Monday, June 29, 2009

flown to me



On Saturday, I received two books in the mail. They're gifts from my dear friend, Christie. She certainly knows what I like!




Here's a new owl purse born this morning. It's now in my shop.

Christie mentioned that her owl purse is old and worn already. So I'll be planning one for her.

Friday, June 26, 2009

the gist of home today




The batch of my fabric, along with other stuff arrived from Singapore through sea courier early this week. These fabric are accumulated, mostly given to me and some are vintage and new and used bedsheets. I had to launder them and except for a few more hanging out to dry, mostly are in the box now. I had to reorganize my sewing space a little and it feels good to know all my fabric are finally consolidated at one place.




For Kaeden's afternoon snack, he had homemade yoghurt and a slice of banana bread which I baked this morning. I didn't follow the recipe exactly as I like to make do with I could get from the pantry and fridge and the comb of bananas were starting to brown. I love the smell infusing the house while the batter was cooking and the bread (more like the in-between of cake and bread) is moist and sweet. I've a feeling it'll be a regular in this household.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

milk biscuits for doggies



Homemade biscuits for my 3 dogs. They are made from what I could get from my pantry and fridge. I rather like using the bone shaped cookie cutter. I'm looking forward to the day when Kaeden and I bake together.

Milk biscuits for doggies

Ingredients:

3/4 cup hot water
1/3 cup margarine
1/2 cup milk powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3 cup wheat flour

Directions:

In a large bowl, pour hot water over margarine.
Stir in milk powder, salt and egg.
Add flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well in the bowl then knead the dough for 3 to 4 minutes. Adding flour if needed to stiffen dough.
Using a rolling pin, flatten dough to approx. 1/2 inch thick and cut into shape with a cookie cutter.
Place on greased baking sheet and bake at 180 deg cel for 20-30 minutes.
Allow to cool on wire rack.
Store biscuits in airtight container.


Monday, June 22, 2009

concentrating on the owls



An owl purse, made this morning. I just list it for sale in my shop.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

the chip and the old block



Not sure when father's day is exactly this year. I've got two calendars marking the day on different dates. I didn't bother to find out. Anyhow, most Sundays are great hangout days with the daddy.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

an evening of baking

With that title, can you tell what I got for my birthday?

Today wasn't my first attempt at using my brand new oven. I'd prefer not to dwell into my failed first baking case. However, I think I'd master the lighting up of my gas oven and gotten the hang of the intensity of its temperature. Because I'd baked 3 times in a row this evening.



Crumbly apple pies




and 2 batches of thin crust pizzas.

I definitely need to refine the amount of ingredients as I'm not too happy with the tastes of both. It's a fulfilling evening though albeit tiring after the washing and cleaning up!

Friday, June 19, 2009

reading and walking

I can proudly declare that we have not watched a single tv program in the daytime=daddy leaving for work to daddy reaching home from work time period. The only time I use the tv is when Kaeden mostly wants his fix of the first 3 to 4 songs of the sing-along Thomas and friends dvd. Other than that, tv is on in the evening when the daddy wants to check for his 'Top Gear' program or me, the news or any sobby or mushy or hilarious movie.

I hope to be this disciplined throughout!

The reason why I've been this good is probably I've a good book to read. Borrowed from Amanda, the book, Shantaram helps to fill up the restless time whenever I've to be by Kaeden's side when he dozes off to sleep. I'm nearly coming to the end of the book and I'm having separation anxiety. I'm captivated by the story.

The other book which Kaeden and I are sharing, is a hand-me-down titled, 'Poems to read to the very young' by Josette Frank. He has been extremely gentle to the book. This is especially strange. We both love the illustrations. I can't say which poem is my favourite for now but I found the following to be apt for the moment.



Kaeden is finding his balance and walking better and longer each day.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

two cakes for the day.



Ice cream cake. Just what I wanted. :)



Homemade chocolate cake gift from auntie Siew Seng.

one good thing

I've been in Palembang for a little more than a week. There wasn't any internet access at home during that period until yesterday, when we employed a new service provider, I'm able to go online now.

Here's my thoughts which I kept written on Word document, 13 June 09.

We’d been in Singapore for 3 weeks. After going through the funeral rites for Ah Po, we emptied the belongings in our house for its rental. It was tedious, physically for my guy and brother and hard-heartedly, getting rid, giving away and selling at cheap prices of most of our still usable and some new stuff. We’d decided to rent our place of coming to seven years for the first time since it will not be in our immediate plans to live in Singapore.

The day before the air ride back to Palembang, my mood was exceptionally heavy. Maybe because we were putting up at my parents’ then and I knew I won’t be seeing them. I thought it was more so the reason I won’t be coming back to my familiar ground, meeting my favourite friends and getting with family in a year’s time. Why a year? For the savings we could get from not travelling? I just couldn’t find more tangible reasons to be back. Not even for the celebration of the Lunar New Year. It will be a different one, I know. So my 30th birthday next June will simply be the reason for me to make the trip home. It’ll be a happy reason, at least.

It’s been a week now that we’re in Palembang. I resolved to make my time with Kaeden a quality one, in my best efforts. My moods have been sombre but I think I’ve put up my best fronts so far. I thought of entering my blog some parts of the days but we haven’t had internet at home.

On the first day home, I looked out from our bedroom window and I was pleasantly surprised to see my small plot of okra plants thriving. I literally took a step back and said, “whoa!”. A few months ago, Amanda had given me the seedlings and I’d checked on their progress almost daily. I didn’t expect them to double their heights and bear fruits by the 3 weeks we were away. Well, that is one good thing.