Sunday, February 26, 2012

Beautiful Owners Beautiful Garden

26.02.2012    Sunday   Partly Cloudy

Pistruan Terrace is a nice walking path. We used to enjoy the housing and nice views along the way to school and back. 

Beautiful flourished plants in sunny Summer and Autumn
Dried and leafless plants in gloomy Winter
There are many small gardens in front of the houses there. The gardens are well-decorated and managed.

Orange-Morning Glory, a convolvulus family member climbing on the wall
 A northern hemisphere Maroon Maple
Beautiful purple-pinky flowers next to Mr.Albert's garden
Met several times with this Little Tiger
Well, there is a garden with little creatures like a castle, a boot of plants, a cat with a cart of flowers attracted Little Nala. She used to visit the garden, at least once, on every school day.

Little Ancient Castle in the garden
A huge working boot of green
Mr.Cat with his cart of plant
On a day when we went to school, we found an additional creature in the garden. It was a Morning-Glory Fairy. She was there to accompany the lonely castle. We guessed that the ancient castle must be contented with her arrival and company.

A beautiful pinky Fairy with the Ancient Castle
While we were looking at and talking about the beautiful Fairy, we heard a sound where a door was opened. We turned around and saw a man was standing in front of the house. We greeted him with smiles. He looked at Nala and said directly to her, "The Fairy is special for you!"

"The Fairy is special for you!"
Then he explained, "I told my wife that a little girl comes to visit our garden every day. My wife suggested that we put a fairy in order to make the garden more friendly to children. Therefore, the fairy is here."
What a nice and beautiful couple they are!
I told my hubby after returning home. We are so grateful with their thoughfulness and kindness!


 Feeling so grateful and happy with the kind people around us! God blessed!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Little Girl, Little Idol

20.02.2012   Monday   Cloudy/ Showers

It was surprised me when Nala drew my attention by saying this, "Mama, am I look like MeiSze or SiQianJin ?".  

MeiSze and SiQianJin were the children album singers years ago. They were well-known and had became the centre and idols of the kids! They produced very nice and charming Chinese New Year digital videos too.

Nala got few VCDs of the children singers from her cousins. The VCDs were her cousins favourite collection during their childhood. Nala used to listen to and watched the VCDs from time to time, regardless of the season. Nala enjoys very much the lively and colourful singing and dancing performances of the girls. Time after time, they became her idols.

She started to imitate her idols yesterday by putting on the soft cushion cover on her hair as a head scarf, just like what the image of the girls for their video performance.

SiQianJin Chinese New Year VCD with their beautiful presentations
Put a soft cushion cover as a head scarf
"Am I look Like MeiSze or SiQianJin?"
"Beautiful or not ?"
This head scarf made me feel good :)
Started to sing happily.. "有一个姑娘,她有一点 。。。"
Nala is just lovely in her own way. Putting on the soft cushion cover as the head scarf was funny, but it wasn't not creative at all !

Meine Klene Nala !
A little girl with her little idols. It is nothing out of extraordinary, it is very normal! We love the way she is. Just wish that she is happy every day, healthy, safe and sound always!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A White Beautiful Morning

19.02.2012   Sunday   Sunny

The snow fall in the afternoon yesterday delighted us. The snow flakes caused great excitement! Well, it was the second snow fall in this winter so far. There wasn't any snow gathered on the ground, except those on the top of the vehicles in the late evening.

There was few snow falls, i guessed during midnight which presents a white beautiful scenery in the next early morning. Most of the creatures were covered a piece white. The green grass land dressed up with elagant white coats, the bricks road cuddled with a soft-white gigantic beautiful blanket and colossal white-coloured roof everywhere!

A piece of white land in front of our flat
Stunning look of white land with the presence of the sunlight
The snow melted slowly in a sunny day
The snow fully melted in the afternoon
Well, an once in a blue moon snow fall on February 18 - 19, has had beautifying this piece of beautiful land. Meanwhile, it had delighted everyone who had longed for the snowing day!

We are just contented with this snow fall in this mild winter !

Once in A Blue Moon Snow Fall

18.02.2012   Saturday   Sunny/Snow

A beautiful sunny Saturday delighted Aberdeen. All of the eople enjoyed the day. It was really a nice day with lots of sunlight and breeze.

In the afternoon, out of a sudden, the sky was cloudy.  It started to rain and followed by the snow at about half past three. Rain and snow poured on this beautiful land for just a very short while. We were enjoying the snow showers on the way home from the town. We were contented with once in a blue moon snowing in this mild winter. We longed for snowing day for a long time,since last November!

video

At 4:50, it was snowing again. At that moment we were having a late tea break. We were standing at the window enjoying the view of the snow flakes poured on the land. 

An unexpected snow fall has enlighten our day! 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sunny Weekend

18.02.2012   Saturday   Sunny

The Weather Channel has forecasted on Friday that we are going to have sunny weekend. Yes, the sun is shinning today with 0 - 7 degrees Celcius for today. It will be sunny with 1 - 5 degrees Celcius tomorrow.

Sunshine with clear blue sky in the morning - a view from our window
Beautiful Aberdeen - Lots of sunlight in the City Centre
Stunning look of the old Union Terrace Garden under the sun, Aberdeen City Centre
I am sure most the people surely enjoy this extremely sunny weekend as it is hardly any beautiful Saturday and Sunday with the pour of sunlight in this winter, a mild winter though.

Do have a lovely weekend. Do enjoy these beautiful days to the fullest!
 

Decorating and Embellishment of Muffins

17.02.2012   Friday   Sunny

I was so glad that i baked the Cranberries Cheesecake Muffins again for today's tea break. 

* INGREDIENTS
150g / 5 1/2 oz butter, plus extra for greasing
200g / 7 oz cream cheese
150g / 5 1/2 oz caster sugar
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
300g / 10 1/2 oz self-raising flour
100g / 3 1/2 oz dried cranberries, chopped
icing sugar, for dusting

* METHOD
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Grease a deep 12-cup muffin tin.
2.Melt the butter and leave to cool slightlly. In a large bowl, whisk the cream cheese and sugar together, add the eggs one at a time until well combined and then stir in the melted butter.
3. Mix the flour and cranberries together in a bowl, then stir gently into the batter. Spoon into the prepared muffin tin, filling each hole to about two-thirds full, and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Eat warm or cold, dusted lightly with icing sugar.


Plain, undecorated muffins
Normally, i keep my baking in plain as it is, without any decoration on it. This afternoon, I was out of ordinary and would like to delight my baking with a simple decoration and embellishment. A pot of fresh pasteurised double cream in the fridge mainly provoked me in decorating my baking for the first time.


Muffins topped with Whipped Cream
Round-shaped Muffins & Indulgent Hello Kitty Muffins
I chose the simplest way in using double cream as topping - Creamy background with few dried cranberries in the centre, right on top and surrounding of the domed muffins to create stunning atmosphere. Meanwhile, two indulgent Hello Kitty muffins was embellished directly for my little girl who adores Hello Kitty so much!

Decorating and Embellishment for bakings, like muffins or cupcakes is easy and fun! That was my very wrong perception about this delightful effort. I learned that without experience, skills, proper equipments, practise and patience, the dcoration and embellishment in baking is not as easy as what i have had in my mind. 

My Very FIRST Decoration of Muffins
Look at the decoration and embellishment on the muffins that i have had today, though they looked a bit funny and untidy; after all, they looked nicer than before, when they were plain without any decoration. I was happy with my baking and my family liked the muffins and enjoyed the nice tea break as well. As the result was encouraging, of cause I'll never mind putting in the extra effort for my next baking!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

0202-0802 ~ Story Sack 1

16.02.2012   星期四   阴

Story Sack 1 ~ 02.02.2012 - 08.02.2012 

幼儿园保姆实习生,Alex早已在二月初开始了她的原定计划 - 以Story Sacks能促进孩童们的语言进展进行调查。 结果,当天孩子们都各自领了一大包的礼物回家!

Story Sacks里头,到底装了一些什么宝物?可以极度吸引小朋友,并能激发他们的学习!?

孩子拿到的第一袋Story Sack是异型怪兽。。。

Story Sack 1 里的宝物

这配套包含了一本But Martin故事书,习字本,黄色异型娃娃,图形切片,太空漫游以及橙色异型模型游戏。那三眼三指的异型模型,不但不可怕;反而很有趣、可爱!

孩子就是最喜欢那一套可爱的怪兽模型。把袋子拿回家后,第一时间就把它带上来;请妈妈替她拍照留念!

哇,可怕吗?不可怕,是可爱极了!
真好玩!
太可爱了!

除了玩耍,孩子也要写一点点的功课。整本习字本都画满了美丽、可爱的图画,更颜色鲜明;足以吸引孩子动笔去学习生字!

我写、我学,我学、我写!

有好玩的怪兽,学习写字,孩子也开心的太空切图。

万事起头难,一定要耐心,一步一步来
看,完成了。。 只要有恒心,铁棒磨成针!
陪伴孩子学习,其实我也一起学习。But Martin也成为了孩子临睡前的故事。Story Sacks的确促进孩子的语文、智力学习。长年累积的学习更能巩固一个人的智慧。除此之外,在指引孩子的当儿;更提升了亲子的融洽与互动!