Thursday, August 21, 2014

Double-boiled pear & ginger - for cough and phlegm

Baby had his first flu when he was 6 months old after a visit to his pediatrician. I guessed he contracted the flu virus from sick kids in the clinic at that time. After browsing through some natural remedies about how to reduce cough and phlegm, I decided to make steamed onion juice.
Half a year later, he has his second flu. Me too. Boohoo. I don't like the taste of steamed onion juice, so this time I make double-boiled pear and ginger.

I use one Packham pear (peeled and cut into cubes) and a thumb-sized ginger (peeled and cut into 3-4 broad slices).
Put the pear cubes and ginger slices into a bowl. Add just enough water to cover them. You can add a teaspoon of molasses sugar (optional) if you like it. Then, I add some water into my SEED lunch box's stainless steel pot and put the bowl into it to create the double-boiling effect.

My double-boiled pear and ginger juice is ready in an hour's time. I pour about 2.5 ounces into a baby bottle attached with a feeding spoon to feed my baby. I eat the rest of the pear.

Can you see the baby's little hand in the background? :)

Is it effective? I cook twice (one week apart). After the first round, he still coughs but not as bad. He doesn't cough after the second round.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My boy turns one; me too :)

Luke turns one!
Achievement unlocked! My boy turns one; so am I. :)

The boy and his birthday presents.
The little one enjoyed his first birthday get-together last week.


Quoting this article, "Firstborn children aren't the only ones that turn one. So do new mothers."

And here's the video that goes with the quote. I cry buckets watching it.

So..... how's motherhood for the past ONE YEAR? Well, I've written bits and pieces about it. If you're interested, here they are: Pregnancy, Mommyhood, Baby


The statement above sums it up! Motherhood ain't easy. It's hard to be a working mom. The act of juggling - being a breastfeeding mother, an employee, and a wife - is not a skill that can be learned overnight. Words can't describe how tired I am at times. But the following image does it perfectly.


Thankless careers. Hahaha. To be honest, sometimes I secretly hope I'm still single. :P

On a lighter note...

Guilty as charged. :)


*fist bump*

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mixed Vegetables, Sausages & Cheese Pasta Bake

Mixed Vegetables, Sausages & Cheese Pasta Bake

The little boy's FIRST birthday's brunch is today! And... I make this quick and easy pasta bake! It's called Mixed Vegetables, Sausages & Cheese Pasta Bake.

I use San Remo's Spirals Pasta.

(Serves 6-8)

350g spiral pasta (1 bag)
500g mixed vegetables (1 bag), thawed overnight in fridge
10 sausages, sliced
2 cans Prego Cheese & Herbs sauce (290g each)
2/3 cup milk
Mozzarella & Cheddar cheese, shredded

How to:

1. Preheat oven to 220°C for at least 10 minutes.

2. Boil pasta with a bit of vegetable oil for about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

3. Boil sliced sausages in pasta water for about 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

4. In a large stock pot, pour in pasta, sausages, and mixed vegetables. Mix well with a spatula. Pour in Prego sauce and milk. Mix well.

5. Transfer everything into a 13"x9" roasting pan. Top with shredded cheese generously.

6. Bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes until top is golden brown.

Looks good!

Top with as much cheese as you like!

Bake for 30-40 minutes until top is golden brown.

Done! Ready to be served!

I'm linking this post to the event, Bake-Along #66: Theme - Baked Pasta organized by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours, Lena from Frozen Wings, and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Zucchini, Potato & Cheese Muffin Loaf

Zucchini, Potato & Cheese Muffin Loaf

Recipe adapted from the book
Breads & Muffins, p. 10.

(Makes 12 muffins or one 7"x7" square loaf)

(A) 1 medium Russet potato, peeled & shredded; 1/2 medium zucchini, shredded & drained

(B) 75g butter, melted; 2 cups all-purpose flour; 3/4 cup corn flour; 1 tablespoon baking powder; 1/2 teaspoon salt; 1 tablespoon muscovado sugar

(C) 2 small eggs; 1 cup milk; 40g Cheddar cheese, shredded

How to:

1. Preheat oven to 200°C for at least 10 minutes. Line a 7"x7" square cake tin with baking sheet.

2. Sift (B) in a large bowl. Add melted butter. Mix until combined.

3. Put (C) in a medium bowl and whisk well.

4. Add (A) into the egg-milk-cheese mixture. Then, pour this wet mixture into the flour-butter dry mixture. Stir until combined.

5. Pour batter into the prepared cake tin.

6. Bake for 45-50 minutes until top is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Leave to cool in the cake tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack for further cooling.

Before going into the preheated oven.

Bake for 45-50 minutes until top is golden brown.

Moist and hearty, good with your fav cuppa!


This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up (August 2014 Event: Flour) organized by Zoe (Bake for Happy Kids), Doreen (My Little Favourite DIY) and hosted by Diana (Domestic Goddess Wannabe).

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I'm also submitting this post to Cook-Your-Books #15 hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Trying out cloth diapering with MyEcoNappy

Disposable diapers. I can't live without them. I'm clueless about the traditional method of EC (elimination communication) whereby mothers read the baby's cue when he's about to pee or poo. I've no idea how that's even possible. Hahaha.
So, I stick to disposable diapers... until recently when I learn that cloth diapering is slowly gaining popularity among modern mothers.
Mommy Grace from Gracious Little Things recently blogged about 5 facts about cloth diapering. I'm quite concerned after reading her blog post, especially #2 and #3.
Fact #2: Disposable diapers contain chemicals like dioxin, which according to certain parties are responsible for immune system deficiencies, cancer and hormonal concerns.
Fact #3: ONE baby alone can use up to 6,000 diapers - that's almost enough diapers to equal the weight of a car. Malaysia has about 600,000 babies a year. Now, imagine all those diapers in landfills.
Before that, I've tried to understand cloth diapering by reading mommy Eva's blog. She has an extensive collection of reviews about different cloth diapers.
And so, I bought a box of MyEcoNappy as recommended by Eva.
Cool Fit Reusable One-Size Diaper

There are 4 Covers/Shells (one not in photo)
and 6 Reusable Soakers in the box.

Easy to use because these cloth diapers resemble disposables.
1) Adjust desired cover/shell size by using the snap buttons.
2) Fold soaker with product label inside.
3) Place pre-fold soaker with pattern design facing up onto opened diaper cover.
4) Diaper baby and fasten snugly.
Photo source

I like the velcro-style fastening. It resembles disposables (familiarity is important for me), allows flexible size adjustment, and easy to use. It's really strong and my boy can't pry it off.

The outer cover is made from breathable waterproof material to prevent leaks whereas the inner cover is made from soft cool-fit material to keep baby dry and comfortable.
The three-fold soakers absorb pee fast and hold a lot of it for a long time. The three panels are made of two materials. The middle panel (as shown in image above) is antibacterial bamboo fleece. The other two panels are super absorbent micro terry.
Assembling the cover and soaker.

The snap buttons are used to create an M-sized diaper.

Fastened snugly over his little bottom. :)

Since I'm pretty new to cloth diapering, my requirements are pretty simple.

  • The cloth diapering system must be simple and as close as possible to disposables.
  • Affordable!
  • One size fits all so that I don't over-buy wrong sizes as he grows.
  • Baby's bottom stays dry and comfortable. Must not cause rashes and infections.
  • Easy to use and hassle-free when it comes to cleaning.

MyEcoNappy meets all my requirements!

The boy rocks his little baby blue diaper...

...as well as the green one...

...and the yellow one. :)
Learn more about MyEcoNappy Diapering System.
Note: This is not a sponsored post.


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