Thursday, January 21, 2016

Making Honey Joys

CNY is coming soon... like in two weeks' time?! I was anticipating Christmas to come not long ago... but in a blink, Christmas was gone and now we are all impatiently waiting for Lunar Year to come.

For this year's CNY, I am determined to bake some CNY goodies like last year because I didn't get to do so for Christmas. My husband requested some classic CNY cookies like pineapple tarts, peanut cookies and such... So let's see if I can pull all the bakes in the coming weekend.

As a head start in ushering the arrival of Monkey Year, last night I baked my first CNY sweet snacks, Honey Joys - which I don't think I had ever tasted before. I saw someone posted a video of making these cute sweet and golden cornflake snacks on Facebook and I thought of trying to make some too. While I thought I had all the ingredients ready in my kitchen to produce some Honey Joys.. Turned out, I didn't have enough cornflakes and small cupcake cases. Luckily, my husband managed to buy me some cornflakes and cupcake cases on his way back home from work and I could still run my somewhat impromptu Honey Joys project as intended.

Honey Joys.

Here is the recipe of the easy Honey Joys that I made last night:

Honey Joys


50gr Unsalted butter
20gr Sugar
2 tbs Honey
1/2 tbs Vanilla extract
3 cups Cornflakes, gently crushed into smaller pieces


1. In small fire, melt butter. Add sugar and honey in and mix well until everything is dissolved but not burnt.

2. Turn the fire off. Stir in the vanilla extract.

3. Pour the cornflakes to the melted butter mixture and gently combine everything.

4. Spoon the cornflakes (now should be a bit sticky and glossy) to small cupcake cases.

5. Sprinkle the tops of the honey joys with chocolate rice or rainbow sprinkles.

6. Bake the honey joys in a preheated oven (150-160 degree Celcius) for 10-12 minutes.

Honey Joys ready to go to the hot oven.

7. Cool the honey joys completely then store them in airtight containers.

** The above recipe yields about 2.5 jars of Honey Joys.

I regret I didn't buy any rainbow sprinkles when I went to the baking supply shop two days ago . I had to use chocolate rice to decorate my Honey Joys and they don't look as merry as rainbow sprinkles would! Nevertheless, the Honey Joys are still yum!

Oh ya.. I didn't involve Naomi in making the Honey Joys last night because it was getting late and I just wanted to finish everything fast.. Plus, my little critter was busy watching cartoons upstairs and refused to come down.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Things My Kid Says #1

Naomi is almost 3 years and 4 months old now and she is talking more and more each day. She is more exposed to Mandarin and English than Bahasa Indonesia or Melayu at home and in school. She can say one full sentence in English now but using the words she is familiar with.

15 January 2016: My little chatterbox.

Here are some funny talks we had with our version of Chibi Maruko-chan that I remember. Mostly, it's to teach her to say something.

1. I love you.

It was one night when I taught her how to say I love you to her Dad when she was playing lego with her father.

💁: Naomi, say: 'I love you, Papa'.
👧: How are you?
💁: No. I.. love.. you..
👧: How are you.
💁: Say I...
👧: I...
💁: Love...
👧: You!!!
💁: Love...
👧: You!
💁: ..... #whiteflag

2. Hello and bye

Because I know she can say Hello and Bye already.

💁: Naomi, say: 'Hello!'.
👧: Byeee...!
💁: Hello. Not bye.
👧: Haro...

3. Helmet

I was telling her that the red thing covering her lego racer's head is called helmet.

💁: Naomi, say 'Helmet'.
👧: Heimei.
💁: Hel - met...
👧: Heimei.

4. Pineapples

While I was about to drive her to the school this morning, she saw the CNY decorations hanging on the car porch's ceiling that my husband put on yesterday.

👧: Ooh.. Mami.. 👆!
💁: Huh?
👧: Corn!!
💁: No.. Not corn. Pine-apple.
👧: Pain-apul.. Hehe.
💁: Pine.. Apple.
👧: Pain-apul..

5. Rock-Paper-Scissors

Her Dad taught her how to play and say Rock-Paper-Scissors in Mandarin few weeks ago. One night before she slept, she recited this to us.

👧: Papa.. papa... ✌✌
👨: Shi tou jian dao bu! (read: rock, scissors, paper)
👧: Ba bei bi ba bu!! ✌ ✌ ✌
👨: 乱乱讲话。。 再来! (read: talk nonsense. say it again) 😒

6. Sharks

Ever since she watched Pink Fong's Baby Shark song and memorized the lyrics, she has been singing the song non-stop and refers all the big fish like sharks, whales, dolphins as Shak Tu Tu.

TV: 🐬 🐳 🐋
👧: Mami, mami! Shak tu tu... Shak tu tu!

Baby Shark song goes something like this: "Baby Shark tu tu tu tu tu, baby shark tu tu tu tu tu.." and then eventually the catchy lyric repeats until Grandma Shark.

7. Napkins

Naomi is free from her pacifier but still looks for her napkin(s) at home to comfort her, especially when she just had tantrums or is about to sleep. Her teacher has started to make her stop of using napkin in the school and daycare and she can do that just fine during day time there.. However, at home and when we are in the car or out and about, she still carries her napkin everywhere.

👧: Mami, mei bu.. mei bu.. chou-chou (read: smelly).
💁: Niao-bu (read: napkin).
👧: Mei-bu.. Mmmm.. *sniff*
💁: Chou-chou. Give it to me. Mami wash.
👧: No. I don't want.

Ahh.. How I had waited this moment for so long. To hear her say something meaningful and long enough in our language. Haha. #latetalker #thingsmykidsays