Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer Splash: Accessories

Who doesn't love summer?

Even in Malaysia though it's practically summer all year long, we love summer for the sales that comes along. But mostly I love the colours and vibrancy of summer.

This season, are you thinking of getting a couple pieces of accessories to glam up your look? Maybe a bracelet or two and a ring?

Here are my summer splash on accessories: hairbands, an anklet and a ring. Look how gorgeous these little gems are!
From top clockwise: hairbands 3 for RM4.90 only,
silver ring RM30, handmade anklet RM30
To me, these pieces are perfect. That's what I love about summer splash. They are whimsical and doesn't shout too much for attention, as they keep an outfit nonchalant and not too sophisticated. Summer splash doesn't need to be a splurge. If you're a hunter, you'll find what you want.

Now, what about you? What type of jewellery or accessories would you match your summer style with?

Happy summer shopping!

This week, we're hanging out at yeah write with other amazing writers worldwide.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Green Hosting Malaysia

Source: Google image
For some time now, I've wondered if it really is worth it to have my own domain. I mean, why pay for hosting and domain when I've been with Blogger for more than 8 years, and it's absolutely free! So it makes perfect sense to simply stick with Blogger.

Nonetheless, bloggers who have their own domains, have been bugging me to get my own domain and they do make reasonable grounds to aid my decision making.

You see... buying and owning our own domain is similar to owning our own house, and using free sites like Blogger, WordPress or Tumblr is quite comparable to renting. Well, owning is better than renting. Yes?

Being the skeptic that I am, I couldn't decide especially when hosting may cost a bomb. But when a blogger friend recommended Green Hosting Malaysia, I briefly clicked through the website and what caught my eyes, and made me smile is this: there's a 30-day money back guarantee.

So I feel somewhat safe to give hosting a try.

Green Hosting Malaysia offers web hosting packages from as low as RM350. For a leisure blogger like myself, I think it is truly reasonable! Besides hosting, Green Hosting Malaysia offers corporate email hosting, VPS hosting and web design. And I must say, at a very reasonable prices too.

Don't believe me? Head over to Green Hosting and see for yourself.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some packing to do for the big move.

I can't wait to own a house in the blogging world!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Say Less, Mean More

Hush baby, don't say a word
In the silence, I have heard
The distance has become great
We've gone so far, it's too late

Basking under the sunlight
My thoughts drift like the tide
Time has passed us by
No point even asking why

In every ending, there's a new beginning
Won't annihilate myself this evening
For a new part of life has just begun
Will embrace it all without a run

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cranberry Butter Cake

If you notice, there is a pattern in my interest.

I hover. On my interest.

A colleague brought cranberry butter cake her mum baked and I decided to try it as well. Yes I am a copy-cat.

Well, it is similar to baking a butter cake. So why not? Except we switch the cocoa-twist and we go very-berry-crazy!

Enjoy the simple recipe:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
225g butter
3/4 cup low-fat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup dried cranberry

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius (I reduced the temperature as the butter cake I baked previously turned out a little burned).
  • Lightly grease the baking pan. Line bottom with wax paper (for easy removal from pan to wire racks after cooling).
  • Sift together flour, salt and baking powder.
  • Cream butter and blend in sugar and vanilla extract.
  • Break the eggs (one by one) into the mixture, and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add the sifted dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternating with the milk.
  • Stir until just blended and add in cranberries.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, until an inserted cake tester comes out clean.
  • Remove from pan and allow it to cool.


I love the red polkadots peeking shyly through the yellow golden brown.

Happy baking!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Butter Cake Turned Marble Cake

Didn't realise that it has been awhile since I last bake. Although I did bake a dog cake in April for Tango's birthday.

A colleague shared how easy it was to bake butter cake. All I would need are flour, butter and sugar. So I look up recipes for butter cake and began my quest of baking, again.

After the batter is ready before pouring into the baking pan, I realised there are 2 packs of cocoa powder on the rack. So the butter cake took a little turn into Marble Cake.

Enjoy the simple recipe:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
225g butter
3/4 cup low-fat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Lightly grease the baking pan. Line bottom with wax paper (for easy removal from pan to wire racks after cooling).
  • Sift together flour, salt and baking powder.
  • Cream butter and blend in sugar and vanilla extract.
  • Break the eggs (one by one) into the mixture, and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add the sifted dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternating with the milk.
  • Stir until just blended, and reserve 1/2 cup batter.
  • Pour the remaining batter into the prepared pan.
  • Stir cocoa powder into the 1/2 cup batter.
  • Drop by spoonfuls over top of white batter. Using a knife, swirl the cocoa batter into the white batter to create the marble effect.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, until an inserted cake tester comes out clean.
  • Remove from pan and allow it to cool.


I love the flirty swirls of cocoa seducing the buttery sweetness, simply perfect for afternoon tea.

Happy baking!

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