Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Happy Half Birthday!

A few days ago my LO turned 6 months old!

Past 6 months, or actually add 9 months prior to that, has been an incredible journey and I am extremely happy that we celebrated his half birthday happily and in a good health. Every day we discover something new, be it achieving a new milestone like smiling, rolling over, standing with support, or simply finding out a different aspect of his personality. Every day is so precious I don't want to miss anything.

I made this cake using a simple vanilla cake recipe and a vegan custard cream recipe from the Joy of Vegan Baking (my bible!). I made a whole cake, trimmed the top to make it flat, cut it in half then layered them to make a half cake.
The custard cream was made with corn starch, flour, coconut milk and vanilla extract but incredibly creamy and delicious.

The birthday decoration was from a free printable, retro happy birthday set. I glued two toothpicks between the labels to stick it on the cake. It's really cute. Thank you for sharing :)
sorry baby, you gotta wait for a few more months to be able to eat a cake!

Speaking of food, we started on eating vegetables and fruits last month. Luckily I received baby bullet and its steamer as a gift and have been having fun making all the baby food so far. I'm trying to use organic veggies and fruits if I can but our local groceries don't have organic vegetables of all kinds, so sometimes I have to give in. Too bad :(

What he tried last month: yellow squash, sweet potatoes, avocados, peas, pears and apples - all steamed and pureed in my baby bullet.

To my surprise, he enjoyed all but the apple! He made this sour face as if he had eaten lemon or something (the apple was sweet to my taste, though). I'm pleased to see he devoured peas and avocados - perhaps he remembered the taste cause I ate those a lot during my pregnancy lol

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Giveaway: Inspired Crochet Magazine [Closed]

Congratulations to the winner, who entered via Twitter! And thank you for playing :)

Today, I'd like to share some exciting news with you :) My swirling cat blanket pattern is featured in Inspired Crochet magazine! yay!!

do you spot mine among these wonderful projects?
May is my birthday month, so this is a wonderful early present for me :)

To celebrate, I'm hosting a giveaway for a chance to win one copy of this awesome Inspired Crochet magazine, courtesy of Inspired Crochet magazine. If you win, you can choose any issue you like. You could win the May issue to create your own cat blanket, or pick one of their back issues. I've bought a few back issues myself, and I can say that I indeed felt "inspired" to crochet more!

There are a couple of ways to enter:
1) Leave your answer to the question "what are you crocheting now?" in the comment section in this post with some sort of contact information (email preferred*) that I can use to get in touch with you if you win. Please only one comment per person.

2) Go to Smooch Panda's facebook page, and click the tab "giveaway: inspired crochet magazine", just below the name on top. This will prompt you to "like" us if you haven't done so yet, and then fill out the form to enter.

3) Spread the word about this giveaway on Twitter with @smoochpanda at the end of your tweet (so I can keep track). One tweet per account only, please.

You can just do one (= 1 entry) or do all to earn 3 entries. I'll assign the number with the order I receive notifications for each entry, then pick a random number to see who's the winner. Sounds fun?

Now I'm still building my fan base, so if you enter, there are a higher chance of winning than popular giveaways. So please don't hesitate and join in this fun :)

Thank you. The giveaway ends on May 22nd 2013 11.59pm US CST, so hope to see you soon!

*the email information will be used solely to contact the winner. The winner's email address will be shared with Inspired Crochet magazine so they can send you your copy of the magazine.