Thursday, December 27, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Since we had to attend two Christmas party over the weekend I decided to make some yogurt cake and also for the very first time use my Wilton decoration kit that I bought over the summer. Sorry I should say tried to use the decoration kit.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar (I used 1/4 C of white and 1/4 C of brown sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup plain yogurt (I used 11/2C of peach yogurt)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch Bundt pan.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg until smooth. Combine the flour, baking soda, and baking powder; stir into the batter alternately with the yogurt. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
3. Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted into the crown comes out clean.
p/s: I changed this recipe because I didn't want my cupcakes to be too sweet and I was going to put icing on top because my icing was not stiff enough it didn't look pretty :(
We attended two Christmas party has weekend. Saturday was FIL's side and Sunday was MIL's side and therefore I made a batch to take over for both days because I don't want any left overs but yet we still have. We (MIL, FIL, Hubby etc) talked about not getting presents for each other this year so I am not stress about any presents at all this year *yippie* but I decided I'll just bake some stuff as a present and since BIL like the Caramel Apple Bread I told hubby that I'll make that for him as a Christmas present. I haven't decided what I'll make for the in laws. I am thinking of making a Cinnamon raisin bread but have not decided still.
Hubby's cousin..She's 4 years old and she's adorable..Elisa was wearing her jeans and sweater but when I went down the basement to look for her she was just sitting prettily on the couch wearing her snow white dress.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
We haven't even set up our Christmas tree..I think we are just going to skip the tree this year. Our first year in our new home we skipped the tree and we decided to put one up last year but this year with Stanley still being so hyper we are not sure if we should put the tree up moreover we are skipping presents this year therefore there won't be any present under the tress after all so what is the point of a tree?We'll see technically we still have some time to put up the tree for a couple of days though and it should be down then.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Anyway last weekend we went up to the cabin. On our way up there Stanley was so whiny sitting behind because he wanted to come up front with us finally I gave in and let him sit on my lap his daddy said "look who's the boss" but his daddy was worst than me. Stanley was sitting behind and he pushed his way on to daddy's lap while he was driving and sat on his lap. His daddy just let me do that...I was like I guess I know who's the boss too..his daddy purposely stop so that Stanley can go out and stretch and run for a while because he was whining..
When we were in the cabin, he was just with his grandpa when ever he could. Grandpa would sit and read a book and he would jump on the couch and sit next to him, his grandpa took a nap on the couch Stanley jumped on the couch and slept with grandpa and his grandpa actually moved one of his leg to make room so Stanley can nap with him together, Saturday night grandpa was tired and fell asleep on the recliner; Stanley was sleeping on him again. Sunday morning his grandpa took him out for a walk before we even got out of bed..*shake head*..See I'm not the only one that spoils him rotten. Hubby and his dad spoils him too especially his dad.
Waiting for Grandpa to come home
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
To safe me the hassle I just dump everything in my bread machine to mix the flour up.
It rose so much that it opened up my bread machine cover
Cut up to be put in open
Finish product with caramel icing..yummy...
2 cups warm water (not hot) -I used Milk
2 (1/4 ounce) packages yeast (2 T bulk)
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons butter (let sit out until soft)
6 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons water
Mix water and yeast and wait 5 minutes.
Stir in sugar, salt and 2 cups of flour.
Add egg and butter and mix.
Stir in rest of flour by hand, if dough is still sticky add just enough to make it not sticky anymore.
Let raise until dough is double in size.
Sprinkle flour on surface and roll dough out until is approx 18 X 12 inches.
Spread a very thin layer of soft butter on dough and sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mixture on it.
Roll dough from the long side, it should look like a log.
Cut into 1 inch pieces. (I used thread to cut it to eliminate the mess of using a knife)
Should be 18 pieces.
Place brown sugar and butter into microwave dish and heat until butter is just melted; stir well.
Stir in 3 T water.
Divide mixture into 3 pans (8-inch cake pans).
Place 6 pieces in each pan.
Let raise for about 45 minutes.
Bake for 20 minutes in a 325°F oven.
When you take out of oven, turn each pan of rolls over on a plate, otherwise you will have a hard time getting them out when they cool.
If you can, let them cool slightly and enjoy them when they are still warm.
I love both Cinnamon an Caramel rolls..Caramel rolls is much sweater than Cinnamon once I think and if my mum would see the amount of sugar in the Caramel rolls I think she would faint.LOL Hubby said I'm trying to kill him because I make all these rolls and he really loves it therefore he's going to be fatter and die sooner..opss...I guess that's why I try and distribute food that I bake so that he don't get to eat so much of it..
He was a little better than his first class in terms of not so excited but never the less he was still excited seeing other people/dogs there. The teacher suggested that we take him out more to the pet stores to walk and meet other people or animals. I told the teacher that hubby dare not take him to the stores in case he goes wild/too excited to see other people and animals and she said that we should do it often but not keep him sheltered. After class we took him to petco and I think my baby did pretty well. This class I took two videos of him it was just funny to see him, hubby and the other dogs just excited/scared being there.
Next class is going to be interesting. The teacher said that we are going to take their leash off and do the "come" command. I can imagine the chaos..
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
So far there is no sign of giving up yet but just frustrated. Mummy Shern thank you thank you for helping me and I'm sure there will be more questions on the way because I still haven't been able to figure it out. Thank you for your patience and guidance too...*hugz* let's hope it works sooon or else I'll probably give up..
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
1 (1/4 ounce) package dry yeast
1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup margarine
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/3 cup margarine, softened
8 tablespoons margarine
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
Knead the dough into a large ball, using your hands dusted lightly with flour.
Put in a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it is approx 21 inches long by 16 inches wide. It should be approx 1/4 thick.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
To make filling, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
Spread the softened margarine over the surface of the dough, then sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon evenly over the surface.
Working carefully, from the long edge, roll the dough down to the bottom edge.
Cut the dough into 1 3/4 inch slices, and place in a lightly greased baking pan.
Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown.
While the rolls are baking combine the icing ingredients.
Beat well with an electric mixer until fluffy.
When the rolls are done, spread generously with icing.
Monday, December 3, 2007
8 Things I'm Passionate About...
5. Baking/Cake decorating (I have just started that and haven't really had time to play around)
6. Browsing on the Internet
7. Yapping on the phone/in person
8 Things I Want To Do Before I Die...
1. Move closer to "home"(Malaysia) to be closer to my parents
2. Have kids
3. Travel to more places with hubby
4. Have a decent job that I enjoy
5. Spending more time with my family and friends
6. Make good money
7. Move to our dream house
8. Watch more movies/shows
8 Things I Say Often..
3. COME HERE!
4. Good boy
8. Darn it (work mostly)
*the first 7 things I say often it's all to Stanley and believe I DO say it often..LOL
8 Books I've Recently Read
1. 1st to die
2. Who ordered this truckload of dung?
*I cannot remember the other books I've read. This two months I haven't really had time to read.
8 Song I Could Listen To Over And Over
1. The sound of music
2. Circle of Life-Elton John
3. The Bitch is Back-Elton John
4. Peng You-Emil Chau
5. Ai Xiang Sui- Emil Chau
6. Lips of An Angel- Hinder
7. Love you more each day-Jacky Cheung
8. Picture-Kid Rock
8 This I've Learnt This Past Year
1. To be a wife
2. To control my temper
3. The saying "customers is always right" it's true even if they are ridiculously dumb
4. About blogging for money like Zara's mama but I've not done it yet
5. You can make friends from the internet and it feels like you have known them for a long time
6. Men will always be men they will not really change
7. Life is short enjoy it while you can
8. To care for a puppy
8 Person I Want To Tag
1. Mummy Shern
2. Hui Ling
5. Yee leng
6. Hau Lip
7. Chi Leng
In a way being tagged actually made me look at my life and I came up with a conclusion that my life is actually pretty boring. Low key and simple..which should be good right? In a way I think I am longing for more excitment too..???
Sunday, December 2, 2007
The "untouched" snow behind my house
The shoveled/plowed snow in front of the house
There was a little more food but I had no time to take any more pictures..
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I was nervous all day and not know what to expect. I rushed home after work so that I can do stuff around the house a little before going to the school and because it's our first day I had to go there a little earlier so that I can pay for it first. He was soo hyper and excited. *faint*..Anyway I think we learn a lot in our first class. I find it pretty exciting yet interesting the key to this is CONSISTENCY and COMMITMENT..He really respects/scared of his teacher. I like her because she's those kind of no nonsense people which is fine with me because I don't want to deal with his nonsense..She had a small poodle OMG he was so very discipline how I wish Stanley was like that. I forgot to take some pictures while she was showing us her dog..Argghh last minute I managed to take a little video of Stanley and his daddy "training"
About 3/4 of the video you can see his teacher walking in the middle.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I was also going to wait till tomorrow to bath him after his class but then I really cannot stand his smell already. He smells like a dog! I always tell hubby that he he tells me that Stanley IS a dog and I cannot stand that smell so I had to bath him today. I could not wait even 1hour..On average he gets bath 2x a week unless he gets really dirty he gets bath more. I like a clean dog so that I can cuddle up with him all the time.
Since we are on the subject of Stanley, I think I have a little regret..I was going to buy him a Coach collar/collar and leash but then hubby said No..I know it's a little ridiculous to want to get him those but then I think it was so pretty..Maybe the next time I go there I'll try and persuade him again..hahaha but another part of me feels like he won't even know how to appreciate it and moreover I'm not celebrity i think my dog don't need to use so expensive stuff...
Will try and remember to take some pictures of his first class and post them up..LOL..toodles got to go cuddle with my nice smelling dog now..
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Mummy Shern has helped me with the Pay Per Post thingy and every other things I've asked her. I'm glad that I came across her blog. She is a hot young mama with a cute and handsome boy. I hope someday I'll be able to see mummy and baby Shern..
Stanley and me..
This was my totters in vinegar that I made two weekends ago..yummy..I absolutely love this dish. I've been craving this dish for a long long time.
Coach and red one is mine but the brown one is for SIL. I know she loves Coach and since MIL will be going down to Texas Christmas time I suggested that we buy SIL a Coach purse. There was one more blue signature collection that hubby and I like but then we decided that two this time would be enough..LOL..I also bought some clothing and a sweater from Gap. We bought some odds and ends this weekend which includes an air compressor for hubby (I'm not the only one that's buying stuff).
SIL has announced her wedding that will be held on March 19 2007. We are so excited and hubby and I are hoping that we are going to be able to make it to Houston, Texas.
I think we should be done making damages in our bank accounts for the mean time hopefully until we do some Christmas shopping I guess...*faint* I hate yet LOVE year end..
Today we were trying to peel, core and chopped some apples that we bought to freeze. I try not to give Stanley any human food but his daddy loves to give him any food that he eats. I will give Stanley fruits and vegetables but I don't want to give him any meat but obviously his daddy has given him a little before. Anyway his daddy wanted to see if he would quit eating when he's food. I told him that dogs won't and he suggested that we gave him the whole apple that's peel and cored for him to eat to just see how many he'll eat. Our apples weren't very big but he ate SIX (6) if them! We had to stop giving him because we knew that he would still eat more if we have him more. The poor boy he had diarrhea and he was actually feeling sick. We could see his tummy bloated..opss....We learned our lessons and we would never do that to the poor boy again. I think we actually inflicted misery in him..Stanley mummy is really sorry for allowing/agreeing to do this to you. Luckily it looks like he's getting better..:P
Back to work tomorrow. It's really nice/fun/relaxing this weekend. The next one I'll be looking forward to will be Christmas and New Year holiday.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Called A on the way to the doctor and told him that I was on my way to the doctor office. I had to wait 1.5 hrs in the waiting room and then was only called in to the consultation room and I think I waited for about another 15 minutes in the consultation room..$%^# some people still have to work..arghh..The nurse first took my history, readings etc and then after that 15 minutes the doctor came in. He asked me what's wrong blah blah blah suddenly someone knocked on the door. Assuming it was the nurse the doctor opened the door A showed up and came in because it was so long since I called him..He thought it was something major and it took such a long time or I could not drive. Continue with my consultation and to find out that it might be allergies and I could just buy over the counter medication...&^%*. That was the first thing I wanted to do this morning anyway but then I didn't think that I had allergies and I didn't know what to take..arghh...Wasted my time and money...sigh
My eyes are still swollen and red and after I went back to the office I took some medication. I was sooo sleepy I could barely keep my eyes open. I rushed back as soon as it was time to leave. I didn't even bother working up the hours that I missed...I wonder what I'm allergic too...hmpp...maybe is A lol... Luckily I went back to work because X never showed up and I wonder what happened to her..
P/S: I was surprise A was so sweet to show up..He said that its for brownie points in case he gets into trouble next time..hehehe
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Daddy has gone hunting this weekend. It's opening weekend tomorrow and he'll be gone a couple of days. He didn't take our little buddy with him because that will scare away the deers and so that he can accompany me. I was thinking of going shopping this weekend but then I know that the mall will be pack! moreover I am really tired and sleepy this week I guess if I feel up to it I could go for a little while. I was planning to take Stanley to the pet store with him to see what we can get for him but then I really think that we should be done spending money on him and I am not sure I can handle him in the store with the other pets and people however if I am determined enough I think I will give it a try. MIL said that Stanley is such a social butterfly and he just loves to be around people *faint* which makes it worst because it's so difficult to control him.
The other day after I got back from work and took him out I didn't leash him properly. The dogs from the corner house was barking and he was pulling the leash and it got unhooked. I thought he was going to run out to the busy street but luckily he was more interested to find out about the dogs that he was just around there. It took me a few seconds to leash him back but at that moment my heart almost stopped because it was after work hours and there were plenty of cars on the roads and knowing Stanley he would just run out without caring about anything..His daddy warned me that I must be careful because if anything ever happens to him I will never forget myself and if it was him I just would not forgive him therefore I should always make sure that his leash is secured. He knows how precious Stanley is to me and he knows that I will never forgive myself.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I felt so very bad the whole day at work. The poor boy he was scared shitless because he was yelled at by two people the same morning!!I felt like just going home from work to go home and pat/hug him and tell him I still loved him..Well I could not get out of work just to go home to be with him so as soon as the clock struck 4:30pm I was out of there..I rushed home to be with my little boy..Daddy is still a little upset him him but he's also not. We were watching the today's show video clip on the Internet on how to house train your dog and it reminded us that it takes a long time to house train them. It can take up to 2 yrs..I felt so bad but it reminded me that I should have more patient with him that he's just still little..I tried to make it up to him by playing with him a bunch and taking him out with his during the weekends when we can..LOL..
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Work has been really really busy this week. I am not trying to make any time because I'm not even planning on taking off but I'm working a lot of hours. Monday a lady took off because her daughter was sick and today a girl took off because she was sick. I am working in the customer service department and because it's the peek season there are many many phone calls with damage or missing items etc..They just threw me in like go answer the phone with no training what so ever BUT they are always there to help me so I can help the customers..It's been really busy but I'm really really enjoying work. I am really enjoying learning new things almost everyday. I was very nervous the first few times I answered the calls which I am not because I don't feel adequate to answer questions but it's a little better..
A stopped by and pick me up after school this evening to supposedly stop by at the grocery store to pick up some stuff..We ended up going to the pet store before that because daddy wanted to get Stanley another toy..We spend $20 buying him a toy last Sunday but then he broke it in 20 minutes so daddy went online and did some research to find the toughest toy he can find..We finally bought him new metal crate too yesterday..oh gosh this week we spend almost $200 on Stanley already..*faint*..he is a very spoil dog..MIL and BIL was comparing us with BIL (her other older son) saying that BIL's dog gets nothing and the attention where as Stanley is sooo lucky..I am hoping that we are really really done spending big chucks of money on him..We then stopped by at some other store before that. I went to walk around at the clothing store while A went to the electronic store. I have been so tired because I've been getting up early and going to bed late that I've been so tired I don't even have the mood/energy to shop..I just browse thru it and decided that I want to leave. I noticed today that as I'm older I don't even want to buy those really high heels shoes anymore. I tried on two nine west shoes; boots and working shoes. They were both about 3+inches tall and I don't even feel like buying it. I am assuming either because I'm older or I'm just too tired to make a decision.. A was surprised that I was done so quickly because normally when I'm in there I can take forever..I also figured I can wait with my shopping craze until we go for my birthday shopping spree. A was going to get me an LV handbag that we've chosen but I decided that I we should wait till Christmas. I decided that I wanted Coach handbag for my birthday rather than LV. I would use the Coach more just because I barely even use the LV's that I have now. That time I can charge my battery full and hopefully find lots of nice things and good deals..I haven't been on any shopping trips since last month..sob sob..
Sunday, November 4, 2007
I wasn’t planning to leave work earlier because A didn’t mention anything until he told me that MIL was getting done with work on Friday at 12:30pm..I discussed it with him to whether he wanted me to try and get done with work early on Friday so that it would get too late by the time we got there. We decided that if my boss didn’t have a problem with it then I would go ahead and leave a couple of hours earlier. I went to work earlier on Thursday to speak to my boss and he said that he didn’t have a problem with it but if something came up he hoped that I would be able to stay back and help with it which was fair and I didn’t mind. On Friday for some reason I could not really sleep and got up at 5am by 5:30 am I was like I’m going to get ready and go to work. I’m not going to wait around until my alarm rings! I washed up had breakfast and went into the room to make up and change. A woke up and asked what time it was and what time I got up etc..He said that I was “sick” to get up so early for work!!LOL..I really don’t mind working at this place in fact I love working here. The stuff I do can be pretty boring but the best part is I’m learning new stuff everyday and I really like most people I work with..This is the first time I’m enjoying actually going to work. I was at work by 6:45am and by 2:20pm I was getting ready to leave at 2:30pm when an urgent order came and needed to be looked over that day. My boss asked me to look over it before it was being finalized. I did that I left by 2:45pm and he apologized but I told him that it was fine because we agreed that I would help out if something came up. A and I got home almost the same time. We took our shower, loaded that car and left at about 4pm..He has a lot of last minute things to take when I told him numerous times to pack the beginning of the week so that we can leave when we got back from work but it was alright because FIL and MIL had to wait for BIL to get done with school before they could even leave so we were still earlier than them. We stopped by at some stores mainly because Stanley finally broke him last one and only toy so his daddy wanted to buy him another one. This week alone he cost me about $50 because I had to buy some flea medication for him too..When we get home we are going to get his crate too..Everyone thinks that we spoil him too much now but I think that if we took the responsibility to have him we should give him whatever we can and not deprive him. I don’t understand some people when they have pets, they don’t even take time to spend with them or even buy them any toys or treats. All they do is take feed them and give them a place to stay? What’s the point of that? They need to feel love and they need to be given attention too because they are just like humans I think in a way..Anyway we finally reached the bar that we were going to have dinner and had dinner with FIL, MIL and BIL. We arrived at the cabin at about 8ish..I was reading while the boys. A and BIL was doing their homework. I was beat after the long day and proceed to go to be at about midnight.
My faithful little companion heard people walking around and started to whine to get out of the kennel at about 8ish…Daddy got up and took him up while I lay in bed for 10 more minutes…FIL made breakfast and I helped to cut some vegetables. After breakfast FIL and BIL was going partridge hunting and MIL went with them. A was watching a movie for school while I read my book and ate junk food…We decided to go for a bike ride in the evening and I felt like shit on our way back. I hate those gravel roads..It was really difficult for me to ride on it and I felt like I was not getting back. All I wanted to do was push my bike back and walk the rest of the way. I am pretty sure that I’m not totally out of stamina it was just that the roads really sucked ass..This would be my first and last time biking up here I rather go for a long walk with my little baby..Stanley is just enjoying himself being outdoor and being with everybody. I don’t think he’s going to like the idea that we will be going back tomorrow noon…
Monday, October 29, 2007
Finally settling in..Well..First I had get use to the schedule of working and dealing with Stanley then I was going to have a garage sale with L and I had to take half a day Thursday off last week because I had an appointment to go to therefore I had to work extra to make up for the time and tried to bake stuff to sell at the garage sale. It was just a crazy week. I had to rush home, get Stanley and try and make dinner after that, do some house stuff and then bake something..I baked brownies and banana muffin but never had a bake sale because I just didn't know what to bake...Thursday night I had to go over to L's place to arrange my stuff and tag the items since she was going to start it on Friday but because I had to work so she was going to do it with her mom and grandmother while I would go over on Saturday.
Friday I didn't cook therefore we went out and ate buffet. I ate so much that A was asking if I was done eating..LOL..then we went to Target after that because obviously we were too full to go home and sit around...
Saturday night we were having dinner and I had craving for some fried chicken...I wanted some at midnight and obviously there was no way we could get any so I had to wait until Sunday to get it.sob sob..
Sunday we spend a chunky of our time at A's parents house because he had to fix something with his truck and Stanely and I visited grandma and grandpa. After that we went to Chicken Unlimited to get some fried chicken which was a huge DISAPPOINTMENT. Every single person I spoke to said that this place has the best fried chicken better than KFC etc but A and I didn't enjoy our chicken at all..I still wished that I didn't insist going there instead KFC would be yummy...arghh.....but I'm sick of fried chicken at least for a while...maybe till this weekend..LOL..
We still need to get our wireless crap fixed I'm hoping that would be done SOON..oh BTW I made some homemade fries in the over last week (I had craving for fries and I was out of frozen once) it was really yummy and healthier than McD's but if you ask me to choose obviously I would still prefer my McD's fries but I like my homemade one too..When I make again I'll post some pictures and recipe. I didn't take any pictures because I didn't know if it was going to work/taste good.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Anyway just wanted to say that daddy took Stanley to work with him today. Go figure who spoils him more? He just mentioned the other day that I have to stop obsessing about him that much and now he's taking him to work. I hope that both of my male will survive each other today.
Will update more soon..probably when this weekend is here..
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
After Jakob's 1st birthday last Sunday we decided to stop by the apple orchard to get some apples. We bought a peck of normal apples and one whole box of cooking apples(I don't think they are called cooking apples but I'm going to be using it for cooking that's why). The cooking apples are much smaller and supposedly second grade. I'm going to be using it for cooking and for Stanley to it because Stanley just LOVES apples. He is weird in that way. From what I've heard dogs do not like to eat fruits and vegetables but Stanley will it almost every fruits and vegetables known to man kind. Anyway because we have a box of cooking apples I decided to use some up to bake. I've made this before but that was like two and the half years ago. A and BIL(the second one) likes it therefore since A will be seeing his brother this Saturday I decided to make some so that he can pass it to him. BIL's girlfriend doesn't cook. Supposedly she's afraid the the stove will catch on fire (we/they have electrical stove by the way) therefore I think BIL does the cooking and I think they rarely/don't bake at all.
Caramel Apple Bread
1 1/2 cups flour, divided
1/2 cup room temperature butter
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 apples, cored,peeled and finely chopped
- Heat oven to 350° and grease and flour a 9x5 loaf pan.
- Unwrap caramels and with a scissors, cut each one into 8 small pieces.
- Toss caramels with 1 tablespoon of the flour in a small bowl to keep them from sticking together; set aside.
- Beat together butter, sugar and vanilla until fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time and beat well after each.
- In another bowl, stir together remaining flour, cinnamon allspice and salt.
- Add flour mixture to butter mixture and blend well.
- By hand, stir in apples and caramel mixture.
- Spoon batter into prepared pan.
- Bake for 60 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool completely on a wire rack, then remove from pan.
Before going into the oven
Done baking/cooling down
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
I feel like it's already Christmas for A and I..Yesterday we went to a little boy's birthday party. After the party was done we came home to see Stanley..I was about to fall asleep when A said let's go shopping..I'm like huh..we are not supposed to spend anymore money we have everything we possibly need and more!!!But I still agreed to go..who would refused a shopping trip..LOL...but then again maybe I should have said no..
My damage was a Skinny Jeans from Levis because I wanted to try one and Levis was a decent price, A pair of Hello Kitty pajamas which mind you A chose that (He was going to buy the robe too but I told him no because I just bought a Paul Frank one from Orlando, FL last year but now looking at it online I wish we got it..OMG..I'm HORRIBLE..I have 3 robes that I hardly wear actually!!*faint*)and I did not insist of buying it and the most absurd one we bought for me was a Wilton cake decorating set. I've always like decorating cakes but do not have all the adequate tools and the talent. A mentioned that I should just get this set but its pretty expensive for me to have since I don't know how to use most of the tools anyway..then he said that when I get this set I should be able to learn how since it has instructions and I can attend some of the classes offered if I wanted to..So we ended up getting these..I don't even know why I need all these but we bought it..I guess it makes me happy knowing that I have it..
A's damage wasn't so bad..He just bought 5 polo tees and his tool set that's all..But I don't know what's wrong with him yesterday he just wants me to buy everything that I like..hmp..It makes me feel like he's being up to no good. Normally when he's like that it's when he wants something so he'll let me buy anything I want and then he'll tell me what he wants by then he's already bought me so many new stuff I feel bad telling him No to what he wants..that's always his little trick..and every single time I fall into his little trap..Let's see what will he ask for this time..I can only imagine actually...*faint*Although we had to do it really quickly because the stores was closing early I did have fun..I really love to shop and I don't need to!!!..Well I've transformed A from not shopping when he was single to loving to shop..I think that one maniac loving to shop is enough but with a buddy its always more fun..lol..*wink*
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Ever since I had a sample of Ikea's oat meal chocolate cookie (I'm not sure what it is called but I ate it and it taste like that) I've been wanting some oatmeal cookies. So after A left for school I decided to try to make some..
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Whisk together and set aside
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Cream wet ingredients
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar 1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
Then stir in
3 cups oats (not instant)
1 1/2 cups raisins
Preheat oven to 350°.
Whisk dry ingredients; set aside.
Combine wet ingredients with a hand mixer on low.
To cream, increase speed to high and beat until fluffy and the color lightens.
Stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture until no flour is visible.
(Over mixing develops the gluten, making a tough cookie.) Now add the oats and raisins; stir to incorporate.
Fill cookie scoop with dough.
(Use a #40 cookie scoop; it measures 2 tablespoon of dough) Press against side of bowl, pulling up to level dough.
Drop 2-inches apart onto baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray.
Bake 11-13 minutes (on center rack), until golden, but still moist beneath cracks on top.
Remove from oven; let cookies sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
p/s: I halved my dough; half of it I added raisins and the other half I caramel chocolate chips.
Dough and Chocolate Chips
Monday, October 1, 2007
I made Chicken Pot Pie for dinner tonight. I even cut my nails really short so that when I make the crust it will not stick underneath my nails. It's a little more work, it taste yummy (kind off like the store bought kind with no preservatives) but then I think next time when I'm lazy I'll just use the easier method ie, use frozen veg and can soup..LOL..I even made my own chicken broth. I would still make my crust because I like the taste of it and it's not all that difficult to make..
Delicious Chicken Pot Pie
1 cup potatoes, diced
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup chopped carrots
1/3 cup melted margarine
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 cups chopped cooked chicken
2 pie crusts (either store bought or your own recipe)
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Saute onion, celery, carrots and potatoes in butter for 10 minutes.
Add flour to sauteed mixture, stirring well Cook one minute stirring constantly.
Combine broth and half and half
Gradually stir into vegetable mixture
Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until thickened and bubbly.
Stir in salt and pepper; add chicken and stir well.
Pour into shallow 2 quart casserole dish and top with pie shells .
Cut slits to allow steam to escape.
Bake for 40-50 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly and cooked through.
This is how it looks when it's done cooking
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup Crisco shortening
1/2 cup cold water
1 dash salt
Put flour, sugar, salt and crisco in a plastic bowl with a lid.
Seal and wink (let the air out;-) Shake until it sounds like sand.
Seal and wink.
Shake until it sounds like a rock.
Roll out for your favorite pie or pastries.
p/s: I didn't add the sugar in because I was making this dish but if you are using this recipe to make dessert feel free to add the sugar.
The finished product...