Monday, August 28, 2017

Soft and Chewy ANPANMAN Cookies (NO EGG) - Video Recipe

It is our culture using the Hot Cake mix. You can find it at Japanese grocery stores or online for sure!

If you want to make the cookie dough from scratch, you can follow these recipes :)

Hot Cake Mix is versatile. You can make cakes, cookies, muffins, or any kind of sweets :D

Soft and Chewy ANPANMAN Cookies (NO EGG)

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20min
Number of servings: about 20 pieces

1 (150g) Morinaga Hot Cake Mix (flour)
3 tbsp. granulated sugar
40g (about 3.5 tbsp.) butter (chilled and diced)
2 tbsp. Milk
Wilton Icing Gel Color RED
brown chocolate pen (or chocolate in a plastic bag)

1. Place the Hot Cake Mix, granulated sugar, and butter (chilled and diced), then blend with your fingertips.
2. Add milk to form a dough.
3. Remove a little piece then color it with the red icing gell color to make the noses and the cheeks. Shape the dough into logs, wrap in plastic wrap, then cool in the fridge for a few minutes to set. Slice the dough for the face into 5mm (0.2 inch) thick. Slice the noses and cheeks thinner then place them on the faces.
4. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).
5. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 180C (350F) for 10 minutes.
6. When the cookies are completely cool, melt the chocolate pen or some chocolate in a pastry bag. Snip off the end to draw the faces.


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EASY! NO-FAIL! Tako-san (Octopus) Sausages - Video Recipe

Octopus Sausages (Tako-san Sausage) is a basic side dish for Bento lunch box :)

Kitchen shears I used!

EASY! NO-FAIL! Tako-san (Octopus) Sausages

Difficulty: VERY Easy
Time: 3min
Number of servings: n/a

Winny (No-Skin Cooked Sausages) OR any sausages
black sesame seeds if you like
tomato ketchup if you like

1. Cut a sausage in half. Use the kitchen shears to make 8 legs. (See Video)
2. Microwave on medium for 10 seconds or until the legs curl up. If you are using non-cooked sausages, you want to BOIL or PAN FRY them thoroughly.
3. Insert black sesame seeds for eyes, then eat with tomato ketchup if you like.

BTW, at my daughter’s nursery school, they microwave kids’ Bento lunch box, so I just make the slits then put in the Bento lunch box. Super easy and happy for both of us ;)


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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome and Surgery

In September, my son (will be 10 months) is going to have a Tethered Spinal Cord Release Surgery.

The sign was his crooked butt crease found at 1 month checkup, which I couldn't even notice it O_o

A tethered spinal cord is a spinal cord that is fastened to the spinal canal, while the spinal cord normally floats free inside the spinal canal.

“A tethered cord is often diagnosed as a "low conus." The conus medullaris (or lower termination of the spinal cord) normally terminates at or above the L1-2 disk space (where L1 is the first, or topmost lumbar vertebra). After about 3 months of age, a conus below the L1-2 disk space may indicate a tethered cord and termination below L3-4 is unmistakably tethered. Cord tethering is often assumed when the conus is below the normal L2-3 level.”

My son had a MRI checkup at 5 months of age and the termination was at L3, unmistakably tethered… fortunately with no terminal lipoma.

He has no symptoms yet but as children grow (with this condition), 50% may have several symptoms: back pain, leg pain, urinary irregularities, etc… Therefore, early surgery is recommended, or the improvement will be difficult when they start to have the symptoms.

To remove any fear factor, I thought I should better not wait.

His doctor explained, the surgery is very simple (about 1.5 hour). He needs to cut his back for about 3cm (about an inch) to release the tethered cord. The scar will be very thin as he grows up, if he doesn't develop a keloid, etc...

Follow-up MRI visits will be needed since the spinal cord does have the potential to re-tether after surgery.

BTW, I was taking folic acid before and during the pregnancy. My doctor said it is nothing to do with lack of it...

If you know anything about this surgery or any good article about this surgery let me know.

Please do not write anything under my cooking posts~ because I know some people don’t like it. I will check comments here or the related ones.

I hope my son could have the surgery as scheduled :)


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