Homegrown herbs

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).

C&C turn 4

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 :)

Family Trip to Victoria, Australia 2016

We spent 2 weeks in Australia (Victoria) in September.

Our itinerary:

15 – 17 Sep 2016: Phillip Island
17-19 Sep 2016: Great Ocean Road
19-21 Sep 2016: Grampians
21-23 Sep 2016: Farmstay near Ballarat
23-24 Sep 2016: Healesvilles
24-26 Sep 2016: Snowtime at Mt Hotham
26-29 Sep 2016: Melbourne city

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Our 8-seater rented car from Apex
Our 8-seater rented car from Apex
At Churchill Heritage Farm, Phillip Island
At Churchill Heritage Farm, Phillip Island
At the Noobies, Phillip Island
At the Noobies, Phillip Island
We took the helicopter
View from the helicopter, Phillip Island
View from the helicopter, Phillip Island
Penguin Parade, Phillip Island
Penguin Parade, Phillip Island
Werribee Mansion
Werribee Mansion
Lorne Beach, Great Ocean Road
Erskine Falls Lorne, Great Ocean Road
Erskine Falls Lorne, Great Ocean Road
At Gibson Step, Great Ocean Road
At Gibson Step, Great Ocean Road
Gibson Steps, Great Ocean Road
Gibson Steps, Great Ocean Road
12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road
12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road
Tower Hill Reserve, Warrnambool
Tower Hill Reserve, Warrnambool
At the Grampians
At the Grampians
Hallsgap, Grampians
Hallsgap, Grampians
View of Hallsgap from the top
View of Hallsgap from the top
Coolas Ice Cream (Salted Caramel)
Coolas Ice Cream (Salted Caramel)
At Lake Wandouree, Ballarat
At Lake Wandouree, Ballarat
The old tram at Ballarat
The old tram at Ballarat
Black swans with their baby cygnet
Black swans with their baby cygnet
Farmstay
Farmstay
Farmstay at Mount Emu
Farmstay at Mount Emu
At Ballarat Wildlife Park
At Ballarat Wildlife Park
At Ballarat Wildlife Park
At Ballarat Wildlife Park
Scenic view on our way to Mt Hotham
At Mt Hotham
At Mt Hotham
At Mt Hotham
At Mt Hotham
Still snow at the end of September
Still snow at the end of September
Melbourne city
Melbourne city
In Melbourne city
In Melbourne city

2015 Adventures in China (Inner Mongolia Grassland)

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
  • Archery Time
  • 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

Our yurt

The yurt is very warm even it is cold outside.

The girls thought that we were on a farm … we saw horses, cows

Cats..

Dog..

Sheeps..

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.