It’s been a while since I last whirled out some refreshing and healthy fruit smoothies for my girls. Since there were quite a bit of fruits in the fridge, I swirled up some refreshing fruit smoothies for the girls for their lunch last week.
On the left is orange, apple, passion fruit and chia seed smoothie for Alycia.
On the right is the same concoction with the addition of strawberry flavored yoghurt milk for Cass. Funnily, yoghurt milk seems to have a pretty good effect in moving Cass’ bowels. She’s a very constipated child and I’m glad that I have found a pretty cheap and yummy ‘laxative’ for her, which she can drink 2-3 times a day.
That’s the girls’ appetizer for lunch.
Next, the main course is baked crispy sandwich with egg mayo + sweet corn kernels. The sandwich was baked for 15 minutes in the oven. I found out by chance that by using a fork to press on the 4 edges of the sandwich, the sides will be sealed, thus preventing the filling from spilling out.
But Cass prefers to open up the sandwich to eat the bread separately as her bottom tooth is now shaky and it hurts her to bite on hard food.
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Did I show you a picture of my very badly cracked and peeling feet? I can’t remember if I had posted pictures of the cracks on the sole of my feet.
As there were cracks on the sole of the feet, which were also flaky, dirt got inside very easily and once this happened, it would take forever to remove the dirt from under skin! Even with a foot file, the dirt cannot be removed as it is embedded under the skin. So even though my feet are clean, they would look black and dirty as the dirt is embedded underneath the skin. I was terribly embarrassed of my feet and disliked entering friends’ house as this would mean exposing my disgusting feet! Even with an immaculate art nail on my toe nails, it cannot mask the unsightly feet.
About a month ago, I started wearing slippers indoors. Within 3 days, I could see dramatic improvement on my feet! The cracks are starting to close up now. My feet look clean and pinkish for once! And they are smooth too! With a once-weekly foot filing (with a stainless steel foot file that looks like a fruit and veggie scraper), wearing of indoor slippers and application of Melaleuca’s Renew Intensive Lotion, I feel like I have new feet now
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The girls’ art teacher’s house is decorated very tastefully. Stepping into her house gives you the feeling that you are stepping into a house built next to the sea. The dining table is a piece of sliced tree trunk from a giant rainforest tree, very nicely cut into a unique oblong shape with smooth edges. The chairs are slimmer tree trunks chopped into a height of about half a meter. Next to the dining area is an antique stainless steel trunk, or what the kids call ‘treasure box’ from under the sea. I think if I were to get one of those trunks from http://www.trunksdepot.com/ and place it in my living room, it will look out of place, unless I redecorate the entire living room.
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Last week I got a shock when I was helping Cass to brush her teeth. For a few days already, Cass was telling me that she felt pain in her lower mouth, especially when she bit on hard food.
What do I know? Upon checking her lower teeth, I saw 2 teeth (or maybe 1) erupting from behind her baby teeth! And her baby teeth are still so firm and rooted solidly in the gums. That just pressed the panic button in me. A few days later, I brought Cass to see the dentist.
Upon checking Cass’ teeth, the dentist told me to leave it alone but to monitor it. If the baby tooth does not drop within 3 months, Cass is to be brought back to the dentist. For once, I am now hoping that Cass’ tooth will drop! So that there is space for the permanent tooth/teeth to cut out nicely.
What is permanent teeth erupting behind baby teeth?
The baby tooth will still be in the mouth and then the permanent tooth will erupt. This is most commonly seen in kids who are six years old and in the lower front teeth. The technical term for this is lingually erupting mandibular incisors. The other name that it is known by is shark teeth or simply permanent teeth erupting behind the baby teeth. This can also happen to the upper molars when the child is 11 years old.
Here’s a picture of shark teeth that I got from the internet and I am praying that this will NOT happen to Cass!
The thing to remember as a parent is that shark teeth are not abnormal. Almost 10% of children have it and the milk teeth will either fall on their own within some time. If they don’t fall even after some weeks, then intervention of a dentist is required. If the baby tooth falls out on its own then you are surely spared the hassles. If it does not then you need to consult a dentist who will recommend a solution. The baby tooth is pulled out in such situations. It is a simple thing and you need not worry needlessly about it. This will make enough room in your child’s mouth for the permanent teeth to emerge.
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I love grilling meats in the oven. It is so easy to dish out, has no splish splash of oil, has minimal washing and it is time-saving. I leave the meat in the oven and I’ll get back to my other chores. Now that the MIL is away in Hawaii for over a month, the kids are having quite a bit of oven-grilled dishes again
Earlier this week, I grilled some chicken drumsticks and ribs with fresh rosemary, along with a little Lea & Perrin sauce, black pepper and Agave Nectar. That was the first time I used fresh rosemary to grill chicken and the result was superb! I never knew that fresh rosemary imparts such strong flavor to a dish. The aroma of the fresh rosemary grilling alongside the chicken meat in the oven was heavenly!
Half an hour later…
Rosemary grilled chicken served with stir-fried organic baby pea sprouts, raw organic alfalfa and broccoli sprouts with goma dressing and Korean rice for the kids. Simple, wholesome and chokefull of goodness!
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A few weeks ago, Cass caused a ruckus at the mini mart all because she saw her friend at Sherilyn’s dance and music center and her friend was having her first piano lesson! From the moment we left the center, shopped at the mart and until we reached home, she bugged me non-stop to allow her to learn the piano. I was super pissed with her as I was at the mini mart and she was tugging at my dress and pestering me on top of her voice. I reasoned out with her but she wouldn’t shut up. She wanted me to enroll her right away!
Roll on to several weeks later. Cass saw a video of my friend’s daughter playing the violin and guess what? She pestered me to send her for violin classes! I think piano is out of the question for now. While it is not a problem signing her up for piano or keyboard lessons but the biggest problem would be to find space in my condo unit to place the piano or keyboard. Violin is quite viable, given that the equipment is small and it looks interesting but the only snag is the steep fees. I may look around for some excellent band instruments from guitar center and decide what’s best for my baby girl.
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A few days before CNY last month, we were at Cold Storage at Gardens, Mid Valley and saw a promotion on freshly juiced pomegranate juice. The pomegranates were flown in from Turkey. There were a few Turkish representatives at the booth to promote the fruit. There was a really long bee line of customers waiting to buy the freshly squeezed pomegranate juice. Though priced at RM12.99 a bottle, many people did not mind the price, including us! I first bought 2 bottles and when the MIL saw them, she followed suit and bought 2 bottles herself. The juice was really sweet, pure and fresh. Each bottle consisted of about 2-3 whole pomegranates.
Cass could not wait to grab her bottle of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice and drank it immediately.
Health Benefits of Pomegranates:
The pomegranate is known as a superfood. Its jewel-like seeds (arils) have been used for medicinal purposes for millennia. Packed with powerful antioxidants and vitamins, this ruby-red fruit has been shown to be a cure-all for just about any ailment. It helps stomach upsets, menopausal hot flashes, hemorrhoids, conjunctivitis, osteoarthritis, lowers blood pressure, stimulates the immune system, wards off the flu, reduces inflammation, reduces risk of heart disease and lowers cholesterol.
The peel is good for the heart and blood vessels; the white membrane is good for stopping diarrhea and good for wounds and ulcers of the mouth and throat. The fruit also strengthens the brain, cleanses the body and blood from toxins, and is very good at expelling worms from the intestines.
Pomegranates keep you young too. Chinese herbology cites pomegranate juice as a longevity treatment. And thanks to the pomegranate’s antioxidant extracts, modern science and the cosmetics industry agree that topical application of products containing the ruby red fruit can keep wrinkles at bay. Pomegranate-tinged anti-aging creams, massage oils, masques and toners are readily available these days. (Views counter installed wef 20 Nov 2013. No of views=1845)
Alycia has been asking me if she could eat crabs and have a nice long steamboat dinner after her exam. We spent our Sunday cooped up at home yesterday, except for a brief brunch at a nearby cafe. We have not been dining out for the past 2 weekends as the hubster has been very busy with his clients’ events. I miss doing what I like best – retail therapy! The girls also want to watch a movie on Sunday. While the girls and the hubster watch a movie in the cinema this Sunday, I will be doing a retail marathon, woohoo! I miss buying jewelries too. These days no one dares to wear eye-catching bling bling jewelries lest the bling bling get snatched by muggers. I do not even wear my engagement ring and wedding ring anymore. They are all kept in the bank. Though I no longer wear gold jewelries, I still heart looking at those pretty engagement ring and wedding ring sets each time I pass by a jewelry shop.
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After fetching Cass from kindy just now, I brought the MIL to a nearby plant nursery to get some ‘chau choe’ or stink grass. She wanted to dish out a popular Hong Kong dessert consisting of mung beans + stink grass + shredded kombu seaweed. This Hong Kong sweet soup concoction is well known to expel heat and toxins from the body.
I do not know how the stinky grass got its moniker but it ain’t stinky at all. Well, at least not to us. In fact, we find the smell very sharp yet fragrant. Cass kept telling me that the stink grass smelled like pandan leaves. My kids love the taste of it, surprisingly. I think it is an acquired taste as many years ago, they did not quite like the smell of it.
I am unable to snap a sharp and nice picture of our mung bean sweet soup, except for this one when it was still boiling in the pot.
This is the healthy mung bean + stink grass + kombu seaweed sweet soup that the MIL boiled today. The picture is however googled and copied from Christine’s Recipe’s blog:
The is the kombu seaweed. You will need to soak the dried kombu to soften it before slicing it with a knife into shreds . Amount used is optional and up to individual.
The stink grass. One of our favorite aromatic and healthy herbs to prepare ‘tong sui’ (sweet soup). My mil used about 10 sprigs to boil a big pot of mung beans.
Mung beans are rich in the following nutrients:
• vitamin C
• folic acid or folate
Mung beans are also high in fibre, low in saturated fat, low in sodium, and contain no cholesterol. Because of the wide range of nutrients contained in mung beans, they offer a whole host of health benefits for the immune system, the metabolism, the heart and other organs, cell growth, protection against free radicals, and diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
The Chinese believe that mung beans or green beans can expel heat, prevent heat stroke, clear skin, clear acne and clear toxins from the body and blood.
Mung beans are inexpensive and very nutritious. Instead of wolfing down a packet of nasi lemak for breakfast or lunch, try to boil a pot of mung bean sweet soup and have it instead. You can store the excess sweet soup in a container and keep it in the fridge. It tastes even more refreshing when eaten chilled.
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