Wednesday, 7 June 2017

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Oven-Baked Cream Potatoes (Flødekartofler)

Serves 4

Ingredients:
1. 1kg potatoes peeled and sliced thin
2. 2 onions minced
3. 250ml cream (piskefløde)
4. 100ml fresh milk (optional)
5. Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 220 degree celsius.
2. Add potatoes, onion, cream, fresh milk, salt and pepper in an oven-proof dish and mix well.
3. Bake for 30 mins or until potatoes are cooked and the surface look golden brown.

Additional Information:
J requested for this Danish dish and I made it for the first time today. It tasted like the good old cream potatoes :-) Sorry no picture to show :-( With an impatient baby on the side, we were too distracted and hungry to take a picture. I adapted from the recipe here.

References:
http://www.louisesmadblog.dk/floedekartofler/

Thursday, 25 May 2017

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Homemade Fruit Popsicles


Makes 4 popsicles

Ingredients:
1. Some cut fruits such as
- 2 strawberries sliced in half
- 8 blueberries
- 4 raspberries
- 4 pieces of bite size pineapple
- 4 pieces of bite size kiwi
- 4 pieces of bite size orange
2. 2 apples for juicing

Directions:
1. Cut some fruits into bite size (i.e. strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, green grapes. kiwi, red grapes, orange, pineapple, mango, peach, etc.)
2. Juice 2 apples in a juicer.
3. Place cut fruits into the popsicle molds.
4. Pour in apple juice just enough to cover the fruits.
5. Insert the popsicle sticks and freeze overnight or until it turned into popsicle, approx. 6 hours.

Additional Information:
Baby FECS is taking her nap. It is a public holiday today. Our Little FECS asked to do an activity. I prepared this activity the night before. I adapted the recipe from here http://www.marthastewart.com/357265/fruit-salad-ice-pops

Instead of using store-bought fruit juice, I prefer to use homemade apple juice. If you prefer it to be sweeter, you can add honey to the apple juice to sweeten it. If I don't have the time to make my own apple juice, I will just use honey water, as that will still be healthier than store-bought juice

To make it look good, think of using colorful fruits. I used pine apple here, but if you don't have the time to cut the whole pineapple, you can use fruit that require minimum cutting such as green grapes, blueberries, raspberries and peach.

You can also make this for birthdays :-)

References:










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Flower Fruit Sticks



Ingredients:
1. Watermelon
2. Cantaloupe melon
3. Green grapes
4. food sticks
5. Cookie cutters

Directions:
1. Cut out flower shape from cantaloupe and watermelon.
2. Use a round cookie cutter to make a hole in the middle of the flower.
3. Swap the round shape around and place them into each flower.
4. Skewer through the green grapes as leaves for the flower.
5. Skewer through the flower 
6. Here you go, fruit flower sticks :-)

Here are the steps in pictures:








 I ran out of cataloupe and used dark purple grapes instead for the middle part of the flower.

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Let Your Baby "Paint" the Wall


Age: From 1 year old

Materials:
1. 1 paint brush
2. 1 jar of water

Directions:
Let your baby/toddler paint the wall with water and a brush, or simply splashing the water and inspecting the paint brush.

25 May 2017 (1Y10D)

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

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J Summary (8Y2M19D): Sewing



One thing I dread doing is sewing. Whenever our son asked me to sew something for him, I will stress over it. It is because no matter how I try, my workmanship is just so rough and not up to standard, and I couldn't avoid pricking myself. With almost all other things, I could improve and get better, but with sewing, I seem so hopelessly bad at it. But I will still do it, because he equates Mommy's love with it, and because I love our son, and hope that he doesn't mind the poor workmanship. Mommy has tried her level best. The left scout label was just sewn by me. It took me quite some time - sewn, undo, sew, undo and sewn again. After a few re-tries and some sore fingers, this is as best as it looks. Don't ask me how long it took me. I look forward to the day that he can sew on labels on his own... most likely he will do it better than me. He came home and was elated to see that this label was sewn on his scout uniform. At 8 years old, he didn't notice the bad workmanship, whew :-) It is so nice to do your best for someone and to be totally appreciated for it :-)

Sunday, 21 May 2017

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Montessori Activity: Inserting Ice-Cream Sticks



Age: From 1 year old

Objective: To train fine motor skills in a fun way

Materials:
1. Piggybank with opening at the top
2. 5-10 ice-cream sticks
3. 1 tray (optional)

Directions:
1. Demonstrate to your child how to do it.
2. Invite your child to try

Additional Information:
Don't be discouraged if your child is not interested or could not do it. Each child develops differently. Our Little FECS only did this activity at 2 years old, while our Baby FECS is doing it at 1 year old.

Video Demonstration:

Here is a video demonstration by our Baby FECS



Wednesday, 17 May 2017

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C's Lunchbox - Rainbow Fruit Stick


From left: Purple grape, dark purple grape, blueberries, green grape, galia melon, pineapple, cantalope, water melon, raspberry, strawberry

Clockwise from left: bread with peanut butter, frozen peas, frozen sweet corns, watermelon, cucumber, gojiberries

Thursday, 11 May 2017

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C's Lunchbox - Flower

 Danish rye bread spread with cauliflower puree (white), carrot puree (orange), broccoli puree (green) and parsley

  Clockwise from left: Sweet corn & peas, carrot & cheese, sweet corn & peas, kiwi, pear without skin, blueberries and strawberries

All packed :-)

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

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C's Lunchbox - Letter H


The Letter H Danish rye bread open sandwich spread with broccoli puree (green), carrot puree (orange), salmon puree (light orange), chicken puree (beige) garnished with cress (karse) and sprinkled with olive oil.


  Clockwise from left: Boiled broccoli & boiled champignon mushrooms, shredded carrot & de-skinned cucumber, sweet corn & peas, apple without skin, wholewheat spaghetti with olive oil and goji berries

All packed :-)

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

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C's Lunch Box - Letter C


The Letter C for Chastine Danish rye bread open sandwich spread with broccoli puree (green), red pepper fruit puree (red), sweet potato puree (orange), sweet corn puree (yellow), cauliflower puree (white), chicken puree (beige) garnished with cress (karse) and sprinkled with olive oil.


 Clockwise from left: Boiled broccoli & boiled champignon mushrooms, shredded carrot & de-skinned cucumber, wholewheat spaghetti with olive oil, sweet corn & peas, blueberries and strawberries

All packed :-)

Monday, 8 May 2017

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C's Lunch Box - Girl

 Rye bread spread with broccoli puree (green), chicken puree (beige), wholewheat spaghetti for hair, red pepper fruit puree (red), carrot puree (orange), salmon puree (beige) and black sesame seeds


Clockwise from left: Boiled broccoli & boiled champignon mushrooms, wholewheat spaghetti with olive oil, shredded carrot & de-skinned cucumber, strawberries, blueberries and sweet corn & peas

9 May 2017 (11M24D): Now it is all ready to be packed :-)
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C's Lunch Box - Chick and Star


Clockwise from left: Rye bread spread with broccoli puree (green), sweet potato puree (orange), red pepper fruit puree (red), carrot puree (orange), sweet corn puree (yellow), salmon puree (beige) and black sesame seeds, sprinkled with olive oil; hard boiled egg, black sesame seeds, tomato and broccoli, sweet corn and peas; raspberry with raisin; blueberries and pear without skin and goji berries, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds

Thursday, 4 May 2017

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J's Lunch Box - Goldfish


Goldfish open sandwich made of rye bread spread with sweet potato puree (orange), sweet corn puree (yellow), red pepper fruit puree (red), cauliflower puree (white), salmon puree (beige) sprinkled with olive oil.

When J saw me making bento lunch box for C, he requested that I made a goldfish for him. But he refused to eat it and took it back from school untouched :-(
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C's Lunch Box - Rainbow

Rainbow rye bread open sandwich spread with pea puree (bright green), red pepper fruit puree (red), sweet potato puree (orange), salmon puree (beige), sweet corn puree (yellow),cauliflower puree (white), carrot flower and cheese circle, sprinkled with olive oil.

 Clockwise: Carrot, peas, sweet corns, goji berries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, blueberries, raspberry with raisin and orange.

All wrapped up :-)

C didn't eat much of the rye bread today, but finished all others except carrots.


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C Summary (11M19D): Empty High Chair


I came home, stared at the empty high chair and felt sad. I thought I will look forward to my freedom - some time to myself before I started work, and relish the chance to finally get to go through my to-do list, but I miss Baby FECS so much. She had spent the past 11.5 months everyday with me, sometimes driving me mad. But now that she has started nursery, I am missing her. still it's healthy for her not to be with Mommy all the time. It's good she is walking towards independence. That's life. I will soon get used to it and start enjoying my freedom.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

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C's Lunch Box - Teddy Bear

 Teddy Bear open sandwich made of rye bread spread with pea puree (bright green), broccoli puree (green), carrot puree (orange), sweet corn puree (yellow), red pepper fruit puree (red), chicken puree (white), salmon puree (beige hidden below broccoli puree) and black sesame seeds, sprinkled with olive oil.

 Clockwise: Shredded carrot, peas, sweet corns, goji berries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, blueberries, raspberry with raisin and apple without skin.

All wrapped up together :-)

C ate all the rye bread today, making mommy very happy :-)

Sunday, 30 April 2017

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C Summary (11M15D): Baby FECS' First Lunch Box - Heart

Rye bread spread with broccoli puree, (green) sweet corn puree (yellow), chicken puree (white) and red pepper bell puree (red)

It's gonna be BABY FECS first day at vuggestue (day care) tomorrow. Will she cry? Will she get used to it? Maybe she wouldn't cry, but I will be the one to shed tears... tears of goodbye to her babyhood. I guess I will survive. After all, I have survived the day, when our Little FECS started daycare for the first time, right. I prepared her first lunch box tonight. Daddy FECS said over dinner that tomorrow marks a new chapter of our lives... Baby FECS will have her own activities and I will have my life back. I am filled with nostalgia for the last 11 months, since Baby FECS was born. It had passed by so fast, or maybe I have just zombied through it, half-awake and half-asleep, constantly lacking sleep with more things to do that time available.

I have felt that I have gotten nothing much done for the last 11 months, apart from getting Baby FECS to sleep and eat, and if I have a bit of energy left, to play with her (hardly) and bring her out.

With this new change, in fact, Daddy FECS has already handed me a new assignment - to clean the home, since our cleaning help has quit. Talk about getting my life back!!!

I am not so worried about Baby FECS not being able to adjust to day care. I am more worried about me. Would I be able to get used to it?

What shall I packed for a baby of 11 months old?

I prepared a similar lunchbox for our Little FECS, when he started vuggestue at 10 months old. So I repeated the same thing that I have done.

I also packed all her favorite food - strawberry, blueberries, sweet corn and her absolute favorite - goji berries (if I don' stop her, she can eat the whole packet!!!)

This is the very first lunch box I have made for Baby FECS. It will be very memorable to look back at it years from now.

How much time did I spend on it?

I have to confess, two full hours -  after Baby FECS went to bed from 7.30-9.30pm.

 First layer clockwise from left: Sweet corn, green peas, shredded carrots, apple slices without skin, blueberries.

The vuggestue told us during the first meeting that we have to peel the skin off apples and cucumber, since they can't bite it and are choking hazard. They also told us that raw carrots should not be included, since they are choking hazards.

I wanted her to get used to eating raw carrots, but raw carrots are too hard. It was actually our Little FECS who gave me this idea, when he made the carrot salad (which he learned from his after-school care) for us a couple of weeks ago. So I shredded the carrots for Baby FECS.

2nd layer clockwise from left: Rye bread and goji berries.

I have included sunflowers seeds and pumpkin seeds (since she still can't eat whole nuts yet).

I know I am going a bit overboard. Baby FECS is not going to finish such a big lunch box.

P.S. Ideas for future variation:

Boiled egg, cucumber without skin, small boiled chicken pieces, raisin, pear without skin, mango, water-melon, honey-dew, raspberries with raisins...
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