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Stella and Jayden did a craft together today.  It was an easy egg carton pet dog and cat with a leash.  Stella did a dog one at kindy and she absolutely loved it. It’s more appropriate to do a dog one, but Stella insisted on making a cat this time since she has a dog already.  Jake joined in the fun too and did some colouring in.

What you need

egg carton

paper

crayon

sticky tape

ribbon/ string

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Stella with her black cat

Jake colouring in the dog

Jake colouring in the dog

Draw a picture of dog or cat face.  Get the kids to colour in the face.  Meanwhile tape a long ribbon (this is for the leash) on one end of the egg carton and a stick a shorter ribbon (this one for the tail) on the other side.

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Cut out the face of the dog or cat.

Cover the top of the egg carton with paper and get the kids to colour this, then sticky tape the face onto the egg carton body.

Jayden with his egg carton dog

Jayden with his egg carton dog

Both Stella and Jayden loves their pet!  Stella called her cat Mr. Pink!

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Banana & Toffee Pie

I have been thinking about making this banana and toffee pie for a long time.  So today, after an early dinner, I thought why not try the recipe with the leftover toffee in the fridge.  The best part was, there were seven of us to try the pie…

I used two 18cm diameter tart tin for this recipe

Ingredients

6 bananas, peeled, cut in half and then half lengthwise

2 sheets ready rolled puff pastry

1/2 c toffee sauce

Ingredients for toffee sauce

Preheat the oven to 200 C

Using the tin as a guide, cut the pastry into 18cm diameter circle.

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In a pan, heat up the toffee sauce, when bubble start to appear drop the bananas into the pan.  Make sure you coat the banana with the toffee sauce.  Do it quickly or the bananas will be soft and hard to transfer.

Arrange the bananas in the tin, make sure you fill up the tin.  Spoon the extra toffee sauce over the bananas.

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Cover the bananas with the puff pastry circle, prick it with fork and egg wash the pastry.  Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, until the pastry is nice and golden brown.

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Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then turn out and serve.

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The verdict: everybody loves the pie, however there were a few suggestion to make it even better.  Dad suggested dusting the pie with a little cinnamon sugar, Kelen and I agreed that it needed an extra toffee sauce on the side plus a really good vanilla ice cream dollop right in the middle of the it.  Originally, I was planning to serve it with a vanilla ice cream that I thought was still in the fridge… (somebody has been eating it I guess!)  For our last slice, I sprinkled some sea salt on the pie just to see how it taste like.  I fully recommend it!  It really did taste better with a tiny bit of sea salt sprinkled on it. I can’t wait to make it again, and next time I will make sure I have a tub of vanilla ice cream in the fridge!

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The Big 3-0!

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We’ve been very busy this month with some unexpected family matters. But a few days ago we managed to have a small celebration at home for my 30th! 🙂

Stella made me a very nice family painting (she’s only 3.5!) and Caroline made me a Milo cake with strawberry jam and covered with chocolate ganache and whipping cream. YUM! My hubby is planning a big trip away for us next year, which I’m so excited about! Thinking back, I met Joe when I was 20. How time flies!

Stella doing a painting me

Stella doing a painting me

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Stella and her painting of Uncle Joe, Jayden and me

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I thank God for my family and friends and for giving me life that is so beautiful!

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Mr. Happy cookies

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I hope no one is tired of looking at a smiley face/ Mr. Happy!  These are the cookies that I made to put in the goody bag with the Marshmallow pop.  Jayden loves this!

Ingredients

220 g unsalted butter

220 g castor sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

330 g plain flour

Melted dark chocolate (Melt some dark chocolate, put them in a pipping bag and decorate!)

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add 2 eggs and beat untill combined.  Add in the vanilla and beat for 20 seconds.   Put the mixer on low speed, add the flour and beat until just combined, please do not overmix.

Divide the cookie dough in half.  Wrap the dough with glad wrap and put in the fridge for 2 hours (to max of 2 days).  If you are like me and can’t wait, I put it in the freezer for about 30-40 minutes.

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Preheat the oven to 180 C.  Take 1 tablespoon of dough and make it into a ball.  Then flaten it using the palm of your hand.  Bake for about 12 – 15 minutes until they are golden in colour.  Leave them for about 5 minutes on the baking tray then move them to the cooling rack to cool.  Make sure they are completely cool before you decorate it.  I chose to do a smiley face cookie to match the theme of Jake’s party.  But you can do funny faces or animals or write the kid’s name in the cookies.

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The kids reunited

We’ve been in Perth for almost 2 weeks now, with 1 more week to go till we go back to Sydney. Stella and Jayden were both very excited to see each other. The last time they met was 4 months ago in Hong Kong. So much has changed since then, now they can chit chat as well as fight! It’s so funny to watch them play. Stella has been teaching Jayden to go up and down the stairs by himself. Jayden has picked up new words and sentences from Stella. Meanwhile Jake also had a new friend Clayton visited from Sydney. So we’ve had some pretty crazy time in the house! 4 kids under 4!

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Baby Clayton and Jie Jie Stella

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Jayden loves the swing

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Stella so happy standing on the swing!

Stella so happy standing on the swing!

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Marshmallow Pop

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I made this for Jake’s birthday party favour.  It’s really easy and who can resist “Marshmallow+Chocolate+Sprinkle on a Pretzel stick!”  Too cute!

What you need

Marshmallows

Milk or Dark Chocolate

Sprinkles

Pretzel Sticks

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dipping the marshmallow into the sprinkles

dipping the marshmallow into the sprinkles

waiting for the chocolate to set

waiting for the chocolate to set

Melt the chocolate in the double boiler.  Get one pretzel stick, dab a little melted chocolate on the tip.  Gently squeeze into the marshmallow (gentle…otherwise the pretzel will break! )  Make sure you do all the pretzel stick first and let it the chocolate set, so the pretzel will not wobble.  Once the chocolate has set.  Dip the marshmallow into the chocolate.  It’s up to you how much marshmallow you want to dip, I only dipped the top part.  Then, gently press it into the sprinkles.  Put in a clean glass until the chocolate has set.

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Jake is ONE

Jake is one!

Jake is ONE.  If you know me.  I get excited when there is a birthday party to plan.  I think I must have gotten this gene from my mum.  Planning party genes.  We (well I ) decided to do a Mr. Happy with lots of balls kind of birthday party theme.  The reason being, Jake smiles a lot, he is just one happy baby and he loves playing with his blue and yellow (smiley face) ball.  I am very lucky that I have a lot of help for this party…

First of all, Thanks to Mum & Dad for letting us use their house to host the party and making a huge mess afterward and to Mum for cooking the yummy food.  Thanks to dear friend Miss. Y for doing the invite and thank you note, face painting and the table mat activity.  Thanks to the talented Miss. N for the photography.  Thanks to Kelen, Joe and Jay for coming all the way from Sydney and helping out here and there.  Thanks to Miss. D for helping mum in the kitchen and cooking the delicious noodles.  Mr. S who is responsible for the rubbish, appreciated.  And to my dearest old friend Miss. I thanks for coming in early and helping out with the food.  Last but not least, thanks to everybody that came to the party and helped us celebrate Jake’s 1st birthday and really made it special!

Here are some snippets of the party. Enjoy 🙂

Birthday Cake

Home-made allergy free Birthday Cake

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The Birthday Boy

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Mr Happy Goodie bags for the kids

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