Thursday, December 30, 2010

All about The Gingerbread Man @ Sentosa

Gathered a few neighbour friends and the whole bunch of us had great fun at Sentosa listening to the interactive Gingerbread man stories and participating in their workshops. The events are still on-going every Thurs- Sunday till 2 Jan 2011.

There will be 3 sessions for each day. 2 stories for the day and you will need to check their time schedule from their boards near the stage. We managed to catch "The Gingerbread Man, the santa helper" at 11.30am and "The Gingerbread Man" after lunch at 2.30pm . The kids enjoyed themselves.

A photo with the Mervyn the narrator, the gingerbread man and the elf.

We also participated in their Gingerbread man workshop. Kaylene chose to do the Gingerbread man clay while I did the Gingerbread man apron with Shiranne. Posing with their works!

The second session, even a bigger crowd!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Poh Piah for our Christmas Get together 2010

My mum's home-made poh piah. So yummy! The home-made chilli had also spiced up this dish really well. I've had eaten many that day and is looking forward to our next session!

The wrapping and eating of this dish takes less than 15min but the preparation of the ingredients is no joke.  My mum took about 2 days to prepare everything! This kinda puts me off even though I know my helper can do all the tedious cutting and i just have to buy and instruct. My hubby kept nudging me to learn the recipe from my mum. But for now, I've yet to have the aspiration to prepare poh piah. Maybe one day :)

Look at that small plate of bright red chilli there!! my fav!

My mum, the santarina ah ma! Ho Ho Ho!

The most crowded christmas tree we had this year!

All the children busy looking for and opening their pressies! How exciting!

Ah gong pretending to escort the the toddlers to school with their new backpacks. I think the kiddies thought it was for real. Haha!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My Christmas gift wrappers, from recyclables!

Realised there are so many nice chrismassy pictures from mailers, brochures, magazines, cards etc etc that we receive everytime when the jolly season draws near. Such a pity to throw them away. My hubby sometimes call me a garang guni! Yes I admit, I've the tendancy to keep some nice pretty stuff  in my craft box aka garang guni box so when I need them they can come in handy! This year, I've decided not to buy any store bought gift wraps but to recycle and repurpose!

Did some of my gift wraps last night when everyone was asleep. Though may take a little more time and deprive some sleep time, I was happy as I know I'm playing my part in recycling and saving some trees. Also, this was somewhat like crafting for me and very  therapeutic!

Below are some pics of the BEFORE and AFTER
 Pages taken from Ikea mailer

 The next morning, got my gals to paste some chrismassy stickers
 that we received from NTUC healthcare Unity mailer

 From Ikea Mailer too

Can't remember which brochure I used for the above, think beer related.
Like this especially because the girls had so much fun pasting the lovely stickers and pictures I cut . Great way to introduce them those chrismassy related things like snow flakes, stockings, christmas elves, snowman, angels etc etc etc.

some of my lovely wrapped presents, mainly undecorated since picture taken last night.
Will be continuing tonight.

Meanwhile, here are the rest of my online purchases:

Top are Sticky Mosaic tiles from Simple thots. Ordered through Singapore Motherhood forum.
Bottom are some Kawaii Sanitary pouches from lavenderbliss55 boutique.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Home made Tang Yuan to celebrate Winter Solstice

Such lovely looking, sweet tasting and chewy chewy dessert!

We made this in celebration of the Chinese Dōngzhì Festival (冬至), aka Winter Solstice, which falls on 22 December.

Though these glutinous rice balls are nothing much good for the body since they are mainly starch and sugar, can't help but to go back to the pot and scoop for extras! Careful not to eat too much, can lead to indigestion.

As for the making of it, all four in the family had fun rolling them to cute little balls. Like the chinese name of this dessert, 'Tang Yuan' 汤圆 , also symbolises the reunion of family 团圆, we all came together to make and eat this lovely dessert. All of us love it!

Daddy did the dough and set the soup. Mummy and kids just had fun!

For the soup -
1) We cut out a bunch of our home grown pandan leaves (so useful to grow your own), knot them.
2) knob of ginger (size depend on how gingerly you want the soup to be, ours is thumb size), lightly smashed.
3) Red sugar or brown sugar or rock sugar (I prefer red as the soup has a nice tint of red. Brown is fine too as it just make the soup light brown. Rock sugar a bit plain looking, unless you make the balls with lotsa colours).
4) Boil water. When boiled, throw in ginger, boil to get as much of the ginger taste out as possible. About 10 min.
5) Next put in the knotted pandan leaves, boil for about 10-15min. No longer so as to keep the pandan's fragrance. Remove the leaves and ginger.
6) Add sugar. Quantity is up to the sweetness level you desire. Add some, stir and taste, add some, stir and taste to perfection!

Glutinous rice ball -
-1 packet of 300g (if i don't remember wrongly) glutinous rice flour. We bought ours from NTUC for S$1.95.
- 1/2 - 1 tsp of Red colouring. Depending on whether you want pink or red balls. Red for auspicious, pink for pretty pink! :)

Add a little water to flour and knead, add a little water and knead till the dough feels smooth and sticky.
We split the dough to half. Make a well for 1 of the half and pour in the colouring.  This can prevent colours from staining your hands. Can be quite difficult to wash. The other half remains white.

(What happened : Daddy just poured the red colouring from the bottle to the dough, (that's him), got his hands stained a little, and then when we find dough too red, had to adjust the dough portion)

Pinch a lump of dough and roll on the palm till a bite-size ball. Do the same till dough finishes.

Put the balls into the prepared soup. Boil the glutinous rice balls till they float and they are ready for consumption!

Process of the home made Tang Yuan
 Her second time making glutinous rice balls. An expert already!!

 Her second time involvement. Still a mess! Kept her occupied for a pretty long time though. Hee hee.
Luckily she never throw them around like snow!

Do glutinous rice balls have to be round only!?
I did some smiley faces and Kaylene was the first to finish up all the cooked cutie smiley faces!

Something else : my MIL bought a packet of ready made mini glutinous rice rainbow balls for us without knowing we gonna DIY. So, I'm probably going to do something different with this. Probably add some sweet potato! Sounds yummy?!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

home baked christmas cookies

Didn't manage to blog recently because my MSI laptop broke down... Now using my slow running desktop.

Anyway, back to my cookies. I've bought a set of Christmassy cookie cutters not long ago from cold storage and decided to bake some cookies to give as gifts for Kaylene's neighbour friends. I'd usually go for butter cookies but decided to give the Chocolate cookie recipe a try from "Crazy for Chocolate" from Periplus step-by-step. Recipe so so as I've to do some adjustments as the dough was too wet! Also it uses white chocolate for frosting deco but the white chocolate chips I bought didn't melt well and I've got to change it to simple icing sugar+warm water+vanilla essence frosting. To add to matter, my piping device broke and I've to resort to piping from clear plastic bags. It was a mini disaster for the frosting! But, i guess, what's important was that Kaylene had some fun helping with the baking and decorations and even Shiranne did her first debut in cookie cutting!

Couldn't take pictures of the process as I was too busy to fish out my handphone with all the kids' participation!

A simple humble gift ready. The top deco was a simple craft for kaylene. She did the cutting and pasting. I bought some self adhesive foams from Popular Bookstore. It's having a promotion of buy 3 packs for S$6.40. Usual is S$3.20 for 1 pack.

Shiranne crying for more cookies!
I was trying to stop her from taking more as it was half hour to lunch time!

Snippet of the day 

Meet n Greet session with Pooh bear and friends at the newly opened Nex serangoon mall!
It's the biggest mall in the north east area of Singapore. A crowded mall even on a tuesday!

Where is Kaylene? The girl got anxious as we were about to go on stage to take the picture. I hope she'll grow out of this anxiety!!

Kaylene the outdoorsey girl! Having fun with all the rides at the "Gracious Living My Town My Home", a pasir ris punggol GRC town day, at open space near the Sengkang community club. A fun--filled sunday morning! 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Some interesting online christmas purchases

 I've gotten 2 Pugilist Notebooks (Wu lin mi ji) and they are really cool as they are really threaded at the spine and pages are in old yellow colour!

I've also gotten 3 'Whack a Mouse' and I think kaylene and her cousins will be thrilled to have this. I've not played it myself but I think it's a challenge for their little fingers! There are 4 speeds and 9 levels! I'm waiting to 'Whack it' Whack it' myself too!!
this picture is taken from Cherry Box

These are interesting stuffs from Cherry Box which I intend to give as christmas gifts. Usually we will try get some items that are not too expensive, not too bulky so that we can put many presents under our christmas tree. Then all of us, especially the kids, will have fun opening up a few presents for themselves. There are more to come from my online shopping!!

Yesterdays's outing at Changi Airport T3. Lotsa fun with their Ah ma, 3 por pors, and some little playground areas for the little ones.

Spot Kaylene in her new 'Dora the explorer' hairstyle! Had embarressed mummy with her cries at the salon for this haircut though..  kids.. have sure made me more 'thick skinned'!