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A round-up of 2014

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So, it's the time of the year to look back and think about where we have done well or fouled up. Honestly, 2014 is definitely better than expected after coming out of a rather dreary 2013. What better way to recount the year by going through my "15 before 15" list. A report card of sorts.

Being a better mum

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source As I scanned through my list of my " 15 before 15" (which is the list of 15 things I wanted to achieve before 2015), some of them is about spending more (quality) time with J although not explicitly expressed. I constantly struggle to find that balance and it leads to what I call a world wide phenomena of the "working mothers' guilt".

Fit & Fab for a Working Mum

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At 34  and after one child, I am at my heaviest. Almost 10kg heavier since we got married and  7kg heavier than the time before we had kids. The post pregnancy weight seems to have the same stubborn streak as me and it is sometimes depressing to even look into the mirror.  Unlike some lucky ladies where weight stays at bay without much effort, I need to work harder to lose and maintain my weight. And...it gets harder with age I tell you! 

Cold Storage Kids Run 2014

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We had our first ever kids' run at the Cold Storage Kids' Run this morning, and that means I can tick point 9 off my list of " 15 before 15 " . When we signed up for the run, I was rather apprehensive as I wasn't sure how J would perform. Yes, he likes to run but this is really different with the massive crowd.  In a rather ok mood as we make our way to the event ground.  We noticed that J tends to shrink into a shell when he is put in a situation with too many people. Basically, he does not like crowds,just like his parents. So, this run was a real challenge for not only him but us too.  The day started nice and sunny. I always love how they play such adrenaline pumping music at runs. It gets everyone happy and geared to go. Not my little one though.  Notice the pursed lips? That's J's signature.."I don't quite like what's going on here" type of look.  J insisted to take a picture with the Scotts' mascot, b

Nutella Cream Cupcakes

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I said I wanted to bake for the boy's birthday, and so I tried my hand at making some cupcakes last sunday. I am happy to report that my first attempt at baking and frosting cupcakes was a sucesss, with room for improvement. The cupcakes turned our slightly dry, so I will need to work on the batter, ensuring I don't over-mix. And, the frosting could do with a little bit more colour. A good start nonetheless. Let's see if I can keep up with this baking momentum to eventually bake for J's birthday. Nutella Cream Cupcakes (makes 12 cupcakes)  Ingredients for vanilla cupcakes (adapted from www.nigella.com) 125  grams  self-raising flour 125  grams  caster sugar (I used 100grams only) 125  grams  soft  unsalted butter 2  large  eggs 1  teaspoon  vanilla essence (because I ran out of vanilla extract. If you use extract, it should only be about 1/2 teaspoon) 2  tablespoons  milk Directions: 1) Blitz the sugar, eggs and butter until mixture is smo

Staying healthy with AIA Vitality

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How many of us have often taken our health and wellness for granted? I certainly have! Even when I had received a letter of postponement for an insurance policy I was trying to purchase, I took things lightly. I thought, "Six months down the road when they (the insurance company) review my application, I just need to ensure I eat right, stress less and I will pass the medical examinations without a hitch". Then the unexpected happened. You know all those advertisements insurers put up that warn about how you need to ensure your loved ones are not financially burdened if you were to pass on? You think those are scare tactics? Let me tell you... what I went through was like bringing those advertisements to life! I had a tubal pregnancy and was hemorrhaging  - my life was on the line. My condition was not only taxing on my physical health, but also, on my mental health. I certainly would not have passed my medical examination if my insurance application was up for r

Simple Steamed Porridge

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One of my best investments is my kitchen steamer. It has been with us since J started taking solids. With my crazy schedule, it makes whipping up a healthy meal for the boy very easy. Last night, I worked on a fish porridge for J's lunch. Steamed porridge to be very accurate. Steaming does not produce those fine and gluey type porridge, but that's cool for us as J likes it better grainy and with texture. Steamed Fish Porridge 2.5 tbsp of rice 1 cup of water 1 tsp of Brovil chicken stock A slice of white fish fillet (we usually use red grouper or cod fish) 1 to 2 tbsp of chopped carrots (or however much your child likes) 2 to 3 stocks of chye sim , finely chopped (or which ever leafy vegetables your child fancies) Method: 1) Steam the rice and carrots with the water and chicken stock for 20 min like how you would do with steaming rice. Cover the bowl with cling wrap (use microwave safe ones or even better, a cloth or plates ). 2) After the rice is cooked (the

Brazilian Cheese Buns

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Whenever we are at JEM, we will always drop by Provence Bakery to pick up some cheese buns... the ones with a chewy centre. So when I showed the pictures and recipe from MummyMoo's blogpost, he brought me to Phoon Huat almost immediately to get a mini muffin mould so I could bake this on demand. So bake I did. It's really simple, and all you need to do mix all the ingredients, blend, pour then bake. Lining up all the ingredients Brazilian Cheese Buns Adapted from: MummyMoo Ingredients: 1 large egg 1/3 cup olive oil 2/3 cup milk 170 grams Tapioca flour 50 grams cheddar cheese 50 grams parmesan cheese This recipe yields a softer bun texture, with a soft crust. Somewhat different to what you can find at Provence. I prefer a crisper crust, and I think the recipe from The Kitchn   will do the trick, although it requires more effort. Method: 1. Preheat oven to 200 deg C. 2. Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend till combined, and until batter