FFWD | Rice pudding and caramel apples

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I’m late again! But it’s better late than never.

I’d never thought that I would like rice pudding but I thought I should just try this and surprisingly it’s good. Rice pudding or riz au lait as Dorie revealed is what little children grow up on and what adults crave for when they want comfort. This rice pudding can be served in little canning jars or martini glasses.

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For this recipe, Arborio rice is first precooked in water then in milk to achieve a creamy and slight chewy state. This is quite an easy recipe though it takes time to make it. And since I’ve no martini glasses, I’ll reuse my jam jars. ;p

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This is a weekly attempt at French food via French Fridays with Dorie. If you are interested in French cooking, why not join us?

Cake Topper/ Doll Making Workshop

IMG_2562Hello! How adorable are these wooden dolls which act as cake toppers too!

I first caught sight of these dolls such as this through etsy as I was looking for cake toppers a few months ago. They can be rather expensive and I was looking to doing them on my own. However, due to a lack of time, I couldn’t source for the materials and gave up the idea until Jasmine ran a giveaway on her FB page. Participated but didn’t win. However, that did not deter me from joining the workshop. Da man knew that I love to attend such workshops and gave his blessing while my in-laws and he took over to care of baby Faith. It’s ME time! Woohoo!

So, I made my way down to A for Arbite which is the hosting site for the event. I was the first to arrive for the workshop (eager!) and had a quick bite before the class commenced.

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Liza and her family came shortly and what a joy to have great company!

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The workshop was conducted by Wei Mum of Little Craft Loft and I was so amazed by the ‘barang barang’ that that were needed to do up these dolls. When I say ‘amazed’, I mean I’m captivated because all the stuff are what you will use when you do craftwork = KAWAII! They include cloth, stickers, ribbons, etc.

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So, the steps (in summary) involved in making these dolls:

First, you outline the facial features.

First, you outline the facial features.

Then, you paint it and glaze it.

Then, you paint it and glaze it.

Prepare the clothes!

Prepare the clothes!

The finishing touch.

The finishing touch.

Wei Mun is a very patient instructor and because of that, I enjoyed the session a lot. I’ve got great company – Liza and her hubby, Winston, and little Xander! My lunch was paid for by this generous and funny family too. How blessed I am!

LIza and Winston

LIza and Winston

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So, the cake toppers were done and they will be part of the cake which I will be baking for Faith’s first birthday. What a good way to spend my weekend and a very relaxing one to have my ME time. Love it!

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Do check out Little Craft Loft for more updates and perhaps you might want to make these dolls yourself!