blueberry muffins

It’s Sunday morning in this part of the world.  After I had my delicious brekkie I decided to make blueberry muffins for the kids lunch box tomorrow.  I’ve been very slack these past two weeks, due to my very bad cold.  I’m feeling better now so I guess I’m back to Sunday baking again!

This recipe is pretty easy, no need to use mixer too which I love!

Ingredients:

2 cups self-raising flour

90g butter, chopped

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

125g fresh blueberries

1 cup milk 2 eggs, lightly beaten

Method:

Pre heat oven to 180C.  Grease 12 hole muffin pan

Sift flour into a bowl.  Using fingertips, rub butter into flour until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.  Stir in sugar.

Make a well in center of flour mixture.  Add blueberries, milk and egg.  Gently stir until just combined.  Spoon mixture into prepared muffin pan.  Bake for 25 minutes or until skewer inserted in center of 1 muffin comes out clean.  Stand in pan for 5 minutes.  Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

And voilaaa…..ready to eat!

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Happy Sunday everyone!

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when mums need a break

Good times + Crazy friends = Amazing memories

This post is probably a bit late, but like the saying it’s better late than never….so I am going to proceed with the whole story.

Early in August my girlfriends and I did another girls trip or precisely mums trip since most of us are all mothers.  It was kind of winter get-away because August here in down under is winter, sounds weird I know, because the rest of the world is experiencing summer at the moment.  This was our second mums trip, the first one was last year when we went to Bali, read here if you want to know.  The formation was slightly a bit different from last year.  There were six of us plus one toddler.  Yeah, one of my friend had to take her son since at the last minute her husband had to go overseas for work.

We took a red eye flight as usual being a cheap mums🙂  Flight was slightly delayed for half an hour.  There is two hours ahead time difference between Perth and Melbourne.  We arrived in Tullamarine almost midnight.  Took a maxi cab to our service apartment.

We stayed at two bedrooms apartment called Bella Apartment.  It’s pretty new apartment about six months old, if I am not wrong.  The apartment is  very close to Crown Casino, in fact there is underground kinda thing that connects from the apartment to Crown Casino, where accommodates many shop, restaurants, cinema, and big food court beside the casino itself.  If you are into casino and night life and feel lazy to go out at night to have dinner, you can just walk five minutes from your room to the Crown Casino.

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5 things i ❤️

Oh my…August is almost end and I just realized I haven’t post my five things I love for this month! Well, not that anyone cares but I do, because I have promised myself to diligently posting about five things I love once a month. So, without further ado here are the things I love this month:

1.  Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist


If you like the smell of rose on your face, spray this after your make up, it will set your make up perfectly. You can spray it before you apply your make up too, the mist will hydrate your skin so it’s easy to blend your make up.

2.  Nip + Fab Glycolic Cleansing Pad


Sometimes my skin is a bit difficult, pimples can show up without warning. This product is pretty good for those bad acne day. It soothes without making my skin dry. My skin becomes softer and smoother.  The glycolic acid helps to retexture and resurface skin while the blue daisy makes my skin brighter and the witch hazel helps to tone. What I love about this Nip + Fab it comes in 60 cotton pads and I just have to swap on my face, also it does not smell nasty at all. Great product for the occasional break out and it won’t break my bank account for sure👌🏻

3.  The Balm Cosmetic

The first time I saw the Balm cosmetic it’s because the packaging!  It looks so cute and fun. And the product itself won’t disappoint. I bought the eye-shadow, blush on, and highlighter. Love the eye-shadow, it talc free and pigmented. Also all the Balm products are paraben and cruelty free. If you live in Australia, you can find the Balm cosmetic at Target and David Jones.

4.  Antipodes Divine Face Oil Organic Avocado Oil and Rosehip.


This is one of my favourite skin-care oil that I use on my face. It not only smells lovely, but also absorbs quickly and does not leave an oily residue. I also noticed the change of my skin complexion as well as a softer and more moisturised skin after using it for a while. It is a must-have especially for winter.

5.  Palmolive Bodywash Oil Infusion

Looks like this winter I’m loving every thing rose! I bought this Palmolive oil infusions body-wash rose with macadamia oil couple weeks ago at Woollies just because I ran out my usual body wash. I thought why not give it a try? Enriched with an infusion of botanical oils, this body wash cleans and hydrates your skin. The macadamia oil deeply nourishes the skin and won’t make your skin dry. I love the fact that the smell of the rose is not so strong. It also comes in Jasmine with avocado oil.

That’s all the things that I love for this month! If you are thinking or interesting in buying one of them, I hope this will help. This post is not sponsored, I just love all the products above and this is my genuine opinion. Oh, and also I’m trying to buy every thing local or available in Australia so I don’t have to purchase it online, overseas. Just because…I’m trying to be a goody goody person😜

Have a great day everyone, it’s almost week end!

 

seventy one

Yesterday, my mother land was celebrating another year older, she’s 71.  Happy birthday for yesterday, Indonesia!

I’m not such a patriotic person that can be a role model. I left my mother land almost 18 years ago, to follow my heart and love. I’m adjusted well in my adopted country.  But I still feel like I belong much to my mother land. My love for her is still the same, my disappointment of her still there, and my hope for her to be better and stronger is always always there. One thing for sure, I always love love the food she has!  It’s true that you can take an Indonesian out of Indonesia but you can’t take Indonesia out of an Indonesian!

I wish Indonesia all the best for the future.  Selamat ulang tahun, dirgahayu Republik Indonesia, stay wonderful as always!

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recipe : chocolate mousse

For all the chocolate lovers out there, you should try this recipe.  It is very easy chocolate mousse recipe, not overly sweet which I like.  I often whip this recipe in just less than half an hour, my kids love it, it’s their treat for being a good boys :p

Ingredients:

200 gr dark cooking chocolate, chopped

300 ml thickened cream

4 free range eggs, separated

1/4 cup icing sugar mixture

Methods:

  1. Put chocolate in a large bowl and set over a saucepan of simmering water.  Stir occasionally with a spatula until chocolate has melted.  Remove from heat and remove bowl from pan.  Set aside for 5 minutes or so.
  2. Meanwhile, put cream in a large bowl and beat with electric beaters until soft peaks form.  Add icing sugar mixture and beat until thick, glossy, and stiff peaks form.
  3. Stir yolks into chocolate mixture.  Fold in cream.
  4. Fold in 1/2 the egg-whites until just combined.
  5. Fold in remaining egg-whites.
  6. Spoon mousse into eight ramekins or cups.  Chill for 3 hours or overnight.
  7. Serve with cut strawberry, delicious!

Optional, you can add chopped or swirl chocolate before serving.


Have a great Thursday people!

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oil up buttercup!

As you know it’s winter in this part of my world. Winter is equal snotty nose, sore throat, and cold in my household. Especially with one kid swimming as early as 5 am, he’s often prone to sore throat and sneezing.

Since I became hook on everything that use less chemical and I don’t really like giving medicines too often to my children, I prefer the nature way of healing as possible as it can. Plus, if you or your kids have cold and you go see the doctor here, he/she would just tell you to go home, drink plenty of water and rest!

I’ve been using the essential oil actually for about a year or so. I just didn’t realize that it’s so popular at the moment.  There are many brands of essential oil out there. The ones that I know, is Doterra and Young Living. I believe as long as you make sure the oil is original,  you don’t have to stick with the above names I mention.

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a little update

Hi everyone!

How’s life treat you so far? I hope it’s good, and even if it’s not so good, I do hope it won’t be forever. C’est la vie isn’t it?

Well, mine has been busy (as always) with the kids’ schedules. Though it was school holidays, but I seemed even more hectic arranging the sleep-overs, play-dates, taking them here and there. Thank God today they are back to school, yaay! Don’t get me wrong I love school holidays, I love sleep-ins, and lazy days. But, at some stage I love them being back to routine, back to school they go!

Anyhow, last Saturday I was participated in the fashion show for Multicultural Eid Carnival. The event was brought together by Australia, Indonesia, and Arab community with Garuda Indonesia, Qatar Airlines, and Wonderful Indonesia as the main sponsors. The event was successfully drew the crowded with International  Food stalls which Indonesian stalls was the crowded one! Nasi padang, ayam taliwang, ketan durian, bakso, urap, sate, and many more that I couldn’t remember, sold out like crazy! Also, bumper cars, camel rides, merry go round, henna and face painting are amongst the attraction too.

The fashion show itself was a huge success with lots of clothes that we wore being sold straight away after the show. There were about 18 of us, each wore three items which were: traditonal kebaya/modern kebaya, batik and muslim theme. I’m grateful that I can be part of the show and got involved in this community event.  The carnival was closed by chinese dragon dance and firework at around 7pm.

For some of you who follow my FB, IG, or snapchat perhaps have seen the pictures already. For my own personal record and sweet memories for my grandchildren 😛 here’s the video compilation if you can be bothered to watch! I apologize for the video quality though, it is a bit rough I have to admit. Pardon me I’m not a professional video making, I found it’s so time consuming making video! Credit to my 12 years old who shot the video😛😘

Hope you all have a good week ahead!

apricot slice

It has been a long time since my last post of baking or cooking. I just lost my mojo for taking picture and writing down the recipe. Here’s one very easy recipe, no need to bake or use mixer. All you have to do just mixing and cooking in a low heat for a bit and voila the apricot slice is ready for your sweet tooth!😀

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5 things i ❤️

Hey everyone who happens to read or blog walking here, it’s time for my five things I love again!  Well, actually it is more than five, but so not to bore you too much I think I will pack it into 5 only!🙂

Okay here we go, these are five stuff that I am in love at the moment;

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Solitude

A loner is someone that prefers not to associate with others, that is according to mister google.  But in my opinion a loner is a person who likes being alone and is happy being on his own.  The thought of being alone sometimes is scary, but I do think it depends on the way you look at it. I like being alone, not most of the times, but I don’t mind being alone if I have to.

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