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Great Christmas Themes & Ideas at Home & Office

Posted by Angelica on December - 6 - 2011

Christmas Quote

Wish you all A Merry Christmas,
May the Joys of the season
Fill your heart with goodwill and cheer.
May the chimes of Christmas glory
Add up more shine and spread
Smiles across the miles,
To-day & In the New Year.
~Rosie Cash

 

It’s December again and Christmas is just around the corner. If you’re still confused about this year’s Christmas theme, here’s a list of Christmas ideas on settings and decoration to help you guide and prepare for a great holiday seasons. The most important thing to remember is to have fun doing and enjoy your preparation work. J Merry Christmas Everyone!

 

Christmas Celebration at Home


  • Neighborhood Christmas house deco – set up a small neighborhood committee who would like to participate and have a fun competition to decorate each houses and see who’s best. You can choose to lay down a few rules and evaluation points like the most attractive, the most organized, the most nature friendly or so on. The idea is really to get everyone start mingling and getting into the Christmas spirit together.

    outdoor Christmas deco outdoor Christmas deco

     

  • Decorating a home based on color themes – Choosing a color theme can go a long way. It helps you get the ball rolling with inspirational ideas based on the color you’ve chosen. Try Blue & White for a white Christmas feel, or the classic Gold & Red, or even something modern and chic like Green and Orange or Fluorescent Pink & Silver. Once you get started on the color, you’ll be surprised at how many things in the house that starts changing accordingly to the color theme 😉

    orange Christmas tree

     

  • Bake cookies/cakes – Home make the cookies & cakes by Yourself instead of buying and get everyone at home involved. It’s a great way to get the family connected including the boys. For ideas on Christmas cookies and cakes recipe, visit Joyofbaking.com/Christmas

    Christmas cookiesChristmas cookies

     

  • Christmas caroling – caroling for Christmas never gets old. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide of ‘How to Organize a Christmas Caroling. Plan early to decide on timing of sessions (between Thanksgiving & Christmas), pick dates & songs list, identify your top carolers and make sure they’re there at all the session, plan your route, encourage and invite more people to participate along the way, dress up in your Santa, Elf, Santarina, or Victorian costume, and just enjoy yourself. Optional: bring eggnogs!
    Christmas caroling


  • Christmas deco ideas – work around with lots of lights, wreath & ornaments, snowflakes, confetti’s, stockings, candles, ribbons, gingerbread houses, candy canes, mistletoes & pines or Christmas cards.
    Christmas deco idea


  • Give – Think of the poor and disable and how would they celebrate Christmas? This is a great month for giving and getting the blessings from doing so. Give away clothes, food and any other things not in use or simply give out money for charity.
    Christmas charity giving


  • Organize kids Christmas party – The children are usually most excited about Christmas and it’s a great idea to organize Christmas parties for them. Get come of the older kids to give some creative ideas on Christmas crafts, games, stuffing of stockings, snacks or food and get them to help in organizing this fun and excited event. Your kids will love you for this and don’t be surprised that you might have a great time too planning and joining this event.
    kids Christmas party


Christmas Celebration in the Office


  • Cubicle decorating competition – everyone in the office has their cubicle and what better way there is to get into the mood and spirit of Christmas than decorating your own cubicles. The idea is really not to get the most expensive gifts for the winners but rather to get everyone involved in this event.
    office Christmas cubicle office Christmas cubicle


  • Homemade cookie baking and tasting competition – get staffs to participate in this competition to get a chance of having some Christmas treats in the office. You’ll be surprised that many staffs would want to join in this event as many of them will be preparing their own cookies at home and this would just be some additional fun. After judging, and price giving ceremony, everyone gets to enjoy the cookies! You might also decide to throw in a potluck along.
    Christmas in office


  • White Elephant Gift Exchange – If you work in a big office with many people, this game is great to get everyone involved. The rules are really simple. You determine a budget for all the participants to buy a gift anonymously bring all the gifts on that day and everyone sits in a circle. One by one then, you each person gets to either pick and un-wrap their gift from the gift bundle or steals it from the person before. This is also a great game for ice breaking among big group of people in the office!
    Christmas gift exchange in office


  • Christmas theme best dressed day – announce a day nearing Christmas for everyone to come to office in their Christmas costumes. Not only you have an opportunity to dress down for a day, but some might even get creative doing this. Imagine Santa, Sexy Santarina, Rudolf or Mary in the Manger coming in to office.
    Christmas costumes


  • Christmas tree decoration/ ornament making competition – it’s easy to have a Christmas tree in the office but imagine how much fun it can get to have the employees involved in decorating the tree. Organize something like each staff needs to make an ornament and hang in on the tree with the names and signature attached to it. It becomes more meaningful when each employee sees that they have put in effort decorating their office Christmas tree. J
    handcrafted Christmas ornament

10 Ways to Enjoy Oats

Posted by Angelica on November - 3 - 2011

The benefits of oats are endless and it’s ranked one of the healthiest foods in the world. To add on to this, oats is extremely easy & quick to cook and eat. If you’ve always had your oats in the same old recipe, you must read on further to see the various great & tasty ways to flavor and devour it. Now you can have your oats all 7 days in a week and start your journey towards the healthiest lifestyle you’ve ever had!

Oats

Benefits of Eating Oats

  • High in Vitamin B especially Inositol
  • Lowers cholesterols
  • Reduces high blood sugar
  • Selenium & Vitamin E content boost immune system
  • Natural antidepressant
  • Calms down the nerves
  • Relieves fatigue
  • Weight loss due to high fiber intake
  • Great protein source
  • Natural constipation remedy

     

10 Ways to Savour Oats


  1. Oat Cereal – commonly found in your nearest supermarket, this is a great way to enjoy the benefits of oats in the form of cereal and cold low fat milk

    Oat Cereal
       
     

  2. Oatmeal Honey & Fresh Fruits– Mix some rolled oats with hot water & mix in fresh fruits like berries, mangoes, bananas or apricots. Pour over some over & enjoy.

    Oatmeal Honey & Fresh Fruits
       
     

  3. Oats, nuts, dried coconut & fruits, & milk– This is a classic granola style recipe. Use nuts like almond, pecans & walnuts to enhance the taste and benefit out of the richness of the Omega 3 oils. Sprinkle some chocolate chips to sweeten it if desired. Serve with cold low fat milk.

    Oats, nuts, dried coconut & fruits, & milk
                    
     

  4. Oats, yogurt & fruits – Mix Rolled Oats with Greek Yogurt & Tropical Fresh Fruits like Banana, Mangoes, Papaya & Pineapples. Sweeten with honey if desired.

    Oats, yogurt & fruits

     

  5. Oatmeal Cream of Chicken Porridge – This is inspired by the Chinese rice porridge. Take your favorite instant soup such as cream of chicken or cream of mushroom, etc, mix it with some quick cook oats & mix it with hot water & enjoy!

    Oatmeal Cream of Chicken Porridge

     

  6. Oats with cinnamon, nutmeg & brown sugar – this is great if you’re in the mood for some flavorful spices

    Oats with cinnamon, nutmeg & brown sugar

     

  7. Oats, milk, & jam – the classic oatmeal recipe but sweetened with your choice of jam

    Oats, milk, & jam

     

  8. Banana, oats & flour fritters – mash bananas with some brown sugar, vanilla essence, flour & oatsand form a thick batter. Deep fry in hot oil and serve hot.

    Banana, oats & flour fritters

     

  9. Oats Muffin – try this recipe courtesy of Epicurious.com

    Oats Muffin

     

  10. Oats Ice Cream – and you thought deserts are always unhealthy?? Try sprinkling some oats on your favorite ice cream or make your own healthy oats ice cream.

    Oats Ice Cream

     

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Posted by Angelica on July - 20 - 2011

Chocolate lovers galore

Chocolate Cake

Ingredients for cake

  • 3/4 cup semisweet dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Ingredients for chocolate glaze

  • 1 cup dark chocolate bits
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 3 dices of butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 teaspoons of castor sugar

     

Directions for cake

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch round cake pan, and dust with cocoa powder.
  2. In the top of a double boiler over lightly simmering water, melt chocolate and butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out to a cake plate. Slices can also be reheated for 20 to 30 seconds in the microwave before serving.

     

Directions for chocolate glaze

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat dark chocolate bits, whipping cream, butter & sugar stirring constantly. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and sauce is smooth. Stir in vanilla.

 

Tips:

Use dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate as healthier option. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants which are good for your heart. It also stimulates endorphin production, which increases pleasure & contains serotonin which acts as a natural anti-depressant.

 

Easy Walnut Cake

Posted by Angelica on July - 14 - 2011

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup butterWalnut Cake
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt(sieved)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon almond essence(optional)
  • Yolks of 3 eggs
  • Whites of 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips(optional)
  • Pinch of salt

Beat butter until slightly fluffy, and add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla & almond essence. Mix it with a spoon until you get a nice texture of coarse floury mixture. Don’t worry that it doesn’t look thin enough for a cake recipe. When you’re happy to have mixed the moderately dry ingredients, add the eggs & milk and proceed mixing with a beater until the blend is well. By now the batter will have a cake mixture look and you can add the chopped walnuts and chocolate chips. Mix well, pour into the baking pan.

Bake at 75 degree Celsius for 45 mins. Let it cool, and enjoy your cake with a nice cup of latte or hot tea!

*tips:

  1. Get all your ingredients ready before starting the mixture as you want minimal time mixing and try and get it into the oven immediately after done as this will give a nice fluffy cake.
  2. Almond essence gives a great fragrance to your cake especially when it has nuts. 3) Serve it with whipped cream/ crème cheese to enhance its taste. Happy baking!
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