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I use applesauce quite a bit in my dog treats baking. Applesauce is a great substitute for oil in dog treat recipes and also a great flavour enhancer. But store bought applesauce usually have some form of preservative and lots of sugar. So I started googling for applesauce recipes. It never occured to me that it would be so easy to make applesauce. Plus so cost effective!

Ingredients:

10 apples (I bought Royal Gala apples that were selling at 10 for RM4.90)

2 Cinnamon sticks

Steps:

1. Peel and cut apples into quarters. Remove seeds and core. The core and seeds of apples are toxic to dogs.

2. Put all cut apples into a pot. Cover with water and let it boil for 20 mins.

3. Strain the water and remove the cinnamon sticks.

4. Mash / process the apples till you achieve a consistency that you like. Can be chunky or smooth paste.

Boiled apples in my hand-held mini blender/processor.

The finished product. Could fill two glass jars.

1 cup of this is going into the Apple Bran Muffins for dogs that I’ll be making later. ^0^

xoxo

ToyGirl

I love eating chap fan, simply because there are so many varieties to choose from. Like this blog title says, Variety is the SPICE OF LIFE. I’m the kind of girl that likes adventures and excitement. I don’t like to stay in one place too long. I get bored very easily.

A while back I asked Lyrical Lemongrass about her perfect weekend, her answer was sweet and simple. However, when I thought about it, my perfect weekend got a liiitle bit complicated. I have not one but several ways I like to spend my weekends.

On days when I feel like pampering myself, I will book my facial, mani, pedi and/or wax treatments (which have all been paid in advance), and go from one to the next. This is what I call my me time. Best of all is that I get all these done without spending (don’t count the pre-paid lah. Its already paid for. :p). Go home in the late afternoon, all shiny and polished and wait for ToyBoy to bring me out for dinner. Perfect delicious way to spend a Saturday or Sunday.

On days that feel like exercising, I will wake up early, hit the gym/pool, work out for an hour, then go home and hopefully ToyBoy will be awake to go for lunch.

On days that I don’t feel like doing anything, I will just drag ToyBoy to go out for lunch and maybe hit the mall. One fact you should know about us, we love people watching and I love malls. Especially malls that have nice places to chill and have a drink. Our favorite is Pavilion. We usually do this on a sunday. We will go there after lunch so Toyboy can have his Espresso Correto (espresso with a shot of grappa) and I will have my ice cream at Espressamente.   

So there you have it. My weekend plans.

xoxo

ToyGirl

Last week, I had the itch to bake something and ToyBoy wanted a chocolate cake. So I searched through Nigella Lawson’s website. I always use her website when I want a recipe. I’ve tried several and they always work. Plus point for amateur bakers like me. I’ve tried various baking recipes from different websites and 7 out of 10 of them turn out bad.

The entire mixing of the batter was done in a deep pan on the stove with almost one can of guiness (which I finished off). I must say, guiness is definitely not my favourite drink. But the guiness chocolate cake, turned out VERY moist and fluffy with hardly any hint of guiness in it but also very crumbly.   

This cake may be decorated with cream cheese frosting. But I didn’t bother with it. You can find the recipe here. It was a huge cake (23cm round cake) that took us an entire week to finish. I ended up eating it for breakfast, lunch, tea and supper. ToyBoy only ate it for a few days. That’s why took me so long to finish!! Definitely not craving for another cake after this one.

xoxo

ToyGirl