Q: What’s the best smell in the world?

A: Freshly baked bread!

Can you see my tot bending down to take a good whiff? :D

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Now, let’s begin at the beginning.

Last year, I got a Lebensstil Bread Maker, which was sadly left in the box for a long, long time due to work, kids, housework, life, what else?

One Sunday evening, I decided: I AM GOING TO BAKE BREAD.

Out came the bread maker out of the box. To be honest, I know nothing about bread makers. Ovens yes, bread makers, no.

As gung-ho as I was, I thought it wise to read up a little and Lebensstil makes it easy for novice bread makers:

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Unfortunately, the manual cum recipe book that came along with the bread maker was not as newbie-friendly because all I got were measurements and not instructions.

Lucky for us, YouTube yielded this easy-to-follow video on how to bake a basic loaf with the Lebensstil bread maker. The video also eased my gadget fear as it demonstrated that you could open/close the lid while it’s rising/kneading:

Here’s the control panel, which shows no. 1 (a basic loaf with a light color) and the total time (3 hours and 5 minutes) required to mix the dough, let it rise, knead it and finally, bake it:

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The kids had a bit of fun watching the “magic” happen:

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Finally, the loaf of bread is ready!!!

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I lifted the pail out of the bread maker and let it cool down before turning it out. Ahh…the delicious smell…I really felt like closing my eyes and taking a deep breath the way the actors do it in TV commercials LOL

Anyway, I left the freshly baked bread on the dining table and shooed the kids off to bed.

Ha, the kids tossed and turned and then a little voice said, “Mummy, I am so, so, so, so hungry! I need to eat the bread…” Hahahaha

Out of the room the kids ran, excitedly watching me slice the bread and spread with butter and jam.

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Mmm…YUMMY!

P/S Since I used the basic setting, the bread had a rather dense texture. I am going to give it another go, only this time allowing the dough to rise a bit longer. Fingers crossed for a lighter, softer loaf :)

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Both my kids are obsessed with Cross Fight B-Daman.

Last Christmas, they begged me for it but since I couldn’t find them, they got home made Christmas cookies instead LOL.

This year, we stumbled upon some fake B-Daman at the wet market that I bought them one each. Unfortunately, a plastic part broke after repeated play…

To his credit, my son disassembled both fake B-Damans and re-created one that both of them could share. I was impressed by how they used some plastic box lids to create their own “B-Daman Crossfire Break Bomber Battlefield Set“.

Since both of them are such super kids, I decided to buy them the original B-Daman.

First, we went to Toys R Us but all the B-Daman were sold out! Poor things.

Anyway, it’s a blessing in disguise because they spent hours reading reviews on YouTube (can you believe it!!!)  and finally decided that they wanted:

Takara Tomy Cross Fight B-Daman eS CB-51 Starter Sonic = Dravise Rapid Fire Type (US$15.99)

My son chose this character because he liked the feature where the marbles could be stored in the feet?

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Takara Tomy Cross Fight B-Daman eS CB-60 Special Set Garuburn DX Version-Up Set Power Type (US$20.99)

My daughter chose this fiery-red B-Daman because she likes the 2 springs???

Takara Tomy Cross Fight B-Daman eS CB-60 Special Set Garuburn DX

 

Let’s see if I can find these marble shooters!

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REVIEW: Yoga Zone – Yoga for Weight Loss (Beginners)

March 16, 2014

Since my last blog about the last visit to the gym (sob, sob) and my one and only yoga session with the kids in July 2013,  I have only managed to work out at the children’s playground ONCE last week. Anyway, I mean to get back into the groove and was glad to find Yoga Zone – […]

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