Why it was not a good day to make cinnamon buns

Yesterday was not a good day to make cinnamon buns. How many things can go wrong when you are trying to make cinnamon buns?! For me, quite a lot.

Disaster #1 – Put in half a cup of sugar instead of a quarter cup. Ended up trying to remove some of the sugar from the mixture of flour, salt and yeast…

Disaster #2 – Put in half a cup of water instead of a quarter cup. Using the same measuring cup! How did I just not remember that I was using the half cup to measure instead of the quarter cup? Reason #1: I’m used to using the quarter cup to measure things. Reason #2: I just lost my mind. Not in the baking mode yesterday… I couldn’t fix this as there was no way to remove the water!

DIsaster #3 – Ran out of flour! Already I needed to add more flour than usual because I added too much water. Running out of flour was not good. I had to quickly get flour so I can salvage the dough before it’s too late! Good thing there was flour at the provision store on the ground floor…

Disaster #4 – Zapped the butter for the cinnamon spread too long. It was supposed to be softened butter, not melted… Put it back in the freezer for a minute to harden a litle.

Disaster #5 – Now the buns are baked and I was going to drizzle some glaze over them. Ran out of icing sugar!!! Could only drizzle a little glaze over each bun. I guess that should be ok considering I put in too much sugar in the buns in the first place!

I guess yesterday was just not a good day to make cinnamon buns… Or maybe it was just lack of planning ahead! Hence the depleting of various ingredients. I had wanted to make oatmeal raisin cookies. But I didn’t have chocolate chips at home. I guess if I had thought of baking earlier in the week, I could have gotten everything I needed when we went grocery shopping on Monday! Then again, I may not have gotten what I needed since I don’t always keep track of what we have run out of at home! Shopping list shopping list, I need to keep up with updating the shopping list everytime we run out of something!

Here is the picture of the final product. It did turn out ok in the end… except for the shape, had some trouble getting them in good shape! 🙂



Posting my Recipes on the blog

Hi all, check out my new Recipes page here on this blog – Recipes for Success. I’ve categorised them Under Lunch and Desserts and will soon add Dinner. The recipes that are posted have already been ‘featured’ on this blog before. Just testing out the new pages. Hope the recipes that will be posted will be helpful to some of you! And do email me if you have good recipes you want to share with those starting out on the quest to feed the family!

God bless.

Easy Yummy Lunch


This is Caleb’s favourite lunch sandwich – Cheese Omelette Sandwich. It’s so easy to make, yummy and full of good stuff, no bad stuff.

This is how you make it:

1) Crack an egg and whip it up. (No need to add salt because cheese will give it the flavour)

2) Add some butter to a pan (over medium heat) and pour the egg in.

3) Tear up a piece of Chesdale Cheese and place them all over the cooking egg.

4) Fold egg in half and cook on one side. Then flip it over and cook on the other side.

5) Serve omelette over toast.

Tada! To complete the meal, serve with fruit of some sort and a cup of juice (dilute. Yes, we still dilute his juice.).

This is a lunch that you can whip up in less than 10 mins. And with all the demands of the day, 2 kids, housework etc, (and blogging) who knows we need all the easy meals we can make. It’s so easy to make and so easy for the kids to feed themselves that I’m blogging while they’re eating!

I say it’s Caleb’s favourite lunch but not Evan because egg is just not one of Evan’s favourite food in the world. We suspect he has a preference for carbs and fruit. He finishes up his carbs (potatoes, rice, noodles) at meal times, leaving the meat for the last. And we sometimes have to cajole, goad, even threaten him to finish up his meat. Vegetables are sometimes easier for him to ingest than meat! That’s crazy. (Pause to deal with Evan because he’s saying, “Mommy, done!” and handing me his cup of apple sauce all polished up). He’s just the opposite of Caleb in this aspect because Caleb would finish ALL the meat and ask for more meat while the carbs and veg are all still sitting pretty on his plate. Some of you may have heard Cameron tell the story of how vegetables are a trial in Caleb’s life. I have to say he is much better with vegetables now. No prob finishing off a carrot stick or a piece of lettuce. Most veg that we eat, he can handle. So we’re glad for that. 

It’s a challenge to feed the family 3 meals a day, but such a sense of fulfilment when you see how much they enjoy the meal. There have been times when they find it really hard to enjoy the food and I just say to Cam, “I will never, ever make this again!” And after a few months, will make it again and realise they still don’t like it… But most of the time, we stick to what we like and we do like most things. Stay tuned for easy-to-make dinners. Someday when I can squeeze in time to write. 🙂

When bread gets squashed…


A few days ago, my little precious 2-year-old found a new loaf of bread I’d just bought and decided to be Goliath on it. He threw the pack on the ground and started jumping on it happily. I had just gone into the room for a short while. When I saw him doing that, I immediately yelled at him to Stop. He didn’t seem to realise what he’d done – destroyed my new loaf of bread!

I pulled them out slice by slice and tried to shape them back, but it was futile. They were gone. Squashed by a giant. So I did what I do with every detail of my life – posted a status update on Facebook. “What do you do with bread that has been stomped on by a two-year-old?” And got a few helpful suggestions, including feeding it to koi, making bread crumbs, making croutons (that was my own suggestion) and making bread pudding.

In the end, the bread pudding won out. So today I cut up the rest of the bread (we had some mangled pieces of toast the last 2 days) and made my first bread pudding.

And it turned out pretty good. I like it and am eating it even as I’m writing.

There is even a lesson we can learn from this. When something looks seemingly hopeless and useless, there can still be use for it. When God looks at us, he sees the potential that is in us. We’re not squashed up bread that has been stomped upon beyond recognition by the giant. We’re potential yummy bread pudding, fit for a king (maybe not mine, but you get the drift)! God can turn what the enemy has meant for evil, God can turn around for good (Genesis 50:20).

Anyway here is the recipe, it’s really easy to make. It’s from the ever reliable www.allrecipes.com. I’ve downloaded an app for the iPad from it! Good to use 🙂

Bread Pudding


1 (1 pound) loaf white bread, torn into small pieces

1 quart hot milk (about 950ml)

3 eggs, beaten

2 cups white sugar

2 tbp vanilla extract

1 cup raisins

3 tbp margarine


1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2) In a large mixing bowl, pour hot milk over bread. Blend eggs, sugar and vanilla. Stir egg mixture into the bread mixture and blend well. Add raisins. Mix well.

3) Melt the margarine and pour into a 9×13-inch pan. Pour bread mixture over margarine. Bake for 40 minutes, until firm and golden brown. Serve hot or cold.