Sunday, August 25, 2013

Paper Love

Mid Sunday arvo and the sun was in full blast outside. 

So we spent some time indoors and took out our stash of colored papers out to play around. I cut petals out of the papers. While the music was playing in the background, Kate started to paste paper flowers on her own piece of paper. 

I took the chance to create a little art piece for her bed side. :) 

After a while, I came up with a simple wreath, with the pretty girly colors to match. It wasn't too difficult to put together. Perfect for a Sunday craft.

Now it's sitting pretty on her windowsill.  :)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Apartment Space - Living Room

They say it takes a while to build a home. 

It's been nine months since the move.  It was a little overwhelming at the beginning thinking about how the end product will be. 

That's the thing about not having an ID on board (which is not a bad thing) but along the way, we slowly discover what we like, and vice versa. We were very mindful of the big ticket items that we bought as we didn't want to rush into something we were not certain of. In fact, I think we really only bought a black side console. The rest were all brought over from the old apartment. So yes... things were moving very slowly.  

So, finally!, nine months in, it is starting to feel like the house is on its way to looking the way we want it to.

Here's a little preview of the living room at this moment. 

One thing I love about this apartment is, how everything reflects our perspective on how the way we live. A lot of colour, layers and family pictures. The thing I've learnt along the way is to experiment  and trust your gut. There are absolutely so many ways the home can look... you just gotta play around with it. =)

Happy Friday, everyone!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Chicken with Roast Peppers

It's test season in the house for the boys and so we spent our Sunday evening at home, whilst they revise their Chinese text books for the tests today. (I'm holding my heart in my hands as we speak).

Dinner is usually eaten out on weekends but because I was busy solo parenting over the weekend, I decided to do a one pot dish. It's really a sanity saver for moms who are busy and still want to put something decent on the table. Aka me. ;)

I was in an experimental mood so I threw a couple of ingredients in the pot and hope they came together really well. And thankfully it turned out fabulously. The peppers and the tomatoes, coupled with smoked paprika, brings to mind a familiar Moroccan twist. And everything from prep to table, took only an hour tops. Happy meals. are such.

I paired my stew with some mashed potatoes on the side. The versatility of this dish means that you can add other vegetables in there, especially if you have kids who come up with all sorts of logic to escape them. *wink*

Enjoy! And happy Monday, everyone!!

One Pot Chicken With Roast Potatoes
1 chicken, chopped - get the butcher to do it for you
1 onion, cut into chunks
2 cloves of garlic, diced
1 green pepper, cut into chunks
1 red pepper, cut into chunks
2 carrots, cut into chunks
2 cans of plum tomatoes
1.5 cans of water (using the tomato cans)
Sea salt

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

In a dutch oven or pot, over medium fire, add oil and pan fry the onion garlic. 

After a minute, add the capsicums and stir fry for another 2 minutes. 

Add the chicken and brown it. 

Then add the two cans of tomatoes and water. Add the carrots when the stew boils. Then simmer for 30 minutes. 

Season with sea salt, pepper and paprika to taste. 

That's it! 

Mommy's note: You can add potatoes too, but I served it with mashed potatoes so I didn't add it in the stew. 

You can also serve it with rice, or just a simple arugula salad to compliment it. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Jiak Curry

Seeing how the husband and I are crazy about our chilli, it's little wonder that the son has inherited that asian gene from us. 

Lately, he's been dipping his fingers into curries, chilli sauces and such. He always always asks, "Is it a little spicy?" before taste testing and finishing off with a "it's good!" (followed by large gulpings of water)

At this point, his favourite is probably prata with curry. 
"No sugar for me, please, Mum" O_o

You don't know how excited this makes me! Haha... soon he can probably try mee pok dry with a little chilli and chilli crab!! Slurp!!

Is he growing up, or what?!

PS: *Jiak means eat

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

My Summer Fleurs

Summer was definitely in the house in the last few weeks. 

Was playing around with the blooms and ended up with a bunch of cheery combination in the market. 

But the thing that I love more, is that adorable lychee can that I reused from my kitchen! =) Doesn't it make the flowers 'pop' more?

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Dolling up the Kids Room

When we first viewed our apartment, we knew that we wanted to put all three kids in the same room at this point in their lives. 

Immediately, a bunk bed came to mind! It was the best way to save space and there would be plenty of floor area for them to play!

It is very much a kids room. We've put lots of decals on the walls and for little Kate, I reused the bunting that we sewed for her birthday. I found a little birdie mobiles at one of the fairs and added it to the decor. It really made it such a little's girl's bed! Unfortunately, all these decor is not enough to entice the kid from sleeping on her own as  she's still bunking in with us. Grr... 

Ah well... we'll get there someday!

Monday, August 05, 2013

Strawberry Fields

One of the fun bits about visiting the States in spring is the bounty of berries that are all ready for picking. 

There wasn't even a question of not visiting a strawberry farm because hey ho! these kids love nothing more than inhaling these red hearted fruits by the barrel.

So my aunt drove us down south, and just an hour later, we hit a farm that thankfully still had some berries left for us to pick. 

The boys, especially Jake, had a blast picking. He was always running up to us with a few berries in this hands to plonk them in the crate. He totally amassed the bulk of the berries. =)

Kate was totally blase about the whole experience. In fact, what she really really loved were the wide open spaces. And thus she was busy running up and down the rows of strawberries. In between that, her grandpa would pluck a random strawberry and feed her with it! Not a bad life, huh?

After everyone had their fair share  (both in the picking and eating departments), it was time to weigh and pay for the strawberries. But, of course, not before these cheeky fellas had a bit of fun posing for funny pictures!

Love spring time in America!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Pottering with Kate

At 3.5 years old, it's safe to say that we know how our daughter would be like when she is grown.

I remember when I was preggers with her, my body totally didn't take too well to the hormonal overdrive and thus I was so so angry all the time. Little things would trigger the worst tempers within that even the husband prays every single second that I would not blow. Those were not the best days of my marriage, I'd tell ya. Thankfully, everything went back to normal once she was out.

Ever since she was a baby, she was always smiley. She was so easy. She fed well and slept well.  So much so that when we were interviewed by MCYS about how we overcame trying times with her, we were both stuck with a blank. Turns out, we weren't the best interviewees for our segment cause we didn't have much negative things to say.

At 3.5 and can't wait to get to 4, this girl has blossomed to one that is spunky, spontaneous, animated, fun, articulate and full of life. She absolutely loves singing and dancing. She's also pretty bilingual, which both her papa and I sigh with big relief. (especially after spending so much time working on mandarin with the boys.) 

She is very much both a girly girl and a tomboy. She loves dressing up and going for ballet. Yet, she plays light sabres with the boys, in her full ballet regalia. And she has no issues telling the boys (or anyone) what she thinks. Her Papa can never say no to her and she's his little coffee buddy. Every day, he would take her out for coffee in the morning.

As a mum, I cannot tell you how much I love that she's got a girly side. 

This arvo, after coffee, I took her out for a bit of shopping as I needed to pick up a blouse from a store. And the minute we walked into one store, she saw a chest full of jewellery and immediately started inspecting through each single drawer. And she would pick one and go, "Isn't this beautiful?" before putting it on. Thankfully, the girls in the store were really kid friendly and they indulge in her little dress up cum show and tell.

And just in case I worry that she's growing up too quickly, she quickly lost interest and started to play hide and seek with the store ladies and subsequently found an empty exercise book to 'read' a fairy tale from it. 

Sigh. Dont' grow up too soon, baby girl. =) 
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