Category: Adventures

Eggless Cookies for Chemps!

Do your kids watch YouTube? I’m sure they do. I think kids nowadays are born with an inner instinct. Using iPads and smart phones is like second nature to them.

Anyway, Chemps is a fan of this baking show on YouTube  called Nerdy Nummies. Two years ago, she happened to chance upon an episode where the host was baking My Little Pony cupcakes, and she’s been hooked ever since. So when I saw her interest, the kitchen blondie me thought, mehhh.. why not, let’s bake some cookies (sayang anak punya pasal).

Nerdy NummiesRo, from Nerdy Nummies, Chemps’ fave baking show on YouTube

Our first cookie baking adventure started off with a recipe shared by my friend Shila. She’s amazingly talented at all these creative baking stuff so when she shared her recipe, I figured it can’t go wrong. Alhamdulillah the cookies turned out great!! We even decorated them with colourful royal icing. Chemps had a blast baking the cookies and icing them and was real happy when I packed her an entire pack to share with her school friends.

first baking adventureShe bakes!

Unfortunately, I forgot about her allergy to eggs. So not long after kneading the dough, the skin around her eyes became dry, flaky and red. Pretty soon more areas on her face, hands and legs started getting red and itchy as well. Her eczema flared thanks to the eggs in the recipe.

Chemps was a real champ though, as always she didn’t complain at all about her itch, and was just thrilled that she made cookies like in her favourite baking show.

So taking the experience as a lesson learned, when she next requested to bake cookies, I opted for an eggless recipe. I was quite weary as to how the cookies would end up looking and tasting since there are no eggs involved to hold everything together but Alhamdulillah they turned out great! Chemps was so happy, she couldn’t stop munching on them the moment they cooled from the oven! Success!!

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Yaayyy!! We made eggless cookies!!
animalsAnimal cookies!! nyaaammm nyam nyam!

Best part was, no itching! Yaaayyy!!

So to all you i-can’t-eat-eggs people out there, give this recipe a try!

What you need:
3 cups of flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt200grams of butter (softened at room temperature)
1 cup of caster sugar
4 1/2 tablespoons of milk (any fresh milk will do)
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups of flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt

How to make it:
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together into a large bowl and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until it’s smooth and fluffy. I don’t have a fancy mixer so I used a hand mixer, no problem, it gets the job done 🙂

Once the sugar-butter mix is of satisfactory texture, add in the milk and vanilla and beat until combined.

Then, in batches of half cups if you may, add in the flour-bakingpowder-salt and mix well by hand until combined. If your dough is good enough to be rolled into a ball, you’re done! Try not to knead it too much or your cookies might end up tough.

Next, roll the dough out to about 1/4 of an inch thick, cut them out with those fabulous cookie cutters you have stored somewhere in your kitchen and place them in pans on ungreased cookie sheets. Don’t worry about placing them close together as the cookies don’t seem to spread out or puff out so much.

Pop them into the oven at about 175C-180C for around 10 minutes if your cookies are on the thin side, or longer if you made yourself a batch of those fat thick ilovemycookiessolid kind. Your cookies should end up still light in colour but browning around the edges. If you end up with a completely brown cookie, then cut down the oven time for the next batch.

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Let them cool on the tray for around 5 minutes and then transfer them onto a cooling rack to cool completely before popping them into your mouths or keeping them in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

Chempedak bakes cookies!

Over the last two weekends, I made chocolate chip cookies! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, they are the only type of cookies I know how to bake. Don’t judge me.

Anyway, first round, I got Alisha to help. She assisted by dumping in the flour and other ingredients, but after that, she was more interested in washing my baking utensils. “Eee…ditty Mommy! I wash ok? Jap eeehhh… I wash for you”

Extremely helpful 😀 I had to do minor cleaning up after that.

Thankfully my cookies turned out great. I nearly passed out from the delicious smell and not being able to indulge but I made my sister test out a piece from almost every tray, lol! She wasn’t fasting that day. My mother-in-law gave the best compliment when she said “Eh, hang buat kat aku untuk raya?”

Good enough to serve her guests! Whee!!

So the following weekend, I set out to make another batch. Realizing that my Chempedak found chocolate chip cookie baking a total bore, I decided to let her make her own cookies instead as I kept busy with mine. Along with my sister, they made Nutella cookies!!

One cup of flour, one cup of Nutella and one egg was all I needed to keep them occupied hehehe 😀

 Dumping in the flour, Nutella and egg mix

Flattening the dough

Her first encounter with cookie cutters

They bake ’em cookies!

Decorating her cookies, a very delicate and important process to Chemps

Decorations done!

Pop ’em into the over for 8-10 minutes

Cookie complete!

😀

Another wonderful weekend

Seems like I’m on a weekly post now, and it’s all about my weekends, heheheh… Oh well, weekends are what we all look forward to anyway.

So last Saturday and Sunday was another full fledged weekend. Early Saturday morning, we were at Masjid Negara, attending a relative’s solemnization ceremony. The tok kadi arrived late, like, an hour plus late adding more jitters to the soon to be husband and wife. Kesian kesian. The rest of the guests however kept busy by chit chatting and Chemps had fun exploring the mosque with her second cousin.

The tok kadi finally arrived and Alhamdulillah, the solemnization process was over quick and smooth. After witnessing the beautiful pledge of marriage, we had a little something to eat and headed off to the next occasion, which was my office colleague’s wedding in Shah Alam. We didn’t have our GPS so had to rely on the map provided in the card. Thank God we managed to find our way. 


Entertaining herself in the car

“This is me!” she said

There was quite an impressive spread and the three of us had a good time filling our tummies 😀 After which, we went to say congratulations to the bride. We hung around a bit as I actually wanted to take a picture together but she was a little bit too occupied (the bride was EVERYWHERE! hahahaha) so we had to leave as there was another function to get to.

Didn’t get a pic with the bride, so I took my babies’ picture instead, heheheh

We got home with enough time to let Alisha have a nap, and us to freshen up. Then, it was off to a birthday party! Zaza and Hashley threw a lovely little bash for their princess Khaisah, and what a clever venue they chose too! It was held at the playground nearby their house, so all headaches to keep kids entertained was easily overcome.

My darling Chemps and I

With birthday girl Khaisah and her mommy and daddy 😀

After singing the birthday song, and many chitchats later, we went home all set to get ready for the next function! Craayyzeee right? Hahahahah! The moment we reached home, Alisha wanted to play with the bubbles she got in her party pack, so we let her have a few minutes of bubble-time.

 

Alisha busy blowing bubbles, Daddy busy tangkap nyamuk, hihihi

As we were chilling outside we bumped into Adam’s cousins next door. They just got back from their Europe trip so OF COURSE I had to go say hello! Alisha and her second cousin Kasheif ended up playing bubbles and catch. It was so cute to see them having such a great time.

Kasheif and Alisha

It was only about half an hour later that we went into the house and rushed to get ready for another wedding. So with the end of the night’s wedding, that concluded our hectic Saturday. Phew! I feel tired just thinking about it, hahaha!

Come Sunday, I was up bright and early, packing our bags for a day trip to Janda Baik! The husband had a YMP programme to attend and he wanted us to come along as there was a little river at the venue and he wanted to let Alisha have her first dip in a river 😀 So off we went!

For the first half of the day, we mingled with those at the programme. Chemps of course was lapping up the attention from everyone. I think she made more friends than I did that day. We also attended a Q&A session and a little talk by Sheikh Yahya. It was informative and light, just the way I like my religious programmes to be, hehehe… nothing too heavy. Then after the programme was over, came the part Chemps was looking forward to all day, MANDI SUNGAI!!

Initially the husband said to just let her dive in with her clothes on. Of course my proper Chempedak princess would have none of it. She insisted on putting on her swimsuit, “nak simming lah!” she said 😀

The water was cold as you would expect, but she loved every minute of the whole new experience.

So that, my dear Doodlers, was what we did last weekend 🙂