February 13th, 2015When life gives you lemons

What do you do? Make lemonade? Well, in my case I made a lemon cake!

I’ve always loved anything with lemon. Lemon flavored wafers, ice cream, cake, macaroons… yum! That little hint of sourness makes these sweeties manageable to eat in huge doses!

I made my little boy three weeks ago a Lego cake with the lemon cake as the base for his birthday. When I let him taste the scraped parts to even the top of the cake, he liked it so much that he was asking for more! His big sister Caity also liked it, that we almost ended up with no birthday cake as they were begging for more slices. In fact, big sis already requested me to make her a lemon cake for her birthday but with a different theme.

Yesterday, I thought of baking lemon cake for the kids’ afternoon snack time, and sure enough the kids devoured it like monsters! While still baking, Caity was asking me every 5 minutes if it was done. I had to take it out even when the top isn’t yet golden brown!

For all the lemon fans out there, here’s the recipe I copied from the internet and tweaked a bit.


Getting ready!

LEMON CAKE

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk

Glaze
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar

Directions:
1. Mix together 1 cup sugar and butter.
2. Add eggs and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice; mix well.
3. Add salt, flour, and baking powder to mixture.
4. Add milk.
5. Bake at 325°F in a well greased loaf pan for 1 hour,or until golden brown.
6. Mix 1/3 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar.
7. Use a toothpick to make holes in top of cake and drizzle lemon juice and sugar mixture over the top of the cake when removed from the oven.
8. Serve warm or cool.

Total time: 1 hr, 10 mins.


Have a slice!

September 18th, 2014Let’s play the guitar

For my birthday this year, I wanted to get myself a guitar. I thought it would be cool to jam along with the kids. All of my siblings know how to play this instrument and they used to teach me how to use it but my tiny fingers weren’t any good in doing the job! One of my fondest memories was hanging out in our balcony at night with the gang, while one of them would play the guitar and the rest would sing songs.

I was in a hurry to buy the guitar and I didn’t even ask any of my sisters or brothers for advice on how to choose. I just browsed online, chose the simplest one and presto! The order was done! I even bought online! Haha I should probably have browsed more or looked at guitarcenter.com but I reasoned out to myself that I don’t need anything fancy, just a simple guitar that can play would do! It turned out a bought a classical guitar. :D One advantage was, it was slim and small which was just appropriate for me.

The challenge is now on me. I am learning by watching You Tube videos, and hopefully in a decade I’ll master at least one song. haha

Being parents, we usually forget to give time out to ourselves which is much needed to nurture a healthy marriage. M and I always plan activities for our kids, and where to take them for fun, (we’re good at that!) without thinking about ourselves. When M’s parents suggested to us that they can watch the kids for the weekend, we thought, okay now is our chance for an “US” time! The last time M and I had our couple getaway was when we were in the Philippines two years ago. Such a long time already!

I asked my friends who are travel buffs for ideas where to go in Czech Republic. I can’t rely on M with this one. I asked him where we’ll go and he just replied “anywhere with you”. That’s sweet but not helpful at all! I wanted to be close to nature coz I wanted a quiet and relaxed weekend. My friends’ suggestions made me realize there are still many places in CZ that I have to see! In the end we picked Cesky Raj. I have long wanted to see it but it slipped my mind. Good thing it was mentioned in one forum during my search.


We went through narrow passage between rocks, hopped from a rock to another rock, and climbed some steep trails, at times catching our breath. But the rest of the paths were easy. Even little kids can managed it. But I’m glad OUR kids were not there!

On our way back to our hotel, we were rewarded with wild blackberries, free to pick! We spent the rest of the day relaxing, and enjoyed a quiet dinner later. But still, we couldn’t take our minds off the kids, and we were planning another treat for them in between bites. :P

March 23rd, 2014The weekend

The first weekend of spring was a mix of sun and rain. Saturday was such a fine day. We spent the morning admiring the flowers, sitting under the warmth of the sun and biking (yeah, me too!). After lunch the kids wanted to go out again. This time C was on her roller skates and little A rode his scooter. M went with them, while I stayed and tidied up the house. They later came back and wanted to ride their bikes again. (:


I started my day with this breakfast.  I’m happy with the new silicone waffle mould I bought!


C was pretending it was her house. Flower house!


Hello daisies!


Our early dinner at 5 in the afternoon!

Sunday was rainy, after the Mass we decided to stay home the whole day. I made the kids a cozy corner where they can snuggle with their fave stuffed toys and read their books. What is C reading?  She’s got the book  Bernard & Bianca (of the movie The Rescuers) in Czech which she borrowed from the library. Little A has Roary, the racing car.

I think the kids were also tired after yesterday’s activities and welcomed the relaxing break. I on the other hand, did some crafty work.

How about you? How was your weekend? I hope you had a nice one!

March 21st, 2014Spring has sprung!

Today has been a lovely warm day. Little A and I decided to go on a treasure hunt. He put on his eye patch and off we went. I told him we’d look for pine cones, sticks & whatnots.

A pirate with a basket? haha

He couldn’t help but touch the flowers! So we went home with a bunch of fresh flowers and the rest of our treasures. (:

I’m glad there are still trees nearby where the kids can climb or in A’s case, to sit on.


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