I’m Grateful Today [27.06.15]

every saturday starting today, i’m going to write a grateful blog entry to highlight my entire week. i’m running out of things to share for the reason that i’m just at home most of the time. how i wish that i’m just relaxing like sleeping whenever i like or go out anywhere anytime i want. my “wake up -> put baby to sleep -> do chores (if only baby is asleep) -> feed baby -> wait for hubby -> night time and sleep with baby” life is making me crazy. extreme boredom craziness.

the reason i’m starting this grateful weekly post is that my maternity leave is about to end soon and i have mixed emotions about it. i’ll be able to go out again and not stuck at home, earn money again and i can buy anything i want for myself or for my family. but then it also means less time with my son because he’ll be left at the daycare and strangers will look after him. i feel like crying as i write this post. :(

somehow, writing a weekly entry of the great things that’s happening to me whether big or small, will serve as a therapy and prepare me before i go back to work.

  • weekly wednesday visits to a friend’s house.
  • walking at the park with baby. he was fussy and crying non-stop at home so decided to bring him out for a walk. he seems to enjoy it and easily fell asleep few minutes after.
  • i’m no longer afraid to give him a bathe because he’s not as tiny as he used to (but he’s growing fast and i miss the small him).
  • i received the book i won from an auction. it’s second hand but in excellent condition as brand new and cheaper too. we will read books for now as i don’t want baby to be expose to too much tv and gadgets.
  • went out for a walk at rapaki today with friends (and ate lots of food afterwards).
  • drying clothes in this winter coldness is not a problem anymore. laundromat stations are heaven-sent for those who wish to wash and dry bulks of item. W-O-O-H-O-O!

big or small moments, i will always be grateful. :)

Happy Father’s Day

ok lang kung mas favorite ka ni bebe kesa sa akin…

… at least ako naman ang kamukha. hehehe!

to my friend, husband and cook…happy father’s day. love you…BOAT!

Baking: Rainbow Cupcakes

my hands are itching to bake again. i asked my husband if he’s ok to look after the baby for a couple of hours just so i can do my baking. he’s fine with it. i’m blessed to have a loving and supporting husband who always keeps up with my craziness. ;)

i decided to make a very simple cupcake recipe which is rainbow cupcakes. the food colourings at the shelf are now begging “gamitin mo na kami!“. i think i already made this cupcake before but that was a total disaster because i used regular fresh milk instead of buttermilk which i normally use for baking. it didn’t turn out well and only end up in the rubbish bin.

now, i came up with a better version. i wish i could make the best version but i don’t have enough time to prepare because baby needs to be fed and put to sleep. life now as it turns out,

baby’s sleeping time = mommy’s sleeping time

ingredients

  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 tbsp baking powder
  4. 3/4 cup buttermilk
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 125g unsalted butter
  7. 3 eggs
  8. food colouring (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, violet)

for the buttercream icing

  1. 200g butter
  2. 2 1/2 cups icing sugar
  3. 2 tbsp vanilla
  4. 2 tbsp buttermilk
  5. sprinkles for frosting (optional)

steps

  • preheat oven to 180c.
  • put together the flour, sugar and baking powder. then make a well at the center and put the wet ingredients – buttermilk, vanilla, butter and eggs. mix batter for 4 minutes until well combined.
mix all ingredients until well combined

mix all ingredients until well combined

  • divide the batter into equal parts (number of food colourings you have). in my case, i only got four. haha! add a tsp of food colouring into each mixture.
add a teaspoon of food colouring in each mixture

add a teaspoon of food colouring in each mixture

  • drop at least a teaspoon of each coloured mixture into each cupcake slot until the tray is full.
scoop into the cupcake pan until full

scoop into the cupcake pan until full

  • bake for 20 minutes.
  • remove from the pan and let it cool for frosting.
  • for the icing, beat the butter, vanilla, icing sugar and milk until well combined.
  • apply on top of each cooled cupcake.

i said earlier that i can still create the best version because…

  • …nakalimutan ko gawin yung icing! i’m in a complete hurry to finish because it’s already past baby’s sleeping time and he’s still awake. slight guilty lang na may time pa ako mag bake pero dapat patulugin na si baby.
  • …kulang ang color ng rainbow. hahaha! i only have 4 (red, green, blue, yellow). i remember, di ba tinuro sa art subject ang primary and secondary colors and hindi ko man lang na apply ang knowledge na yun?! red + blue = purple and red + yellow = orange. 
rainbow cupcakes

rainbow cupcakes

finished product

finished product

there’s always a next time. :)

bright and colorful

bright and colourful

n.b: response to The Daily Post challenge -> Roy G. Biv

Fourth Month

where did the time go? :( my baby is now 4 months old. he is growing rapidly and i can’t stop the time. it’s true. savor and enjoy every single moment with them because what once a tiny creature, he is now a screaming wriggly little boy. still cute but starting to get in your nerves – haha. i got sick recently, blame it to the cold weather but here’s my baby all healthy and well. these moments are what i’m thankful for (*mom heaved a huge sigh of relief*).

for his fourth month mini birthday, we went to la porchetta pizzeria for dinner. hubby asked me if i want to go out and of course, bored and crazy all day taking care of the baby i said “yes”.

every time we go out, hubby is in charge of the baby. he’s giving me time to rest for few hours.

good thing, we bought a cake before we went for dinner because the stall was already closed when we’re about to go home. a small celebration awaits us for baby’s milestones and good health. love you baby.

cake for baby? or mom? ;)

cake for baby? or mom? ;)

n.b: can’t take a decent photo because he starts to be makulit. ayan na!

Back to Walking

after a year of hiatus, i’m finally back at rapaki. i was not pregnant yet the last time i’ve been there.

it’s nice to be here again. the hills always bring happy memories of me and my husband when it was only just the two of us. despite the struggle, we always make sure to reach the finish line. the hard work pays off whenever we see the hills, sunset and the flock of sheep roaming freely along the country side. there’s also a nice view overlooking christchurch upon reaching the top.

♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ the hills are alive with the sound of music ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫

♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ the hills are alive with the sound of music ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫

four months after giving birth, i feel that my body is back to normal and i can do long walks again. i need to be active to shed the extra weight i gain from the pregnancy. i reached 80kg at the end of the pregnancy and i’m now at the 66-67kg range (69kg if i ate too much – lol) and i’m hoping to reach my pre-pregnancy weight of 60kg. libre naman mangarap no! it is challenging because i’m also exclusively breastfeeding and i feel hungry all the time. i’m also not sweating that much here compared to when i was in sg and ph because nz has a cool climate all year round and winter is making it worse..good luck to me!

it's nice to be back in rapaki track.

it’s nice to be back

the spot behind me is the finish line

i can see the finish line :)

with the help of our trusty carrier, we can bring along the baby with us, snuggled and cozy inside. ;) we occasionally bring the pram with us to put our things underneath but we find the carrier convenient most of the time.

family hike

family hike

leisure nature walking

leisure nature walking

my fitness guru husband - haha

my fitness guru husband – haha

baby is enjoying the outdoors too. at four months, he is now alert and curious to look around. he’s also got lots of smiles too. :) he started laughing when we pushed the pram downhill. perhaps, he will be adventurous just like mom and dad!

lots of smiles :)

lots of smiles :) 

so bored with staying at home all day everyday for four months! but don’t get me wrong, i’m enjoying my time with baby. a nice walk on a lovely weather surely helps me get back my sanity. haha!

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