The Look of Pure Happiness & Joy!

~ Posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 12:21 PM ~

I just love seeing the look of pure happiness and joy on Ben's face!

Pictures below taken by hubby while Ben was seated on my lap (we were at the swing) during our family outing at our usual playground park.

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As usual, Ben loves swinging his feet up high...

Also, we have just started giving Ben a tablespoon of Scott's Emulsion every morning after his breakfast.

He just loves it so much!!!!

Picture below is the 1st time we showed him the bottle, which he inspects with full curiousity...

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If you could see how his face lit up everytime he sees that bottle...

Ahhhh, what blissful sight!!

I'll try to record it one of this days for you guys to see if possible.

Meanwhile, I'm just going to sit back and bask in this aura of happiness and joy radiating from my dearest little man!

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List of Things I Need for Baking...

~ Posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 12:40 AM ~

I like making list. It's a habit of mine to make list of something. When I got pregnant, I made list of things to get ready for the baby. When I was few months away from my due date, I made list for my projects and assignments at work to rush off in order to have a stress-free maternity leave.

So, of course, now that I wanted to venture into the world of baking, I have to make a list!  

Else I won't ever get to start anything. Seriously. So here it goes:



Electric/convection Oven

 NEED HELP!!!!!! (Read below for details)

* 22/08 updates: SIL gave me her spare oven! Woohoo!!

Measuring Cups & Spoons

Baking Equipments

To measure dry & liquid ingredients.

Liquid ingredients to use glass cups.

One of the baking book I read advice me to buy a few sets..

(so I don't have to keep washing throughout the recipe)

* 17/08 updates: To consider measuring scale instead of cups.

Mixing Bowl

Baking Equipments

Again, I was adviced to get different sizes:

Large for mixing dough & cake batters

Medium for measuring ingredients

Small for melting chocolate, mixing icing etc.

* 17/08 updates: At least 1 must be heat proof.


Baking Equipments

Essential for sifting dry ingredients to aerate them.


Baking Equipments

* 17/08 updates: Flat surface is better than spoon shaped one.

Flexible rubber/plastic type is useful for stirring, mixing, folding etc.

Wooden Spoon

Baking Equipments

A set of wooden spoons is good for multiple uses.

* 17/08 updates: Use handheld mixer for better results.

Wire Cooling Rack

Baking Equipments

Get one large enough to hold 2 cake layers or get 2 smaller racks.

Allows steam to escape so the bottom doesn't get soggy.

* 17/08 updates: One large wire rack is sufficient.

Wire Whisk

Baking Equipments

Is used to whip air into ingredients.

Oven Mitts and Aprons

Baking Equipments

As long as can withstand the heat, I don't care what design or colors.

* 17/08 updates: Apron is optional, but get THICK mitts.

Baking/Cookie Sheet

Baking Equipments

Buy heavy ones as they don't buckle/wobble & distribute heat evenly.

Pastry Brush

Baking Equipments

Common liquids used with a pastry brush are milk, water & egg whites.

Use a pastry brush to brush marinades over meats also.

* 17/08 updates: Buy those made from synthetic/plastic bristles.

Cake Pan

Baking Equipments

Round tins are used more often than other shapes.

Most useful sizes are shallow 8 inch sandwich tins for ponge cakes,

or 9 inch tins for larger cakes.

* 17/08 updates: Get basic aluminium pans w no non stick feature

Bread Pan

Baking Equipments

May be made from aluminium, stainless steel or glass.

Rolling pin+cover, pastry cloth

Baking Equipments

Rolling pin is used to roll out dough or crush cracker crumbs.

Rolling pin cover is a stretchable "stocking" that fits over the rolling pin.

Pastry cloth is a large canvas cloth on which pastry or dough can be rolled.

* 17/08 updates: Optional items.

Others to get as well...

* 18/08 updates: Baking paper, airtight containers for leftovers,

cake saver,

Others to consider later...

Pie Pan, Pastry Crimping Wheel/Pastry Cutter, Pastry blender,

Cookie cutter, Pie Weights, hand-held mixer, muffin pan

* 17/08 updates: Use heavy beans or rice to replace pie weights.

Now if you noticed, my 1st item which is electric/convection oven = I really need help in this. Right now, I am pretty sure I want a:

* Table top oven cos there's no space for a built-in one

* And hubby wanted one that can do rotisserie as well...

Anyway, I've been looking around a few electrical shops but so far, am still confused and frustrated with a couple of features:

* Oven size - what is the good enough size to get? 30L? 42L? What?

* Window/Door area - I've read somewhere that this is also a factor to consider... don't want to burn my own hands while taking out the tray you know... so, I'm kinda looking for with the door which goes a bit lower than the flat 180 degrees...

* Temperature - I get really frustrated seeing those ovens with buttons that I can't read the temperature level properly.


Baking Equipments

I can bear with this,

cos there's dots on each increments of 10C


Baking Equipments

But with button like this,

How do I tell where is 180C for example??

For any of you reading my post who are experienced in baking and would like to share your opinions and feedback, I would totally appreciate your feedback on my list, things like whether I should forget about getting it, or get this particular brand cos it's good, or any other things I left out in the list and so on. Of course, I'm definitely not the type who goes for any branded products - so, please don't recommend it to me. As long as it's proven good to use, easy to handle and practical, I'll consider it! And I'm going to print out this list when I go shop for it!

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(*Images taken from Google search)

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Winner for Label Daddy's "School Pack" labels

~ Posted on Monday, August 16, 2010 at 3:35 PM ~

Greetings to all! I've just compiled all the entries submitted for my Giveaway - A Set of Label Daddy's "School Pack" labels post and and today is when I'm announcing the lucky winner for this:

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I have a total of 137 entries submitted for this giveaway and using the utility, I then draw out the lucky winner for this awesome set of labels, and here's the result:

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I also showed my PC time and date which is already way past 15th August, to prove that I'm drawing out the winner after this giveaway ended on 15th August 2010. Now the lucky winner for comment number 93 is:

zwjhmegat Timestamp: 22/7/2010  2:06:19 PM

Congratulations! I will be contacting you shortly to get your further details for your winning entry! You have 48 hours to respond to my email before I pick another winner! As for the rest who participated in the giveaway, thank you for entering, better luck next time, OK? A note of thanks as well to Label Daddy for sponsoring a set of this awesome "School Pack" labels to my lucky blog reader!

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