Sunday, January 3, 2010

Christmas 2009

Belated post: (31.12.2009)

Christimas was extra special this year. Mummy did my own baking of xmas cookies, and cupcakes and even logcakes! This baking bug has bitten mummy really hard :P Daddy thinks it is not a bad idea afterall. We could save up quite a bit with these homemade goodies :P Mummy got braver and tried roasting a whole chicken! Fortunately these adventures were all edible and posed no danger to our family. hahaha LOL
Here are the pictures recap:

Ryan's K2 Graduation Concert

Belated Post: (26/11/2009)

At last, it was the shining moment for the going-to-be-P1 children. Ryan's care centre had put up a graduation concert for all the K2 children. A chance to mark the children's growth and milestone :)

It was held at a theatre in Republic Polytechnic. The school went through great extend for this 'kids' concert with elaborated costumes, syncronised music and drama lightings. Ryan went through some rough patches while training for the show. Though his part was rather simple, he was required to practise many times with his classmates in order to perfect the timing and steps. This made him crazy :P Many times he skipped the training after causing troubles during practises :( Mummy even got to took leave to attend one of the combined training (among other centres) so as to make sure Ryan would behave. Sigh...

Nevertheless the hard work was paid off. Ryan was very excited over the show, especially when he was in costume and make-up. Gosh, he was so adorable :P (self-praise) But alas, there was a little hiccup just minutes before the actual show began... Teacher Prahba called mummy to help calm Ryan down. He was said to be crying non-stop...

Not too sure what had happened, but mummy managed to hush him down and got ready for the show... Later after the show, Ryan complained that his classmate wiped off his make-up to make him an ugly boy, thus the crying started.. sigh... vain pot :P

pictures now, folks

Ryan is 6 :)

Belated post: (11/Oct/2009

It's Ryan birthday one month after daddy's birthday. Really taxing for mummy :P So much to prepare! We told Ryan that it would be his last extensively-celebrated birthday party this year. After which he would be a 'big boy', not a pre-schooler anymore :P Surprisingly Ryan was rather receptive to the news. Well, mummy took the easy way to hold the party: Kidz Amaze at Safra Toa Payoh and a day after Ryan's actual birthdate.

Kidz Amaze is an indoor playground with tunnels & slides. Other than that, there are party rooms available for private gatherings. Indeed an ideal venue for mummy :)

Demi, waiting impatiently for a slice of the bday cake :P

Sugar cookies baked by mummy for all guests

A very big thank you to all guests for your presence and presents :)
We appreciate your kindness wholeheartedly!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

1st attempt - Fondant Cookies

Our neighbours had been asking mummy to meet and try some home baking as they claimed to have under-utilised their sophisticated ovens. Mummy too has a convection oven which is only used for microwaving & light grilling. It is time to make my money well-spent :)

As a start, mummy set a target: to bake sugar cookies for Ryan's 6th birthday as a door gift. The 1st attempt was not so successful. The batter might have been over-beaten thus caused the cookies to be 'bloated' in size. Those cut with mickey mouse cutter & stamper were enlarged beyond recognition :P sigh... at least I did try, mummy said to myself.

But mummy did not give up :) I signed up a day class at a home baker to learn the basic of cookie making and decoration. Here you see the class work mummy had done.
Rather ugly lot :P Mummy had shaky hand and limited creativity. Well, at least mummy tried...

Determined to make my own gift for Ryan's birthday, mummy tried again. This time mummy applied the tips & tricks learned from the day class. The result was at last satisfactory. They looked like this...

Nice or not :P The taste actually was not that sweet either. The sweetness of fondant & icing had blended with the dryness of cookie. Rather balance I would say. (self-praise :P) Mummy actually received order of such cookies from daddy's colleague. How much to charge? I'm totally clueless? Anyone can enlighten mummy?