30.1.11

黑芝麻饼干Black Sesame Cookies

今年,我觉得自己真的懒到不行。连我最喜欢的爱好~烘焙,也处于高阁。过年的年饼,我连一样都没做出来,真的想刮自己几巴掌。不知哪里犯了病,真的要好好检讨一下。现在才一月,要懒到几时呀!

今天下午,我才甘愿去烘了一些饼干。本来还想烘多一些,唉!懒筋又作祟了,只好作罢。烘了一些简单不过的黑芝麻饼,只用了六样材料,就能做出香喷喷的饼干。

刚从烘炉出来时,饼干并不会太硬,但冷却之后就变得硬一些了。烘的时间一到,“叮”一声,快把饼干拿出来,要不然会变黑的。

材料:
1磅  芝麻(黑或白都可以)
半杯  菜油(我用葵花油)
1杯  面粉
1茶匙 发粉
1杯  白糖
2粒  鸡蛋

做法:
1。预热烘炉至摄氏180度。
2。把芝麻炒香。
3。把所有材料混合在一起,然后搅均匀。
4。勺一茶匙面团在放了烘焙纸的烘盘上,面团至少有4公分的距离。
5。放进烘炉,烘15-20分钟至金黄色。




29.1.11

教育孩子的一些建议

在网上找到以下教育孩子的一些建议,在这里与大家共勉之

转自:The Lazy Stay-at-Home Mommy

教育专家给家长的100多条建议!!!(建议永久保存)

教育篇:
1.每天花半个小时和孩子交流。
2.和孩子在家也要使用文明用语,“早上好,请,谢谢,晚安”等等。
3.让孩子养成爱卫生的好习惯。
4.多听听孩子的声音!——用耐心、用爱心、用开心,心是长着眼睛的!
5.不要为了提醒孩子,而总是揭孩子的伤疤。
6.严肃指出孩子的错误!
7.不要总对孩子一本正经,要多和孩子一起欢笑:因为笑声能让孩子更加热爱生活;引导孩子积极、轻松愉快的看待事物。
8.给孩子讲故事,要有耐心,故事有一定的教育意义。
9.不要把当年未曾实现的理想强加在孩子身上,想让孩子去实现。
10.关爱孩子但适当时候适当的惩罚也是需要的,不要护孩子的短。
11.教育并不一定只是讲道理,有时适当可以采取一些强硬的措施。
12.结合孩子的表现,每天思考至少一个关于孩子成长的问题。
13.对幼儿进行艺术教育,培养幼儿高雅的审美情趣,注意引导、丰富幼儿的感性认识,在大自然中加深幼儿的情感体验,是非常有益的。
14.对于幼儿时期的孩子,不要让他们长时间地和自己的父母住在一起,隔代更亲,不利于教育。也许没有科学道理,但绝对适用。
15.注意培养孩子的善心。古人云:勿以恶小而为之,勿以善小而不为。
16.教会孩子微笑,微笑面对生活的一切,微笑面对人生。
17.对孩子不要乱许愿,承诺的事情想尽一切办法也要兑现。
18.要常换位思考!对孩子的所做、所想等家长应常换位思考,假如我是孩子的话,我将会怎样?
19.给孩子一定的空间和自由,同时给一定的压力和责任!
20.向孩子说明,他本身已经很可爱了,不用再表现自己。
21.从来不说孩子比别的孩子差。
22.绝不用辱骂来惩罚孩子。
23.在孩子干的事情中,不断寻找值得赞许的东西。
24.不要吓孩子。以免造成孩子过分胆小、怕事。
25.不要当众批评和嘲笑孩子,以免造成心理畸形,失去自信心等。
26.不要对孩子过分严厉。以免孩子惧怕、害羞不敢发表自己的观点,养成面善心恶的性格。
27.不要过分夸奖孩子。以免孩子养成“沽名钓誉”的不良习气,和过于自负的态度。
28.不要暗示孩子做不良的事。比如:不用红绿灯过马路、打架一定要赢、自己的东西不给别的吃、乘车或地铁不购票等。
29.让孩子正确树立心目中的偶像。

成长篇:
1.给孩子一些私人空间。
2.给孩子选择的机会和权利。
3.让孩子自由选择自己的伙伴、朋友。
4.让孩子做想做的事。(但要时常观察其作为)
5.让孩子做一些能力所能及的家务,如洗洗自己的衣服、烧水煮饭等,让他意识到自己是家庭成员中的一分子。
6.为孩子准备一个陈列架,让他在上面展示自己制作的物品。
7.认真地对待孩子提出的正经问题和看法。
8.把孩子当作成人一样,和他平等相处,把孩子当成自己的朋友。
9.及时发现孩子的点滴进步,懂得赏识孩子。
10.记得对孩子说:我爱你,你是我的宝贝!
11.记得经常亲吻你的孩子,抱抱他(她),摸摸他(她)的头,让他(她)知道你的爱!
12.随时关注他(她)的进步,并让他(她)自己知道自己的进步!
13.多与孩子孩子沟通,了解孩子,与孩子同行。
14.不要给孩子贴上“笨”的标签。
15.家长要耐心地倾听孩子的烦恼。
16.要学会真诚地赞美孩子,而不是像对宠物一样说句“你真聪明”。
17.让孩子经常有机会和他的同伴在一起。
18.关心孩子的身体健康,更关注孩子的情感需要。
19.先成人再成才,教育的根本目标是培养人,一个健全的人,即身心得发展。
20.在生活中创设一些困境,和孩子一起度过。
21.鼓励孩子尽量不依赖成年人。
22.了解孩子有哪些朋友,这很重要。

生活篇:
1.给孩子一些钱,让孩子学会理财。
2.没有得到孩子的许可,不要看孩子的日记与信件。
3.经常和孩子郊游。
4.睡前给孩子讲讲故事,让孩子笑着入睡!
5.给孩子一个主要供他玩耍的房间或者房间的一部分。
6.如果可以的话, 每天晚饭过后和孩子到户外散散步。
7.快乐与孩子一起分享!
8.对小家伙开心地笑,并希望他(她)也常笑!
9.帮助孩子与来自不同社会文化阶层的孩子正常交往。
10.鼓励孩子与各种年龄的人自由交往。
11.给孩子留出真正的“玩”的时间和空间。
12.教会孩子骑自行车、游泳, 这都是进入社会的一种基本技能。
13.每天早上与孩子相互问候,让他感受到美好的一天的到来。
14.夫妻实在要吵架,请一定要记住:避开孩子。
15.每天下班回家看到孩子,首先微笑着问他一遍:孩子,你今天快乐吗?
16.不给他留有太多的物质遗产,给他一个健康的身体,给他一个健康的心理,一个快乐的人生。
17.着重进行孩子的生活能力和行为习惯的培养。
18.只要与创作有关的尘埃或垃圾,不要责备孩子把房间或者桌面上弄乱。
19.父母对自己的双亲要孝敬有加,让孩子觉得家中充满了爱,同时父母也是他们值得学习的榜样
20.父母之际间要互相谦让,相互谅解
21.不要太关心孩子。“自己的事情自己做”,以免孩子养成以我为中心的坏习惯。
22.不要常把孩子粘在身边,让他与年龄相仿的孩子多交往,以免孩子养成性格孤僻的恶习。
23.不要孩子要啥买啥。让他知道“劳动与所得、权得与义务” 的关系。以免孩子修成好逸恶劳的性格。
24.生活中的困难以及一些家庭大事有时可以和孩子商量。
25.对孩子的爱要稳定,不要一会儿晴,一会儿阴。
26.   对家里所有的孩子要一视同仁,不然会造成孩子心理不平衡。

学习篇:
1.和孩子一起读书,家长可以看看报,一个好的学习伙伴很重要。
2.孩子在家学习,家长切莫搞一些娱乐活动,一个舒适的学习环境很重要。
3.不要逼孩子学自己不喜欢的东西。
4.不要因为孩子的成绩而责骂孩子。
5.不要因为孩子试卷上的低分而认为孩子没有出息。
6.教他(她)足以带来成就感的知识:古诗、数字、故事、家务、玩耍、交朋友···
7.教育孩子读好书、好读书
8.不要对孩子的学习成绩表示太大的关注,那样会造成孩子学习紧张,压力增大。
9.不要把孩子的成绩与其他孩子相比,要分析一下造成这种现象的原因,反思一下有没有自己的责任。
10.孩子的房间要有自己的书桌,书桌上要有几本自己爱看的书籍,如《格林童话》、《伊索寓言》等。

娱乐篇:
1.和孩子一起看他喜欢的动画片、一起听他爱听的故事等。
2.和孩子一起玩游戏、锻炼身体。
3.控制孩子看电视的时间,每天在半个小时到一个小时之间。
4.多让孩子看一些少儿节目:动画片、益智节目等,少看动作片、连续剧。
5.孩子看电视时,家长们适时地陪他们一起,并且对里面的内容作一些讲解与讨论。
6.春天可以和孩子骑自行车去郊游,夏天和孩子一起去河边游泳,秋天则背着铁锅和孩子去野炊,冬天一家三口在野地上打雪仗,堆雪人。
7.  可以的话,常带孩子到郊外或田野,去野餐也好,过一些田园日子也好,让孩子接触大自然。
8.允许孩子收集各种废弃物。(但一定要洗干净,确保卫生)
9.孩子的朋友来做客时要表示欢迎。
10.和孩子下棋,让孩子知道落子无悔,教育他对自己所做事要负责任,同时输了要承认,家长有时也要放手让孩子赢一两盘,这对孩子来说很重要。

11.1.11

Pumpkin Pudding

This afternoon, I made myself a pumpkin pudding.  It was quite a bliss in making this pudding.  However, somehow, I added too much milk to the pumpkin mixture. That's why, the pudding was quite watery.  Nonetheless, the taste was great with all the goodness of pumpkin. I find that the taste resembles that of the sweet potatoe. Hmmm, interesting ...... For recipe, click here.




Facts & Nutrition of Pumpkin:

According to Hubpages.com, the pumpkin is a member of the Cucurbita family which also consists of squash and cucumbers. Pumpkins are also considered a fruit due to the fact that it has seeds. In fact its name was even derived from the Greek word “pepon” meaning large melon.
Natives used pumpkins for a variety of functions including healing. Certain tribes used pumpkin seeds to help heal wounds. In addition, pumpkin seed oil was used to treat burns and wounds and was also used as a medicine for kidney support. They were also recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites. Modern folk healers even believe the pumpkin to be beneficial in ridding the body of intestinal worms and also believe that the ground stem of the pumpkin brewed into a tea may help ease women during their menstrual cycle.

Regardless of if they can truly make freckles disappear or ease cramps, pumpkins do contain a variety of phenomenal nutritional aspects. They are made up of 90 percent water and are antioxidant rich. Here are some of the wonderful antioxidants that pumpkins provide:


Beta Carotene- Indicated by their bright orange color, pumpkins are a great source of the important antioxidant, beta carotene. Research has indicated that diets rich in beta carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and protects against heart disease. It also prevents some degenerative aspects of aging.


• Potassium-
Studies show people who have a potassium rich diet lower the risk for hypertension. Other potassium rich foods include bananas, broccoli, avocados, pomegranate and many others.


• Zinc-
Not only is zinc a major boost for your immune system, it also aids in bone density support for people at risk for osteoporosis.


• Fiber-
Diets rich in fiber may prevent cancer, heart disease and other serious ailments.

Pumpkin seeds have also been linked to a healthy prostate. The protective compounds present within the seed of the pumpkin, called phytosterols, may be responsible for shrinking the prostate. They also contain chemicals that may prevent some transformation of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). High levels of DHT are associated with enlarged prostate.


There are also plenty of yummy and healthy options available to you when cooking pumpkins. According to Bellaonline.com, pumpkins have a rich flavor, are highly nutritious and have a long storage capability. If you plan to cook with your pumpkin and not just carve it up for the front porch, choose a “pie pumpkin” or a “sweet pumpkin.” These pumpkins are generally smaller than jack o-lantern pumpkins, their flesh is sweeter and they contain less water. Also choose pumpkins without blemishes or soft spots for the best and healthiest pumpkins.

In addition to pumpkin pie, this versatile fruit can be used in a myriad of other delectable recipes including bread, muffins, soups, stew and side dishes. Pumpkins and most other varieties of winter squash can be used interchangeably in recipes. Use pumpkins in recipes calling for squash or even sweet potatoes.

5.1.11

Chocolate Chips Walnuts Cookies

I like chocolate chips cookies, the very first kind of cookies I chose to bake when I just started off baking. It's easy and yummy. This time round, the cookies are to my satisfaction using the recipe from Mamamom.  The sweetness is just right and the crispiness is just perfect.  On a rainy evening, biting a cookie, drinking a cup of milk, emmmm ... happppppy ... :-)






I think I better jot down the recipe just in case. :-)

Ingredients:
175g  unsalted butter, room temperature
145g  brown sugar
1 no.  egg
220g  plain flour/cake flour
1/4 tsp  baking powder
a pinch of salt (if you use salted butter, can omit)
chocolate chips
chopped walnuts

Method:
1. Whisk butter till light and fluffy. (I didn't use any equipment at all, just a balloon whisk and spatular)
2. Add brown sugar, whisk until combined.
3. Add egg, mix until just combined.
4. Add sifted flour, baking powder and salt.
5. Add choc chips & walnuts. Use a spatular to gently fold the batter. Just mix until no flour is seen. Don't fold any longer or the cookie will come out hardened.
6. Line cookie dough on baking tray and bake in preheated oven at 180˚C for 20 mins.*

*Different ovens have different temperature setting, so this temp and timing are just for reference. Adjust according to your own oven.  For my "koyak" 19L oven, I use 170-175˚C. Sometime I even set to 165˚C, as it gets hot very easily.
I am going to get a new oven soon when I shift to my new house about 5 months later. Any brand and model to recommend?  I thought of having a 45-56L model. Can bake more cookies at the same time ma ... :-)

I will be baking these yummy cookies for the coming CNY. Must make double the portion ... hehehe ...

Jess of  j3sskitch3n is hosting Aspiring Bakers #3 for January 2011. I have not joined this kind of baking event before, out of curiousity, I am submitting this Chocolate Chips Cookies to Aspiring Bakers #3 : My Favorite CNY Cookie (Jan 2011).

2.1.11

Corn Muffins玉米满分

As I am not feeling well, so I decided not to go anywhere. However, staying at home is kinda boring, therefore my itchy hands wanted to bake something. Hence, I choose this easy corn muffins recipe to be my target. I do twig a bit, I replaced buttermilk with just milk.  As the sugar used in this recipe is very little, it is good to eat the muffins with fruit jam of your choice, chocolate sauce, butter, apple sauce, or simply without anything.  Give a try for a healthy breakfast or teatime treat! :-)




1st Day of the New Year

What do you do on the first day of the year?  I guess most people will spend time with their family members for those who are married, and the youngters will be with their friends.  For me, I was alone for the first half of the day as hubby went to work.  Later in the evening, I went shopping with my parents. I baked some Char Siew (barbequed pork with honey) to give to my parents. They simply love it.  :-)


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