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!

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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!

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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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!

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.

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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.

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Fun Preschool Activity-build with scrap felt

February 20, 2014 at 9:46 am | Posted in Homeschool, Kids activities, Preschool plays, Uncatogorized | Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

 

Recycle scrap felt. Cut the felts into different sizes and shapes for children to play and build. This is an easy DIY preschool  activity that you can carry out at home. The felts are washable.  All you need to do is place the felt pieces into a small cloth bag, tied it then put it in the washing machine.

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My girl loves to play building with the felt.

Set up fun outdoor activity for kids

April 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Posted in Homeschool, Kids activities, Preschool plays, Uncatogorized | Leave a comment
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Staying outdoor is fun! My girls have been asking us to build a tent in our garden for them. Instead of setting up a camping tent, I was thinking of a simple and lovely tent set up by using mosquito netting. Anyone can build this anytime, anywhere. I am sure kids will have fun playing inside this little netting tent.

Picnic in the tent. What a beautiful day!

Valentine’s gift ( homemade coconut jam/ kaya )

February 6, 2013 at 4:31 am | Posted in Asian foods, DIY gift, Foods, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods, Preschool plays, Uncatogorized | Leave a comment
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Express your love to someone special by DIY gifts. Apple Cheeks was so proud to make her own coconut jam for her dad. Making coconut jam is easy and fun:

Top picture shown the ingredients: 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 1/2 cups coconut milk, a pinch of salt, 1/2 teaspoon corn flour and one pandan leaf.

Bottom picture: caramelized sugar by heating a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of water in the pot.

In a bowl, beat the eggs, add in sugar, coconut milk, salt and corn flour. Stir untill ingredients are well mixed.

 

Apple cheeks was so proud of herself cooking at the stove for the first time.

In the pot with caramalized sugar, pour in the mixture together with pandan leaf. Cook it in a very slow fire and keep stiring it. It will take about 30 minutes untill the mixture is thicken up. It will be brown in color. Done! My family love toast bread with coconut jam and butter. Yummy!

Please assist you kids while they are cooking at stove.

Homemade Coconut jam in a glass jar. What a lovely gift for valentine. Mommy and Apple Cheeks prepared this for daddy and our lil sweet pea. You can make this too!

 

Happy Valentine's Day to all

Love,

LovelyDIY

( DIY 乐 )

 

 

 

DIY valentine’s gift ( CD case photo frame)

January 22, 2013 at 3:40 am | Posted in DIY gift, Homeschool, Kids activities, Preschool plays, Uncatogorized | Leave a comment
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Are you looking for unique valentine's gift? DIY gifts can be the most meaningful presents for someone you love.

All you need to do are:

1. Prepare an empty disc casing.

2. Remove the cover and replace it with the photo that you had selected.

3. Decorate your cover photo by putting on some stickers or message. Done!

I absolutely love this idea. I had made a few for my friends as well as to decorate my home. Hope you will love this too.

DIY gifts shows thoughfulness. A simple DIY gift will make the best gift!

 

Happy Valentine's Day to all.

Love,

LovelyDIY

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DIY Valentine’s gift ( Forever love- coffee for valentine)

January 18, 2013 at 7:51 am | Posted in DIY gift, Homeschool, Kids activities, Preschool plays, Uncatogorized | 1 Comment
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Forever Love Coffee for Valentine

You will need:
1. A jar of coffee. Remove the lable.
2. Create your own lable by using a piece of colorful papper. The size of your lable must be able to cover the coffee jar .Write your messege on the lable (as shown in the second photo). One thin ribbon, one cut out paper heart and a felt heart.
3. I used white glue to paste the lable and the felt heart on the jar. Lastly, attach the heart shape card on the thin ribbon and tie it on the bottle.

Happy Valentine's Day to all

Love,

LovelyDIY

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