IF: Hibernate

September 30th, 2011
Illustration Friday: Hibernate

30 September 2011

I love watching Little Bee sleep. She looks so peaceful… so unlike when she’s awake… and I join with her afternoon hibernation as I need to rejuvenate myself.

Thinking of adding colours to my drawing… we’ll see…

IF: Ferocious

September 24th, 2011
"Illustration Friday: Ferocious"

24 September 2011


IF: Boundaries (Second Entry)

September 11th, 2011

I was waiting for Little Bee to fall asleep and was wondering if we might need to take her to our bed again tonight. She had a really high temperature last night and I’d rather her be with me when she’s ill.

Then I thought about all three of us on the bed and how Hubby must wish that there is a bit more space. Don’t get me wrong, the bed is big enough if we keep to our space but, for a little person, Little Bee tends to take up half of the bed!

Then I started thinking about sibblings squabbling… and if you have to share your room with your sibbling, don’t you wish you could actually build a wall in between when they start to annoy you? Wonder if that idea ever crossed my older brother’s mind.

Illustration Friday Boundaries (Second Entry)

11 September 2011


IF: Boundaries (Little Bee)

September 9th, 2011

As she just turned two, Little Bee still hasn’t grasped the concept of colouring in the boundaries. She loves colouring in though :)

Illustration Friday Boundaries (Little Bee)

IF: Boundaries

September 9th, 2011

I’m sure most parents use the naughty step/corner method and I am no different… the only thing is, Little Bee’s naughty step/corner isn’t a step or a corner. It’s just an area outside the kitchen door as I spend most of the time in the kitchen, and when I’m cross with her, I don’t want her to be in my area but still keep an eye on her.

The thing is, Little Bee seem to know that there is an invisible boundary around her naughty area that she would stay there until I go to her. And as she is two, the maximum time for her is two minutes. After the two minutes I’ll go to her, talk things through with her and we hug.

All is then fine until the next time.

Illustration Friday Boundaries

9 September 2011

IF: Mysterious

September 4th, 2011

I was thinking of monsters, mystery novels, halloween and things like that. Mysterious… unexplained things…

Little Bee turned two on Friday… and I can’t explain the love that I feel for her. I guess that is the bond between a mother and child… you just can’t explain how a little person is able to turn your life upside down but yet you would do just anything for that child.

Illustration Friday Mysterious

04 September 2011

Little Bee… Mama loves you sooooooooo much… even though she screams at you on a daily basis.

Lemony Vanilla Cupcakes

September 1st, 2011

I spent the evening baking. I spent the morning decorating. And Little Bee and her Busy Bee friends at the Nursery had a wonderful little party.

Lemony Vanilla Cupcakes


226g unsalted butter, room temperature
190g unrefined granulated sugar
6 eggs
2tsp vanilla essence
Zest from 2 lemons
390g plain flour
3tsp baking powder
1/2tsp salt
120ml milk

226g unsalted butter, room temperature
370g unrefined icing sugar
2tsp vanilla essence
2tbsp milk
Food colouring

  1. Preheat the oven at 180C or gas mark 4.
  2. In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time and beat them well into the mixture. Beat in the vanilla essence and lemon zest.
  3. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt into the wet mixture, a bit at a time, alternating with the milk and mix gently.
  4. This mixture will make 24 ordinary size cupcakes and about 72 mini cupcakes. Line the cupcake tray with paper liner and evenly fill each cup half full. Put them in the middle of the oven and bake for about 17 minutes for normal size cupcakes or 12 minutes for mini cupcakes; or the skewer inserted into the cupcakes comes out clean.
  5. Remove from oven and place them on a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.
  6. For the icing, cream the butter and vanilla essence. Gradually beat the sugar in. Add the milk and continue beating for about 3 minutes until the mixture is nice and fluffy. Tint the frosting with desired food colouring. I divided the mixture into two so I could use two different colours.
  7. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and add other edible decorations to your heart’s content!