Baking, Food, Recipe

Banana cake (with melon seeds & chocolate chip)


Mrs Eio runs out of bread at home. Thank God for frozen bananas in the fridge & so they baked. 

The texture of this cake is moist yet abit springy. El loves it.

Ingredients 

Mixture A (dry ingredients- mix well together): 

  • 2 cups of cake flour
  • Half cup of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of 
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp of salt 

Set aside: half cup of melon seeds 

Mixture B (wet ingredients- mix well together): 

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of canola oil 
  • 1/2 cup of soy milk 
  • 3 frozen bananas (mashed)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven at 180 degree C. 
  2. Pour mixture B into mixture A. Mix well. 
  3. Pour the mixture of A& B intothe baking  tin. 
  4. Sprinkle melon seeds onto the mixture in baking tin. 
  5. Bake for 25 mins. 

Done! Enjoy! 

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Education, Kids/Children

Stories from an Apple 🍎.

Getting Eio kids to eat fruits has been easy these days as they can “self-service”.  

Mrs Eio thought of sharing some pointers she taught the kids using an apple. As a SAHM, having a proper sit-down lesson is a luxury. 

Does Mrs Eio has 21st century competencies, PETALS framework, differentiated learning…(all that she learnt from MOE as a school teacher) blah blah blah.. in mind when she teaches Eio kids? 

Nope.

Most of the time, concepts & “lessons” are taught to the kids amidst of preparing meals, laundry, housework, changing bedsheets etc… best part is.. there’s no need for a lesson plan! Haha. 

Em was told to leave the apple on the plate & to observe the change to the apple after an hour. 

Needless to say, the apple turns brown. A natural question he asked is “why?” 

Here comes our 1st learning point:  

1) oxidisation. 

Mrs Eio showed Eio kids this YouTube video to help them better understand the concept. 

(Photo above: browning of an apple after 1 hour. )

Besides sharing on the oxidisation of apple, Mrs Eio also shared another concepts that are related to apple with Eio kids. 

2) Apple is a fruit. Mrs Eio shared with Eio kids how a flower on an apple tree grows into a fruit. 

3) the story of Isaac Newton’s discovery of gravity! Wallah!! Apple! 

There are many other stories (concepts) one can teach using an apple. 🍎 

Having shared all the above, Mrs Eio thinks Proper “sit-down” learning & intentional teaching are important so Mrs Eio does set aside time for these.

Well… Learning can take place anywhere, anytime but not just from anybody though. 🤔

Education, Family, Kids/Children

My son – the big brother

Mrs Eio is grateful to have Em around to help her take care of El. This is especially true when Mr Eio works overtime or is overseas. 

Disclaimer: To be frank kids being kids, they still bicker, quarrel & fight among themselves.. but there are days, they are simply loving. 😘lol. 

As a SAHM, there are things that she looked forward to…

Eio kids playing harmoniously together.. 

Cooking together…

Having outdoor fun together… 

Couple of months ago, Eio kids were instructed to do their Quiet Time before bed time. Mrs Eio is amused to hear Em leading his sister in prayer. He read this prayer bookmark (picture below) aloud. Word for word! El repeated after him. When they are done, they proceeded to reading. Mrs Eio was so touched that she wanna cry. Anyway… she had a good shower that night. 

This is a “prayer corner” (photo below) set up beside their bed. Not well “decorated” but serves its purpose. Ultimate aim to for them to “self-service” if they need prayer guides. 

There are days Em will do flash cards with El.

Mrs Eio thinks it starts with the parents reading with the kids. Then the older child picks up reading habits & read to the younger sibling. Frankly, Mrs Eio never once ask Em to read to El or do flash cards with her. It’s his own initiatives. Thankful…🙌🏻

Em reading to El… there are days Em read to El in the room & the house is just so quiet while Mrs Eio is preparing dinner. One important thing to note is that they must be within mommy’s sight. Mrs Eio will instruct them to read in the living room where she can see them while preparing meals in the kitchen. If Mrs Eio is bathing or in the toilet, she must be able to hear what they are doing & she will call El to report to her in the bathroom about their progress! 

Lo & behold… after Em goes to primary one & sits for tests after tests… he came to Mrs Eio with a test script one evening & said El failed the test!!! Mrs Eio wondered what happened?!?!! Em set a test paper for El & guide her to complete the questions. For goodness sake! If El can do all these questions correctly, Mrs Eio will sure progress her from pre-school to primary one!! Haha. 

Well… there are good & bad days. Look forward to the good days & the bad days will be insignificant. A grateful heart is what it needs she guessed. 

Mrs Eio is thankful for his son- the big brother! – With love. ❤️️