Alet Gardner

Alet Gardner

Hi there! I am an South African expat, living in the lovely Kent countryside in the UK.
I love everything meaningful and beautiful - so I try my hand at photography, painting, embroidery, needlework, cooking and writing.

My inspiration for all of this: the people that I love,
and the love that God has for me.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 14:09

Forgiveness and restitution

Forgiveness usually is an ongoing process. 

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 16:15

Strawberries with puff pastry hearts

What to do when you have bought a packet of ready-made puff pastry for a household of two?  Make chicken pies, then a beautiful strawberry dessert, then start thinking about the next application….

Sunday, 16 June 2013 14:59

Twinned bread rolls

Twinned bread rolls:

 

I took the short cut – using bread ready mix for both the brown and white parts (seeing that I don’t have to prove to anyone that I can make bread from scratch.) 

For 12 rolls I used 250gram of each and prepared as instructed on the packets.  While the dough was rising, I grated some Cheddar cheese (any strong tasting cheese should do, but I kept in mind that someone might want to enjoy it with a little jam.)  I cut 6 spring onions into 4cm pieces, halved them lengthwise and got twelve sage leaves from my herb garden (sounds impressive – just a few potted herbs at my back door). 

Sunday, 19 May 2013 15:22

Stay-at-home mom

Q:

 

Help!  I want to be more than I am right now, but how will I ever attain that?  I am tired of wondering and wondering and being on an emotional rollercoaster  I don’t want to just carry on with life – I want to LIVE!  How am I going to succeed in doing that?

 

- Stay-at-home mom

What do you do when you are stuck with a bunch of grapes past their “best by” date?  Other than cooking jam or making a fruit cobbler?  Have a quick look on the Internet whether anyone else has had the mad notion of combining grapes with butternut, which was my only semi-reasonable option.  And yes, it has been done!  So here is my version:

Monday, 15 April 2013 09:33

Standing corrected

Being corrected by others is never pleasant or comfortable, but if I’m humble enough to accept correction/discipline gracefully, I’ll grow in wisdom and understanding, be “master of my soul” (Knox) in a human sense.  

 

Monday, 18 March 2013 12:53

A strong tree

Putting my trust in people, depending on people to supply the security, attention, love, company that I need, will leave me like a little shrub on the dunes/in the desert – barely hanging in there by the tips of my toes. 

Sunday, 10 March 2013 16:20

Leoné

Leoné, aka The Feast Fairy, obviously had to get the most flamboyant apron to date – luscious strawberries galore!  Even as a little girl she was enthralled by the art of cooking and baking.  She has even reached the stage where she can whip up the most delicious chocolate cake without the help of a recipe. 

Monday, 04 March 2013 20:19

Minki's nightdress

Minki’s mom has already made her a trillion pretty night dresses and Ouma had to have a go as well – with very impractical tulle.  But it was fun making it and Mignon has had loads of fun wearing it – to lounge in front of the TV in and go to sleep in, to wake up and go playing in the garden with her brother in. 

Monday, 04 March 2013 19:48

Salmon steak with chilli and peppers

As usual, I had to make do with what I had, so this is how I came up with a stunning salmon dish: