Pet Baby Hedgehog Care

I’m finally done with all my Christmas shopping and baking!  Woohoo!

Bug did a little Christmas shopping as well.  She bought a little Christmas tree for our pet Hedghogs which I think is just too sweet.

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They were just 2 weeks old when we got them, so small, so cute but I now realize that they were too young to be separated from their parents and sold at the pet shop. They still need lots of warmth and they still can’t really eat their normal food at that time.   So we fed them mashed up cat food twice a day and provided them with some old socks since they like to hide and a heat pad.

Fast forward 3 weeks later and here they are!  Thriving and healthy and still very cute!  Meet Norbie and Chillie, our pet hedgehogs!

Norbie and Chillie’s Diet now at 1 month old

  • Our left over Baked Chicken
  • Pork soup with meat
  • Canned Cat food : Salmon and tuna
  • Scrambled Egg

They don’t need heat pads at this age but they still need to be in a warm place provided with a warm blanket.

Heat pad alternative — Water bottle filled with warm water ( cheap but need to be changed once the water cools down )

Thank you guys for reading and Merry Christmas!

Christmas Baking 2015 | Christmas Cookies

Last batch of Gingerbread men I’ll be baking for this year’s Christmas.

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If you’re interested in baking a batch, click the recipe with pictures and video right HERE

Enjoy your Happy Holidays beautiful people!

Christmas Elves | Christmas Tradition | Best Gingerbread Cookies!

It’s Gingerbread time again! How about creating beautiful Christmas memories in the kitchen this year?!

This delicious gingerbread men recipe is kid chef friendly and a guarantee to improve your kids creative potential.

Gingerbread Men Recipe

DRY INGREDIENTS
3 3/4 Cups All purpose Flour
3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
2 teaspoon ginger powder

WET INGREDIENTS
1.5 Cups Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 large Egg
1/3 Cup + 1 Tablespoon Molasses ( can be substitute with honey )
2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients together and set aside.

Using the electric mixer on medium high speed, cream butter till light then add in the sugar.  Cream until light and fluffy then add in 1 egg.  Mix well then add in the molasses and vanilla extract.  Mix well then spoon in half of the dry ingredients.  Mix well then add the rest of the dry ingredients.

Divide the dough into 3 parts and wrap it in sandwich bag or cling wrap. (The dough will be very wet.) Refrigerate for about an hour or even overnight.

Preheat the oven at 350 degree

Dust your work space with some flour and knead the dough until it’s not so sticky to handle.  Roll the dough to about 1/8 inch thick in between parchment paper then use gingerbread cookie cutter to make shapes, remove the excess dough then place shaped dough on the baking tray.  ( please watch the video if you don’t understand )

Note: Kids may need lots of parchment papers cut into about bond paper size sheets during the rolling of the dough to make it easier for their little hands to handle.

Bake for 8 minutes for a scrumptiously chewy cookies;  And about 10minutes for a scrumptiously crunchy cookies.  Let the cookies cool down at room temp. before lifting them up from the pan.  Once cooled, time to DECORATE with lots of colorful royal icing !

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Royal icing recipe and lots more sample decorations HERE

After decorating your cookies with icings and sweets, let it set completely at room temperature, which will take about an hour depending on the thickness of your icing.

Finally, store the cookies in airtight container  between parchment papers for up to 1.5 weeks.

Don’t forget to leave some for Santa 🙂

 

New Year Vacation

Good morning and Happy New Year Everyone!

My first vlog.  Our trip to Tagaytay Highlands this New Year.   We had a wonderful time enjoying the super cold weather.  We stayed in our charming log cabin up in the mountain surrounded by thousands of fresh pine trees.  We went back home just in time to enjoy the fabulous fireworks in our village.

How did you end your 2014? Hope you had fun!

Happy New Year!

The true meaning of Christmas and a Christmas Cake

At first I was planning to do a fat Santa Clause stuck on the chimney type of cake or maybe a snowy reindeer cake.   But three Sundays ago in church while I was battling my concentration between the priest and my three year old I heard the priest said “Its Christmas.  Happy Birthday Lord Jesus, God. Here’s my gift to you,,.”  This was kind of a wake up realization for me.  It reminded me that the child of Christmas IS GOD. Christmas is all about Him.

Then all sorts of questions popped up

Where the H did Santa come from? and Gingerbreads? and etc.  How do I make this three year old sit down the entire mass?

I never quite figured out the answers but I knew the type of cake design I wanted to make.   A Nativity Cake.  And if I have the time, I’d want to make it a fruit cake.

Below is a painting I got from the net, it was my inspiration. I love the way the light shined on the stable against the blue starry background and I just had to incorporate those in my Christmas cake.

The humble beginnings of our Lord Jesus is so beautiful.  He was born in a manger on a silent starry night.  This is the true meaning of Christmas and the very first Christmas.

My Nativity cake features fondant figures of an Angel, Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus and two sheep.  I put a tiny light bulb in the manger for the special effect.  Then I painted the background in a piece of corrugated board to complete the whole picture. It turned out looking so PRECIOUS!

Please check out my cake video below and turn up your volume.  Towards the end I also added some scenes from my daughters Christmas performance with her classmates, they celebrated the true meaning of Christmas.  Bless them!

Last December 8.  A typhoon hit my country again, Typhoon Ruby.  Thank God it wasn’t like last year’s Typhoon Yolanda.  But still some people died.  One of them was a three month old infant, a huge tree fell right on his bed where he was sleeping.  I was hurt and angry when I saw the news and I pray for his mother that she will find peace and hope ones again.

For those who became homeless and hungry.  Please help them and pray for them as well.  Christmas is not about who we are or what we have.  ” Christmas are always about who we want, hope and strive to be.  They are about us getting together as families.”– by Dr Phil.

My Christmas wish for my family and friends and for all of you, is to find true happiness through things that cannot be found under your Christmas tree but through helping others.

Here’s a beautiful version of the song O Holy Night by Josh Groban.  Every time I watch this I always tear up a little because not only is Groban’s voice fantastic but this movie also shows scenes from the film The Nativity Story, it shows what Christmas is.

Feliz Navidad Readers!