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Archive for February, 2010

I won! I won!

Finally after a long drought of not winning anything here, on 2nd feb i received an email:

“Congratulations! You are a winner in the Kellogg’s Back to School Promotion. You have won a DELL™ Inspiron™ Mini 10v laptop”

LAPTOP! that’s right, a LAPTOP! That really made my day! 🙂 Thanks to Kellogg’s LCMs rice bubbles!! I was so so happy because I really wasn’t expecting it, since it was purely determined by chance and not skill. But my Big Daddy up there must have known that we wanted a new one! This was my first time buying LCM as well, so to thank them I bought a few more boxes..also hoping that I could win more and give them to my parents. we’ll see – just 3 more days to go…

Actually thinking back, I’ve been blessed with winning so many things, especially back in Singapore. The major ones were, $3000 shopping vouchers, a Zegna suit, $2000 cash and so many movie vouchers. I’ve even won a chinese dress, which I couldn’t fit into. My ultimate goal is to win a trip! one day perhaps… 😉

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Graduation Owl Cake

What do I do when I need a time out?  I bake.  I will jump up at any opportunity to bake!  So, this is what I made last week, for our youngest cousin’s graduation.

The cake itself is a dark chocolate mud cake brushed with orange and muscat syrup covered with dark chocolate ganache.  It’s rich… very rich!  Then covered with fondant and decorated with Mr. Owl.  My original design, and since this is the second time I covered a cake with fondant, I am quite happy with the result.  Though there is a lot of improvement to be made in the future.

Once again, congratulations Steve!

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Toilet training

It’s been a long time coming, but YAY, Jayden is now finally somewhat trained – at least for doing the #2. Today is the 6th day – he had been telling me if he needed to go! No more yucky mess. double YAY!

But as of training him how to pee. I don’t really know how to do it. Any suggestions?

We’ve decided to start sending him to ‘school’ only when he turns 3. Meanwhile we prefer to have him at home and send him for different activities. So this term he’s back to doing swimming lessons, music and chinese classes. He can now sing a few songs in mandarin and he knows colours, body parts, numbers and animals as well! I’m hoping by September, he would be able to say a few sentences 😉

He’s now close to 15 kg. His favourite food are plain pasta, plain rice and plain noodles. He only likes bananas and strawberries and not a fan of any vegetables. He told me today that his favourite friend is ‘Jie Jie Tella‘.

Jayden @ 2 years & 3 months

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Tiger cookies… ROAR!

Made this cookies today, when Stella was at kindy and Jake was napping.  I only made half the recipe and finished the whole thing in a nick of time.

I wanted to make something that both Stella and Jake can eat for the coming chinese new year.  Since all chinese new year goodies contain egg and nuts, Jake would definitely miss out… so I thought I’d make cookies with no egg and no nuts, and then I saw my bear cutter, and it gave me an idea, it’s the year of the tiger this year so… Tiger cookies!

playing around with the bear cutter

going to the oven...

decorate with melted chocolate... tada... tiger cookies!

Here is the recipe, I only made half the recipe and got 50 mini tiger cookies out of it…

Ingredients

100 g unsalted butter, room temperature

50 g castor sugar

40 g cold milk

160 g plain flour

20 g corn flour

Decoration

2 Tbs melted dark chocolate

Preheat oven to 160 C fan forced

Beat butter and sugar together until it’s light and fluffy and the sugar has almost dissolved.

Add the cold milk into the sugar/butter mixture and beat for about 30 seconds.

Add sifted plain and corn flour into the sugar/butter/milk mixture and beat until it resembles bread crumbs.  Then use your hand and lightly knead the mixture, until the dough comes together and it becomes a smooth dough, slightly sticky.  Cling wrap the dough flattened slightly and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.  Or 7 minutes in a freezer.

Take the dough out from the fridge, divide into two (I find it easier to manage a little dough at a time).  Instead of putting more flour on the kitchen bench, I like to put a sheet of baking paper and roll on top of it… and also, cling wrap on top of the dough… this way, you can see what you are rolling and no mess.  Cut out the dough using the bear cutter and put on the baking tray.  Keep on re-rolling the dough, until you have used up all the dough.  Again, line the baking tray with baking paper (I must say, I LOVE baking paper, whoever that invented it… THANK YOU! )  Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes.  (This is for my tiny cookies size of 50 cents coin) So bake longer if you are making bigger one.

Take out from the oven when golden brown in colour, and let it cool on wire rack.  Then decorate with melted chocolate.

This is a great recipe to do with kids, especially with egg or nut allergies, I found that Jake missed out quite a bit in the baking for fun department.  I will definitely do it with the kids next time.  It’s pretty straight forward and easy.  But, this time, this tiger cookies are a surprise for the kids… so right now, they are hiding on the top shelves of my pantry.

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!

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18 months JAKE

My favourite picture of Jake - by Clara

A little bit about Jake at 18 months…

loves to watch Iggle piggle and Thomas the tank engine, starts dancing when he hears their music!

loves to scribble on the black board and the occasionally on my furniture…

loves tomatoes, blueberries, mandarin and squeezie yoghurt (thanks aunty kel for introducing)

loves water either in the bath, pool or playing with the hose in the garden.

loves to copy what Stella is doing, including pushing the toy pram and even asked me to put a hair clip on his hair… (and no I didn’t put any! but there were times when Stella thought it would be cute to put hair clip on Jake’s hair)

loves throwing ball or anything that resembles a ball, eg. mandarin and oranges

Jake did some painting this morning, he really enjoyed it, in fact he wanted to paint the whole easel!

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1st day at Kindy!

Just a quick update… Stella started kindy this week!  She was super excited, on her 1st day, she woke up at 6am and wanted to change to her uniform and go to kindy straight away!  (I just wish this excitement will last till she graduated from uni… 😛 )

We were all excited for her, it’s a bit of a mixed feeling for me, happy that she is looking forward to school and sad for realizing that she is “big” kid now and she will be doing things for herself.  Anyway, enough of being a bit sad… overall the day went really well, she was EXTREMELY happy to be at kindy meeting new friends and new teachers.  When I went to pick her up that day she asked “Am I going to kindy again tomorrow?  I can’t wait!”  I couldn’t be more happier when I heard that… good sign!  Anyway, Stella will be going to kindy for 3 days… yes, they offered 5 days, but I just can’t let her go for 5 days yet and it’s NOT compulsory!  And here are some snippets taken on her first day at kindy 2nd February 2010!

Stella ready for her 1st day at kindy!

With Jake, he was super excited for her too!

In front of her classroom, can't wait to go in!

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