There’s a party goin’ on, y’all!

There's a party goin' on, y'all!

My home bakery reopened for business recently. Baking has been slow because the days have been brutally hot and humid. It’s a good thing the weather has been kinder of late because I needed to get a whole lot of baking done ahead of time.

So between me and the girls, we got to work and baked a pound cake, a fruit cake and…

… oatmeal cookies (oops, I thought I had 12, how come there are only 11?).

Not forgetting these adorable li’l cream puffs which are absolutely to die for. I love cream puffs but my kids, not at all. After tasting the ones from Beard Papa (brought to a party by a distant relative years ago), all 3 of them instantly swore off cream puffs foh-ever!

I knew I was taking a chance with these, not sure if my kids would try them again. But I figure, heck, I love them and I haven’t had any decent ones in over 10 years, so if I have to finish every single one of my cream puffs myself, I will!

Turns out my fears were ungrounded. My kids could not stop popping these and are even calling for an encore. I make my cream puffs small and cute. To me, real cream puffs shouldn’t be the size of your palm. They should be poppable aka small enough to pop right into your mouth for the cream to explode in all its yumminess.

I brought along a half dozen cream puffs to the airport when picking Steev up. Yup, Steev is back for the summer from Cali. If that isn’t a party in itself, I don’t know what is! I have all my 3 kids home with me and the house is filled with laughter, music and the sound of a video arcade from morning till night!

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

Fitness guru or couch potato?

I’m definitely not a couch potato. I don’t watch enough TV. I wouldn’t call myself a fitness guru either simply because I don’t qualify. A bit of a fitness junkie maybe but definitely not guru.

I like to jump out of bed and hit the gym first thing. Our days start early so I like to get an early start. Thing is if I don’t get moving, once I park my butt at the computer, it won’t be that easy prying it off πŸ˜† .

Somehow I like the idea of being one of the first few folks at the gym when it’s cool and quiet. I’m kidding myself, of course, because I’m rarely among the first few and by the time I walk in, rarely is the air fresh and cool either.

Still I love the endorphin rush and subsequent burn of an intense workout. I’m not exactly the most disciplined person though. But I try not to dwell on that too much. I just do what I can. If I take a couple of weeks days off, so what? Important thing is to cut yourself some slack. After all, being a mom comes first, right? πŸ˜‰

Going Green with the Grizls

15 tips to get through life

Going Green with the Grizls

1. Mind your manners. Don’t forget to say your thank-you’s and excuse me’s. Always greet your elders i.e. say your hello’s and goodbye’s.

2. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, so says Confucious. Never met the guy but he sure sounds like he knows what he’s talking about πŸ˜‰ .

3. Appreciate and be grateful for what you have and what others do for you.

4. Never go to a party or a function on an empty stomach. Always eat something before you go because you never know when the meal is going to be served and more importantly, when the food is finally served, your hunger won’t make you look like you haven’t eaten in weeks.

5. Live within your means.

6. Don’t take what’s not yours and that includes other people’s money, stuff, scholarships, spouses (?), etc. Karma makes the world go round and it can be a real b*tch. Maybe not now. But definitely somehow.

7. Think for yourself. Have a mind of your own. Form your own opinions. Where the herd is headed may not be right for you.

8. Before you jump into anything, think of the consequences.

9. Live and let live, and that includes animals and creepy crawlies.

10. Show kindness, compassion and humility.

11. Be yourself. Be real. No point trying to keep up with the Kardashians or be someone you’re not because you’ll always be you, not Angelina, not Halle. Besides why would you want to be them? Maybe you’re having it better than they are but you just don’t know it πŸ˜‰ .

12. If you don’t know something, say you don’t know. It’s better than lying or faking it. No one can know everything except maybe for dahling Google. Like my teacher always said, it takes a great man to admit he doesn’t know.

13. Laugh at yourself. It’s therapeutic.

14. Don’t make promises you don’t intend to keep. Think that came from a song πŸ˜† .

15. Don’t waste food. Lots of hungry people out there, give them a thought.

Some of these (the more profound ones) I picked up from my doting grandmother and school teachers as I was growing up. Some, I made up along the way. Some are no-brainers.

Something that makes me happy

Something that makes me happy
Going Green with the Grizls

Enough of the laziness, the humdrum and the procrastination. Time to get off my butt and onto something to distract me from the call of my pillows on these hot, dull, drowsy afternoons. I’ve decided I’m going to try the Summer Blog Challenge hosted by Going Green with the Grizls. It’s the sixth day of the challenge. I’m late to the party so let me jump right in.

As my lovelies and I were getting into our minivan this morning, we noticed something that made me us smile. Indeed happiness is when you see a single daisy in full bloom in the front yard of a family of green thumbs.

Our garden, if you can even call it that, might as well be the Sahara Desert. No plant in its right mind would flourish here. So I’m not even sure how this purty little survivor beat the odds and grew into such a raving beauty. Truly a picture of something that makes me happy. Don’t wilt, Daisy, you’re all we got πŸ˜† !

Humdrum City

These are la-azy, humdrum days we’re having. So lazy I haven’t even felt much inclined to blog. The lazy gets lazier? I don’t know but it seems…

Humdrum is just the way we like it.

Compare that with trying to get out of town, like everyone else. And when you get there, you’re trying to beatΒ  the crowds at the restaurants, parks and beaches, standing in the hotel pool because there’s not enough room to swim, you get the picture. We’re happy everyone’s leaving the city though. I think, the last time we drove out of town was like 5 years ago.

We’ve never been on guided tours and don’t intend to start now. Not sure we fancy traveling with a bunch of strangers who clearly will have interests very different from ours. We much prefer to backpack and wander around on our own.

So we’d rather stay put… in humdrum city. We’ve hardly left the house in a week. Seriously! The weather’s way too hot to be out. Even just getting into the car, my arms are getting fried at the steering wheel. So no!

My home bakery’s been closed for over a month. We’ve been sleeping in, eating out and missing gym every single day. How’s that for a complete lack of discipline? Which is rather refreshing from the same old, same old.

Hip2bDaughter2 says we seriously need a flying alarm clock that flies around the room bumping into walls and stuff, and the only way to turn it off is to physically get out of bed to chase it down. Epic way to be woken up jolted from deep sleep! If I had the promo codes, I would totally buy one.

Loaded croissant – breakfast or dinner?

Loaded croissant - breakfast or dinner?

Sometimes the simplest meals are the yummiest and healthiest. For instance, we had this last night. A really simple croissant with ham and guacamole.

Raine and I made a huge bowl, more like an ocean, of guacamole.

We had a few slices of bacon ham. Okay, is that bacon pretending to be ham, or ham aspiring to be bacon? I have no idea. All I know is it came in really handy for filling up that croissant.

AΒ  oh, so good and fuss=free dinner that doesn’t heat up the kitchen on these blistering hot days. Hope this simple meal idea inspires your weeknight fare. Or feel free to share your ideas.

To the concrete jungle and back

We made a rare trip downtown yesterday. Going downtown isn’t really an option unless you want to be caught sitting in crazy traffic or dashing back and forth on streets where the traffic never lets up. Yup, it’s definitely a good idea to get some cheap term life insurance ahead of time if you’re planning on making a trip.

So anyhow, after threading through narrow streets and finally finding a tiny parking spot in a maze of a basement carpark, we found ourselves threading through the throngs of pedestrians and dashing across traffic junctions like athletes. Very traumatizing for those of us who are used to lower levels of city madness.

But we made it there and back though we all ended up nursing headaches for the rest of the day, from the heat and the stress. The best thing was the fantastic lunch we had at our favorite restaurant resembling a captain’s cabin on a grand old ship.

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