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Ingredients

1/2 cup butter (softened)
2/3 cup organic raw cane sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
280ml  plain yogurt
1/2 cup cherry jam *
1 cup frozen cherry  (may half the cherries) *

* may be replaced with another type of berries or fruits such as peach & mango

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 175 °C.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter,  sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
3. Beat in the egg until smooth.
4. Combine the flour, baking soda, and baking powder in another bowl.
5. Stir  in flour mixture into the batter alternately with the yogurt and cherry jam.
6. Coat cherries with a thin layer of flour.
7. Stir in the cherries and spread the batter into the prepared pan.
8. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until  a skewer inserted into the centres comes out clean.

(Inspired by various yogurt cake recipes found in AllReciple.com)

Bunny Mum’s Feedback

Very moist, fluffy and light cake. If I ever do it again, I will make it with muffin tray or loaf pan instead of bundt pan which makes the center of the cake crumble easily as the texture of the cake is very light.

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Bunny Gal is 19 months old today and it is always Bunny Dad and Bunny Mum’s intention to start her on ONE enrichment class/playgroup with simple objectives as follows:

  1. improve social skills with adults and other kids
  2. learn to take in instructions
  3. have fun – songs & dances, art & craft
  4. group activities

We do not wish to burden Bunny Gal with various classes or any homework at such a young age.  We also noticed that Bunny Gal tends to learn faster from living examples and via our conversation instead of books or flashcards. She can understand us very well in both English and Mandarin plus recently she will repeat after us whenever we teach her simple words by pointing at the object. In addition, she has been very pro-active nowadays where she will also point at different objects and says “see..” – her way of asking us “What is this?”. This gives us great opportunities to teach her new words!

Back to the enrichment class selection. Basically there are few different approaches in KL market :

Right brain / Flashcards Approach

Using Flashcards to give appropriate brain stimulation to bring out the innate human abilities such as: photographic memory, creativity, perfect pitch in music, multi-languages for language mastery and lightning rapid calculation abilities. Parents are required to carry out proposed course related activities with their kids at home everyday for at least 30 minutes. Examples : Shichida, Heguru and Glenn Doman

Remarks : No doubt that flashcards good learning tools for a reason and Bunny Gal loves to play with the iPad version on and off but we never and do not intend to set a time slot for flashcards on daily basis like some parents do. We just want Bunny Gal to have fun and strictly no homework!

Playgroup / Babygym Approach

Allow kids to have fun, explore, acquire skills, experience success, and build self-esteem through active play experience such as baby gym, songs, etc. Examples : Gymboree and Kizsport

Remarks : Bunny Gal didn’t enjoy the trial class at Kizsport – she was totally lost control and not following the class at all. We also skipped Gymboree as we were rather turned off by their hard sell marketing strategy.

Musical Approach

Introduce and educate kids to the adventure of music then moves at her pace, pausing to engage her interests, nurture her gifts and celebrates her discoveries. Examples : Kindermusik, Musikgarden and Musikhauz

Remarks : Didn’t manage to attend the trial class as planned. Some friends and relatives recommended this approach based on their own experience. A less stressful of learning (vs flashcards based) w/o going wild (playgroup based).

Learning Center Approach

Classes are conducted in a classroom with a collection of activities and materials for kids to explore and play with independently, individually or in groups, or with teacher’s direction. Examples : Julia Gabriel and Lorna Whistorn

Remarks : Julie Gabriel has weekly bilingual Play Club for 18 months till 2.5 years old with a curriculum structured around letters of the alphabet and key Mandarin words, numbers, shapes and colours – all organised in interesting child-centred themes and translated through activities such as indoor and outdoor play, music, art and craft, hands-on pre-science activities, stories, speech, drama and snack. BTW Lorna Whistorn is no longer running classes for kid below 4 years old (unable to renew the licence – not sure why), not an option for us at all.

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Based on the remarks listed above, one can easily figured out that Julia Gabriel is the winner of ” Bunny Enrichment Class Contest”. Bunny Gal had just attended her 1st class on last Saturday and clearly she had lots of fun. Pictures sound louder than words.

Warming up and observing what’s others are doing.

Clapping while yelling “yeah!”

Bunny Gal’s 1st Artwork – maybe Bunny Mum should frame it up!

Guess what’s in the goodie bag?

Everything comes with a price tag… RM1,625 for a start and only good for a 10-week term

Ingredients

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup organic raw cane sugar
4 eggs
1 cup fresh milk
65g butter
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract

Method

1. Preheat oven to 175 °C.
2. Heat milk and butter  in a small saucepan until just boiling, then remove from heat and set aside.
3. Beat eggs until foamy, then add sugar. Continue beating on medium-high speed until thick and lemon colored.
4. Add vanilla, reduce mixer speed to medium and add hot milk in a steady stream.
5. Quickly sift in flour and baking powder.
6. Pour into a  round pan. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centres comes out clean and springy to the touch.

(Adapted from Nannie’s Hot Milk Sponge Cake/AllRecipe.com)


Bunny Mum’s Feedback

This cake gives a milky flavour with moist yet light texture. I have reduced the sugar by 50% from the original recipe yet I still find it a little sweet despite others (including my super healthy conscious Bunny Grandma) told me it’s  just nice. One may replace full cream milk and butter with skim milk and margarine in order to achieve the HiCal Low Fat version of this cake.

Bunny Gal celebrated her BIG ONE some 7 months ago and it’s all Bunny Mum’s fault for taking so long to put up a post to document down such important milestone in Bunny Gal’s life.

Venue : Avanti Italian-American Ristorante, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
Date :  6 June 2010 (Sunday)
Theme : Winnie The Pooh & Friends

Extended family members and close friends were gather together to sing birthday song for Bunny Gal and showered her with gifts and best wishes.

Centerpiece of this wonderful birthday party



Birthday Gal

Cake Cutting Moment

Birthday Gal and Bunny Mum

Bunny Dad, may I have a sip of Champagne?

Happy Bunny Family

Busy checking out her presents…


Birthday Gal & Her Presents


Trying out her new car

Recently Bunny Dad and Bunny Mum have been bringing Bunny Gal to Kidzsports Playland for her to explore and play. She really love the slide, ball pool and swing at the Toodler Zone. One should witness the big smile on Bunny Gal’s face in order to know how happy she was when she slide down onto the ball pool and on the swing.

Since then, Bunny Dad and Bunny Mum have been contemplating whether to put up a small version of Kidzsports Playland at home so that Bunny Gal can
have access to the Playland anytime. After checking out the 2 brands used by Kidsports (Step 2 and Grow’n Up) as well as the cheaper version sold in Carrefour/Giant, we decided to go for Grow’s Up – value for money without compromising on the quality of the product. Coupled with some other interesting toys sponsored by Bunny GongGong, Bunny Grandma and etc, Bunny Gal is now owning her own Bunny Playland.

Let’s see what she has in her Bunny Playland.

Fiat C500 Electric car
(with functional forward and reverse gear, headlight, reverse light, steering wheel, paddle and horn)


Bouncy Musical Bear

 

Ride-A-Pony

Grow’n Up Slide & Swing Set



Inflatible Toy House

Other than the above, she has a inflatible swimming pool (3ft depth) and many other smaller toys such as educational toys from Vrtech and Leapfrog, kitchen utentils & teapot set from ELC, soft-toys, musical instruments (keyboard and xelophone), Megabloks and etc.

So what’s next?

A bigger store room to store all Bunny Gal’s toys!