AGP : JULY 2008 Top 5 Droppers

Hello Everyone!

It has been a good few months since i've installed my EC widget. What I like about this widget is that I can have pretty & elegant avatar in my blog, as well as meeting new friends. It is a great pleasure to drops and get drops from my EC friends.

Thank you, all, for dropping at A Great Pleasure. Please keep them coming, ya! :)
To show my appreciation, I will give 100 credits/ each person for the Top 5 droppers of the month. Let's start from this month, shall we? :)

Credit: Shabby Shoppe.

Here are my Top 5 droppers for July 2008: Marzie, Brittany, Emila, LJ and Genie Princess. Congratulations, ladies!! Group Hugs!!

I've been working on this digiscrap and award for days. Hope you guys will like it! Grab this award and proudly display it in your blog, if you want! :)


p/s: To all my recipients, please give me your email add that you've used in EC. You can either drop me a comment or email me here. Thanks!


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My Jolly Sweetheart Chloe

Weekend Snapshot

Credits: Ronna Penner of

Hello peeps! Chloe is here to cheer you up again! These photos were taken when she was just a few months after her 1st birthday. She simply love laughing.

Have a marvellous start of the day! :)

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Vhiel, the creative blogger i mentioned in my Linkies Love 1 has just tagged me to do this quiz. It is finding out What Scrapbooking Elements Are You?

I gotto say she really is something. It was like she can reads my mind because I've never mentioned anything about scrapbooking until yesterday, and there she was tagging me before i even publish AGP Is Into Digi Scraping. How does she knows? Amazing, rite! :)

Anyway, here's my scrapbooking element. I am Fibers! :)

You are Fibers!

Fun and crazy at times. You are a warm fuzzy kind of person. You run around getting things done but still find time for fun!

You have so many diverse interests that it is often hard to pin you down to any one thing. People love your friendly attitude and carefree ways. You often brighten other people's days.

But Fibers Beware - Sometimes people don't take you seriously because of your happy-go-lucky ways. Sometimes you find yourself feeling left out from decision making that could directly affect you. Even though you like to be happy and cheerful, make sure others know that you can also be serious and in tune with reality.

I know that there are alot of bloggers doing scrapbooking but right now, I can only name two: Emila & Trinity. So, ladies, I'm tagging both of you to do this quiz. I've embedded the quiz here for your conveniences too. (click here if the below form doesn't work)

After doing the quiz, remember to includes the below list in your blog as well. Let's keep this going, k! Thank you, ladies! :)

THE SCRAPAHOLIC ME - Stickers Because Life Is Fun - Paper Quicker8- paper Just Me.. Eds - Glue Anything and Everything in Between - Paper A Great Pleasure - Fibers Emila - Paper Craft & Swap - Paper What scrapbooking item are you?

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Yay! I've finally make my move to start doing digital scrap booking. I've been envyingly admiring other's digiscraps for quite some time now and have been wanting to try my hand on it. After seeing Emila starting on digiscrap as well, i was even more eager to start. Hence I started my own research and compiled my scrap stuffs.

Here's my first digiscrap. Yeah, I know I still have a lot to learn. There's so much I can play with; ribbons, buttons, fonts, etc, etc.. I've taken about an hour to do this. Believe it anot? It's a whole one hour just to come out with such lame design! Haha. But I think for a newbie, this is a good start, rite? :)

Elements were downloaded from Shabby Shoppe.

Enjoy your Sunday, guys!! I'm going to church now and then back to my darling's parent's home! See ya tonight (hopefully)!! :)

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Linkies Love #1

This is something I've learned from Bobby. We must know how to give and not expect anything in return.
So, here I am with my Linkies Love #1.

DeCaFFeiNaTeD - Chronicles of a Milk Drinking Diva.
About a young girl named Chesteney who love painting, sketching, writing stories, composing songs, dancing ballet, modeling, singing and performing on stage.

Vhiel's Corner
Vhiel is a creative and innovative blogger. Her site is about contest, giveaways and her daily life. Currently, she's hosting a contest "Search For The Cutie Child" and the voting has begun. If you wanna vote for these cute babies, please visit her site. Voting ends at 31st July.

The other side of emila - I see beauty even in a dying rose
ok, so we all know emila as the great illustrator. Her talent is undeniable impressive. But do you also know that she has a hidden talent? Yup, that's right! Find out all about her hidden talent in photography at The other side of emila.

My Pooch Life
The author is an adorable shih tzu named Sushi. His first post revealed the purpose of this blog, read all about it here. He's really friendly, thoughtful, sweet and smart. I love his recent recipe: Quick & Easy Mug Cake. It's really easy to make & is yummy~licious!!

Life & Destiny
Nina aka charm enjoy her life being a mother and wife. Nothing in this world is more precious than her family. Look out for her cuties cause they are really cute. Recently she was being nominated as the Idol Blog '08 for week 3. Voting is still going on, please vote for her here.

Hope you guys will give them a visit. I am sure you'll hv a blast at their place! ok, I'm off to do some laundry now! Happy Saturday! :)

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Butter Marble Cake

Taadaa!! Presenting to you my first ever baked cake! :) I've made this butter marble cake last weekend. Yes, this is my first time baking a cake. I was pretty excited during the process and am happy that it came out looking good.

But I gotta admit that the cake was nothing to shout about. There's no butter smell to it, because i used a normal butter. Since this is a butter marble cake, a good quality butter is the key to this cake. And secondly, the cake was alittle bit dry after a while. It was only good when eaten warm when it is still moist.

If you guys don't mind, I'm jotting down the recipe here. I will try to make a better one next time, i promise! :)

250g good quality butter
100g castor sugar
5 egg yolks
Rind of 1 lemon
1 tsp vanilla essence

150g self-raising flour, sifted with
1 tsp salt

5 egg whites
25g castor sugar

1/2 bar chocolate
2 tsp cocoa powder

1. Preheat oven to 175°C. Line a 20cm cake tin with greaseproof paper.

2. Cream butter with sugar until light & creamy. Add egg yolks one at a time & beat until light & fluffy. Add essence & lemond rind, blend well.

3. Fold in flour gradually & mix well.

4. Whisk egg whites & sugar until stiff. Fold merigue into the flour mixture gently.

5. Melt chocolate bar in microwave under medium high for 1 min. Add in cocoa powder and 1/3 of the prepared batter. Mix well.

6. Randomly put spponful of vanilla batter & chocolate batter in the prepared cake tin. Level up mixture at the sides but allow a shallow well in the center. This enables the cake to level up evenly during baking. Use a toothpick to make circular pattern on the surface of the batter.

7. Bake in preheated oven for 55-60 mins, or until cooked.

Disclaimer: Modified from Amy Beh's recipe: Butter Cake.

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It's All About You & Me Tag

Liza from My So-called Life has tagged me on this meme. Even tho' it's a long questinaire but it's worth the time. It has got all the questions you need to know about someone.

1. Add your blog/s to the list. Feel free to add all your other blogs. It’s okay if you only post this questions in one blog as long as you answer them.
2. Get back to YEN and will add your blogs to the master’s list here! Yup, another linking thingy but this one has 15 questions and you get to enjoy answering them too!
3. Tag as many friends online you know. But you don’t need to be tag in order to join.

1. When you buy a greetings card, are the words or the picture more important to you?
Words of course but the graphic helps too..;)

2. What’s your favorite kind of cake?
Boston Mud Cake.

3. Do you ever make gifts for people, if so what, or do you buy them?
I used to make encouragement cards for my friends, and knitted a vest for my friend. :)

4. What’s your favorite holiday?
Chinese New Year & Christmas.

5. Are you going on holiday this year?
It depends.

6. What was the best party you’ve ever been to?
I dont have The Best Party. As long as I am with my darling and my good bunch of friends or my families, any party is great.

7. If you are married, describe your wedding. If not, what would your ideal wedding be like?
Well, we would love to have a church wedding followed by a lunch buffet at pool side. But knowing that the lunch buffet is impossible, we hv to replace the idea wt the usual wedding luncheon at some fancy hotel. My darling & I had discussed about the lunch buffet. Even tho' wedding is about the both of us, we must also care about our relatives' feelings. Buffet will be too tiring, especially for the elders.

8. What’s the most romantic thing that’s ever happened to you?
When he hold me against his chest and kiss my forehead and utter i love you, darling and continue holding me tightly. :)

9. What’s your favorite girl’s name?
Chloe. Which I've already given to my niece.

10. What’s your favorite boy’s name?
Can't think of any now. Random picked from the bible: Elisha.

11. Which celebrity would you like a dream date with? Right now?

12. Which female celebrity do you find beautiful?
Elizabeth Hurley.

13. Which male celebrity do you think is attractive?
Orlando Bloom.

14. What is your best character trait?
Good listener.

15. What is your worst habit?

1. Me and Mine 2.Creative In Me 3.Little Peanut 4. Pea in a Pod 5. Sugar Magnolias 6. 6. A Life in Bloom 7. Because Life is a Blessing 8. Nita’s Random Thoughts 9. Nita’s Corner 10. Nita’s Ramblings 11. Thomas Web Links 12. Thomas Travel Tales 13. Great Finds and Deals 14. Make Money Online 15. Recipe Collections 16. My Wandering Thoughts 17. Filipino Online Community 18. Famous Lyrics Collections 19. Thomas Digital Services 20. Bohol Paradise 21. PRC Board Exam Results 22. My Paperless Writings 23. As The World Turns 24. My BIG Picture 25. When Silence Speaks 26. Felicity’s Vision 27. Bienvenue `a la Noryfel 28. Inday’s Kitchen 30. My Life 31. My Life in this Wonderful World! 32.Me,Myself+2 33.FunFierceFabulous 34. Supermodel Wannabe 35. kathycot dot com 36. 37. In Depth 38. My so called Life 39. Life's Impression 40. A Great Pleasure 41. Your blog here

According to the 3rd rules above, i do not need to tag in order to join this meme. So, with the permission from the meme creator, YEN, i shall pass the tagging part. ^^ But if you wanna join this meme, please let me know after you've done it, I'll be happy to add you in my list.

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SYR #2: Quick and Easy Mug Cake by Sushi

Hello Peeps,
It's Ms.Yummy~licious again in the 2nd edition of Share Your Recipe with AGP. This time, AGP is honor to have our fluffy Chef Sushi to teach us how to make a Quick & Easy Mug Cake. It looks really yummy~licious and best of all, it doesn't need any oven! A microwave and a mug will do the trick! :)
Before I get started on the recipe, please allow me to announce the latest update at SYR:

What's New in SYR?
After brainstorming for nights on how and what should I do in return for those chefs who has shared their recipes with us, I came out with these lovely buttons. It came in two patterns; "View My Recipe @ AGP" and "My Recipe is featured @ AGP"; and four colours; pink, blue, purple and green.

View My Recipe @ AGP View My Recipe @ AGP

My Recipe is featured @ AGP My Recipe is featured @ AGP

So, Chefs, grab this button now and display it at your blog. There are a few changes you need to made on the html code:
1) colours: change it to whatever colors you want (pink, blue, purple or green)
2) url add: currently it is link to my home, change it to the html page of yr recipe that is featured here. eg;
I hope you guys love these buttons. Let me know if you guys have any ideas on how to make a better one, or if you need a custom made button. :)

Dessert: Quick and Easy Mug Cake by Sushi

 J E A N   C H I A © 2007

* 1 small egg
* 4 tbsp milk
* 3 tbsp oil (I used vegetable)
* 2 level tbsp cocoa powder
* 4 level tbsp sugar
* 4 level tbsp flour
* 1/2 level tsp baking powder

First "sift" the egg through the sieve and into the mug. Beat well with the fork.
Add oil, milk, sugar and cocoa powder and beat more until blended.
Add flour, baking powder and beat gently until fully incorporated.

You'll have a more liquid batter than a normal cake but, don't worry! Don't add any more flour otherwise you'll have a heavy cake. We don't want that!

Now, microwave on full power for 3 minutes and voila! You're about to enjoy a quick, easy and yet D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S individual sized cake.

Very important hints:
-The mug should be a 300 ml one.
-Always level measure spoons.
-You can serve this cake with a variety of toppings, nuts and ice cream. And you can enjoy it warm!(actually you should enjoy it warm, because if you wait too long, it won't be as moist and fluffy)

Have fun trying! :)

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In honor of Martin's Grandma

Just add this purple widget at your blog, and will contribute $10 to the Alzheimer's Association. It can be personalized with a loved one’s name and comes in different shades and sizes to help match your blog. Come on and let's create one for your blog too!

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Many preventive measures have been suggested for Alzheimer's disease, the often recommended are mental stimulation, exercise and balanced diet. But there is no certain guaranteed cure for Alzheimer's disease yet.

I would like to encourage all my US visitors to join Alzheimer's Memory Walk. It is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research and it calls on volunteers of all ages to become champions in the fight against Alzheimer's. We can really make a differences in lives of those who are affected with this disease. Together we can walk for a purpose!

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Before I get started on my award post, i would like to give a special shout to Marzie from Mariuca's Perfume Gallery for giving me a chance to win in her recent Where's Mariuca? Contest.

Woohoo!! Thank you, Marzie!! You're the best, you know rite!! :)
Also, I would like to congratulates her other winners namely: LJ, Emila & Quachee. Congratulations, guys!! Shall I meet you guys after my post for a little celebration? ;)

Now back to my award post, here's an aromatic Strong Cup Of Coffee Award from Mommyallehs and Colored Heart. Thank you, ladies!! :) According to Mommyallehs; "This is an award for my fellow bloggers: A medal for their mad about blogging."

I would like to pass this award to these wonderful bloggers below because of their passion in blogging. :)

Marzie, Janice, Emila, Bobby, Adrian, Nick, LadyJava, Sandman, NafaSG, FL Sam, Karen, Trinity, Liza, Abby, Emmy,Ratu Syura, Pia, Mr. Zubli, LadyBanana, Lee Chien, Bro Bokjae, Jackie, Shemah, Sabrina, Sasha, Sushi, Rozella, ECL, Debbie,Nina, Vhiel and Cecile.

Congratulations, EVERYONE!! :)

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Weekend Snapshot

Hello peeps!

Here's the lychee sorbet that i was talking about. We had this on my darling's birthday. It's really easy to make! :)

Lychee Sorbet

1 can lychees in syrup
1/2 lemon
1 egg whites

1. Drain lychee, reserving 170ml of syrup. Blend lychee, syrup & lemon juice into puree. Pour into a steel tray and freeze for about 1 hour, until mixture is slushy.

2. Whisk egg whites until stiff. Fold in semifrozen lychee mixture and blend again. Freeze for about 45 minutes, and blend again. Freeze until firm.

Note: If you don't have steel tray, you can use a plastic container instead. But please note that the freeze time will vary, approx. 2 hours for the first time freezing and 1 1/2 hour for the second time freezing.

If you want a mango sorbet recipe, click here. You may just omit the vodka for a non-alcoholic sorbet. Enjoy! :)

p/s: Sorbet had been only blended once in the above picture. That is why you can see the coarsely shaped ice.

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