Happy Chinese New Year

Sorry for not posting entries for so long anyway I am away on a holiday at Tokyo with my kiddos now so I will not be writing till next week I guess.

But still I will like to wish all a Happy Chinese New Year and do have a great holiday. 🙂

The Mickey Mouse Shuttle Bus 🙂

From Us with Love 🙂

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Damir’s Birthday Cake (A Pound Cake Recipe)

If you like the cake in the last entry, yup, that is the cake I made for Damir on his 5th Birthday (just because I made one for his brother-Clemens 2 years back), this is the entry that I will be sharing the little things I have gone through to make this for him. 🙂

As usual I am hooked on the Okashi (sweet treats made with love) by Keiko Ishida book hence I thought I will use her basic pound cake recipe. After which I was inspired by this Family Fun Birthday Cakes book that I found from the library.

And here is kind of how it all began.

A. Baking the Pound Cake

The below recipe is for a 1 9-inch round pound cake. However you will need 2 of these to build the ship.

Ingredients: 

  • 150g Pastry Flour or Top Flour, sift twice
  • 1/8tsp Baking Powder
  • 150g Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
  • 150g Icing Sugar
  • 1/8tsp Salt
  • 3 Eggs, about 150g lightly beaten
  • 1 Lemon, grated for zest (I used vanilla extract instead)

Method (With Step-By-Step Process)

  1. Preheat oven to 170°c and line the 18-cm round spring-form pan with baking paper.
  2. Cream butter to incorporate air. The butter should be room temperature and not half melted because when it is too soft, it will not combine with air.
  3. Whisk in sugar till light and fluffy.
  4. Add in the vanilla extract.
  5. Gradually add eggs and beat well. The eggs should be room temperature so that it combines easily.
  6. Sift in flour and baking powder.
  7. Fold in the flour quickly and take care not to over mix the batter.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin and bake it for 50 minutes.
  9. Cool the cake on a wire rack.

B. Assembling the Cake

There are no step-by-step photos in here as I was already in a rush and while frosting and assembling this cake, I started to imagine how terrible it is if I were ever an architect. Anyway I have provided snapshots pages from Family Fun Birthday Cakes book:

Now as shown from the snap shots from the library book, you will need:

  • 2pcs 9-inch round pound cakes
  • 3 cups of Chocolate Raspberry Ganache frosting
  • Some chocolate wafer sticks.
  • I guess the rest is really up to you imagination on how you want to decorate it.

Method:

  1. Cut the cakes into half and frost the tops of three of the halves.
  2. Stack the pieces as shown making sure the top and the bottom are frosting free.
  3. Trim the curve of the stack so it sits flat when turn on its side as shown.
  4. Cover the cake with chocolate frosting and create planking lines along the hull with a butter knife or fork.
  5. Fix the wafer sticks along the edges of the deck.

And there you will have the ship deck created. How you want to decorate is really up to your imagination.

I use Hershey’s Gold Nuggets as gold bar, some chocolate Golden Coins and Malteses Balls as canon balls.

As for the sail, pirates which are all on satay stick, this idea was inspired by WAHBIANG’s August Birthdays when I couldn’t find any toy pirates.

Here are photos of Damir enjoying himself together with his classmates:

Damir’s Friends singing the BD-Song

With his Super Duper Teachers

Table 1 of Friends

Table 2 of his Friends

Table 3 of His Friends

Mummy Cutting Cake With Damir 🙂

And now…………

Is A Slice of Cake for You 🙂

And there it is how Damir celebrated his birthday in school.

Well if you are wondering what I made for Clemens when he was 5, here is a glimpse of it.

Rubber Ducky Cupcakes

My Favourite Details

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To My Little One – Damir

You are one of the best thing that can ever happen to me. Driving me nuts and insane from your constant chittering and chattering, everything seems so quiet without you.

Your endless questions constantly puts my mind to work though at times I wish to prey open your brain to peek at what is inside.

Though at times you still act like a baby throwing bouts of baby temper(which actually you are still kind of is a baby), fighting and quarreling with your brother, we still love you very much because there are many a times when you are super sweet, considerate and will give in after pondering about your actions for sometime.

I love the frown on your face because it makes me chuckle in amazement wondering why a small person like you can have so much on on your mind.

Looking at your face and your expressive eyes, they never fail to brighten up my day.

Looking at you grow, I can often imagine how it will be like when you get into Primary School with your brother or even the man you will be in the next 16 years.

No matter how many time I have told you this I will still want to tell you that I love you very much.

Happy Birthday My Little One and may your growing up years be a smooth sailing one. 🙂

Have A Smooth Sailing Growing up Years Ahead.

Love Always,

Mummy 🙂

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Review: Into The Magic Faraway Land of Rousseau

Some time ago, I have written about me wishing to have a 3D magic jungle collage in my boys’ room and true enough, I have 2 of them now.

But because I am so the very exhausted from this weeks activities (which I will blog about some time later), I shall let the pictures do the talking and you can see  how much my boys have enjoyed Teacher Ron’s class.

Anxiously Waiting for Class to Start

Teacher Ron Patiently Guiding Them

Drying the Background

Damir Starting to Fill in his Dried Frame

And there you go…….

It Is DONE!!

Damir Showing Off

Clemens' Turn to Show Off

Now that Teacher has helped them with the Frame, it is show off time together with friends….

The Students of Teacher Ron

And have I mentioned that they made New Friends……

The Kids call this Watching TV Programmes

The have the various channels from Disney Junior to Cartoon Network.

And now I don’t even have a chance to decide where I want to hang those up as it is right above their own corner of the bed.

Clemens' Corner

Damir's Corner

See what are you waiting for? Hurry!! There are still 3 more classes to go (Check out details over here) .

Do Not Miss Out this fun filled opportunity, register over here and let your kids enjoy themselves.

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Before The School Holidays End… …

Today is finally the end of the year-end holidays before the school finally reopens for the boys tomorrow :). We had initially thought about staying home the whole day, lazing and idling around, when my hubby took out the kite that was given to Clemens during his Primary One Orientation and so it was off to kite-flying in the early evening at a near by park.

You can see how happy the boys are

And how hard daddy is trying to fix the kite.

Then YEAH!!! The kite is fixed :).

It has been a long time since we flew a kite and I guess the last was when we were in Aussie but because I have taken the simple daily bliss for granted, there was never photo taken. 😦

Anyway it is never too late and now it is time to FLY THAT KITE!!

I am not sure if it is the wind’s problem for being inconsistent, material of the kite or the kite flying skill had turned rusty, it seems to take a while for the  kite to be up there for awhile.

As you can see……

The boys helped out.

They managed to get it up mid air.

Only to have it coming it down again.

They tried again but it seems more like a tug-a-war.

Then Damir decided to monkey around.

Then both boys decided to run away.

Leaving Dad really frustrated that he strike an ultra-man pose. 🙂

Clemens came back, gave another try with dad.

And finally our little kite is soaring next to a gigantic kite (or at least it seems HUGE beside ours)

Now hubby swore to get a better kite for the boys the next time round.

Well, after all the sweat, laughter and frustrations, it is backed to reality at home.

PRESSED SCHOOL UNIFORMS,

PACKED SCHOOL BAGS.

I hope they have their filled of fun and joy now that they are going to start school again especially for Clemens who is officially entering into another phase of his life: Primary School.

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Advertorial: Rousseau’s Magic Faraway Land!

First January 2012!! A fresh start of the year. What are you looking for your little children? With the coming Chinese New Year, is your little ones’ room looking abit too plain?

How about adding a magical touch to their room with a 3D jungle collage?

Venue: Ron’s Studio, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Blk B, #03-03 (S)439053, Tel: +65 6342 5790

Do you like it? I seriously love it and wish I have one of this hanging on my kid’s wall.

Best of all, every piece that your kids get will be a unique ARTISTIC piece because they get to do it all by themselves with the guidance of TEACHER RON!!!

So what else are you waiting for?

Wanna Know More? Here are the DETAILS:

  • Where is it?: Ron’s Studio, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Blk B, #03-03 (S)439053
  • When is it?: Weekends (7-8 Jan or 14-15 Jan); Weekdays (12-13 Jan or 16-17 Jan)
  • What time?: Weekends (1:00pm – 3:15pm); Weekdays (5:00pm – 7:15pm)
  • Who can attend?: Children from the age of 5 to 11 years old (Small class intake: min.2 to max.4)
  • How much?: S$90 (2.15hrs x 2 sessions and inclusive of all materials)

Through the step by step tasks, your children will get to learn and understand the flow and importance of different stages in the making of a complete artwork. This is also a workshop that trains precision and composition skill in a child. And of course, children will get to learn about and be inspired by another great artist Henri Rousseau famous for his Naive Style!

At the same time, for those who are thinking if your child is artistically inclined and wondering if registering your child in a long term art class is the right choice, this 2-days workshop will be the perfect answer to your dilemma.

If you are still unsure, here is a course syllabus that I have extracted from RON’s Studio Website (with permission of course):

Photo Courtesy from Ron

Do click on the picture and find out more. 🙂

If you are still hesitating, here is another picture from Teacher Ron’s December 2011 workshop.

Beautiful personalized lamps all created by Teacher Ron’s Students.

I hope I have managed to convinced you to let your child enjoy alittle bit more before the school terms seriously starts to kick in. 🙂

To find out more details, visit Ron’s Studio now! To register, please click here!!

To know more about Ron and her artwork, visit her website here!

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