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Pork Loin Chops

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I got a pack of seasoning from a bottle of sauce I bought lately. Not knowing what to do with it, I thought maybe I should try cooking pork chop for dinner. I got a boneless loin meat, cut them in approximately 4cm thick and marinated them for hours. Then I pan fried them on medium high heat. No sauce or whatsoever, Ben found it a little hard to chew. I went online and got advices from some experts. Here are what I gather from them :

1. tenderize with baking soda before marination process.

2. USA and Japanese pork are good.

3. Marinate with some oil, cornstarch and add some water to the meat because meat gets dehydrated. Massage the meat for awhile. Add other seasoning. Also hammer the meat.

4. If marinate with salt do not marinate too long as salt will draw all the moisture out of the pork.

5. Any meat without fats will be dry or hard. So like everyone said, hitting it to break down the meat is one way. Cut very thin slice, like those Hainanese pork chop also can, but must fry high heat and very fast. Can coat with flour, but got nothing to do with tenderizing.
Rocomment use papaya peel, p’apple slices to marinate your meat, soak in marinate for abt an hour b4 use. No chemical, can try.


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Passport Renewal

Time flies, Asher’s passport is expiring in 6 months time. I didn’t notice that until I was about to purchase air tickets this morning, now I have to wait for a few more days and hope there will be no increase in fares. Barely 2 weeks of school/work, Ben has already took leave and has plan for June holiday. (Yeah, it’s June holiday not March holiday.) It is a short trip but the trip that we have spoken for the longest time, I’m so looking forward. For the first time, Asher and Brycen may get to sit together in the flight.
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Feeling all grateful to have APPLES(system), I was lying on my couch, wearing my nightie while renewing Asher’s passport. The whole process takes only 5 minutes if you have photo ready to be submitted. I’m crossing my fingers hoping the officers will approved this photo.
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A little emo as I browsed through his passport, he has grown so much over the years. No longer the little baby but a young lucky chap who has been traveling quite a bit at such tender age. Of course he doesn’t remember much, but we remember the good times together. It also shown that couples shouldn’t stop traveling just because of new addition into the family, oh yes holiday will never be the same, who said you can’t have romantic moments after the kids sleep? (Just relax a bit during holiday, it’s fine to shop less, eat less, it’s the memories that make the difference.)
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A recap of some countries we have visited together as family:
1. Tokyo @ 14mo
2. Malaysia @ 14.5mo and many more…
3. Bali @ 23mo
4. Phuket @ 17mo
5. Switzerland @ 20mo
6. Germany @ 20mo
7. Brussels @ 20mo
8. France @ 20mo
9. Netherlands @ 20mo
10. Shanghai @ 2y5mo
11. Hong Kong & Shenzhen @ 2y7mo
12. Krabi @ 3yo
13. Hong Kong @ 3y10mo

Not forgetting our latest family trip where we visited 10 cities in 3 weeks. USA marked the 14th country we have visited together. It is always on our list of country to revisit but Asher’s first time there. He is grateful that we brought him there, he learns about continent in school and learns about weather, almost everything was so different from Singapore that he couldn’t stop comparing the moment he touched down. This trip was definitely not the usual holiday where he didn’t notice much changes, he experienced, he observed and he touched snow for the first time in his life. He loves Boston so much that he told us he prefers to stay there, even after a month since we came back, he still talked about Niagara Fall and San Francisco tram. Put aside the expenditure for holidays, if we can, we will love to bring him to more places.


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Dec 2014 – Activities – Gardening

This has been on my to-do list for months! Ben has been bugging me for the longest time, that he wishes to see beautiful flowers in our patio. We did buy some beautiful flowers for CNY last year, but all withered as they were left under the scorching hot sun without water. Poor flowers, we were such irresponsible people who left the house for days without asking help from our neighbors. ๐Ÿ˜“ After that, I simply refused to spend few tens of dollars on flowers anymore. Then I thought, why not just buy some seeds and try it out. Ben and I drove to the nearby florist and got the soil, seeds and watering jar. See, the boys were having fun getting their hands dirty. I reminded Asher daily to check out his plants, he who loves watering plants and loves caring for flowers, diligently does what I expected.

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This morning, the boy (still in his pj) went to the patio to water the plants and was overjoyed to see the seeds sprout! He was screaming in joy, asking me to check them out. Honestly, at that moment, I wanted to get a few more empty pots and try growing vegetables!
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Cooking Pasta In My Rice Cooker

After moving (a little) far away from my mother, we no longer having the privilege to just sit back and wait for food daily, I have to cook 4 meals a week and I am still learning how to cook healthy food for my family. Lucky for me, Ben and Asher are no fussy pots, they eat everything I cook and I just need to cook one or two simple dishes each meal. To prepare simple dishes, rice cooker is my God sent, obviously. My one-dish dinner can be served within 30 mins to 1 hour using rice cooker. However, I know some may not agree with me. There is a wonderful FTW wife who prepares delicious healthy food at home within an hour, without using rice cooker. ๐Ÿ‘ too bad, my kitchen is way too small for another appliances, if not, I will consider another “magic pot”.

So here you are, my first pasta of the year, cooked in rice cooker. It’s a no brainer, you add anything you want and just add at least 2.5 cups of water into the cooker and viola~ ๐Ÿด dinner is ready! ( if, I said if I were to relocate, I’ll leave most of the stuff here but not my rice cooker. ๐Ÿ˜œ)

Step by step :
– 1/2 packs of pasta
– one onion, diced
– few crab meats (for the hubs)
– ground meat, 250gm
– a medium jar of pasta sauce
– 2 1/2 cups of water
– press start (that’s it!)

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Lucky Me – Hairy Maclary

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This play is based on the book by Lynley Dodd. To be honest, we have not read any of the books so when I won the tickets for Asher, I went to library to grab a few (eg. The Wiggles) for him. Some videos on YouTube caught his attention too but little did I expect this play turn out to be his favourite play ever!

Why? I’ve never seen him being so alert, so super well behaved, paying full attention in the one full hour, he sang the those songs that rhyme, kept helping to find pictures of the dog friends, followed the other audience to clap and stamp and then…

“Hairy Maclary, from Donaldson’s Dairy.”

If you ask me, I’ll say it is quite amazing that no one can get those rhyme out of his mind after the show, till date, Asher is still singing them. After the play, Asher kept bugging me to buy the books!

It was indeed one of the best play we have ever watched so far. Good show, wonderful songs that played alive, funny and catchy dog friends, we sang, clapped hands, and had loads of barking fun. ๐Ÿ˜„

Thank you Life is in the Small Things for hosting the giveaways. I hope the lucks follow me through next year and let me win more tickets for Asher.


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Looking for Christmas Gifts?

Christmas is here again and itโ€™s the season of giving, what are you giving your loved ones this year? I was looking for something for Asher’s teachers and when I came across these, I thought these were brilliant! What can be more comfort than having foot soaked with Young Living Essential Oil after a long day in school?
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You may wonder, what is this Sea Salt Foot Soak and why is it gotta do with Young Living Essential Oils? Here are some of the benefits :
~Boost your magnesium intake
~Ease stress, improve sleep
~Reduce inflammation, reduce muscle pain
~Flush toxins
~Helpful during illness, eg. clear congestion
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How to use?
~Add Sea Salt Foot Soak (whole jar 40ml) to basin of warm water (~40 degree Celsius).
~Place tired feet into basin.
~Sit back, relax and enjoy.

You can choose from:
~relaxing Lavender Foot Soak
~refreshing Peppermint Foot Soak
~detoxifying Tea Tree Foot Soak
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Affordable price at only SGD6/jar, each comes with lovely Christmas packaging. These are great for Christmas gifts!

If you getting 20 and more, you may get your own personalised christmas tag with free delivery too!

What are you waiting for? Order them now before they are gone!

How to order?
Contact Ms Shirley Yeong on her Facebook.

Disclaimer :
Please note that I’m neither affiliated to the seller, nor I’m a member of Young Living. I’m not paid for the above advertisement, I’m promoting this Christmas sale mainly to support Ms Shirley, who uses YL essential oil and benefited from it. I’ve got one set for myself and I can’t wait to start using it! ๐Ÿ˜

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