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Baking Cookies

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Ryan was absent from school a few days due to inflammation of his calves caused by viral infection. Instead of blowing time aimlessly at home, we decided to do something meaningful.

We explored a few options and finally decided we will bake some yummylicious butter cookies. I have never baked anything in my life. So instead of turning the kitchen into a disastrous war zone, I consulted my best friend for a sure win recipe.

Ingredients:
2 3/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
268g butter
1 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg +1 egg yolk

Method:
1. Mix the flour, baking powder & salt in a bowl.
2. Cream the butter with sugar and vanilla until fluffy.
3. Beat in the egg and egg yolk.
4. Sift the flour mixture over the butter mixture. Combine with a wooden spoon until it’s well combined and there’s no loose flour.
5. Roll the dough between baking paper into a rectangle about 1/8 or 1/4 inch thick. Refrigerate until cold.
6. When dough is cold, cut it into desired shapes. Put the biscuit on baking paper in a tray and refrigerate.
7. Preheat oven to 160C.
8. Bake biscuit for 15 to 20mins until very pale brown.
9. Let cool until set then transfer to wire rack.

I opted without the sauce because I had wanted to try royal icing but for reference purposes, here’s the recipe for Chocolate sauce for coating:
1. Heat a pot of water on low heat.
2. Cut desired amount of chocolate into pieces and place in a bowl.
3. Put the bowl of chocolate into the pot of simmering water, and melt the chocolate.
4. Dip the cool biscuit (whole or partially) into the melted chocolate and leave the biscuit on wire rack or baking paper to allow the chocolate to harden before storing.

The recipe is straight forward and easy to follow. I dashed to the nearby bakery shop to stock in all the ingredients. Meanwhile, I got Loida to help get all the tools ready, the scale, mixer, ingredients, cutters, baking tray, etc etc.

On 21 June 2011, Ryan was still limping but hands were sure fine. I got him to help out with the mixer, rolling the dough, cutting the shapes out.. :)

 

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Ryan likes Gingerbreadman, so I bought some Gingerbreadman cookies cutter especially for him

 

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Oven pre-heated for the baking ahead…

 

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Yumss.. the butter cookies surely smell soooooooooo good inside the oven

 

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At about 4pm, we were done with all the cookies. The kitchen was in a mess and I was too tired to work on the royal icing after baking all the cookies. We shall reserve the task for tomorrow.

The next day… we worked on the royal icing. I had been prewarned of the complexity of reaching the right consistency for piping/flooding so I made an effort to read a bit on the topic prior this. The preparation was more taxing than I had anticipated as sure enough I had difficulty getting the icing runny enough for piping. It’s either it was too runny or too stiff. I guess the only way to perfect this skill is through lots and lots and I mean, LOTS of practise. It is definitely easier ‘read’ than ‘done’.

 

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Flooding failed big time.. but they sure taste soooooooooooo gooood….

 

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Ryan piped the eyes and mouth. So cute….

 

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Ryan’s creative piping design on the cookies were a huge hit. Everyone wanted a piece of Ryan’s masterpiece. He sure made everyone very happy that day…

Ryan and I had a swell of a time and gives us ample bonding opportunity. Later when I asked him if he wants to bake again, he said he shall only be tasked to do the decoration next time (royal icing). Just call for him when the cookies are ready to be decorated. LOL.

The cookies were yummy. I guess butter cookies can hardly go wrong, even under the hands of someone who never baked her entire life. Even my maid asked for the recipe so she could bake them when she goes back to her Philippines.

Just when things looked really memorable that day, we had a shock at night. I had turned on the monitor in the room when I heard Ryan tossing and turning on the bed. I was in the next room watching my TVB show and decided to check on him. Sure enough, I saw him scratching frantically on both his legs. Under dim light, I thought I saw bumps that look like mosquito bites. I grabbed Bud’s First Aid Lotion (which really helps in reducing mozzie bit swell) and switched on the lights. I had a shock when I saw the bumps on Ryan’s thighs.

 

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Those are no insect bites. I was in a state of shock I don’t even know what to think. My poor baby. Already he was limping due to the inflammation of his claves and now the painstaking itch. I ran to the first aid box and dug out the hydrocortisone cream. Within half hour or so, the swelling reduced and he was no longer scratching.

The next day, the swelling are gone. I showed Ryan the pictures we took of both his legs and he couldn’t believe it as there was no tell tale sign visible at all. We are not sure of the cause of it but we suspect it could an allergy reaction towards food coloring used for the royal icing. But then again, it’s not the first time he consumed food which may have hints of coloring and he has never experienced such reaction before. Could it have anything to do with his inflammation? It is surely on everyone’s guess. I hope it’s just a fluke incident.

 

What the heck is Viral Myositis

@ 5 years 2 months 1 week 4 days

Ryan was down with a viral flu two weeks back. He had a mild fever on the Friday (17 June) and he got well on Sunday (19 June). On Monday morning (20 June), he woke up with a bad calves pain. Yes, it affects both side of his salves. Initially I thought he was playing pranks but when I saw him lying on the floor and was limping, I knew it was for real. So I rubbed on some Yue Yi oil and the affected area. After awhile he claimed he felt better but he was still limping. However, few hours later, his pain miraculously disappeared. I do not want him to waste his time doing nothing productive, so I asked if he wants to bake some cookies to which he delightfully said yes… yes to cookies time = in his definition to ‘mess’ time. That’s a separate post on our maiden cookies baking session.

That same Monday, in the late afternoon his pain striked again. Similarly, he complained of pain and discomfort and he couldn’t walk properly. Evidently he was limping again around the house. It really puzzles me as during his ‘ok’ hours, he was seen running around the house, playing kicking with YehYeh, jumping up and down on the bed. I ran a search on “growing pains” and found similarities on the symptoms but one thing to note was, growing pains almost never occured during the day. So the possibility of him suffering from growing pain is striked off. I came to read about the possibilities of more serious condition if the pain seem to affect the child persistently during the day/night. That scares me shit. You know how disastrous it can be by becoming one’s own doctor…

The next morning, it was same the old symptoms. The moment he stepped off the bed, his legs weakened and he could barely walk. Despite limping, he was acting normally. He told me the pain was bearable. Nevertheless, I decided to bring him to the paed. I felt a sense of relief after listening to what the doctor say. According to the doctor, eventhough the first for me, this condition is actually very common. It can occur prior or post a viral infection. In Ryan’s case, it was a post viral infection symptom. I felt I needed more assurance to ensure Ryan’s okay and asked if there’s a need to run a blood test or X-ray but Doc insist that was not necessary. He presribed Ryan a tube of anti inflammatory cream to apply, assured me Ryan should get better in a few days’ time and sent us home. That afternoon, his pain miraculously gone, this time for good. I haven’t even unsealed the tube of cream and here he is, jumping, running, kicking like he never had any pain at all.

I gave Ryan permission to go on another day of MC on Wednesday (22 June) so I could monitor him for another day. In the morning, as usual, he woke up full of joy and energy. No more a limping baby…. *mommy smiles*

* I later found out from another doctor, Ryan’s condition is consistent with a very mild case of Viral Myositis - a very common diagnosis associated with viral infection. I definitely learn something new from this episode. I later had a chat with Ryan’s class teacher and she shared she did hear the same symptoms from other parents. Well, so I guess it’s not quite a rare case? I hope so….

 

 

Tubby babies

Ryan @ 5 years 2 months 2 days

Lil B: 1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days

Eversince lil B was able to stand independently, occasionally I’ll opt to shower him instead of taking the long bath to save time. He never seemed to mind so long he gets to play water (spraying all corners of the shower room with water). He simply loves water. Whenever he sees me coming into the playroom, he will try his luck by pulling me to the toilet in hope he’ll get another dose of water play.

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When they don't get to play in the tub...

Nevertheless, on days when I don’t have to rush chauffeuring the older brother for enrichment classes, he is allowed his tub time. Seeing this, often Ryan couldn’t resist but to join in.

Love this set of pictures…

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Seeing how much they love playing water together, I went ahead and bought them an inflatable mini pool about 100cm width just nice to fit into the shower room.

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In their new 'tub'.. :D

Bao Bei Star Student

@ 5 years 2 months 1 day

After going to BaoBei 3 times a week for 10 months, Ryan was awarded the Star Student of the month for being the most improved student of the month.

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Received the sms notification from BaoBei

 

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With two of the teachers. Ryan looked so nerd here...

A short video clip given shared by BaoBei. It’s on Ryan reciting a Parents Day poem during class.