B is 1½ years old! yay!! 🙂

he has been teething quite a bit this last month. got 2 teeth within a week! and 1 more a week after that, so a total of 9 teeth now. hoping he now chews atleast some of his food rather than just gulp it down! i am really running out of soft-food ideas for him. or for that matter mashing up our food a bit for him. its just not the same and even B knows that. sigh but we are slowly getting to the mouth-full-of-teeth.

i have been trying out some new recipes on B too! and hes eaten them up quite well too. If you’ve missed them, you can find the recipes here.

B’s got his winter’s first cold since more than 2 weeks now! and just when i am about to take a sigh of relief that he’s recovered, his nose starts running again! i guess thats one minus point of playcentres.

yes, hes started playcentres since a month now! just a couple of weeks after coming back from our long holiday. so he’s got a busy schedule throughout the week (and we love it!) with playcentre on mon, tues and fri, wed he goes gyming and thurs its his mainly music. A variety of activities to keep him mentally and physically active. oh and not to forget his swimming on sat. wow my baby’s growing up so fast. its like just one year back he was still crawling around and my arms would be his small world, and now he running around in the big world, making a place for himself. But at the end of the day he still comes running to his small world, calling out mamma loudly, his cheeky smile on his face and kisses on both my cheeks! and i would not want it any other way!

and now back to reality! hes learning some new skills around the house and at playcentres. he now climbs up the slide steps and down the slide by himself. till now he would crawl up the slide and slide down back on his tummy. haha. he knows his fruits, veggies, animals and animal noises. learning alphabets now. A,B, D and G so far. he also helps us around the house by throwing all the rubbish in the bin. and anything else which is rubbish for him goes in there too! but he did once throw his dirty nappy in the bin. without being told.

his love for his teddy is increasing each day. he now tells us to kiss his teddy too! cute but a lil disturbing for M. but still crazy after cars and balls which is a relief for M! he also loves playing in the sand pit. Beaches are now his favourite and our common spot over weekends.

his vocabulary is increasing and it is now easier for him to communicate his wants, or more like demand his wants! its always so amusing to see him scream out what he wants repeatedly! although it sometimes gets confusing for us when he uses the same word to mean multiple things (tatet can mean water or turtle; up means carry me up or i want to get up). sadly he still shakes his head for a yes and a no. he loves his fruit juices and everytime he sees the blender or juicer he screams out joosh in excitement!

and the big activity of the month – he performed his first full day fast! i dnt want to mention the number of walks i took him for on a windy and cold day while he was all cuddled up in him blanket in the stroller. nor will i mention that we were counting out every second in the last 2 hours! the point is he managed to stay hungry the whole day and i sane. way to go us!! another fast coming up in a few months..but that will be M’s day! 🙂

 

 

 

 

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This is one of the dishes i tried over the weekend. a little different dish wherein you have to bake the rice. Its simple to make and turned out quite delicious! Try it this weekend.

Untitled-19Recipe courtesy ‘Cooking In Style’.

Ingredients

250gms long grain rice

50gms butter

50gms plain flour

300ml milk

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 eggs, beaten

150gms cheese, grated

salt to taste

pepper to taste

250gms cooked lamb, minced

150ml beef stock

2 tbsp tomato ketchup

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Method

Untitled-221. Cook the rice in boiling, salted water for about 12 mins. Drain.

2. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add flour, mixing it continuously for 2-3 mins. Add the milk slowly, whisking it so no lumps are formed. Heat it, stirring it continuously, until the mixture boils and thickens.

3. Add half the onion, beaten eggs, half the cheese, seasoning to taste and the rice. Mix well.

Untitled-204. Mix the minced lamb with the remaining onion, beef stock and tomato ketchup.

5. Put half the rice mixture in the base of an oven proof dish. Cover with the meat mixture then spread the remaining rice mixture over the top. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over.

Untitled-216. Bake in a 180°C pre-heated oven for 30-40 mins or until golden brown on top.

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Note-

1. Although the recipe said to mix the onion later on with the cooked mince, i first sauteed half the onions till it changed colour, then mixed in the lamb mince and pressure cooked it for 10 mins till well done.

2. Serving suggestion – you can serve the dish with a side of tomato and onion slices.

This is one of my overdue posts sitting lazily in my drafts since 2 days. but i shall finish it and publish it today! yess! so here goes…

Sadly the long weekend has ended. And there is not another one in sight in the coming months. But what a lovely weekend it was! And the weather too was just perfect!

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We drove down to Long Bay Regional Park on Sunday. it was our first visit there and since B’s current love at playcentre is the sandpit, this was the perfect destination for him. and us! and thats where we had our crazy fun time. B used his own sand toys here for the first time. scooped sand into his little bucket, toys bag and then my bag! screamed and ran behind dogs! oh yes! dogs again! how can his outings be complete without any dog incident. but this time it was a little different. the dog sniffed his bum! hmmm… we also realized B does not like playing with girls. even if she is a cute Russian girl! 🙁 and that was M’s worry that day…

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On our return, we got a call from our friends asking if we were up for Mission Bay (another beach site)! so we headed to another beach for the evening. the amazing hot choc brownie and butterscotch pecan cake at Movenpick was the perfect way to end a long day!

Monday was just a relaxing day spent in the kitchen, experimenting out some new recipes. not all turned out the way i expected them to but a couple of them will reach my blog soon!