Archive for December, 2007

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Bye Bye 2007!

December 31, 2007

I’m thankful and glad that I have a warm home to go back to, a cosy lil place to be myself. I DO NOT lack anything I NEED. =) God is faithful. (^.^) The Lord multiplies every lil thing in my life. 2007 is coming to end, looking back, Joy and sadness. I’m thankful that I have Him. And I’m sure that He WILL walks hand in hand with me as long as I live. I will sing praises of Your love =) Becos You love me long before I love You.

Ended the year 2007, waking up early in the morning at 6am, for voluntary work at the SPCA. *grin* Dogwalking! Whee~ blessed with good weather and we have a number of volunteers showing up to help, I walked 3 lovely lil ones! Rumi, Boy and Max! Boy is the 2nd dog i walked today, comparing with Rumi, he is indeed extremely easy to walk! I led him most of the time, and this boy walks at MY PACE! Those who walks with me knows my pace, blessed with long legs, my normal pace is not easy to keep up XD but Somehow with Rumi, it seems that I’m the 1 being walked instead -.- She is so eager to nuzzle in the bushes, sniff everything in her way and always competing to lead~ and she loves to play tag! *pant*


Gender: Male
Breed: Cross-Corgi
Colour: Brown/white
Age: 4.5 years

Boy is a sweet guy who loves to go on walks each day and is extremely easy to handle while walking. He may be short in stature but he has a big heart! He gets along well with all people and loves human affection and to be loved. Because of that, Boy should go to a home where he is the only pet so that no other animals will fight with him for attention!

 

Gender: Male
Breed: English Cocker Spaniel
Colour: Blue/Black/White
Age: 2 years

We ADORE Max! At first glance, you’d thought his skin’s peeling off, but no! He is born with this unusual, striking coat! And did we tell you Max can do his little cheeky Hawaiian Hula dance? Come and meet him and we bet you’ll love him!

 

HAHA~ Max is the 3rd doggie I walked, and you should all come n see him do his hula dance! XD very very very cute! He’s a good lil frenly boy as well. =) somehow I guess it’s the gender thingy, male doggies likes me more =X female doggies normally ignores me (-_-“) as in they can’t be bothered to attract my attention O.o and they dun enjoy licking me =X

 

i love big dogs! yes~ the bigger the better XD toy breeds are cute but i’m just bias towards huge things *evil laughter* Somehow this lil chihuahua caught my attention, he is so adorable! n guess his name! ATTICUS! GOSH! a character from my fav literature book! read that book at least 7 times already! This lil one, really knows how to make himself lovable, with all the licking and all. XD *pinch*

 

Yes =( bring them home, give them a home~ Poor lil things are confined to their lil shelter homes, all day long, except during those times when their shelter are being cleaned and washed in the morning and also when they are walked in the morning. So ke lian T.T You will see how eager they are in the morning, all waiting excitedly for their morning walks. Give them a home, a warm and cosy place to go back to! Else come and just play with them, play time with humans is all they would ask for.


To you, they might just be a pet, but to them you are everything!

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Hamburger Buns

December 31, 2007

Not feeling well today~ *wails* Emo + moody + crampy + sulky. Then Y did i bake today then? erm…. cos i have a lil kid in my house today! XD so hyper , so chirpy and so enthusiastic. i was soooooo determine not to bake, but not to disappoint my eager aishi, i decided to make this for our dinner =X yes, hamburger buns! Hee~ simple and easy to make, ahhhh~ yes, knead and let it prove! I can dash off to watch TV, slack on the sofa and dun move *giggle* This is a MINI burger! yes, it’s about 5cm in diameter. =p kawaii right?

 

This recipe was shared by Elaine, in Kitchen Capers. Delicious! Soft and light. =) a perfect size for a picnic or a simple teabreak. (^^,) Made simple fillings for this burger, no energy to make fanciful stuffs~ XD so just tomato slices, hotdog , tomato ketchup and mayonnaise.

 

Ingredients:

250g Bread Flour
40g Castor Sugar
1 tsp Yeast
15g Butter
25g Egg
115g Water
Sesame seeds


Steps:

  1. Mix all ingredients in (A) together to form a dough.
  2. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface; knead the dough until the dough is elastic, smooth and non-sticky. It will take about 25 mins to knead the dough by hand. Alternatively, use a mixer with dough hook to knead the dough.
  3. Place the dough in the oiled bowl and cover with cling wrap (to seal in the moisture), let it proof for 1 hour or till it doubles in size.
  4. Divide dough into 25g each for mini buns. Or 50g each for normal sized buns.
  5. Pour some sesame seeds on a plate. Roll half side of the bun with sesame seeds. Line buns on baking tray.
  6. Allow buns to proof for another hour or till doubled in size.
  7. Bake in preheat oven at 180C for 15 – 20 mins or until buns are nicely browned.

– .: Baker Lee :.

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Gingerbread Man/Girl

December 27, 2007

I enjoy looking at cutie Gingerbread men! =p When it comes to Christmas, u will get to see lots of them, be it decorations, or edible ones. I love looking at the different designs =D This year, I decided to make them! =X yes, I know most of us don’t fancy gingerbread. Taste doesn’t really suit all, but looking at them will make those who receive them happy yea? =p Eyes eat candy but not mouth! *grin* I’m blessed! got the help of susee and aishi to help me decorate them~ =p we had fun messing ard, decorating the gingerbread man n girls. 1st time decorating, but i’m happy with the outcome, since my 2 fav girls help me out, what more can i ask for? (^^,) we will get better with them! next year! stay tune!

 

hee~ check out gingerbread santa! Aishi design it! JJ says it looks like someone spitting white foam out of his mouth (>.<) I find it cute though! =p Used the gingerbread man recipe from BakingBites.

Ingredients:

Gingerbread:
280g Plain Flour
½ tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Ginger powder
1 tsp Cinnamon powder
¼ tsp Nutmeg powder
100g Butter
100g Brown Sugar
100g Molasses
60g Coffee
1 tsp Vanilla Essence

 

Icing:
220g icing sugar
2-3 tbsp of lemon juice
Optional, Red and green coloring (I used strawberry emulco and pandan paste)


Steps:

Gingerbread:

  1. Cream Butter and sugar till creamy and fluffy
  2. Add in Molasses, Coffee and Vanilla Essence
  3. Add in Flour, mix well
  4. Place mixture between 2 pieces of cling wraps; flatten it out into a sheet of 1/8 inch thickness. Freeze for at least 20mins.
  5. Use cutter to cut out gingerbread man/girl shape.
  6. Line them up on baking tray and Bake in a pre-heated oven of 190 degree C for 15mins.
  7. Remove and cool on wire rack completely.

Icing:

  1. In a small bowl combine icing sugar and lemon juice. Add enough lemon juice to make the icing thick but not runny. Stir till the mixture is smooth.
  2. Put icing mixture into piping bag with a fine tip or a ziploc bag with a corner cut off and pipe onto cooled gingerbread.
  3. Allow the icing to set, firm, before storing in an airtight container.

– .: Baker Lee :.

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Giveaways!

December 27, 2007

 

Massive Baking day! >.< indeed! I feel like a real baker! *gasp* made 3 mini Chocolate Log cake, 2 different kinds of cookies and gingerbread as well! =D see see~ Christmas giveaways~ =) Initial was really afraid that I will not be making enough to giveaway~ =X *giggle* He multiplies them for me~ I have 1 whole big container of each kind~ A LOT more than I expected =)


All packed and ready to go! (^^,) Goodies bag Consists of Oatmeal Cookies, Double Chocolate Cookies and Gingerbread Man/Girl. hee~ should have picked a more transparent baggy! Too much flowery patterns, hiding gingerbready cute face! (>.<) was given another choice, lil houses but…. lil flower attracts me! i’m turning more girly as the years goes by *gasp* that’s a good thing i hope! Sorry to those who did not receive the gingerbread man/girl. =X Cookies taste even better than gingerbread for sure! (^^,) WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS! Be Blessed with health, happiness, success and wisdom! Be Safe and free from harm’s way ok! =)

– .: Mandy :.

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Oatmeal Cookies

December 27, 2007

This is a modified recipe from the previous Oatmeal cookie I have done. =p I really love the previous recipe, taste really well. It consists of raisins and chocolate chips as well. But since I’m making Double Chocolate Cookies, I decided to make just a simple, plain oatmeal cookie. Somehow, i don’t really like this modified version! the original taste better~ =X this is too simple for my liking. Too boring i guess. *ponder* i should add some cinnamon or nutmeg to bring out the flavors the next time. =X

Ingredients:

(A)
1 Egg
100ml Olive oil
1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
70g Sugar

(B)
180g Self-Raising Flour
60g Oat

Steps:

  1. Mix ingredients in (A) in a bowl till combine.
  2. Add in ingredients in (B). Mix well.
  3. Use cookie presser/spoon/hands to shape cookies.
  4. Line them up on baking tray and Bake in a pre-heated oven of 180 degree C for 15mins or till cookie turns golden brown.
  5. Remove and cool on wire rack completely. Store in air-tight container.


– .: Baker Lee :.

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Double Chocolate Cookies

December 27, 2007

*scream* Spot the difference people! okie, other than the decorating melon seeds on top of the cookies, can you tell the difference? =X Both are made from the same recipe! If u are thinking that the 2nd one is burnt, nope! it is just nicely cooked. (>.<) Bake them separately on 2 different days, 1st on Christmas Eve, 2nd today! Baker Lee made a mistake *pull hair* my blur-ness acting up >.< The 1st was made with 50g less flour. Tat’s y i find the batter too oily to managed! Bro says it taste like brownies, i felt so too, guess it’s cos of the amount of chocolate in them. The 1st doesnt taste as crunchy compared to the 2nd. Though the baking time and temperature remains the same. =/ i guess it due to the lack of flour? Though not a chocolate lover, i like this recipe! taste good~ Should add some nuts the next time (^^,) hazelnuts maybe!

Ingredients:

200g Plain Flour
60g Cocoa Powder
1tsp Baking Soda
200g Butter
180g Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1½ tsp Vanilla Extract
40g Bittersweet Chocolate (Melted)
200g Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Steps:

  1. Cream Butter and sugar till creamy and fluffy
  2. Add in Eggs one at a time
  3. Add in Vanilla Extract and melted bittersweet chocolate
  4. Add in Flour, mix well
  5. Finally add in chocolate chips.
  6. Use cookie presser/spoon/hands to shape cookies.
  7. Line them up on baking tray and Bake in a pre-heated oven of 175 degree C for 15mins, do not overbake, chocolate will taste bitter.
  8. Remove and cool on wire rack completely. Store in air-tight container.

– .: Baker Lee :.

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Pre-Christmas 22nd Dec 2007

December 25, 2007

On the 22nd Dec 2007, I went on a date with some1 so so so special to me~ we are so alike *grin* we have nv ending stuffs to talk about… some1 I can go on chit chatting for hours and the topic nv ends. =X we are both very “random”! >.< as in we can drift from 1 topic to another, and go very very out of point! Some1 tat have the same thinking as me, some1 tat knows what I’m scheming *Evil Laughter* or thinking of just by looking at me. Some1 that knows my liking very well… One of the few that I will willingly go the extra miles for =) my HOT date came all dressed up for our date~ *whistle* in one of my fav colors somemore! *drool* nice sweet makeup as well! (^^,) yes! my dearest evil twin, yani = my hot date! 2 is her fav no. tat’s y it’s on 22nd? i guess so! =X

We had our dinner at sakae sushi. Check out her cute pose! *giggle* Yes, she loves Japanese food just as much as I do! But sadly, I cant bring her to my fav. Japanese place. T.T so we need to settle on sakae sushi. But it still taste good *whisper* cos my hot date makes everything good! Hawker food will taste good too! =p Dear Lord! We need more yummy halal certified places! YOSH!

 

I got a sweet gift! yummy homemade cookies + a handmade Christmas card! =D Gifts like these makes me all happy! who needs expensive gifts, when u get gifts from the heart~ =) Yunjie, Yani and Aishi are so alike! =X they are really artistic people, who can make nice nice cards out of things u nv tik of! i rem, a few years back, Yunjie made me a card made of spices! XD i still have it in my cabinet partner yun!! Aishi also made her own greeting cards every year… sweet stuffs which really touches me! =D i love to received cards~ ^^ no gifts? nvm! i want cards or letters! handwritten please~

 

was suppose to get ready her gift, but ever since 17th dec, i have been tied down by too many events! >.< lots of baking session with frens and gathering and outing as well, and no time to settle down to do what i planned to do~ =( *whisper* Thank God, i was given Christmas’s eve afternoon to do them! I’m sorry that my frens will only be able to receive them after Boxing day! =X Since there’s 12days of Christmas yea? (^.^ v) Was at the Christmas performance by the Singapore Association of the Deaf on the 19th Dec. Aishi pointed that there are tees on sale to help raise funds. and there is kawaii niu niu tees! hee~ She always help me spot niu niu related stuffs. Got 2 tees, 1 green and 1 red, both of different designs, gave 1 to my twin! hers is kawaii dino saying “i’m sleepy”

 

After wonderful dinner, we each grab a latte and head off to movie =D I’m now a latte addict =X always craving for latte! *point at Imran* hey Imran! you caused my addiction! how how? and i crave for them everyday! buy me an espresso machine? *giggle*