and cheese.

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Microwave on HIGH until heated through (8 to 10 min.).

Home-style macaroni and cheese
Home-style macaroni and cheese

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Context

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Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Bad Weather

Ed’ s prompt for this week’s challenge is any kind of bad weather. It can include snow storms, rain storms, tornados, hurricanes and even droughts.

The worst storm I have ever experienced, was the cyclone Hennie during our holiday in Mauritius.

Clouds in anticipation of Cyclone Hennie March 2005 in Mauritius
Clouds in anticipation of Cyclone Hennie March 2005 in Mauritius
Photo's taken on our way to Cape Town
Rainbows- Photo’s taken on our way to Cape Town
Stormy clouds over a canola field near Philidelphia  Western Cape , South Africa
Stormy clouds over a canola field near Philidelphia Western Cape , South Africa
Storm Clouds over Lake Taupo in New Zealand
Storm Clouds over Lake Taupo in New Zealand
Heavy rains - Eshowe Hills golf estate
Heavy rains – Eshowe Hills golf estate

http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-bad-weather/

http://castelsarrasin.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/sunday-stills-bad-weather/

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/sunday-stills-challenge-bad-weather/

http://abstractlucidity.com/2014/01/26/sunday-stills-challenge-bad-weather/

http://backroadstraveller.blogspot.com/2014/01/sunday-stills-next-challenge-bad-weather.html

Floral Friday: Ornithogalum thyrsoides

Ornithogalum thyrsoides

Ornithogalum thyrsoides

Family: Hyacinthaceae

Common names: wonder-flower, star-of-Bethlehem, chincherinchee; tjienk, tjienkerientjee, (Afr.)

Showy bulbous herb of vast horticultural importance because of its long lasting flower stalks suitable for use as cut flowers.

Ornithogalum thyrsoides is a perennial herb, 20 to 50 cm tall, with round bulbs becoming dormant in the winter months. The plant has few (5-7) fleshy leaves that die back after flowering. Leaves range from 15 to 30 cm in length and 0.5 to 1.5 cm in width, are lance-shaped, smooth and soft-textured.

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http://ceenphotography.com/2014/01/23/floral-friday-fotos-unusual-angles/

http://irenewaters19.com/2014/01/24/floral-friday-3/comment-page-1/#comment-2087

http://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/floral-friday-scarlet/

http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/floral-friday-dahlias/

Fruit squares

Fruit squares 
145 grams butter/margarine
145 grams sugar
1 tablespoon syrup or marmalade
Melt the above in a pot over a very low heat. Allow to cool.
Beat 1 egg and add slowly to the above — stirring vigorously.
Add the following to the mixture:
250 grams flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup currants, or raisins or sultanas
Fruit squaresSpread in a well greased Swiss roll tin and bake at 190 °C for 15 mins.
Cut into squares while still hot and dribble the following icing over them.
Icing:
1 cup icing sugar
1 dessert spoon vanilla essence
Boiling water to mix to desired consistency—thick but slightly runny. 

 

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Found In Nature

There are so many different things that we find in nature. Here are a few of my photo’s:DSC02760

The Crimson-speckled Flunkey
The Crimson-speckled Flunkey

This is a stick worm – The caterpillars make a protective hull from grass or sticks.I found this one that made it’s hull from thorns.

Stick worm
Stick worm
Cabbage tree emperor moth caterpillar
Cabbage tree emperor moth caterpillar

 

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/cees-fun-foto-challenge-found-in-nature/

http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/cees-fun-foto-challenge-found-in-nature/

http://dailymusing57.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/cees-fun-foto-challenge-found-in-nature/

http://linsdoodles.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/cees-fun-foto-challenge/

http://sillarit.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/cees-fun-foto-challenge-found-in-nature/

http://zainabjavid.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/cees-fun-foto-challenge-found-in-nature/

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: The Letter F

Finding photo’s for the Fantastic Sunday Stills, the next challenge: The Letter F  for this week was a lot of fun!

Ford - Classic car

Ford – Classic car
Flamingos
Flamingos
Fish - Potato Bass in Ushaka Marine World, Durban, South Africa
Fish – Potato Bass at Ushaka Marine World, Durban, South Africa
Old- fashioned Fuel pumps
Old- fashioned Fuel pumps

http://shyraven23.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/sunday-stills-the-letter-f/

http://backroadstraveller.blogspot.com/2014/01/sunday-stills-next-challenge-letter-f.html

http://beautyalongtheroad.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/sunday-stills-frozen/

http://blackhillsreiki.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/sunday-stills-the-letter-f/

http://elizabethkrallphotos.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/stranded-in-south-texas/

http://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-the-letter-f/

http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/sunday-stills-the-letter-f-fog-in-frimley/

http://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/federn-feathers/

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/sunday-stills-challenge-the-letter-f/