little 17chipmunks can “swim”!

20130314_140133_Fotor_CollageSome may have doubted that we put her in the private pool at age 2 months but after seeing the transitions she made, I guess we did the right thing!

We transitioned her to the public pool (our condo pool which is clean) at around age 4 months+. We also brought her to hot spring water and theme parks. She began to fuss around on the neck float at age 1 year old and so we gave her the arm float. She bravely started (stagnant) floating by herself at 13 months plus and now at 16 months, she can do both back and front floating!

And mostly “trained” by someone who doesn’t really know how to swim……aka me!

Read more: little 17chipmunks really can swim now!

Purple carrot bread loaf with flax seeds

10269447_10202716185138592_5789724680130166273_nSince I bought purple carrot yesterday *grin* and hubby has completed the previously baked zucchini bread loaf, I tried this purple carrot bread loaf with flax seeds. I was surprised that my food model actually decided to taste it despite just finishing dinner.

Scalded dough
100g wholemeal flour
70ml boiling water

Mix both until it form a dough. Leave it to cool.

Ingredients for the bread:
About 180g purple carrot, shredded
120ml water (I added 100ml first and added the remaining when it has not form a dough)
1 tbsp molasses sugar
2.5 tbsp skimmed milk powder
300g bread flour
100g all purpose flour
Pinch of salt
Scalded dough
2 tsp instant yeast

3 tbsp raw flax seeds (optional)

Mode : Basic
Weight : 2.5 llb
Crust : Light
Breadmaker : Cornell

*I forgotten to add olive oil (1 tbsp) but it came out ok!

Teatime: Pandan cupcakes

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I bought some pandan leaves from the market this morning. Inspired by papa Zac, I made pandan extract. It is as simple as ABC. But, I didn’t want to make chiffon cake, as it will use too many eggs and I can’t make small batches. So, I made cupcakes instead.

Ingredients used:
100g superfine flour /cake flour
50g unsalted butter
50g caster sugar (I think this can be reduced further)
50g natural yogurt (I used Farm Fresh natural yogurt)
Pinch of salt
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp pandan extract
1/2 tsp baking powder

I blended everything in my Phillips blender that has a mixer function. Pour into cupcakes sheet (I have about 8 of them). In a preheated oven of 180 degree celcius, bake for 15 – 20 minutes.

My 16 mo just woke up on time to have the cupcakes that have been set aside to cool!

While I am typing this, she is eating the cupcake & she just gave me a kiss on my lip! *sob* *sob*

*To make pandan extract – cut 10 pieces pandan leaves, add 100 ml water, blend it and then extract the juice (I used cheese cloth/those put into soup to separate ingredients)

1962842_10202715405399099_6640720881653797854_nLOL! She even shared it with her pooh bear!

Happy 16th month old little darling!

10264532_10202714694501327_6029151655429085448_nHope you enjoyed your LAST milk bath!

Bittersweet feeling again:

Bitter- this is the LAST stock of expired fbm; 80oz of bm, equivalent to 20 rounds of pumping (I pumped out on an average 4 oz both sides each session for 13 months). Since I don’t pump anymore, there is no longer any drop of bm in fridge. But we will continue with our bf journey as long as she wants via dl!

Sweet – This also means that I have a mouth “stuck” with my boobs for 16 months already! LOL!


In fact, I now fell in love with fully dl – no need to worry about storage, supply & washing the pump parts! I am “lucky” to have such “privilege”.

Comparing Tune Insure AirAsia Protection against AIG Travel Insurance

Travel-insurance

As we will be going for our first international holiday soon, hubby is exploring the travel insurance for us. For ease of comparison, I have tabulated a chart out. For the extra RM20, we are most likely going for AIG Travel Insurance for a slightly higher coverage for certain items such as accidental death & bodily disablement; and items that do not exist under Tune Insure AirAsia Protection such as Home Away Protection. One significant protection that Tune Insure provides (while AIG Travel doesn’t) is “On Time Guarantee” – delay more than 2 hours from schedule departure by AirAsia/ AirAsia X. Moreover, AIG is more well known in the market – for its fair insurance coverage, i.e. genuine claims are given back. Both can be purchased online.

Stew grapes & tomatoes chicken

10322807_10202709857820413_7985018470633205186_nI thought this is a normal recipe but the way my soon-to-be 16 mo ate the chicken, made me can’t resist sharing! She finished the whole chicken wing.

Marinate half chicken (cut) overnight with the followings, which have been blended:
Handful of grapes
3 tomatoes
Finger long ginger
Finger long fresh turmeric

Then, stir fry big onions in olive oil. Add in the marinated chicken and some water to cover. Stew for 30 minutes. As usual, I didn’t add salt & it tasted good just like that!

Orange cookies for my little girl!

10154087_10202709341407503_5197671513524090557_nThis is super easy! I copied & modified this from mydish.co.uk.

Ingredients:
100g medium protein flour /biscuit flour (I got it from Bake with Yen)
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 egg
75g unsalted butter
1 orange, grated (skin)
30g caster sugar

1. Sift flour and baking. Mix with a pinch of salt.
2. In a mixer (I used my Phillips blender that has a mixer function), blend egg, caster sugar and grated orange.
3. Mix both (1) and (2) until it forms a dough (rather sticky).
4. Put in the freezer for 15 minutes so that it becomes firmer.
5. Put a scoop on a baking tray lined with aluminium foil that is greased with unsalted butter. Repeat.
6. In a preheated oven of 200 degree celcius, bake for 10-12 minutes (or until golden brown).

This is firm outside and soft inside. It is slightly crumbling but not as crumbling as the butter raisin cookies I made last week! I personally like this too and definitely less sweet!