Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Am I having a writer's block?

I use to be able to blog all the time, but now I can hardly find time to even think what I want to blog about, even though I feel like I have lots to blog about.

Have I got the writer's block?

Whenever I am travelling, on the plane, in the car, driving to work or just on my way somewhere, I have lots that I want to write about.

But as soon as I get home, I am either rushing to get dinner done, household chores to do, or just plain tired, mentally and physically, to even switch on my laptop to write anything.

I love writing. Always have since I was a young girl. But now, being so busy, I can't even find time to sit down and put into words what I want to say......

Maybe it will come back to me when I am more relaxed.

Maybe it will come back to me when I really have something to say or have something to get off my chest. For now, I am just staring at the computer, not able to recall what was it that I wanted to write about....

Maybe it's time I sleep early, have a good rest, wake up early when all is quiet, something will come up.

For now, it's good night. Sleep tight! 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Pink Pouch from Zarina!

I received this so very cute pouch from a good stitching friend, Zarina, when I met up with her and her hubby for breakfast a few weeks back, during one of her trips to KL.

I just love the fabric, inside out! 

And, the fact that it is PINK makes it even more adorable! LOL!

Thanks, Ina!

You just gave me an idea what to make as gifts!

It does not look too difficult to make. 

Maybe I can get them done in a jiffy...if I can find time to try making it, that is.... *grin*

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hexie Sew-A-Long

Wow! It's been ages since I updated my blog. It's been a busy start to the new year. Before I know it, it is already almost coming to the end of February 2015 already!

I have not been in the best of health since the start of the year, but I have been keeping myself busy with lots of things. Rather, I have been kept busy with many things, both at the home front and work front.

Anyway, I am down with the flu again. The 3rd time this year.

Despite waking up with a bad sore throat this morning, however, I told myself I needed a break from doing household chores and have some Me Time. So today, after breakfast, I managed to sit down for a while and work on some hexie blocks

I managed to finish stitching 3 blocks this morning.

We are doing this as a Sew-A-Long at the NNC group, but I have been very much behind. I hope to catch up soon. I think Margaret is already far ahead of me.

I had to take many breaks before I could finally finish the 3 blocks because I tired easily due too much coughing.

I just made myself a mug of lemon honey and ginger drink. Sipping it as I write this.

I hope to keep posting my progress on this SAL. Let's hope it gets done by the end of the year.....

Sunday, December 28, 2014

We could not be there..........

Today, our eldest niece, Kuya, got married. It was held in Kota Bharu

Despite the flood crisis and all, the ceremony itself went on smoothly. We wanted to be there to lend support to her. Her own mum could not be there. We wanted to surprise her (our niece). 

We have been performing the “Sembahyang Hajat” every day, ever since we made plans to fly up to Kota Bharu for the wedding. We prayed that the floods will subside, and the rain will stop, so that my niece can go through with her akad nikah, and we can fly up for the ceremony. 

My sister Adura has been keeping us informed of the flood situation daily, and as the flood worsens, we kept praying for a miracle

Our flight was supposed to be at 3.30pm today, 28th December. Her original date for the akad nikah was supposed to be on the 29th morning. But due to unpredictable weather conditions and rising flood water levels, they decided to have the ceremony earlier, throwing our plans to surprise her off tangent. 

Even as late as 11.00am today, we were all (hubby, son and I) still set and ready to catch the 3.30pm flight with the hope that the akad nikah will be held after 5.00pm so that we can still make it on time, even if we have to take the lorry to the ceremony, like my mum did. 

But at 12.00noon, my niece told me that the akad nikah will take place before Zohor, which means that it will take place before 1.00pm. She said that it is starting to rain again, and she doesn't want to take any chances. She has every right to be worried. The weather is so unpredictable.

My heart sank. I am going to miss my niece's wedding. My very first niece’s wedding. It felt like it was only yesterday that I was bringing her and her sister Kuyana around to family gatherings. Now she is getting married. 

I do so want to be there for her, but how? I have no private jet... 

It was too late to change our tickets to an earlier flight. 

By then, she had already known of my plans to fly up to KB for her ceremony. I told her about it the night before to give her moral support. I told her that I will try my very best to be there. 

I felt restless all afternoon today, during the time that I assumed was the time the ceremony took place. 

I feel sad that I could not be there for my niece. I so wanted to be there for her, but the worsening flood, and unconfirmed time of akad nikah due to unpredictable weather conditions just wasn't working in our favour to make the trip. 

So it was nice to finally see photos of the ceremony my sister posted. I cried.... 

Congratulations, Kuya, and Felix. You look so very pretty today. 

Sorry we could not be there on your big day. We tried...... 

May you have a long and happy marriage with lots of kids. Big hugs!

Friday, November 14, 2014

I finally got it!

Well, sort of! *grin*

I still have to perfect it further, but at least it is getting rounder.....

What is getting rounder, you might ask?

My cake pops are getting rounder and more...err.....well...ok....almost perfect....

After 3 attempts, I finally managed to get the right batter that would rise up to the top of the cake pop maker and making the top rounded.

Why this sudden craze for cake pops, you ask?

Well, blame it on my sister, Adura, or more fondly known as Chik, for getting me into this craze! LOL!

It all started with her attempting to make cake pops for our mum’s 75th birthday celebration (yeah! Still need to blog on that!) just over a month ago.

It was a 1st time for both of us trying to make cake pops. It looked easy enough. She shared videos on YouTube with me a few days earlier in preparation to make the cake pops just the day before the celebration.

Trust my sister to come up with such madness timing when we have 1001 other things to do! LOL! 

It wasn't as easy as in the video, I tell you! My sister ended up sleeping early out of sheer tiredness, stress and frustration from not getting the cake pop to turn out the way it should, leaving me and my niece to finish making them late into the night. 

We slept at 2.00am that night before the celebration, trying to finish up everything and get things organised!

After the birthday celebration, I could not help but feel that there must be some easier ways to make cake pops instead of baking the cake beforehand, crumbling a perfectly nice cake, adding butter cream frosting to act as glue to the cake to make them easy to form balls.

The butter cream ended up making the cake too sweet, and that’s even before you dip them in chocolate!

When you dip the cake pops into chocolate to coat them, it was like you just got a huge dose of adrenaline! LOL! 

Forming the balls was easy once you have the right amount (or shall I say, huge amount) of butter cream added to the cake crumbs. Making the ball stay in that form was the difficult part.

When we tried sticking the lollipop sticks into the balls, we sometimes ended up with the balls breaking apart.

When we succeeded in getting the stick into the ball without breaking it, the ball would still end up breaking apart or crumbling the minute we dipped them into the melted chocolate. 

So, not willing to give up on this new found craze, I googgled cake pops for days, watching video after video on YouTube (goes to show you how much time I spend at the airport waiting for my flights! LOL!).

That’s when I discovered the cake pop maker!

After further research, I decided that I am going to get one of this awesome gadgets that will once and for all, take away the stress of making cake pops! LOL!

I thought only my job was stressful! LOL!

I ordered my cake pop maker from an online shop called BarangOverseas. You can find them on Facebook.

My cake pop maker finally arrived after some initial disappointment of not being able to play with it over an extended weekend when the courier service closed for the weekend due to the public holiday. 

Anyway, as soon as the package arrived, I immediately opened it and wanted to immediately try making some cake pops. But when I checked the gadget, I noticed that the top cover was swaying from side to side. Thinking that it might be a faulty appliance and not wanting to have the warranty forfeited if I start using it, I consulted with the supplier I bought the gadget from.

Unfortunately the supplier has never used the gadget before but has never had any complaints from customers regarding it. She suggested that I give it a go first and if it causes problems, to have it returned. However, she no longer has the 12 hole cake pop maker. She only has the 7 hole maker. Bummer!

Anyway, as suggested, the following weekend, I decided to give the cake pop maker a go.

At the 1st attempt, I had some that were round, some that were flat. 

I tried the recipe that came with the cake pop maker.

The taste was nice though. 

Despite all the lopsidedness, I ended up eating everything up over a span of a few days. No wonder I have gained so much weight! LOL!

Not satisfied, a week later, I made a 2nd attempt using the same recipe which came with the pop maker which I had used in my 1st attempt, but this time I tried using self-rising flour instead. 

So much for self-rising flour, instead of rising high, I ended up with all my cake pops turning out flat! Only one or two pieces rise. I just don’t get it!

Since the taste was nice, though it did not look good, I decided not to waste it and instead went ahead to dip them in chocolate, put them into small gold coloured paper cups, which made them look really nice, and have some of them wrapped up in lollipop wraps.

I think no one noticed that they were supposed to be round like a ball. 

I gave them all away to friends and relatives as taste test. 

No one can complain when they are free, right? LOL! *wink* 

Not willing to give up on making the cake pops, I posted on FB asking for some advice. I also spent whatever spare times I had, again, waiting at the airport for my flight, googgling for other cake pop recipes.

I came across 2 sites and they have the same recipe. One even had a step by step photo, which really helped.

You can find the recipes here and here.

Not all the balls came out all nice and rounded. Quite a few did not rise high enough to reach the top of the cover, causing the balls to crack slightly at the top.

At the 1st round of this 3rd attempt, I only filled up 5 holes. I did not want to waste my batter if the attempt fails again.

I did a few tests by either adding more or lesser batter into the holes with each try, and also adjusting the timing. By the time I got the amount and timing right, I ran out of batter! LOL!

Anyway, I am quite satisfied with this 3rd attempt. Although not all of them turned out perfectly round, I like the taste from this recipe. It is very nice. Not too sweet

The texture is also just right. Not too light. Not too dense.

I guess this is a true and tried recipe. Even my son who usually does not eat much of any of my baking, except my Carrot Cakes, loves them.

He finished 4 sticks in just one sitting! Now that’s what I call being appreciative! LOL!

I went ahead to dip the cake pops into melted chocolate, and even went further ahead to add some decorations to the cake pops for this photo session taking just to show you that at least I have found the right recipe to make these cake pops.

I think I prefer the cake pops in a cupcake rather than just on a stick. It makes decorating easier. It is easier to serve too. I don’t need any special plate or Styrofoam box to serve them. 

Don’t you think these cake pops look lovely and yummy?

You can order them from me if you want to *wink*, but just don’t expect 100% perfectly round balls. But I assure you the taste is nice. ;)

Next, I am going to try other recipes like chocolate cake pops, red velvet and others.

I am also going to try other forms of decorations. Keep checking back!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Finally got my ribbons organised!

I have loads of ribbons!

I think many of my crafting friends know that. Heheh.....

Each time I need a certain colour ribbon, I'd be looking high and low for them. They are upstairs in my craft room, or downstairs in the dining room cum craft area.

When I can't find the colour I need, I would go out a buy a new roll only to come back and find that I already have one in that colour! LOL! *grin*

So, a few months back, I chance upon this Tilda ribbon rack at Kelvin's when I went over  to get some supplies for a quilt I am doing.

I just can't resist buying it and immediately came back to organize my stash of ribbons! 

Don't they all look neat all organized?

But this is only 1/3rd of my ribbon collection!

I need to go and get maybe another one or maybe 2 more in order to have all my ribbons neatly organized! *grin*

For now, I will just have to be satisfied with this one rack. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Zippered pouch by Uniquely Aznique!

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