January 22, 2020

Yummy Yummy Chicken - Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

For this series of Air Fryer Recipes, the steps are simple and straight-forward. And it all bases on my own experiences and my family's taste of food, that means how soft or how crispy the food they like.

1) Spray oil to the bottom of cooking basket to make sure the food does not stick.

2) Place the chicken thighs evenly but not overlap.
How to use Air Fryer for Chicken

3) Preheat 350F for 5 minutes. Bake 350F for 25 minutes.

January 21, 2020

Yummy Yummy Kitchen - BBQ Crispy Duck / Oven Roasted Crispy Duck

Here comes the another recipe ....*glad that I remember to take photos*

BBQ Duck / Oven Roasted Duck
Oven Roasted Crispy Duck

Ingredients and Seasoning:
Whole Duck

6 tbsp      Light Soy Sauce
2 tbsp      Shaoxing White Wine
(don't know how this wine looks like? please refer to my other recipe post: BBQ Pork)
2 pieces   Anise (break it into small pieces)
Pinch      Ground Cinnamon
Pinch      Rock Suger (melt)

8 pieces  Green Onion
8 slices   Ginger

1)  Mix well all ingredients except green onion and ginger. Prepare to use later.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Nothing to do???

Feeling BORED????

Think about building "LEGO CANDY DISPENSER".

Once you start, you won't stop until you BUILD it!

After you built the first one, you will want to build the second, third..........You will certainly be proud of yourself  'YEAH!!! I built it.'

This is the first one me and my kids built together.  It took longer time than I expected to build it, however, we are all extremely exciting about it, and it turns out really works. The smarties are really slide down when we pull the lever.

*Instructions are at the end of this post.


Have a closer look! We also make a money box next to it, so cool, right?

January 11, 2020

DIY - Origami Spinning Top

There is always something fun with a piece of paper!

This time is Origami Spinning Top.

I chose a few that I really like and made it out.

What you need to do?
1) Choose the paper pattern as your spinning top design.
2) Be patient!  It is not difficult to make it but it really requires a certain degree of patient in each steps.

December 13, 2019

How Lovely!!!

Today morning, we all woke up late!!!!

Hurry to brush teeth, wash face, dress up, have breakfast.......

Hurry to school too.....

I saw THIS when I left the house ........Oh... my sweeties!

December 11, 2019

DIY Projects - How to make a No-Sew Tutu Skirt / Dress

Making Tutu Skirt or Dress is easy and inexpensive, everyone can do it only if you are willing to spend few hours on it.

After learning the basic techniques that I showed in my other posts How to make a No-sew Tutu Dress, you can customize the color, the style or add any decorations on it, specially design for the child's fairy dress up party, Halloween costume, Christmas party, Birthday party.....

How to make a No-Sew Tutu Skirt and Dress

November 20, 2019

How to create a Watermark

Neither I am a professional photographer, nor a professional blogger, nor a professional writer.

I just want to share something I did, that I think may be helpful to others....like life sharing experience.  I really happy that my blog posts are being shared and benefit more people.

However, at the same time, I still want to protect my photos.  That's why I started adding a watermark in most of my photos.

Recently, I started thinking and trying to create my very own watermark that is going to use on all my photos, in this way, it feels like more professional and consistent in everything I work on.

The is my very own watermark!
steps by steps adding watermark in photos

Next question: Which Photo Editing Software should I use?  Do I need to purchase a license to use it?

Then I re-think about what the design I want on my very own watermark, the answer is 'simple design with my blog's name - AuRa Treasury', that's it!  And I don't want to invest in sophisticated photo editing software at this time until I am sure I am going to use a lot.

Then I started searching internet and there are lots of online tools and website that provide watermark function with small fees or even free of charge, here is how it works: upload photos and it provide you with different watermark design option such as font size, color, positioning, etc.

However, I prefer fully control on my photos and my watermark, I use Microsoft PowerPoint to create it.

Here are the steps:

1) Open a new blank project in Microsoft PowerPoint.

2) Remove the existing templates.

November 15, 2019

Yummy Yummy Kitchen - Chinese Style BBQ Pork

Wake Up in the morning, suddenly have a thoughts:

1)  I should write a post about my cooking.
2)  My husband told me few weeks ago: May be you should write something about the food you cook. Your food always tastes so good.
3)  Actually, I already wrote the first recipe, it happened when my co-workers like the BBQ Pork I made, then I wrote the recipe and shared with them.

However, I haven't really think about put it in my blog at that time.  Don't know why, suddenly thinking about share it in here.

I need a name for these blog posts, came up so quick "Yummy Yummy Kitchen"

As I said, the first recipe I wrote is Chinese Style BBQ Pork....here it is!

Ingredients and Seasoning:
700g    Pork Shoulder
4 tbsp  Lee Kum Kee Barbecue Sauce (Char Siu Sauce)
1 tbsp  Light Soy Sauce
1 tbsp  Shaoxing White Wine (Kitchen White Wine)
optional - freshly grated ginger (it helps to soften the pork)

I always choose the Pork Shoulder that has little fat in it because it helps in baking. (explain later). 

I buy the Lee Kum Kee Barbecue Sauce at Superstore, or any Chinese Grocery Store.

Any Kitchen White Wine should work, it doesn't need to be Shaoxing, that just the brand I can buy in here.

November 05, 2019

Endless Creativity Perler Beads

What is the perfect name of this DIY craft?????

Said whatever other people said "Perler Beads", "Hana Beads", "Melty Beads"  .........

I just like to name it as Endless Creativity in Pixel Craft.  It really looks like Pixel, just imagine everything related to pixel, we can turn it on perler beads patterns.  Of course, we can turn the cross-stitch patterns to perler beads patterns too.

DIY Kids Craft

So with this Pixel Craft, we are never run out of ideas on patterns.  By using your imagination, create any patterns and color matching you like, or think about your favourite character or cartoons or movies character, or search the internet, also we can add more elements on it to make necklaces, keychains, fridge magnets, earrings, coasters.....

October 25, 2016

DIY - Halloween Scary Crafts and Decorations

This year (2016), I spend quite a lot of time in decorating our house because I need to think about: What kind of decorations the kids can make???? Of course, it takes more time to finish the decorations even just simple cut and glue, I believe it is very important that kids to be involved in it.

Here comes .... I call it: Garbage Bag Spider Web
REALLY??? Garbage Bag???

Yes, Yes, Yes. Very cost-effective! Just take one of the garbage bag (unused), fold and cut. Then you will get two pieces of spider web. So I put one piece of spider web in the dinning room window.
Made by Mom.

And cut the second piece of spider web into half, put it on the sitting room windows with origami bat.

DIY Halloween Crafts Spider Web

Take a closer look at the BAT.
Made by Mom.
DIY Halloween Crafts Origami Bat