When I came upon this unexpected sight, my breath was taken away! At first glance, it looked to be field of green accented with brilliant pink flowers, except that it was an enormous manmade water feature filled to the brim with spectacularly hued water lilies. Definitely the highlight of a good morning out! Continue reading “Water: Lesson 3 Image Orientation”
Younger Daughter’s celebration of Older Daughter’s birthday: sisterly love & Yuzu Cupcakes!
Today is my sister’s birthday. She inspires me in my favourite things: for my fashion paper dolls, she buys me lots of pretty paper; in Maths, she helps me to get my homework right; in Baking, she gives me ideas for new cupcakes and sometimes bakes with me.
I have created a Yuzu Cupcake for her because she loves yuzu! Happy Birthday, Meg!
We used & adapted BenjaminWong’s recipes for the cupcakes & glaze from “Cupcakes with Attitude”.
Yuzu Cupcake, (makes about 10-12 cupcakes)
Candied yuzu peel (left) and yuzu juice
- 125g unsalted butter
- 125g castor sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 pinch of salt
- 20g candied yuzu peel (cut into small pieces)
- 125g self-rising flour
- 2 Tbsp milk
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees centigrade.
- Line cupcake tray with liners.
- Cream the softened butter with the sugar until well-mixed.
- Add eggs and beat till well-blended, light & fluffy.
- Add salt…
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On my mind is how to set a scene with an establishing shot, usually a very wide angle capture of a scene, designed to show the audience where the action is taking place.
How to make it interesting? After all, there really isn’t much going on. Which then leads me to thinking about why everything has to have action, has to have a point of interest. Is it not good enough to just be; calm, serene, with absolutely nothing much going on. I continue to struggle with this.
For the month of December, I will select a photo to mark each day; for mindfulness, recall and memory. This is in aid of my exploration & improvement of self, as inspired by a Ted Radio Hour programme, A Better You. Continue reading “Home: Lesson 1 Developing My Eye”
Yes, it is finished. Not the 50K words, nor the Great American Novel, simply, the 30 days of concerted writing. I will put my draft to bed for a bit, and maybe when I feel ready, will read through it to see if there is anything I can do with it.
Tomorrow, I begin my next 30 Day Challenge: a Photo a Day. Continue reading “It is Finished: Nanowrimo Update Day 30”
I chuckle to myself as the month of Nanowrimo draws to a close; the writing hasn’t gone at all the way I’d expected. I didn’t make the 1,667 per day word count goal, my story didn’t progress like I’d hoped, but I did learn some things about myself as a writer. Continue reading “Towards a Better Me: Nanowrimo Update Day 27”
May your Thanksgiving Celebrations be filled with much love & joy!
The month of November is a season of being thankful. We celebrate many birthdays: Dad, Por Por, Godma, Aunty Kem and Aunty Janice. We are grateful for them in our lives!
I am also excited because every Thanksgiving we go to Aunty Janey’s home. Aunty Janey is a great baking friend. This cupcake is inspired by the pumpkin pie she makes. Pumpkins also remind me of Fall, so this is a good time to make it.
Hope you enjoy this tasty cake! Love, Jo
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I haven’t had a good mud run in a long long time. So much so that I actually considered putting my shoes through the washing machine, to my Loving Husband’s chagrin.
Breaking patterns and doing something quite different is good for one’s soul, if not for keeping shoes clean. When the road seems never-ending and fatigue starts to set in, it is time to do something completely different. The anxiety over breaking routine, followed by the exhilaration of the novelty; result: invigoration! Continue reading “Run in the mud: Nanowrimo Update Day 20”
In any given day, choices have to be made: exercise, social media, reading (more choices here: favourite blogs, literary articles, fiction fix), laundry, cooking, cleaning, quilling, napping, writing all vie for time. As you can imagine, this has become even more challenging with Nanowrimo at the back of my mind. Continue reading “There’s always time for cake: Nanowrimo Update Day 16”
It has been an interesting writing week; Nanowrimo has taken an unexpected turn. After an encouraging start last week, I was out for a day with a stomach bug. While I was lying in bed resting, I had ample time to ruminate on what my characters were doing and fixate on bits of the story that I didn’t feel comfortable with. Continue reading “Christmas Street Bling: Nanowrimo Day 13 Update”