Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Growing up; growing together

My little girls are growing up.  They’re catching up with each other, and then they’re racing away as they go through their developmental growth spurts.  But whatever the case, they are growing together.  And it’s the joy of my life.  You know that feeling?  When you’re just sitting there, watching, enjoying, with a goofy smile on your face.  Yeah – that feeling.  It’s awesome.



One day, after Little Miss M and Dear Husband had already left for the day, I was lounging around in bed – ok, I was wallowing in self-pity over my head cold.  Before he left, I think Dear Husband had a quiet word to the two little one to let me rest.

And so they did.  I heard some shuffling.  I heard some whispering.  I heard some furniture being moved around.  I heard some “help please Ditse”.  I heard some “Ssshhh, mama’s sleeping.”

Of course, who can resist that?  I had to get up to see what was going on.  And this is what I saw…


 Little Miss Independence and Little Miss Independence-in-training.  Gee willie winkies – they’re clever, huh?


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Self confessed food addict

I love to travel.  I travel to experience different cultures.  I travel to see new sights.  I travel to meet new people.  I travel to catch up with my friends and family.  And I travel for the food.  Actually, I really travel for the food and everything else is a bonus.  But, you know… don’t tell anyone, especially my relatives.

One of the foods that I discovered while overseas in the U.S of A was the soft pretzel.  And the soft pretzel, still warm, lightly salted, served with a luscious caramel dipping sauce.  Thank you Auntie Anne’s.

Ok – so I would travel to the States just for Auntie Anne’s and In-an-out Burger and for the “biscuits with gravy” and for the pastrami sandwiches.  And for the ribs.  And for the chicken wings with buffalo sauce.  And to be able to eat raw broccoli dipped in ranch without anyone pulling faces!!!

And yes, I would travel to Hong Kong just for the mango with sago in coconut milk dessert.  Eh, so I’m easy.

Anyways, I thought I would give these pretzels a go.  I haven’t found anything here to compare against, so I’m actually living off a 10 year old memory. 



Pretzel recipe from here (I think!) with some hints and tips from Alton Brown (Love you!!)

 And no, it doesn’t quite measure up, but it’s a good start.  I’m moving in the right direction.  So I’m going to keep on. 


In the meanwhile, if you’re in the States, have one for me, ok?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sweet Dreams

We've had a small spate of birthday parties for Little Miss M to attend in this past month.  And it's always a bit of a guessing game to figure out what her friends might want for their birthday.  What Little Miss M would like to give to her friends.

So far Little Miss M is still quite happy to give her friends something homemade.  And so far, these have been a hit with both Little Miss M and her friends (well, according to their mommas anyway).  And I think these little ones still get a kick out of seeing their names on things.  What do you think?

And the best thing... I've heard how Little Miss M's friends show how they treasure their presents - favourite doll's sleeping bag; magic cape; a bag for treasured things.  And how they don't want to sully it by getting it dirty on their bed if they use it as a pillow!!!!

Little Miss M has been helping with the designs.  I'm hoping to start her on sewing them up herself with a bit of practise :)




Happy Birthday Little Friends!  Dream big!