March 4, 2011

Unambitious Baker

I've been stuck at home for more than a week now and frankly, I'm getting  restless. I mean, it's great to spend time with the kids and watch cartoon all day long but when I think about my thesis, I get so uptight and worried.
To keep myself occupied, I decided to try my hand at baking. When did this happen? Two days ago, when I almost killed myself watching Yo Gabba Gabba. Before last week, the invasion of Yo Gabba Gabba in our household was minimal because the kids didn't watch a lot of TV. Now that the school's closed, they're getting heaps of YGG.



Okay. Let me tell you why I hate it. The show is about 5 monsters and DJ Lance going around teaching kids some positive stuff. The teaching part is fine but the rest is NOT. First of all, the songs are so monotonous and annoying. They get in my head and give me the worst migraine ever. Especially that song "party in my tummy". The person who composed that number is a total moron.  Second reason. The way DJ Lance talks to his entourage is so annoying. His giant teeth and silly glasses are so damn annoying. Period. How about the five monsters who sing and dance with DJ Lance? A-N-N-O-Y-I-N-G. Now, if there's anything in the world I can't stand, it's this show. I don't know why the kids love it so much. Whenever it's on, their eyes are glued to the screen in a hypnotic manner. It's kind of scary.

If you've never seen Yo Gabba Gabba, you should count yourself lucky.

Now where was I? Oh yes. Baking. I had so much fun baking last week that I wanted to do it again and again. To impress hubby, I decided to bake cute litlle cupcakes all by myself. This means, getting a recipe and  starting from scratch. I planned to do exactly that but when I thought about the pain of measuring the ingredients and my tendency of going overboard with the baking powder, I decided not to take the risk. At this stage, my emotion is so fragile, a cup-cake disaster could crush me.

So I did what's sensible and bought this.


Since I didn't own a muffin tray, I had to get one from the supermarket. I was about to purchase a $29.90 cupcake tray and a mixing bowl when I suddenly ask myself,  how often do I bake anyway? The fact is, I'm not really into baking and the last time I did was two years ago. Based on that reflection, I decided to scrimp and get my supplies at a thrift shop. The charity shop at Blenheim Road was a perfect place to start.

My mission was to get a muffin tray and a round cake pan but when I got there, my shopping list multiplied. They've expanded the store and added  heaps and heaps of stuff! For someone whose mom is a hoarder, I found it so hard to resist. 






After an hour  of scavenging, I decided to buy these...

 
A cake pan and cookie shapers


An old cup cake tray and another cake pan



A serving dish


  
Everything for $10.00. After that very theurapeutic session, I went home and started baking. Step 1 was mixing packet A with water, butter and egg. Step 2 was pouring the batter into the cupcake liners in the muffin tray. Step 3 was popping the muffin tray into the oven. And then I was done. The best part was spreading the icing on the cupcakes.  

The batter

All done!


Alden getting impatient


Yeah. I had a lot of fun. It kept my mind occupied and it made me forget about Yo Gabba Gabba. I think with a few more practice,  I could pull off that lemon cheese cake recipe Carol was telling me about. Now wouldn't that be something!

15 comments:

Isabel said...

congratulation on your success in baking cupcakes! They look yummy you know! :)

CathJ said...

Your cuppies are soo perfect!!! Good job!!! ^_^

oh my.. the show was like freaking me out too (padahal belum nampak)... but by the way you describe.. I must be aware with the title.. hahahahha...

But frankly speaking.. my boy watching a cartoon show the same 1 ... again and again and again... make me sick! and migraine.. that is 1 fine cartoon series (like mickey and Garfield).. I don't know what will happen if he watching that show you mentioned... hahahhaha...

Lizeewong said...

Thanks Isabel. I don't think it would turn our that way if I had made it from scratch ;)

Cath-Thanks moi! Hehehe. Perfect pasal dari kotak ba tu. Kalau sendiri buat tia tau la apa jadi.

Oh lucky you. Your boy belum jumpa this show. It's on Nick Jr. Alden and Alva love it! But I can't stand it oh. Feel like screaming when DJ Lance sings a song. Kurus gila lagi tu, mcm alien.

My boy pun suka watch the same show again and again. Buli sot kan? He loves Dora now. That girl who loves to ask viewers silly questions.

Amanda Christine Wong said...

LOL bout the Yo Gabba Gabba. Im tempted to Youtube it, but scared it will scar me for life. haha.

dgnoey said...

Lis, terus sy cari tu yo gaba gaba di youtube hehehe...ketawa sy masa tengok tu Party in My Tummy sebab teringat tulisan ko ni hehehe

chegu carol said...

Wah congrats Liz! At least now u can say u have done baking already. The outcome looks perfect to me.

Is it as annoying as the Annoying Orange? Ada my budak 9yo bah asked me if i know that Annoying Orange show. When I said yes, terus that kid annoys me with how he is like the annoying orange everytime im in his class. Cute la tapi kin panas juga kadang2. Hehehe

JIPP said...

Haha. The way you describe how u hate Yo Gabba Gabba so much makes me wanna watch it now. I'll go find a CD. :-P Anyway, nice baking Liz. I think it really is a good thing to do to occupy ur time considering how Christchurch is still the the emergency state. They look yummy.

Lizeewong said...

Manda - Smart girl! Don't ever watch that show. The songs stick in your head XD

Noey- HAhahaha...Bida betul tu DJ Lance kan??? Nda tahan oh sia tingu dia tu.

Kay- OMG. There's another show called the Annoying Orange??? Never knew that.

Btw, the cake tu nothing to be proud of Kay. Main buyuk juga, ambi dr cake mix :P

Jipp- Seriously???Ba, don't say I didn't warn you ah! hehehe

gunsirit said...

Hmmm...How I wish to have a ,long holiday like you..ehhehe

Octavia said...

Doi never heard of Yo Gabba Gabba and Annoying Orance oh.. My life now is just Barney and the Blues Clues. And my jingle is the I Love You Barney song...Annaleeze makes me sing it non-stop every night until she sleeps woh....;(

p/s congrats on the success of ur cuppies heheheh

Octavia said...

Liz, i googled Yo Gabba Gabba ody...I HATE IT TOOO hahahha..and i only watched one you tube segment...

Erin Gray said...

thats a yummy cuppies!
Yo Gabba Gabba annoying, tu charactars dia suma pun mcm bikin takut gia tue...hv u watch night in the garden? Macca Pakka? Opsidaisy? hahaha..my niece minat abis ni show...paning! and nw sia addicted to Dora! "we did it! we did it! Hooray!"

Now i want to google Annoying Orange...hahaha...

oya, u want more annoying kids cartoon? cuba mai ko tgk Peppa Pig...

Lizeewong said...

Oct - Si Alden is over with Barney suda.He was obssessed with it when he was 3. Now he loves YGG, Dora and Blues Clues. I think kids his age like those cartoon yg tanya byk questions. Obvious qs.

Told you YGG is mulau.

Erin - Yo Gabba Gabba annoying gila kan? That annoying orange is EVIL oh. The face is scary - Freddy Kruger-ish hehehe..

Mackka pakka? Yes. Mcm teletubbies kan. Alden used to love watching that but not anymore. Syukur la!

Ya. My kids love Dora too. I can speak a bit of spanish now amiga. Hehe "say click, take a pick!"

Abdullah said...

Waah.. pandai juga ko buat cupcake.. Faham-faham la bah.. *wink wink*.. hahahaha

TheWanderingSumandak said...

I LOLed hard at this. I don't know what this yo gaba gaba stuff is either! Oh well, old generation is always lagging behind I s'posed! I don't get the 'party in the tummy' thingy. Maybe the composer was having winds? constipation? diarrhea perhaps?
on a side note, congrats on the baking. hehehe..me, i dunno how to bake. pandai ja makan..