Saturday, December 31, 2011

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin

I did my research and found out that muffins are the easiest to bake. I would even consider taking pastry classes at onlinecourses.net to learn some new recipes.

Initially, I wanted to bake a low-fat blueberry muffin from the baking 100 everyday recipe book. But I found this recipe that doesn't require butter at allrecipes.com so I thought of giving it a try.

Here's my modified ingredients for 16 muffins:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • Combine egg, oil, milk and vanilla extract.
  • Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  • Fold in banana and chocolate chips.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  • Bake at 250 degrees for 22-25 minutes or until a cake-tester comes out clean.
  • Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to wire racks.

All set as the timer ticks...

Tada! A little burnt...

Second round was better.

It turned out pretty good. But need more banana the next bake.

Psychologically-satisfied, I'm enjoying my muffin knowing there was no butter but only the best of olive oil.

Now, I'm a proud pastry chef/baker's daughter, who can bake LOL.

Happy baking and a blessed New Year!

P/S: See you next year.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Truly Blessed Christmas

At the end of November, Christine ran a Christmas Giveaway contest on The Wanderer's Journal.

Although I had been looking at ovens, I have yet to get it. Nonetheless, I really wanted the book on baking she was giving away to the winners. So, I participated.

I didn't win, initially. But the winner did not claim the prize within 48 hours, hence Christine ran another random number generator. And so I won one of the books on baking!

On the first week of December, Christine posted the book right away and within 2 days, I received it. After looking through, I had placed it on the book shelf. I mean I couldn't do much, I didn't have an oven. I had to settle for no bake chocolate walnut cake and rice cooker carrot cake remember?

Thanks to Christine, I really love the handy book.

If you want free recipes, click over to The Wanderer's Journal. You'll be mesmerised by the pictures and you'll get step by step baking recipes.

Are you wondering what's behind the book in the picture above?

Well, it is a surprise Christmas gift from the hubster.

I literally ripped the wrapper off!

Tada! My very first oven.

I love the oven to bits not just because it is my first oven, but it is a gift well-thought of. The hubster believes in me more than I do myself, and that's the reason I treasure him so very much. He is not just my best friend, he is one person who supports my growth (since I was a teenager until I am an adult today) and pulls me towards my highest potentials.

Anyway, I lifted the book from the shelf and looked through for my first attempt to bake (after more than 6 years of living without an oven). I've picked one and I'm looking forward to the weekend baking. So, come back later to find out how the bake turns out!

Happy holidays and a blessed new year!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Churp Churp Christmas Giveaway

I have accepted the challenge!

This is my virgin participation at Churp Churp. And I'm crossing my fingers hard to be invited for the Christmas Gift Exchange.

Therefore, I am committed to start and/or end your day with a hearty laugh.

The funny video is so hilarious, you'll love to LIKE the video here>>>

You can tweet it and leave a comment too.

It'll be very much appreciated. After all, the path to greatness is together. So feel free to share it with your friends and earn me a few more LIKES.
Churp Churp Christmas Giveaway
Source: Churp Churp Blog
Many thanks in advance and have a blessed holiday celebration!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Wedding Dedication

Yesterday we attended my cousin’s wedding at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Penang.

To me, it's the wedding of the year! The bride was gorgeously beautiful and the groom was stunningly dashing. And it brought back many fond memories...
2011                                                   1986

I’ve known her my whole life. She has been there since my birth. And the wonderful thing is she is exactly one month older than I am.
On my first birthday, trying to grab Grace's egg
My 3rd birthday, a month after Grace's
We had the same dress in different colours
We went to kindy and graduated together
We went to school (activities) together
We graduated together, though she had always been the smarter one

Many will not grasp or even comprehend my love for Grace. So I thought it would be appropriate to write a poem on our lives growing up together.

Grace, I’ve known you since forever
Ever since the time I can remember
It has now been more than 28 years
Haven’t we had much fun and tears?

As children, we were pretty much inseparable
I looked up to you as a sister and a role model
We shared the deepest secrets and told some lies
We cycled, we explored and we looked at guys

With being playful and mischievous over the time
You’re not just my cousin but my partner in crime
Whenever I was in trouble, there without a doubt
You would always be by my side bailing me out

It has truly been an honour to be at your wedding party
Even the old photos confirm “where Grace is, there is Jamie”
Not only were you my cousin, you were my best friend
And that is what I will be holding on until the very end

Grace and Paris, the ride together is much better
Take each day and cherish your time together
And take time to love and stand for one another
So here is to love, joy and happily ever after

Have a blessed journey as husband and wife!

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