Posted in "ME" time

Enjoying ME time

Ssshhh! The boys are now sleeping! It’s ME time…

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Green tea + Peanut butter cookies = Sayaness!!

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Read..Read..Read

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Posted in Learning through play, Our little man, Parenting style, Summer Ideas

Summer activity – Playing with Lego

The simplest of toys that can be used in the most different ways are the best value.

LEGOS are an ideal educational toy for toddlers as they can provide each of the elements needed to stimulate learning while providing simple fun.

Legos have come out big time around our house as little A has shown interest again and happily spend a good amount of time playing independently..

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he wants to build a tower..and he’s talking to me while he’s building one
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Mommy look it’s a tall building

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he thinks that the small figurine is him..
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he’s putting his building inside the box and realized that it’s not fit
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that’s whay he needs to remove the blocks one by one.. legos can be a good sample of problem solving too
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finished!!

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In choosing toys for young children let’s not forget the basics! Give them blocks, Legos and other types of building sets and watch their confidence grow along with their creations!

Posted in Our little man, Summer Ideas

Summer activity – Freej Village

To enjoy the special atmosphere of the holy month of Ramadan why not head over to Al Majaz Waterfront to see the four lovable main characters (Um Saeed, Um Saloom, Um Allawi and Um Khammas.) of the Middle East’s first 3D animated TV series — Freej Village.

Freej Village, the UAE’s most famous cartoon TV series is live in Al Majaz Waterfron from July 22 running till Eid Al Fitr.There will be several events and activities to keep the visitors engaged, including workshops for children, a photo booth for taking fun snaps with Freej themes and backgrounds, a fun-filled parade, traditional Emirati food, and lots of games and entertainment for adults and children alike.

This cartoon TV series is  a mirror of  UAE’s rich history, it’s reflection of their traditional and cultural ambiance, as well as folk arts and tales about the living and social conditions of their ancestors.

Freej Village opens at Al Majaz Waterfront from 9pm to 1am daily

Posted in Fine Motor skills, Learning through play, Our little man, Sensory skills, Summer Ideas

Summer activity – Marble Run

I was supposed to throw this empty box when I stumbled upon Made by Joel blog.  I thought it would be cool to take the project one step further and attempt to craft a marble run. I was elated seeing empty box turned into something fun. The instruction was very easy that even a not- so -crafty – person can create one for their toddler.

Whether we are out and about or at home I  had to think of something to keep little A busy. A  fun learning activity that will keep him entertain and enjoy for hours.

And the best thing – it’s inexpensive.

I love the creative energy it creates for him! It’s very satisfying watching the marbles race down the track.

This simple craft is also a great way to help develop a child’s physical small motor skills as well as hand – eye coordination.

Posted in For the love of baking, Summer Ideas

Summer delights – Cream Cheese Brownies

I love to bake.   I mostly bake cookies, muffins, cupcakes, etc.  Nothing fancy.I just enjoy doing it especially on weekends whenever we don’t have plans to go out.  I never enrolled myself to any formal classes but I remember using cake box when I was starting. But as old cliché goes “practice makes progress”.

When I first baked the cream cheese brownies it was so palpak since then I never tried adding cream cheese on my sweets except of course from my fave cream cheese vanilla frosting.When I have free time, there’s nothing I like better to do than mess around the kitchen. We decided to bake these because we have in our pantry everything that the recipe calls for.

Brownie Layer:

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

4 ounces (115 grams) unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

1 1/4 cups (250 grams) granulated white sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1/2 cup (65 grams) all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Layer:

8 ounces (227 grams) full fat cream cheese, at room temperature

1/3 cup (65 grams) granulated white sugar

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 large egg

Cream Cheese Brownies: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) and place the rack in the center of the oven. Have ready a 9 inch (23 cm) square baking pan that has been lined with aluminum foil.

In a heatproof bowl, placed over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the butter and chocolate. Remove from heat and stir or whisk in the sugar and vanilla extract. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the flour and salt and stir vigorously until the batter is smooth and glossy (about one minute). Remove 1/2 cup (120 ml) of the brownie batter and set it aside. Spread the remainder of the brownie batter evenly onto the bottom of the prepared pan.

Then, in the bowl of your food processor (or with a hand mixer), process the cream cheese just until smooth. Add the sugar, vanilla, and egg and process just until creamy and smooth (do not over process). Spread the cream cheese filling evenly over the brownie layer. Spoon 16 small dollops (4 rows with 4 dollops of brownie batter in each row) of the reserved brownie batter evenly on top of the cream cheese filling. Run a knife or wooden skewer back and forth through the two batters until you have a marble effect.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until the brownies are set and the cream cheese is just beginning to brown. (A toothpick inserted into the brownie comes out with just a few moist crumbs.) Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely. Then cover and refrigerate the brownies until they are firm enough to cut into squares (several hours or even overnight). Once chilled, remove the brownies from the pan by lifting with the ends of the foil and transfer to a cutting board. With a sharp knife, cut into 16 squares. It is a good idea to have a damp cloth nearby to wipe your knife between cuts. These brownies can be stored in the refrigerator for several days. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Makes about 16 – 2 inch (5 cm) brownies

For visual guidelines you may visit http://www.joyofbaking.com