Horlicks Doggie Cookies

I found this Horlicks Doggie Cookies recipe long ago. I didn’t bake it until recently. First time, it wasn’t really successful. Sigh! Very seldom Yannie is successful in her first attempt, why ? Oh! Why? These pictures were all taken at my second attempt.

I like this batch of Horlicks Doggie Cookies, as they were cute, lovely and yummy. April wrapped some and gave it to her baby sitter, and I also gave some to my gym buddies.

I would love to bake this again, may be on Christmas, or may be on Chinese New Year. Love this recipe as there is no added sugar, the sweetness is from Horlicks, Coco Crunch and Chocolate Chips.

In fact, I was the one preparing everything, the girls were just helping to stick ears, noses and mouth on the doggies.

Baking something nice together with the girls is a great bonding moment.

Horlicks Doggie CookiesIngredients:(makes about 48 cookies)
180g butter, soften at room temperature80g Horlicks (original flavour)200g top flour or cake flour25g corn flour25g milk powder100g chocolate chipssome chocolate ricesome Koko Krunch
  1. Pre-heat oven to 140deg C. Line baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
  1. Sieve top flour, corn flour and milk powder.
  1. Cream butter and Horlicks for about three minutes at low speed. Do not overbeat.
  1. Put in top flour, cornflour and milk powder and beat for about one minute to form dough.
  1. Divide dough into 10g each. Put three chocolate chips into each piece of dough and roll into balls.
  1. Insert two pieces of Koko Krunch to form the 'ears', chocolate rice for the "eyes", and a chocolate chip in the centre for the 'nose'.
  1. Bake at 140 deg C for about 25 minutes. Depending on your oven, it may take another 5 to 10 minutes more for the cookies to be ready.
  1. Leave to cool on wire rack before storing in an airtight container.
Why don't you bake on this Raya festive?
Here I wish all my Muslim friends "Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri", and all non Muslim friends "Happy Holidays". 


Why I say so?

I am a proud wife.

12 years ago, when we were still in boy-friend and girl- friend’s relationship, he had done many things that touched my heart.

After getting married, after I had conceived and after I had given birth to 2 daughters, he still did many things that could make me feel loved.

Many times, he made me feel so blessed being his wife. Let me just pen down one of them which happened not too long ago.

My ten years old (standard 4), April was given an assignment of the “Rekabentuk dan Teknologi” subject. The assignment was to make a basket by using newspaper that was folded into long strip. Her papa spent an evening to fold many newspaper strips.

I felt guilty for not helping any. Therefore, I offered to help her to weave the basket.

We had to follow the technique “Anyaman”. I skipped my run in the gym to work on this assignment together with April. We ended up not so happy that evening, because the basket that I made having too many holes and out of shape. I was too shy to take picture of the “Anyaman” basket, as it was actually a total disaster, I reckoned.

Bad mummy still forced April to bring it to school and close the assignment regardless of the poor mark that she might get.

Then, when I happened to see the “Anyaman” basket that her friend brought to school, I felt terribly bad and decided to redo one before the closing date of the assignment.

I told my husband about the plan that I was going to redo another basket for April during our pillow talk. Lol!

On the next day, apparently was my husband’s off day, I came back from work. April ran to me happily. She said to me that her papa had spent one whole afternoon making one new basket for her, and this one was in great shape and no hole in between the newspaper strips.

I was amazed by his hard work and great effort in making this not-so-easy “Anyaman” project a successful. At the same time, I felt so lucky for having him as my children’s dad.

He completes for my incompetency.

That is why I say so.


A proud wife

We were celebrating our 12th Wedding Anniversary in May this year. I ordered “盆菜” from Flemington Hotel and jelly cake from my friend. Both are yummy!
For the past 12 years, I never have a single day regretting for marrying my husband. He is a wonderful husband to me and the best dad to my two daughters. Because of marrying him, I again have two supportive mother and father. They are my parents in law, they love me as much as my two late parents. 

Needless to say, now we have our most precious princesses April and May.  I just hope they will build a strong sisterhood as what they have seen in Frozen movie.  

I have found my Mr. Right when my daughter wrote an essay with the title “The person whom I respect the most -- my father” whilst all her friends wrote about “my mother” under the same title. Boo hoo!

My husband knows well that the best gift a man can give to their children is to love their mother.   So I know I am so right to be my husband’s wife. 


Overnight oats for active lifestyle

I am always doing work out in the gym which has no air-conditioner and the fans are always off. Only there are 4 windows for fresh air circulation. That is why I soak in my own sweat after an hour of 8.5km run. I need to change into new apparel after the run, in order for me to continue my subsequent weight lifting exercise. I'm getting about at least 2 hours a day of vigorous athletic activity in the form of cardio vascular exercise. What can I eat that will help me to lose fat, but it is healthy enough for me to continue to support my lifestyle? I'm having trouble finding foods that help healing and rebuilding all the muscle I'm using without having to eat a bunch.

Thank goodness that I never have any crave towards food like cheese cake, ice-cream, soda, chips, burger and chocolate. The only crave I have when I am in hunger and thirst is fruit and juice.

Recently I found a new habit of healthy eating - Overnight oats. What is overnight oats?
This easy, no-cook “ porridge" has make-ahead convenience and is packed with nutrition to get your day off to a healthy start. Make it in individual  air-tight container or jar for a perfect serving size and an easy grab-and-go breakfast straight from the fridge (it's eaten cold). Take it along to work or anywhere. Great to serve on a breakfast or brunch buffet. High in protein, calcium & fiber; low in fat & sugar.

Apparently this kind of cold oatmeal mixture has been around for a while. I don't know where I've been, because I'd never heard of it until I saw a recipe sharing by my friend on her FB wall.  After some googling, I discovered that overnight oats, refrigerator oatmeal, yogurt oats, and summer porridge are all names for the same thing. Whatever you call it, this stuff is delicious!
I played around with some different flavor combos, and created single portion recipes that will fit in a container. I started with HL low fat milk, then I replaced with HomeSoy, because some studies said milk caused cancer and acne, both are too scary to me. I see people putting peanut butter, honey, yogurt, nuts, raisins, banana, strawberry, kiwi, avocado, mango, pineapple and more.  It is fun to soak oats, soy/milk, chia seeds with food that you like, I put in steamed Japanese sweet potatoes here. 
ch-ch-ch-CHIA seeds. I included chia seeds in my overnight oats recipes. It is always a great way to sneak them into your diet. Chia seeds:
  • have more Omega 3 fatty acids than flax seed (important for heart health)
  • are the richest non-marine whole food source of Omega-3 (better than salmon)
  • absorb 10 times their weight in water and transform into a gel-like substance--great for athletes for maintaining hydration and helps with weight loss by making you feel full longer
  • are as high in protein
  • are loaded with calcium, potassium, Vitamin B, and anti-oxidants
  • help balance blood sugar
  • have a neutral taste so they will take on the other flavors in a recipe
  • can be eaten whole (unlike flax seed); they don't have to be ground before adding them to food in order to digest them and benefit from their nutrients
  • have a two year shelf life, stored at room temperature (flax seeds quickly become rancid and lose their nutritional value)
In addition to chia seeds, this overnight oats has protein; calcium-packed dairy and fiber-rich oats. It's hard to find a healthier breakfast than this.During the overnight soak, the oats and chia seeds absorb the liquid and soften. They have a great eating texture by the next day.

I've been pulling overnight oats out of my fridge and eating it for breakfast every day. LOVE the convenience of having it made ahead. It is filling and packed with nutrition, too. 
I have previously written about my healthy eating many times. Here are the links,
Healthy organic oatmilk as breakfast and afternoon snack ...
My all time favourite breakfast | Blog with Yan
Out of all my previous posts on the same topic, I like this overnight oats the most as of now. I didn't know that oats when it is eaten cold, it is tasted better than ice-cream. 


Handwritten cards

....from my princesses.

This year Mother's day, we didn't celebrate it. Because my princesses were having their exam on the next day. To me, if they are an angel, everyday is a Mother's day. Studying for exam is more important than celebrating Mother's day. ( I am a significant tiger mom)

I told my MIL that we were postponing the celebration to later date. I only gave her an angpow and bought her a cake on that day.

My Mother's Day mood was totally none, but I had only Exam mood on. T___T.

When I started to browse FB after my run in the gym, I saw plenty of my friends receiving gifts, flowers and cards from their children. Silly me started to ask my princesses,  "Where is my card?"

My 8 years old, May said, " Give me a minute, mummy." I saw her busy scribbling on her study desk.

May's handwritten Mother's Day card
"Mummy, sorry for my ugly handwriting. I can't write nicely. I know you will scold me if I take too  long to do this card."
She return to her study desk to continue her revision after presenting the card to me. (Call me a Tiger Mom)

April's handwritten Mother's day card
After April seeing her kid sister getting lots of "LIKE" in FB (I told her so), she presented this card to me in the late afternoon. She proudly said, " Mummy, my handwriting is thousand times better than May, right?" lol!

Melted heart, teary eyes. So sweet of them for praising me sky high.

I don't mind receiving their handwritten Mother's day cards every Mother's day for the next 10, 20 or may be 30 years. 


Young fashionista 2014

I bought many clothes for them before Chinese New Year, most of them are those very comfy tops and bottoms. My two girls kept all of them and wore only in Chinese New Year. They would ask me to snap picture of them when they changed into their new clothes.

I think they will get entertained by looking at these pictures of themselves when they have grown up into fine young ladies.
CNY eve wore batik pajamas that I bought for them in Kelantan and Day1 wore chiffon dresses


Studies or sports?

April was chosen to represent Perak for MSSM Ping Pong tournament in March.  Before she got to go to KL for MSSM tournament, she had also gone through district tournament MSSD and also state tournament MSSPK. We are certainly proud of her achievement in sports at such a young age.   
MSSD LMS players who are qualified to MSSM
However, she has to sacrifice her studies time for ping pong. She skipped school for more than a week during the centralized training for MSSM tournament.
April felt upset when missing school.  She told me umpteen times that she did not like to be absent from school for the training.  I could sense her sadness when her coach coming to fetch her to the training in those mornings that she supposed to leave for school. I missed her smiley face during her training weeks. 
Players from all districts in Perak. Only 20 players qualified for MSSM
On the other hand, I was stressed too, as I needed to take her to her classmate’s house after her training. She had to catch up with all the homework that she missed.  She had to complete the school homework, and then she had to go for tuition class in the evening.  I could not afford to see her missing school and skipping tuition classes at the same time.    
April is number 4th under 13 female
She was worn out juggling between studies and ping pong training. I pitied her. I talked to her dad that I wanted her to just focus on studies and forget about ping pong tournament from next year onward.  I feel that study is more important than being good in sports. Her dad did not agree. We argued.  We finally agreed to hear from April. 
MSSM Perak Ping Pong Team
 I shared with her about my concern on her absence from school.  I could sense her pressure too taking care of studies and sports.  All we want is a happy kid but not a champion child.  I also said to her, if she is coping up well in both, I am fine too.  We will work hard together with her and we will help her in her studies.
April and her team mates listened to briefing from coach
 April just said, “I don’t like and I don’t want to miss school, mummy.”
She loves going to school more than the training. She is a good student.  

So far, we were being very supportive in all of her ping pong tournaments; we took leaves to accompany her; we bear with all the expenses during our stay there. Needless to say, the time and money spent in her ping pong lessons. 
LMS (Larut Matang dan Selama) players ready to go to MSSM
April did not say that she wants to quit playing ping pong.  I guess, we have to be more selective in the tournament and its training. I will only agree to enroll her if it won’t affect her schooling time