DIY clay ornaments

November 28, 2014 at 9:06 am | Posted in christmas, DIY gift, Preschool plays, Uncatogorized, xuen and Lyn | Leave a comment

We loved the idea of DIY Christmas ornaments. I found a few recipe online and I tried working with the recipe that contained glue. It was not turned out well (blame my skill). I then found an easier one provided by an awesome blogger at http://theimaginationtree.com/2012/12/white-clay-ornaments-tutorial.html. I followed exactly her tutorial and we are happy with the result. It is so easy to make. The clay dough was soft and easy to knead. My girls had so much much playing with it and we ended up making clay dolls instead of Christmas ornaments. We will make the next round for the ornaments.

Kids cooking is always the best and fun play for kids.

We used cookie cutter to cut out the shapes. The pink dough was added food coloring.

After baking the clay. We decorated it with colorful florecent gel pens.

Have a Lovely DIY day!

Edible water beads

November 13, 2014 at 8:17 am | Posted in Homeschool, Kids activities, Preschool plays, Uncatogorized, xuen and Lyn | Leave a comment

Today's weather was windy and partly cloudy, it is just a wonderful day for children to carry out a fun outdoor activity. My girls have cousin E to join the fun play today. They wanted to have a mini camping and fun games. The three cheeky pies wanted to play with mix water beads with colors. They seen this activity from Pinterest a few days ago. Go ahead kids!

We had a great fun and messy play outdoor.

We used big pearl sago. Cooked it for abot 30 minutes or until it swell up. Leave it cool down or rinse it with cold water so that children can place their hands in to play it.

Sago is a starch taken from the center of sago palm stems. Sago has similarities to tapioca, including its look, taste and feel. However, sago is not tapioca, which comes from a different plant. You can, however, substitute tapioca for sago in many recipes.


The kids mixed sago beads with food coloring.

 

 

Time to get mess!

Mess is Fun,


.”….so, what are we going to do with these beads?”

“Kids, you got to help to clean up the mess. Tell me what can you do with it?”


 

” We had a great idea! Lets add it into the compost.”

Wishing you have a lovely DIY day!

Bake egg and cheese rice in remekin

September 23, 2014 at 10:08 am | Posted in Asian foods, food, food art, Foods, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods | Leave a comment

bake egg rice in remekin1Cut potato into thin strips.

bake egg rice in remekin2Brown potato strips in a frying pan.

bake egg rice in remekin3 bake egg rice in remekin4Put in the browned potatoes strips, egg, cheddar cheese, and rice into the ramekin. Here I made (A) with rice and (B) without rice.
Then bake them into the oven at 150C for 10 minutes.

bake egg rice in remekin6I often bake cheese rice in single ramekin for my girls for snack. To keep warm, I covered the ramekin with aluminum foil then place it into a Thermo box and  into a warmer snack bag. 🙂

Have a Lovely DIY Day 🙂

Cute mini bunny bao / steam bun

August 12, 2014 at 4:26 am | Posted in Asian foods, food, food art, Foods, Homeschool, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods, Party foods, Preschool plays | Leave a comment

Little sweet pea loves mini bunny bao (steam bun).  This morning little sweet pea and I had fun playing with the boa dough and our mini bunny bao turned out lovely and yummy.

 

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bao dough bao dough and paste red dough copy

 

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bunny bao cuteAw…aren’t them cute?

Here is the recipe that I use with Thermomix machine. This recipe was taken from ‘easily cook for you own.blogspot.com’, I have a problem of  linking it here.

Ingredients:

130 g water

1 tsp yeast

15 g sugar

15 g oil

250 top flour*

Pinch of Salt

*Not high protein / multi-purpose flour

Method:

Cover Time Temp (°C) Speed
1)  Add water, yeast, sugar and oil into TM bowl Yes 40sec 37 3
2)  Add flour and salt to mix Yes 20sec 3-6
3)  Knead the mixture Yes 2min Knead function
4)  Roll, cut and shape into pieces, place them on oiled Varoma dish and tray.  Leave it to rise for 30 mins
5)  Add 500g water to boil Yes 15mins V 3
6)  When temperature reached V, remove measuring cup and put on Varoma dish to steam Varoma dish with mantou Balance of at least 10 mins V 3

If you do not use Thermomix. Please follow this recipe that I taken from China Sichuan Food.com.

Ingredients

  • 300g all-purpose flour
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast (one packet instant yeast)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 150g water or milk

Instructions

  1. Prepare warm water around 35 °C and melt the sugar in. And mix the yeast with the water. Mix well and set aside for around 5 minutes. If you do not want sugar, just skip it.
  2. Prepare the flour in a large bowl. Pour the water with yeast slowly to the bowl with flour and stir with a chop sticker.
  3. Then knead the flour into smooth and soft dough. At the very beginning, it might be a little bit sticky.
  4. Cover the bowl and let the dough rest for around 1 hour or until the paste ball doubles in size. This process can be done by mixer.
  5. When the dough is double in size, get paste ball out and punch the air out.
  6. Then roll the dough into a long log around 1 inch in diameter or any size you want.
  7. Scatter some flour on your board and cut the log to small sections you like. Brush some oil on the bottom of each bun.
  8. Add cool water in wok and put the buns in the steamer to steam. Continue to steam for around 15 minutes after the water boils.

Read more at http://www.chinasichuanfood.com/chinese-steamed-buns/

Have a Lovely DIY day!

Cute Miffi burger

July 25, 2014 at 8:40 am | Posted in food, food art, Foods, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods, Party foods | Leave a comment

miffi burger1Two slices of bread and one fried egg

DSC02205Spread homemade dragon fruit and pineapple jam on the bread. Then top it with fried egg and cheese.

miffi burger3Put two slices of bread together. Use a glass to place it at the center to cut the bread into a round shape.

miffi burger4It will look like this.

miffi burger5

Use melted chocolate to draw a Miffi.

miffi burger6

Since I was making this for my girl to bring to school. I kept the Miffi burger into an aluminum pocket and sealed it. It will help to keep the bread soft after few hours. Beside, it is easier for the kids to eat by holding the bread with the aluminum pocket so the filling won’t drop out.

miffi burger7miffi burger8A simple last minute snack pack for my girl.

Wishing everyone has a lovely weekend.

Easy Hello Kitty bento

July 22, 2014 at 7:43 am | Posted in food art, Foods, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods | Leave a comment

Making bento is a fun activity for parents and kids. It allows children experience of creating meals with you can help to build their self-confidence and lay the foundation for healthy eating habits.

I am going to share with you a simple Hello Kitty  bento set which I made with silicone ice mould. Using ice mould to mould the rice is the simplest way of making cute rice balls. My daughters love to create their bento with ice mould.

Hello Kitty ice mould Hello Kitty silicone ice mould

hello kitty ice mould1Fill plain rice into the mould.

hello kitty riceTa-dah! you have got the lovely hello kitty shape rice.

hello kitty rice ballThe eyes were made with seaweed. You need to have a seaweed puncher to help you to make the eyes nicely. I bought the seaweed puncher online. Daiso sells it but I personally think that the quality was not so good.  It is no harm to get a cheap one to try.

hello kitty bento

Lunch for my daughters. They will be pleased to see this when they come back from school. ( Fry omelette with shrimps, spinach and wolfberry soup, braise sweet and sour pork).

Wishing everyone has a LovelyDIY day!

 

Bacon and egg cup

July 14, 2014 at 5:10 am | Posted in Asian foods, Foods, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods, Party foods | Leave a comment

Preparing kids’s meal and lunch box in the morning is quite a challenging  task for me. I only have 30 minutes to prepare the foods. I always think of quick and easy yet delicious and nutritious foods for the kids to bring to school. I would like to share with you this quick to prepare bacon and egg cup which I came across from a magazine.

bacon egg cup1

Grease the muffin pan with butter then tear and lay the bread as shown.

bacon egg cup2

Then cut the bread in  about one inch wide stripe to cover the side of each individual cup.

bacon egg cup3

Stuff cooked bacon into each cup.

bacon egg cup4

Break an egg into each cup. Then bake it with  uppper heat in 200 C  until the egg is cook to your like. Bake longer if you prefer fully cooked egg.

bacon egg cup5 bacon egg cup6 Breakfast for my family this morning.

Simple bread Sticks

June 3, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Posted in DIY gift, food, Homeschool, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods, Party, Party foods, Preschool plays | Leave a comment

This is a good recipe for using up the excess bread crusts. I taught my daughter to use the crusts to make simple bread sticks.  Today she made this simple toasted bread sticks for her dad :). We all love it especially when we have it with hot tea.

 

 

 

breadstickLeft over bread crusts.

butterMelt the butter

breadstick1grease the batter with butter

breadstick2Coat the crusts with melted butter.

Pop them in to oven for 10-15 minutes at 130 C until golden brown

Remove, allow to cool.

breadstick4

This is an awesome father’s day gift.

Have a Lovely DIY Day!

heart shape pan cake

March 28, 2014 at 9:05 am | Posted in food art, Kids cooking, Kids foods, Preschool plays | Leave a comment

The girls and I had a great week. Since it is school break for Apple Cheeks, we spent most of our times doing something that we really miss to do during school days. Such as sewing, outdoor plays and most of all we miss our lovely afternoon tea where we had so much fun preparing snacks for our tea. We would chat about everything. Those were the most precious time for us.

Today, my daughter the Apple Cheeks wanted to try making cute heart shape pan cakes.  It was fun and we would like to share our recipe here

 

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in milk, egg and oil. Mix until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into a sauce bottle.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. squeeze out the mixture into the heart shape cookie cutter to form the shape of heart.
  4. Brown on both sides and serve hot with syrup and butter.

heart pancake 1

heart pan cake 2

pancake tea time

We had a great week and wishing everyone have a very nice weekend.

LovelyDIY

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DIY colored salt

March 22, 2014 at 5:34 am | Posted in Home deco, Homeschool, Kids activities, Uncatogorized | 2 Comments

Ingredients:

Salt, food color

color salt mixed1Put one small drop of food color into the salt.

color salt mixed 3Mix them well. It take a little bit of time to stir and mix until color is evenly mixed.

color salt in bottles My DIY colored salt in 15 minutes. Aren’t they beautiful.  Mt kids are going to use it for making sand art.

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