Friday, April 15, 2011

Pinning away on Pinterest

Hello, hello! I've been happily pinning away on ! What a fantastic visual bookmarking site, finally a place where I can share my collection of images that I enjoy from the web and access everybody else's. *love it*. Come see my visual boards at pinterest.com/stripeydots

Would love to see yours too!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Mr Men gingerbread cookies for a birthday cake


Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas; here's to a New Year filled with blessings!

One of the highlights of Christmas week this year was my attempt at hand-moulding gingerbread dough into Mr Men characters for my son's birthday cake. I used one Betty Crocker's Gingerbread Cookie Mix pouch; the dough was easy to work with and the resulting cookies were delicious.


With a Christmas lunch party to prepare for and host, I figured I'd go the quickie route and get a store-bought cake and then I'd customize it with the gingerbread cookies. And I was incredibly thankful for ready-made cookie icing, ha!


I loved how cute the birthday cake turned out! And of course it all mattered that my birthday boy - and Christmas Day baby - was thrilled with his cake.



Mr Bump, Little Miss Scary, Mr Happy, Mr Birthday gingerbread cookies

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fantastic XXX Blueberry cookies


Me oh my, where do I begin; Oatmeal Cookie Guy has done it again! His XXX Blueberry Cookies will rock your world; I've never tasted such intense blueberry flavor in a cookie before, it's just amazing. My boys and I couldn't stop devouring these just minutes out of the oven. I love the crunch from the turbinado sugar followed by the intense blueberry flavor. SO good!


I baked these around noon and these easily became our lunch, yeah... it's Summer, some rules get thrown out for now, hehheh. By the way, I did slightly modify the recipe by using dark chocolate chips instead of white chocolate chips. I love my dark chocolates! Thank you Mr Oatmeal Cookie Guy for another fabulous cookie recipe!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Today's breakfast...


... was a surprise bear cheese sandwich for this little boy. Notice how he eats the sides first and the cute bear last? On the other hand, his big brother ate the bear first and the sides last. My funny little boys.

Friday, July 16, 2010

This makes me smile: Raspberry Brie Panini


And it makes me super hungry too! Thank you Rock Recipes for sharing this fabulous recipe!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Good to be back

One month away.
Tropical Singapore.
Sweltering heat.
Refreshing rain storms.
Fantastic food.
Iconic buildings.
Beautiful wedding.
Treasured friends.
Loving family,
missing you.
But glad to be home.
Welcome Summer!
Hello routines.
Vaca's over,
now a new one begins!

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Hello again! Glad to be back home after spending all of June in Singapore where one of the highlights was my brother's wedding. Good fun! Well, we're officially over jetlag; little Adam took a tad longer to get back in sync which meant this Momma took an equally long time too. Did you like the poem (above)? Last night as I lay in bed, the little poem came to mind about our month-long trip. A good one to use on a scrapbook layout that I plan to create soon!


P/S: The stunning building behind us in the photo is Singapore's iconic building, the Marina Bay Sands hotel and casino. And the spiral-looking architecture behind us is the Helix Bridge - the world's first double-helix design - that leads to the hotel. It is the world’s first in architectural and engineering bridge design. Cool, huh!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tuesday's inspiration


This cute antique wooden envelope template certainly caught my eye! See more cute items at this wonderful Japanese store, Yozo Craft.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tuesday's inspiration


How cute are these fabric cupcakes! They're by Donna Downey, of course!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday's inspiration


I love these porcelain vases by Rae Dunn. What drew me especially were the patch of words, the uneven "folds" on the front, and the flower decals on the inside. Love. Love. Love!





Friday, April 23, 2010

I want me a Printers Tray


Printers Tray: Letterblock: Black w/Silver Handle (7 Gypsies)

I am like a tiger, prowling back and forth, waiting in anticipation for this Printers Tray to be released sometime this month I'm told. As soon as I see it selling on 2 Peas, I'm gonna hit that Buy button twice. Or maybe thrice. Hmmm... decisions decisions. Oh the many crafty ideas to embellish this Printers Tray!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Blueberry cornmeal muffins


I baked my first batch of cornmeal muffins last week. Can I say yum and yum again! The boys and I love the subtle crunch of the yellow cornmeal in each bite, but my husband... not so much. You see, I enjoy experiencing different textures when I eat; my husband... quite the opposite. O well.

The Land O Lake's recipe that I used was delicious, but I've just come across John Barricelli's cornmeal muffin recipe, Double Blueberry Muffins and it has caught my eye. Intriguing, he skipped the buttermilk. I'm definitely planning to make these real soon.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tuesday's inspiration


I took a double take when I saw these hand-crocheted butterflies, beautiful aren't they! They're from Oeuf; I would love to have them on my dining room wall.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Spring for strawberry shortcake parfait


Yesterday. After a few rounds of soccer and ball play and, of course, the favorite bike ride around the park, the boys and I capped off the warm Springbreak afternoon with some strawberry shortcake parfait ~ simple layers of angel cake, strawberry jam, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries. Delightful!


Monday, April 5, 2010

Chicken bbq panini


Saturday's lunch: Roast chicken breast, barbecue sauce, provolone cheese, red onion slices, avocado, roma tomato, crusty sourdough bread ~ all these went into the making of this tasty chicken barbecue panini, recipe from Tiffany Collins' 200 Best Panini Recipes. Note: Her recipe called for the use of french bread, but I opted for sourdough bread instead.



Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tuesday's inspiration


I'm captivated by Helen Dardik's beautiful illustrations. I love this particular one, Mary had a Little Unicorn; see more of her work at her etsy store Orange Studio and on her website.





Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spinach pesto my spaghetti, please


I made a delicious creamy batch of spinach pesto two nights ago. It's certainly a great way to use up baby spinach that were about to expire, and a sneaky way to add raw spinach into our diet. Being a garlic lover, I used 4 good size garlic cloves instead of three that was on the recipe. And I used slightly more than 3 tbs of pine nuts. I tossed this pesto with whole wheat spaghetti and served it with homemade meatballs. Yum!

So throughout dinner, I was crossing my fingers and keeping mum about the spinach aspect from my family. No worries as it turned out they loved it, especially my husband! Well, except for my eldest boy who gave it neither a thumbs up nor down. I reckon the bright green was too much for him, ha!

Anyhow, next time I shall use some fresh basil leaves instead of the dried ones; I bet it's gonna elevate it even more, can't wait!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Buckethead


We've had Summer-like weather the last few days, hence the tank-top and shorts on my little boy. He looked too cute in his bucket hat and matching red shorts, I just had to take a photo. Oh, it's one of his current favorite hats to wear while he plays. My funny little boy.

Happy first day of Spring tomorrow, everyone!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Crafty sneak peek ~ Two Already layout


This is an 8x8 layout that I did a while back of my eldest boy when he was 2 years old. He's now 6! Ahh... time is flying by so quickly; I'm sure all you Mommas out there can relate *smile*

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tuesday's inspiration ...2 days later


How cute is this Cowboy Bunny original! Love. Love. Love!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Crafty sneak peek ~ Apple layout


Here is a layout that I had completed on Monday. These are one of my favorite photos of my youngest boy when he was 7 months old; I'd handed a small apple to him and he was so intrigued by its bright red color.


As with babies and discovery, he tried his very best to shove it in his mouth but all he could manage to do was to kiss, lick, and suck on it. So very cute! On a side note, his favorite fruit til this very day is a juicy red apple.


I was thrilled that KI Memories' apple lace paper contrast nicely with the background cardstock from Basic Grey's vintage Sublime collection. The True Love tag was a free download from Studio Calico blog; thank you SC!