Twenty twenty has been an absolute roller coaster, right? Its been nearly 2 months of Lockdown in South Africa and its unbelievable to think we’ve been confined to our homes for such a long stretch of time and we’re still surviving!
Working from home with the kids has been an experience. Alyssa is officially in week 8 of term 2 and she is still on track with the curriculum thanks to her schools support. Aidan has daily classes with his teachers too which I’m really grateful for.
Kurt and I are both working from home and has been interesting juggling it all.
Some days are complete chaos, but for the most part we are doing it! I keep reminding myself that this is not “normal” and of course things will not be easy. We are in crisis mode, so we just have to do what we can do to the best of our abilities – and that applies to the kids too.
This month marks 6 years since I launched Hayley’s Joys! The time has certainly flown by. It all started as a creative outlet and at the time I had no real intentions.
But as time went by, I started learning “the ropes” and naturally I have had so many opportunities to work with brands and making it a side-gig, if you want to call it that.
I work full-time so my blog has always been a side-hustle and I still don’t have any intention of making my blog my full time focus. I enjoy blogging, it’s fun, it’s my creative outlet and I have gotten so many extraordinary opportunities from it and I want to keep things this way for now.
Lockdown has really got us in the kitchen. I don’t think I’ve baked so much in all my life than I have in the last few weeks!
From breads to koeksiesters to biscuits, I’ve made my fair share.
This week I decided to make use of the big bag of dates in the pantry and decided to make some yummy biscuits for us to snack on during the day. I am obsessed with dates and absolutely love the combination of dates and nuts. Dates are a sweet treat and really satisfies that sweet or chocolate craving!
Koesisters are our usual Sunday indulgence.. only difference is that this time I made it myself from scratch!
Best part is that it turned out absolutely perfect!
Want to make your own? Read on…. the recipe is right here.
Sometimes there’s confusion about koesisters. Cape Malay koesisters are different from the similar-sounding Afrikaner version, koeksister, which is a crisp and syrupy twisted or plaited doughnut and usually served ice cold.