Deconstructed cereal followed by minestrone soup after jumping in muddy puddles.

I guess I have time to write a blog today because guess what I’m doing? Inside my car at the QV parking lot, waiting for Babacha to wake up (that’s her little nickname I’m currently using. It changes every couple of weeks without realisation. I do it to Puffy too. He has hundreds of nicknames by now. I’m weird I know.)

Waiting for this tiny face to wake up. She slept for 2 hours, my bum was getting sore.

For breakfast this morning, Aurora had cereal in her favourite way. Deconstructed. Sounds like fine dining stuff doesn’t it? Lol. But no, it’s pretty simple really. She hates soggy anything, and especially cereal which is totally understandable. Who doesn’t? I put her soy milk in her cup and Weetbix in a plate. Tadaaa! Deconstructed cereal. She’ll have a bite of dry Weetbix then have a sip of milk. I made her a “special” milk today, mixing a little bit of chia seeds, molasses and tiniest drop of maple syrup to mask the taste of the molasses. I think she likes it. I’ll try again tomorrow.

A not-so-gloomy day!

It started raining early today. We have been waiting for a rainy day for a month or even more. Why you may ask? To play in the rain of course! 🙂 When Aurora came out of our room this morning and saw the raindrops on the windows, she straight away said “I want to go outside and take my umbrella”. She had her breakfast, I took a shower and we were ready to go out! No, I’m not scared of her getting sick. But you know, a lot of Indonesians will disagree with this decision of course, saying that Aurora will get “masuk angin” etc. You know what, I’ve said this many times, I don’t believe in “masuk angin”. Hahaha.

She jumped from one puddle to the next, running around to see if she can find a brand new one she has yet to step on. It was quite a sight to see her face lit up on such a gloomy day. After a while, she refused her umbrella, having too much fun being free and I think she felt that it hindered her from moving quickly.

Anyways, we had to rush home because she needed to go to the toilet. I rinsed her with warm water, changed her clothes and started on lunch. I made “minestrone” using whatever is available in the pantry. It had to be quick, delicious and nutritious.

Lentil Minestrone

  • Red lentils
  • Organic red kidney beans
  • Mirepoix (Onions, celery and carrots which I didn’t properly dice)
  • Organic vegetable stock
  • Tomato paste
  • Potatoes
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Fusili
  • Pink Himalayan Salt and pepper.
  • Water
  • Olive oil

Sweat the mirepoix with olive oil over medium heat. Add potatoes and washed lentils. Stir.  Deglaze with stock and bring to boil. Add the pasta and some water if needed. After the vegetables are tender, add kidney beans and nutritional yeast. Season with salt and pepper. Done! Eat it with some toasted sour dough bread, perfect meal for a rainy day.

Someone’s enjoying her soup

Nothing ever goes to plan!

After finding a small scab on Puffy’s bladder surgery scar, we had to visit take him to the vet. Puffy had his bladder operation to remove struvite kidney stone almost 3 years ago and it is a bit strange to get an infection now. Unfortunately, since he is my first baby, I was overreacting last night and kept overthinking things. “What if there are maggots inside?”, “What if it was the stitches stuck inside from the old surgery and is now popping out?”, “what if he needs another surgery?”, “what if the surgery falls on my birthday and he doesn’t make it?”. Turns out, it was just a small skin infection due to Puffy’s very sensitive skin and the infection is easily treated with some anti anti-inflammatory and antibiotics. Seriously, my imagination can be my worst enemy sometimes.

Aurora knows my birthday is coming up and we were talking about it, so this afternoon when I was cooking her soup, she grabbed my dried flower bouquet, the one David gave me for Valentine’s day, brought it to the kitchen and said “Happy Birthday mommy”. Isn’t she just the sweetest… David also brought me some more flowers today (thank you my love). She grabbed it from him when he walked through the door and presented them to me. Love you both ❤️

My favorite thing to receive on special occasions are David’s typewritten cards


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