Oven Baked Breaded Eggplant

Oven Baked Breaded EggplantWe don’t cook eggplant often, but this is my kid’s favorite way to enjoy eggplant. It is dairy, nut, and oil-free because it is baked instead of fried. But it still achieves the crispy goodness without sacrifice the taste. If you are fine having dairy then add parmesan cheese into the breadcrumb mixture, but even without it, still delicious. I make it into coin shape here, but you can make it into stick shape if you preferred.

Oven Baked Breaded Eggplant

Ingredient

  • 1 long purple eggplants
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cups of breadcrumb, I use the homemade one
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper

Direction

  • Preheat oven 400° F.
  • Wash the eggplant and pat dry, then cut it into coin shape about 1/4 inch thickness.
  • In the medium bowl or colander, put the cut up eggplant, sprinkle with salt and pepper, let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Whisk the eggs in one bowl, and in a separate bowl, mix the breadcrumb with garlic powder, dried thyme, and black pepper. Add salt and parmesan cheese if you prefer.
  • Dip the eggplant coin into egg then coat it with breadcrumb mixture, repeat it until all eggplant coins coated.
  • Put all eggplant coins on the baking sheet layered parchment paper.
  • Bake it for 15 minutes, flip it, bake it for another 15 minutes or until the breadcrumb is golden brown.

Chopped Salad With Mango Dressing

Chopped Salad With Mango Dressing

I have two dozen of mangos in my pantry, yes I am a mango hoarder and also an avocado hoarder, which is I don’t mind, I can have so many mangoes and avocados but few apples. There are endless recipes by using mango and avocado, here I make a chopped salad with mango dressing for lunch also for dinner. Serve the salad with baked salmon, there you have a simple and delicious dinner.

Chopped salad with mango dressing

Ingredient

  • 1 cup chopped lettuce
  • 1 cup diced mango
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow bell pepper
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1/4 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup grape tomato

Mango Dressing

  • 1/4 cup diced mango
  • 1 stalk green onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 Thai chili (optional)
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper

Direction

  • In medium bowl or serving bowl, put all chopped vegetables and fruits
  • In a food processor or blender, put all ingredient for mango dressing, process until smooth.
  • Pour over salad, add more salt and pepper if you desired, serve.
  • If you don’t have nut allergy, you can add peanut, almond or nuts of your choice for topping.
  • Sunflower seed, hemp or ground flax seed is a good choice for topping if you have a nuts allergy.

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today, my kids request chocolate chip cookies, then I gave them a choice of the regular one or the more chocolatey one. So they chose for double chocolate chip cookies, that one easy.

Double chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup dairy free butter
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chip

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 ° F
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk egg and butter with electric mixer for 2 minutes, add sugar, mix it until smooth.
  • Add cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, mix well
  • Add flour, mix the cookie dough until all blended, fold in chocolate chip.
  • In the baking sheet pan layered parchment paper, drop a spoon of cookie dough, with 1-inch space between each cookie.
  • Bake the cookie for 10 – 12 minutes, do not over bake. Leave it cool on baking rack or enjoy it while the cookie still warm.

Well, that one was easy. Do you like regular chocolate chip cookies or double chocolate chip cookies? I love them both.

4 Best and Unique Restaurant in Bali You Should Try

We stay in Seminyak, Bali, so these are the best restaurants I went. All have beautiful and unique decorations on its own. From the modern structure type to the traditional one, all are interesting without sacrifice the flavor of their menu.

1. Sabeen

Sabeen

Located in the heart of Seminyak, within short walking distances from the villa I stay. Sabeen serve Asian and international dish. The price was affordable for four of us, still below $100, that includes drink, main course, appetizer. We had nasi campur (it is a rijstaffel dish with all traditional Balinese dish on one plate), fried rice, fried noodle, drinks. They have live music band there, and we can request a song we like. Sabeen restaurant is attached to The Haven Hotel , but the restaurant is in the front easily accessible from the main road. I like Sabeen, but it is too formal for us.

2. Bebek Tebasari Resto

Bebek Tebasari Resto Ubud

Located in Ubud, about 10 minutes drive from Monkey Forest Ubud. Bebek Tebasari Resto  has a traditional decor but comfortable. Built by wood frame gazebo type structure, bamboo floor, and straw roof, on top of koi pond surrounding rice field and tropical garden. It was so relaxing after walked around the Monkey Forest Ubud in the hot humid air, just sit there right on the bamboo floor, watching the koi swim around, help the kids feed the fish, and listen to the sound of birds chirping. The rice field just finish harvested when we were there. When the rice field was still green, I am sure it will be more beautiful and more relaxing.

Feeding the fish

The food serves quickly. All taste wonderful, just like what we expected. We order fish and chips, laksa soup, bebek betutu (duck with Balinese spices serve with salsa), fried rice with satay, avocado juice, ice cream, and fudge brownies plus drinks. The price was still below $100 for four of us for appetizers, main course, drink, and dessert. Plus the fish food that we can purchase there.

We love Bebek Tebasari Ubud because it is unique, relaxing and comfortable.

3. Bale Udang Mang Engking

Bale Udang Mang Engking 3

Located in Kuta and Ubud. Although we can just walk there for 15 minutes to the one in Kuta, with the hot humid air and very busy traffic, I recommend call taxi or uber to go there. We used uber for only $1 to get there from our villa in Seminyak.

Bale Udang Mang Engking is our favorite one, still around Seminyak, a unique and traditional decor similar to Bebek Tebasari Ubud concept. They serve Asian dish mostly Sundanese traditional food (from West Java), Balinese food, and variety choice of seafood. Just make sure to book the table first at least couple hours before going there to get the gazebo eating area instead of the regular dining table.

Bale Udang Mang Engking 4

With nine of us include my parents and my brother’s family, it only cost us about $140. We had seafood, the staple fried rice, fried noodle, rib, roasted chicken, soups, drinks, desserts. We love this restaurant, even it situated in the middle of a busy street in Kuta, but it is relaxing and comfortable. We kept going back to have dinner there.

4. Warung Happy Gen

Warung happy gen

Located in Kelan Beach around Jimbaran about 20 minutes drive from Seminyak. Warung Happy Gen has a unique decor, with the sandy beach as the floor, straw for the roof and only a few tables. We asked to set up the table right on the beach and open sky. They serve catch of the day seafood from fish, squid, prawn, crab, or oyster, we can pick how many we like then they cook it with Balinese spices.

We had all kind of seafood they have, with seven of us, it only cost $140 for all. We spent couple hours there because my kids can play beach sand there. We love this place, hubby said it is authentic and very comfortable.

I highly recommend these restaurants when you go visit Seminyak, Ubud, and Jimbaran. If we have another chance to go visit Bali again, we will definitely go to these restaurants again and will try some other unique ones.

10 Things To Do And See In Bali For 2 Weeks

We arrived in Bali on Wednesday evening after very long travel time for total 26 hours with transit twice and lay over included. Tired and jet lag but still so excited to see a beautiful tropical place. We stay at the villa in Seminyak for total two weeks. If we need to go around, we can just walk, use a taxi, rent motorcycle, uber or rent the car with driver included. Driving yourself is not recommended there as the traffic is always busy. We arranged the specific trip with our great driver, he knows all the spot for us as a family with little kid, he even got us a good deal on some tickets for certain attraction there.

If we don’t have a schedule to go on a trip then we just stay at the villa, enjoy the sunshine and swim in the swimming pool at the villa, do some shopping for souvenir or food. Lucky us, the villa is in the middle of Seminyak close to all amenities within short walking distance.

We still managed to visit 10 destinations within a short distance, and still back to the villa in the evening, no need to move or book another villa, except if we want to go far north or cross the sea to get to another island.

Here we have 10 things to do and see in Bali for two weeks, perfect for single or couple traveler, backpacker or family with little kids.

1.Double Six Beach

Double Six Beach

Also called Seminyak Beach, a beautiful beach with blue water, white and beige sandy beach. The beach has lots of space to move around, no crowd, big enough wave for surfing, or just playing by the beach look for some seashells. We can rent a lounge chair with an umbrella or bean bag there. If we had never surfed before, there is lots of group of people offered surf class for 200K Rupiahs for two hours. They will take your picture while you surf and ready to purchase when the course was done.

Our villa is in the heart of Seminyak, so we only walk to the beach for about 10 minutes, sometimes we call uber too. There is also some souvenir store along the road to the beach. All kind of traditional Balinese Trinket you can imagine, you just need to bargain for the price there.

2. DMZ Museum

DMZ Museum

DMZ Museum is located in Legian, still very close to Seminyak, and also still very short walking distance from our villa. It is a popular 3D art museum, one of the best attraction in Legian, Bali. We can take some pictures in each art, and it appears a unique picture like you are inside the art itself. From the temple architecture, Egyptian pyramids, underwater views, movie themes, panoramic view and all kind of beautiful art you can think off.

3. Barong and Kris Dance

Barong and Kris Dance

We went to Ubud for some specific trip arrange by our driver, first, we stop by to watch traditional Balinese dance, Barong and Kris Dance, performed by the local cultural organization for about an hour, the dance is about the battle between good and evil spirit. We can take a picture with the Balinese dancer or the Barong.

4. Puseh Batuan Temple, Sukawati, Gianyar

Puseh Batuan Temple

Once the dance finish, we continue to visit Puseh Batuan Temple in Gianyar. To respect the sacred place and the tradition, we required to wear Balinese sarong, it is a kind of piece of fabric wrap around our hip. We allowed to take pictures around the temples.

5. Monkey Forest Ubud

Monkey Forest Ubud

Around noon, we went to visit the Monkey Forest Ubud where the place for tourist attraction, important spiritual and economic of local people, also monkey conservatory, that will allow various research institution from around the world to research about the monkey and their behavior. The conservatory has three temples:

The Main Temple
Beji Temple
Prajapati Temple

The Monkey Forest Ubud has about 700 monkeys and 186 species of trees. We are not allowed to feed the monkey, but we allow to give them banana purchased there for 20K Rupiahs.

Make sure all backpack zippered shut, as the monkey sometimes can approach you and climb over you to check the backpack.

6. Kemenuh Butterfly Park

Kemenuh Butterfly Park

We continue the trip by visit Kemenuh Butterfly Park in Gianyar. One of my kid’s favorite place to visit. It is only 10 minutes drive from Ubud. This place is for attraction, conservatory, and education. There are hundreds of butterfly species, we can see the pupa stage in the special room for it and observe how the butterfly emerge from the pupa itself. It was very interesting to see their metamorphosis process.

7. Waterbom Bali

Waterbom Bali

We went to Waterbom Bali located in Kuta just about 20 minutes drive from Seminyak, it is the number 1 water park in Asia. The facility is outside with clean tropical garden and lots of water slide from the simple one for kids to the extreme one if you dare enough to try the ride. There are lots of gazebo with safety box to rent but lounge chair is free. We enjoy the Funtastic, Lazy River, and Phyton.

My favorite one is the Lazy River that we ride the tube then float on the man-made river surrounding the lush tropical garden. My little one’s favorite is the Phyton that four of us ride a tube then slide down to the pool.

If you don’t feel like to do the ride, then just swim in the pool or if you go with little kids then just play in the splash park or Funtastic. Some people use the waterproofed plastic sleeve for the phone but if you preferred to just leave the camera and phone in the safety box or locker, there are some employee can take a picture of us while we are on ride ready to purchase on the way out of the facility. There is also some restaurant served Asian and International food.

8. Tanjung Benoa

Tanjung benoa

We went to Tanjung Benoa, to ride the glass bottom boat to the Turtle Island. Our driver took us to the local host that give us better price with the local charge. Don’t expect too much on this one, the boat was only for nine of us, but the glass bottom was only 3 feet long by 1.5 feet wide, sometimes we can see fish but mostly seaweed. I was expecting the glass bottom is bigger size. The guide took us to the snorkeling area and give us some bread on the plastic to feed the fish, maybe to attract the fish there. I am not sure if it safe for the fish or not. Lucky us, he took us to the nice coral reef with lots of fish, we also see a sea urchin, an eel, lots of colorful fish with different size without feed them processed white bread. We spent about one hour and a half there and continue to Turtle Island. For what I understood, this is not an island, it is more like a facility by the beach for turtle conservatory and some other local animal like bat, snake, wild cat, birds. The turtle look distressed kept in the enclosed muddy puddle water. Tourist is allowed to pet or lifts the turtle up for a picture session. Baby turtles are kept in the small tank, some other animals are kept in the small cage, and tourist is allowed to pet those poor animals but not the baby turtle. I am not sure if it something fun to see, my kids love those animals for sure especially the turtle, but the way the facility treat the animals there, I feel sorry for those animals. I talked with one of the facility guides there, he said they will keep the big turtle for maximum 6 months before they give the turtle tracker and let them go back to the ocean. They will continue doing research while the turtle is free in the ocean. Once the turtle back to the sea, then the facility will get the new turtle for another 6 months. I just hope all animal are doing fine with all the treat and their living environment there. So, from this trip the most fun we did was snorkeling, my almost five years old girl got her first experience to see real coral reef with colorful fish. She learns how to snorkel quick better than me that still struggle with it.

9. Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple

We left the villa at 2 pm, so we can get sunset view there. Uluwatu Temple is a sea temple built on top of approximately 70 meters high rock cliff overlooking the sea. For another ticket of 50K Rupiahs, we can watch the famous Balinese Kecak Dance. We skip the show, just waiting for the sunset instead. The only thing I am not comfortable here is the monkey, they are wild not like these in the Monkey Forest Ubud. The monkey at Uluwatu Temple like to snatch people belonging, we got warned to keep all belonging on bag out of sight, they like to snatch glasses, hat, bag, slipper, jewelry for trade with a little snack that we can purchase there. I thought it was not nice at all for this behavior, it is scary how if this monkey scratch people face, that would be one awful experience. Lucky us, they don’t bother to us or try to approach us. I mostly avoid them by not looked at them straight.

The sunset was beautiful, we can’t get enough picture about it.

10. Jimbaran

Seafood Dinner in Jimbaran

Catching sunset while having seafood dinner? Sounds good, right? We can choose which restaurant or cafe we would like to go there from the modern building type to the unique traditional one, all look good. We went to the unique one with the sandy beach as the floor with only a few tables there, the cafe called Happy Gen, we got to pick the seafood we want, fresh catch of the day from red snappers, big prawns, crab or calamari, they cook it with Balinese spices.

If we didn’t have a specific trip, we just enjoy our time at the villa or walk to the beach, help the kids find the seashell. We cook at the villa for breakfast or brunch sometime, and for dinner, we order to deliver to our villa or explore the variety of local restaurants there in Seminyak area within short walking distance or call uber to drive us to our favorite restaurant in Kuta.
After two weeks, our stay there come to end, we went back home with another 18 hours travel time with just couple hours layover. I would like to go back to Bali again next time, there are still so many places I would like to see.

Nominated Liebster Award 2017

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One morning on the tropical island, I just woke up and got one special message that my blog has been nominated for Liebster Award, I felt joy and excitement, I couldn’t believe my eyes I read it right.

My blog is about what we do around the house as a family with little kids who has food allergy that inspired me to create simple dairy and nut free recipes that kids and grown-up can enjoy it, backyard gardening that provides fresh produce in the short summer, easy craft and simple DIY home decor, and family adventure on budget trip.

A very special thank you to an awesome blogger Upbeat Impulse for nominated me. She said that she like my niche, the consistency of the images and the effort I have into my blog. I wish you happiness and great success.

Please, you all check her awesome blog Upbeat Impulse full of great positive vibe, happiness and improving a quality of life. Her blog is very inspirational

I also want to give a huge thank you shout out to Global Aussie for organizing this, without them, this award would not be possible. Thank you very much.

What is Liebster Award:

This is the award designed to give credit for new and upcoming blogger. The award is a great method to connect and attract more reader and interest in the blogging community.

How to be eligible:

In order to be eligible, you must have 200 or fewer followers. For more information about the rule, here is the link :

The Official Rules for Liebster Award 2017

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Fact about me :

  • I moved out when I was just turned 18 which is not common where I came from
  • I love chocolate and ice cream
  • I love super spicy food
  • I am learning to eliminate the word NO
  • English is not my primary language but I am learning to have perfect grammar
  • I am scared of dog
  • I love kids book
  • I love blogging to improve my writing skill and discover some other great blogs
  • My favorite color is blue
  • When I was a kid, I had 12 cats
  • I hatched a cluster of snake eggs when I was teenager
  • I love mermaid and fairy

Questions for me:

1. How did you decide what would be your niche?

I love crafting, gardening, traveling and cooking. I have a kid with food allergy mostly dairy and nuts, she is my inspiration to create simple dairy and nuts free recipes that kid and adult can enjoy it too. Because of that, I decided my niche would be what I love and share my simple recipes to let people with allergy know that dairy or nut-free food tastes good too.

2. What do you like most about blogging?

I love writing, this is a great way to express what I have in mind. And get to know some other great blogs and bloggers.

3. What would you like to achieve in ten year time?

I would like to achieve 500K followers and travel the world with my family

4. What is your favourite daily routine?

Make my morning smoothies and pick up my kid from school.

5. Who is your biggest inspiration in your life?

My husband who is a hardworking man, kind-hearted, positive attitude, who never say NO, always listen and support our opinion.

6. What was your hardest moment in your life and how did you overcome it ?

Found out one of my kids has a very bad case of eczema due to food allergy, she has been hospitalized. I did lots of research by reading books and articles, also lots of doctor visits to cure her eczema, and to cook tasty food that she can enjoy.  Her eczema is more controllable now.

7. What is your favourite food?

Noodle and spicy food.

8. What would you do if you were a scientist?

I would do research more on the cause of eczema whether it’s genetic or not.

9.  Do you think you’re creative?

I think I am creative because I can cook, sew and garden too.

10. Coffee or soda ?

I don’t drink coffee or soda. I only drink water, milk, juice, and tea.

11. Yoga or cardio training?

I don’t do yoga or cardio training, but I like biking or walking.

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Congratulations to my nominees! I love all your blogs, you are doing an awesome job and has been recognized. Good luck to you all!

That Canadian Charm

The Daily Wife And Mom

Your Daily Cup Of Quotes

My Real Dish

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Question for my 5 nominees:

  1. What is the most extreme thing you have ever done?
  2. What did you want to be when you grow up as a kid? Why?
  3. How did traveling change your life?
  4. Do you like breakfast or dinner?
  5. What is your favorite music?
  6. Name the top 3 beautiful beaches you have visited
  7. Who is your favorite actor and actress?
  8. Would you plant roses or tomatoes?
  9. Chocolate bar, yogurt or ice cream?
  10. Formal dress or casual?
  11. What genre of movie do you like?

Again, congrats to you guys, keep up the good work and success for you all. XOXO.

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How To Fold Clothes For A Trip

How to fold clothes for a trip

My family is going for a trip to Indonesia. I asked each of my kids to pick their own clothes to bring for three weeks trip. I was quite surprised how much clothes, books, shoes and all accessories they picked. I tried to sort it out again, so it will fit in the suitcase and no need to do much laundry while we are there. For three weeks trip that includes visiting some of the historical places, nice beaches, sightseeing in the rice field, some fun park to visit, and I am sure there are so many interesting places worth a visit, that’s mean we need a simple and comfortable outfit for tropical warm and humid weather. Thinking how do I fit all those stuff into 26-inch luggage. I tried to just fold it in half and lay it down on the suitcase, but it seems taking up all the space on it.

How to pack clothes in to suitcase

After trying to fold and pack for so many times, I finally found the way how to fold it that will perfectly fit in the suitcase and still have more space for something else. It actually reminds me of what my grandmother said, she always kept telling me to just roll the clothes if we going on a trip, and I had never understood why because I just usually bring what I need.

How to fold the clothes for a trip

Here is the picture how to fold it:

  • Match the outfit or any outfit of your choice for the day, you can put the sock included too.
  • Stack all pieces of the outfit together.
  • Roll it neatly. Done. How easy is that????

How to fold clothes for the trip

After spending sometimes to roll outfit of the day, all perfectly fit in the 26-inch suitcase. There is still room for books and shoes on top of the rolled clothes.

pack the suitcase

Now I understand what my grandmother said about this. It looks neat and we just take one roll of outfit for the day without making a mess, no need to dig it try to look for all necessary outfit to wear.

Do you have your favorite way to fold your clothes for a trip ?