Artists' Inspired

Dale Chihuly Inspired Lanterns

We visited Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom exhibition at Gardens by the Bay and loved it so much (check out the blog post on the exhibition here), we decided to diy our lanterns for mid-autumn festival as inspired by some of our favourite installations from the exhibition.

Lantern Inspired by Cardinal Red and Gold Persian Wall

Older Gem picked Cardinal Red and Gold Persian Wall as her lantern inspiration. We used coffee filters of two different sizes to form the shapes and assembled them over fairy lights.

Cardinal Red and Gold Persian Wall at Bayfront Pavillon

Lantern Inspired by The Setting Sun

The Setting Sun was younger Gem’s choice. We used straws, cellophane paper and coffee filters and attached them onto a store bought lantern.

My Gems by the Setting Sun

Although we did not manage to catch the moon since it was a cloudy night, we enjoyed our walk around the estate slightly past their regular bedtime!

Learning Through Play

Making Snow Skin Mooncakes

Mid-autumn festival is round the corner and the girls and I spent some time making snow skin mooncakes. A fun, fast, messy and unhealthy treat!

Ingredients

  • 75g kaofen/fried glutinous rice flour
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 25g Crisco
  • 60ml cool boiled water
  • a quarter tsp pandan essence paste
  • Fillings of choice. We used lotus paste

Step 1: Wash your hands thoroughly.

Step 2: Mixture A; Mix kaofen and icing sugar in a mixing bowl. Add Crisco and mix well.

Step 3: Mixture B; In another bowl, add water and essence. Mix well.

Step 4: Add mixture B to A. Knead into a dough.

Step 5: Divide dough into 10 portions.

Step 6: Roll lotus paste into 10 small balls.

Step 7: Wrap the dough over the lotus paste balls.

Step 8: Sprinkle some kaofen into the mooncake mould. Press dough into mould and release!

Step 9: Enjoy the mooncakes!