Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Diaper Stacker from Aunt Rosie

Aunt Rosie made this diaper stacker for baby Joel. She completed it within a day... Cool!! I like it very much. Thanks Aunt.... :)

Diaper Stacker for Joel

That little boy standing beside the diaper stacker is my cousin, Bryan... Well my aunt called him naughty little Monster... Hehehe.... :)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Tatters Gathering DAY!

We had a tatters gathering last Saturday. It has been awhile since I've met my fellow tatters. The last gathering was at Ellen's place.. This time, we decided to meet at Toa Payoh's Sizzler.

Actually there were 6 of us. But Jackie was down with flu and Wendy had something on, so only Aileen, Ellen, Rei and myself turned out to the gathering. Though just a small group, we were HAVING LOTS of FUN!

We were there from 1:30pm 'till 7pm!!! 5 and half long hours!! To our surprise, the staffs at the restaurant never chase us out but kept refilling our waters... GOOD SERVICE!

We chatted for hours, then later, we did some tatting. We were making Ellen's Simply Tree. She wrote the pattern herself.


Note: Picture abstracted from Ellen's blog.

It is a simple but very comprehensive pattern! It covers split chain & split ring. I never learn how to do it before.. It's a blessing to have both Ellen & Aileen taught me how to do it... :)


Aileen - reading the pattern


Rei - Seriously doing her tatting


Ellen - who looks so chirpy that day. :)


Our Work

The last bottom piece was mine. I didn't complete the pattern cos I was using very fine thread, Flora 50!!! Even Ellen and Aileen seldom use such a fine thread to tat... But I love the variegated colors of the thread.

Guess what Rei made for us!



It's a CAKE!!! The cake was covered with a layer of marshmallow fondant and decorated with sugar paste shuttles & shuttle needles... Well, the only real thing on the cake was the thread... SHE MADE EVERYTHING HERSELF!! We asked Rei whether was it tedious to make this cake? She said, not really but it was tedious to roll that three balls of thread... Hahahaha....



Rei with her cake


Don't they look alike?? (the one on the left is real shuttle)

Throughout the end of the day, we decided to cut the cake, cos we were curious how the cake taste like... It was coffee & chocolate... Simply DELICIOUS...


Rei was dismantling the cake... :(


It's a coffee and chocolate pound cake!

I've been reading Rei's blog since I've picked up baking... Getting to know her was really my pleasure, she is a lady full of talents & creativity. She picked up everything on her own, including tatting!!

Oh YEAH, this is our group photo:


Standing from the left: Aileen & Ellen

Sitting from the left: Ballooned me & Rei

Mc Donald Pancake

Last Saturday, I decided to make pancake for breakfast. I found this wonderful recipe from KC.... :)



It is so fluffy and taste exactly like Mac Donald's pancake...

Here are the recipe:

100g self-raising flour
2 tbsp caster sugar
a pinch of salt
2 eggs, seperated
75ml milk
1tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

1. Sift flour into a mixing bowl, stir in sugar and salt (Mix well).
2. Make a well in the center of flour, add egg yolks, milk, vanilla essence and oil. Stir to make a smooth batter.
3. Whisk egg white in a clean, dry bowl till stiff. Stir in 1/4 of the egg whites to the batter to lighten it, then FOLD in the remaining egg white carefully.
4. Heat a non-stick frying pan and brush it lightly with a little oil. Drop tablespoon of batter onto the frying pan (Leaving 2 cm space in between).
5. When bubbles appear, flip the pancake and cook till it turn golden brown. Serve while its hot.

Recipe by: Carrie Ow from KC's forum

Thanks Carrie for sharing such a marvelous recipe...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Joel's Booties

A good friend of mine, Huiz, who is also my 'crochet' kaki made this for baby Joel... LOVELY!!! Thanks Huiz.... 


For Mona's mommy.... :)

Aunt had passed me this bag of pearls early this year to make into a necklace... :) I was very excited, cos I have some ideas what I can do with the pearls.

Due to my lack of experience in making jewelry, I got my friend, Alice to help... She did a good job! It's very creative of her to add crystals and other accessories. I love the necklace very much. Simple and elegant. Her workmanship is excellent too... Love it!



Monday, November 10, 2008

Bread Pudding

My brother, Jin LOVES bread pudding! Our first attempt baking our own bread pudding.

We followed the recipe from Joy of Baking

Initially I was quite worried because baking bread pudding, I need to prepare 'water bath' or 'Bain Marie'.I was using Microwave Oven to bake the bread pudding, I was not sure whether can I put water in the it.. But then, we still tried.

I bought a bigger glass casserole from Carefour, to hold my smaller casserole that filled with the batter. Instead of baking for 1 hour, we baked for 40 minutes. We were using French loaf for this recipe.

You can add Raisin/Sultana, apple or others to add flavor. We didn't cos ML doesn't like Raisin... So we had it original.




Look at how happy Jin was... :)


I'm 29 weeks PREGNANT!


I'm pregnant and this week is my 29th week... I have 11 more weeks to deliver baby Joel to this world...

My husband and I decided to name our boy JOEL...

'The name Joel comes from the Hebrew origin. In Hebrew The meaning of the name Joel is: Jehovah is God. .Strong - willed. The name of a Breton saint. The biblical prophet Joel wrote the Book of Joel.' (from Babyhold.com)

He is really our precious gift from GOD...

Mee Suah....

Knotty Bicsie's First solo exhibition @ The ART HOUSE! We were all invited to her openings on last Saturday. CONGRATULATION BETSY! It's really a successful one.

I've brought Jin and ML to the exhibition too... :) It was also my first time to the ART HOUSE.


Around 100 people were there.... :) Friends from MAAD and from KBCC were there too...


Glimpse to her works.... :)






Find out more from Betsy's site: KNOTTY BICSIE...

I'm very proud to have a friend like her... :) May God bless her in her carrier as a full-time crafter & artist....

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Wednesday Lunch - Chicken Baked Rice

I was feeling unwell today... :( Been coughing quite badly the night before. So, I took a day off to rest at home.

Felt lazy to go down to 'da bao', decided to do my own lunch. All I have is chicken breast, some vege... So, I decided to BAKED RICE!

I found this recipe from the net... So, simple..


I added green pepper & potatoes, besides chicken breast. YUMMY!!! I finished almost all by myself... =P




Last Saturday, I baked 3 cakes... Mayling came over to my place. We suppose to bake together. However, she was not feeling well. After taking 2 Panadols, she had a nap. While, I started to explore the craft of baking cake... Hehehehe

I found this recipe from http://www.joyofbaking.com/... Cheese Pound Cake. Look easy... So, I decided to try.


Yup! This is my multi-purpose dining table... Look quite complete right?

I baked 3 cakes on that day... Well, the first cake I did, I didn't know the proper way to bake cake... Cos the recipe didn't mention that I need to grease & spread parchment paper on the baking pan... I just poured the batter into it... I was using microwave oven to bake instead of oven, so I didn't know ho to control the temperature.. Well, this was the result of my 1st cake!! BURNT!... =P


Then, May Ling woke up... She suggested to refer to on-line video... How come I never think of that! So, we visited www.videojug.com. There's a video on "how to make a simple pound cake".

We followed the steps exactly and baked our 2nd cake...



Not bad rite! But it's a bit tough. Maybe it's the temperature was too high & baking timing was too long.

Since we left some batter, this time, we mix with chocolate chip & chocolate syrup and baked our 3rd cake!


So far, our 3rd cake was better than 2nd one... Not that tough, but still quite dry... :( I'm still searching for tips to bake using microwave oven...

Wedding Couple for Ivy

Ivy bought a doll from me before. Well, actually was bought by her boyfriend. They are tying knot soon. So, Ivy wanted me to customize a wedding couple for them... :)



I really like this bride very much. Spent hours on the details...