Happy Journey

Birthday, Beloved,
One step closer to the gate
To a rendezvous

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It’s my mother’s 77th birthday and she looked so happy when I called through my little brother’s phone. A happy day for all of us finding that she’s still happy and healthy in this age.

She’s a lady of the house. She’s respected by family and neighbours because of her kindness. She’s cheated though by the greed. She’s loved by her children at the same time official enemy of all of them at certain time. I personally have a shade of rivalry against her, she did envy me how I would be closed with and always got constant support from my father. 😂

My friends want to be like her but I don’t. I don’t want to be like her because her life was too tough. She was born in a period of war, raised mostly without a father and be given a lot of ups and downs in her personal journey. Lucky that she was married to a humble, kind, hard working man and they became one of the best couples in our humble world.

Happy birthday, Ibu. I wish you happiness. 💝 Long happy life! See you at our dining table on your 78th birthday. 😘😘😘😘😘😘

Lots of love as always,

Your daughter (stubborn yet sweet) 😊

this is yours, Ibu
this is mine!!!

2017 – Resolution….

New Year is coming…. Again!

Excitement is always there in the cut of a new cycle. Reviewing what’s past, planning what will be…. All emotions are forced to mix just like egg, flour, sugar, milk in a bowl of dough. Just remember putting the right measurement.

So, what baking is for 2017?

Making a chocolate cake, people would want to make a physically beautiful cake tasting good. People love a cake that looks pretty and tastes delicious, am I right?

Like making a beautiful and delicious chocolate cake, that’s what I want my life a head especially my 2017 be like.

I’ve gotta….
Prepare the best ingredients and know how much each of them is needed;
Get ready with the cleanest and most complete tools;
Spend good time in the kitchen;
Concentrate to the processes, never miss any one and do it as instructed;
Be patient.
My chocolate cake is my success in 2017.

Whatever I do, I succeed. And, I know as long as I have the proportion of ingredients and correct processes, I will!

Ok, Friends. Let’s get the ball rolling.

2017, I welcome you…. Please welcome me and be nice to this self.

Gotta spread the love and joy!

Success, success, success!

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Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons King Arthur Flour Black Cocoa, optional
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup strong black coffee (I used Green Mountain Coffee’s Vermont Country Blend)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

How to make:
– Heat oven to 180°F.
– Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or one 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Set aside.
– In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa(s), baking soda, baking powder and salt.
– Mix on low until dry ingredients are thoroughly combined.
– Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for about two minutes; the batter will be thin.
– Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
– Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes for round pans, 35 to 40 minutes for rectangular pan or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
– Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks.
– Cool completely.
– Frost as desired.

Featuring: http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/the-best-chocolate-cake-recipe/
Picture is also taken from the same website. Thank you!!!

Singapore – December 31, 2016 – 6:06pm