How to Get Your Toddler to Exercise?

~ Posted on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 10:33 AM ~

About a month back, I posted a funny pictorial guide on "How To Exercise Your Toddler's Brain?"

(which Ben has since rarely does anymore... Sigh...)

Now please feel free to go check out the videos on how I got my toddler to exercise

(the rest of his body... Tongue out)

which later turns out to be tiring for me when Ben got his momentum up

and he goes on running non-stop...

What a day!

Here's wishing you all a happy and relaxing weekend!

(*P.S: You'll also be able to view other videos of Ben at my Youtube channel as well)

Cheese Sticks

~ Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 10:03 AM ~

I love cheese and Domino's Pizza had this dish called 'Breadstick' which I would order whenever we get pizza delivered to our home. So after mulling for a while and getting bored with baking muffins (and relying on pre-mixes), I decided to take the leap and do something new... 

Hence, this is my 1st attempt of making: CHEESE STICKS.

I baked this on Sunday 12th Sept and the recipe was adapted from Sara Lewis's "Healthy Home-Made Food For Babies & Toddlers" book. In case you're wondering why is my measurement so weird (such as 88g of flour), this is because I halved the actual measurements (to reduce risk of failure hahahaha...) and I rounded up the measurement. So the actual recipe can be for 175g of flour but mine has been revised to 88g of flour and so on.


* About 10 minutes to mix & knead dough

* 10 minutes for baking process

Ingredients / Tool Required:

* 1 egg (at room temperature)

* 88g plain/all-purpose flour (I used wheat flour)

* 38g butter (a bit chilled)

* 58g grated Cheddar cheese

* A bowl to mix ingredients in

* Kitchen scale

* Baking aluminium foil the size of wire rack

What to Do?

* Place the flour into the bowl, add the butter and rub in until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

(The fine breadcrumb look after you rub in the butter with the flour)

* Stir in the grated cheese.

* Reserve 1 tablespoon of beaten egg and then stir the remaining into the pastry mixture.

* Mix to a smooth dough, adding water when necessary.

(The dough... strong smell of cheese at this point...)

* Knead lightly and roll out on a floured surface to a rectangle shape.

* Brush the remaining egg on the top of the rolled dough.

* Cut into strips and place on the baking sheets/tray, spaced slightly apart.


* Pre-heat oven at 190℃ for about 7 minutes (although the recipe stated to pre-heat at 200℃)

* Set oven to 190℃ and bake for 10 minutes until golden brown.

* Loosen from but leave to cool on the baking sheets/tray.

(Note: Suitable for freezing up to 3 months in a plastic box, interleaved with baking parchment)

All cut up and ready to bake!

Baking in progress...


This is how mine looks like...

Hubby said can fight with Domino's Breadstick!


* Test subject 1 (aka me): "Hmmm... taste so-so (this is because I'm comparing it with Domino's Pizza's cheesesticks) although it does taste better after you had a few sticks."

* Test subject 2 (aka Ben):(See pictures below)

 Gobbled... Chomp!! Chomp!!


* Test subject 3 (aka hubby): "Delicious! If served with Domino's Pizza's tomato sauce will be awesome! Can fight with their breadstick seriously!"

* Test subject 4 (aka MIL): "How come no taste?" (You have to excuse my MIL's reaction as she used to be a nose cancer patient and after radiotherapies, she lost part of her hearing and taste senses)

So there you go.... my 1st CHEESE STICK attempt!

Overall, I'm happy with this attempt - at least, I'm trying out something different from the usual muffins that I made and it's a small step in baking with real ingredients and not relying on pre-mixes.

And I'm getting tired of hearing my MIL telling people I can only make this food because it's taught by my SIL - somehow I feel she's always trying not to acknowledge that I can make good food too... probably scared of the competition hehehe... So now, she cannot tell people that I'm able to cook this only because it's taught by my SIL because it's not!! Muahahahaha...

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Blueberry Muffins

~ Posted on Monday, September 13, 2010 at 12:53 PM ~

This is my 1st attempt of making: BLUEBERRY MUFFIN. I baked this on Saturday 11th Sept. Sorry totally forgot to take the pictures of the process (again!)...


* Less than 5 minutes to mix & fold batter

* 7 minutes to pre-heat the oven

* 22 minutes for baking process

Ingredients / Tool Required:

* Blueberry Muffin Mix (250g)

* 1 egg (at room temperature)

* 68ml oil

* 50ml water (at room temperature)

* Measuring spoons

* A big containter to mix ingredients in

* A flexible spatula for mixing and folding

* Cupcake casings-depending the casing size, I used 7 pieces this round

* Kitchen scale

* A small spoon to spoon mixture into cupcake casings

* Baking aluminium foil the size of wire rack

What to Do?

* Place all ingredients into a big container, making a well with the dry ingredients at the outer side while the oil, water and egg are in the well.

* Mix and fold using the flexible spatula.

* Continue mixing and folding until all ingredients are combined.

* Using the small spoon, spoon the mixture to each cupcake casing until about 3/4 full.

* Place each cupcake casings on top of wire rack which has been lined with baking foil.


*Pre-heat oven at 180℃ (about 7 minutes since I reduced the temperature this time by 5)

* Place wire rack tray into oven.

* Set oven to 180℃ and bake for 22 minutes (extra 2 minutes just to be safe)

I was so freaking excited when I see the nice top!

See who else is anxiously waiting for the muffins!




* Test subject 1 (aka me): "Ooo I love it! This time is sooooooo much better! Love the top, the moist is perfect! I'm so happy I want to name each of the blueberry muffins!!!"

* Test subject 2 (aka Ben): "Ammm Ammm Mammm... "(Ben's signals for us that he wants to eat it NOW!)

(Going, going, gone!!! Ben whacked almost 1 muffin by himself!)

* Test subject 3 (aka hubby): "Perfect! Save me the last one!"

* Test subject 4 (aka MIL): "Wah! This time is very nice. See, must practise more then can make better taste!"


* Increased pre-heat time from usual 5 minutes to 7 minutes

* Reduced pre-heat temperature from usual 190℃ to 180℃

* Reduced baking time from 25 to 22 minutes (at 20th minute, I use chopstik to poke one of the muffins to check doneness then decided 2 more minutes extra to be safe)

* Maintained baking temperature at 180℃ since my previous baking attempt created nice muffin peaks

So there you go.... my 1st BLUEBERRY MUFFINS attempt!

Overall, I'm very happy with this attempt - the way they turned out, nice rounded peak and the perfect moist, the crust top is just nice, not too hard and not too soft.

Oh well, I love it so much in this attempt that I am going to name all the muffins:

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