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Monday, August 25, 2014

HOMEMADE VANILLA ALMOND MILK


Almond milk is superb easy to do it at home and the feeling was great to be able to make almond milk for the very first time.

Almond milk has become more and more popular and it’s really a great substitute for those who are a vegan, lactose intolerant or simply doesn't like the taste of cow’s milk. As you know I have been eating overnight oats lately and I only using dairy milk to soak the oats. Recently, I am seeking for other alternatives and friends suggested to try out almond milk. So i did!

Soak almond in water for about 5 hours, preferable overnight in refrigerator. It is important to soak the nuts to reap optimal benefits from them and to remove dust, residue and tannin from the skin.

Soaking raw almonds helps to neutralize the phytates (enzyme inhibitor) and release nutrients from the nuts. On top of that, it is easier to digest and have much more appealing taste.

Like I said very simple and easy. You need almonds, filtered water and vanilla essence. Blender and strainer too.

Place almonds and filtered water in the blender

Start to blend..

Add in vanilla essence.

Continue to blend until well combined.

Pour into a strainer.

Get the little helper to squeeze out the milk.

An enzyme inhibitor is found in the brown skin of almond.

The goodness of almond milk :
- Good substitute for those who has lactose intolerant.

- Almond milk has no cholesterol or saturated fat, keeping our heart healthy.

- Contains vitamin E, which has antioxidant agents to promote healthy and glowing skin, such as protecting against sun damage.

- I really love the palatable taste compared to cow milk especially vanilla essence has been added. You can even a dash of cinnamon powder, honey or maple syrup to enhance the flavor.

Recipe : Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

Ingredients:
125 g (1 cup) of raw almonds (soaked)
500 ml filtered water
1 tsp of vanilla essence
To sweeten the milk, you can add in honey, maple syrup or medjool dates. (omitted but will try next time)

Method:
- Place almond and filtered water in the blender. Blend about 1 minute.

- Add in vanilla essence and continue to blend until well combined.

- Place a strainer /soup bag over a large bowl. Pour the blended milk into the bag and lightly squeeze the bottom of the bag to extract the milk.

- Transfer the almond milk to a jar or glass bottle and refrigerate.

The milk can keep up to one week if stored properly. Shake well before consume.

LIFETIME ASIA - Mom’s Time Out! Yes, you can stand a chance to go for a holiday too!

A big shout out to the dads. It’s #MomsTimeOut! What happen when the woman in the household is granted for ‘home leave’ and the dearest daddy has to take over the job from babysitting, changing nappies, night time feeding, stacks of house chores to the personal chef at home. Ooohh…Wait! What if he can’t operate the kitchen stove?

Then you got to check out the latest new family reality series Mom’s Time Out on
August 28, 2014 specially brought to you by Lifetime, featuring three families from Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines as they undertake a role reversal social experiment. The three moms take a 5-day holiday in Vietnam together, leaving the dads to manage their kids and household.

Hmmmm…you certainly can imagine the chaotic yet fun adventure journey the dads have to embrace with the kids while the moms are away.

I remember vividly the very first time I was away for vacation. I dedicated the important task (taking care the girls) to the dad with a heavy heart but I was really longing for a short break to have some ‘ME’ time with my good friends. The moment I left the house, the big one started to cry and the dad had to calm her down. Just the dad thought he can leave her to play by herself for a second.Uwwehhhh!!!Hah...I guess the mom’s face must have crossed her mind again. Well, that’s part of the separation anxiety you have to deal with just like the first day of school. The dad must have been using lots of tricks, toys and candies to pamper her because when I got a call from them she seems to be in a wonderland…Kudos to him.The small one was fine since she was still a baby and the dad just has to make sure her tummy is well fed, bath her and sing lullaby before she goes bed.

I reckon when I stepped back into the house again; it was the greatest relief to the dad because mom is back! Dad can go back to work and the house will back to square again..Being a dad or a mom has never been that easy huh…Yet it has so much to give and take and learn along the parenthood journey which price can’t buy the precious moment and lifetime experience.

Honestly, I am so excited looking forward to the first episode when the 3 moms bid farewell to their families for a luxury getaway. As the social experiment begins, Singaporean father Christopher is anxious about taking their 3 sons to a fine-dining restaurant while Malaysian dad Jason attempts to cook for the first time in his life. Left with a crying toddler on his own, Filipino father Kenneth gets close to tipping point after 24 hours without a wink of sleep.

Be sure to catch up the family series showcases the interesting and sometimes funny results when these typically hands-off dads are left in charge.

Moms, how about you wish for a time out too? Here is the chance!

Mom’s Time Out will bring to viewers an interactive second screen experience through a weekly parenting discussion. You can stand to win a 3D2N stay for 2 at Angsana Lăng Cô, Central Vietnam when you download the ScanAd app on your Apple or Android devices. In this app, you can share your opinions or learn quality experience from other parents such as managing a child’s social habits to handling a child’s tantrums. Or perhaps you might want to list down the fun ways to help the dads to cope and manage the kids effectively while you are on holidays. Good luck!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Random Updates

It has been chaotic and busy weeks when the office I am working at has relocated. So much to pack..so much to clean and finally we settled down at the new place. Still adapting to the new working environment though. The office just got the internet connection and I just do a quick update before I go missing again..Psst...I do have updates in my Instagram!

Despite tiring weekend, I manages to squeeze a day outing with HB and at night we had an awesome dinner by Michelin Star Le Gavroche's Chef Alexy Fuchs during his maiden visit to Malaysia.

Not going details about the food, which I might only be doing probably in a year later..(if you wish to read more, head over to his blog..hehe)

My entree - A piece of nicely seared foie gras with roasted nut. The last time I had was in France!

As for weekdays, I have dedicated full time to the kids but I certainly enjoy every single minute with them despite the tiredness and exhaustion. But what's more aching is when someone used to be closed to me questioned me why do I need to suffer and sacrifice so much when I have been provided 'ready to use' manpower and life is so much easier. I admit that I do complain how weary and tired every day but it's just part to distress. Yea, woman like me may tend to talk a lot but also a way of relieving the negative energy, but after that we are all good and ready for the next day challenge.We just want to bla..bla..bla..bla about anything.

I wish to tell you that life can be carefree and easy but some golden times and happy moment you might have just missed it. I enjoy what I am doing and I will continue to walk through this rocky path until the girls are ready to leave their nests.

This is what we always do before sleep....I jump together with them but not somersault else I will break my bones.


We always have tough time to crawl out from our warm cocoon, so the mother have to find a way to wake her up.
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One of my philosophies in life is - LIVE life without REGRETS!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Calling all Bookaholics! Enjoy discount on all purchases at NoQ Store

Does it happens when you pay a visit to the bookstore and you can’t find a book you want or the book is out of stock? It seems the latter statement fits me well as last weekend I was searching for this inspiring book, Give Me a Hug by Nick Vujicic for my girls. Unfortunately the sales assistant told me it was sold out in the bookstore.

Well, I just continue to walk around.......

As I walked and slowly browsing through the shelves, this pop up card caught my attention! And I know this online bookstore will help me to find the book I want. I didn’t go back home with big disappointment but rather excited to find out about the webstore. At NoQStore, they offer assortment of reading materials of various genres and categories for people of all ages, ranging from parenting and families, business, design, photography, fiction, non-fiction and even graphic novels and crafts and hobbies and more. I am sure you will be able to find some good reads there!

Simple in design and most important is easy to navigate; NoQStore allows you to search books by categories and filtered the results by popularity, price and date. On top of that, with the advanced search feature, you can go as specific by keying the title, author, and publisher or ISBN number. To find my book, I entered the author’s name …And tadaa!I found the book I want at a discounted price.

Since they offer free delivery for purchase RM50 and above (West Malaysia), I continued to shop and got some children books for the girls. Upon check out, you can pay using VISA, MasterCard or Paypal which are the secured payment options you can choose from. All I have to do now is to wait for the arrival of my ‘yummlicious’ books..

The shipment will take about 7-14 days to arrive and depending your location too. My parcel arrived in an excellent condition.

Here are my books that I ordered earlier.One for me and two for the girls.

Oh yea, great news for my readers out there! You will be entitled to an exclusive 15% discount on all purchases at NoQ Store. Just remember to key in this discount code LING at checkout and your total bill amount will be automatically deducted. Discount code is valid from 4 July - 31 November 2014.

Happy Shopping and Reading!
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