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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Boy's Pants & Girl's Dress (Trace directly from my kids' fav. clothings) on: January 25, 2011 07:29:11 PM
Hi Everyone!

I am still very new in sewing and I thought that the easiest way to get the pattern is to trace it directly from my kids' favourite clothes.

Here's a photo of my son's Ben10 pants.




Here's a photo of my daughter's Dora Dress.




As I am getting the hang of sewing the pants and dresses for my kids, I think I will try to sew more of these simple patterns.

Thanks for reading!
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Kueh Kodok (Banana Fritters) on: January 06, 2011 09:07:20 PM
Hi Everyone!

What do you guys do with ripe / over-ripe bananas besides throwing it away?  Sometimes I will make banana cake / banana bread with it. But kueh kodok (banana fritters) is one of the favourite snack in my home.  Here's my recipe:

6 nos bananas (mashed)
3 tbsp sugar (less if your bananas are really sweet)
pinch of salt
250g - 300g plain flour
oil for frying

Method:
1. Mix all the ingredients together.
2. Use an ice-cream scoop or just a spoon, drop the batter into the hot oil. Deep fry it till golden brown.
3. You can eat it plain or sprinkle icing sugar on top of it.

3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / As Easy As 123 Jam Recipe on: January 06, 2011 08:47:27 PM
Here's a easy recipe which I improvised.
The only thing which I have to hunt for is the jam setter. It really helps to set the jam.  The rest of the ingredients, I can find it at home.
All you need is:
cherries (remove seeds)
sugar
jam setter
a pot to boil the jam

As I am not a sweet person, here's how I measured the sugar for my cherry jam.
For every 1 cup of cherries, I use 3/4 cup of sugar. One of my buddies said that its too sweet but I read that you need the sugar to ensure that the jam does not spoil.
Simmer the cherries with sugar in a pot for about 30 mins or so.
Add in the jam setter and stir.  
Let it cool.
Taa-daa....you have your own homemade jam!!! Smiley

Here's a photo of my homemade cherry jam:

4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pullman Bread on: January 05, 2011 03:45:41 AM
Hi there!!!

I was wondering if there's a way to do pullman bread without a pullman bread pan?  I was wondering if there's a trick in the trade which is used by bakers when they are out of pullman bread pans?

Thanks and happy baking!
jp
5  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Cheap Fabric Shops in Melbourne on: January 05, 2011 03:35:48 AM
Hello there!!!

I am wondering if there's any cheap fabric shops in Melbourne.  I managed to get a printed Dora and Ben10 fabric for nearly $8 per meter and a stripe cotton fabric at $2 per meter (Xmas sales) at Spotlight.  I am very new in sewing and so far, I only managed to sew a simple dress and a simple pants for my kids.

Any suggestions?

Thank you!!!

Happy New Year 2011!!!

Cheers,
jp Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / What's The Correct Way To Trace/Draw A Pattern on: January 03, 2011 04:56:34 AM
Hi Everyone,

I am very new in sewing and I have been looking at all the beautiful photos of clothes that is made by all the members in the adults and kids' sections.  My other half bought me a Toyota sewing machine and my 2 kids have chosen their materials - Ben10 (pants for my son) and Dora (dress for my daughter). 

Apologies if I sound silly and ignorant....I really want to know how do I trace or draw a pattern for my daughter's sundress?  I tried but I think I got it wrong.  However, I think I managed to trace it correctly for my 4 year old son as its a pants.  I am not sure if I am correct to say that it does not matter if the front and the back is of the same as he is only 4 years old.  Please correct me if I am wrong though.

Hope to hear from you guys soon!!!

Happy New Year 2011!!!

Take care,
jp
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Omurice (Japanese Fried Rice Wrapped in Egg) on: July 27, 2007 10:07:13 PM


Recipe from about.com

1/2 lb. chicken breast
1 onion
1 green peppers
4 white mushrooms
4 tbsps ketchup
salt and pepper to season
1 tbsp vegetable oil
4 eggs
4 cups steamed Japanese rice

Method:
Dice chicken, green pepper, mushrooms, and onion. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan and saute diced chicken. Add diced onion, mushrooms, and green pepper in the frying pan and saute together. Add steamed rice in the pan and mix. Sprinkle salt and pepper, add ketchup and mix well.
Heat another frying pan and put some vegetable oil. Whisk an egg in a bowl and pour the egg in the frying pan. Quickly spread the egg in the frying pan and make a thin, large, and round omelet. Place chicken rice in the middle of the omelet and fold top and bottom sides of omelet over the chicken rice. Cover the frying pan with a plate and turn them over to place the omerice in the plate. Repeat step 7-11 to make four plates of omurice. Put some ketchup on top of omurice.

Hope you guys will love it as much as we do! Wink
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Soft Breadmachine Buns on: July 26, 2007 12:07:05 AM
An easy breadmachine recipe which I found from recipezaar.  DH just loves this delicious buns.  Once the buns are baked, we can get creative....

1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon fast rising yeast
1/4 cup olive oil
3 3/4 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten

Method:
Just throw everything into the breadmachine and press "dough" function.

Buns hot from the oven...


Egg Mayo Buns...


Thanks for looking! Wink
9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Awesome to Have Found Craftster!!! on: July 22, 2007 06:48:47 AM
Hello there!!!

Its just plain awesome to have found such a wonderful forum.  OMG, OMG, OMG...this is just awesome!!! I can learn so much from everyone here.

A little about myself...I am a SAHM (for the time being) as I wanted to give my all to my DS who has just turn one.  DH loves me being a SAHM too as he keeps mentioning that he gets to eat and drink and savour lots of different types of food and drinks... Grin Grin Grin Besides being in the kitchen, I have started sewing.  Its very new to me though and I am so glad to have found so many awesome and gifted people here.

Hope to get to know you all soon! Smiley
10  COOKING / Dessert / Cupcake Birthday Cake on: July 22, 2007 06:15:49 AM
I think DH is just sick of me making him a standard round or square birthday cake each year.  And since he loves cupcakes, he actually hinted to me that he wants cupcakes this year.  So, in a rush, I made this.  He was really happy and finished the cupcakes within a day. Grin  I tend to make max 6 cupcakes per time so that DH can have fresh cupcakes all the time.

http://bp1.blogger.com/_9T47K6ymA_A/RqG4j4j_OAI/AAAAAAAAAB0/u0x-7pqzy_Q/s320/20Jul03.jpg

Hope you guys like it & thanks for looking! Smiley
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