My favourite Christmas present for this year is an unexpected gift from a colleague. Was pleasantly surprise as I wasn’t expecting a gift from her. At first glance when I unwrapped the present, it was a lovely ornamental cross. I do not usually like ornamental gifts as I do not have much space to display them. However, the verse on this cross spoke to me so much and encouraged me much. Am tremendously blessed by this gift.
My most satisfying accomplishment for this year end holiday has definitely got to be our minor home renovations, tidying up the house and doing some organization. We finally got down to doing some additional cabinets for our room, Daniel’s room and a long overdued study table. Because of the installation of the cabinets and cabinets, we were also forced to do massive cleaning and reorganisation. It was thus a pretty busy school holiday. Glad I managed to get everything done before Christmas and before I came down with a terrible flu virus which went on for a week. Even as I write, I am still battling the remnants of a nasty cough which keeps me awake at night!
Anyway, Ivan and I couldn’t be more happy with the state of our house now. We each have our own wardrobe now, so no more fighting for space. I like to complain to him that after we got married, I had to downgrade my wardrobe space cos have to share with him. Also, the house has never been neater since Daniel came. His toys can finally be nicely tucked into his cabinet and not in boxes all around the house. And I am so happy that I finally have a study table again since our old one collapsed two years ago. For the last 2 years, the study table has been the dining table or bed. I am the sort who likes sitting at a table to do work, so it really feels good to have a study table again 🙂 This messy wife also managed to put some order by organising the stuff in the drawers, cabinets and shelves.
Feeling so blissful with a neater house with everything in it’s place. Now the challenge is to maintain it!
This Christmas, we decided to bake big, soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies for Ivan’s colleagues and Daniel’s teachers.
And so we had a baking date 🙂 Daniel was carted away by the grandparents and we spent a whole afternoon baking.
We have always liked the soft and chewy kind of chocolate chip cookies – the Subway kind, so we decided to do those instead of the usual crunchy chocolate chip cookies which we usually do. We decided to use this recipe by Martha Stewart.
They turned out to be quite yummy. However, we noticed that the cookies do not keep that well and go soft and crumbly quite quickly so we had to refrigerate them.
I have been miserably sick the past few days with the end still not in sight. Caught a horrid flu bug from our relatives from down under. They caught it while they were in HK. This bug is sure nasty. Fourth day running and still feels terrible! I was so disappointed to miss the Christmas production by our church again this year 😦 Last year we missed it too as we were all down with gastric flu. Also missed a few Christmas gatherings with friends due to the flu. Was super grouchy and grumpy on Sunday. To cheer me up, Ivan took me and Daniel on a car ride through Orchard Rd on Sunday night since I was not well enough to go out yet. It turned out to be quite lovely. Have not had a chance to visit Orchard yet this Christmas. Though it was only a drive through the area, the pretty dazzling sights went a long way to add some cheer in the midst of this dreary sickness. Perhaps will do a walk through Orchard Rd next Christmas 🙂
One of my best friends was married last week. Really such a joy and privilege to be able to be part of the wedding entourage. And am indeed honoured to be her only ‘jie mei’. Am so happy that she found a good husband. The feeling of your best friend – one whom you have known since secondary school getting married is rather overwhelming. I remember times in the past, when we were just secondary school girls, talking about our future Prince Charming. So glad she finally found hers! Before I left for her place in the morning, spent some time praying for her and for God’s grace to cover the event. And God is so faithful. The weather was so beautiful until the event was over in the afternoon and it started to pour. And there was a wonderful atmosphere during the whole day’s event.
Had a great baking session with fellow school counsellors Theresa and Ilyana.
It was our date for the school holidays and was glad we managed to do it! Enjoyed session together and the bonding over baking 🙂
We did peanut butter banana cupcakes and nutella chocolate chip cookies.
Our products were not that successful. We felt that the cupcakes were too dry and couldn’t taste the nutella in the cookies. I thought the cookies were too sweet too.
But it was a great time anyway …… and Theresa’s parents and husband enjoyed the cupcakes and cookies 🙂
It has all along been my dream to own a set of Corelle. This is especially so after my parents got their own set after moving to their new place 2 years back. Back then, they bought a set. The design was warm pansy which also happens to be my favourite design! Finally decided to make my dream come true by purchasing a set at the Robinson’s Private sale this month! I am now a happy gal owning my own Corelle dinnerware set! Got it at a good price at the sale 🙂 Spent ages deciding on what design to get and finally decided on the Frost design. Happy!