Friday, October 31, 2008

Snacks



Feel familiar with the lady in the picture? Yes, you are right; she is the SUN-MAID Girl.

I have bought Sarah the Sun-Maid Raisins. She just like this dried food very much. I have learnt from their website that it provides natural sugars, potassium, fiber and tartaric acid which able to keep digestive system healthy. Maybe this is one of the reasons why Sarah has no problem in passing stool since she started eating it.



It had now become our “secret weapon” to use whenever she behaved cranky.

P/S: Pardon me if this entry sounds like an advertisement for Sun-Maid Product.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

When I am busy…

This is normally what I will do when I am occupied in kitchen…If I do this, she can stayed quiet and obedient for quite some time in the living hall (watching TV).



I would put a pacifier on her, and then she will automatically go to the couch and get her favourite “Zam Zam” (bolster).

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Pink Sisterhood



I got this tag from Doreen and I really appreciate that you share this tag to me. And to all my fellow bloggers who read this message, please feel free to grab this tag, help spreading the breast cancer awareness. Thanks!

This one is all about breast cancer, which everyone knows is one of the most life-threatening diseases today. I’m doing my part in spreading awareness on breast cancer by sharing some scary yet so very true facts on breast cancer. Ladies, do take note!

* One in eight women or 12.6% of all women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.

* Breast cancer risk increases with age and every woman is at risk.

* Every 13 minutes a woman dies of breast cancer.

* Seventy-seven percent of women with breast cancer are over 50.

* Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 15 and 54, and the second cause of cancer death in women 55 to 74.

* Risks for breast cancer include a family history, atypical hyperplasia, early menstruation (before age 12), late menopause (after age 55), current use or use in the last ten years of oral contraceptives, and daily consumption of alcohol.

* Early detection of breast cancer, through monthly breast self-exam and particularly yearly mammography after age 40, offers the best chance for survival.

Facts taken from Women’s Health

And now here is the tag and the rules:

1. Put the logo in your blog.

2. Add a link to the person who shared it with you.

3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs

4. Add your link to the list of participants below

5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog.

Now my turn to tag…
Kylie , Michelle, Esmeralda, Mery, Rachel, Li Teng & Sha.

Proximidade Award



I got this lovely award from Kylie. Thank you so much!

This reward is in Portuguese so the translation is below.
“This blog invests and believes, in proximity”[meaning, that blogging makes us 'close' -being close through proxy] How awesome is that??

Here is the statement I am supposed to post...
"They all are charmed with the blogs, where in the majority of its aims are to show the marvels and to do friendship; there are persons who are not interested when we give them a prize and then they help to cut these bows; do we want that they are cut or that they propagate? Then let’s try to give more attention to them! So with this prize we must deliver it to 8 bloggers that in turn must make the same thing and put this text."

So I will pass this on to:
1) Caroline
2) Agnes
3) HN
4) Doreen
5) Pei Mun
6) Serene
7) Mommy Gwen
8) Yen Ping

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Baked Beans with Macaroni

I love baked beans. So much so that I decided to think of a menu which is related to it and hope that Sarah can have a taste of it too.

Feeding her only with baked beans will be a bit plain, and not so interesting. Therefore, I have mixed the tomato sauce with macaroni. I really have no idea how will it turned out, but I just want to try something new in cooking macaroni (other than serving it with soup).



My first step was to use some onion to cook the sauce. The reason I am doing so is to enhance the flavour of the sauce. And I do tone down the thick consistency of the tomato sauce by adding in some plain water, to prevent the macaroni become too gluey.

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OUTCOME:

Good try! I feel satisfy that the sweet and sour sauce mixed well with the macaroni. Not forget also the baked beans that provide slight saltiness taste to the meal. It is just delicious!

This is first time Sarah has baked beans, she likes it very much.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Cod Fish

Today I had introduced cod fish to Sarah. Cooking fish is not new to me, but this is definitely the first time she had this medium-high-price type of fish. Judging from the favorable outcome, I must say it worth every penny.

Well, after knowing Caroline have steamed fish with wolfberries and dates, I also thought to do the same. But this time I’ve added another ingredient in this menu. I placed some tofu below the fish, to hope that the sweet flavour from the fish can be absorbed by it through the steaming process.



And to make the dish more appealing, I added in some chopped sawi too.



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OUTCOME:

The cod fish and tofu taste so good with some slight flavour from the wolfberries and dates. I also mixed the gravy into the rice. Yummy!

Sarah was able to finish all of them, what a filling meal. As I said before, the rich taste of the cod fish do justify the cost.

Yakult

Somehow Sarah just not too favour the prune juice after few tries. She will still drink it, but only for few sips. So, I assume she doesn’t like it anymore...

Therefore I have bought Yakult. It is one of the methods that recommended and suggested by my blogging friends for a better bowel movement.



This is the first time Sarah tried on the drink. I am not too sure if she likes it, but I knew she enjoyed drinking it using the straw.

Anyway, since Sarah is not fully recovered from cough yet, I will put on hold in introducing it more to her.

P/S: How long can an opened-but-unfinished Yakult stored in the fridge?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A New Header

As I am sure you would have noticed by now… our blog has a new header!

Thanks to my beloved husband. He has spent a day sitting in front of his PC to get this job done. It consume a lot of his time to select the suitable pictures, crop and merge with the new background and all the etc graphic works.

I love it very much! A big hug and “muah” to you, dear.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Vermicelli with Broccoli and Egg

Since Sarah has fallen sick, so it is better for her to eat something bland and not-too-rich. Therefore I have come out the idea of cooking vermicelli soup.



I have used “ikan bilis” as the soup base. When the soup is almost ready to be served, I added in broccoli and a beaten egg.

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OUTCOME:

It tastes fresh yet gentle. I did not know that the broccoli played such an important role in making the soup so tasty and sweet…I like it very much! I seldom eat baby/toddler food, but this time I can finished all the leftover in the pot.

Sarah likes the meal also. What if I were to substitute vermicelli with mee-hoon or noodles that have more chewy texture, will she like it even more?

Being “attacked” again!

From fever, throat redness to rashes and now Sarah is down with flu and cough. Her nose was blocked with a lot of mucus and she also cough with phlegm.

We did not bring her to see paed as paed once told us that, if she is able to eat well and stay active as usual, there will be no major problem. Therefore, I just feed her with the medicine which I have bought from the clinic.

I feel relief whenever I feed her the medicine, as she has no problem in swallowing all of them. One thing do bother me though, is her sleep will occasionally disturbed by blocked nose.

Thank God she is now recovering gradually. I will definitely bear with Sarah during this period of time. I know it is not easy for her to fall ill consecutively for two weeks.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tomato, Carrot and Chicken Porridge

Still remember previously I have prepared tomato porridge once but ended up in the dustbin? It was really a setback for me…

Since then, I have learned my lesson well. I was told that, to prevent the tomato porridge turn sour, I better add in some meat or other vegetable into the porridge.

Therefore, this time I have used carrot, chicken meat and not forget some red onion.



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OUTCOME:

Surprise, surprise, the tomato porridge smelled something like…western food! If you were familiar with the aroma of spaghetti or pizza, this porridge got the exact smell like these food. I think the tomato and red onion did a wonderful job in turning this porridge into a delicious meal.

Sarah and I like it very much!




Footnote:
Small tips from me if you wish to try out this recipe -

The most important thing, deseed the tomato first, by this way the tomato will become sour-free.

You may put more chicken meat into the porridge, because it able to absorb all the nice taste from the other two ingredients. I guest this is also one of the reasons Sarah like this menu.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Quirky Tag

Ooooooooooh, I’ve been tagged by Kylie and Agnes to talk about my quirky things.
Okay, here are five quirky things about me:

1) If I have an important event or appointment on on the next day, my "biological clock" will automatically wake me up early in the morning. And I will started to think about the event, from the attire I will be wearing, the food will be served, the person involved, things to be packed and etc..I think I am an over "gan zheong" person.

2) I like to barefoot when I am driving.

3) I like both my ankles to have anklet. If I did not wear one of it, I will feel uneasy.

4) I just don't have the practice in wearing jeans when outing, although it is the most relax and comfortable attire to be wear on.

5) I don't like to eat or drink anything which is sweet.

6) I have poor memory, but I can remember a person's look and name although I only see him/her once.

Rules :
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. List 6 unspectacular quirks you have.
4. Tag 6 bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each taggee's blog to let them know they've been tagged.

I have chose not to tag anyone because I think most of my blogging friends are currently busy with the tags and awards from each other. But if anyone of you who like to grab this tag, I will glad to know it.

Yesterday Once More

Thanks Michelle for giving me the tag. It is a special yet meaningful tag.

1. In which month and year did you met your husband for the first time?
- September, 2003.

2. In which month and year did you two officially starting dating?
- September, 2003.

3. Where was the first dating place the two of you went to?
- IKEA :-) Because he wanted to buy some furniture for his new house.

4. What was the most touching thing he did to you when you two were still dating?
- Frankly speaking, my husband is not a romantic man. So far, I never received any flowers from him. But the most touching thing was, he decided to marry me (after I told him that I was chased by a dog when I was walking to my working place, he was very worried after he heard this. So he told me if he married me, then I need not to work anymore!) Funny!

5. How about after your marriage?
- The weird thing is, after married, he totally changed to be a romantic person. He likes to say "I love you" more than before.

6. Share your lowest period of your life with him.
- I can't think of any..

7. Share your happiest moment with him.
- Watching Sarah growing day by day...

8. Share your saddest moment with him.
- Can I choose not to answer this..

9. Share your angriest moment with him.
- After quarel

10. Share your funniest moment with him.
- Whenever we compared our height. He always said he is taller than me (infact he is), but I always deny the fact (because he looked short), hehe..

11. Share your most frustrated moment with him
- So far, I have show no frustration with him.

12. Lastly, when was the last time you two hold hands and walk under the moonlight, like how you used to do?
- Last month, when we both went to Mid Valley.

I would like to know more about you
- Caroline, Esmeralda and Mommy Gwen

Hope this tag would bring back lovely memories of Yesterday...and hmm, after the question 12, if your answer dates more than 24 hours ago, it's time to go over to your hubby or wife, give him or her a great big hug and a kiss!

Red Rose Award



I received the Red Rose Award from Agnes and I really appreciate it.

The rules of the award are:
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the girls and boys you've nominated.

Now passing it on to:

1. Yen Ping
2. Nicole
3. Kylie
4. Esmeralda
5. Caroline
6. Serene
7. Doreen

Monday, October 13, 2008

Rashes

Yesterday evening when I was cleaning up Sarah, I noticed there are some rashes on her body. Since this is not the first time I see these rashes, therefore I just applied some cream on it and normally it will disappear the next day.

When I checked on her body again this morning, I saw more rashes on her body now. Not only on the body but many more on her head, hands, neck, face and back. So we decided to bring her to visited pead.

According to the paed, the rashes are caused by viral illness. Since Sarah has fever, it is not abnormal she will get this kind of rashes out-break sometimes, and there is nothing much to worry about. We were glad that these rashes didn’t cause itchiness.

The paed has given us some Calamine cream to be applied on the rashes. Besides that, she also noticed Sarah has redness in the throat (luckily did not affect her appetite), so she has to consume the flu medicine as well.

I really hope she will feeling better tomorrow.

Getting Tougher

Just when I thought the previous two week’s event was tough enough, silly me…

Last Saturday was my sister’s Chinese wedding dinner. Initially I was naïve to assume that it will be a less hectic day compared to Indian dinner (a jam-packed whole day event). But alas, it turned out the whole day I was very busy taking care of Sarah. She was having fever that day (caused by the growing Molars).

Her crankiness over the day was just unbearable.

Anyway, we manage to reach the dinner at about 7.45pm. Sarah started to feel uncomfortable the moment she was in the restaurant. After much effort in comforting her, she finally sat down on the high chair, but not for long. Once the karaoke session started, she just cried, cried and cried. Maybe she doesn’t like the loud sound and maybe also due to the fever…she felt frustrated!

As you can imagine, I did not have the chance to sit still on my chair for the rest of the dinner. I was busy carrying her around and wiped her tears…poor girl!

Until a moment she felt sleepy and tired, she just fell asleep in my arm till the dinner ended. What a relief…

This was another challenge for me. Apparently it is not easy to take care of a sick toddler while attending a wedding dinner.



P/S: Thank God that Sarah is in the process of recovery from the fever.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Prune Juice

Since Sarah started to consume solid food when she was 5 months old, sometimes she will passed some hard stool. Normally what I did was, just feed her with a lot of water and I also boiled some barley-water, just hope to improve her bowel movement.

The other day she was having a mild constipation (not so often but also not the first time either). I remember my forum friends once told me that, prune juice can be one of the ways to relief Sarah from this uncomfortable period. So, we bought it home and let Sarah have a try this morning.



Actually I have a taste on it before feeding Sarah and I found it a little too sweet for her. So, I diluted it with some water and feed her using the water bottle.

She do not hesitated to drink it and even drank quite a lot at one go. I guess she’s kind of like it.

Butterfly Award



I would like to say thank you to Serene for this lovely award... An honor to had this award!

Here are the rules to go with the award:-

1. Put the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. Nominate 10 other blogs.
4. Add links to those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

Now, I would like to share this amazing award to

Caroline
Kylie
Mommy Gwen
Doreen
Li Teng
Su Ying
Yen Ping
Mery
Agnes Chan
Kristie

Enjoy mommies and hope you like it!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

First Molars

Yesterday when I was reading Caroline’s blog about her girl’s first molars, I immediately thought of this… “I really have to check on Sarah’s gum this time, because I suspect she’s having another tooth soon…”

Actually, I have the habit of checking her gum every now and then, but as she grows older, she just not willing to open her mouth and let me do the checking. So the only option I have is, insert my finger in her mouth and touch the gum to feel whether is there any sharp “thing” on it, but if possible, I always preferred to see the white spot by myself.

Just now when I was playing with her, she laughed happily and I know this is my opportunity…and…GOTCHA!

I now can confirm that she is having her first molars. Her first pair of molars is located on the upper gum. They just grow at the right time (12 months to 14 months).

Monday, October 6, 2008

Seaweed, Chicken and Mushroom Porridge



This is the first time I combined so many ingredients in porridge. The reason is, I have some leftover Swiss Brown Mushroom, plus a big piece of chicken breast I bought few days ago and of course I can always find seaweed in my fridge, since it is my favourite ingredient in making soup.

In order not to turn the porridge bitter, therefore I just put a small sum of seaweed in it.

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OUTCOME:

It turns out to be something like Swiss Brown Mushroom Porridge. The porridges has almost identical colour but this time the chicken meat and seaweed definitely enhanced the sweetness of the porridge.

Not forget also the slight chewiness of the seaweed; it makes this a more interesting recipe.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Hectic Week

I have been missing in action (blogging) for several days. Actually I was busy with my sister’s wedding preparation. From Thursday onwards, I have started to get involved in this wedding. I helped her to clean the house. On Friday, busy with casual dinner preparation and yesterday (Saturday), was a hectic day for all of us.

We have three events on that day. Started with Chinese Tea Ceremony in the morning, and followed by church wedding in the afternoon. And night time was the groom’s side Indian dinner.

Throughout the day, Sarah only took a nap once and with the 1.5 hours morning nap, it definitely unable to keep her active for the rest for the day.

She was okay at the beginning of the session when we were in the church, but maybe due to the hot condition and lack of sleep, she started to get fussy. Anyway, she managed to stand until the dinner somehow.

At the dinner, initially she was quite excited when seeing the lighting and décor in the hall, but after a while, she showed her frustration. I was unable to make her sleep in the stroller. So end up, we have to leave the dinner early.

For me, this is a tough and tiring week; nevertheless it is a new experience (church wedding & Indian dinner) for all of us.

First Block (Backdated Post)

I seldom buy toys for Sarah, because she easily gets bored with toys. Furthermore, she has ‘inherited’ all her second-hand toys from her cousin brother. But Wednesday when I went to shopping at Parkson, I saw this “Baby’s First Block” displayed on the rack, I immediately brought it to the counter and walla, Sarah has her first block!



Once reached home, she was excited with the toy, but not for long…After a minute, she just crawled away and played with her “old” toys. Thinking that she might not understand how to play with this new toy, so, I demonstrated to her the right way.

Guess what she did next… She dropped the blocks into the open bucket, instead of through the shape-sorting lid (patient less). She also found another interesting way to play with the blocks – she put a block and her hand into a water bottle and shakes it. She wanted to make some rattle sound from this action.



Baby blocks are good for eye-hand coordination and other early skills. Although Sarah may not understand her new toy now, but it does encourage her creative thinking as she discovered new ways to play with them.

Therefore, I think I have made a right choice in buying this set of blocks for her.