Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lower Cuspids

Sarah is currently growing her lower cuspids.

The new tooth is not fully grown yet. I observed that the growing pace of the cuspids teeth is the slowest among other.

Maybe due to this Sarah is feeling uncomfortable lately. She also had been easily frightened by all kind of things. She has less appetite in drinking milk, but luckily she still likes other food.

I normally will feed her with gripe water every time she is growing teeth, but she doesn’t like it plain nowadays. There for I have no other option than to mixing it with her milk.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

CNY eve

Like last year, we didn’t go back to husband’s hometown for CNY, so we will have our reunion dinner at my parent’s house.

Actually this is not the first time I brought Sarah there, but she just can’t stop crying from the moment she stepped into the house…sigh.

She is afraid of the sound of the rain hitting the zinc roof and also the vrooming sound of motorcycle passing by. She doesn’t want to be carry by anybody other than us. Finally I manage to comfort her by feeding her with favourite food (plain rice with gravy), then only she calm down and started playing with the toys.

Overall, she did have some fun playing with her cousin after getting familiar with the surrounding of the house.



But the crying didn’t stop there…

We headed home at around 11.00 pm. And we thought that Sarah would have a good night sleep after a tiring day, alas; she was frightening by the raucous sound of the firecrackers at midnight, so she cried again…sigh.

Now we can only pray it will be fewer firecrackers on the following nights…it’s going be a long, long CNY season for us.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Some Free CNY Cookies

Yesterday Sarah had a special guest that came to visit her…



This is Sarah’s “gu gu” (my husband’s younger sister). She came all the way from Lukut to see Sarah and she also brought along some of her homemade cookies.

Sarah rarely has the chance to meet with my SIL and her sons, so once she saw them walking into the house, she just stayed quiet with me...until my SIL asked for a “bao bao” (hug), she cried instantly! And I had a tough time to stop her crying until I have to bring her to sit at another corner.

After a while, she started to get calm and even can be carried by my SIL. I can see that she was so happy the moment Sarah walking towards her and let her carry.

Sarah enjoyed watching her cousins playing with the ball pool but she just doesn’t want to join in. Even when they offered her toys but she just ignored!

Although this is only a short visit but I think it’s a very good opportunity for Sarah to get familiar and mingle around with “gu gu” and “kor kor”.

We still haven’t try the cookies yet (as my husband jokingly said, “it better be good”)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Vermicelli with Crab Stick

Recently we noticed Sarah started to fond with crunchy food. For example, if she heard the crunchy sound of eating fried wanton, she will definitely asked for some.

Now she also prefers eating plain rice with only gravy, rather than with other substances. If I were to feed her rice with potato, she will surely vomit out the potato.

I take this as a challenge for me to create more food that suits her new appetite. This is also the reason why I seldom blog about Sarah’s recipe lately as I need time in pondering the right stuffs to be used in her menu.

For this week, I have used vermicelli and crab stick as the ingredients. She never tries crab stick before but I think she will like the sweet taste of it.

I’ve cooked some ikan bilis broth to serve with the vermicelli. I just dumped in the crab stick when the broth is boiled, to hope that it will enhance the flavour of the soup. And this time I did not add in egg when served, instead I choose Chinese cabbage.



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OUTCOME:

Phew…Sarah really likes the crab stick and Chinese cabbage a lot. With these two ingredients, she can finish almost the entire bowl of vermicelli.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Your Blog is Fabulous

I received this sweet award from Yen Ping and Ling
and I feel very honored! Thank you very much!



As part of this award, I must now list 5 addictions and then pass on to 5 more fabulous blogs.

Here's my addictions:
1) Net surfing
2) Coffee
3) Groundnuts
4) Collecting stickers
5) Mc'D

I am passing this award to all my blogging friends. You all deserve it!
Happy Blogging!

Monday, January 12, 2009

White Honshimeji Mushroom and Sweet Potato Porridge

I saw this White Honshimeji Mushroom when I was shopping last Saturday. This is another type of mushroom (besides Swiss Brown Mushroom and Chinese Mushroom) I used for Sarah’s menu. Since I am not sure about how it taste, therefore I will pair it with a much familiar vegetable - sweet potato.



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Outcome:

I told my husband I have a feeling that this will be a weird combination, how wrong I am.

It turned out to be delicious instead. The mushroom does not release much flavour into the porridge, but it still retain it chewy-ness after cooked for more than five hours in the slow cooker.

The porridge has a strong taste of sweet potato. Maybe because of this, Sarah loves it.



Footnote:
To enhance the appealing of the meal, I have sprinkled some raisins on top of it.

Cuspid Teeth

I noticed that Sarah’s upper cuspids had emerged gradually for the last two weeks. Before that, I can only suspecting as I did not see any white spot on her gum.

Today, I can confirm that Sarah cuspids had fully grown. Two more tooth for her.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Triple Awards

This is the first time I received three awards at one time. Thanks Michelle, Joanne N and Olive for the awards. You all are so kind.

Here are the rules for the recipients:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.

2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!

3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.

4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

First Award:


Second Award:


Third Award:


I wish to pass these awards to:
1) Serene
2) Mommy Gwen
3) Caroline
4) HN
5) Kristie
5) Sha
6) Kylie
7) Yvonne
8) Yen Ping
9) Natalia
10) Nicole

When she get bored with her toy…

Sarah got a toy car from her auntie when she was about 10 months old. She was quite skillful in mastering the car. She can ride very fast sometime like she was a natural born racer.

However, she seldom sit on it for the past two months, maybe she has bored with it.

Then on yesterday, she just feels like riding it again…but she rides it this way!

video

We almost fainted when saw her doing that, but she seems enjoying herself very much.

One thing, we have to keep an eye when she wanted to get up and came down from the car, because she usually does it in a very dangerous way. Therefore, for the time being we decided to keep the car in the store to prevent any untoward accident.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

I smell the Spring

Sufficient to say, this will be the only decorations for our house this coming Chinese New Year.



When we were shopping at stationery shop this evening, we came across these CNY decorative items so we decided to make some changes to our old plant in the house.

After an hour of decor works, the final outcome is satisfying (for us). It is quite simple, but hopes this will beautify our house a bit, and bring in some “spring”.

This will be the second year we celebrating Chinese New Year with Sarah. Looking back, last year she was still a very innocent baby and too small to appreciate all the decorations; so we didn’t do it anyway.

Hopefully Sarah will be excited and happy when she sees the plant tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Mee Hoon Herbal Soup

Mind you, this is not the first time I used Chinese herbal for Sarah’s menu.

When I visited Kylie’s blog the other day, she has inspired me to use the herbal soup to serve with noodle. Since Sarah quite likes mee hoon and has no problem in swallowing it, I decided to try it with the soup.

I’ve used some chicken bone, potato, red dates, Chinese Wolfberries and Rhizoma Polygonati Odorati (or “yu zhu”) to cook the soup.



It is a pretty simple step as I just dumped all the ingredients into the slow cooker and let it cook through the night.



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Outcome:

It turned out the soup just meet my expectation nicely. It’s not too sweet, but rich in herbal aroma; and it is good enough to eat with mee hoon. For me, the meal looks quite tempting.



But I only have one problem. Sarah doesn’t like it!

I remembered she used to loves the herbal porridge, but when I used the similar ingredients this time, she seems cannot accept it…Maybe it is the mee hoon?

Tomorrow I will try to substitute the mee hoon with “yi mien”, and hopefully she would change her mind. Keep my finger crossed.