Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Things My Kid Says #9

Naomi is 5 years and 2 months old now and she is quite a chatterbox and loves to sing.

I noticed she mimics her friends' and teachers' manners of speech a lot and she often scolds or questions us and her brother like her teachers do on her. Sometimes my husband and I find Naomi's Aunty's style of speaking is funny, entertaining yet annoying at the same time.

Cheeky daughter is cheeky.

Kopitiam Talk

Our morning routine on weekend is to have breakfast out. One Saturday morning, we brought Naomi to a neighborhood food court for breakfast. She noticed her Dad was drinking a cup of coffee (mixed with evaporated milk) and she thought it was her favorite hot Milo.

πŸ‘§: Papa, I want this! *points at her Dad's cup of coffee*
πŸ‘¨: This one is not Milo. It's coffee.
πŸ’: Naomi, coffee is bitter.
πŸ‘¨: You sure you still want this?
πŸ‘§: *shakes her head*
πŸ‘¨: *continues sipping his hot coffee*
πŸ‘§: Papa, you drink cough ah?
πŸ‘¨: *bursts into laughter* Naomi, this is not cough. It's kof-ee.
πŸ‘§: Oh. Kow-fee.


Eraser

Few weeks ago, Naomi often used the word "eraser, eraser" after she accidentally said the wrong words or lines (as if she could correct the lines she already let out with an eraser!).

We found it hilarious. Example:

πŸ’: Naomi, which way should we take to go home? Left or right?
πŸ‘§: Left! Left!
πŸ’: Are you sure?
πŸ‘§: Yes.
πŸ’: Eeeekk.... It's right! We need to turn right to go home.
πŸ‘§: Oh! *closes her mouth with one hand* Naomi ι”™δΊ†! (read: wrong) ι”™δΊ†! Eraser, eraser!
πŸ’πŸ˜‚

Washing Hands

Every night, I make my children change into their pajamas before going to bed. Sometimes Naomi is willing to do this by herself but most of the days, she turns into a lazy girl who just lies on the bed while I change her.

Last night, she was lying on her bed playing with her Dad's phone while I helped her changed short pants to pajama pants.

πŸ’: Naomi, did you wash your bottom after you peed just now?
πŸ‘¨: *teasing* Naomi's bum is so smelly. Naomi never washes or wipes her bums after she passes urine.
πŸ‘§: No! I washed already! Mommy, you use soup to wash (hands) ah?
πŸ‘¨: Soap! Not soup.
πŸ’: πŸ˜‚

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Making Pizza with Kids

Earlier this year, Naomi had a field trip with her teacher and school mates to Domino's Pizza restaurant and Balai Bomba in town. She had a chance to witness first hand on how to make a pizza at the local Domino's restaurant and if I am not mistaken she even had the opportunity to make pizza with her friends. To cut the story short, she had heaps of fun that day.

A couple weeks ago, I thought of recreating this pizza making activity with her at home. Little did I know that after I shared this pizza-making-with-Mommy idea with her, she kept on asking about it every single day for about week as if I owed her something.

Last Saturday, I realized this idea as my husband would be available to babysit B at home when I was busy preparing the pizza's ingredients from scratch. This whole pizza making activity literally took me about 5 hours to complete because I had so much disruptions during the process.

Our fruit of labor.

I actually love doing a cooking or baking activity with my kids (read: Naomi because B is still too young) simply because it's fun, memorable, educative and it's a great Mommy-child bonding opportunity. On the flip side, I don't really enjoy dealing with the enormous mess in the kitchen when I conduct a cooking-baking activity with kids because when I cook or bake with my little companion, normally I'd have to use more plates, bowls, trays or utensils (which I had to wash clean by myself after the session ends). On top of this, there would be more wet messy surfaces for me to wipe later on.

As such, to minimize the potential mess in the kitchen, last Saturday I prepared almost everything for the pizza. I only let Naomi put pizza topping on the rolled pizza dough as a way to involve her in our pizza making session.

All set for pizza making activity with my 5yo.

Before I called Naomi to join me in making the pizza, I made her wash her hands first, which she gladly obliged. I then arranged all the prepared ingredients for the pizza topping on our dining table.

So excited to start.

This time around I chose to make Hawaiian Pizza for Naomi because Naomi likes to steal and gobble all the pineapple cuts on our pizza every time we buy Hawaiian Pizza. She was so impatient when waiting for me to finish shaping the mini pizza crust and wanted to snack on the sliced sausages on the table. I reprimanded her several times not to eat them because those sausages were not even cooked yet.

Little hands busy making pizza.

I taught Naomi how to do the topping on a pizza once and she did the rest like a pro.

 Don't disturb me, Mommy.

Naomi was so engrossed adding the toppings on the pizza, she didn't let me nor her Dad give her a hand.

Yep, we should have flooded the pizza with more cheese!

Our Mini Pizzas were finally ready to go to the oven and excited Naomi attempted to help me carry the heavy tray to the kitchen.

Let's bake them, Mom.

However, the moment I saw Naomi carry the tray, I quickly took her tray over because she held the tray almost vertically as she slowly walked to the kitchen. Worried Mommy worried all the pizza would soon plonk to the floor. LOL.

Me and my pizza.

Look who's the happiest when the pizza was finally out from the oven and ate a pizza when it's still hot?

Moving on, here's the recipe I used to make the mini pizza last week. The pizza crust was so soft like a bun and we have the liberty to put almost anything we fancy eating for the topping. The original recipe recommends using tomato ketchup for the pizza sauce but I took the trouble in making the Bolognaise sauce myself by cooking fresh chopped tomatoes, oregano, tomato ketchup and some seasonings.

Mini Hawaiian Pizza
(Adapted from Tintin Rayner's book)


Mini Hawaiian Pizza.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

200gr Bread flour
100gr All-purpose flour
40gr Sugar
1 Egg yolk
5gr Instant yeast
60gr Salted butter
150ml Cold water

For the toppings (free style):

Tomato ketchup/Bolognaise sauce
Shredded mozzarella
Sliced sausage
Sliced/chopped sweet onions, capsicums or mushrooms
Dried Oregano, for sprinkle
Shredded chicken
Pineapple cuts

Methods:
  1. To make the dough: Place all ingredients except butter into the bread maker. Once it has formed into a dough, add in butter. Knead twice and proof the dough for 30 mins.
  2. Turn the dough into small balls and flatten each dough ball by using hands or rolling pins.
  3. Smear the top of the flattened pizza dough with tomato or Bolognaise sauce. Add the toppings that you want then sprinkle the pizza top with dried oregano and cheese.
  4. Bake the pizza in a preheated oven at 180-200 C for about 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Pampering Blooms

All women love flowers, especially receiving fresh flowers bouquet from someone special on special occasions.

Me included, obviously.

However, as much as I love receiving flower bouquet from my loved ones, if I recall and count correctly, I think in my entire 33 years of life, I've ONLY received fresh flowers bouquet as a gift twice. #confession

First bouquet was given by my then-boyfriend-turned-fiancΓ©-now-husband when he proposed to me yonks ago. Yep, he never gave me flowers when we were dating. LOL.

That time.

Then the same person gave me my second fresh flowers bouquet a couple years back for our 5th wedding anniversary.

Look who's excited with Mommy's flowers?
3yo Naomi.

This wedding anniversary bouquet seriously caught me by surprise because my husband is not a typical romantic man who loves to shower me with flowers and chocolates for my birthday or our wedding anniversary. However, that particular evening, he came home from work with a bouquet of nine champagne colored roses before we headed out for anniversary dinner date. My husband and I actually go for nice dinner dates to celebrate our birthdays or anniversary but I think of all those dinner dates we had, the one that I would remember for a long time is surely the one we had to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary as I was presented with a rose bouquet too. Mind you, that bouquet did leave a deep impression that I'd still remember few years down the road. See... How flowers could jazz up a special event and make it extra memorable? By the way, I just googled about the meaning of number of roses since I am now talking about it and erm, apparently nine roses symbolizes eternal love. Awww. Now I know.

Speaking of flowers bouquet that are sure to impress no matter what - if you are looking for reliable, handcrafted, thoughtfully designed and Instagram-ready fresh flowers delivery in Singapore to celebrate your loved ones' special day, do check out A Better Florist, which is known as the best florist in SingaporeThey deliver flowers and other gifts on the same day and even cater 90-minute express flower delivery guaranteed island-wide in Singapore. As such, if you are in a rush, and even if you happen to forget to buy a gift for someone, you can just count on A Better Florist. Do you know that, not only they are spread out throughout entire Singapore, they also offer a Dubai flower delivery and Hong Kong flower delivery as well? 


The blooms at A Better Florist.

Once you start going through their website, you will find so many wonderful gift options, hampers and even fruit baskets that are great for birthdays, Mother's Day, bridal or wedding, anniversary, baby shower, 'get well soon', ... you name it! There’s something for everyone’s budget and you can customize your order too. 


Various Fruit Baskets from A Better Florist.

Too bad that A Better Florist is not available in Malaysia yet..... but fret not. They are going to put plenty of smiles on people’s faces in Malaysia too because they are expanding to Malaysia soon! Are you excited to know that easy and affordable flower online store that does delivery service will be available here too?

Before I end this post, let me share with you some useful tips (especially for those women who are often pampered with beautiful fresh flowers bouquets from their man!) from A Better Florist to take care the gorgeous blooms and keep your fresh flowers bouquet longer.

1. SNIP

Remove all the wrapping and cotton from the bouquet. Trim the stems' ends at 45 degree angle.

2. FILL

Fill up your favorite vase with some fresh, cool water. Leaves in water decompose quickly and shorten the lifespan of your flowers. Hence, remove excess leaves so that all your beautiful petals get the water.

3. CHILL

Refresh or change the water every 2 days. Keep your flowers in a cool spot in your house.

Finally, readers in Singapore, if you are looking for online flower delivery service in Singapore that delivers freshest flowers imaginable at an affordable price, don't forget to check out A Better Florist. Meanwhile, friends in Malaysia, do stay tune for A Better Florist's arrival here.