Sunday, 30 September 2012

Blessed Children's Day

A Blessed Children's Day!
Today we celebrate Children's Day. Guest Pastor said children are rewards from God for us, they are the future citizens of Heaven. Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6. Earthly parents, we don't just point and teach the child things around us but to 'train' that is to inculcate God's teaching to them. I  must admit I was one of those parents before, sent my kids to a Christian kindergarten and mission school and to Sunday school, and left them with the teachers to do the job.
The girl playing the Chinese flute is in my class., so are the children playing the piano and violin. This is their first public performance and they played really well. The class sang 'Jesus loves me'.
The balloon sculptures are done by another teacher and they are very popular with the younger kids. See the happy faces eating together? Some of them are in my class and they love Sunday school parties. They also get to exchange their tokens for gifts. Each child is given 2 tokens for every attendance.

Gift exchange with tokens
And not forgetting the food. The spread are usually the children's favourites and they are contributed by parents. I made the brownies.
assorted maki,buns,chips and honey star cereal

fishballs, brownies and chicken nuggets

orderly line
The longest queue and everyone's favourite, young and old

ice cream in a cup
Altogether we gave out 120 ice cream coupons.

Now, I want to share this brownie recipe with you. It is so simple and fast to make. Recipe is from Donna Hay and she calls this a standby brownie because in her household, even the cooking chocolate disappears. Hence why these rich brownies are made with cocoa.
Donna Hay's Standby Brownies
Ingredients

150g butter
275g caster sugar
75g cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
75g plain flour

Method

Preheat oven to 160C(325F). Place the butter,sugar and cocoa in a saucepan over low heat and stir until the butter has melted.
Spoon into a bowl and add the vanilla and eggs, whisking well. Sift the flour over the mixture and whisk to combine. Spoon the mixture into a 20cm square cake tin lined with non-stick baking paper.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until centre is just set. Cool in tin and cut into squares to serve. Makes 16.

Note:  I used valhorna cocoa powder and doubled the recipe. Baked in 10" x 10" pan for 40mins. I dusted with snow powder.

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