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My holiday reading….

I’ve been away on holiday for the last few weeks; my hubby and I took the Rhino and Tinkerbell up to the Kruger Park area of our country… we did go into the park a couple of times and we saw tonnes of elephants, rhino’s, Cape Buffalo, hippos, a croc eating an impala and an assortment of other little creatures that were just as fascinating as the Big 5. No cats unfortunately…we also had an encounter with a very grumpy bull elephant who decided that we were NOT welcome to drive down the road he was walking along. That was…interesting; lots of flapping of ears from him and convulsive swallowing/ squealing from me. (Normal people have spider or cockroach phobias…not me!  I have an elephant phobia; I was slapped across the face by a baby, orphaned elephant when I was a toddler and it made an impression!)

While the kids ran around- swimming, trout fishing, cycling- I chilled out and read. And then I read some more. My favourite thing to do! There was a fabulous second hand book store in Sabie and it’s against the laws of nature for me to walk out of a book store empty handed. I picked up Lisa Gardner’s The Survivors Club which I couldn’t put down. Love Lisa Gardner, when I grow up I want to be her. She writes like a dream.  Tess Gerritsen’s Presumed Guilty and Jenny Crusie’s Fast Woman. Then I hit my Kindle and plowed through a couple each from Susan Mallery and Kristan Higgins. And yes, I do speed read!

I also plotted. And planned. I have three HQN Kiss/Modern Tempted books to deliver, a Kiss Continuity and a Christmas Novella. When I say I plotted and planned, I mean I sat in the sun and contemplated my navel and allowed ideas to flow into- but mostly out of- my consciousness. I’m sure I had a couple of good ideas but I was too lazy to get up and write them down so I’m desperately hoping that inspiration will strike twice!

Just spending time sleeping late and chilling was such a treat. Of course, it’s taking me FOREVER to get back into work mode and my enthusiasm runneth over….NOT.

I think I need a swift kick.

Much love




Vodka and Red Bull Christmas Cake

My very clever friend Tracy has been teaching her friends how to ice and decorate their Christmas cakes. This is our friend Linda icing hers.

However, Tracy has two mates who are utterly useless and have the baking skills of a potplant. In order for us not to feel left out, she gave Kerry and I our own special Christmas cake recipe.

So I’d thought I’d share it with other non-bakers!

Vodka and Redbull Christmas Cake

• 1 cup water
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1 cup of sugar
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 cup of brown sugar
• lemon juice
• 4 large eggs
• nuts
• 1 bottle of vodka
• 1 can of Red Bull

How to make it
• Sample the vodka to check the quality. Take a large bowl, check the Vodka again. To be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and mix with a little red bull and drink.
• Repeat
• Turn on the electric mixer, beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar.
• Beat again.
• At this point its is best to make sure the vodka is still ok.
• Flavour with red bull to taste. Try another cup – just in case turn off the mixerer.
• Break two leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.
• Pick fruit off floor.
• Mix on the turner. If the dried fruit gets stuck in the beaterers, pry it loose with a drewscriver. Sample the vodka to check for tonsisticity.
• Flavour with a little Bed Rull. Next sift two cups of salt. Or something
• Throw a pinch of Bed Rull over your shoulder, pick up the mop, can the floor. Check the vodka. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.
• Add one table.
• Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find. Turn the Cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over. Don’t forget to beat off the turner.
• Finally, Kiss the Dog, Walk the Husband, throw the bowl out of the window.
• Fall into bed.

And there you have it, a great Cherry Mistmas cake.