Thank You for Inventing “Anniversary”!

Anniversary can be about anything, both good and bad. What I mean here is the anniversary of something we want to celebrate – the happy anniversary!Kiss

Yes, I just celebrated 15th wedding anniversary yesterday!  It was simply a nice meal at a fancy restaurant. The food was delicious. The drinks were nice. The mood was perfect. I was so happy – overjoyed!

Suddenly, I felt grateful for whoever invented wedding anniversary!  It was such a genius way to remind you of the bliss you felt when you got married to the guy. It’s not that you forgot the love and happiness you’ve had with him, but, being consumed in daily grind, you simply just don’t think about it that much.  The nice things you do for each other have become a routine.  You then stop feeling so grateful for those things at the receiving end.

Then the anniversary comes to save the day.  A year is already too long to not think about the love for this person we hold dear to our heart.  The one we made a vow to spend the rest of our life with, through good and bad times.  The influence he has over our physical, mental, and emotional health.

The anniversary helps remind us about our history – how we met, fell in love, and made the decision to live happily ever after.  Of course, life is not a fairy tale and there are lots of good and bad times after that day, but those times suddenly seem insignificant on the wedding anniversary except for creating even stronger bond between the two individuals.  The focus is the wedding time and the peak of passion we felt on that day.

I know this may not be true for all couples and please excuse me if I make it sound so overrated!   Even for myself, some anniversaries were better than the others.  Yet, the common things among all my anniversaries is I know I would make special effort to do good to my husband.  To really feel the love that’s there.  To look at him and see the soulmate in him, rather than just a “husband”.  Then I always realise how lucky I am that it doesn’t take that much of an effort to summon up the romantic memories and the loving sentiment with the guy.

So now I’m joyfully sitting here sharing my wedding anniversary bliss to you…not entirely to boast about it…haha…yes, a little, to be honest…but more to remind you to turn to the guy next to you and see someone you love, and not just someone you’re with.  Then you may feel you’re luckier than you thought…like me…today!

P.S. Yes, please forget those days when you just want to kill him literally!  Just forget it for one day!  ;-b

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Halloween Sugar Cookies How-to Series: Part III

Here’s the final part of my Halloween Sugar Cookies How-to Series, which is showing you the easy steps to decorate the Skeleton Cookies.  Now you can fully enjoy your Trick or Treat with 5 cookie designs.  Those of you who missed the first two parts, please find the links below.

Halloween Sugar Cookies How-to Series: Part I

Halloween Sugar Cookies How-to Series: Part II

Wish you all a very spooky fun Halloween tomorrow.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

N.B. For this cookie decoration, you’ll need the royal icing only in black and white colors.

Skeleton Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SPECIAL: Click here for a VDO how-to!  🙂

Halloween Sugar Cookies How-to Series: Part II

Now let’s continue our Halloween prep with two more cookie decorations.  For those of you who missed my previous post or Part I of this series, please check it out here.

N.B. For the two decorations this time, you’ll need the royal icing in white, green, red, and black colors.

Ghost Cookies

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Eyeball Cookies

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Stay tuned for the final part of this series for the complete Halloween cookie set.  Cheers!

Halloween Sugar Cookie How-to Series: Part I

Halloween is coming near.  Are you ready to Trick or Treat?  Let’s get ready by baking and decorating our own Halloween cookies.  This year I have come up with 5 decorations with their simplified steps divided into 3 parts in this Halloween Sugar Cookie How-to Series.  So, please stay tuned for Part II & III for the complete set soon.

Enjoy!

N.B. For Spider Web and Pumpkin cookies, you’ll need the royal icing in orange, black, and green colors.

Spider Web Cookies

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Pastel Flower Cookies How-to

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I had a chance to make some sugar cookies as party favours for my school reunion this past Saturday (you don’t want to know my graduation year!!) and got a lot of compliments on these sweet pastel flowers.  So, I’d just like to share with you the easy way to change the simple round-shaped sugar cookies into cute pastel flowers.

Let’s start with the Royal Icing ingredients and how-to.

Royal Icing Ingredients:

  • 2 tbs. of egg white powder
  • 90 ml. of warm water
  • 1/4 tsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 lb. of icing sugar

How to make Royal Icing:

  1. Beat the egg white powder and icing sugar until well blended.
  2. Slowly add water and lemon juice and beat at high speed until thick and glossy (about 6-8 mins).
  3. Divide the icing into at least 2 parts and put them in 2 separate bowls.  Add one colour that you want as the flower petals (let’s say pink) into one bowl and yellow colour to the other.  Add the food colour little by little and stir it into the icing until you get the exact colour that you want.

How to decorate the cookies:

  1. Put the coloured icing into piping bags with piping head number 2.
  2. Use the pink icing to draw the flower shape onto the round-shaped cookies.  Leave to dry for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, dilute the pink icing left from the drawing by adding about 1 tablespoon of water at a time until you get runny-but-still-thick texture.            photo 2-1
  4. Put the diluted royal icing back in the piping bag and pipe an amount of icing inside the flower line just enough to spread and fill the flower shape.  photo 1-1
  5. Use a toothpick or small spatula to spread the icing to fill the flower shape.  Let dry for 5-10 minutes.  It will take a bit longer for the diluted icing to dry as it contains more water.
  6. Use the yellow icing to draw the circle in the center of the flower.  Leave to dry for 5 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, dilute the yellow icing in the same way as the pink one.
  8. Pipe the diluted yellow icing inside the circle and spread to fill the circle.  Leave to dry completely and keep in airtight container.                              photo 3

There you’ll have the cute little pastel cookies for your party.  Try make some if you’d like and please please please share the photos of your lovely cookies with me.  Enjoy!  😀