Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Things My Kid Says #12

The below conversation happened when both children happily played together ... before one of them screamed or cried or fought over something that I cannot remember anymore by now.


Late last night just before bedtime, Naomi was playing Teacher with B using the animal cartoon book for 0-3 yo kids. She was acting as the teacher and B was the student who's learning about animals' names. Naomi knows alphabets but is not so good, tends to be lazy, at reading.

Naomi threw lots of questions to her brother like "弟弟, what is this?" "弟弟, where is owl?" "Huh, you don't know owl ah?" "Hahahaha you say this is peacock? Peacock is this one!" and so on. When B guessed the animal right, Naomi clapped at him. When B didn't know the answer, she laughed hard at him. Finally, she pointed at a picture of an animal on the insects page and quizzed B about that particular insect.

Tom reads to Jerry.

πŸ‘§: εΌŸεΌŸ, where is the mosquito monster?
πŸ‘ΆπŸ»: ? 

(I could not recall if a mosquito cartoon picture (let alone a mosquito monster picture printed on a supposedly educative children book!) was featured in this animal book at all so I double checked the book that Naomi was holding)

πŸ’: Naomi, what mosquito? Where got mosquito monster? There is no mosquito in this book.
πŸ‘§: Got ah!
πŸ’: Where?
πŸ‘§: The eyes are so big!
πŸ’: Show to me.
πŸ‘§: This! This one is the mosquito monster.  *see the following picture*

Refer to the circled animal to relate.
πŸ‘ΆπŸ»: *attentively listening to his sister and analyzing the book too*

πŸ’Naomi, that one is called DRAGONFLY lah! Aiyo! Not mosquito monster. LOL.


25 February 2018: My talkative soon to be 5.5yo girl.


Moving on, when Naomi's Dad was lying on the bed, getting ready to sleep last night; Naomi continued talking to him. I didn't follow their conversation from the very beginning, which topic was caterpillar, but I overheard the following and I was ROFL.
πŸ‘§: Papa, so, the ca te pi low is bla bla bla...

πŸ‘¨: Naomi, it's ca-ter-pil- lar... Pil-Lar. Not pillow! Not cater-pillow.
πŸ‘§: Ca.. Ter.. Pi.. Low..
πŸ‘¨: Caterpillar!


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Making Puppy Wholewheat Buns

CNY 2018 is next week!

Oh em ji. I thought we just had Christmas and now we're in February already.

As usual, I planned to bake some CNY cookies last weekend to kick start the CNY mood in the house but my husband commented, "So early you want to make cookies already meh? CNY is still two weeks from now." At that time, I really thought CNY was less than that but since he said so, I drew a conclusion that he was not keen in babysitting the kids for a couple hours while I made the cookies. As such, I ditched the CNY cookies making plan, put the eggs and butter back to the fridge and postpone my annual activity to (hopefully) this coming weekend.

I did, however, manage to make a batch of wholewheat buns... in dog/puppy shapes last Sunday, and they were quite a success! My kids recognized the buns as dogs so yeah, my dough shaping results were not too shabby last week. LOL.

Puppies, anyone?

Here's the recipe that I used to make the buns.

Woof! Woof!

Basic Wholewheat Buns
(original recipe is from Honey Bee).


250gr Bread flour
150gr Wholewheat flour
40gr Sugar
4gr Salt
260ml Liquid milk
A dash of vanilla extract, optional
5gr Instant yeast
50gr Egg (without shell)
30gr Butter, at room temperature


1. Place all of the ingredients except butter in the bread maker or mixing bowl. Knead until it forms a dough. Add in the butter and continue to knead until the dough pulls clean from the side of the bowl. (I kneaded twice with one rest/proofing in between).

2. Shape the dough into desired shapes. If you are making the puppy buns, take some part of the dough and mix it with chocolate paste or cocoa powder for the puppy's ears and nose.

3. Once shaped and decorated, let the buns dough rest on a tray already lined with a baking paper until they double in size.

4. Bake the buns in a preheated oven at 160-170C for about 15-20 minutes or until the buns are golden brown. Immediately brush the buns with some butter for the glossy effect. Let the buns cool completely on rack before serving.

*This recipe makes 9 medium sized puppy buns.

Puppy Buns.

If you don't like eating wholewheat buns, you can omit the wholewheat flour and substitute it with normal bread flour. These buns keep well for about 2-3 days inside an airtight container. Today is my puppy buns' third day and they were still soft and fluffy. I briefly steamed the last two buns then enjoyed them warm with some chocolate spread for my afternoon snack.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Things My Kid Says #11

Funny things Naomi says are probably the fastest things to jot down in blog lately, other than recipe sharing of course. Haha.

After School's Evening

I usually pick up Naomi from her daycare around 6pm on weekdays because her school's afternoon enrichment program is run until about 5.30pm and day care opens until 6pm. Therefore, I normally leave the house and get Naomi from day care after I am done with bathing or sometimes feeding B his dinner (I feel so accomplished when these two tasks are completed before 6pm!)

Can't remember what day exactly but last week I picked Naomi from school in the evening as usual, I had this funny conversation with Naomi. Naomi sat on the back seat and B was seated on his car seat next to me, with his eyes searching for stray dogs or cats around the neighborhood.

As I was driving, Naomi pointed the clear sky that was slowly turning into yellow/orange shades.

πŸ‘§: Mommy, you see! *points at something in front of us*
πŸ’: Umm.. See what?
πŸ‘§: You see, it's sleepy. It's tired.
πŸ’: Who is sleepy? Who is tired? Naomi?
πŸ‘§: No. THE SUN ahhh!
πŸ’: Ooh.. Haha. Sunset!


20 January 2018: Shopping for CNY.

Spicy Food

Naomi is always interested in our food. However, she knows that the food that we, adults, eat is sometimes spicy and hot and she doesn't like it. She often checks with us if the food that we're eating is spicy when she wanted to try our food.

Last Saturday, we were eating dinner at a Japanese restaurant in KL. She was eating some kind of deep fried fish cake and chicken. She noticed her Dad was eating the fried chicken with chili sauce and she reckoned the fried chicken tasted better when eaten with the red sauce dip.

(Few months ago I introduced Naomi to McD's tomato ketchup to eat with fries and she loves its tangy taste tho' initially she refused tasting it as she generally doesn't really like trying to eat something new.)

πŸ‘§: Papa! What is this? *points at the chili sauce*
πŸ‘¨: Chili sauce.
πŸ‘§: Is it spiky?
πŸ‘¨: LOL. Yes, it's spi-cy. Not spiky. Do you want to try?
πŸ‘§: Nah. *shakes head*

B at 20 months old

Meanwhile, my 20 months old Little Man's vocabulary is developing faster than his sister when she was around his age and B is quite a chatterbox.

My friendly guy in December 2017.

Thus far, B can say some animals' names and their sounds like bird, fish, tiger, lion, dog and cat. He loves dinosaurs so much (just like Naomi) and is obsessed with Baby Shark Doo Doo (he can do the Baby Shark dance so well from beginning to end).

Nowadays, B can say some baby languages that we often use in our daily life like nenen (read: milk), mamam (read: eat), pom-pom (read: bath) and oi-oi (read: sleep). He knows how to say Papa, Mama and Jiejie (sister) as well as bye-bye, thank you and let's go. Although he can say Mama, B still tends to address me and his grandparents as Papa too.

While the words he has mastered are not as many as other toddlers may have, I feel that it's so much easier to teach B how to speak because he picks up words very fast as he is very keen to mimic the sound of words that we say to him too.