Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Baking

My reports are DONE!!!

DONE I tell you!

Finally, it's time to unwind, slow down my pace of life and do some of the things I enjoy.

Let's start with some baking.

I have done Christmas baking every year since I was in university, as far as I can remember.  Some years have been more intense than others but I think it is a part of getting into the Christmas spirit.  In Singapore it is especially hard to get excited for the holidays because of how bloody HOT it is.

So what's on my list this year??

A second round of Pumpkin Cheesecake - because it just went over so well at Thanksgiving.

Also, a second round of Pumpkin cookies, though slightly modified to incorporate the popular Christmas trend of "thumbprints" - more on that later.

Gingerbread, because Christmas just wouldn't be the same without it.  Plus they are so much fun to decorate!

Peppermint Pinwheels

Holiday chip cookies - I paid $8 for the blasted "holiday" M&M's so these better turn out amazing!!

Stay tuned for recipes - and likely photos of me with icing all over my face....

Sunday, December 4, 2011

10 Things I love about Singapore

1. I have a pool and I can use it any day of the year.

2. My students are from pretty much every country in the world and don't feel the need to start some violent gang about it.

3.  The Indian food is amazing.  And served on an ACTUAL Banana Leaf.

4. An early morning run as the sun rises along my favourite route - leafy trees covering the path and a canal alongside.

5. I can fly to Thailand (or Malaysia, Indonesia...) for the weekend and pay around $100 US for a plane ticket.

6. Being able to buy my movie tickets in advance (and pick my own seat too!).  No more getting to the theatre 30 minutes before the movie starts!

7.  An unbelievably clean, efficient and reliable transit system.  I can get to work for about $1.50 and not have to step on anything unpleasant or deal with weird smells (what is up with the smell of the TTC by the way?)

8.  The influence of other cultures, specifically Australian.  How did I ever live before experiencing Bundaburg Ginger Beer, Soft Licorice, or my good friend, Kathryn? :)

9.  Obviously, the amount of money we're able to save.  We wouldn't be here if that wasn't a factor...would we?

10.  The Singapore Zoo!  I love, love, love this place!  I feel like getting a membership, actually.  There is something so magical about those Orangutans.