Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Paper Roses

And so for last Valentine's Day, I decided to make something pretty to spend my days before valentine. That was a week before the day and I felt so sinful if I have to spend it by sitting in front of my laptop all days.

It's so easy to make *although i hurt my fingers the whole day because of the thick paper i used*. I made a bunch of it and it look gorgeous. :D

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Wire Sculpture - Horse

Recently, I'm falling in love with wire sclupture. It has a beautiful touch, don't you think? =)

Magically, Dad has kinds of wire in our warehouse and I run to my laptop and found some wire sculpture tutorial videos in youtube. It's so fun and easy to make!

This is how mine turns out.



Monday, February 27, 2012

Snickerdoodle

A snickerdoodle is a type of cookie made with butter or oil, sugar, and flour rolled in cinnamon sugar. Eggs may also sometimes be used as an ingredient. Snickerdoodles are often referred to as "sugar cookies". However, traditional sugar cookies are often rolled in white sugar whereas snickerdoodles are rolled in a mixture of white sugar and cinnamon. (wiki)

This cookies are so easy to make, with a great taste, crispy edges and chewy inside with wonderful buttery flavor! My family loves it so much, and me too, of course. :D


Bahan :
180 gram tepung terigu
1/4 sdt garam
1 sdt baking powder
110 gram mentega tawar
150 gram gula pasir
1 buah telur ukuran besar
1 sdt vanila extract
Coating: 2 sdm gula pasir + 1 sdt bubuk kayu manis

Cara:
1. Alas loyang dengan kertas roti.
2. Mixer mentega dan gula sampai lembut. (sekitar 3 menit)
3. Masukkan telur dan vanilla extract, mixer sampai rata.
4. Masukkan tepung, garam, dan baking powder, aduk sampai menjadi adonan yang lembut.
5. Bentuk bola bola kecil dengan diameter sekitar 2,5 cm.
6. Gulingkan di atas campuran gula dan bubuk kayu manis hingga permukaannya tertutup rata.
7. Letakkan di atas loyang dan pipihkan.
8. Panggang selama 8 menit dengan suhu 175 C. (zoomyummy.com)

For the english version and step by step instruction, check zoomyummy.com. =)

With love,
Julia

Crocheted Poodle

Hello, this is my cute little crocheted friend, Poodle. ♥


She has been lying around my desk unattached for weeks now. And now you ask me, why don't I just do it right now? Frankly, I have to say that crocheting consecutively for several days that I did weeks ago makes me kind of bored with it. Of course, it's hard to get rid of this thought, 'Hey Poodle, why don't you just attach you body parts yourself and go play with the other dogs?!'.

But somehow I just can't resist of her cuteness. So I decided to give her a better future, by attaching her body parts. And here it is. :D




As always, I get the pattern from Ami Ami Dogs 2 book. FYI, you can actually download the ZIP version of the book somewhere out there if you search carefully. There are plenty of it, but please just buy it if it's available in your country. =)

With love,
Julia

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Caramel Banana Pudding

No long-winded speech, here's the recipe ;)


Bahan Pisang Karamel :
5 buah pisang kepok iris serong tipis
100 g gula pasir
50 ml air panas
1/4 sdt bubuk kayu manis

Bahan Puding :
3 butir telur
1/4 sdt garam
50 g gula pasir
300 ml susu cair

Cara :

- Pisang Karamel : gosongkan gula pasir sampai larut. Masukkan air panas. Aduk sampai larut. Tambahkan pisang dan kayu manis. Aduk rata
- Tuang beberapa pisang didasar loyang pyrex/alumunium cup. Sisihkan
- Puding : Kocok lepas telur, garam dan gula. Masukkan susu sedikit sedikit sambil diaduk rata
- Tuang di atas karamel.
- Panggang au bin marie
- Oven 75 menit dengan suhu 160 C sampai matang dan dinginkan. (Tabloid Saji booklet)

With love,
Julia

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Brownie Truffles

Hi sweeties~! ♥

Here's recipe I tried on Valentine's Day~ I got a lot of compliment from people around and you just have to give it a try! ;)

By the way, I also helped my cousin to make crumbled-cake cupcakes. Just simply add white or dark cooking chocolate (we used both) little by little to your crumbled cake as you mix it together until it's solid enough and can be easily formed. That's it. =)


Ok, back to Brownie Truffle...

Brownie Truffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 pan (13x9) brownies, baked and cooled
  • 1/3 strawberry jam
  • 450 grams dark cooking chocolate
  • powdered sugar

Preparation:

1. Crumble the brownies into a large bowl, working it with your fingers until it is in small pieces.

2. Add 1/3 cup of jam, stir with a spoon until it is well-mixed and the brownie dough is smooth, without chunks of dry brownie anywhere. If your brownies were very dry to begin with, add a little more jam until the texture is smooth and holds together when you squeeze it into a ball. However, do not make your brownie dough too wet or soggy.

3. Scoop round spoonfuls of brownie dough and place them on a baking sheet covered with foil or waxed paper. Freeze the balls for 30 minutes, or until they are quite firm.

4. Once the balls are firm, melt the dark cooking chocolate in the microwave, stirring after every 45 seconds to prevent overheating.

5. Using a fork, dip a brownie ball into the melted chocolate until it is completely submerged. Bring it out of the chocolate and place it back on the foil-covered baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining balls and chocolate.

6. Roll the chocolate-covered ball in powdered sugar.

7. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to fully set the chocolate, for about 20 minutes. Brownie Truffles can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Found this from candy.about.com with some changes =)

With love,

Julia

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Intouchables (2011)


Intouchables (Untouchables) is a French film directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. In just nine weeks after its release in France on 2 November 2011 it became the second most successful French film of all time (in number of spectators) in the French box office.
The movie tells the development of the improbable friendship between Philippe, a wealthy tetraplegic, and Driss, a young offender of Senegalese descent, who is hired as his live-in carer. (wiki)


Another movie for today! I was so excited about this movie once I watched the trailer *and oh even the trailer was so touching!*. You really have to watch this. Really!

video
(youtube.com)

Touching, that's it.

You will not believe how the movie controls you, make you cry and laugh. It is so nice to see them together and their friendship grows each time. They change each other to be a better one and have fun together.

A really beautiful movie, indeed! So, what are waiting for? Go find it somewhere and enjoy ;)

With love,
Julia

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mini Apple Pie

Hello little pies~ ♥

I found this recipe from zoomyummy.com and it's really good! It's crunchy and yummy and best thing is it's easy to make! ;)

For some reason, I decided to translate it to Indonesian, so here it is~ ;)

i made it in bigger size coz it's late night and i was so lazy tired :D

Mini Apple Pie

Bahan Crust :

350 gram tepung terigu
1/4 sdt garam
75 gram gula pasir
230 gram mentega tawar, potong kecil-kecil
60-120 ml air es

Bahan Isi :

4 buah apel ukuran sedang, kupas, potong kasar
50 gram gula pasir
1/2 sdm air jeruk lemon
1/2 sdt bubuk kayu manis
15 gram mentega tawar, lelehkan
1 sdm tepung maizena

Olesan :
1 kuning telur + 1 sdt susu cair, campur

Cara membuat :
  1. Crust : Campur tepung, garam, gula (75 gr), masukkan mentega tawar dan aduk hingga rata. Tambahkan air es sedikit demi sedikit sampai adonan dapat diuleni. Tutup dengan plastik wrap, masukkan ke lemari es 20 menit.
  2. Isi : Campur semua bahan isi, aduk rata.
  3. Setelah 20 menit, giling adonan sampai mencapai ketebalan 3-5 mm.
  4. Cetak dengan cookie cutter selebar 6cm, susun di loyang yang sudah dilapis kertas roti.
  5. Beri isian di masing-masing lapis adonan, tutup dengan lapisan adonan lain dan tekan bagian tepinya dengan jari.
  6. Oleskan campuran kuning telur dan susu cair, kemudian buat 3 lubang kecil di atas pie dengan pisau yang tajam.
  7. Panggang dengan suhu 175 C selama 20-25 menit atau sampai kuning kecoklatan.

I use 3 fuji apples and it's still quite a lot. So, it's a good idea to adjust the filling measurement as you like.

With love,

Julia

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Spirited Away

Just finished watching Spirited Away and all I can say is COMPLETELY PERFECT! ♥

Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, "The Spiriting Away of Sen and Chihiro") is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy-adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film tells the story of Chihiro Ogino, a sullen ten-year-old girl who, while moving to a new neighborhood, becomes trapped in an alternate reality that is inhabited by spirits and monsters. After her parents are transformed into pigs by the witch Yubaba, Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba's bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and escape back to the human world. (wiki)

It's simply amazing, breathtaking! My heart was beating so fast every moment, it always gives you the 'what will happen next??' or 'yes, you do it right, girl!' or 'aww! ♥'*yes, i experienced lots of 'aww ♥' moments*. Everything makes you emotional, indeed, and you can't stop to wonder what will happen next, no boring scene at all, all of them take your mind away and makes you just focus on it. Just on the screen.

I love Chihiro and Haku, they're so cute together! And I also love No-Face so bad, you know, the lonely male spirit who becomes obsessed with Chihiro after her kindness towards him, keeps following her and gives her gifts. *such a cute one, isn't it??* Yes, I love him. I don't know why. I just think he deserves it.



And for Joe Hisaishi's piece, One Summer's Day, it is a masterpiece! I love the song even before I watch the movie. ♥ *my sister recommended it to me*

video
youtube.com

Alright! That's all for this movie~

I'm going to bake something after this and hope it turns out well! See you soon, guys~

With love,
Julia

Monday, February 20, 2012

I'm Back *again* !

Hello *again*, sweethearts~! ;)

More than a week post nothing, I think I've been doing sinful things after had some fun on Valentine's Day... *sigh* So those sinful things are :
1. sitting comfortably *i mean, lazily* in front of computer
2. thinking about how wonderful screen-gazing is to spend your whole day.

I've been wasting my life holiday, so I just decided to do something more meaningful tomorrow. And the meaningful things are :
1. watch Spirited Away *downloaded, life is perfect ♥*
2. bake something

Yes, it's decided.

And yes, I post this just to say that.

With love,
Julia


p.s.
i'm still waiting for my cousin to send me our valentines-day-activity pictures, so i'll post that as soon as possible! ;) *im a slowpoke i know, forgive me please*

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Here's a really short post!

I just can't help myself to post this as it always gives me the OMG-WHAT-A-BEAUTIFUL-SONG feeling! xD

FYI, 'Please Be Careful With My Heart' is Jose Mari Chan's single. You have to check his songs, nice ones indeed! ;)

And here's by Christian Bautista and Sarah Geronimo...

video

Verse:
If you love me like you tell me
Please be careful with my heart
You can take it just don’t break it
Or my world will fall apart

Chorus:
You are my first romance
And I’m willing to take a chance
That ’till life is through
I’ll still be loving you

I will be true to you
Just a promise from you will do
From the very start
Please be careful with my heart

Verse II:
I love you and you know I do
There’ll be no one else for me
Promise I’ll be always true
For the world and all to see

Love has heard some lies softly spoken
And I have had my heart badly broken
I’ve been burned and I’ve been hurt before

Verse III:
So I know just how you feel
Trust my love is real for you
I’ll be gentle with your heart
I’ll caress it like the morning dew

I’ll be right beside you forever
I won’t let our world fall apart
From the very start
I’ll be careful with your heart

Chorus II:
You are my first (and you are my last) romance
And I’m willing to take a chance
(I’ve learned from the past)
That ’till life is through
I’ll still be loving you

I will be true (I will be true) to you
Just a promise from you will do (only to you)
From the very start (from the very start)
From the very start (from the very start)
From the very start
Please be careful with (I’ll be careful with) my heart (your heart)


Don't you think it's a really nice song for Valentine's Day?

With love,

Julia

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Childhood Memories ♥

Actually today's post is quite personal and perhaps will be interesting amongst my own family only.

So here's the story ;)

2 days ago I found some old photo albums on the table, I looked at each photograph and it's just so nostalgic... :') Then I went scan it quickly! I also found Mom and Dad's old photographs~

Here's some of it~

mom became the conductor of the choir

mom (center)

dad & mom (before married, i think...) ♥

my older sister

me! xD

my little sister

me, sis, and her classmates

my 5th birthday party



sis' 8th birthday party

my 6th birthday party

lil sis' 4th birthday party

my little brother's 1st and dad's 35th birthday party (they have the same birthday ♥)

lil sis' 7th birthday party


my sis (left), me (center), lil sis (right) with our baby brother



my handsome little brother!

I absolutely LOVE my family!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Cheesecake Cookies

please excuse the messy shape ;)

Have some more cream cheese and decided to make some cookies. It's actually a pretty easy recipe and will be turn out great if done it right. But I put a wrong kind of sugar, it's written 'sugar' *supposed to be confectioners' sugar* and I used granulated sugar... I should have known... *stupid me*

But it's worth trying anyway!

By the way, it's a recipe by Kaity from la-fille-americaine.blogspot.com. Actually the original name is 'Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies', but I don't have chocolate chip, so yea...

Cheesecake Cookies

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
10 tbsp butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
3 ounces cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
1. preheat oven to 375o.
2. in your mixing bowl, blend together the butter, sugar, egg, cream cheese, and vanilla. cream for about a minute or so, until everything is mixed and silky smooth.
3. slowly add the dry ingredients – flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda – and keep mixing until everything is well incorporated. .
4. grease your cookie sheet[s]. grease it well.
5. drop cookie dough by the spoonful onto the cookie sheet. leave about an inch of space in between each cookie – if you have several cookie sheets on hand, it does not hurt to leave more space. my cookies expanded quite a bit as they were baking.
6. bake 10-12 minutes, or until the edges turn a lovely golden brown.

That's it! Hope you enjoy it and don't forget to check Kaity's blog! =)

With love,
Julia

Friday, February 3, 2012

Cheese Steamed Brownies

Hello, cake-eater!

I 'accidentally' bought a bottle of cheese cream the last time I went for baking-shopping. Frankly I always do that, buy a bunch of seems-so-yummy-thingy I see in the shop, end up keeping it in a 'save-place' at home and completely forget about them. *im sorry, seems-so-yummy-thingy!*

This morning I counted how many days left for me to hanging around here and I realized that it's about 2 months more, 2 months more and I have to go back to Kuala Lumpur... Reality is rough. I mean, I know I am having a really long holiday here *about 4months*, but although you've thought about it a hundred times,leaving your loving family is still a hard matter, don't you agree?? So I thought I have to be more active for today the remaining days, not just sitting lazily in front of my laptop. Then I checked the kitchen and found a bottle of cheese cream! *heaven, isn't it? ;)*

Alright, so here's the recipe! *in indonesian as usual* ;)


Cheese Steamed Brownies (Brownies Kukus Keju)

Bahan A:

3 butir telur
100 gr gula
1 sdm TBM

Bahan B:

60 gr tepung terigu
20 gr maizena
1 sdt garam
40 gr susu bubuk

Bahan C:

250 cream cheese
50 gr butter dikocok sampai lembut

Cara membuatnya:

Kocok bahan A sampai mengembang. Masukkan bahan B lalu aduk sampai rata. Kocok bahan C sampai halus kemudian masukkan ke adonan lalu aduk sampai rata. Tuang ke loyang lalu kukus kurang lebih 20 menit. Potong, dan hidangkan. (vemale.com)


You really have to try this if you are a fan of cheese! Somehow my little brother doesn't like the smell of cream cheese *he ate a piece,though*, I have no idea how the smell supposed to be, but I'm a cheese-fan and simply love it! The texture is sooo soft that you can't help to eat more and more~ Enjoy! ;)

With Love,
Julia

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