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.

Friday, September 8, 2017

A Year Older

Yesterday I was another year older.

Since my husband now works in KL and my birthday happened to fall on Thursday, we didn't plan to do anything special for my birthday. However, my husband did plan to have a nice dinner together, IF he could knock off from work early.

In the morning, the man said he'd try to go home as early as possible yesterday (he always works OT) but ended reaching home at almost 8pm. By then, the kids already had their dinner and I was physically and mentally drained from separating a 5yo stubborn kid and 15mo playful toddler who were fighting over (usually abandoned) Peppa Pig toys. The eldest critter refused to share her toys with her brother and the youngest one purposely snatched and wanted to play with his sister's toys repeatedly when she's playing with them. Both kids were effectively shrieking, crying and kicking for about half an hour long.

"MOMMY, see! εΌŸεΌŸ take Naomi's toy!" "弟弟, GO AWAY!!!" "AAARGH!" "NOOOO.... MY TOY!" "NOOOO!" "Don't want 弟弟 touch!" "AWW.. AWW.. AWW.. GRRR.. HMPH! Naomi is angry now." "I angry ah!" "弟弟, DON'T TOUCH NAOMI'S TOYS!" "弟弟, DON'T TOUCH!" "弟弟, shooooo...!" "GRRRR!!" "NOOO, my Peppa Pig!"

It was as if I kept a roaring lion cub and a naughty little hyena in my living room. No less. Every time I pulled B away from his sister's toys, he got very upset and cried. Seconds later, he bounced back and nonchalantly approached his sisters toys again. Once whiny Tom and Jerry calmed down, both demanded attention and food to munch from me at the same time. I think my BP shot through the roof yesterday evening.

I heaved a sigh of relief when husband came home. Soon, we sent both kids to MIL's place because, after the whole nonsense and chaotic drama with the kids, all I wanted was a quiet dinner alone with my husband.

When we reached the restaurant, fortunately the restaurant was still opened. Our regular Korean restaurant closes at 9pm and we were their last customers of the day.

Late comer shamelessly took picture before eating.

My husband and I have been patronizing this Korean restaurant in Seremban, called Happy Together, for years and we always go to this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary or my birthday.

Me and le husband.

This restaurant is run by a middle aged Korean couple whose Ahjussi has very good command of English. To us, their Pork Bulgogi and Bimbimbap are simply the best in town. Even their side dishes are always very "proper" ones and normally, they also serve fresh watermelon cuts too for dessert.

My fave!

As usual, their Pork Bulgogi never fails to impress us. We've been ordering their Pork Bulgogi from the time it was only RM 25 per portion until it's presently priced at RM 33 per portion. Talk about customer loyalty.

Best Bulgogi in Seremban.

Then, we tried their Tteokbokki for the first time. It's yummy but the sauce was too spicy for my liking and it left a very hot sensation in my (weak) stomach afterwards. LOL.

Too spicy for me but still good nonetheless.

Happy Together Korean Restaurant
Address: 109-1, Lorong Haruan 5/4, Oakland Commercial Square, 70300 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Phone: + 606 632 9646

Some thirty minutes later, we left the restaurant with very happy tummy then headed to the nearby mall for a bit as husband wanted to get some cakes for me and hunt a present for Naomi's upcoming birthday.

At about 10.30pm, when we were about to leave the mall, husband got the call from his mother asking whether we're OTW her home already because one of the kids was not happy. As predicted, when we reached MIL's house to pick up the kids, FIL was carrying velcro baby whose eyes were wet because he's been crying looking for me. FIL shared that his back was sweating already from carrying velcro grandson who didn't want anyone else but him while my husband and I went out. Apparently dude kept on walking to the front door and peeked outside the house many times to see if Mommy was coming home before his grandparents brought him upstairs.

When we reached home, it was already about 11pm. I was kind of tired and sleepy but had to take compulsory birthday pictures with my small cakes and blow the candles first.

Failed tiny hearts!

We purposely bought two small cakes and light two candles because Naomi got upset when we told her that yesterday was not her birthday yet and only Mommy got birthday greetings and cakes.

My precious trouble makers x 2.

Finally, I slept almost like a log last night (tho' still had to wake up few times during the wee hours to breastfeed B) and I think I was too tired yesterday until I overslept. My heart almost jumped out of my chest this morning when I realized the clock on the wall showed 7.26 the moment I opened my eyes because Naomi's school starts at 8am, man! I morphed into a kancheong spider early this morning and luckily, the kids and I made it to Naomi's school just in time. Phew!

Don't know why I am writing about my birthday (which is not so important) yet still haven't written the report of B's first birthday party here and his birthday took place 4 months ago! Lololol.