5 Ways to Unwind and Rediscover Yourself

16.4.15


Novels
There's an undeniable endorphins-releasing, imaginary-dancing-in-an-open-meadow kinda freedom in getting lost within the pages of a good ol' non-fiction storybook. I try limit my reading time to an evenings-only ritual, though really I'm rotten at staying away from a novel once I've gone beyond the first five words or so.

Long walks
In a span of a decade, I went from power-walking down the shopping strip of Orchard to leisurely evening strolls with my husband. A.B. ( after baby ) the 'leisurely' was ripped from the strolls, and we never quite went back to those days. My strolls are solo these days, and I go anywhere my feet take me.

Exercise
Now here's something I haven't done proper in close to a decade as well. My new regime is modest, but it's a nod toward healthier years ahead. Running used to be a passion, but these days I dread the awful combination of heat, humidity and my time constraints. The only time I get to exercise would be the afternoons, and running outdoors in Singapore at noon is a suicide plan. So I recently acquired a stationary bike, and pray I'll remain faithful to it!

Housekeeping
I have a love hate relationship with this one. I love the final product but hate the process, - most days. On a rare occasion or two, I find joy in folding laundry that's crisp from the sun, or dancing around my home alone with my static duster.

Baking
Savoury's not my forte, but I'd like to think sweets are. I love the smell of baked treats wafting through my home although that probably doubles up my time on point #3: exercise!

What are some of your ways of unwinding in your personal space and time? I'd love to hear your suggestions.

Weekly notes #16

15.4.15

It's been a wow kind of a week. Wow, I can't believe I overcame that. Wow, I can't believe I stepped up. Wow, I can't believe this is happening. Wow, I can't believe this is still happening. A wow week, definitely.

I've been thinking a lot about dealing with bitterness this week. Bitterness against people who dislike you for relatively odd reasons, against people who intentionally hurt you, and bitterness that springs from jealousy. 

It's a hard pill to swallow, much less admit - that there is was bitterness deep within me. I'd like to think I'm overcoming it, much of it really, and can only pray I remain over those unhealthy emotions. I'm a selective listener when it comes to podcasts, preferring to read rather than listen - what can I say? I love paper! However, I've been listening to Joel Osteen's podcasts for about a year now and have grown to love his hope-centric messages. 

The past week, has nothing been short of a reminder of all that I do have, and all that I'm destined to be. So like Dora from Nemo says, "Just keep swimming."

In the right direction, of course. ;) Happy midweek!

Current Etsy Faves: White . Tan . Gold

14.4.15







We're fast approaching mid-April, but I'm still lost in the winter whites and softest browns. Happy Tuesday, friends. Have a blessed one!


Recipe: Eggless Brown Sugar Cookies

13.4.15

I can't remember the last time I bought cookies out of a grocery store. Oh wait, I can. It was somewhere around December 2014, right before I started using my oven. About two weeks ago, my son came home from school and here's what ensued.

Him: only milk? no cookies? cakes? cupcakes?

Me: would you like some oreos or bread?

Him: no! where's mummy cooking from the hot kitchen [aka: oven]?

I swear this boy makes me feel like a million bucks. Although here's where I should be quick to add that he can also turn me into a raving screaming maniac within minutes after getting me all gooey in the heart.

We had ran out of eggs, and a lot of other ingredients related to treats I could think of baking which wouldn't involve eggs. I half considered making a banoffee pie, but boiling a can of condensed milk for three hours was a little too extreme. Even for me.

So that afternoon while he sank into a short nap - after a slice of unsatisfying toast with jam, I decided to give these eggless cookies a go. I knew that eggs are used to bind the ingredients together and serve as a leavening agent. They're also great in making cakes light and fluffy. So I narrowed down to cookies, and figured I'll give the simplest cookies - sugar cookies a try. Google once told me that brown sugar is used in recipes that call for softer cookies. So I completed omitted white sugar and went with brown sugar in this recipe. 

The result? Flawless. You'd never know the difference. If anything, the brown sugar added such great flavour to these sugar cookies. 

I fancified my cookies with fondant and coloured sugar. Although really, the cookies are absolutely delicious without the additional sugary overload. The recipe below makes about 24 cookies. 

Sugar Cookies 

Ingredients

½ cup butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar
½ tsp vanilla
3 tbsp milk

1½ cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder

Method

1. Pre-heat oven to 175℃.
2. Cream butter and brown sugar till light and slightly fluffy. Mix in vanilla and milk.
3. Fold in flour and baking powder. Do not overmix.
4. Roll out dough on a parchment paper, and refrigerate for about 5 to 15 minutes.
5. Stamp out the cookies with cutters, and place on parchment paper lined tray.
6. Bake for 8 minutes.





5 Things I'm Loving this Friday

10.4.15

#TGIF! This week goes down as one of my favourites from this year. It's been uplifting, eye-opening, and inspiring. I've been rather busy behind the scenes with the launch of my new stationery line and am definitely looking forward to some r&r this weekend.

Spent sometime on the train catching up on my favourite blogs this morning, and I thought I'd share five of my top reads for today.

How to make the perfect bed at Glitter Guide offers tips by Karin Sun, co-founder of luxury bedding brand Crane & Canopy. This four-step guide is brought to life with such beautifully styled photographs.

This most viral hair photos on Pinterest got me thinking that bedroom hairstyles really do rock. WHY doesn't it come naturally for me?!

Elle & Co's secret for rapidly growing her business is an article centered around blogging and it's benefits. If you ever need a reminder why it's still healthy to keep blogging, here are some reasons.

Cupcakes and Cashmere put together a list of Etsy party supplies that just screams Springtime! 

Free People did a DIY post of Pressed Flower Wall Clock that just really makes me want to run to IKEA and pick up a clock to take apart and meddle with.

 

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