So it all started after my kids had a school project whereby they had to plant a seed at home and record down the growing process.We grew green bean and it grew pretty well. Then I thought perhaps I should plant some herbs since the green bean seeds did pretty well.
Bought seeds from the supermarket ($1.50 a packet). I started off with basil and thyme and a few weeks later, decided to try growing rocket, spring onion and bell pepper.
This is how the plants look now. My rocket leaves (front) are growing (a month after planting the seeds) and same for my basil (back) leaves (two months after planting the seeds)
My thyme is stuck at this size though (below right plant).
This post was meant to be published since November 2016
It has been 4 years already. We love these two with all our heart. Absolutely blessed to have C&C in our lives and are content with two kids.
I baked them their birthday cakes this time! (We had been watching a lot of cake making and decorating prior to their birthday). A castle cake for school celebration and a doll cake for family celebration. For the cake recipe, I followed our favourite youtube baker “How to cake it”. I love her chocolate cake. As for the buttercream, I did an italian meringue buttercream, also adapted from How to cake it. Sugar was reduced in both recipes.
I have never baked anything like these before, so I am proud of my cakes :) It took me 3 tries before I nailed the crown (what worked was a mixture of fondant and gum powder and let it dry outside in room temperature rather than inside the fridge).
Cakes were baked a few days before the event and well kept inside the fridge.
A week after their birthday, we celebrated with family. I made a doll cake, Ana from Frozen cartoon.
After their birthday, they asked me to bake exactly the same cake for their 5th birthday :)
If anyone goes to Inner Mongolia, don’t forget to visit the grassland and the dessert. We took the group tour package from Anda guesthouse: 2D1N Xilamuren Grassland + Zhaohe Temple + Desert Tour. Our small group consisted of 9 people including us. Visiting the grassland and staying in a yurt was the best experience for me. I loved it.
Day 1 Itinerary
Around 11:00am: Arrive at Zhaohe to see the temple (around half an hour)
11:30am: Arrive at Mongolian home for traditional Mongolian tea
12:00am: Eat lunch. After lunch, visit the area
6:00pm: Dinner. Then watch the sunset
8:00pm: Make a bonfire. Star gaze
We left Anda guesthouse in the early morning after breakfast
Our first stop was at Zhaohe to see the temple
We stayed in one of these yurts
The yurt is very warm even it is cold outside.
The girls thought that we were on a farm … we saw horses, cows
Lunch was superb! A traditional mongolian meal. Yummy!
This was our little group
Watching the auntie rinse the plates
We were in the middle of nowhere. We could run without worrying about traffic
We watched the sunset
Bonfire at night while drinking beer. One of the guys from our group brought his guitar. It was super cold at night.