Santa Run for Wishes

While friends in North America were doing the Turkey Trot over Thanksgiving Weekend, we had the Santa Run on Saturday, 26 Nov 2016 at Gardens By the Bay.

The day was overcast, for which we were glad, as that meant a cooler run in the evening.  What we didn’t anticipate was the run being rained out!  Since we were already dressed, the route was already marked, we decided to run with some of our friends who had not been deterred by the rain. Continue reading “Santa Run for Wishes”

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A Cookie Baking Sort of Day: Norwegian Christmas Butter Squares

It has been overcast and we found ourselves with a whole day at our disposal; naturally, cookie-baking was in order.

Older Daughter found this recipe while combing through Tumbler.  She thought they were shortbread cookies, but in fact, they are the opposite of short:  these are rich & buttery but are also chewy. Continue reading “A Cookie Baking Sort of Day: Norwegian Christmas Butter Squares”

Unlikely Delights

At first glance, the side of this road lacks the considered greenery of the rest of Bukit Batok Nature Park, and does seem somewhat disordered, a riot of grass & shrubs.  At closer look, it is apparently a playground to about half a dozen White-crested Laughing Thrush.  I’ve seen many of them before in this Park, but never in such great  numbers together.

They were fearless and allowed me to come fairly close to them.  They were busily eating, hopping about & generally, having a merry time.  Amidst the chaos of the fallen leaves and overgrown shrubs, I found delight. Continue reading “Unlikely Delights”

Bircher Muesli: a very quick brekkie

My first encounter with Bircher Muesli was at a hotel breakfast buffet: it was strangely more-ish.  Since then, I cannot resist having a bowl when I see it in the buffet line.

As much as I enjoyed it, I never thought of making it myself, until I saw it in Deliciously Ella: Every Day.  I couldn’t believe it was really that simple.  Till I tried it.  It is.

  • 1 apple
  • 45g rolled oats
  • 40g raisins (I used cranberries because I ran out of raisins)
  • 15g sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 125ml plant-based milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup, date syrup or honey (optional – I omitted)
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Chopped (instead of grated) apples mixed with the other goodies.
  1. Grate the apple into a bowl (I chopped mine into small pieces).
  2. Add all the other ingredients & stir together.
  3. Place the mix in an airtight container and leave in the fridge for about 6 hours to allow the oats to soften & absorb the milk. You can continue to store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  4. Restore to room temperature before serving.
  5. Top with fruit and nuts.

Note: if you want an extra creamy muesli, add 1 Tbsp of coconut yogurt or plain yogurt before serving.

This recipe is meant for 1 serving, but I ate it over 3 brekkies.  Maybe it stretched further because I added more fruit & nut on top of it.

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More fruit (frozen blueberries) & seeds (pumpkin) on top of the Bircher Muesli.