11 August 2014

8.8.2014 - Firas turns 6!

Syukur Alhamdulillah, our small family gathering cum Firas’s birthday celebration turned out well and proceeded as planned. Being a mak yong who is still in the early stage, I had to take an off day on Friday to do the prep i.e. do the shopping, siang ayam daging, masak nasi impit and agar-agar, etc. Me and hubby also had a quick outing to Jusco for my birthday’s lunch treat and scouting for Firas’s birthday gift. I’ve also intended to bake a marble cheese brownie the same day, but the plan did not materialize anyway. Too tired already plus we also had open house jiran that night which the mommies (especially!) mkn2 and borak like nobody business from 9.20pm until almost 12 midnight! huhhh

Saturday came, I hit the kitchen as early as 4.30am. Sambung siang daging (semlm tak sempat kiki), stopped for Subuh prayer and started the cooking process. Line ups of the day – nasi beriyani, ayam masak merah, kari daging, acar timun, nasi impit, lontong, sambal ikan bilis, serunding daging, rendang daging (import mak punyer hehe), agar2 gula Melaka, kek lapis Sarawak (bos kasik), watermelon and air oren. I don’t have a big rice cooker, hence need to cook the nasi twice.

Penat? yes definitely. I had to take panadol that night, mmg sakit kepala yg amat. Happy? of course!!! Seronok dapat jamu orang2 tersayang dengan hasil air tangan sendiri yg tak seberapa. Most importantly, the chance to strengthen the loves n bonding that already exists amongst us, that’s priceless. Our kids especially the birthday boy pun mmg sgt2 hepi dapat celebrate besday dgn cousin2 mereka…Alhamdulillah.
Do we want to have another round of makan2 next year? Insya Allah. tapi catering la kotss hihi…tak larat la nak masak utk ramai orang. Kudrat dah kureng…baru masak sikit dah sakit pinggang yg amats.

 cake topper buat last minute :)

 surprise birthday gift!

 with umi and papa

 pak ngah's family

 chocolate indulgence by SR

the surprise gift i.e. Bumblee bee stands proud next to the cake hehe

 cousins dah berkumpul n ready

 host of the day..muka keletihan amats

06 August 2014

Raya ke-3 di Bukit Merah Laketown

It was quite an impromptu decision for us to have a short family gathering during our Raya holidays. Hubby discussed with his siblings (I think a week before Raya) and finally reached a consensus, yes it was going to be a one-night stay at Suria Service Apartment, Bukit Merah Laketown. Hubby went thru all the booking process this time (which is so unlike him since almost 90% of our family holidays normally were done by meself hehe).  He booked 4 units of 1-bedroom apartment thru Agoda at RM190 per unit incl breakfast. 

So on the 3rd day of Raya off we went to Bukit Merah. Journey is less than 1hr from mil’s house. We had our home-cooked lunch at one of the pergola nearby the pool. Menu is udang gemuk2 masak sos, ayam goreng kicap & sardine. Dessert ada kek suji, lemon cake, rv cake n mocha cake. Dasat woo sumer food habis..mmg sedap msk sendiri even though sempoi jer! Lepas kenyang apa lagi, kids terus terjun pool since tak boleh check in lagi. Mandi dari pukul 1pm+..until 3pm. We had a bad experience during checking in. They are supposed to let us in by 3pm, but our rooms were still not ready and been informed the earliest we can check in will be at 3.30pm! Teruk sangat rasa..sian mak ayah and bebudak dah kepenatan. Front counter mmg agak havoc sket sbb ramai guest mmg tak happy dgn situation tuh. I guess orang lambat check out kot…hence housekeeping tak sempat nak clean up the room by 3pm. 

Finally by 4pm semua berjaya check in. Hish geram yg amat ok. Lepas check in semua terbongkang kepenatan. Mlm pegi tgk fire show dekat Laketown resort…kasi kids main games kejap..then terus balik. The next morning kasi can kids mandi lagi pool sampai 11am…then pukul 12 barula check out n pulang semula ke kampung halaman and sambung beraya lagi hehe


05 August 2014

Gravida 5, Para 3 (+1)

....as written on the front page of my yellow-colored prenatal book.

I didn’t survive my previous gravida 2, God knows well what’s best for its servant and we accepted it wholeheartedly without much questions. Then came my cheeky and handsome little Firas to add more colors to our lives, followed by baby Ammar, who still becomes my lil baby until today, well at least until his real ‘adik baby’ borns into this world.

So they are my 3 little boys who made us smiles and laugh during their sweet n angelic behavior, the same that made us scream and mad over their tantrums n whatnots. 

The current gravida 5 has its own challenge. Migraine, nausea, tiredness…these 3 becomes my best buddies ever since I figured out I am expecting another baby. I didn’t vomited, I have no problem eating any food, I have no problem to cook, but to my surprise I lose some kilos for the past 3 months. I got migraine attack (or at least headache) almost every day, which I tried my best to avoid taking paracetamol during this early stage, that makes the headache worsen and lasted for days. On certain days I surrendered and took the paracetamol, if not I don’t think I’ll be able to leave the bed, go to the office and continue my usual routines like other normal people. Oh I just don’t like this hormonal change in the body, and pray that this will not prolong until the 2nd trimester.

Back in kampung during raya, it seems like most of hubby’s relatives already knew I am pregnant. When we went to a relative house in Sg Petani, hubby’s cousin even asked ‘so dah brape bulan nih?’ Obviously they didn’t see my tummy cause it is still flat (tak tipu tau hehe), but surprisingly the story of ‘Yati getting preggie again’ spread faster than I thought! Malunya!!

The pressure that I got this time is different. If during Ammar’s time I am ALL OK if it is a boy (again!), but this time it seems that everybody (well at least almost everyone that I bumped into) is hoping it is a GIRL. Especially my mom and mil…and Idlan…and Firas…well everyone! To be honest, I am redha and pasrah if it turns out to be a boy, but the thought of revealing the baby’s gender to umi, mak and the rest scares me a bit. Harapan menggunung dari mereka I tell you. But again Allah knows best, and me as the one that is carrying this tiny lil creature in my body only hope that he or she is healthy and complete, and that my pregnancy and later the journey towards labor is smooth without any complications. That’s what I’ve been hoping and praying in each of my du’a.

I have a friend who have 4 girls and now finally is expecting a boy for her fifth pregnancy. I have a colleague who has 4 straight boys and then only followed by two girls. I have a friend who has 3 boys and that’s it. So what’s the big deal if my fourth one turns out to be a boy (again)? me and hubby has decided that this will be our last one…and still both of us are OK if it is a BOY.

So lil baby, whether you are a boy or girl, mama and abah still loves you unconditionally. And because of that, pls grow healthily inside your mommy’s tummy ok!

Salam Aidilfitri 2014

Antara gambar yg sempat di capture di pagi Raya di Ampang. After lunch, kami bergerak pulang ke Kulim, Kedah dan sambung beraya selama hampir seminggu! Selama 5 hari di sana, mmg everyday kuar beraya dari pagi hingga ke lewat petang. Flat yg amat toksah ckp, migrain pon menjadi teman setia sepanjang raya :(
Apa-apa pun syukur anak2 semua sihat dan happy dpt beraya ke rumah sanak saudara, dapat main bunga api 3x, dapat main air dan berendam dlm pool @ Bukit Merah pada raya ke-3, dan memacam lagiklah aktiviti depa sepanjang kat kampung...uishh mmg marvellous raya kali ni :)

Semua gambar dekat Ampang je...kat Kulim langsung x snap picture sebab bz jalan raya :p

26 July 2014

Blueberry cheese tart

My last update b4 hari raya i presume. These cuties took me about 3hrs in the kitchen. From the shell making..up to the baking time perghhh. Tedious, nice n looks appealing..tp bila mkn kejap je abis!!! hehe
Anyway this yr i dont bake any cakes for raya. Problem to store the cake in my mom's fridge which always operate n occupied at its full capacity. Problem no 2 is ofcoz malas la kan..enough said :p
Today's theme is spring cleaning! Hubby is sweet enough to change the curtain (well after all every yr he was incharged of our curtain..i is fail bab psg curtain! haha bocor rahsia), Idlan assisted to vacuum the house, Firas helped me to clean n wash the tart casing, and Ammar as usual refused to do anything other than playing wif ipad! ok takpe kasik can sementara dia masih 'baby' in the house esok bila dh besar konfem mama kerah tenaga jugak :)
Packing is 80% done. Lemau giler bila pk. Esok double lemau time nk unpack.
Massive traffic every where towards east n north since yesterday. Traffic is crawling real bad..i hope everyone will hv a safe journey towards ur destination insya Allah.
We'll be celebrating our first Eid in Ampang yeyyy. After lunch we'll depart to Kulim Kedah insya Allah. Kids keep asking "bila kita nk blk kampung nih". Kids being kids..i guess i was just like them during my childhood yrs hehe.
So till then. Selamat menjalani ibadah puasa..dan Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all my friends, readers, silent readers, peminat, etc haha. Maaf Zahir Batin dr kami sekeluarga..moga anda semua ceria dan sihat di hari raya amin.

25 July 2014

Beef lasagna

Puas mencari lasagna sheet di nsk, 99 speedmart n kedai runcit..semua misi gagal. Dr last week ngidam nk wat lasagna. Mujur ada sahabat baik yg sudi kasi extra lasagna sheetnya...tq yer Fara..jasamu kukenang!!
Inti lasagna senang je. Meat sauce tuh tumis bwg holland, bwg putih, minced meat, button mushroom, carrot, capsicum n tomato puree. Perasakan dgn garam gula n black pepper. adik iparku buh nenas sama..lg sedap!
white sauce pon senang je. 2tbs butter, 2tbs flour, fresh milk n cheddar. Agak2 je yer milk n cheddar tuh..msk smpi kuah pekat.
Cara assembly:
meat sauce-lasagna-meat sauce-white sauce-lasagna..ulang2. last skali mesti white sauce n tabur grated cheddar n oregano. Kebetulan oregano abis..saya buh je mixed herbs. Then bakar for 40min-50min depends on ur oven.
So hari ni kita mkn beef lasagna yer. Ku goreng jugak mee sebagai sampingan. Mee kering tanpa asid borik ni dibeli drpd jiran..texture halus lebih kurang meggi...harap2 sedap. Sepeket rm5..mmg mahal sket dr mee kuning biasa...tp sihat sbb takde asid borik dan kapur :)

23 July 2014

Resepi: Biskut Nestum Crunchy

Resepi dpt dari Farra...mmg terbaikla biskut nih. Masalahnya bila letak kismis, kids tak layan. Next time kena letak chocolate chips kot..baru depa suka. Anyway saya mmg suka texture biskut nih...agak rangup dan crunchy, rasa pun healthy...ala2 biskut oat gitu :)

Sape suke nestum wajib try biskut nih..insya Allah senang je steps dia..rasa pon terbaik :)

250g butter
100g kismis (boleh ganti choc chips)
2 cwn tepung gandum
1 cwn tepung jagung
3 cwn nestum
1 cwn gula kaster
1 biji telur
1tsp esen vanilla

Pukul butter dgn gula hingga putih. Masukkan telur dan esen vanilla, kacau sebati. Masukkan semua tepung dan nestum..then kismis. Uli hingga sebati. Bentukkan ikut shape yg anda suka (bulat je senang...sbb susah nak guna mould biskut ni akan mengembang). Bakar dlm oven selama 15min or so..depends pd oven korang.

21 July 2014

Recipe: Coconut and Cranberry Cookies

Thanks to K.Tie for sharing this lovely recipe.  The biscuit turns out to be very crunchy, not too sweet, it has lil bit of that sour taste thanks to the presence of dried cranberry :) Nevertheless, I’m the only one in the house that loves this biscuit, the rest doesn’t appear to like it because of that cranberry. Hurmm anything that comes with berry including kismis..mesti derang tak suke haishhh. Tahu tak kome harga cranberry ni mahal? haha sabor jela. Anyway the recipe was posted via our geng lunch group in WA..i made an effort to type it here in case I lose the image later.

225g butter
140g castor sugar
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
2tsp vanilla extract
280g plain flour
40g desiccated coconut
60g dried cranberries – I add lil bit more since I hv more!

Put the butter n sugar into a bowl. Mix well with a wooden spoon, then beat in the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Sift together the flour and a pinch of salt into the mixture, add the coconut and cranberries and stir until thoroughly combined. Scoop up tablespoons of the dough and place in moulds spaced well apart. (I scooped out smaller than a tablespoon, glad I did that because the dough turns out sangat mengembang ok!)
Bake for 12-15min until golden brown.

Review: biskut ni sangat sempoi dan senang. Must try especially for beginners or orang yg malas mcm saya. Bahan2 tak byk…steps sempoi je…takyah nak tekan2 guna mould…easy peasy dan yg penting sedap!

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