Friday, February 20, 2015

Recipe for the month: Chocolate Chip Cookies

I had the most unexpected rewarding experience recently when my 4 year old offered to help me bake cookies!!! She was keen to learn, offered to add ingredients and had fun mixing. And the look of accomplishment on her face melted my heart…And surprisingly I was laughing at the whole mess created in the kitchen … truly a messy and pivotal moment!  This brought back a lot of nostalgic memories of childhood … remembered how I used to offer to help mom to make cookies… and afterwards licking the mixing bowl! I hope to continue to experience this with my 4 year old as she grows up and give her some beautiful memories to cherish.

Cookies are fun and comforting to bake, easy to carry while traveling and great to gift.  This chocolate chip cookie recipe by far is the closest to the subway cookie texture… soft and chewy… the kind that melts in your mouth.

my 4 year old kept these out assuming she may need these cookie cutters ;)

at this stage she found it hard to mix as the dough starts getting thick and heavy
As soon the cookies were baked and out of the oven, and in 5 mins it started mysteriously disappearing one by one!! Click here for the recipe and it gives a detailed instruction. It's from a great food blog called Sally's Baking Addiction. Enjoy baking these awesome cookies!!
Images are clicked by me


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sanctuary to Relax

Our bedrooms are sanctuaries to relax rest and rejuvenate. It’s a tranquil haven devoid of chaos and worries. To me it’s a soothing oasis to indulge in comfort. So what do you do to create this comforting cocoon?

The key is simplicity and just follow these basic design ideas.

Declutter and Organise: Keep your bedside table and dressing table as clear as possible.
Colour scheme: Choose a neutral colour scheme for your walls that is soothing for your nerves and lifts your spirits.

Bed Linens: Indulge in some good linen that will set you your mood to relax. Choose patterns that will blend well with your linen colour and avoid bright colours. Make sure the fabrics are soft that will make you want to instantly crawl into the bed.

No media: Having a TV or a computer in your bedroom negates the whole purpose of having a restful sleep. This is one point I strongly follow.

Greenery: Try keeping a small indoor plant or some fresh flowers for your room. Just to lift your spirits and mood and it definitely helps to distress.

Furniture: Avoid overcrowding your room with furniture. Stick to essentials like bed, side table and dressing table. And if there is adequate space you can create a seating area.  Make sure all the pieces are proportionate to the size of your room.

Here are some handpicked bedrooms that oozed serenity

Image via HousetoHome

Image via Lonny

Image via Lonny

Image via Lonny

Image via Lonny

Image via Lonny

I hope you achieve the serenity you deserve, to wake up and fall asleep in your bedroom.