Time for reflection...

This and that..




So the hb is still on leave
Been out and abt practically every single day
Tomorrow we are taking Sonia to the Botanical Gardens





Every year come December u will see
the Aue's in town
No mood to go anywhere since
we travel quite a bit all throughout the year
Its nice to be home for a change
going to the same places over and over again
fm one mall to another
hahahhaha... typical Singaporean!!
Next Wednesday
hb is flying to Vietnam and
I decided not to tag along since
on that weekend we hv to drive to KL again
Sooo








Whilst we await the arrival of the
new year,
I have a few photos that I would
love to share.. so
Enjoy!!


















Blueberry - Lemon Cake




Boo Hoo i am down with a slight flu
It started this morning.
I woke up with a headache,
and sore throat
and know
today wasn't gonna be a great day.
Sure enough.
Right now,
my head is so stuffed up.
Yikes.
honestly I hardly fall sick and
when i do it makes me feel
really really restless
Anyway I think I must hv gotten it fm my little Sonia 
who caught the flu bug 2 days ago and shes
recovering fast
thank goodness she didnt hv any fever!





Soooo ok finally today I managed to bake
the cake that i hv been wanting to bake
since like last week
Good choice.. thank god i baked it cos u wanna
know what??
This cake is super awesome...
super moist...
delish..
lemony..
and and ohhhhh sooo sooo yummy...
Perfect!
hb ate his first slice in less then 5 mins and said..
"oh wow.. this cake is bloody good!"
So
there u go.. if u gonna bake something
for the New Year
this cake shud be the ONE!





Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups blueberries (i used 1 cup)
zest of a lemon (I added)
1 tsp vanilla extract (I added)

Lemon Glaze:
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice



Method
Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
Grease and flour 9" by 5" metal loaf pan.
In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
In large bowl, in mixer at low speed, beat margarine and sugar just until blended.
Increase speed to medium; beat about 5 minutes, until light and creamy.
Reduce mixer speed to low; add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition until well blended, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula.
Add in vanilla and lemon zest (thats hb zesting the lemon haha) 
Alternately beat flour mixture and milk into egg mixture, mixing just until blended.
Gently stir in blueberry.
Spoon batter into loaf pan.
Bake loaf 1 hour 5 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Place sheet of waxed paper until wire rack.
Cool loaf in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes.
Remove from pan and place on rack.
With cake tester or skewer, prick top and sides of warm loaf all over.
Prepare Lemon glaze: In small bowl, mix lemon juice and sugar. With pastry brush. brush top and sides of warm loaf with lemon glaze.
Cool loaf completely on rack.

Applying A Glaze:
Besides adding flavour to a cake, tea bread, or tart, a glaze can give a smooth, lustrous finish and seal in its moisture. Glazes can be as simple as melted jam, or a mixture of sugar and liquid. Set the cake over waxed paper to catch drips. For a flavor that permeates, prick the cake all over, then brush glaze over the top and sides of the still-warm cake.




Source: The Good Housekeeping Step-by-Step Cookbook

Happy Holidays





Whilst I delibrate
on
what to get
at Victoria Secrets...
(my darling hb passed me their catalogs probably in the hopes that I change my grandma undies to something a bit racier...)
muuuahahahha


From us
to you.
Merry Christmas
and Happy Holidays




Vanillakipferl




Hey peeps! I know i hv not been baking much lately but today I managed to bake cheesecake and also Vanillekipferl... I got this recipe fm my MIL this morning and decided to gv it a try... It's super easy to make, addictive, buttery and very light and flavorful. You do not wanna know how many of these cookies I popped in my mouth... hehehe.. sooooo ty for sharing this wonderful recipe with me and yes we all loved it especially ur dearest son!!






Ingredients
150g butter
150g flour
150g ground almonds (white no skin)
70g icing sugar
1 tbsp vanilla essence
2 egg yolks




Method
Soften the butter at room temperature and combine with the other ingredients to form a firm dough.
Knead a little bit only.
Roll out to long strips of about 2cm diameter, cut into equal sections of about 1.5cm each and form little crescents.
Bake in preheated oven of 160 deg for 12 min approx until the tips turn dark golden.
Once cool.. Roll in icing sugar.
Serve





Happy Birthday to me

Today is my birthday!
*yay*
I turned 41 years old.
Time flies.
10 years ago,
I was 31,
single parent
and having a blast
being single... "cough cough"


10 years, a girl,
a husband
and
5kg later,
here I am.

I had a great birthday though.
We decided to stay home instead..
(been out for the past 3 days.. ouch!)
I cooked yellow rice with Ayam masak merah and
Beef rendang
Invited mom and dad over
also not forgetting Lyn and co for
a small get together
Hairi came home for a few hours and now
hes back in camp :o(

Hb bought me err can I say nothing?? hahha
ok ok u got me an IPhone a week ago 
gave me a "red packet" for me to shop
Hell yeah!
Dont surprise me.
Dont give me jewellery.
Dont give me diamonds.
I'm cheap :op






I bake myself a small cake ..
an 8" cotton cheesecake with cherry pie filling to be exact(its more for hairi)
and
I made a wish.
I wish that next year,
I'll have a much more relaxing year and be
happier with myself :o)
and thank you to everyone for
your well wishes
Am blessed...

Recipe u can get it fm my previous post..

Newest shopping mall in Singapore

Hubby and I are at City Square Mall. We are testing out the latest mall and having coffee. Hubby is forcing me to test my latest toy's feature of blogging "on the go".







Next stop Somerset313.

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Relax ... Chill ok....

I've been saying these words a lot lately...
to my princess AND my husband.
Gosh.
Why is everyone so hyped up??


My husband is so unlike me.
He is the typical Type A personality.
He gets frustrated easily especially under pressure,
he wants things done fast and he gets flustered.
Needless to say,
if he is to join the Amazing Race,
he'll go crazy.
I.. on the other hand,
a little laid back and when I get stressed,
I either tend to chill or go berserk lol
Unfortunately, my Sonia,
had inherited my husband's personality.
She's hyper,
she's impatient,
she cracks under pressure and gets so frustrated.
Because of this, I'm constantly screaming at these two,
to calm down.
It just drives me NUTS when they get flustered.


Thank goodness my Hairi,
is nothing like these two. LOL.
He has inherited the "laid back, chill" gene...(probably fm his dad)
He is so easy going and relaxed.
Phew!
I don't think I could handle 3 specimens of Type A in the house hehehe


Anyway we got home fm KL safely last night
and since hb will be around till New Year
I dont think I will be baking as much
Hairi went back to his camp this morning hoping he get transfered and
guess what??
he will be stuck in the same camp for the next 2yrs
muuuahahaha (sorry son.. ur stuck being a Rifleman)
while some of his camp mates were transfered to different camps
Poor boy but hey look at the bright side:
You will hv the chance to go to Hawaii for training
Ok ok mama will shut up now :ox


Argghhhh I still hv a lot of Christmas shopping to do
bef this weekend!
Gulp!!


Its weekend again...

Cant stay long...
very sleepy..
very tired...
we had a blast today especially the kiddoes...
I would say.. we had a good day today
tomorrow we plan to take it easy and perhaps for a change...
stay in... errr gulp...
can we?? muaahahah




My latest obsession besides
Sonia of cos! yummies!







Hv a good weekend peeps!

When Sonia met Dr M..





Can u imagine how we must hv felt at that very moment...
honoured and blessed...
Selamat Menyambut Maal-Hijrah 1431 (Happy New Year) to everyone.. 



Banana Chocolate Muffin




We got into KL safely... hb is resting now and I hv been munching non stop lol.. enjoy ur weekend peeps and do try out this banana cake recipe cos its niceeeee! heheh




Ingredients
250g butter
3/4 cups caster sugar
2 cups self raising flour
5 eggs grade A
1 cup mashed bananas
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp vanilla essence
150g semi sweet cooking chocolate grated or chopped (I used chocolate rice)




Method
Pre heat oven @175C. Sieve flour . If not using self raising flour you can use plain flour +1 tsp baking powder. Add bicarbonate of soda into mashed bananas and mix well put aside.
Beat butter till white and add in sugar. Beat till sugar dissolved.Add eggs one by one beat till creamy. Add in vanilla essence and mashed bananas, stir well. Fold flour bit by bit till finish. Add in chocolate and fold again slowly, don't fold too much as the chocolate will melt.
Scoop mixture into muffin cups and bake for about 15-20 minutes or till cooked. (I baked mine for 60mins using 8x8" cake pan)



Source: Curlybabe's satisfaction




Muaaahahahhaha... need I say more??

Waste of space





What a shitty day today...
dont u just hate it if someone
is talking nonsense abt u??
dont u just love it the way they twist
and
turn their words so as to make u look like a moron..
ohhhhh ohhhhh better still...
when that person literally said...
"maybe shes just not happy when someone is better off than her"...
OH MY GOD... u got to be kidding right??!!!
First u talk behind me
then u judge me?
Am I still living in the olden era where
jealousy... showing off yadda yadda yadda
is the IN thing?
That is sooooooooooooo not my kinda thing..
if I am not happy..
I will say it out
but if I am being misunderstood for being a biatch...
oh sorry...
I really hv no time to entertain that kinda of nonsense...
Adios gf... and oh ...
If ur reading this crap.. you are so not welcome in my blog


Sorry peeps..
didnt mean to bore u guys..
some things are better left unsaid..
but this one is well worth saying out loud..
Hopefully I will hv a good day tmrw
see u guys in KL!

Rose Tart

Body aching all over..
lazy..
tired yadda yadda yadda..
my super duper hb is clearing his annual leave
and will only start work first week of January... yippieeeeeeeeeee
oh wow...
in 2wks time we are gonna leave behind 2009...
Hmmmmm

Anyway,
here are a couple of photos of Sonia.
She's 20 months old now.
And is talking bits.
Besides, Mama and Papa,
she can call her cousins, abang and kakak
bibik (auntie Lyn) and ayah (lyn's hb)
Yayi and Nyayi (grandpa and grandma)
and brother
She calls her bro by name,
mind ya'







She can also say
Sponge Bob, Barney, chuggington, Pooh etc etc (almost all the carton characters in playhouse disney, cbeebies and jimjam)
Oh yes.
And guess what
She even knows her body parts very well  (fm head to toe and that includes her belly button)
And can even name them when u point at them
She loves to be read and will always make me read to her at
least 3 mickey mouse clubhouse books at one time lol
Soo she says kiki for Mickey
duck for Donald and
points at goofy, pluto, minnie, daisy and pete when u say out their name

She says
nana for banana,
juice
hello and bye,
She calls every single cat (including tiger) sasha (our cats name lol)
babit for rabbit, fafa for flower, star and
loves to sing "rain rain go away"
she will say
"susu nak" when she wants her milk
and her fave word right now?
No no no.. no no (with her index finger moving hahhaha)
and
favorite sentence?
Mmmmmmmmm niceeeeeee muaahahaha
You see.. I cud go on and on abt my little princess
cos even tho shes a handful.. shes a sweetheart too..

Soooooo anyway
right after i got home fm my little outing with my girlfriends,
I managed to bake Rose tarts...
Simple but the process of preparation is
ARDUOUS :o(





Ingredients
250gm butter
2 tbsp castor sugar
2 tbsp ghee
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp castard flour
1/2 cup corn flour
pinch of salt
3 3/4 flour

Pineapple jam - roll it slightly smaller than the size of marble

Topping
1 egg yolk}
1 drop of yellow colouring} Mix with fork
1 tsp water}




Method
Sieve all three flour and put it aside
Beat butter and sugar till creamy
Add in ghee, egg yolk and salt and continue to beat till well combine
Add in sifted flour a little at a time
Place dough in clingwrap and let it rest for half an hr or so
Roll dough in between two sheets (1/4") thickness
Use a flower cutter and place cut out into paper cups
Place paper cups into muffin tray and press the center bef placing roll pineapple onto cut out dough
Bake dough at 175C for 10mins .. brush top with egg yolk mixture and continue to bake for another 5 to 10mins



Source: Secubitgaramnor67 blogspot
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