Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Yarn Along: What I've been upto

Last week I did not post my updates and adventures with yarn.
But this week, I made sure to take pictures so I could show you what going on here.
I can totally say that am in love with crocheting.
This little hobby that I discovered many years ago but only decided to work on a few months ago.
I absolutely love it people.
I dont know what it is but I love crochet.
I cant get enough yarn and I keep looking for more projects to immerse my hands into.
Onto the projects:
I started this small ripple blanket and am working on it hurry. Its my go to project when I have nothing else to crochet.
Next up: my first cowl/infinity scarf.
Lets just be honest, I always wanted one but I was too lazy to make it.
Now I did one and I cannot get enough.
I wore it Yesterday when it was raining hard and the cold was biting.
Am now making larger ones, that wrap around the neck at-least once or twice.
Some people have asked some questions about what I make and now am dreaming of opening an etsy shop [encouragement would be highly appreciated]
Anyway, on Thursday am off to celebrate my sister's graduation. Lots of traveling, then I get to go to my parents for Christmas and am so excited.
It is truly the season to be happy and jolly.
Hope you are having lots of fun and preparing for Christmas...lots of food, laughter and overall joy!
Love you loves!

Tuesday, 18 December 2012


We honor all the departed souls and pray for peace for the families

Monday, 17 December 2012

I want to cheer you up

So this weekend was cool, nothing much to do except laundry!
Got that done on Saturday and then just kind of went along with the swing of life.
I was saddened by the news of the killings in Connecticut, I couldn't believe what I was hearing.
Though far away, am praying for all the affected families and the human race as a whole.
Moving on, since most of you are experiencing winter right now, I thought I would just offer some contrast.
I wanted to share pictures of the green environment and the beautiful sunshine around these parts.
The clear blue skies are also pretty!
These are some of the little things we forget to appreciate!
Be thankful for what you have!
I hope these pictures cheer someone up and make their day a little bit easier.
I took some of these in my mom-in-laws garden. #love the pawpaws. Cant wait for them to be ready.
I wish you all a lovely week ahead and live your life, don't wait for tomorrow!

Friday, 14 December 2012

Sparkly Style

You know how we girls just find one thing and it makes us feel happy all the time?
I think all girls love some glitter, right?
Some sparkle never killed anyone, it just made them look prettier!
I do love glitter but not in some eye catching, colorful and screaming way.
I love it in more subtle forms.
More like sparkly bubbly...not popping the eyes off.
Just cool...kind of easy and down to earth.
Anyway, trying to explain it in words looks like its failing, so let this outfit explain it.

Sparkly by emmyel featuring a lace skirt
I would give anything for that skirt...Its too pretty and the color soo cool and the glitter..just perfect.
What kind of glitter do you like??
The pop of color or the subtle sparkle?? 
Have a beautiful Weekend!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Currently Thankful Thursday

Yesterday was Kenya's 49th Independence day Anniversary!!
Our country has taken numerous steps in the right direction.
I was so happy to be witnessing it but happier to have it as a public holiday!
It was an awesome day to say the least.
Though hubby was working, his sister and brother kept me company.
We had a really fun day and that is why I was away from blogging.
Anyway am back and feeling a little hungover from all the volleyball played last evening!
Am Currently:
Reading nothing apart from blogs, emails, comments, etc..I know, #notgood
Listening to Taylor Swift: Red. Loving it a lot!
Laughing about little things that tickle me.
Enjoying the holiday mood!Its ecstatic and I cant wait for my sister's graduation next week, followed by Christmas!
These are photos of our neighborhood

And am Thankful:
..for an amazing in-law family.
..for my hubby and the little things that make our relationship unique
..for hugs and kisses. am always so happy for these.
..for health
..for the weekend ahead
..for lovely people all around
..for yoga
..for peace of mind
..for everything in this little beautiful life of mine!
The Fontenot Four

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Christmas List

You know how its almost Christmas and everyone is doing lists of what they would love to get???
I have been thinking about what I would love to get too!
{Look at me stealing from the idea of masses, original right?}
Anyway, what I would really love this Christmas is a kitchen spruce up...
I know there are so many things I want for my kitchen..
Like new dinnerware, some classy cutlery and so much more of kitchen appliances.
But there is one thing that I really really want.
In fact I've been wanting it for as long as I've had a kitchen other than my mom's.
An Oven..
                                                                      Source: via Millie on Pinterest

And if its this one from Samsung, the better.
Yes I said it.
I know most of you see it as a basic thing and already have it but I dont..
I love cooking and baking but am limited by the lack of an oven..
Why do I want it so bad, you may ask??
One reason: So I can cook more and expand the number of dishes I prepare at home.
By the way, I cook almost daily and hubby appreciates it a lot.
Moreover, I love it and I absolutely want to do more of it.
So God,Santa, The Kardashians, Channing Tatum, Bloggers, Mum, Dad, Hubby and anyone else who has any kind of power-I guess if you work together, this is a pretty easy task.
Thank you in advance!
Millie, waiting for your surprise anytime.......
I love you all!

Monday, 10 December 2012

Weekend and Mandazi

Have you ever had a weekend where you did nothing worth noting but it was still so perfect...
From having fun doing laundry to going to the salon for hair and nails, to meeting a high school friend for drinks to having a perfect evening with hubby!!!
What better Saturday could I ask for?
Then Sunday came and I was all alone since hubz has had to work weekends for the past 3 weeks, (by the way, I don't like it, at all...thank God, its just one more left).
I spent the morning doing some crochet, then decided to make some mandazi since hubby cant get enough of them!
For those who dont know mandazi is one of East Africa's favorite snack...we take it with tea/coffee for breakfast or as a midday snack (more like doughnuts but deep fried). I do love cooking but I've had some cooking tragedies in the past week (more on that later) and I really hoped that these would turn out well.....Oh and well they did!!!
(I hope to draft and post the recipe soon)
I love the way they turned out!These are some of the things I wish I could do each weekend.
Especially when the house is calm and quiet, soft rock serenading me and am just at peace!!!
This was a nice weekend and am so thankful for it.
Hope yours was great too!!

Friday, 7 December 2012

Friday Fancies:Pretty in Plaid

I have not blogged for two Fridays in a row...
I can be excused because I was off attending to serious matters (or so I think)
Who wouldn't Friday off anyway???
I might have missed one particular link up very much and am making up for it today.
What can I say?
Such a pretty pattern, one that I always admire on other people but have nothing to show for myself!
I have seen many beautiful plaid shirts while shopping but I don't know why but I never end up taking one home.
Lets just hope I will incorporate more plaid in my wardrobe (or at-least have one item just for the love of the pattern)

Have an awesome Friday and a pretty weekend ahead!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Foodie Penpals: November

Call me crazy but I think blogging is all about the community!
It is not a one person thing. What makes it so satisfying is the spirit of a community, a team that we find here!
That is why I love it.
Anyway, I signed up for a food penpal program organized by Cici Wandere from Foodie in the Desert
I was awed by the idea of exchanging food parcels with someone else, someone new, someone in this community.
So I was paired with Gathoni, not a blogger herself but I hope I convinced her to start her own blog.
Anyway, we started emailing, chatting about food and other non related things. At first, I thought we were supposed to exchange parcels but it soon became clear that Gathoni was to send me a parcel and I was to send to Gatuiri at Leo Tunapika?You can read about her experience on her blog.
So, we organized a meet up and since I live in Thika, Gathoni decided to drop the parcel here.
I was too excited to take adequate photographs of what she brought for me.
In the package was:
-Fish fillet
-2 lemons
-2 garlic onions
-A bunch of dhania
         -dhana jeera
And then there was also a recipe which she emailed me and am sharing with you.

Fish in 7 minutes
Dhana jeera 
Pestle n mortar

Dress the fish with salt on both sides,
Slice the dhania
In a seperate bowl squeeze the juice of three lemons
In a pestle n mortar mix dnana jeera tumeric dhania about two tablespoons of oil,a pinch of salt garlic and the lemon juice 
Mash them into a smooth paste
Take the fish and apply the paste on top and below generously
## if u have an oven preheat it to about 150degrees alternatively use a microwave
 Place the fish as it is in a microwave dish or baking tray, if u will use the oven bake it for 15-20 mins if u will microwave it do it for 8-10 mins 
The fish will remove some juices when ready and if u push a finger through it will sink 
You can serve with rice,mashed potatoes or ugali 
I followed this recipe and the fish was so delicious.
I served it with rice and hubby loved it.
Thank you so much Gathoni and can't wait for the December edition!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Yarn Along:Crochet Basket

I feel so bad right now....I've become a pretty terrible blogger lately!
I was a little busy over the weekend!
I went to my parents on Saturday and I only came back Yesterday!
Not much blogging could get done considering I was loving the whole spending time with family thing!
Anyway, am back...
On that note, not much crocheting has been going down over the past week but I still have something to share with you.
{Oh and by the way, I went home with my cute little crochet purse and my mum was so jealous, she pulled out her hook and yarn and started making her own.Feels good to be an inspiration. By the way, she is so gooood}
I have been thinking about organizing my crochet hooks and supplies considering that they can get a little messy all over the house. Knitters and crocheters know what I mean. Once you pull that yarn and the other, and thus hook and the other, and then the thread and needle, it can get pretty messy.
So, I decided to make a small basket for my hooks and needles and some yarn.
 I love it already and has been a huge help. Am even thinking of making a bigger one as soon as I get some beautiful yarn.