Ham, Spinach and Cheese Muffins

I’d love to have R help me in the kitchen. I’m certain that kids take great pride in their work when they are actively involved in the process. The outcome may not be the best, great if it is but if not it’s alright. However, the learning process is more important.

With that I decided that he could help me in making his tea time snack that day. I figured that if he liked it, I could freeze a few and when I was short of time or had no idea on what to feed R, I could easily pop this in the microwave for a quick and fuss free meal.

The preparation is a little tedious as you’d need to chop the spinach and ham otherwise, the combining of ingredients is very fast.

Ingredients:
2 cups of grated cheese (I used cheddar)
2 cups of self raising flour
2 eggs
1.5 cups of milk
0.5 cups of ham (I added about 1 cup)
A large handful of baby spinach
Half a teaspoon of salt (for taste especially if the ham is not salty enough)

Method: (makes 12 muffins)
1. Preheat oven at 180°.
2. Chop the ham and spinach.
3. Sift the flour.
4. Whisk the eggs.
5. Make a well in the flour and combine all the ingredients together.
6. Mix well.
7. Spoon the mixture into a greased muffin tin.
8. Bake for 25 minutes or till the top is golden.

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R helped me with whisking the eggs.

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And with combining the mixture.

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I think he enjoyed greasing the muffin tin the most.

The end product was a little too bland for my liking. I didn’t add salt to the mixture but the next time, I would for more taste. R wasn’t so interested in eating the muffin although he managed to dig all the pieces of ham and that was really what he wanted.

Cooking with a toddler also means there’s a little bit more to clean up like when the mixture spills on the floor or when he gets a little curious and sticks his finger in the mixture. Nevertheless, it’s really the process that counts and the fun of making something together. I was glad he understood my instructions and I definitely enjoyed having him help me.

I must add that I’m really no expert when it comes to baking. So, giving credit where it’s due, this is the site for the recipe http://www.learnwithplayathome.com/2014/06/ham-cheese-and-spinach-muffins-cooking.html?m=1

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A pool birthday party

I’ve gone quite quiet lately and so there’s a little backlog which I’ll get through.

We were recently invited to a birthday party for kids. The beauty is that the host lived in a condominium which meant there was a pool. We haven’t brought R swimming for a long time but he’s had plenty of water play. I loved kids birthday parties too because these little ones get to interact and have fun together. For this particular party R had a blast in the pool that he refused to come out of the water. The husband was first to surrender but the little one had so much energy and kept wanting to go on and on.

The other great thing about this party was that there was a professional photographer snapping pictures of the little kids and their families. I must say he did a great job as the pictures captured the joy and innocence of the kids. I took photographs of R and his dad playing in the water but it was nothing compared to the pictures of a professional.

All in all, it was a good time spent for the little ones as they had fun and we, mummies had fun catching up. Win, win.

Library Finds #2: All Creatures Great and Small by Naoko Stoop

A Christian book for kids that introduces the idea that God made all creatures, big or small, wise and wonderful. He made every flower, every animal large or tiny, mountains and rivers and every living thing on earth.

It’s a good introduction for little kids to the idea of God and that he created everything on earth. We’ve read the story of creation to R before and this book reinforces the idea. The illustrations are very cute too, with various animals that he can identify. Of late he has learnt to say moon so he’s been pointing that out to me in the book. And so when I ask him who made the moon I’m hoping that he’d say God!

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Bubbles

A favourite among kids.

So one evening a little kid with his father were blowing bubbles which attracted R. The duo then left the playground but R wanted to continue. I went up to get the bottle of soap solution from my home so that we could continue the bubble fun.

My husband started blowing and R was happily catching them when suddenly a group of bigger and taller kids descended upon him. Stunned and shocked R looked around and wondered where these kids came from. As I was standing from afar, I observed and laughed. It seemed like he realized that the world doesn’t revolve around him but hey, there were others who were older, taller and bigger than him.

Eventually we walked back home and continued the bubble fun for awhile more at the corridor and he was fine again.

NYE 2014 with the birds

Now that we’ve gotten our membership to the bird park, we trooped down after lunch on NYE. Together with my in-laws we had lunch at the Ah Yat restaurant opposite the park and thereafter visiting the birds.

It seemed like our main purpose for this trip considering it was already in the afternoon were to catch the shows. Subsequently, we walked around to see some birds. Some of these birds seemed like they were pros at posing especially with its wings outstretched. I was hesitant to go too far as we had to climb uphill which I wasn’t so keen. Perhaps the next time we’ll head to the loft to feed the birds.

We checked out the playground too. The wet playground was closed that day and would be for the entire month of January in 2015. So R played on the swing for awhile before we called it a day.

I must say that the adventure really began when my father in-law realized his car keys were missing. But that would be a story for another day.

Ooh Puddles Are Fun

When it comes to play, as long as it’s within safe limits and in a non-threatening environment, I’m easy. After all, kids are kids only once. I love to see the joy whenever R plays. This time he found some water puddles at the basketball court near where we live and he had a fun time stomping on them. Each time he stepped on them with a loud splash, he would laugh. He was so tickled that he kept stepping on them. The harder he stepped, the louder were his laughters. Simple joys.

A date with my little guy

This date happened about two weeks back when my mum offered to babysit either kid. So I left baby with her and brought R out. It has been a long time since I went out with him alone and truly can’t remember the last time. It’s definitely a different challenge of bringing an active toddler out as opposed to a baby stuck to my hips. But with the right activities planned, I was quite certain he would enjoy himself and relish in the one on one attention.

I had intended to bring him to Polliwogs at Vivocity but after lunch I pushed the stroller towards Fox and he caught sight of the playground. So I thought alright, this could be a good alternative to Polliwogs. So we headed to the dry playground and when he saw the wet area of little fountains, he was stuck there for a good long while. So water play it was for at least half an hour. As long as he was happy, I was happy too.

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Hoping he would be exhausted from the play, I put him back in the stroller so that he could nap. What caught his attention thereafter were the Hyundai cars that were on display at the main foyer. I literally smacked my forehead with my palm because he was saying “Car, car, car”. Out of the stroller he went and got closer to the cars till he was contented.

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Thankfully he did nap and I managed to do some shopping. And just like that, another day went by. It seemed like we didn’t do many activities but the time spent together was wonderful. I hope we’d have more dates in future.