A quick review of our busy social calendar this month.
I was making a new batch of playdough for DZ one day when the idea to create a personalized playdough kit for his little friends came to mind. I found some cute child-sized rolling pins and sculpting tools from Art Friend, added in some cookie cutters, candles, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, ice cream sticks and colourful bento picks for creative play and wrapped them up in individual boxes. It was rather labour intensive but we managed to churn out batches of dough over several days. For my adult friends, we made some homemade muesli with the coconut oil and organic raw honey that I got from iherb. To the pile of golden oats, I added sunflower seeds, cranberries and pumpkin seeds for some festive cheer. I thought they make good gifts as these are definitely way faster to make and healthier than cookies.
14 DEC: Play and dinner date with the Tan Tans who were back from KL for the week. I made the French classic Coq Au Vin as the inaugural dish with my newly acquired 28 inch Le Creuset french oven. It was a real pleasure to share the first meal with folks who are equally appreciative of and excited by the beauty and magic of cooking with an exquisite pot. The truth is, I couldn’t bring myself to stomach much of the red wine braised chicken that night after having cooked the same dish twice in a week but the foodie couple enjoyed the meal very much so all the effort was worth it!
Julius enjoyed Elliot’s company so much that he was really upset when it was time for our guests to leave..
16 DEC: Lunch with the Taiwanese mamas gang. We had roast chicken on bed of roasted vegetables, Thai mango salad and fruit agar for desserts while the kids had rice with winter melon soup, steamed broccoli and meatballs.
21 DEC: The Yaps hosted the Boys Club dinner and it was a breakthrough gathering! For the first time ever, the adults were able to sit down at the dining table and enjoyed a proper meal. Of course it helped that we all brought along our helpers who attended to the little people while we stole some moments to eat, drink and chat. But to the boys’ credit, they were mostly well behaved and cooperative that evening. It was a heartwarming sight to see them having fun and playing well together. After all, they’ve practically known one another since birth!
22 DEC: Farewell brunch at W39 with Ted and folks before they fly off to LA for the next 6 months. The invite to visit was super tempting but the 18 hours flight was super daunting too!
23 DEC: Another Taiwanese mamas gathering at another place. Last few gatherings before these peeps start school officially in January!