E Book Giveaway; I Choose Cupcake Charm

Hi all… First of all, I’d like to introduce myself. I am Arman, Esther’s husband. As you all may have noticed that Esther hasn’t updated her blog for a while. Well, we can’t blame her because she’s been super busy lately. After getting through the ups and downs during her pregnancy, now our two adorable kids (and… ehm… also me, I guess? :P) keep her busy 24 hours a day (she’s still exclusively breastfeeding our baby, and yet she can manage to cook for me and our son, taking and picking up my son to and from school, assisting with his homeworks, doing house chores, and on, and on, and on…)

Yes, that’s how devoted Esther is as a mother and wife. She even has stopped her home cupcake and cake business because she doesn’t have time to do this anymore (during this period of time, she still got few calls from people who wanted to order cakes after seeing her Bite ‘n Bite website, but unfortunately she has to turn them down), even though I know how much she loves and misses baking and cake decorating.

Until… she found this Cupcake Charm e-book. This book somehow has reminded her again about her passion on cupcakes and cake decorating. I still remembered how excited she was when she showed me this book, and I agreed with her right away that this book was very impressive! After seeing this book, she became very passionate again about baking and cake decorating. I know for sure that she really wants this book!

And it seems like a coincidence that at the same time Chita has this e-book giveaway on her blog! So… as a good husband (ehm!), I told Esther that I’m going to write a blog about this Cupcake Charm e-book to participate on Chita’s giveaway. Who knows I can win and give this e-book as a gift for my beloved wife? *fingers crossed*

This Cupcake Charm e-book is basically about cupcake! Haha! The author, Joanne Ong, is a very talented baker who lives in Australia (Chita… Can you see that this is meant to be? The book author lives in Australia, and so do you! *I know, I just push it too hard! :P*). Esther and I love her style on the fondant decoration. It looks simple yet very classy. And on this e-book, she will show the instructions on how to do her decorations. How exciting is that? Esther really wants to know how Joanne does it. There must be some tricks and tips that Esther can learn from Joanne.

And you know what, even though my daughter is only 6 month old now, right after I saw this Cupcake Charm book cover, I know for sure (and I even already begged Esther to do this) that there will be a princess figurine (as you can see on the e-book cover) on my daughter’s first birthday cake! Haha! Do you think I’m crazy to think about this 6 month early?? Well… you can see yourself how cute the princess figurine that Joanne made on this e-book cover and I bet you will agree with me!😀

So, Chita, I really hope that you will choose me as a winner on your giveaway because I will guarantee you that this e-book will bring joy in our little family!

Special Birthday

My dear husband, Arman, always surprises me in his own ways. This year, as he always does in my past birthdays, wrote me a special note on his blog. Knowing how he is, I kind of knew that he would get me something in addition to the note.

This year, Andrew had a straight 6 days of fever starting on Arman’s birthday and passing Mother’s day. We were both lack of sleep and Arman kept the car available at home most of the time just in case I need to take Andrew to the doctor. Without the car and busy taking care of Andrew, I didn’t think that Arman would even remember or find the time to get me something. So I didn’t even thought about expecting anything.

But of course, it wouldn’t be my husband without a back up plan. The day before my birthday, Arman came back home from work, walking more than 1 mile away to get me birthday cake and all the other sweets that I thought about trying before and bunch of tulips. Then came the birthday morning, he cooked an instant noodle for me. I was surprised and very happy. Thank you so much my dear! All the efforts that you put in were very thoughtful. I love you so much!

And thank God, Andrew had his last fever the day before my birthday. So the birthday morning, he was ready to blow the candle with me. It was the best gift on my special birthday. I love you, Andrew!

Parenting Class Part I

Hi all….it’s been a really long time since I updated this blog. I know that I kept on saying that I will update it but yet never did. It’s not that Arman didn’t let me use the computer, in fact, I monopolize the computer most of the time. And it’s not because Arman doesn’t take us to new restaurants anymore, cause he does. We continue taking pictures of food at the new restaurant but yet I still do not feel like writing the reviews. Continue reading

Panko Fried Shrimp

Panko Fried Shrimp

Puff…..puff…..this blog is too dusty as it’s been a really long time since my last update. Sorry, folks, I had too much things on my hand. I’ve been busy with my new cakes and cupcakes boutique, Bite ‘N Bite. On top of that, we had my mom who visited us this Summer, and our short trip to San Francisco. But now I am back and today I am going to share with you a new recipe that I did. Here it goes! Crunchy and yummy!🙂

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE SHRIMP: 500 gr of medium size shrimps – peel off the skin, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 pieces of lime, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, vegetable oil for deep frying, 100 gr of all purpose flour, 100 gr of bread crumb, 2 pieces of eggs – beaten

FOR THE DIPPING SAUCE: 4 tablespoons mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of hot sauce, 1 piece of lime

INSTRUCTIONS:

Soak the shrimps with soy sauce, lime and garlic powder for about 15 minutes. Heat up a pan with vegetable oil for deep frying. Coat each one of the shrimp with all purpose flour first. Dip it to the beaten egg and lastly coat with the bread crumb. Then deep fry until each turn golden. For the sauce, simply mix all the ingredients together. Ready to serve! Enjoy!

Restaurant Review: Typhoon

Typhoon

On May 10, Arman took us out to a unique restaurant called Typhoon to celebrate mother’s day. Arman had been to this restaurant twice and thought that it was quite unique and that Andrew and I should experience it. Two days before, we made the reservation online through Open Table, just to make sure that we would get seats. Even though Arman had recommended those food that he loved from this restaurant, but, I still did my research by going to Yelp. After looking at the foods pictures that people took at Typhoon, I told Arman that I wasn’t sure that I wanted to eat those kind of foods. Those foods shown on Yelp are made of variety of insects from crickets, ants, etc. Arman convinced me that they have other menus and that we are going to strictly order the non-insects ones. Continue reading