Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chinese New Year goodies...

Gong Xi Fa Chai! Wishing you that the dragon year will bring you and your family more prosperity and better health than the last. :)

Since this year's CNY falls on a MONDAY (of all days!!), which also means its a normal work/school week for us here in Swissyland. OH! HOW I ENVY MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY BACK HOME!!! Oh well! We can't always have what we want isn't it....

Dude #1 helping mummy.... :p
So to celebrate this special occasion, I've decided to bake some cookies for my dude #1 to share with his classmates and for hubs to bring to share with his colleague. Nothing fancy, just 2 batches each of peanut and almond cookies. The 1st batch I made with lard. Yes you heard me LARD!!! hahahahaha.... This is the 1st time I've bake with LARD! :D It turned out pretty great with this melt in your mouth goodness even.

Peanut cookies with a little dragon print out for the goodie bag.
But since I didn't want the little ones to get premature spike in their cholesterol level (or even have a hand at rising their % on having stroke/heart attack etc), I've made dude #1 batch with peanut oil instead. It turned out rather dry but still good. It wasn't as the lard ones which actually "hold" till you pop them into your mouth "meltiness", which means less mess for the teachers to clean up if they decided to pass the packs of cookies around during the 10 o'clock break time.

A small "production" line.. LOL!
 I actually got the recipe off a blogger here. Her recipe here are very straight forward which I like. For the almond cookies, I just replace the peanuts with ground almonds. :) These cookies were by far the easiest I've made. I've made pineapple tarts before and believe me when I say its too troublesome to even bother making when I've got dude #2 getting his grubby hands into everything! LOL! There just to much step to follow. :p May be in a year or two, I'll try to make it.  In the mean time I'll stick with non finicky bake goods.....

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Happy New Year!

Well, first off wishing you guys a very Happy 2012! May all your wishes come true for you this year. :) It has been a while since I've updated anything here. Its not that nothing interesting has happen just that I can't seem to find the time to fit it all in particular spending most of my time just watching my boys grow. :D And they do grow up and change very fast! :( Once again I'm being reminded about how time just past us by in a blink of an eye.

So what did you guys do during Christmas and New Years Eve? For us we decided to stay back instead of making any trips to see family members. Reason behind it is that our eldest guy gets off for school holidays only on Friday afternoon, and that's after class. So it was just too rush with the traffic and so on. We didn't even get a tree this year! :( Many thanks to the littlest guy who seems to love pulling stuff down from tables tops, shelves etc onto the floor with a bang. We'll try to get one this year and THAT if we plan to stay back like last year.
All ready to hit the snowy outside. :)
Our friends from the South of France. WELCOME TO THE COLD! LOL!
The train ride to Caux. BAD choice of lighting in the train... :p
Breath taking scenery along the way....
My dude! :)
Little dude and me. Still snowing heavily up here.

We had house guests a week before Christmas. Friends of hubs (from uni) who lives in South of France on their way to Paris. They stayed a few days at our place before going on the road. We had lots of snow fall when they were here. We went up to Caux from Montreux train station to visit Papa Noel at the Christmas Village. We were supposed to go up further to Rocher-de-Naye but due to heavy snow fall and high risk of avalanche, the trains going up there were cancelled and final stop was Caux. Luckily Papa Noel was "moved" from Rocher-de-Naye down to Caux to accommodate the visiting kids! :)
Who is this FAT man with BIG white beard???
A snowy trail towards the restaurant up in Caux.
And since it snowed heavily, the kids had lots of fun after Papa Noel visit. We spent about 3 or 4 hours up there, enjoying the snow, the spiced hot red wine (very YUMMY!!) and even had lunch in their chalet styled restaurant. :) It was still snowing when we took our train down to Montreux. But in Montreux it was raining... :( Snowing is fine but rain is just SAD!! And in the rain we went walking around the Montreux Christmas market.

Stalls at the covered area of the Montreux Christmas market.

I really like some of the items of this stall but it was to pricey for me... :((

At the fantasy gardens of Montreux.
They were actually sculpted/shaped by the municipal gardeners! :)
The kids make that parents, were so tired that day, that we just had to take a nap after! LOL! The kids were fine.... In fact they were very well behaved that day, by not making too much noise and just sat on the sofa watching a cartoon DVD! I guess the visit to Papa Noel worked?!