Weekend Fun

Monday, July 25, 2016

This weekend's adventure had been exceptionally adventure-packed, exhausting and fun!

Friday, as usual, I left the office around 3pm or 3 past and started the weekend happiness early with my husband and kids. We met at Penrith Westfield shopping centre and had a bite to eat for early dinner. Good thing, by the time I got to the shopping centre, most of the food stalls were about to close and had the goodies on clearance. :)

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Slumber Party

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The children are sleeping over at their friends' house tonight. It's a milestone for them who have always been sheltered all their lives. I have always regarded them as babies and it's kind of sad to realise that they're actually big girls now...

When I was their age, I have never experienced the slumber party which I had often encountered from reading Sweet Valley Kids pocketbooks. I had always been excited to read about the twins' adventures and I am happy that the kids are actually going to experience it now. They were the same age as the twins in the story but of course, I know their adventures would not be as daring as in the books... I hope.

Excited!!!

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Movie Review: The Healing

I know this movie had been released 4 years ago but I have just recently watched it and I found it interesting so I thought why not make a review? Or at least narrate our experience while watching the movie.

Last Sunday, S. Cecil invited us to have dinner at their house. While at their house, S. Cookie with her husband and 2 little boys joined us too. While waiting for S. Cecil's husband to finish cooking pancit, we decided to watch a movie.

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How to Make: Easy Ube Cake

Friday, July 8, 2016

The technique is called DIVERSION - you'll see why if you read on 😆

As I have mentioned from my 3rd day Mommy Adventure, here is the tutorial of the Ube Cake I made for my husband’s supposed to be surprise birthday cake. It’s actually more of a story than a tutorial-because! Do not try this at home! Haha!

After clearing up the kitchen area, I was left with more or less a couple of hours to bake the cake before I go and pick up the kids from school. My feet were hurting from standing all day long so I hesitated whether I should still proceed or not. I have never tried this recipe before so it will take me longer as I have to refer to the recipe every now and then. However, I was driven by my desire to surprise my love (oh such a powerful force!) I didn’t waste another minute and started making that cake.

So there I was, trying an unfamiliar recipe, working in limited space (our kitchen’s very small) and with very few baking tools, under time pressure. Imagine the challenge! I quickly prepared all the ingredients which were kept all over the place. I was getting dizzy! My heart was racing and I thought this must be how it feels to cook at My Kitchen Rules hehehe.

This was MY recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

3 and 1/2 cups
Self Raising Flour (because that’s the only flour I have in the cupboard)
2 tsps
Baking powder
1/2 tsps
Salt
1/2 cup
Milk
2 tsps
Ube Flavouring (McCormick)
220g
Butter
1 and 1/4 cups
Light Brown Sugar
4 pcs     
Large eggs
2 cups
Ube Halaya (in bottles)
600ml
Select Thickened Cream

Here is the preparation stage wherein I have to be resourceful due to my lack of materials in baking

1.       So I mixed the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Then I set it aside.

2.       Afterwards, I also mixed the milk and ube flavouring in whatever I could use then I set it aside too.

3.       Then I use my main big mixing bowl (because everything will eventually be put here). Using a hand mixer, I mixed the butter and sugars on high speed. This is where the panic started because the butter won’t melt at room temperature as it’s winter here. I tried heating it up a bit, but it turned part liquid and partly still very solid. I should have used vegetable oil instead…

4.       With the butter still partly frozen, I began putting in the eggs on at a time. I was using a hand mixer so I had to stop every now and then to put in an egg. The frozen butter turned into small lumpy pieces.

5.       Here, I remembered to pre-heat the oven at 170 C. Then, I began adding the milk mixture and flour mixture alternately into the butter and sugar, again, stopping the mixer every time I had to put in the ingredients.

6.       Then, I lined 2 8-inch round pans with vegetable oil on all surface plus baking paper at the bottom.

7.       I placed the batter equally on both pans and placed them in the oven. Halfway through, I had to swap the pans for more even baking.

8.       While I wait for the cakes to cook, I rinsed my bowls and mixers and everything else I used.

9.       Using the same big bowl and hand mixer, put in the thicken cream and mix until stiff peaks form. Sprinkle with sugar depending on your taste preference and add in 2tsps of ube flavouring.

10.   When the cakes were done, (poke with a stick and if the inside looks dry, it’s done) I got them out of the oven and then placed them on the kitchen counter.

11.   To my horror, on the kitchen counter, there was the bottle of ube halaya, the very main ingredient, unopened!!! 

I swear it was taunting me when I saw it!

12.   Too late to add in the halaya now. Too late to start over again. So the master of failures and remedies thought she’d just spread it in between the 2 cakes like the photo below… haaaist!

Epic fail! I just can't!

 13.   Finally, to cover up, just spread the ube cream all over the cake, add a glittery gold Happy Birthday cake topper ($2 in Kmart) and add some purple swirls as a pathetic attempt to make the cake look nice.

14.   Clean up.

It might also help if you wear the same shade of purple for selfie purposes (although this one’s coincidental – it took away the attention from the lopsided cake hahaha). So yeah, diversion is the name of the game.

Oh well. I love trying new things. I especially get excited when I would try something that looks so good from the internet. This recipe was based from Ms. Elizabeth Q’s Ube-Purple Yam Pound Cake minus the Ube Glaze. I would like to thank and acknowledge her in this post for her awesome recipe. Without the recipe, I would have probably caused chaos in the kitchen and ended up with a HowToBasic post.

Photo Source Here

So how did the story end? I got a lot of compliments on Facebook about how the cake and I were colour coordinated and people wanting to have a slice of it. As for the husband, he's honest enough to say that it wasn't the best but he did like the effort. Happy ending!
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Sunday Fun Day

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Last Sunday, we took out the kids to WestPoint Blacktown to meet the family from church whose little girls were friends with Demi and Daisy. WestPoint was holding an event called The Hunt for children to enjoy during the school holidays. The event was themed Alice in Wonderland.
Photo source: https://cdn-az.allevents.in/banners/37009065adbcd38bcf5c9f571abc6376

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Church Day

Just another normal day going to church. The kids were sporting a nice comfy winter dress and of course, the stockings! I just love little girls in stockings which I had rarely seen from my country of origin, because it's very hot and tropical.

Nice and sunny winter morning - the girls had to squint because of the sun

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Mommy Duties - Day 3

Day 3 - 1 July 2016 Friday

This was the busiest day of my Mommy Duties series. Today was the first day of the month, last day of the week and the children's last day of term before the 2-week school holidays. The husband is celebrating his 18th birthday on Sunday but we'll be having a busy weekend, so I thought I need to do something for dinner tonight. It has been a long overdue plan to bake a cake and I have some of the ingredients on hand. I also have a packet of Thai Coconut Rice so I'll just need some meat to go with it. So Ube Cake it is then plus a Thai cuisine (which I have no experience making).

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Mommy Duties - Day 2

Day 2 - 30 June 2016 Thursday

I knew it was going to be another cold day again so I wrapped the kids up with beanies and gloves this time. I had recently bought a pair for myself too, but then I realised one pair of their old pair of gloves was missing, so I had to lend mine to Daisy.

Winter clothes upgrade :)

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Mommy Duties - Day 1

Monday, July 4, 2016

As a mom, I find that there's something special about waking up in the morning and realising that I will be helping the kids get ready for school and then attending to household chores for a while. Last week, for 3 days, I had to drop the kids to school and pick them up as well. Those days were very very hectic nevertheless exciting!

Here's a glimpse of Day 1.

My husband got up at 4am and pretty much that got me awake as well, being the light sleeper that I am. I tried to drift off to sleep for another hour and finally got out of bed at 5 past. After getting dressed, I went out of the bedroom to prepare the children's breakfast, which daddy has cooked before leaving the house.

Breakfast and packed food for school all prepared by daddy!

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