this year, we got babies for Christmas. well, not really me per se, but my sister gave birth to her 3rd bundle of joy, and a friend of mine just had her first baby boy.
one baby is named Arrow, and the other is named Ethan Atticus. guess who out-hipstered whom. hehehe.
we visited my niece Arrow last thursday (and the Soons win the Hipsters Of The Year award! but they were too cool to accept the honour), and she was just the most precious thing i’ve ever seen. mind you, i say that about most babies, cos I’m a sucker for babies. especially when i don’t have to change their diapers. 😀
arrow is so tiny. so new. so fresh. a clean slate. who will you be, arrow? who will you become? you’re only so little, so young, but you’ve changed our lives forever.
look at how much love there is in that photo, just because of one extra person. new people bring new joys into our lives. babies are so exciting, because everything they do, they are doing for the very first time.
it’s so great to be around newborns at Christmas, not only because it is a rare thing for me these days, but because it is such a tangible reminder of God incarnate, how He left His home, His glory, His limitlessness, and came to us in the most vulnerable form possible — to save us. whaaaaaaaa?
to quote a friend who was quoting a song:
This is such a strange way to save the world.
it’s totally counter-intuitive, counter-cultural, counter-everything to what we think “saving” is. what? a helpless baby? babies literally can’t do anything. if you leave it alone, it will totally die. you have to feed it, hold it, love it, care for it, change its diapers, keep it clean, and the list goes on and on. how can a baby save us? why didn’t Jesus come to earth as a grown man? why did God come as a baby? why did He suspend all His superpowers? why didn’t He just zap us all? i have so many questions.
but i think…maybe He did it because He wanted to give us a gift. and a gift isn’t something that you have to give, its something that you want to give. and He wanted to show us exactly how much He loves us. to be born, just like us, to die, just like us. because when all is said and done, He is God and He can literally do anything. He came back to life after being entombed for 3 days, like booyah, death can’t hold Me down. like the Total Boss that He is. so we can’t think that He’s just another dude, “just a slob like one of us”, but in your face conquering death and showing that He is also God, the Ultimate Superhero.
Thank You Jesus for everything. words are inadequate when it comes to describing You, but i guess that’s why i can’t stop praising You.
yeah. that’s what Christmas is to me. what does Christmas mean to you?
Merry Christmas!!! Love for everybody! <3<3<3
P/S: will post a tres leches cake recipe
tomorrow a few weeks late cos I’m so forgetful and sorry no pics :/.
tres leches cake
One 13 x 9 inch pan
- Butter and flour for cake pan
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 6 large eggs, separated
- 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped from pods or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 (12-ounce or 340 grams) can evaporated milk
- 1 (14-ounce or 400 grams) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream or half and half
- 1 to 2 tablespoons (15 to 30 ml) rum (optional)
- 2 cups heavy cream (for whipped topping)
- 2 tablespoons powdered or granulated sugar (for whipped topping)
- pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. butter and flour a 9×13 baking pan.
- in a small bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, salt and baking powder. in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. With the machine still running, gradually add the sugar and beat on medium-high until stiff peaks form. add vanilla seeds or extract and beat to combine.
- add yolks one at at time, beating thoroughly after each addition. add milk and beat just to combine. add flour mixture, one-third at at time, folding in each addition gently by hand, till thoroughly mixed.
- pour batter in prepared pan and smooth top. bake for 18 to 24 minutes, or until a tester inserted into cake comes out clean. let completely cool in pan on a rack.
- in a large bowl, preferably one with a pouring spout, whisk together evaporated milk, condensed milk and 1 1/2 cups heavy cream or half and half. add rum, if using. use a wooden skewer to poke holes all over cake. pour all but 1/2 cup milk mixture over cake and transfer to fridge, giving the cake several hours but ideally overnight to soak it up. (save last bit of milk mixture for serving.)
- before serving, beat 2 cups heavy cream with 2 tablespoons powdered or granulated sugar until soft peaks form. spread over top of cake.
- serve cake in squares, first pouring a little puddle of reserved three-milk mixture at the bottom of plate. enjoy!
adapted from my fav food blogger, smitten kitchen.