Sunday, November 23, 2014

When you have twins

There is never a dull moment

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Hurom Juicer

It’s the in thing now! Juicing for good health.

While the social media and the web is filled with fanciful juicing recipes, mostly green in colour, I just go for the plane jane orange juice. Or just one or two fruit combo juices. Mostly not green in colour.

I bought my slow juicer from La Juiceria. It’s a Hurom juicer. It cost me RM1998 and came with a free sorbet maker. La Juiceria delivered it to me for free. Interested? Just go to their website and place and order.

But before investing this hefty amount I wanted to try their juice first. Recently La Juiceria opened their own shop in Hartamas. The same row as Podgy and the Banker. They had also opened a kiosk in Mid Valley. But before they opened their outlets they only sold their juice from their website and they were promoted in juice fast packages.

They had 2 day, 4 days and 6 days juice fast packages. Basically it involves only drinking their juice and not eat for that period of time. I could not heck not eating for so many days so I opted from the 2 days one.

The 2 day package comes with 12 bottles of juice. You are meant to drink 6 bottles of juice a day. Each bottle is labelled with numbers in the order that you are meant to drink it. Every bottle is meant to be drank 2 hours apart while you have to drink lots of water in between. Your package will also come with a free packet of cashew nuts which you can munch during your fast.

The juices were yummy with the recipe printed on the bottles. Though I successfully finished my juice according to the instructions… BUT… I had pizza for dinner on the first night. I can’t help it! Hubby ordered pizza and everyone was devouring it whole heartedly!

So with the juices tasting good and all I decided to make my purchase. I also youtubed some reviews and I had some friends who also bought the Hurom and all says it’s good. The main thing was that it was easy to clean apparently and that is the most important thing.

Other brands that are also popular is also the Coway and Primada. Coway being the most affordable (around RM1500) and the Primada being the priciest at around RM2400. I just went for the in between. My selection was just that simple. Ease of cleaning, price and popularity!

The other main reason for me to get this very expensive toy is because Ayden refuses to eat any greens or fruits. So I thought by juicing everything, he might just agree to down some. He likes Boost Juices and Juice Works.

So I get him involved in the juicing. He gets to feed in the fruits into the juicer. One of my simple favourite is just plain orange juice. Nowadays I add in pineapple and am so addicted to it!

Ayden’s favourite is strawberry and apple. Sometimes we throw in a banana. And he loves it! So we managed to get some fruits in him after all!

I also make Ayden a “Super Hero” juice. It contains beetroot, 2 apples, 2 carrots and a lemon. I tell him it makes him taller and stronger. I place my hand on top of his head and everytime he takes a sip I press down my hand on his head making him think that he is growing taller… and he totally believes it!! So he drinks that too! Sometimes I will sneak in some broccoli. Not celery though cause the fruits can’t camouflage the taste of celery.

Fruits can be expensive though. To get one liter of orange juice you need around 12 oranges. If you throw in one small pineapple you should be able to get almost 1.5 liters. 8 apples will get you hardly one liter of juice. So you need quite a lot of fruits if you need a lot of juice! Something to consider when you are thinking of investing in a slow juicer.

I’ve not tried any green juices yet. Will do after I get over my addiction of orange and pineapple juice!

So that’s our juicing adventure. Worth the investment in my books.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

My little girl Hannah

I wasn’t sure if Hannah would be girly, or would she take on the boys because she has two brothers who loves trains. As she is my first girl, I was not sure what she would like to play with either. So I just left her to play with whatever we had at home. Mostly Ayden’s toys. I never needed to buy anything new for the twins. Thankfully Aaron likes trains too. He REALLY likes trains. Even more than Ayden almost.

So for Hannah’s second birthday, I decided to get her a Baby Alive doll. She was thrilled. Fed her dolly, which she calls “Baby” milk all day long. Her aunt bought her a baby stroller to go with it. But she did not get into it much.

Until one day at Toys R Us, she spotted a “Frozen” handbag. She made a bee line for it! And refused to leave without it! Mummy BAG! Mummy PLEASE! So needless to say we went home with the bag. Which she put on immediately.

Then her grandma went to Korea and bought her another bag. So that her other favourite bag. Which she goes everywhere with. So what does she have in her bag? Hers and Aaron’s pacifier!

Another thing that caught me by surprise is make up! She insists that I put her on my make up counter and play with my brushes. And insists that she “apply” make up on my face with each and every brush!

Early this week a friend made me a mummy and daughter rainbow loom bracelet. Hannah proudly showed off her bracelet to Aaron. Pwetty!! Aaron yuuuk! Pwetty!!

So there it is I found the girly side of her!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Let's Dream

Ok let’s dream a little.

White sandy beach, blue skies, breath taking white little houses on the hill over looking the sea. Beautiful sunsets, breezy balconies, long lazy days ….

Do you feel yourself relaxing yet? Do you get what I am dreaming about?

A Greek Island of course!!

So we are planning for next year’s holiday… Santorini baybee!!

Hopefully this dream will come true.

I wish I wish I wish! Fairy Dust Please!!

(PS: was planning to get some photos from google images, but that hardly will do any justice to this post. Too many beautiful pictures to post up here. So go on and google Santorini and see for yourself!)

When life bites you in the ass

Life really does has its ups and downs. We go through difficult times, brave through the day/ or days, and hope to get out alive.

But the ups and downs in life, when you have a family, is a bit more than that. It really hits you in the gut. It makes you really think about the decisions you make, or the options that you might go for. Simple because there is more at stake. There is more to think about, because there are others who rely on you. The decisions that we make may sometimes be not the best for us, but it probably is the best for the family.

And during the down times, you need to swallow that bitter pill and wait it out. And hopefully there is a light at the end of the tunnel, or that silver lining behind the cloud. Or you hope that things don’t get even worst. If it does, then you may need to hang on even tighter.

Because the decisions we make, can and will affect your family.

This is where prayer is your savior. Positive thoughts. Anthony Robbins. That Sharma guy. Positive quotes on Pinterest. A good friend. A mentor. A supportive spouse.

We need the tools to get by our day. Because as we get on in life, things are not that straight forward anymore.

I remember an old friend used to tell me. Problems may not seem that big when you step back and look at it in a bigger picture. Obstacles in life may lead you to better directions. Everyone has to go through it.

This was in university. What a good friend she is. In the thick of things also we tend to overlook the better things that we have in our lives. Good friends. I for one take that for granted.

So when life bites you in the ass, think of the good things that we have. Don’t have to be something bombastically big, or anything materialistic. Sometimes it’s just starring in your face but we fail to see it.

Then hang on to dear life and brace yourself until it’s all over. Hopefully it does not take too long.

Breakfast of a working mum

I actually eat better when I am at work. I get lots of “me” time too. The perks of being a working mum.

No I shan’t rant about the negativities of being a working mum. We all know what we have to give up, sacrifice, guilt, and the usual blah blah. So since we are already in this predicament (and can’t get out of it… ok that’s another post altogether), lets not lament about it but look at the positives.

So being at work, I get lots of “me” time. Have a good breakfast with a good cup of coffee. Take my time (when the boss is not around/ or come in early to work) and basically start the day slowly.

There is a good place to have breakfast in the building where I work. I don’t go there that often due to wanting to keep to a decent food budget, but often enough to try most of the things on the menu. Which is not that big a menu, but a good enough breakfast menu.

This morning I had poached eggs on a bed of asparagus with some creamy sauce. Sprinkled with crunchy croutons and two slices of bread. Its almost quite a “light” breakfast. Not too heavy.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Company Sports Day

At my work place, we had a year long host of activities each competing houses had to accumulate points to win the Cup.

My department, the Commercial Dept’s house is named Blue Vikings. We started off last with the few activities. Then everyone suddenly caught the competitive bug and we decided to pull our weight and compete properly. I mean we really wanted to NOT be last in the very least.

Our first victory was the Master Chef competition. That pulled us from last place to second place. There are three houses in total competing. Over the months we managed to pull to first place with activities like treasure hunt, talent show, and bowling. We won first most of it, giving us very strong points for first place.

Last weekend was the grand finale. The sports day. The organizer planned out traditional games, like galah panjang, baling selipar, lastik getah… remember these?? We barely!

Unfortunately we did not fare too well. We won the three legged race and sepak bulu ayam. There was also a house decorating competition which we think we got the highest points. The thing was, everyone stayed until the end of the event but…. They did not want to announce the winner until the annual dinner! Arrgh! We stayed in the heat until noon only to find that our suspense is not quite over yet.

I brought all three kids as there was bouncy castle, face painting and activities planned for the kids. My kids held out well despite the heat and enjoyed themselves tremendously. Ayden spent the whole hot morning on the bouncy castle. Only stopping for water breaks. The twins had the pleasure of some bigger kid’s company, who apparently loved them and entertained them all morning. I was busy with galah panjang and supporting my team mates. Daddy took care of them most of it.

All red with heat but they did not fuss at all. I am surprised! So that was our weekend activity sorted. After that we went home and everyone pengsan. I however only managed to lie down and play Farmville 2 (have you tried this game? Its awesome!). I had a splitting headache from the heat and not to mention slightly burnt.

Here are some of the photos from the sports day. I had archived my photos on the weekend from my phone so these are the instagram photos which I managed to store on a separate folder.

Beef Shaksuka and Sweet Corn Salad Recipe

Weekends are hectic for me. Who won’t with three kids under 4! Cooking has to be quick and easy. And not rice as we have that during the week day almost everyday. So I have to come up with something creative.

I have been making a few rounds of Shaksuka over the last few months. There are lots of recipes on the internet and I had been trying the vegetarian version. I find it a little bit too sour and bland for my liking. I like my sauce to be beefy and hearty.

So I incorporated beef into the recipe.

So here’s a home version type of recipe. Not exactly to the gram or inches but you get the picture *wink*

Beef Shaksuka Recipe

About 200gm mince beef. Or whatever is ideal for the size  of your family.

One large Spanish onion chopped.

1 or 2 cloves of garlic, chopped.

Some chopped red, yellow and green peppers.

One chopped tomato. Or more if you like.

One small can of tomato puree, or where I live they come in 160gm size.

4 eggs. Or more if you have more to feed. Ideally one person per egg.

A pinch of cumin

Salt and pepper to taste

I cheat with a little bit of tomato sauce sometimes, just to add on if I feel the taste is not quite there.

Method

Sautee the onion and garlic until fragrant. Add in the beef. Cook it through before adding the chopped red, yellow and green peppers. Add in the chopped tomatoes after that.

Sautee until the peppers are soft. Add in the tomato puree.

Season with salt, pepper and some tomato sauce cheat if you feel the taste is not quite there.

The sauce should be a little watery. I like it this way, so I can dip my bread in it. Some recipe calls for it to be quite dry.

Make little indentations in the sauce and crack your egg over it. Cover and let it cook until you get the consistency that you like for your egg. I like mine runny. Again all the better to dip the bread into!

And that’s it.


I really like the crab and sweet corn salad from Bens. I was suddenly craving for it one day. So I decided to do a real cincai one.

Sweet Corn Recipe

One can of sweet corn

Some cole slaw dressing

Some greens.

Method.

Lay some greens at the bottom of a salad dish

Get your sweet corn on top of that.

Squirt some slaw dressing over it.

That’s it!! I suppose if you have some crab sticks that would go great with it too.

A quick and easy well balanced meal. Not the cheapest. But will do.