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Fake it till You Make it – Festive Dining for the Undomestic Goddess

Hi, my name is Delphine and I have a confession: I am completely and utterly hopeless in the kitchen. I can’t cook to save my life and the thought of having friends over and having to feed them sends chills down my spine (and not the good sort of chills) and usually makes me reach desperately for the phone to call in a pizza.

It gets a wee bit embarassing during the festive season when friends talk about meeting up and I demur from offering my place as the venue for our gatherings. So I decided that it’s high time I do something about how pathetically un-domestic I am. Obviously we’re not about to have a holiday miracle where I turn into Martha Stewart overnight, so the only way to go about this is to fake it till I make it in 4 easy steps.

  1. COVER UP
    Get a pretty tablecloth and some matching napkins. This instantly makes everything look a lot more fancy and like you have put in a lot of effort. I love the ones from the VINTER 2016 range with a subtle pattern. My daughter was taken aback by how nice the table looked and demanded to know if it was Thanksgiving. LOL.
  2. STACK UP
    If you’re not great with colour coordination, always stick to classy neutrals like black, white, and grey. Honestly, you can never go wrong with white plates. We used white FÄRGRIK plates and side plates and grey ARV bowls on black place mats and everything went so well with the tablecloth and napkins. For serving the food, we used a VARDAGEN pie dish and oven dish.
  3. LIGHT UP
    To make the table look more festive, try some tealights in different sizes (but battery-operated ones if you have small children in the house). Don’t forget to pick up some batteries for the lights! Since my un-domestic nature extends to an inability to put together some flowers for a decent centrepiece, we used a festive garland, some twine, and red wicker balls (can reuse for CNY, yay…)
  4. SERVE UP
    You are probably wondering, ‘What about the food? Are you going to serve pizza when you have such a fancy set-up?’ Of course not! The final and most important step to faking it is to make a stop at the IKEA Swedish Food Market! We transformed frozen meatballs, multigrain bread mix, frozen marinated salmon, and frozen ready-to-bake cinnamon rolls into an EPIC meal. I also harassed my longsuffering sister to bake some cupcakes for the kids and they looked so yummy on the GARNERA serving stand!
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tones of grey and white

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essential meatballs that everybody loves

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multigrain bread and gravad lax

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festive cupcakes by my sister

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tealights

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time to eat

Disclaimer: This is part of a series of posts from our collaboration with IKEA Singapore. All IKEA products seen in this post are sponsored by IKEA. All ideas are mine (and my longsuffering sister’s).   

Mister Maker and the Shapes Live on Stage!

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Mister Maker and the Shapes live on stage!

If there’s one programme that my three kids can agree on, it’s Mister Maker. They love watching him create art from anything and everything around him. We’re really excited that we will be able to catch Mister Maker live in his first ever theatre tour in Singapore! There are seven shows only from 10 to 12 June 2016.

During this interactive live show, there’s going to be a big ‘make’ to take part in, lots of opportunities for audience participation and The Shapes! When we watch Mister Maker at home, the kids all get up and bounce around when Circle, Square, Rectangle and Triangle appear on screen.

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the kids will be delighted!

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watch Mister Maker in action

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lots of fun for the whole family

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don’t miss it!

TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

Mister Maker and the Shapes Live on Stage
Season: 10 – 12 June 2016
Venue: D’Marquee Downtown East Paris Ris
Performance Times:
Fri 10 Jun: 6:00pm
Sat 11 Jun: 12:00, 3:00 & 5:30pm
Sun 12 Jun: 10:30am, 2:00 and 5:00pm
Ticket Price: From S$35 (Excludes the booking fee of $4 per ticket) from SISTIC

GIVEAWAY

We are delighted to be giving away one set of 4 tickets for Mister Maker and The Shapes Live on Stage to one lucky winner. The tickets will be for Sun 12 June at 5pm.

To qualify, simply do the following by Sunday, 29 May 2016, 2359H (Singapore time):
1. Like the ‘In the Wee HoursFacebook page.
2. Like the ‘Sliding Doors Entertainment’ Facebook page.
3. Like and comment on this Facebook post telling me why you love Mister Maker.

Terms & Conditions: This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only. Winners will be contacted through Facebook message and will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn. All incomplete entries will be disqualified. All entries will be verified before the winners are announced. To be fair to our sponsors, please note that all fake Facebook accounts (e.g. accounts set up purely to take part in contests with no or very few real friends) will also be ineligible to win. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

 

KidZania is coming to Singapore!

KidZania Singapore will officially open its doors on 12 April 2016! Located at Palawan Kidz City and linked to the Beach Station on Sentosa Island, the 7,600 m2 park will have a variety of role-play activities for kids to try their hand at different occupations.

We are looking forward to KidZania Singapore because Anya had such an amazing time at KidZania in Bangkok. In fact, we were there from the time they opened right up to closing time! So tiring for the adults but Anya was over the moon. She did so many jobs while we were there – green tea factory worker, doctor, firefighter, fast food server, petrol pump attendant, convenience store cashier, pilot, postal worker, car designer, construction worker, milk factory worker, and sushi chef!

Tickets for KidZania can be booked online and that will save you some precious time (and a bit of money). To find out more on how to maximise your visit, check out the KidZania guide or head on over to Life’s Tiny Miracles to read their comprehensive post on KidZania.

KidZania Singapore
Palawan Kidz City, Sentosa
31 Beach View #01-01/02
Singapore 098008

Opening Hours:
10 am to 5 pm – Sun to Thu
10 am to 8 pm – Fri, Sat, eve of Public Hols, Public Hols, School Hols

Ticket Prices:
$25 – Toddler (2-3 years old)
$58 – Kid (4-17 years old)
$35 – Adult (18-59 years old)
$25 – Senior ( 60 years old and above)

Gardens by the Bay Children’s Festival

After watching Disney on Ice, we rushed to Gardens by the Bay to enjoy some of their Children’s Festival activities and performances! We got there just in time to watch Rainbows in the Water, a water play performance based on the classic story of The Rainbow Fish. We were seated quite far back in the sheltered area of the Children’s Garden so we didn’t have a good view of the performance but it looked super fun and colourful from where we were.

We also managed to catch Fairy Galaxy at the Supertree Grove. This performance of Cinderella was set in the future with psychedelic costumes and the kids really enjoyed it. There were many other exciting activities and performances that we didn’t get to check out since we were in a rush but here’s the schedule for the festival that ends this weekend!

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hiding from the heat!

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time for a picnic

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water play performance: Rainbows in the Water

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the colourful cast

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with the mascot

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waiting for Fairytale Galaxy to start

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still chomping on the snacks from the picnic basket

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stepmother and one of the stepsisters

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Cinderella’s Fairy God-Robot!

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happily ever after?

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rushing to get glow sticks from the cast

For more information and some amazing photos, check out the post by Life’s Tiny Miracles and these albums by A Million Little Echoes and A Juggling Mom!

Tasmania Day 7 & 8: Salamanca Market & Farm Gate Market

We left Bruny Island very early to make our way back to the airport so that we could return our camper van and get a rental car. I wanted to get to Salamanca Market as early as possible. Salamanca Market is a street market in Hobart and is held on Saturdays between 8.30 am and 3 pm. There’s so much to see, eat and buy!

I love how almost everything in Salamanca Market is grown or made in Tasmania. We bought some honey, magnets, baby bibs, and books. The author was there to autograph the books we bought! And I know I’ve said this in many of the Tasmania posts, but Salamanca Market is definitely a must-do when in Tasmania.

Another market we visited was Farm Gate Market. Farm Gate Market operates every Sunday on Bathurst St, from 8.30 am – 1 pm. I was delighted to see Get Shucked oysters from Bruny Island at the market and had half a dozen for a second breakfast.

If we are lucky enough to go to Tasmania again, we will make sure we visit Farm Gate Market to stock up before we embark on our camper van journey so that we can have lots of local vegetables, meat and bread for our trip.

Tasmania Day 6: Bruny Island

We said bye to Ratho Farm and drove to Kettering to catch the ferry to Bruny Island. Our first stop was Get Shucked where I promptly devoured 17 ridiculously fresh and delicious oysters (Adrian stole one). We then made our way to Bruny Island Cheese Company and bought some of their awesome cheeses. The Raw Milk C2 and Otto are to die for.

After a very windy climb up to the viewing platform at The Neck where we had a great view of the isthmus of land connecting north and south Bruny Island, we took a rather long drive to Cape Bruny Lighthouse, the second oldest lighthouse in Australia.

Our last stop for the day was Captain Cook Holiday Park for our final night in the camper van. We walked along the beach and then Adrian cooked up some steak, potatoes and carrots for our dinner.

Tasmania Day 4 & Day 5: Tasmanian Devils, Cradle Mountain, Ratho Farm

We had quite a long drive from St Helens to Cradle Mountain on Day 4 and also stopped to buy more groceries for our meals in the camper van. By the time we got to Cradle Mountain, we had just about enough time to go to the visitor centre to familiarise ourselves with the route we were going to take the next day.

We spotted a wombat wandering around outside the visitor centre and some wallabies and echidnas here and there. We also managed to see some Tasmanian Devils and quolls being fed at Devils@Cradle before getting our own dinner.

It was really cold the next morning and even started to snow while we were walking the Dove Lake Circuit. We didn’t bring the tripod with us so I was very thankful that we managed to get a nice photo taken of the two of us by some random stranger. The Cradle Mountain area is simply gorgeous and a must-visit in Tasmania.

We were initially planning to stay at Cradle Mountain for two nights but decided that we were too cold so Adrian randomly booked accommodation somewhere in between Cradle Mountain and our next campsite.

Ratho Farm in Bothwell is home to the oldest golf course in Australia and is a charming property with luxurious rooms. I loved the heated floor tiles in the bathroom. Definitely the most comfortable we had been the entire trip!

When we arrived, they asked if we knew about the special event for the evening and it turned out that Matthew Evans (author and presenter of TV show Gourmet Farmer) was cooking dinner there that day and also filming an episode of the show. That was truly an interesting experience for us!