So there’s this new K-cut outlet at Rivervale Mall and he decided to get his haircut. He was very excited about getting this certain style of haircut for the holidays. But sadly, the Stylist botched up and he was left in despair with a patch in his hair.

I went to the Stylist to see how that had happened and I realised the Stylist couldn’t understand English well and had given him a style which she thought was the right way to cut, but without his consent and it was entirely not how he wanted it done. She made it worst when she said that he didn’t tell her how he wanted it. (I trust my son would have given proper instructions as he was very particular with his hair style.)  She was totally unapologetic.

I had asked him to go back for a salvage cut but he was too embarassed. He was against me confronting the Stylist and was upset with me for embarassing him. While I,  in turn, was upset with him for not standing up for himself and for accepting shoddy service.

Yes, we had some fierce discussions when we got home.

Then….

He (crying) : Where’s mercy then? Why can’t we show mercy by forgiving?

I was taken aback by his question. I questioned myself for a moment. Was that an opportunity for mercy? Could I have just let go & forget about it?

My take was he paid for a service & the service was not up to standard. She had lied about him not giving instructions to her. She had even acted smug. It was shoddy service with a bad attitude. And money do not grow on trees. Why should I have to pay if I had to salvage a cut?

But his simple question to me still lingers…. could I have been more merciful? My son has opened my eyes to something else.

Upon reflection, how blessed I am to have my child reminding me of God’s mercy.  And that he’s trying to be like Jesus, that he is able to question my actions & challenge me to reflect.

Just as the Year of Mercy closes.

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Happy Baked Pasta

Experimenting with layers of pasta, sauce, basil, mozzarella and baked for 15mins in 175°

  

Adapted from So Delicious

Verdict : Passed the guys.  For keep.

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Lemon Pound Cake

  
Finally experimented with a Lemon Pound Cake.  This recipe worked out well but I cut the sugar. The original recipe called for 3cups but I used 2 and it turned out just nice.  Ok, I’m not a fan of frostings, so I skipped that part 😁

Ds1 offered to help, as he was going to ask if he could bake something for his friend.  And so I enjoyed the morning baking with him😊

What You’ll Need

1 cup butter softened (use 250g)
3 cups sugar (use 2cups)
6 eggs
6 tablespoons lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups sour cream

ICING

2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
 

How to Make It

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in lemon juice and peel. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream. Beat just until combined.

Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. (4loaves – 160° 45mins)

 (TIP: Bake on lowest rack in your oven. It will ensure the bunt cake cooks all the way through.) Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

For icing, in a small mixing bowl, cream butter then gradually add confectioners’ sugar. Beat in lemon juice and peel. Drizzle over the cake. Store in the refrigerator.

Cr: Recipe adapted from Heavenly Recipes

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Egg Omelette Muffin

I finally got down to making these muffins.  I don’t like to spend too much time over preparing for breakfast but I needed to find something which I could whip up quickly for the boys to take proper breakfast.  Else, they’ll just run off to school without any. So, I did a test run today.  And these turned out great!!  😊. The guys enjoyed them! 

 Now to test run on a school day 😁

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Golden Wedding Anniversary

  
Not many couples will see their Golden Wedding Anniversary. I’ve journeyed with them the longest. On this special occasion, they remembered their first born, whom we will always treasure in our hearts 😀

My parents are a typical traditional couple. On this day, we witnessed the rare occasion when he said she was, and still is, a beautiful bride. And thanked her for being with him and having us children. It brought tears to her eyes. This is the first time I’ve heard such affirmation from him to her. Still, better late than never 😀

When we were younger, she held the family together, whilst he brought the bacon home.  Then I thought she was a tough CFO, (always saying no to stuff I wanted) but as I grew older I understood what tough decisions she has had to make. And the values that came with those decisions. She is best CFO, a most resourceful person. Her sacrifices for the family was often silent, and many tears shed. Those who knew her from her younger days called her Mary. (Till this day, I don’t know how that name came about, she’s not even Catholic 😉). And yes, to me, on occasions, she is a reflection of Mother Mary – one who’s gentle, whose patience are just endless, praying ceaselessly and on about doing what she thought was best for the kids.

Even now, she still worries for her brood, least for me, but for my younger siblings, our other halfs and the grandkids. 😀. 

They will tell you it has not been an easy 50 years together but their pride and joy are us (kids), our other halfs and the grandkids we have given them.

We are often told we do not choose our parents. I thank God for the gift of them.  May God bless and keep them always.

Happy 50th Anniversary Pa & Ma!  We love you both much! ❤️

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Poached Eggs with homegrown herbs – 1st attempt

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DS2 has to change his diet.  High protin and high fat diet is recomended.  I saw this video on Poached Eggs made easy and decided to give it a shot.  And this is what turned out for breakfast today.  Poached eggs, carved tomato, some home grown herbs for a bit of colour , a dash of pepper…  looks pretty good, doesn’t it?  I was quite happy with how it looked.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t the runny yolk we were looking forward to.  The yolk was cooked 😓

Note to self : 13mins in the oven is too long. Try 9 mins next time.

Regardless, boys wolfed it down thankfully.  More importantly DS2 enjoyed it.  Asked if he’ll have it for breakfast on school days?  He repliend,’Nay, you’d need to get up very early (if I want it)’

Whilst I don’t mind,  washing the muffin pan was a pain! 😫 Continue reading

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Topo Map Love Cake

Had to try this out as it looked so pretty but I didn’t have ALL the right ingredients. So, for a first attempt, this ain’t bad at all.



It’s vanilla. I used matcha for the green (2tbsp). 

Note to self : better proportionment of the batter.

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